Sleep is a really personal thing. We don’t get enough. We toss and turn. We fight for covers. We’re too hot or too cold. And, it all takes place in the most personal space we have in our home.
People, in general, also tend to talk about their sleep. How many times have you asked someone how they’re doing only to hear they’re tired?
As someone that works in the hospitality industry, I am always asked how the beds at our hotel are. Are they soft or firm? Will a tall man fit on that king size bed? If I get a different room type, will my bed be any better?
The questions about sleep never end.
For me, sleep stopped being something I enjoyed almost 3 years ago when I was pregnant with my boys. For anyone who has ever done it, you know sleeping with a twin belly is impossible. And, there just came a point where I was only going to sleep in a recliner, which wasn’t really much sleep at all.
When sleeping during pregnancy was over it was on to sleeping in between two babies crying to eat, needing a diaper change, or simply wanting to be close to Mommy. We progressed from that stage in to the worst idea of my life… co-sleeping.
(Sidenote: I’m not against safe co-sleeping, but it was a bad idea for my family. Please don’t hate me for that statement! This is a topic of conversation for another post.)
Until 2 weeks ago, Joanne and I have been sharing our bed with almost 2 year old twins. That’s 4 people, in one bed — two of which have not a care in the world to how well they sleep.
Oh, and I did mention they were still waking several times per night?
I have walked through the last three years more tired than I have ever been. I needed sleep. I craved good sleep. And I have never been so anxious to sleep on my stomach, again.
Just as all this was happening, Condé Nast reached out to bloggers about test driving the new Comforpedic iQ from Simmons Beautyrest.
This was my moment. A new bed to recharge each night AND I’d be serving my sweet, daring two year old boys an eviction notice. They have their own beds, it was time to use them!
One mattress was going to turn my household on it’s head.
About Simmons Beautyrest Comforpedic iQ
The Comforpedic iQ the world’s first and only mattress to combine Ultra Cool™ Memory Foam with the patented Smart Response™ Technology. Inside there are 16 different chambers that work together to naturally adapt to your body’s every move and sleeping position. While the mattress adapts to the constant shift of weight, the Ultra Cool™ Memory Foam promotes temperature regulation for cool, comfortable sleep all night long. When combined, these new systems help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
Hello, rest…. Goodbye, tired!
But, is it really true?
Typically I head to bed around 1 AM (I get off work at 11 and need time to unwind) and even though I really am exhausted, I tend to wait for sleep to come. During this time, I’m watching something on Netflix and continually shifting my position to get more comfortable (i.e. I’m stuffing more pillows around me).
When I slept on my Comforpedic iQ, I fell asleep much faster. So much so that I tested falling asleep with and without the TV and have found, I no longer need the TV. This alone makes my sleep much better as I’m no longer waking up at 2 AM to shut off the bright TV that’s keeping me from sleeping.
I laid down, got my in usual comfortable position, and I was out. And yes, I stayed alseep longer. Joanne always gets up with the kids in the morning to let me sleep, but I’m never far behind them. Not the nights on my Comforpedic iQ, I’m hours behind them still sleeping.
In the middle of the night, I throw around my covers or hang my leg out to cool down, but not with my Comforpedic iQ. The Ultra Cool™ system absolutely works well, which is wonderful since I’m a very hot sleeper.
Joanne, who has been a chronic insomniac since I met her 13 years ago, experienced the same result. She was asleep quickly and for the first time in many years, slept the entire night. This is a HUGE change for her, as she is usually awake several times throughout the night and ends up playing on her phone waiting for sleep to come back.
How does the Comforpedic iQ work?
Check out this quick video to get an idea of how the Comforpedic iQ works to #UpgradeYourSleep.
Now, as far as those boys…
Joanne and I decided that the best way to get those boys to sleep in their own bed was to recreate their environment in our bed. This means we lost our pillows to them and have placed them in their own cribs.
It’s working. And while we are still working to eliminate those bottles, well, they’re sleeping through the night, waking up less for a bottle, and Joanne and I are finally getting rest after 3 long years!