ELLE Dec­o­ra­tion Ed­i­tor-at-large

Michelle Ogun­de­hin tests out a Hi­lary Devey ‘Du­valay’ mat­tress to see if she can up­grade her sleep

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Style Sleep -

It is a fact that with­out suf­fi­cient sleep, our bod­ies fail to func­tion as they should – our im­mune sys­tem is weak­ened, our learn­ing, mem­ory and de­ci­sion mak­ing all im­paired. Also, sleep­ing well begets good morn­ings, and hav­ing a solid start can ease you into hav­ing a clear- minded, ac­tive and pro­duc­tive day. As Aris­to­tle once said, ‘It is well to be up be­fore day­break, for such habits con­trib­ute to health, wealth and wis­dom’. How­ever, nei­ther sleep nor jolly morn­ings are pos­si­ble with­out a good mat­tress. And yet in the UK, we are re­put­edly not chang­ing our mat­tresses ev­ery five to seven years, as is the cus­tom­ary rec­om­men­da­tion, opt­ing in­stead for some­thing more like ev­ery 12–15 years. And for­get about ro­tat­ing the mat­tress ev­ery six months, too – it’s largely not hap­pen­ing! Per­son­ally, I must admit to be­ing put off by the sheer schlep of get­ting a new mat­tress up the stairs to my bed­room – not to for­get the per­ceived has­sle of dis­pos­ing of the old one.

An un­com­fort­able bed, though, can rob you of up to an hour of sleep each night, and that’s be­fore we even talk about the im­por­tant hy­giene aspect – we typ­i­cally shed a pound of skin a year, and lose half a pint of mois­ture each night. The state of our beds after seven years doesn’t bear think­ing about.

A good mat­tress can lit­er­ally be the foun­da­tion on which your well­be­ing de­pends. As Amer­i­can sleep clin­i­cian Terry Cralle puts it, ‘Your mat­tress is crit­i­cally im­por­tant to sleep qual­ity. It’s a per­for­mance tool’. One of the lat­est peo­ple to leap into this com­pet­i­tive mar­ket is Hi­lary Devey, for­mer Dragons’ Den star and se­rial en­tre­pre­neur. If she seems an un­likely new­comer to the sleep scene, then that is to un­der­es­ti­mate her un­der­stand­ing of an in­dus­try that’s ab­so­lutely boom­ing. From JP Mor­gan to Uber, com­pa­nies are now em­ploy­ing sleep ex­perts to coach their staff, and sales of snooze-im­prov­ing tech­nol­ogy, from track­ing de­vices to gog­gles de­signed to re­set your body clock, are also on the rise. As she says: ‘En­sur­ing a good night’s sleep forms the ba­sis on which to have pro­duc­tive days, which ul­ti­mately turn goals into re­al­ity.’

Hand­made in York­shire, the Hi­lary Devey ‘Du­valay’ col­lec­tion of five lux­ury mat­tresses pur­ports to use only the finest ma­te­ri­als – wool, silk, cot­ton and cash­mere. And with its Good House­keep­ing In­sti­tute- ap­proved ‘Di­a­mond’ mat­tress cost­ing £880 for a double (roughly 34p a night if di­vided over seven years), I de­cided to put it to the test. I or­dered a ‘Di­a­mond Luxe’ (£1,029), which takes all of the el­e­ments of the ‘Di­a­mond’, adding a lamb­swool- based fill­ing to of­fer max­i­mum breatha­bil­ity and tem­per­a­ture con­trol. In short, from the mo­ment I sank into its plump soft­ness, I’ve been won­der­ing why on earth it took me so long to in­vest this way in my health. I’ve never par­tic­u­larly had a prob­lem fall­ing asleep, but now it feels as if I sleep deeper, and for longer. And they’ll even take away your old mat­tress for £30 (hi­lary­de­v­ey­col­lec­tion.co.uk).

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