Last weekend, I led a lecture to a group of university students on Preventing Burnout. The simplest yet most profound piece of advice I could give was this: get enough sleep!
Science has proven that insufficient sleep can affect your mood, appetite, motivation, job performance, relationships, stress hormones, and even your weight!
I had a baby 6-months ago (6-mo ago today! Happy Half-Year Birthday, Julie Anna!!) The one thing that worried me more than anything about having a newborn was the sleep deprivation that usually goes with it.
I hate being tired more than I hate being hungry, spin-up on, unbathed, cried to, or used as a human pacifier. I abhor being tired.
Thanks to God (and Julie Anna), I haven’t had to be.
I go to bed between 7:30-8pm every single night with the baby. That’s my ace in the hole! She wakes 2-3 times throughout the night to feed, and we get up before 7am every day. Errrrrry day! But I feel great the next day, because I’m getting the cumulative hours of shut eye!
When it comes to sleep, I take things seriously. I believe in the “>8, it’s time to replace” mattress philosophy. Nothing freaks me out more than bugs crawling on my bed. And nothing annoys me more than a sinking mattress. So, I spent thousands of dollars on Tempur Pedic (on Full bed in nursery room) and Simmons Beautyrest Gladney Hybrid Black (on King bed in master bedroom). But in the guest room- the poor unfortunate guest room- I’ve had the antique bed I grew up with.
When I was 5 years old (ehem, 31 years ago), my parents bought a custom-made antique bed frame with a used mattress. I slept on that wonky, crimply, sunk-in mattress until I left their house. (Did I go to graduate school to pursue higher education or escape the possibility of having to move back home and sleep another night on that mattress? The world may never know). Well, all grown up, now, my home needed more furniture and my parents’ home needed less. That bed made its way back to me.
The headboard of this antique bed is gorgeous, and it makes for a beautiful presentation for a guest room. But, just approximating, it’s probably a 50-year-old mattress I’ve had on top. Not exactly the southern hospitality you’d expect if you laid your hat at my home for a night. It’s the bed that makes you sleep poorly from the woman who advocates sleeping well! (And isn’t it Ironic, don’t ya think?)
As a member of the press, sometimes I am privy to testing out desirable stuff. When Tomorrow Sleep reached out to me about their Bed In A Box, I was in for replacing my guest mattress with their new product. Their mattress arrived within days, along with some super comfy bedding and even a sleep monitoring application.
The mattress is exactly what they say: a bed in a box! Upon opening say box, there is a mattress hugged inside, tighter than my post-baby bod shoved into my pre-baby skinny jeans. The mattress spread out upon opening. It wasn’t at all adversely affected by the snug shipping process- the logistics for getting a mattress from store to customer has never been so simple! (In the past, when I’ve purchased mattresses from mattress stores, I have had to schedule delivery and wait around during a vast delivery window for people to bring and install it. This was way more convenient).
Out went my antique bed’s old mattress on my bed, and on came this beauty. I selected the medium-firm option, as I believe firmer mattresses are best for your back. The difference was remarkable. That bed that I shunned to have guests sleep on is now a luxurious landing for the night. It feels similar to Tempur Pedic for a fraction of the price! I now plan on replacing my son’s bed with Tomorrow Sleep, too!
If you’re a savvy shopper, looking for a comfortable mattress, I recommend you try Tomorrow Sleep.
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