Our Story

TheSleepChecklist not only the UK’s finest mattress reviews, but through perseverance, unboxing blisters, countless run-ins with customer service staff, I’ve managed to hopefully bring to you the brighter world of a comfy, relaxing night’s sleep.

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MattressDude here...

Max Stevens

I’m Max, the guy behind The Sleep Checklist. Maybe you’re an insomniac like myself, or simply trying to unearth the what’s what behind mattresses and sleep? We all know that life is much better when you’ve had a great night’s sleep.

That was my main objective behind setting up this site, to share my experiences with my own sleeping problems. I’ve been plagued with sporting injuries, and that resulted in some absolutely awful night’s sleep.

So I decided to provide extensive, honest, and transparent reviews on some of the top UK sleep products which helped me (or not!) through my darkest days.

The content I create is the content I wish I had the chance to read. And that’s before I spent £10,000’s on sleep products. And you’ve got to be careful out there, it’s crazy how many sites like this out there are owned by a mattress company like Casper.

The Journey To Relaxation

Finding the right mattress, pillow or sleep accessory for you to truly relax and sleep in comfort can’t happen overnight. It certainly didn’t for me! It started with a football injury, and it’s taken a lot of hard work, unboxing, lugging mattresses around, to bring to you the most honest, reliable, and in-depth reviews and guides in the sleep industry (I hope!)

The Method Behind The Madness

Finding the right mattress, pillow or sleep accessory for you to truly relax and sleep in comfort can’t happen overnight. It certainly didn’t for me! It started with a football injury, and it’s taken a lot of hard work, unboxing, lugging mattresses around, to bring to you the most honest, reliable, and in-depth reviews and guides in the sleep industry (I hope!)

Our Team
Meet The Testers

The chief illustrator for the site.

My amazing girlfriend who supports me through this intrepid journey! (Well she does get to try new mattress after new mattress, and got to choose our ‘go-to’ mattress as well…) 

5ft 3in

Height

Couple Sleeper

Social Sleep

45kg

Weight

Hot Sleeper

Sleep Style

Black/Combo

Sleep Position

Writes everything on the site!

I’m TSC! The one behind this madness of a site I’ve put together. I love what I do, so here’s my profile! It’s important I put this here, as it’s easier to compare your size and frame to me and the testers.

6ft 1in

Height

Couple Sleeper

Social Sleep

80kg

Weight

Hot Sleeper

Sleep Style

Side(Right Shoulder)

Sleep Position

World class chef!

The big bro, and secondary tester. He’s literally my big bro, and that’s why I’ve utilised him to the best of his abilities. To snore the night away.

6ft 4in

Height

Couple Sleeper

Social Sleep

110kg

Weight

Hot Sleeper

Sleep Style

Front Stomach

Sleep Position

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My Mattress Story

You’ll see that I slipped in the bit about my football injury above. What a torrid experience that has been! All I was trying to do was lose that beer belly, playing a bit of Sunday League with my mates down at the local football team. 

And then…. bam! That sliding tackle comes in, the thud to the floor, and that’s the back gone till now. Now, me being me, I always thought it’d just go away. Fast forward 3 months, and I’m still having restless nights with the back in agony.

So, I decided to do right by my body and go to the physio to get it checked out. The diagnosis… terrible! But let’s not drown ourselves in the depressing details. The good that came out of it? A couple of orthopaedic mattress recommendations. 

And that’s the beginning of this never ending rabbit hole I’v found myself in.

I researched for days on end, bought mattress after mattress (before my girlfriend chose for us, she did keep my back in mind though!), and soon realised that all the content you read is, how do you put it politely… not as good as what I could do?

That’s when I went hunting down all the forums, reddit, quora, and I saw that so many people just didn’t understand where to even start buying a mattress. 

I’ve ended up here, over 300,000 words written, over 100 mattresses tested, countless arguments, countless fun times, but the main thing is you (yes, you!) reading this now can go to another page on this site and be confident I’ve given it my all.

My Recommended Sleep Guides
Hybrid Mattress
Memory Foam
Mixed Foam