Wednesday, August 20, 2008

What you sleep on as important as whom you sleep Sybil Adelman Sage

Hard and soft have long been an issue in the bedroom, but anyone who's shopped for a mattress in recent years knows things have gotten more complicated. Foam, inflatable, super-firm and pillow-top have been added to the mix, making mattress shopping as time-consuming as buying a house.

You're advised to lie down to test the feel of each mattress, and you find yourself worrying about whether or not coils are durable, the Tempur-Pedic sleeps "hot" and the value of memory foam top pads. After 26 years of marriage that included a son and three previous mattresses, we discovered my husband and I are incompatible as he prefers firm while I like cushy.

Many stores offer a free trial period, which is lucky because the first mattress we bought proved on night one to be impossibly hard and was replaced almost immediately by a Shiffman pillow-top, a concession well suited for a self-righteous couple as each has reason to feel short-changed. Despite our new addition, homeless people on the street continue to sleep more soundly than my husband, who may be restless because this super-heavy mattress has to be rotated every six months to prevent it conforming to the shape of our bodies. This is not a concern for the guy on our corner who has only a blanket and cardboard box.

Any pleasure I might have gotten from the new Shiffman was called into question by Lindsay Wagner's commercials touting the Sleep Number bed as the only way to sleep as it allows you to adjust the firmness on your side to your own taste. Why didn't we see her commercial during our thirty day trial period? This option did cause me to wonder, however, how often cheating has been uncovered by someone finding the setting on their side of a Sleep Number bed had been changed.

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