Disclosure: This post and giveaway is sponsored by Sleep Number®. As always, all words and opinions are my own.
In almost 19 years of marriage, Jeff and I have been able to find a lot of common ground. We’re actually pretty good at finding happy mediums. There is one place, though, where we’ve been stumped and where compromise hasn’t worked…
I want a mattress to swallow me up. He basically wants to sleep on a board. (Not really, but it feels like that to me.)
I’m sure so many couples can relate.
So, what we have is a very-comfy-for-me, but too-soft-for-Jeff memory foam mattress that’s been relegated to the guest room and we’re sleeping on another very nice inner-spring mattress that is a compromise. Jeff sleeps with a pillow between his legs for extra support and I toss and turn regularly to find a comfy spot.
We’ve been talking about getting a new mattress for a while, but decided to wait until after we moved. We were also a little hesitant, because we already have two nice mattresses! How do we even begin to pick one that will work for both of us? As we started to research possibilities, the only ones were A.) go 1950’s style and get twin beds (um, no) or B.) get a bed that would offer us the option of having different firmness levels on each side of the bed.
And option B led us to a Sleep Number store.
Now, I’ll insert here that shopping for mattresses can be a bit of an odd experience. You end up laying down on mattresses in a store, trying to decide if this is where you want to spend 1/3 of your next 20 or so years. And, if you’re like Jeff and I, you have the added angst of knowing that spending a lot of money on a nice mattress (that felt nice for the 10 minutes you laid on it at the store) doesn’t mean it’s going to feel amazing on your body 6 months from now.
I was pleasantly surprised that trying out Sleep Number beds was an entirely different experience.
All of the beds in their store, from the budget-friendly to the best-of-the-best, offer the ability to adjust each side of the bed to different settings. Do you know what that means?! It means you’re not having to lay on 10 different mattresses, trying to decipher if your back prefers a pillow-top or memory foam. You don’t even have to be concerned about whether the mattress is too firm or too soft, because it’s adjustable!
With that consideration completely out of the way, we could just focus on finding our perfect Sleep Number® setting and then figuring out the features that would be most comfortable for us.
Yes, it still involved laying on a bed in a store, but we got to experience all different comfort levels on one mattress.
(I don’t know if you can appreciate it, but do you see how flat my hips are in the picture above? It’s because the mattress is accommodating my curves, supporting my sway back.)
And I wasn’t just feeling the different comfort levels, but I could see how different settings affected my body and pressure points. Jeff, the Sleep Number employee who was helping us, showed my points of pressure when the mattress was set at 100 (the most firm) and 30 (a softness setting that was comfortable for me.) This screen shot just shows me positioned on my back, but I rolled to my side and stomach as well to see how the pressure points changed.
And I liked that this demonstration was done on one of their middle-of-the-road, most popular mattresses, the p5, so they are not showing you how comfortable the bed is with all of the bells and whistles and then you come to learn it’s out of your price range.
Not surprisingly, the demonstration showed that a super-soft setting of 30 was perfect for me. I could sink down in the mattress, but I still felt supported. And, not surprisingly, Jeff liked it at 85, just a few steps down from the firmest setting.
So that’s why we’ve been having trouble finding one that we both love! We knew it, but the broad span between our Sleep Number® settings made it all the more evident that a mattress that can’t be customized isn’t going to address both of our sleep needs.
And sleep is important! If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you know I work hard and fit a lot into each day. Good sleep makes me feel better, look better, accomplish more, and I’m certainly more enjoyable to be around!
Now that we honed in on our Sleep Number, we looked at features offered on the other available models. We had decided before even setting foot in the store that we were going to upsize to a king bed. I never thought I would want a bed that big, but we have a huge master bedroom in our new house, so a king bed will look more to scale.
Also, well, Jeff would tell you that he wouldn’t mind a king bed (to say the least). I am not a very polite sleeper. I steal covers, I kick, I move around a lot, and I’ll often hang out in the middle of the bed, causing him to cling to the edge. More room will mean better sleep all around. It was never an option for us due to space, but now we have the room, so we’re going to take advantage of it!
After experiencing some of the features and options, we decided on the i10 360 Smart Bed. It had features that I didn’t even know you could get in a bed. I’m most excited about Responsive Air technology, which automatically adjusts to each of us as we change positions in our sleep. This is so key for me, since I do move around a lot. The mattress will sense that I’ve rolled from my side to my stomach and it will effortlessly adjust to provide support and comfort.
I also liked the 7″ of contouring and temperature balancing layers. To Jeff, it didn’t feel too soft, since his Sleep Number was set at 85, but for me, I melted into the mattress, just how I like it. The surface felt noticeably cool as well, which is nice, since Jeff and I prefer to have it a little cooler as we sleep and use heavier blankets. The temperature balancing layers will actually pull in your body heat when you’re hot and release it back to you when you’re cold!
And I’m also intrigued by SleepIQ® Technology. The bed will actually tell me each morning how soundly I slept the night before (my SleepIQ score). It senses my breathing, heart rate, how restless I was, etc. It sends all of the information to an app on my smart phone, so I can make better decisions during the day that will give me better sleep at night. Again, I didn’t even know a bed could do that!
Some options we sampled, but opted not to get were the FlexFit adjustable bases. Oh my, though…what a difference it makes when your feet are lifted just a little bit. It takes a lot of pressure off the lower back. And I can see many benefits to having an adjustable head position – like when I injured my shoulder and needed to sleep propped up or when I’m congested.
And many of these features are available on different models at different price points, so it’s possible to get a lot of extra features without going top-of-the-line.
If you haven’t been in a Sleep Number store, I would suggest checking it out. I usually wouldn’t suggest laying on mattresses for fun, but I learned a lot about new sleep technology as well as discovered things about myself and what feels comfortable to me.
And, because the people at Sleep Number are so awesome, they are offering a giveaway to help one lucky reader get a better night’s sleep! Here’s the prize…
In balance sheets ($229.99)
ComfortFit pillow ($89.99)
Ultra-Light Down Alternative Comforter ($299.99)
A funny thing about Sleep Number sheets is that my mom has always raved about them and I thought she was a little crazy. Really?! Sleep Number sheets are the best ever? In my visit to their store, I learned they address the most annoying thing about sheets with a simple, but brilliant elastic band that holds them in place. They are also elastic on all sides, so the sheets don’t pull and pucker along the long edge. Okay, now that I’ve seen them…you’re right, mom. They are pretty great.
One more rabbit trail about sheets. When I was in sixth grade, I needed to design a product for an innovation fair. I always hated how sheets would pop off or would creep up the edges of the mattress and then cause wrinkles at my feet. So, I designed a gadget that was a large wire X-shape with clips on all four ends. It was a sheet holder! Patent pending.
Anyway, here’s how to enter the giveaway…
So, our new bed and mattress were delivered just in time for Christmas and we’ve been enjoying them immensely. Now that we’ve been sleeping on it for a while, I’ll be giving a full review of the mattress soon!
As Jeff and I left the Sleep Number store to do some shopping, he said, “I do have one complaint about that mattress.”
“Oh yeah, what’s that?”
“That we don’t get to sleep on it tonight.”
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