If you sleep eight hours each night, then you sleep 2,920 hours in a year.
If upon marrying my husband, I started sleeping on his mattress, and average a nightly snooze of eight hours, how many hours have I spent tossing and turning on our bed? Calculating… 21,900 hours!
No wonder my back is killing me.
I refer to it as our bed because when we got married there was no discussion on who’s bed would be delegated to the guest room. He had the queen and my cute, one bedroom apartment afforded me a full. We registered for bedding and high thread count sheets and called it ours.
Seven and a half years later, my husband’s trusted mattress is leaving me with lower back pain so incapacitating it takes me about 10 minutes to stretch out before I can function. I’ve been complaining for several years and Sunday my husband took me mattress shopping.
Here’s what I learned in the two hours we shopped:
1. You should lay on a mattress for 10 to 15 minutes to successfully test it out.
But if you’re like me (a complete germ-a-phob) those are 10 minutes of excruciating hell, while contemplating how many nasty, sweaty, dirty people have laid on that exact mattress before you. I had planned to bring along something to lay on top of, but in our rush that morning I forgot to grab a sheet. So, I was forced to lay on dirty, exposed mattresses in 10 minute intervals while waiting to see if my hips started to hurt. My hips seemed fine but my anxiety levels were skyrocketing.
2. Lay on the mattress with your partner in your usual sleeping positions.
My husband tried to convince the salesperson he’s a back sleeper and I kindly reminded him he starts on his back, until he starts snoring, and then I make him flip to his stomach. I wanted him to try the mattress on his stomach, but then he’d be face down on the germ-infested bed, so that was a terrible idea.
I thought we should try spooning on beds to get a feel for how it handles both our weight in the middle. My husband looked at me like I had completely lost my mind and replied, “no, not in the store!”
3. Check with your salesperson regarding warranties and sleep satisfaction guarantees.
With our bed purchase, we received a one year money back guarantee. We were required to buy the recommended mattress pad cover, but if within the time constraint of one year we decide we don’t like the mattress for whatever reason, we can return it for cash or a trade in. Great, right? If after a few months, I think the mattress is too hard or too soft, we can try another one. But then it leaves me wondering, what about all the returned mattresses? Will one be delivered to me that someone else didn’t find favorable after one year of use? Ewww.
On Oct. 10th a new king-sized bed will be delivered to our master bedroom. I hope our 15 minutes translates to years of restful, comfortable sleeping because I really don’t want to do this again anytime soon.
Now I need all new bedding.(Slap to the forehead).
Jessica Brashear is married with two children.
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