Monday, June 10, 2013
My Queendom For Some Sleep! (A Bit of Reflection and A SleepNumber M7 Review)
Do you remember being a teen and having your "bedtime" made later or even lifted? It seemed like such freedom to hang you in your room (of course reading or doing something productive...) till when ever you were tired enough to go to sleep.
Do you remember being a young adult and having the freedom and the fun of staying up or out all night? Enjoying the nightlife with the after 10 crowd - that was appealing. Living for the the late nights and the long weekends was the norm.
And then the day came when you could care less about the Night Owl lifestyle. Instead of craving time with friends and fun, instead of trading snoozing for the party scene, instead of trading dreamland for danceland, you'd trade your queendom for a good nights sleep.
When exactly does that transition happen?
Maybe it's the day that we realize that we are on our own and completely responsible for ourselves. Or, maybe it's the day that we become parents and lose sleep not of our own accord, but because the little one in our house is not sleeping. Perhaps, it is a certain age that our body just screams STOP and sleep.
I do know that for myself, I transitioned to that place long, long ago. But there was a crazy irony - as soon as I wanted sleep, I couldn't get it. Work and worry, babies and body aches, traveling husband and teething toddlers, middle-schoolers and mood swings, teens and tumult, college age kids and college sized costs, did enough to keep me awake at night. I wanted and needed a soft place comfy place to lay my head down and slumber peacefully by Mr. Mom of Many Hats side.
But, alas, I found myself like the princess who had the pea under her mattress. Mr. MMH and I had very different ideas of what comfort was. While he slept like a rock, I would wake up feeling like I had slept on rocks. The few short hours that I was getting each night rested my brain a bit, but not my body. That comfy place of peaceful slumber passed me by.
SLEEP... I NEEDED SLEEP! And so did he.
Many years ago when we were trying to remedy the sleep inequality in our house, we came across the SleepNumber Brand. We visited a showroom and tried out the pillow top and memory foam models. We opted for the pillow top with dual air chambers. This awesome bed allowed us to each set the perfect amount of firmness for our individual comfort. Sleeping changed for me. I was actually getting sleep (although I still should force myself to sleep more hours, but that's another post), and good sleep at that. It was a Win/Win for both myself and my husband.
When SleepNumber asked me to review the new P5 or M7 model of the SleepNumber bed, I was more M7 (Memory Foam Series) and see how well it worked for me and my sleep needs.
I slept on the M7 for 7 nights in a row. In that time, I did my normal daily routines that included all the stresses and strains of daily life and parenting, surviving in the AZ heat, and some pretty tough running, climbing and weight lifting workouts. With the exception of the first night (the newness of sleeping in a different bed), I slept through the night soundly and comfortably. I had worried that the memory foam would trap heat and would keep me too warm. But the cooling gel technology conformed and supported me (without swallowing me up!) but kept me at a comfortable temp. I was particularly impressed on the third night's sleep when I had done a 4 mile run AND 2.5 hours of hard climbing at the gym. I adjusted the bed (my sleep number) a bit higher for additional support and woke up with my joints feeling good.
I've recorded much of the process and review in the video below.
When it comes to sleep, we should all know that the CDC recommends 7-9 hours of sleep for adults. We should also know that our bedding from case to mattress can affect how well we sleep. Interestingly enough, Mayo Clinic shares the importance of comfort in its tips for a better nights sleep. But for you and me, as moms or dads, parents or just tired adults, we may not always admit it, but we know we should manage our sleep. Our queendoms and kingdoms run much smoother when we are well rested!
*Sleep Number (SelectComfort) provided the reviewer the M7 product in exchange for a review. The review is not to be considered a recommendation for you and your personal needs but rather it is an opinion based on the reviewer's observations and experience. Opinions reflected are those of the reviewer alone and are not influenced by the relationship to the provider of the product.