It seems sleep or more specifically beds have been a popular topic in LJ. This is a topic that is close to my heart or at least I am extremely interested in. For over 11 years I had a bed that I was not comfortable with from day one. When I had to replace my bed because it went to my ex, I decided to buy another bed. This was back in the late 90's, where it was assumed that firmer is better for a healthier night sleep. Although in the Corps, I could fall asleep on anything for a short duration, my personal preference has always been on the softer side. Yea, I know... I am an old softy at heart or my bottom! So when I went out to buy another bed, I bought a pillow-top bed that was firmer than my liking. I thought I would get used to it, but basically I never had one good night sleep on it except when I was extremely exhausted and basically passed out in it.
Besides never having a full night's sleep, every few months I would wake up with my neck extremely stiff and in pain. When this would happen, I would either have to tough it out for a week or visit a chiropractor. As years went by this would happen more frequently until the last year or so, it would happen a few times a week. This was due to the fact that my mattress reached its 10 year mark and started to break down and sag. Another reason is that I am mostly a side sleeper (since developing acid reflux) and my down pillow broke down and had zero support for my head and neck. Basically my pillow was only an inch thick and when I laid my head down on it, it became flat as a pancake. So, my neck was at an angle and resting on my shoulder. This caused me to wake up with pain everyday. I only complained when the pain in my neck was pretty unbearable. As a side note, since having surgery on my left shoulder and finding out my right shoulder is also degrading, I have started having problems with my shoulders waking up stiff and in pain also.
I hated my bed so much that I dreaded going to sleep. When it was getting late at night, sleep was like some dark cloud looming over my head. I was pretty much left with two choices. I could go to bed at a normal time, toss and turn all night and wake up tired, sore, and stiff. Or I can stay up late, do something I enjoy, and go to sleep where I would only have to suffer in bed for four or five hours. I still woke up tired, but most of the time I woke up with minimal pain that was bearable. I usually took the staying up late route and WoW came in handy for this and was extremely fun. But I always thought that I should be able to go to bed at a decent hour and wake up refreshed and rejuvenated. I know this has to be possible or at least I am lead to believe in this fantasy.
Last year, Michelle and I started the discussion on getting a new bed. There was one problem with choosing a new bed. Where I thought the bed was something that was spawned and spit out from hell, Michelle thought it was a gift from heaven and it was the most comfortable bed she had regularly slept on. It became apparent that I liked soft beds and Michelle liked firmer beds. Although it seems Michelle is now realizing that she likes beds that are supportive, but have that layer of softness also. I basically want to sleep on cotton candy. Last year we looked at the Sleep Number bed to answer this solution. We looked at a few last year, but it ended at that and we did not discuss it any further for a few months.
Since the last few months have been a living hell for me with the pain and lack of sleep and the current posts about beds, we decided to take another look at getting a new bed. Quickly from outside sources, we found out the Sleep Number bed was not a good choice. It seems that they are not manufactured well and start having problems within a year. The only thing I knew and was determined on was that I did not want an inner spring mattress anymore. After the past 11 years, I am through with them. Sleeping on metal springs is not appealing to me anymore. So, what is the solution besides inner spring mattresses? I started thinking about the Tempur-Pedic mattress and how it might be a possible solution in my quest for a better night sleep.