As most parents of young children will tell you, sleep can sometimes be hard to come by. So when the kids are all sleeping, and you find yourself tossing and turning because of a bad mattress, it’s never a good thing. Although my mattress was the biggest reason I wasn’t feeling well rested, I also didn’t have a bedroom environment that was conducive to sleeping either. We had built our house six years ago and focused on painting every other room in the house, but had never done anything with our bedroom. Our mattress was bent and broken during the move, making it impossible to find a comfortable position, and for as much as I try to have routine for my kids, I didn’t have one for myself at night. However, I feel like I’ve had a complete bedroom makeover thanks to Sleep Number® Beds! They’ve helped me create a bedroom haven!
The biggest component to my better night’s sleep has been the Sleep Number® i10 bed. As they describe it on the Sleep Number site, “Nowhere else can you find a bed that is so responsive to you. Our dual-layer design lets you personalize your comfort. Temperature balancing so you sleep just right. And exclusive Sleep Number® technology makes it perfect for couples.”
The last sentence speaks volumes to me. My husband, who never complained about our old mattress, has a much different idea about what is and isn’t comfortable for sleeping. In fact, long before our old bed was broken, I never liked our old, hard mattress. I would wake up with lower back pain, but always attributed it to an injury from a car accident a decade ago. I may be getting slightly ahead of myself here, but since we received the Sleep Number i10 Bed, I haven’t woken up once with that pain/discomfort that I would generally experience at least a couple times a week. My husband and I also have individual sleep number differences, which I’ll get more into in a moment, that vary by a difference of 45 (the scale is 1-100).
Back to the i10 Bed, which has exclusive SLEEP NUMBER® DualAir™ technology lets you quietly adjust firmness on each side of the mattress for ideal comfort; it also offers a 15-inch Duvet-style Pillowtop for the highest level of plush comfort, and advanced temperature balancing with moisture-wicking technologies keep you sleeping comfortably night after night. The dual-layer design lets you personalize your comfort with conforming memory foam and a soothing layer of support. It also comes with a wireless, digital remote plus full fill and memory features, and the bed fits most standard bedding and bedroom furniture. Take a look at the Sleep Number i10 bed, inside and out:
Now, before I decided on a bed, I went to one of their over 400 Sleep Number Stores Nationwide, and I had a Sleep Professional guide me through their exclusive IndividualFitSM 3-D Imaging to find your Sleep Number. Not only did I try different beds, once I found the one I wanted, I was shown how to find my sleep number and through their IndividualFitSM 3-D Imaging I could see pressure points and the science behind finding a better night’s sleep!
As I mentioned before, my husband and I have very different definitions for what makes a comfortable night’s sleep. The Sleep Number Beds can be set from 1 (softest) all the way up to 100 (the firmest setting). What I saw on the in-store 3D Imaging was that at 100 there was a lot of pressure on my hips and lower back, probably explaining those aches and pains I felt with my firmer, old mattress. As we lowered the setting, I could feel the bed conforming to my shape and was able to see the pressure lifting as the Bed Number was lowered. My Sleep Number is actually a 30 and my husband’s is a 75! Now, with the Sleep Number i10 bed, neither of us has to compromise on a bed, and we can both have the comfortable night’s sleep we deserve!
The bed was a big part of creating a Sleep Haven, but we also had an opportunity to add Sleep Number Pillows and Bedding too. Our pillows, the Sleep Number® AirFit™ Adjustable Pillow with Memory Fiberadjusts to your head and neck for a personalized sleep experience. The pillows are designed for support which is exactly what you get. The pillows do adjust, but are very firm. My husband loved his and I’ve actually noticed a decrease in his snoring! I’m not sure if that result is typical, but even though I personally prefer a softer pillow, I’d give this one five stars just for the snoring reduction in my sleeping partner! The Sleep Number® Performance Sheets are “exclusively made by SHEEX for Sleep Number, their soft and luxurious Performance Sheets are inspired by the latest performance-fabric technology. Exclusive antimicrobial protection that you can’t get anywhere else keeps sheets fresh. Temperature regulating, moisture wicking and more breathable than traditional bedding, these sheets provide exceptional comfort so you can sleep better and awaken refreshed. Flexible microfibers offer an optimum fit on all mattress types.” These sheets are amazing! Super soft, comfortable, and they really do keep you at just the right temperature. I’m planning on purchasing another set!
Our new Sleep Haven has even more components though, like making the room itself conducive for sleep. We achieved this by painting the bedroom a darker, warm color that is known to aid relaxation (reds, oranges, and yellows are some of the more relaxing colors whereas blues and greens are known to energize). I also purchased lined curtains in addition to our blinds, which actually help to darken the room as well as to help keep it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Creating a Sleep Haven is really about tapping into all your senses. I found that turning off the TV and computer, which have stimulating lighting, and finding a good book also helps me get to sleep sooner. Lower wattage bulbs in our bedside lamps has created a more appropriate sleep-inducing, bedtime lighting. I’v also purchased several new pairs of comfortable pajamas to compliment the Sleep Number® Performance Sheets. Drinking some tea and taking a warm shower have also helped me mellow out before bed. I’ve also found adding a relaxing scent by lighting a Illume Candle has helped provide a sweet-smelling, sleepy environment. While supplies last, you can also get your own Illume Candle by visiting a Sleep Number Store and finding your personal sleep number. Click here to visit the Sleep Haven for details and tips to create your own Sleep Haven!
Here’s my before and after photo of the bedroom. (Not pictured, the better night’s sleep, lack of tossing and turning, and generally better night’s sleep each and every night):
If someone had told me you could buy a better night’s sleep, I would have done this years ago! Visit one of their 400 locations nationwide, visit their website for product information and pricing, their Sleep Haven Bedroom page for tips on creating your own personalized Bedroom Haven, follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and be sure to check out their great deals and promotions here!
Disclosure: All opinions here are my own, but I did receive the Sleep Number Products free in order to review and create my own bedroom haven.