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A Cup of Jo: A Truly Comfortable Bed

Our friend (and beloved Cup of Jo photographer) Nicki Sebastian was way overdue for a new mattress. “Our old one was from my husband Roni’s single days,” she laughs. “It was absurd.” The couple needed something more supportive and comfortable for themselves — and their two little girls, who often piled in. So, we were happy to introduce Nicki to Leesa, whose mattresses we’ve used and loved for years…

A Cup of Jo: A Truly Comfortable Bed

Nicki lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their daughters Cami, age six, and Cece, almost two. “Our house is tiny. It’s 750 square feet on a good day,” Nicki explains. “So, we do everything in our bed. I work there, we watch movies, and in the mornings, the girls come running in first thing and hop in. It’s our reset place. The bed can fit all of us, so it’s the default location.”

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Leesa mattresses are made with three distinct foam layers, to keep you cool and comfortable. “Admittedly, Roni and I are not the best co-sleepers,” Nicki laughs. “We used to feel each other’s movements all night long. Every time Roni moved, I would wake up and think it was the beginning of an earthquake.” But the Leesa mattress has changed all that. “Now, we both sleep soundly. The foam absorbs all the other person’s movements. It’s like those old tests where someone jumps up and down with a glass of wine on the bed. It’s amazing.”

A Cup of Jo: A Truly Comfortable Bed

The middle layer, made with comfy memory foam, supports your body. “I love how it satisfies all sleeping positions,” says Nicki. “It works for belly sleeping, side sleeping, back sleeping…”

Meanwhile, the uppermost layer, with perforated foam, helps keep you cool. Says Nicki, “This mattress brings the cool factor in every sense of the word. The look and feel is awesome, and the temperature is great. Our home doesn’t have air conditioning, so I can’t wait until the summer when this mattress will really pay off!”

A Cup of Jo: A Truly Comfortable Bed

Leesa’s hybrid pillows are truly game-changing. “The pillows stay cool to the touch even after a full night’s sleep,” Nicki says. “It’s wild. I’m a constant pillow flipper, and I haven’t needed to flip my pillow with this, which is a game changer.” (Joanna even gave these pillows as Christmas gifts to her mom and sister.)

A Cup of Jo: A Truly Comfortable Bed

“Sleep is so valuable,” says Nicki. “If there’s anything you can do to upgrade the quality of sleep, it’s worth it. This mattress has completely changed our lives.”

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Have you tried a Leesa mattress? We recommend them so, so highly.

Great news for all readers: Leesa is offering 15% off your entire order, plus two FREE pillows. This includes both award-winning mattresses — the Leesa and the Sapira (their luxury hybrid mattress, made with both foam and springs). Promo code CUPOFJO will be auto-applied at checkout using this link. Plus, as always, Leesa will let you try it out for 100 nights, risk-free. Thank you so much, Leesa!

(Photos by Nicki Sebastian for Cup of Jo. Family portraits by Marisa Vitale. This post is sponsored by Leesa, a brand we use in our homes and have loved for years. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep Cup of Jo running.)

  1. Megan says...

    I had to return this mattress. It felt like a big ball of dough. Bummer!

  2. Brittany says...

    Could you ask her where the cool wood wall hanging with the tassel is from? Love it!

  3. I wish they could figure out how to ship these overseas. We moved to Italy for my husband’s work last year with the expectation that we’d only be here two years, but now it’s looking like five! This is not a bad problem to have, but we could really use a new mattress. We’ve had this since we first got together sixteen years ago… I thought it could wait until we get back, but it’s bugging me more and more. And the hybrid mattresses here are very expensive and not the same size. I’d love to try one of Leesa’s hybrids!

  4. May says...

    I find it surprising that no one seems concerned about the chemicals that are in the memory foam mattresses. Organically made mattresses are very pricey, however the health risks of fire treated mattresses are real.

  5. Leah says...

    I highly recommend the Sapira mattress. I love that it has springs and foam so it’s really supportive. Those springs help with the “non sleep activities” as well :)

  6. Kerry says...

    Can you ask where she got her jeans – love them!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’ll ask!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      they’re these ones from madewell: http://bit.ly/2DIk2ZN

      xoxo

  7. Such a sweet family!! I live in 750 square feet with my husband and daughter. I would LOVE to see a home tour from Nicki if she is interested — I am really trying to envision how we can stay in our Boston neighborhood, since I am expecting another baby! Always love your posts. :)

    • Seraphim says...

      I agree! I’d love to see a home tour of Nicki’s place. I live in So Cal in an 850-square foot cottage with 2-kids, a dog, and my hubby – I’m always inspired by seeing how other families make smaller homes work.

  8. Lea says...

    Can we talk about how the mattress behaves for non-sleeping activities? Asking because sex on a memory foam of tempurpedic mattress sucks :(

  9. Samantha says...

    Ok…. about two years ago my husband and I bought an inexpensive boxed foam mattress that was GLORIOUS for the first year and a half. Then almost overnight we were both waking up with sore necks and backs and shoulders. There are noticeable permanent dips where we sleep every night. It’s really turned me off all foam mattresses. Can anyone tell me if they love their Leesa a few years in as much as when it was new?

    Also the random comment thread re: poems to read at a funeral was so lovely. You guys really have the best commenters.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’d love to hear other people’s thoughts! for us, we’ve had leesa mattresses for more than 3 years, and we still love them and find them supportive and very very comfortable. i think it’s because of the three layers of foam?

    • Joanna says...

      Unfortunately we’ve had this problem with our leesa. We loved it when we got it in the summer of 2015. We were SO excited! Now it has a hardish mound in the middle between us, and does not provide the support it did, leading to neck and back pain again. I’m bummed, because I loved it more than any other mattress we tried, but it’s not having the shelf life we hoped, so not sure where we’re headed next.

    • Jenna says...

      We had the same issue with our Leesa. We had it about 1.5 years and it did exactly what you said and caused us pain, which I had NEVER had before. We contacted them and were able to send in pictures and get it replaced with a new one. We choose to upgrade (which we paid the difference for) to the Sapira that has springs inside it also. We also had to change our foundation. Apparently the leesa mattress (and maybe all foam mattresses) needs to be on a flat surface, not boards. So we put plywood down and they said that should solve the problem also.

  10. Alex says...

    I’m having trouble believing that a foam mattress can be cool. How is that possible? Foam insulates, so it would keep your body heat in, right?

    • MissEm says...

      They’re so cool! We have a leesa in our guest room and we’ve started sleeping in there because our IKEA mattress is so much hotter and keeps us up at night.

    • Mel F says...

      I have two of them for our kids and I will honestly say that for our family, they do run hot. We live in So Cal and perhaps the balmy weather adds to that? I dunno. We’ve only had them for two years and already looking to replace due to the heat factor.

  11. Regan says...

    I want her beauty uniform!

  12. celeste says...

    I don’t understand how this can be in a box and not break anything. Cute little baby bottom though :)

  13. I neeeeed a recommendation on pillows! I don’t even know where to start I just know that mine seriously bums me out.

    • Hanh vu says...

      I have a Leesa pillow that ws gift to us with the mattress. it’s pretty good for side sleeper.

    • Emily L says...

      I order the Marriott pillows from their online shop! They are the best. Expensive, but worth it.

  14. Megan says...

    My significant other and I just moved in together and replaced my old mattress with a Leesa. I used to wake up multiple times a night every time he rolled over (we were bordering on the “salmon flipping” phenomenon) or when a cat jumped on or off the bed, I have never slept so well and undisturbed. It’s a little bit insane that I was so hesitant to pull the trigger on a Leesa for so long. I also use the pillow and love that as well.

    • Melissa says...

      LOL! Thanks for that reminder of salmon flipping.

  15. Maria says...

    I just spent 2 months sleeping on the leesa and had to send it back. It was way too soft. Anyone who needs a firm mattress should skip this whole mattress in a box trend altogether. I’m back on a firm coil mattress and my body is much happier.

    • Marcella says...

      Same, I think it’s a tad too soft for me but it definitely improved once I got a bunkie board to put under it and now it feels more firm.

    • Michelle says...

      We are both “firm” sleepers too- innersprung mattresses all the way!
      The only time we’ve slept on a Leesa was while visiting a friend and we actually left a day early just because the bed was so hot and uncomfortable for us. My husband slept on the floor the second night and we made a polite fake excuse the next day.
      Also, everyone keeps mentioning how they’ll send a replacement if it wears down- what is the environment cost of us all replacing our mattresses every few years? Hmmm….

  16. Tory says...

    I would say it’s not significantly lighter than a typical mattress, but I have no issues changing the sheets. I have the king and can easily lift the corners as needed but would need help to flip and move the mattress.

  17. Mel says...

    Back in October my husband I stayed at an airbnb and couldn’t get over how great the mattress was. Usually we sleep terribly on vacation but here, we slept amazing and my bad back and neck woke up feeling so much better so I snuck a peek and sure enough, Leesa. We bought one as soon as we got home even though we didn’t need a new mattress and i’m SO glad we did. It took a few weeks to ‘break in’ to the point of comfort of the airbnb’s but it’s amazing. I agree that you barely feel the tossing/turning or in my case husbands massive twitching! all night. And the Leesa pillow is a game change. I don’t have the one pictures above I have the standard one that has the same look as the mattress. I used to sleep with 3 pillows now just that one and it has 100% changed my neck and eliminated the problems I used to have. Okay, i’m done raving now.

  18. Ann says...

    I’m sorry this is totally unrelated to the post but does anyone have any suggestions for a poem to be read at a grandparents funeral?

    The poem suggestions to be read at wedding on another post were incredibly helpful.

    • Bonnie says...

      I find Henry Van Dyke’s A Parable of Immortality VERY comforting. It’s one I write inside every sympathy card I mail. Hugs to you, Ann, as you travel this road.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so sorry for your loss, ann.

    • Ann says...

      Thanks so much Bonnie and Joanna.

    • Anne says...

      I am so sorry for your loss.

      We read Henry Van Dyke’s poem that Bonnie recommended at my brother-in-law’s funeral last year and it was very soothing. I also recommend Death is Nothing at All by Henry Scott Holland.

    • Deanna says...

      When Great Trees Fall by Maya Angelou

    • Alison says...

      I found the poem Acceptance by Robert Frost shortly after the death of someone who was like a grandma to me. When my grandfather passed away, I turned to this poem again and found great peace. It’s a little less direct and might not be right for a reading, but wanted to share with you in your time of loss. I hope you’re able to grieve in your own way on your own time. <3

    • Jean says...

      So sorry for you loss Ann. I read the Parable of Immortality poem at my dad’s funeral, it was very moving, not only because he had been in the navy, but also because we could imagine our mum waiting for him on the other shore.

    • Adrienne says...

      Just looked up A Parable of Immortality – so lovely and beautiful. I sent it to a friend who recently lost her husband. Ann, so sorry for your loss.

    • Neha says...

      I’m so sorry!! Would you like to tell us something about your grandparent?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      they’re such sweet little girls!

  19. Looks already very comfortable!
    xx Rena

  20. Laura C. says...

    I desperately need a new mattress, but I need good ol’ springs. We bought a foam one nine years ago but I don’t rest well. I know several people who tell me that they are returning to the spring mattress too!

    • I CAN RECOMMEND ONE! The Saatva mattress, which is super affordable, has foam AND springs and it has changed my life! My hubby and I previously had a full foam mattress and — being that we’re heavier people (over 200 lbs each) — it was just not supportive enough. I truly don’t think foam mattresses are made for anyone who is curvy, heavy, or needs genuine support.

      The Saatva is like sleeping on a fancy hotel mattress — comfortable for side, stomach, and back sleepers. I’m VERY curvy (also a side sleeper, and currently 30 weeks pregnant) and it perfectly conforms to my body. We have the 14″ king in “luxury firm” (note: the 14″ is VERY deep and heavy — the 11.5″ version is probably just as perfect, but we wanted to ensure enough support for our heavy bodies). We bought it last May after sending back our previous foam mattress (which was the Ghost bed; prior to that we had a different foam mattress) and it’s the first time I’ve woken up without back pain in YEARS.

      Saatva comes with white glove delivery, set-up, and they’ll take your old mattress away for free! (It’s a real mattress, so it doesn’t come in a box.) They also do a 120-day trial period where you can return it if it’s not a good fit. It’s honestly the best mattress I’ve ever slept on, I can’t recommend it enough! (I swear I don’t work for them, I’m just a *very* satisfied and enthusiastic customer!)

      https://www.saatvamattress.com/

    • Laura C. says...

      Thank you Stacy, you’re very kind! 🤗 Yes, spring mattresses are the best to me.

  21. Abesha1 says...

    Small house tour, maybe? 😁 p
    Please?

  22. Alain says...

    This mattress is amazing

  23. Meg says...

    How long is the discount available? Xx

    • Franny Eremin says...

      Forever! No expiration date :)

  24. Charlene H Noble says...

    I have exactly the same question. I need a comparison between these 2 mattresses. Also the duxiana famous mattress.

  25. Claire says...

    I love the flecks of gold in her bedding agains the green-grey walls. So pretty. I’d love to know where that top blanket and pillowcases are from!

  26. Em says...

    We’re looking to paint our bland bedroom a more committed color and I love hers! Any chance we can find out what the shade is?

    • Franny Eremin says...

      I’ll ask her!

    • Franny Eremin says...

      Hi Em, it’s Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray. :)

  27. Allie says...

    Also bought a Leesa from your rec years ago. I googled the old post! Anyway, it’s as good as you say and also not having to step foot into a sleazy mattress store was the cherry on top. Thanks!

  28. Ingrid says...

    This was one of my first BIG purchases after college. I wanted to invest in a good bed that would last me a long time and really value the recommendations on this blog! Everything was great in the beginning, all my family members would even comment on how soft the mattress was! Unfortunately after a while, I would wake up really sore as if I had been in an intense workout the night before. I recently got really sick from lower back pain (stress) and had to visit the emergency room. When I came home, I couldn’t sleep in my bed! My sister who was in an automobile accident (dislocated hip) and would sometimes sleep over on my bed would share that she too would wake up sore. I don’t want to deter too many from trying the mattress, but just caution those that may have similar back or joint pain!

  29. Elissa says...

    Any way you could find out that wall color too? It’s amazing! :)

    • Franny Eremin says...

      It’s Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray!

  30. Katie says...

    I was wondering if anyone can tell me how heavy the Leesa is? I have a firm queen mattress that I would like to replace with something lighter – it is so heavy and hard to lift when I change the sheets…is the Leesa lighter?
    Thank you!

    • Katie Larissa says...

      I’m not super strong, and I can easily lift it to change sheets, even though I’m 6 mos pregnant. We just turned it the other day, and I did need help with that, but more because of the unwieldy size of the king rather than weight.

    • Tara Tubb says...

      It’s quite easy to lift the corners when changing the sheets. To put it in to place, you’ll need an extra set of hands. I love mine!!

    • Brit says...

      The Leesa is heavy. I have a king and absolutely love it but it is not light.

    • Abesha1 says...

      So heavy. My king size weighs almost 90lbs.
      I do love it…. my only caveat is that it STANK for about 2 weeks. Even my kids hated the smell. It made me wonder what I was breathing…

    • Mel says...

      No, it is HEAVY. But I don’t lift the mattress when I change sheets. We’re dreading having to move it one day but I LOVE it and wouldn’t go back to an old mattress ever.

    • Carly says...

      Hi Katie,

      My boyfriend and I own a Leesa mattress and can confirm that it is much, much lighter than traditional mattresses. We actually just moved into a new apartment and were able to transport the mattress easily by ourselves – whereas with past mattresses, I definitely would’ve needed to hire a mover!

  31. Jo says...

    Last night was our first night on our new Avacado mattress, we chose it for the natural latex, wool and organic cotton…but I’m not sure I like the feel…has anyone tried it and the Leesa? Would love to compare!

    • TC says...

      I bought a Leesa mattress when we moved our son out of his crib into a twin bed. Now my husband and I often end up taking naps in his bed, it’s so comfortable! We also both love the Leese pillows BUT they do have smell. It’s the worst the first few days, but even now when I put my head on the pillow I can still smell it faintly.

    • Jo — Last year I replaced our foam Ghost bed (during the trial period) and debated HEAVILY between the Avocado and the Saatva mattresses, which both boast eco-friendly materials and manufacturing in the USA. The Saatva won out in the end and I can WHOLEHEARTEDLY recommend it. It’s unbelievably comfortable and it’s got a foam top with internal coil springs. The price is unbeatable for the quality of mattress it is — it genuinely feels like climbing into a bed at a luxury hotel. (Warning: the 14″ version is VERY HEAVY and my only caveat with this mattress is that changing the sheets isn’t the easiest. If you aren’t over 200 lbs, I would recommend the thinner 11.5″ version.)

      (Also for reference: I’m a side sleeper, very curvy, with chronic sciatica pain — plus I’m currently 220 lbs and 30 weeks pregnant — and I wake up every morning without pain and no soreness. The Saatva resets my body every single night, and it’s been a life-saver for me.)

  32. michaela says...

    Can anyone comment on whether the Leesa pillows are good for back-sleepers? They look more compressible than a normal memory foam pillow.

    Every pillow I’ve tried recently has ended up being too tall for me. When I lay on my back, the pillow props up the crown of my head so much that it feels like my neck is being compressed forward. We recently switched to a Nectar mattress, which is similar to the Leesa, but I can’t use the pillow that came with it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes! They have a removable insert so you can make it full or thin. I like thin pillows too!

  33. Claire says...

    Can I ask where Nicki found her bedding? I really like the subtle pattern on the white with the pops of gold! It looks beautiful against the green/grey walls!

  34. Tory says...

    The only downside to buying a Leesa is that it ruins you for all other beds!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahahaa agreed!

    • Lexi says...

      Yessss. We bought a Sapira mattress (same company that makes the Leesa) and it has totally spoiled us. I used to think hotel beds were the best, but now I am always dying to get back home to my own bed.

  35. Sarah says...

    What is the source for the linen(?) bedding? Talk about heart eyes. :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I’ll ask her!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      parachute!

  36. anne says...

    This might be a silly question, but can you flip the mattress, or is there only one ‘top’ side?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      With the foam layers, you don’t want to flip bc you wouldnt get the benefits of the layers, but you can rotate 180 degrees every few months!

  37. Sarah says...

    Webought Leesa mattresses after your recommendation (from what, your first apartment in the blog years?) and years later they’re still amazing.

  38. Jenny says...

    Hi Cup of Jo team! I recently purchased a Leesa mattress, and I’ve really been struggling with the strong smell of the foam. I unboxed it and left it in my living room for over a week to air out. I even let it air out for an additional day on my bed frame with the cover unzipped. I’ve now slept on it for 3 nights, and while I do find it comfortable, the smell is still quite strong. I know that Joanna and Caroline both have Leesa mattresses, so I’m curious to hear from some seasoned Leesa veterans: how long does is take for the smell to completely disappear? I really want it to work out, but the off-gassing is really dashing my hopes!

    • May says...

      I experienced the same problem with a mattress I had purchased years ago. After researching the problem of off gassing with a petroleum based mattress I decided to purchase an organic cotton with chemical free wool for my mattress. Do your research, all mattresses by the way are treated with fire retardant, except organic wool. Stay healthy!

    • Jenny says...

      May – What mattress did you end up choosing?