I wrote a few weeks on on my experience in the Sleep Number store and this post is going to talk about some of the features my husband and I really like in these beds. We are trying to determine what we want/need/can afford and are already planning to get a new mattress since the one we’re working on is, oh I don’t know, so old it’s main material is probably mold. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sleep Number. All opinions are 100% mine.
Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. William Blake
So by now y’all know that I’m serious about sleep. In fact, since the beginning of May, I’ve started going to bed at 9:30 pm every night! Did you know that May is actually Better Sleep Month? If you didn’t, then get on this!
My baby just turned 4 months and was down to one early morning feed, but is now going through a growth spurt. I simply can’t function well enough to be trusted with my kids if I’m not adequately rested.
Previously I’ve written on how to encourage kids to sleep in and take longer naps, how to help tired moms sleep better, longer, and more, and practical ways to help a tired mama cope. There are more, but you get the idea. You’ll feel better, act nicer, and have more patience if you aren’t about to fall asleep standing up while sweeping the floor.
I’ve committed to going to bed as early as I can (or as early as I need to) for all of May and on into the summer if I need it to catch up on my sleep deficit. I encourage you to do the same and tell me in the comments what your sleeping habits are!
Last month I had the opportunity to go into a Sleep Number store in Alabama. Now, I am one of those blessed people who goes to sleep as soon as their head hits the pillow, but I know that’s not how it is for everyone. Some people’s minds wander, they feel anxious or worried, and their physical comfort is paramount to help them actually fall asleep and stay that way.
Since having visited the sleep number store and discussing how we’re going to save up for one in the near(ish) future we’ve spoken with a lot of people who already own one and love it. This post is going to give some of the features that most interested me and/or my husband. Ha. Note that these beds are like Build-A-Beds, meaning you can customize each of the available mattresses to have various features and you can mix-n-match until you’ve found what you want.
1. It’s personal
It’s safe to say most couples don’t need the exact same level of hardness or softness to sleep well. When you enter a Sleep Number store they’ll let you test a mattress to discover your sleep number. This number is based on your body, its sleeping position, and where the most pressure is put on you. You can watch the screen as the mattress adjusts to your body so as to accommodate those areas where your body is feeling pressure, like the lower back.
After that, you’re assigned a SleepIQ® technology. What’s good about this is that both you and your husband can adjust the mattress to how you like it on your own side of the bed. And you can also track it each evening using an app. It’s easy as sleeping. There’s nothing to wear, nothing to turn on.
2. It’s cool
This was actually what I thought was the most interesting feature of the sleep number beds personally. You can choose a mattress, or buy a separate layer to put on top, that uses a gel technology with a memory foam to actually make the bed feel cool. This feature is called CoolFit™. When you lie down on the bed the sheets are cool to the touch! I have it firsthand that this is great for both menopausal women and those with joint issues like Fibromyalgia.
This is part of the reason I like staying in nice hotels. When the room is crisp and you get into the bed, the sheets are clean and the bed feels cool. I think this is a neat feature, probably because I live in Florida and for half the year it’s hot hot hot.
3. It’s also hot
Most beds can be outfitted with DualAir™ technology which is used to both heat and cool the bed depending on your preference. You can also heat one side and cool the other! I can’t get into too much detail because I studied Liberal Arts, people, but it’s an active air technology that is controlled by wireless remote. So on cold winter nights you can set the bed to warm so it’ll be cozy and waiting for you. Or on hot summer’s nights you can set it to cool.
4. It moves
This was one of the first features my husband noticed and, while it’s not strictly necessary, it’s really fun. You can buy the bed to be separated at the top so you can raise the head of the mattress on one side, but not the other. So, say, you go to bed at 9:30 pm like some tall redhead currently typing this, and your husband likes to stay up later to read. This would mean you could lay down and go to sleep and his side of the bed could be raised to a more comfortable sitting position. Same with the feet. I’d say this might mean you watch too much TV in bed because, but hey, it’s more comfy than the couch.
So these were the things that stood out to us at the store. I’m 5’10” and my husband is 6’3″ so we’re leaning towards a King size bed with a CoolFit™ foam layer. Neither of us have ever had a “good” mattress, so we’re counting our pennies and dreaming (maybe literally?) of the day they bring it in and set it up. I’d like all the other bells and whistles, but it’s not where we’re at right now.
Win your own sleep experience!
I’d love to know how you are going to #CommitToSleep! Leave a comment or post on social media how you plan on using May (Better Sleep Month) as encouragement to start sorting out your sleep :). Use the hashtag #CommitToSleep to share.
Sleep Number (find your nearest sleep store with the Sleep Number store locator) currently has their own sweepstakes going where you can enter for a chance to win a sleep experience (valued at $15,000). You can enter by sharing your goals for sleep on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #CommitToSleepSweeps. Enter the sweepstakes here.