A Bedroom Update: Sleeping Well With Simba
Leo is my youngest child (he's nine) and generally always the last to benefit when it comes to new things. I recently revamped his bedroom and it's not an exaggeration to say that we could have furnished an entire school library with the amount of books that had been handed down to him by his two older siblings. When we moved into our house, we bought a day bed for his bedroom that pulled out to create a double bed. We live in York but our family are all in the South and as a result, we often have guests to stay so needed an extra sleeping area. As a result, Leo is often evicted from his bedroom in favour of visitors which is always a sore point.
The day bed has worked just fine for the last four years, but as he grows older (and bigger), it's become very apparent that he needs a bed which is a little more substantial. So when Simba asked me if we would like to trial a the Simba Hybrid mattress, it was an excellent opportunity to upgrade Leo's sleeping situation and add a little more comfort to his space. Needless to say, he was delighted with this idea.
So who are Simba and what do they do? Back in 1979, this UK based family business produced spools of thread which were used in the production of mattresses - over 50 million of them, to be precise. In 2002, they used this expertise to produce their own mattresses, selling over a million across the world. The next move was to team up with industry experts to produce the Simba Hybrid - combining cutting edge technology, springs and foam to enable the perfect nights sleep. Then they combined research profiles from over ten million sleepers to create the perfect product.
The mattress arrived in a compact box and we took it straight to Leo's room. The welcome pack comes with a ribbon cutter - the mattress is shrink wrapped and once it's unpacked, it takes 3-5 hours for it to rise properly. It was easy to unpack and took just a few minutes to put into position.
Simba mattresses have five fabulous feature that make them stand out from the crowd. They call them the 5S's and these are the things that make their mattresses unique.
This is the top layer - super comfortable and supportive.
The mattress has 2500 unique conical pocket springs that adjust as you sleep. How clever is that?
Shaped For You
The memory foam part is Visco and perfectly moulds to your body.
The support base has seven different zones for a perfect nights sleep.
The surface of the mattress is hypoallergenic and ensures freshness and temperature control.
All of these factors blend together to create the perfect nights sleep. The Simba Hybrid mattress is also practical - you can remove the outer cover and wash at 40 degrees. All Simba mattresses have a ten year guarantee - if your mattress fails during this period, then they will immediately replace it free of charge. All Simba mattresses are safe for everyone - they've received the CertiPUR label (meeting the requirements of unwanted chemicals in foam). From production to delivery, Simba also ensure the lowest environmental impact possible.
But what are the benefits of sleeping well for a nine year old such as Leo?
1. Improves Concentration
Sleep is super important for various aspects of brain function, including concentration and productivity and can seriously affect your performance if you don't get enough of it. It's a proven fact that a good nights sleep can aid your problem solving skills and memory performance which is a definite bonus for a child of Leo's age who is in full time school.
2. Aids Social Performance
Getting your full eight hours means you are more socially aware and find it easier to process emotional information - interpreting feelings such as happiness, anger or stress. Again, an important factor in the growth of a preteen child.
3. Improves Immune Function
Trials have shown that those who get less than seven hours night of sleep a night are three times as likely to pick up minor viruses such as colds. If your child is sick then they are less likely to be able to concentrate in the classroom, plus it's not great if you are a working parent. A very good reason to make sure you child gets early nights!
Simba are so confident about their mattress that they offer a 100 night trial. If within that time you decide it's not for you, then they will remove it and fully refund your payment - returned mattresses are donated to local charities or taken to recycling centres.
So what is Leo's verdict? It's safe to say that he's over the moon with his new Simba mattress. It's super comfy and offers far more support than his previous one - it's certainly not been a struggle to get him into bed! And from a parenting point of view, he's sleeping ten, uninterrupted hours a night which means that he's ticking all the benefit boxes above with hours to spare. I can't ask for more than that.