Breaking in your mattress

Like running shoes, your brand new mattress has a break-in period. And yes, it is a thing. Here’s everything you want to know about committing the ultimate sleep crime,  “Breaking in your mattress!”  (Bond music playing)

But why?

A brand new mattress has not yet softened and had the time to mold to your body shape and sleeping style. The break-in period not only allows the mattress to soften and contour to your body, but your body also needs time to adjust to a new mattress. Depending on the mattress you had before, your body might have overcompensated to make you feel comfortable. After the break-in period, you will feel the complete and intended comfort of the mattress. 

How long does it take to break in a new mattress?

Break-in times differ for individual mattresses. This is essentially dependent on the type of materials the mattress is made from. High-density memory foam is an excellent example and can take much longer to break in than a traditional beds' break-in period. The average break-in period is 30 days. However, a high-quality mattress with dense memory foam may take up to 60 days to break in. The foam density is responsible for this, requiring more time for the foam cells to open up.


Top drawer tips for a speedier break-in

Air your mattress

Once your new mattress puffs to life, it may look like it's ready to use. Often, and in the case of a Sloom mattress, it's just been freed from being compressed in its packaging. Many new mattresses can give off a slight chemical odor when you first open them, which is normal. In this case, don't make your bed just yet! Before you throw on your linen, it's best to give your mattress a few hours to air out. Opening the windows or putting on a fan helps. The smell of a new mattress can have an impact on the quality of your sleep the first night, which can put a damper on your overall feelings about it. So let it breathe first, and then start putting it to the test.

Check your Base 

Make sure your base provides enough support and is the right size for your mattress. An uneven base or insufficient support underneath the mattress can affect how the mattress was intended to be experienced. 

Make time for your new mattress

Sleep on it every night and spend as much time on your new mattress as possible. Read, nap, or work in bed for a few days if you can. All this helps the materials and foam flex for a faster break-in. 

Add some warmth

A warmer room will help soften a mattress, especially in the case of memory foam. 

Add some weight

Now that's something we don't often hear! (Laughs) Well, in this case, walking on your bed (this is actually a thing) or adding some books or boxes will help your mattress soften and flex out quicker.


What is the Sloom made of and how many days will it take to break in?

The Sloom mattress is made up of 4 distinct layers of foam. Each foam layer provides a unique firmness intensity. 

The top layer (also the soft layer) of the Sloom mattress, as it comes delivered, is made of ultra-dense memory foam. Then there is the medium layer made from Latex, which has more bounce than other foams and reduces body heat build-up. Next, the firm layer is made of pure high-density foam, which provides a medium-firm feel. And then lastly, the firm layer is also made of pure high-density foam with an increased denseness in this layer. 

All layers of the Sloom mattress are made from high-density foam with no fillers used, which is why we recommend that you give your new Sloom mattress 60 days to break in. 

Due to the quality and density of the foam we use to extend the mattress lifespan, the Sloom mattress requires a longer break-in period. Therefore, our return policy allows customers to return their mattress between 60 and 100 nights of sleeping on their Sloom, which allows sufficient break-in time, reflecting the true feel of the mattress. 


By Michelle Nel for Sloom


5 Flowers that help you sleep better

5 Flowers that help you sleep better

1.  Chamomile 

We are all familiar with Chamomile tea & essential oil that helps us relax. The best way to get anything is from fresh. Hop to the nursery and get a chamomile flower for your bedside and one to make your own tea from the blossoms. According to medical studies, chamomile not only induces sleep but also assists in a deeper, uninterrupted shut-eye.

2. Gerbera Daisy

Not only are these blooms good-looking, but they are also the perfect flower for your bedroom due to their ability to increase oxygen. They carry air-purifying qualities so you can breathe in crispy-clean air while in dreamland. 

3. Jasmine

The scent that makes us all go aaaah. Studies show that the beautiful aroma of Jasmine has anxiety-reducing effects. Put some fresh Jasmine in your pillowcase for a delightful sleep or in a glass jar next to your favourite bedside book. 

4. Lavender

We all know it too well, the rich, floral scent that oozes mellow. Lavender works as an anxiolytic (an anxiety reliever) and a sedative to increase relaxation and calm and help bring about sleep. Lavender interacts with the neurotransmitter GABA to help quiet the brain and nervous system activity, reducing agitation, anger, aggression, and restlessness. Perfect to add some fresh cuts to your pillowcase or bedtime tea.

5. Orchid

This gorgeous tropical flower doesn’t need any other reason than it’s good looks to earn a place on your bedside table. However, they are more than just a pretty face. Like many other plants, Orchids absorb carbon dioxide during the day and release oxygen in the evening, aiding quality sleep. 

Mattress size guide

Mattress sizes

Single: 91 cm x 188 cm

A single bed is ideal for your little ones first big bed. They can get adequate quality sleep for a reasonable amount of years. Single beds are the smallest standard size, and are often used to create a king size bed by pushing two sets together. They are also great for tiny rooms where space is not really an option.

Three quarter: 107 cm x 188 cm

3/4 beds are great for student digs, and for kids up to their teen years. They offer enough space for young adults too, making them a good option for an economical yet acceptable sleeping surface. The 3/4 is very popular in bulk accommodation establishments such as hostels, mines and boarding schools. They are also very popular for hospitality organisations like a B&B or backpackers where space may not be a luxury.

Double: 137 cm x 188 cm

Double beds can easily accommodate a young adult or teenager. It provides a good sleeping surface for a good quality sleep. Double beds are ideally suited for this modern age living, with small apartment buildings and townhouse complexes becoming more popular. Double beds are also great for couples who are starting out in life with limited bedroom space and budget.

Queen: 152 cm x 188 cm

Queen size beds are considered the best option for couples giving each individual the opportunity to have enough sleeping area to get an undisturbed sleep. More common in the main bedroom of the house, they can also be a good fit for a teen or adult that has enough space in the room. It is also frequently found in medium-sized hospitality rooms.

King: 182 cm x 188 cm

Best for couples who like a lot of their own sleeping space. The king size bed is perfect if you need the space to have the best quality sleep. It is also great for large families who like to spend time in bed on movie nights. Generally found in the main bedroom. The king size is also often found in luxury hospitality suites.

Extra length sizes: 200 cm in length

Most of the sizes are available in an extra length, which is 200 cm long from head to toe. This generally accommodates the taller individual but is also convenient for those of us who have foot sleeping pets.