Sleep is important. Duh.
But only recently I realized the quality of my R&R wasn’t up to snuff. For years, I slept on a crap-tress (AKA a crappy mattress) but a) I was a young new homeowner, so spending money on something I already had wasn’t a priority, and b) I worked from home, so I slept long hours, woke up naturally and had a comfy couch at my disposal at all times, so it wasn’t important to me… then.
Once I signed on to film my HGTV show, I had to completely change my sleep schedule (and, well, my self-care routine too).
I now get up at 5 or 6am daily and don’t get home to bed most nights until late. After a few months of feeling crotchety upon waking,– which should not be the case when you’re 26 — I realized I needed to do something. Between Piper jumping on and off the bed all night and sleeping on popped coils, I simply wasn’t getting a good quality sleep.
So I made a big commitment and decided to update my sleep game with Tempur-Pedic‘s Embrace Queen mattress, a new 4.5″ boxspring (which is awesomely thin), and Soft + Conforming pillows. Naturally, I used this as an opportunity to update my bedroom’s design. And today — two weeks into sleeping on my new Tempur-Pedic products — I’m sharing my honest review and my tips for getting a better night’s sleep.
When the mattress was first delivered I have to admit that I was skeptical, because upon jumping up on it, I wasn’t met with that stereotypical bounce that the spring mattresses I was used to have. I had heard that a foam mattresses takes some getting used to, and that what it lacks in jumpability, it makes up for in support and comfort.
After night one, I became a believer.
In short, it’s the most comfortable and supportive mattress I’ve ever slept on. It’s firm and supportive in the right spots, and it’s soft in the others. I love how it practically melts to your form after a few minutes, but the best part of all (IMO) is that you can’t feel when someone else shifts around on the bed. I normally wake up when Shawn comes to bed, and when Piper jumps on and off, but I slept through the entire night undisturbed (hallelujah)! I woke up feeling more physically rested than ever before — even though I slept only five hours.
For my job I have to be “on” all the time, able to communicate clearly, think quickly, and feel comfortable, and getting a better night’s rest has helped me so much. I used to wake up with a sore back almost daily, and now — although I’m not getting a ton of sleep these days — I feel more rested and relaxed.
The only bad things I have to say about the mattress are this: 1. It’s harder to get out of in the morning because you have no springs to help you up (which is kind a hilarious problem), and 2. Piper really likes it too, so she’s been sleeping with us more which is a bad-girl move. As for the pillows (which you can buy here), I like them for reading and sitting up upon my laptop, but for sleeping, they’re not for me. I prefer a softer, flatter pillow that I can fold up and flatten because I’m a heavy stomach sleeper, but Shawn (a side and back sleeper) loves his.
As for tips on sleeping better, I swear by my oil diffuser and lavender essential oil!
Not only does the white noise of the machine relax me, but it smells heavenly. I also have a lavender aromatherapy room spray that I spritz as I head to bed on night’s I’m too lazy to plug in or refill my diffuser.
I’d also recommend investing in good, soft and breathable bedding. I recently bought this linen duvet and sham set, and this cotton Calvin Klein fitted sheet and sham set and it feels like I’m in a hotel every night.
When you’re busy, it’s the little details that go a long way to improve your life, and updating my entire bed with Tempur-Pedic and investing in some good linens has definitely made resting a lot more relaxing. Now, if only I could have some time off to sleep in and enjoy my bed more!