Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Select Comfort Sleep Number Bed

Bad health can sure separate you from your money.

Folks will try most anything to get better with the least amount of effort. That includes spending huge amounts of money to have surgeries or to try the latest "cure" for whatever ails them.

In my case, I just have a bad back. And in 2003 I screwed up an iffy back quite thoroughly, resulting in two, count 'em, two, back surgeries in 2004.

In desperation, I tried different sleeping arrangements. I've spent more nights in my recliner than I can count. Nights where I would spend a couple of hours in the bed, then the recliner, the couch, the floor.


But since 2003, the most consistently amenable sleeping arrangement for me is to make a "pallet" on the floor.

So at night, I roll out a layered set of pads and blankets next to our bed and sleep on that. And have for several years now.

Sometimes I would get optimistic and try sleeping in the bed again but after two or three nights, my back would get worse. So, back on the floor I would go.

We finally decided to try to buy a fine quality bed, but which one to buy?

To make a long story longer, we decided to look at, and ended up ordering a Sleep Number bed, if for no other reason than it gives me an infinite number of beds to try out. If I buy, say, a nice Sealy or Stearns and Foster, well, that bed is what it is. It's a single roll of the dice and if I can't sleep on it, then that's an expensive mistake.

Our choice of the Sleep Number bed was basically to have a great quality bed, but it adjusts, and therefore gives me many different settings to try. And if I can find a setting that allows me to sleep in bed as decent as I do on the floor, then that's money well spent.

But my hope is that I can eventually adjust it so that I can sleep all night, in bed, and sleep well. If I could start getting a decent night's sleep after 3 years, I think it would change my life and then the exorbitant price of the thing will have been justified.

Another good reason for this bed is that each side allows that person to set the firmness level of that side of the bed. Lovely Wife has always much preferred a soft bed, but had just dealt with having rock hard beds because of me.

I also hope that in addition to me finding a better way to sleep, that Lovely Wife can have her side of the bed softer and that she will sleep better too.

Last night was our first night on the bed, and she had her side set at #55. That's the number the person in the Select Comfort store helped her determine by laying on the beds in the showroom.

I slept pretty good. For one thing, I just lay there for a while, luxuriating in the softness of the pillow top and the nice sheets. I'm a simple guy, and clean set of nice sheets is a pleasure. I started out with my side of the bed set at 55, as determined in the store, but I quickly reset it up to 65.

After laying there a while, I still felt as if the bed was still a little too soft and bumped it up to 75, and that's how I spent the night.

One nice thing is that I slept through the night, and didn't have to get up and move to my recliner. That's a common night for me to have to do that.

I was sleeping well enough that I just turned off my alarm and kept sleeping for a little while longer.

Lovely Wife said she slept ok too, when she got up to let the dogs out, but she's still in there sleeping, so I can't give you a detailed report.

So, my first night in the new bed is a big "thumbs up."

I'm optimistic and hopeful that after time, we can dial in a level that will give us better sleep. Something we haven't had in a long, long, long time. Sure did have to write a big check to try this.

If it helps, it will have been worth the price though.

I'll keep y'all posted on any progress (or regress as the case may be).

No. This isn't a pay per post thingy. I was just giving y'all a report on how we slept for the first night in this hideously expensive bed.

It's a big deal to me.


Leanne said...

I'm so glad to hear the first night went well! I was wondering how soon you would know- it's obviously effective if you know after the first night on it. :)

Sindi1968 said...

Hey that is great.. Let's all hope and PRAY it continues. I was once told (by a salesman) the two most important purchases you can make are shoes and mattress.

Babystepper said...

Hope it works out for you. Keep us posted, because my parents could really use something that supports their backs better too.

Hammer said...

Good deal, I've spent many a painful night in a ecliner and I'm glad to hear you've found something good. I wasn't sure if those commercials were a scam or not.

Scribbit said...

I should print this off to show Andrew. I keep trying to convince him about a bigger better bed, it's been 10 years and I'm ready to stop the sag.

Lady G~ said...

I've heard great things about that type of bed. We've always had a full motion waterbed. My back and my Knight's back hurts when we sleep on anything other than our waterbed.

I have slept on my sister's pillowtop bed. I really liked it too. If we ever got rid of our waterbed, I would buy a pillowtop mattress.

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Travis said...

That sounds great. I've been thinking about one of those sleep number beds for awhile now.

Good luck with it!

Norma said...

I've never tried the sleep number bed, but I've slept a lot of nights on the floor. I still nap on the floor. Hope the bed words for you.

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Carlo said...

Good Job! :)

PARLEGEE said...

I would say Select comfort Sleep number beds are designed for anybody who can adjust their own comfort by touch of a button. But the cost of this bed is very high that a normal person can not afford to buy this bed. There are many company out there who sells same quality and more functionality with affordable price.
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Anonymous said...

well I hope everyone's right about this bed i'm shelling out $7200.00 so I can sleep all night I've had a temperpedic bed simmons comfort top an a very nice pillow top wish me luck


Anonymous said...

I also have back pain from a work related injury and I'm experiencing my sleepless nights! It's almost 4am and on the couch to the floor and back again in circles..

Thanks so much for your blog on the air type beds. That's what I am thinking of buying- and like you it's a gamble if you just have to pick one firmness/softness style bed.

Just knowing that there are other sufferers up at night with back pain makes me rest a bit easier inside knowing I'm not the only one on this lonely island I call pain.

My poor boyfriend, who I'm proud to call firefighter and marine, accepts me sleeping out on the couch. But reading your blog confirms my justification on shoveling out the big dough for the one thing that could change my life-instantly.

Please keep us updated on how your back reacts to the "infinite" number of settings.

I would like to know if you feel your back is better now..

Thanks in southern California
(up all night always)

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