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1st January 2018

The Variable Firmness System

I’m pleased to announce our biggest advance in mattress technology yet: the Variable Firmness System’. It’s what we think the future of sleep should look – and feel – like.

As part of your 100 night trial:

You can create your own firmness levels that target specific parts of your body. It works like this:

  1. You’ll initially choose between medium or firm, depending on your preference.
  2. If you’re having any issues you can either change the entire firmness of the mattress; or
  3. Change specific areas of the mattress depending on if you want more or less support

No matter your body type or preferred sleep position, we believe we can able to customise the perfect solution for you.

For those of you who are more detail inclined, please read on:

At Sleeping Duck our goal has been simple: to do everything in our power to guarantee you a good night’s sleep.

This, however, is easier said than done! There are a huge number of factors that can affect the way you’re sleeping. It can be obvious things like environmental factors in your bedroom or the type of mattress you’re using. Or far more complex factors like fitness and mental health.

Since we specialise in the mattress space, over the past four years, we’ve been collecting data on quality of sleep, sleep position, age, weight, specific body area issues and firmness level. It was clear from our research that no one mattress could meet the needs of the masses.

So to counteract this we initially made our mattress customisable. This enables you to try an initial firmness level and then make changes depending on how you’re sleeping. For example, you can change the entire firmness of the mattress from medium to firm by just replacing one layer of foam.

However, this wasn’t enough. We wanted to do more. Simply speaking, there are two major areas of your body that transfer the most pressure to your mattress ‒ the shoulder region and the lower back/hip region. Depending on the individual, you may either have pain in just your lower back/ hip or shoulder regions, or both.

There are approximately 15% of our customers who decide to change their firmness level. Below I have broken down their pain points by sleep position. This has been taken from a sample of our 500 most recent firmness changes.

From the above data its clear that the majority of customers who are having issues are only having it in one specific area. E.g. for side sleepers with an issue, 39% have issues only in a hip/lower back region.

This is why we created the Variable Firmness System. It enables us to change the firmness in specific areas of the mattress, that will solve your problem without creating another. If you have any questions or thoughts I’d love to hear from you!



Co-Founder, Sleeping Duck

Winston WijeyeratneEntrepreneur & Sleep Evangelist

Winston is the Co-founder of Sleeping Duck mattresses. Frustrated by the expensive, tedious, and confusing process of buying a bed, Winston and co-founder Selvam rolled up their sleeves and literally make their own bed, Sleeping Duck.

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Hatched in 2014, Sleeping Duck was founded by Melbourne-based engineers Winston Wijeyeratne and Selvam Sinnappan. Frustrated by the expensive, tedious, and confusing process of buying a bed, the duo took on the mattress industry.

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