After almost 13 years of marriage, we finally realized something. I’m a 25 and he’s a 45…
…on our Sleep Number Bed 😉 .
Okay…by the time this post is over, you’re going to think it’s sponsored. Ha! But it’s not! We’re just excited that we’re finally happy with our new mattress and since you ladies have been on this journey with us from the beginning, I thought it was only fair to finish it out with a post. Remember this…
…all six of us piled into our bed back on January 3 when I asked your opinion about our new Tempur-Pedic? There were over 700 comments about mattresses. About mattresses! Because apparently, everyone has thoughts and opinions and believe me when I tell you…your thoughts and opinions were APPRECIATED!
So, here’s what I learned from all of those comments:
I went back and read through them and they’re just about split 50-50 over the Tempur-Pedic. About half of you love yours and half of you didn’t. That being said, out of the half that loved yours, almost every single one of you said you hated it at first and had to break it in. And for me, that was the problem…I wasn’t patient enough to break it in. We tried several of your suggestions: the kids walked on it, jumped on it, Andrew and I jumped on it, etc. But after 30 days, it still felt hard as a rock to me, so I surrendered.
Here’s what I learned about mattresses in general:
A lot has changed over the last five to ten years. We visited multiple stores and talked to a handful of sales professionals and they basically all said the same thing: You can no longer flip a mattress over (remember back in the day, your mattress could flip over? Well, not any more. They’re made to stay right side up.), instead of rotating a king-sized mattress half way (so that Andrew’s side is now on my side), they suggested rotating them a quarter way because it’s almost a perfect square (minus about 2 inches), so you can avoid that giant ridge that develops when one of you is much bigger than the other (he’s 6’5″ and I’m 5’3″), and we’re getting older and really have different mattress needs. Sigh. When we first got married at 22, I don’t think it mattered to us about mattress firmness as much but now…he has back problems and likes a firmer mattress and I have a hard time sleeping unless the mattress is soft…so that’s a problem. We assumed we’d both have to compromise and meet in the middle…but then many, many, many of you ladies suggested we visit Sleep Number and honestly, it solved all of our problems (geez…they should really send me a check for this glowing endorsement 😉 ).
Here we are…in the Sleep Number store with our four kids. I remember back in the day when my parents dragged me around town running their boring errands…yeah, this was us on that day. Sleep Number was our third mattress store to visit…we stayed an hour and left with a whole new perspective and mattress. #praisetheLord
We found a very knowledgeable sales associate who helped us figure out our Sleep Numbers. It’s no wonder we were having a hard time agreeing on a mattress…I’m a 25 (closer to 0 for very soft) and he’s a 45 (closer to 100 for very firm). After that, we tried out the variety of beds and settled on this one…the i10 (except we got one whole bed and not two units…more on that in a minute). This one has pillow-top like quality about it (which I realized after sleeping on the Tempur-Pedic for a month, I missed a lot!), but they had many varieties that did not. You could buy one whole bed unit, two split units or a whole bed unit where just the head portion is split (but the feet portion is the same). We decided on the adjustable base (to make the head and/or feet go up and down) but in one whole unit (because it felt more like a traditional bed to us if there wasn’t a split).
When it arrived the first day, Andrew was snowboarding, so I let this guy sleep with me…
…and after a minute of playing with the remote, he decided he’s a 55 (which surprised me because I assumed as a kid, he would like it more soft than firm, but he wanted it even more firm than Andrew did).
So…this ends the mattress saga at the Shull house.
The funny thing is that I’ve had so many friends and even my mom text or call me this month and say “we need a new mattress, let me know what you pick” because apparently, everyone is in the market for a new one…but no one wants to go mess with actually getting one…BECAUSE THE PROCESS IS HARD! Mattresses are expensive and you’re sleeping on them for years and years…so you don’t want to screw this process up. Our Sleep Number has a 25 year warranty which is amazing…but it also tells me that I needed to like it because I should be sleeping on it until I’m 60. Whoa.
Okay…thoughts, comments, suggestions? I had several people comment about the sheets and we’re still using our normal sheets (as you can see…I have our flannel winter snowmen on 😉 ), but I hear that Sleep Number makes a great quality sheet too. Thoughts?
This should be the last time I have to talk about my mattress. #amen
And this just made me laugh!