Lately, though, you may have noticed a shake-up in the number and types of mattress available – all of which claim that you will have the best night’s sleep ever.
As he’s getting quite tall, Ieuan’s bed frame was replaced a year or so ago. We choose a simple metal frame bed from John Lewis but let Ieuan choose his own mattress.
The staff waited patiently as Ieuan tested about 10 different mattresses several times. I could have had a large coffee and a muffin plus a tour of the beauty department (never a chore) in the time it took him to settle (literally) on the one he wanted – a SIMBA mattress for his single bed.
We hadn’t heard of SIMBA before and assumed that it was a standard memory foam mattress. We were intrigued when, on delivery, we found that the mattress appeared to be vacuum packed and watched it spring to life when it was cut out of its plastic.
We then had to leave it for 3-5 hours to ‘inflate’ before Ieuan could sleep on it. After we all tested it, we agreed that it was the most comfortable mattress in the house.
So, when I was recently offered the chance to review a SIMBA double mattress, it was a no-brainer and I couldn’t wait for it to arrive.
This time though, I wanted to learn a little more about what was about to turn up.
Although it is only 10 inches thick, the SIMBA Hybrid mattress has 5 unique layers which all have a role to play – the Simba 5Ss.
First up is a soft comforting layer that provides support throughout the night. This layer has been developed by SIMBA and contains a synthetic latex layer that also gives a cool feel for the entire time that you lay on it.
Spring Powered Layer
Featuring 2,500 conical unique springs which adjust individually through your sleep and react to your movement, this layer ensures that you remain supported throughout the entire night.
The Shaped For You Layer
Constructed using high-quality Visco Memory Foam, this layer moulds to the shape of your body and reacts to changes in body temperature and weight so it can sense when you’re lying on it. It springs back into its original shape when you get up.
This memory foam layer also allows you to move naturally in your sleep whilst working to align your spine and promoting healthy posture to relieve tension and pressure.
Visco Memory Foam is hypoallergenic and anti-microbial so it scores well in the hygiene stakes. It is highly resistant to bacteria, mould, mildew, mites, and other odour causing germs, making it a great choice for those with sensitivities or allergies.
It is also effective at reducing motion transfer, which is invaluable for those who share a bed. If your partner is a restless sleeper, or if your partner gets in and out of bed and disturbs you during the night or in the morning, Visco Foam mattresses minimize this disturbance.
Visco Elastic Foam mattresses also tend to last longer and provide more pressure relief than the more traditional ‘sprung’ mattresses.
This layer is a thick support base which is the foundation for the mattress and has 7 different load bearing zones to evenly distribute your weight across the mattress.
The entire mattress is encased in a breathable hypoallergenic cover, allowing for freshness to be retained and the temperature to be controlled to a consistent level for the whole of your sleep.
The SIMBA Hybrid Mattress can be used on any type of bed base – slatted platform, flat base, divan or adjustable base and comes with a 10-year guarantee.
SIMBA also offer a 100 day trial with a no questions asked pick-up and a refund.
You can order your SIMBA mattress directly from Simbasleep.com or from John Lewis, Bensons for Beds and Argos.
I was sent a SIMBA Hybrid Double Mattress and it arrived vacuum packed and sealed in a box which is much smaller than the mattress! This means that you don’t have to wrestle with a mattress to get it upstairs – you simply carry the box.
You then take it out of the box, free it from its plastic covering using the handy cutting tool that comes with it and then leave it for between 3-5 hours to expand into its original shape so that it is ready to use.
If you read the customer reviews, you will no doubt find mention of an initial smell but this is normal with memory foam products and it fades in a day or so.
The mattress comes with full instructions and a nice welcome pack in the box which includes the cutter mentioned above.
How Did I Sleep?
Readers know I have been having problems with my back for a while and am coping in the day with pilates and stretching so I had high hopes for my SIMBA.
If you are unused to sleeping on a memory foam mattress, you will find it a new experience. A perusal of the customer reviews on SIMBA’s website shows that whilst the majority took to it like a duck to water, some take just a little longer to get used to it – and I’d put myself in that category.
My previous mattress was a 1400 pocket spring mattress some 10 years old so well overdue for replacement. It had developed a couple of suspicious dips in places which we tried to get over by turning the mattress regularly.
Initially, I found the SIMBA surprisingly firm but, comparing it with Ieuan’s which is now over a year old, it is easy to see that the mattress softens and moulds to the user over time – and so it is already with mine.
I find that I don’t tend to move about so much in my sleep and once of the surprising results of this was a reduction in nocturnal waking – and the resultant trips to the bathroom.
I also felt a little taller and straighter, although my lower back grumbled for a bit probably at being supported properly for the first time in years.
Now after 3 weeks I am already finding I am looking forward to being reunited with my SIMBA at the end of the day. The mattress is already a little softer and ‘fits’ me better.
I still have a moment of surprise when I sit on it and it doesn’t sink like my old one used to and more often than not these days I sleep through to at least 6 am – whereas I would regularly see 4 am and 5 am.
When you get into bed and lie down you can feel the mattress supporting your back and spine without sinking too far into it.
For us ladies of a certain age, heat regulation is also pretty important but I found that the SIMBA Hybrid Mattress’ thermoregulation technology works well and even with a duvet and a throw I don’t overheat and become uncomfortable.
Would I recommend one? Yes, I would and, with SIMBA’s 100-day trial you have absolutely nothing to lose by giving one a try.