Choosing The Right Mattress For Your Back With Dr Andrew Harkin


As one of Melbourne’s leading Osteopaths, Dr Andrew Harkin has helped hundreds of patients reduce their pain and overcome injuries, improve their mobility and strength, allowing them to get back to doing what they love.

We were delighted when Dr Andrew chose a Dusk&Dawn mattress and bed base and caught up with Andrew to hear his thoughts on his luxurious new bedding.


Why did you choose a Dusk&Dawn Mattress?

I’ve tried other mattresses that come to you rolled up in a box, and found they either lack quality or are too firm. I saw that Dusk&Dawn had good reviews, the mattress doesn’t come in a box, it’s Australian-made, which I love to support, and uses quality materials, so I thought I’d give it a go. 10 days in and it’s been a great choice already compared to other offshore made mattresses I’ve tried.

Which mattress did you choose?
I chose the King Signature MK2 in medium firmness. (Andrew's choice of mattress is pictured below.)

What do you love about the mattress?
It’s incredibly comfortable. Definitely the most comfortable mattress I’ve tried that also has good quality support for muscles and joints. I also love how high and thick it is.

Tell us about the delivery experience?
The delivery process was seamless. I got a message from the delivery driver saying he was on his way, then he also helped us carry in the mattress.

In your opinion, what are the key differences between a ‘Mattress in a Box’ and a premium Dusk&Dawn Mattress?
I think the overall quality and size of the mattress are the two main differences. My Dusk&Dawn mattress is much thicker and seems to be better quality than boxed delivery mattresses that I’ve tried. It’s also a lot softer, which I prefer.

What are the best ways to choose a mattress? What are the key things to
The most important thing when choosing a mattress is comfort and quality of materials used. Your number one priority is getting a good nights sleep, so ensuring the mattress is comfortable for you is the highest priority. I also think purchasing from a company like Dusk&Dawn who offers a 100-day comfort guarantee is something you should always look for.

How do you know which mattress is right for you?
You’ll know if a mattress is right for you if:
- It’s comfortable;
- It allows you to consistently get a good nights sleep; and
- You’re not waking up sore.

Which type of mattress firmness is best?
Studies have shown that medium firmness is the best for back pain. People tend to assume that firmer is better, however that’s not the case. I’d recommend a medium to soft mattress for most people with back issues.

Does the size of the mattress impact on the quality of sleep?
It definitely can if you share your mattress with a partner or your little ones are jumping in the bed at night. I’ve gone the king size as I prefer not to be touched whilst sleeping, so that way my partner and I have enough room to stick to our sides.

Why is choosing the right mattress so important for back health?
Sleeping is when our body and brain recovers. If you’re not getting quality sleep, or your mattress isn’t right for you, it’s going to be very difficult to overcome pain and injuries, as well as prevent them from occurring in the first place.

What are the impacts of a poor quality mattress?
A poor quality mattress will not only impact the quality of your sleep, impacting your mood and cognitive abilities, but you’re more likely to wake up sore. A mattress should support your joints and muscles so that everything can relax throughout the night.

How frequently should you replace your mattress?
The general rule is every 6-8 years you should replace your mattress. I think if it’s at 8 years and you still feel comfortable and are able to get a good nights sleep on that mattress, then there’s no need to change it over yet.

Any final comments or thoughts on your Dusk&Dawn mattress?
Highly recommend! As I’ve mentioned, this is the most comfortable yet supportive mattress I’ve ever owned, and have had quality sleep since it arrived.

You can find Andrew on Instagram @Dr.Andrew.Harkin where he shares tips on how people can improve the way their body feels and moves.


Why Dusk&Dawn

Some helpful insights

“I should have bought this bed long ago. The Premiere mattress is a winner. Don't know why I held back on upgrading for so long. ”

MaddyApril 26, 2023

“I bought the top of the range Signature mattress and I am out like a log every night. Now I actually look forward to sleeping. ”

Ben27 February 2023

“I bought a Signature Dusk&Dawn mattress for my parents as a surprise and they absolutely love it. They're getting up feeling much more rested. ”

Sophia5 May 2023

“I love my comfy Dusk&Dawn Essential mattress. So affordable, I'll be buying another one soon for my daughter. ”

Debbie11 June 2023

“I looked at other mattresses and then came across Dusk&Dawn through Google and I loved their 100 day Comfort Guarantee so I just got. It was a lucky find... I love it. ”

Ken12 March 2023

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Delivery Timing and Expectations

We are NOT an 'Amazon' type business and we are NOT a bed-in-a-box either. We are a family business based locally in Melbourne and we actually care about the quality of product we sell and the quality of sleep we promise. For this very reason, we don't compromise on time or quality and make every mattress to order ~ tailor made by hand specifically to our customers needs.

Now sometimes this may take a little longer, but rest assured once you receive and sleep on one of our mattresses, you'll soon understand and appreciate why we are super proud of our master tailors and the quality products we make ~ for you! Quality like ours takes time and is well worth the wait.

PSSS. So please don't compare us to other brands promising to ship next day or ones that are made overseas.

Please see below shipping times based on Metro Locations

  • 7-14 working VIC/NSW
  • 10-16 working days QLD
  • 14-21 working days SA / WA

Regional deliveries may take up to 2-4 weeks, based on your location.

Please contact our friendly sales team for more up-to-date timings.

What is included in your white glove delivery service?

Our white glove delivery service is a premium offering that sets us apart. When you choose this service, you can expect a dedicated two-person team to handle your mattress with care. They will transport it to your desired location, place it directly on your bedframe, and ensure a seamless and hassle-free experience for you. Additionally, we offer the option to remove your old mattress and responsibly dispose of it, saving you the trouble of dealing with its disposal. This comprehensive white glove delivery service prioritizes your comfort and convenience every step of the way.

What happens to my old mattress?

Metro locations: for a fee of $100, we will collect your old mattress and take it to a mattress recycler. Unfortunately we can not offer our mattress collection service in regional locations at this stage.

Do your mattresses come in a box?

No, our products are made using high quality materials which do not allow them to be compressed, rolled and squashed into a box. When this is done, quality is compromised and we don't do that.

How do I choose the mattress that is right for me/us?

We have carefully engineered two feels in each model, these two feels will please most. If you are looking for rock hard or super cloud soft, you are in the wrong place.

Comfy-Medium, our most popular feel is supportive with added comfort. Firm-Support is a little firmer and is comfort with added support.

Feel free to give us a call if you would like to discuss the options with one of our trained staff.

Are Dusk&Dawn mattresses environmentally friendly?

Yes, all Dusk&Dawn mattresses are made using Australian made foams and fabrics. We proudly use GECA (Good Environmental Choice Australia) and Oeko-Tex certified materials ensuring the most environmentally responsible products.

What type of bed frame do you recommend?

Our mattresses are designed for best performance when used in conjunction with our matching classic slimline base as part of a total sleep set. 

Where can I try your mattresses?

Right in the comfort of your own home! You have 100 nights to decide if you are happy with your selection. It certainly beats 20 minutes in a mattress shop.

Can I order over the phone?

Unfortunately not, for your security all orders must go through our website.

Do you have AfterPay?

Yes, we also accept ApplePay, Zip and PayPal too.

How much is delivery?

Our Delivery service is 100% FREE in metro areas, Australia Wide. For regional areas it's $250 flat rate. Certain regional areas may experience some delays in delivery. Please ask us for accurate delivery times.

What areas do you deliver to?

We are currently delivering to most regions of Australia excluding NT & TAS ( for potential deliveries to these areas please email ), including regional areas. Due to current freight delays and ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, regional deliveries may take up to 3-4 weeks. Please ask us for accurate delivery times.

What bed sheets fit the Signature mattress?

Due to the height of the Signature mattress being 38cm high, we advise you purchase 'Super Queen' size fitted sheets for a Queen size mattress as they will fit more comfortably around your mattress. These can be found at most bedding retailers across Australia including Adairs.

Is there a trial period?

We want you to be completely satisfied with your new mattress. For this reason, all Dusk&Dawn mattresses come with a 100 night comfort guarantee. During this time you can test your new mattress out in the comfort of your own home. You must own the mattress for a minimum of 30 nights from the date received, this will give your body the adequate time to adjust. If between, night 31-100 you still are not satisfied with your sleep, then let us know and we will arrange to collect your mattress and adjust the firmness before returning it right back to you FREE of charge. 


Please... Don't pay retail prices?

We are sold purely online. If we were to sell to popular retailers, our prices would be double and they would make huge margins. We want to pass those saving on to you - the customer. We pride ourselves on value for money. Quality Australian made workmanship using only premium materials. You simply won't get this quality of build at these prices at the major retailers. They need to make a big margin to pay for staff, lease or bricks and mortar.

Do we offer a refund?

Yes we do offer a refund. But first:

1. You must go through 1 Comfort change first as per our Comfort Guarantee policy;
2. And then if you are still not happy after a further 30 nights of sleeping on it, we will happily refund your money (Minus the shipping cost of $250).