To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

Before anybody panics, I’m taking the words literally, NOT metaphorically as Hamlet did. 🙂

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I’ve been meaning to get back to writing here for over a week, but lack of sleep… or quality sleep rather, was doing a number on me. I didn’t realize how bad the problem was, or how much it was contributing to my brain fog until our Sleep Number bed broke for the second time in a few months.

The air pressure was unstable on my side of the bed, resulting in it going from too firm to too soft and back multiple times a night. I’m going to do a separate post detailing the workings of a Sleep Number bed, and why they’re a bad buy in my opinion. For the moment, suffice it to say we got fed up and went shopping for a new bed over the Fourth of July weekend. Yay for sales that commercialize and monetize a holiday celebrating freedom. Sarcasm duly noted, I hope.

We tried different manufacturers and models, and ALL of them felt better than our old bed, which convinced us we were making the right choice to replace vs repair. We decided on a Purple brand Model 4 mattress, with Tempurpedic coming in a close second. The Purple brand had better lower back support, although the Tempurpedic with the new cooling technology was a bit cooler (I sleep HOT).

Purple 4 mattress deconstructed. Image from

We got the new bed yesterday afternoon, and last night was probably the best night’s sleep I’ve had in YEARS, if not my life. I’m not ready to outright endorse the mattress YET. It’s expensive, and I want to see how it’s going to do over time. I’ll keep reporting on it occasionally however.

Quality, REM sleep time was off the charts for me though, and I awakened feeling mentally and physically recharged. I expect to be doing a good deal more writing in immediate future if I keep getting this level of rest. 🙂

Those of you who think that you’re managing some sort of life hack by cheating yourself on sleep, especially quality REM sleep… You’d be amazed how much better you feel with REAL sleep. A saw has to be sharpened regularly to work at it’s best (as Stephen Covey liked to point out). Your mind and body are exactly the same in that regard.

9 thoughts on “To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

  1. richardbist

    I’ve learned that two things to spend money on are good shoes and good mattresses. We went with the Tempurpedic. The mattress is comfortable and my partner loves the fact that we have individual controls (she props herself up more than I do). It was pricey, but money well-spent. Hope you can get catch up on your sleep!

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    1. Silk Cords Post author

      So far, so good. The bed does have an unusual feel to it however. It’s like a waterbed in terms of give and support, BUT without the motion generated by moving around.

      I’m not adverse to spending money either, I just want the value to be there. If I spend 3 times as much as the cheap version of something, I want it to last at least 3x as long, AND do it’s job better. Ergo, while I’m still a tiny bit concerned about if I’ll adjust to the new bed OR if it’ll grow uncomfortable, my main concern is how long it will last. Given what we paid for it, I don’t want to replace it in 2 or 3 years.

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    1. Silk Cords Post author

      It was more about FINALLY getting a TRULY restful, pain free night’s sleep for the first time in roughly 20 years. Having spent the VAST majority of my life in as bad or worse a situation, I can empathize with yours.

      Anyway, thanks for being happy for me.

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