Looking for a double self-inflating mattress with pillow? Then read this Skandika Blue Night Sleepyhead 7 review, as it is the most comfy I have slept camping.
Camping bed options
Getting a good night sleep when camping requires quite a few bits of kit. It also depends on a few factors completely out of your control. However, you can guarantee a bad night sleep by not having a camping matt, mattress or bed of some description.
To me the mattress is the most important element if you want to sleep well when camping. It is your first line of defence against the cold uncomfortable earth, so it is worth investing in.
I have tried various camp beds, inflatable mattresses, roll matts and now a double self-inflating mattress with pillow. In my experience you get what you pay for, both in terms of comfort and ease of use.
Skandika Blue Night Sleepyhead 7 review
Skandika are a German brand specialising in camping gear. They may not be a well known company in the UK, but they make quality tents, sleeping bags, camping furniture and self-inflating mattresses.
This is not a small and light camping mattress you can attach to the underside of your backpack and not notice it. The pack size is 68 x 30 x 28 cm and it weighs in at 5.5 kg.
I knew this when ordering, but I was still slightly surprised by the size and weight on arrival. It takes up more space than my old inflatable double mattress, although at least I don’t have to pack a pump.
When I go camping the car is usually next to the tent, so the Skandika Blue Night Sleepyhead 7 won’t be carried very far. I will not be hiking with it, or backpacking across Europe. When used at festivals it’s still a relatively small walk, and it has a useful shoulder strap for carrying.
Skandika Blue Night Sleepyhead 7 review: Inflation
Not encountered a self-inflating mattress before? The premise is that you undo the valves and over a few minutes the mattress expands drawing in air. So there is no need to pump. Although in my experience they usually need a few breaths as a manual top up.
During this Skandika Blue Night Sleepyhead 7 review I have inflated it three times. The first time it took a long while to inflate and needed quite a bit of manual blowing to get it fully inflated. This is fairly normal with a self-inflating mattress.
Since then both the times I have used it, it has self-inflated in around two to three minutes. As I like a firm mattress I tend to top it up with five to ten breaths to make it firmer. This is optional and you could easily use it without the extra air.
The pillow is inflated separately. Again it is self-inflating, however I found this does not inflate enough on it’s own. So I blow it up manually probably taking ten to fifthteen breaths. Please note I have a large lung capacity so it may take you more.
Sleeping on the Blue Night Sleepyhead 7
Of course the most important factor of any camp bed or mattress is how comfortable it is to sleep on. And this being a double self-inflating mattress with pillow it had to keep two of us happy.
The fully inflated size is 205 x 130 x 7 cm. This falls between a small double and a standard double in width while being a little longer. Being used to a king size at home it is clearly smaller, but it was large enough for my wife and I.
The mattress is seven centimetres thick and the PU Foam filler provides a lovely deep comfort. Both my wife and I were very comfortable on it for three nights camping, much more so than our old air mattress. In fact my wife said it was more comfortable than our bed at home!
The polyester material provides a tough, hard-wearing, but comfy surface to lay on without any seams that would be uncomfortable. The Skandika Sleepyhead has an anti-slip coating on the bottom to stop it sliding around on your groundsheet.
The only issue we had was with the pillow. When one of us lifted our head and put it down again the other felt it. And when my wife did so in a dramatic fashion, I felt like my head was being bounced up and down. It’s still comfy but the pillow requires light movements.
Deflation and packing away
When it comes to deflating this double self-inflating mattress with pillow at first it seemed like it would be tricky. However, with valves in each corner it is actually rather simple.
Firstly empty the pillow which is really easy. Next you fold it in half long ways and start rolling. You need to lay on it to keep squeezing the air out but this is simple for just one person.
Once you have squeezed as much out as you can do up the valves and unroll it. Then roll it again squeezing all the air to one end. When you open the valves again the rest of the air escapes.
Once complete close the valves again and then use the straps and clips to hold it all in place. The bag size is generous so it’s easy to fit back in, even if you don’t role it up that well.
Excellent double self-inflating mattress with pillow
Looking for a new camping mattress and want to try the self-inflating kind? Then I thoroughly recommend the Skandika Blue Night Sleepyhead 7.
It is superbly comfortable. Possibly too comfortable, as my wife has now decided we need a new mattress at home. The pillow requires a little adaption in how you move at night to avoid waking your partner. But it is the most comfortable I have been camping.
Both inflation and deflation are easy. I like to manually add some extra air to make it a little firmer, this only takes a few minutes. Putting it away is simple, you just need to role it to squeeze the air out.
To conclude this Skandika Blue Night Sleepyhead 7 review, it’s the best night’s sleep I have had camping. Furthermore, I’d be happy to put guests on it when we have people to stay. As it’s much more comfortable than our sofa bed.