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Why buy?..... After enduring several weeks of tossing and turning in bed trying to find a comfortable position and then waking up with back ache due to a badly placed spring, I decided that my mattress had come to the end of its useful life and it was time to buy a new one. I began to do a bit of research and looked at both sprung mattresses and memory foam ones, too. Although I'd always thought that a memory foam mattress was beyond my means, I discovered that Silentnight had one which not only was reasonably priced but had also received the Which Best Buy seal of approval. Although it isn't entirely made of memory foam, having an ordinary foam core topped with a generous layer of memory foam, it was not only approved by Which but Silentnight also claimed the mattress gave support right up to the edges, prevent roll together (for those who intend to share their bed) and it was a no-turn mattress and guaranteed for five years. Sold to the lady who's in desperate need of a good night's sleep! The next thing was to find the best deal..... That best deal seemed to be from Sainsburys. They are currently selling the Silentnight Now 3 mattress with a 10% discount plus Nectar points. As almost all the reviews on their website were very positive and with the Which Best Buy accolade being the clincher, I bit the bullet and put in my order. The cost for a double mattress came to a few pence over £168 plus Nectar points and free standard delivery. Delivery was promised between 8 to 12 working days but in fact the mattress arrived within 3 days! What do you get?..... Although I'd been forewarned that the mattress would be delivered vacuum packed and rolled, I'd still expected something larger. When it arrived, I was rather taken aback to discover that it came in such compact packaging with the mattress compressed very tightly and vacuum wrapped in heavy duty polythene. To a casual observer it resembles a slightly large duvet but that was where the resemblance ended and it came as a shock to discover that it weighed quite a lot more than a duvet and dragging it upstairs proved to be something of a workout! Preparing for a good night's sleep..... The mattress comes with instructions to open up the packaging, allow the mattress to unroll and then leave for 24 hours for the memory foam to expand to its full size. Because of this, I decided to open it up in one of the other bedrooms which proved to be a bit of a mistake on my part. I sliced through the polythene and the mattress immediately began to expand rather like a life raft which is when I discovered that it was opening sideways in a single bedroom! Once I'd (wo)manhandled it to the right orientation, I left it alone for the rest of the day. Just before bedtime, I checked on the mattress which had expanded nicely to about a 6" depth and I thought it had probably reached its full size so decided that even though it had only been left for about 12 hours, I'd put it on my bed and give it its first test run. It was even harder moving it across the landing in its new form, especially as the mattress doesn't have handles, but I did it. It's easy to see which way up the mattress should be as the top has a slightly rounded look and a material covering which feels slightly warm to the touch. With the bed made up, I climbed in and discovered just how different memory foam is. It really feels strange compared to a sprung mattress as it's almost like trying to climb into quicksand. It feels very firm but once lying down your body begins to sink into the mattress. However, I'd no sooner climbed in and snuggled down than I was out for the count. So how was it for me?..... In the morning, after a blissfully warm, comfortable and undisturbed sleep, I woke to a feeling of great wellbeing: no backache and I felt incredibly well rested. I can honestly say that that first night was the best night's sleep I have ever had and after only one night I knew I'd never want to return to a sprung mattress. One thing I noticed, too, was that the instruction about leaving for 24 hours to expand was justified as the mattress had expanded by another inch in depth overnight. There must be some negative points!.... Well, yes, there are. The first of these is that initially the mattress has quite a strong chemical smell which is very evident even through several layers of bedding. The smell does dissipate eventually but it took a good month before it disappeared entirely. I've already mentioned that memory foam feels a bit like quicksand and just like quicksand, it's difficult to move in it or get out of it. No more rolling out of bed in the morning, now it takes some physical effort to get up and I haven't yet mastered the art of doing so gracefully. I'm not sure whether it's because the mattress is an all-foam construction or because of the mattress covering but it does make for a very warm bed so if you're one of those people who prefer cool sheets, you may find this a bit too warm. For me, this isn't much of a problem in the winter months but I do wonder how it will be trying to sleep when the sumer comes. The final negative is one I can't confirm (as yet) but a married friend tells me that it's difficult to make love on a memory foam mattress due to the lack of bounce. Personally, I would have thought that finding alternative trysting places would add a little extra variety to one's sex life. Summing it all up.... Mahatma Gandhi said "Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn." Now I understand exactly what he meant! When I get in bed, I sleep like the dead and wake up next day refreshed and happy. The memory foam mattress provides a completely different sleep experience and one it takes some getting used to but once you discover what a truly good night's sleep is like, there's no going back. It's no exaggeration to say that this mattress has completely changed my life. In fact, it's a good job I've now retired because although I used to be an early riser, I've now turned into one of those people who don't want to get up in the morning and can't wait to go to bed at night.