A good night’s sleep: a mattress review

I have always wanted to be a better sleeper; I don’t have a problem getting to sleep but staying asleep is another matter. I have never, ever (not even as a teenager) had a proper lie-in because come 7am and I am pretty much awake, no matter what (and make that 6am if I have had a few drinks the night before – so unfair!). A few years ago I also had to have a couple of hip operations and all my joints are a bit out of whack so pain can disturb my sleep and the amount I get can also have an effect on my pain levels.

Over time I have learnt that the temperature of my room, the amount of light and the quality of my duvet, pillows and bedlinen are very important to the amount of sleep I get. We sleep with our balcony door open every night, I spent a hideous amount of money on properly lined curtains and I’m pretty sure that you have caught on by now that I’m keen on the best quality bed linen! However, when I bought our current flat nearly six years ago I scrimped on a fairly cheap mattress, far keener to spend money on more aesthetically pleasing things. After a while it became clear that it was a false economy and so I had to buy an expensive memory foam topper, which has done us well until now.

When Leesa got in touch asking us to review their ‘one size fits all’ mattress I didn’t hesitate. Leesa is an American company that launched here in July. They offer just one mattress design in varying sizes (at an affordable price from £390) which totally removes the stress of choosing an important purchase based on lying on it self consciously in the store for five minutes. In fact, Leesa offer a 100-night risk free trial to all customers for the very reason that it is simply impossible to tell whether a mattress is right for you after such a short time. Here’s how we (including Otto – obvs) got on with our mattress…

Foam mattress review with Leesa | Golden Retriever on bed | White bedroom with blush pink accents | Apartment Apothecary

The mattress arrives in a small hassle-free box. Ours arrived just before we were lending our flat to friends for the weekend so we didn’t open it and left it in the corner and they didn’t even notice it. Once I opened the vacuum packed mattress it takes a few seconds to start filling up with air and it says on the box to leave it for an hour before it feels good. Back I came after an hour and obviously Otto had already made himself at home!

Foam mattress review with Leesa | Golden Retriever on bed | White bedroom with blush pink accents | Apartment Apothecary

The mattress cover is lovely and soft and then there is a 5cm foam top layer, a 5cm memory foam middle layer and then a 12cm dense core support foam bottom layer. I was a little worried that all this foam would envelop me and I would feel like I couldn’t move around in the night, which I do a lot. However, it is surprisingly springy and I can move around with ease, not leaving an imprint. The dense foam layer is supportive and firm at its core.

Once I had got the dog off (he sits at the foot of the bed with his chin planted on the mattress to ask to come up) and I could make the bed it was very exciting to try it for the first time.

Foam mattress review with Leesa | Golden Retriever on bed | White bedroom with blush pink accents | Apartment Apothecary

I have to admit that I immediately had a two hour nap once the hour we had to wait for the mattress to grow to size was up as it makes the bed so cosy and soft.

Foam mattress review with Leesa | Golden Retriever on bed | White bedroom with blush pink accents | Apartment Apothecary

Having slept on the mattress for the last couple of weeks I am getting more and more used to it. Leesa say to give it 30 days before making up your mind about it as I think it is quite an adjustment from your standard sprung mattress. They also give the guarantee – ‘if you’re not sleeping better on a Leesa within 100 nights, we can donate your mattress to a local charity and provide a full refund’. You can’t argue with that.

Foam mattress review with Leesa | Golden Retriever on bed | White bedroom with blush pink accents | Apartment Apothecary

I slept really well last night and now the mornings are so much darker I made it to 8am. Jules really likes the mattress and it absorbs his movement much more than a sprung mattress, which is another bonus. As for Otto, he can not get enough of it.

What do you do to get a good night’s sleep?

Katy x

P.S. Leesa is kindly offering my readers £50 off their mattress – just use the code APARTMENTAPOTHECARY50.

*This post was written in collaboration with Leesa.




  1. 16th November 2015 / 12:02 pm

    The mattress is soooo comfy isn’t it! We love ours x

  2. Harriet
    16th November 2015 / 2:19 pm

    That does look snug and cosy. I’ve always liked the idea of a foam mattress but found them too hard so maybe this is a good answer. What a great guarattee too that they sent any unwanted mattresses to charity – fab idea.

  3. 16th November 2015 / 2:27 pm

    This looks super comfy Katy! I could really do with that right now… As for me a nice cup of herbal tea before going to bed does the trick ha!

    Ari xx

  4. 16th November 2015 / 5:07 pm

    This actually sounds perfect. Just like you, we saved some previous pennies on the mattress that I spent – you guessed it – on interiors pieces that I can see all the time and love but… now that we’ve been in the flat for a year, I can see that we are not sleeping that well on it. This was made painfully obvious by our recent week in Menorca where the hotel’s bed was just the comfiest thing and it’s been actually not that easy to adjust back to our normal budget mattress. Definitely having a look at Leesa – thank you for sharing and beautiful photos as always! Jesse x

  5. 16th November 2015 / 5:41 pm

    This is an interesting post as I have always wondered about the quality of these type of mattresses. I’m glad you (and Otto!) liked it. I also have trouble staying asleep and so perhaps this is worth a try…lovely photos btw xx

  6. 16th November 2015 / 7:15 pm

    I’m a terrible sleeper too. I have to wear earplugs and have total blackout for me to nod off and stay there. I always get quite stressed when it comes to buying a mattress as it’s got to be perfect. The OH can sleep on a rock. I on the other hand have been known to move rooms at 1am because the mattress isn’t up to par.
    I’ve read lots of positive reviews on these Leesa mattresses now. Good to know that a fellow poor sleeper rates it. Enjoy your kip! 🙂

  7. 16th November 2015 / 7:43 pm

    We have a Leesa mattress too and love it! It has been sooo comfy and looks so nice, fresh and modern. I love your photos! x

  8. 16th November 2015 / 7:52 pm

    The mattress is extremely important for a quality sleep. I like firm mattresses. In order to sleep well I need to be warm, properly warm. I slept in huts in the the jungle, in the desert, on mountain peaks and on beaches: anywhere is bearable (for a night or two!) if I don’t feel cold.

  9. 16th November 2015 / 9:32 pm

    Sounds great that you get the 100 night risk free trial. Pleased you found yourself a great mattress. I know where to go when I need one too now.

  10. 16th November 2015 / 9:47 pm

    Looks good. Glad you have comfier nights ahead. I still can’t believe they arrive in abox?!! We need an upgrade soon! 🙂

  11. 16th November 2015 / 11:48 pm

    I am amazed that a mattress can arrive in such a small package and then ‘grow’ to its normal size! Such a fab concept for an item that can be incredibly bulky to move around normally.

  12. 17th November 2015 / 4:08 am

    That mattress looks so comfy. I am seriously sleep deprived right now so I really do understand the value of a comfy mattress. Offering a 100 day guarantee is such a good idea and completely removes the risk of spending money on a mattress.

  13. 9th December 2015 / 7:36 pm

    WOW what a stunning mattress and such great quality! So important to get a good nights sleep as there is nothing worse than being grouchy the next day! Love the photographs and styling and it looks very inviting 🙂 Jess xx

  14. 1st September 2016 / 9:44 am

    What lovely photos! We have a Leesa mattress too and would never go back! It’s so comfortable that we actually found ourselves missing our bed back home when staying in a hotel! X

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