Tuesday, May 29, 2007

A Sleep Report

Warning: Boring Sleep Number bed report.

It's still too early to declare total victory, but Lovley Wife and I are loving our sleep number bed.

We usually only spend that kind of money on luxuries instead of something useful, we're true Americans in that regard, but Lovely Wife keeps saying while laying there, "This bed is SO comfortable." I feel the same way, and for the first time in several years look forward to going to bed.

One of the main reasons we chose this bed is it's ability to be two beds in one, I can dial in my side to be pretty firm, "80" is my setting so far, and Lovely Wife can have her side softer, "55" is her number so far.

We chose the middle-of-the-line 5000 series, and it has a pillow top, something we've never had in a mattress.

I can have my side nice and firm, and yet feel like I'm laying on a cloud as well. Kind of a wierd thing, but true.

I usually feel pressure on my hips and shoulders but I don't with this bed. I think I sleep much longer in certain positions because of this. Before, pain in my hips or shoulders would wake me and I'd turn over, and although I still turn some at night, it seems to be because I want to, and not because my hips or shoulders demand it.

Because of my back, the only ways I can sleep are on my left or right side, not on stomach or back. So not having pressure point pain wake me up to turn over is nice.

I think I'm sleeping a bit better overall too. I definitely feel more rested, though I still don't want to get up in the morning. That may be due to other issues though. I think I have sleep apnea and by the end of the day I'm dragging.

When we first got the bed, after only three nights of sleep on it, I could definitely tell that the nerve damage pain I usually feel in my left leg was greatly diminished. I just realized that I was walking more normally, and not limping nearly as much. Then we went out of town for a couple of nights, and the hotel bed had my back aching and my leg hurting with each step again.

Now that I've had another three consecutive nights on the bed again, I noticed much less leg pain again, and I can only guess it's the bed. It's the only thing different in my life right now, and otherwise the shooting leg pain was pretty much a constant thing, with every step.

I'll shut up about this now, but I hope that as time progresses, that I'll have at least a bit more improvement in my back and leg pain due to the bed. I'll let y'all know more as time goes on.

I thought about this bed for several years, but the price tag put us off. But like one mattress commercial says, you spend a third of your life in bed, so buy a good one. We finally have done that and are cautiously optimistic that it will have even more benefits for us in the long run.

For now, it's just nice to hurt less and enjoy how darn comfortable this bed is, oh, and to be off the floor after three years of sleeping there.


photowannabe said...

Wow, you sound like the commercials are true. I'm so happy there is improvement. Without a good nights sleep the day is hard to face.
The bed may help your sleep apnea too. Anxious to hear if this will be true for you.

Sharon Lynne said...

Hey you there...in the bed. I have a story for you. (since I know you like stories). This is what happened to us when we rode our bikes into a ghost town!

I'm really happy that you are doing better. I hope the doctor knows about all these things, too. My friend just had back surgery (herniated disc). She had been in pain also--pain going down her leg. It's too early to tell yet if this surgery helped the pain.

Glad the bed is helping!

Sharon Lynne said...

Ooops I forget to say that the ghost town incident is on my blog. (you probably figured that out)

Travis said...

Please keep updating us on your progress. This is definitely making me think about getting one.

The back and leg pain you describe is very similar to what I have.


Sunni Kay said...
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Sunni Kay said...

You know I have always wanted a sleep number...I am going to have to see how you like it.

By the way, thanks for stopping by my blog. I really appreciated your kind words. They made me feel much better.

Emily said...

That sounds so glorious! I'm so glad it seems to be helping your leg and back pain! I hope it will continue to be a good investment. I think you'd deserve a really nice bed after walking around all day with back and/or leg pain.

Speaking of which, I need to go to bed. My bed's relatively comfy, so whenever I go to sleep I always wonder what took me so long to get there...

Bob-kat said...

I can almost guarantee that is the bed. I sued to have an awfully uncomfortable bed adn when I got up in the morning it felt like someone had broken my ankles (a la the scene in Misery). I couldn't walk properly at first and it hurt! Once I changed the bed the broken ankles went away!

I hope it continues to give you both real benefits!

Babystepper said...

I imagine that the lessening of pain will coincide with a diminishing of depression. It's got to help anyway.

I'm glad you're enjoying your new bed.

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