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Nobody tells you... Sophie White shares her touching and hilarious life lessons

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Sophie White. Photo Kip Carroll

Sophie White. Photo Kip Carroll

Sophie White. Photo Kip Carroll

I can't quite believe I've made it to my mid-30s without ever having bought myself a new mattress. And now, like any recent convert, I am evangelically ramming the good word of new-mattress ownership down the throat of anyone who'll listen.

I've had a chequered bed past. My husband and I have done time in some pretty heinous sleeping scenarios. There were the usual hellish futon years in our 20s, but we also did stints in a bunk bed, a converted van and, perhaps worst of all, months in a tent the size and shape of a generous coffin. Even when we finally got a normal bed, a strange parsimoniousness prevailed - I felt we couldn't possibly have a new mattress and instead self-flagellated with the haunted mattresses of relatives who offloaded them with the delight of someone passing on a cursed object.


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