Something we all need, but typically doesn’t rank high on the priority list, is sleep. Good, solid, restful, sleep.
We’re told creatives rarely sleep, that if you are an entrepreneur you’d better burn the midnight oil and at the same time be up before the sun rises to get a jump start on the day. If you’re a parent, there’s always a million tasks that need to be tackled before you can have the “luxury” of sleep.
But sleep is so important for so many reasons. It’s how your body recooperates and repairs itself. It lowers your stress level. It plays a role with your weight – too little sleep and you gain weight. Getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night helps to improve mental clarity and focus. It improves productivity. Basically all of the things in life that are important, but when you lack quality sleep, will wreak havoc when out of wack.
For far too long, sleep wasn’t a priority for me. I’m someone who always likes to be tackling the next task. I need to always be doing. I don’t necessarily like working long hours, but feeling like I am accomplishing things, especially once my kids are in bed, well that feels rewarding. Not to mention, laying on my now former mattress brought me pain and endless tossing and turning at night.
Our mattress was a traditional spring mattress….and it was 14 years old. Since it had a pillowtop (which was more like a flattened paper at this point than “pillow”), we couldn’t flip the mattress. So we added a memory foam topper, but that only worked for a short period of time. I have bursitis in my hips, but I am a side sleeper, so the pressure of my body on the springs would cause me to wake up frequently in pain and have to change positions.
Sleeping was not something I looked forward to. It wasn’t relaxing. And actually, from all of the waking up, it was more exhausting than anything. And being a mom with 5 kids under this roof, meant I’ve had to be ready to leap out of bed at the first yelp of, “Mom!” So light sleep it is!
However, improving my sleep became a focus when I decided I wanted to become a Living Kidney Donor. I needed to get my body to be the healthiest it has ever been and restful sleep plays a vital role. So I went in search of the best hybrid mattress.
I love the idea of the cushiony softness of memory foam, but I also like the firmness and stability of coils (because who wants to feel like they are sinking in a bed?) A memory foam hybrid mattress has the best of both worlds. Tomorrow Sleep reached out to me to try their mattress at just the right time. What attracted me to Tomorrow Sleep’s hybrid mattress, was that it had the support (the coils are wrapped), the high-density memory foam and the cooling capabilities – because that memory foam topper I used to use? It would make me sweat.
Along with the mattress came their 500 thread count Supima cotton sheets. Let me be real with you for a minute. I’ve never invested in sheets. I would shop the discount sites and scoop up microfiber. I’ve seen friends rave about the best sheets they have ever slept on, but upon looking up the various brands, I would scoff at the price tag. Well, I’m scoffing no more.
I could not believe the softness of these sheets. They don’t slip or slide off the mattress. I also loved that they were not ice cold and crisp when I’d slide into bed at night. I typically end up going to bed with socks on my feet because my sheets are cold, but these sheets are always room temperature. After being spoiled by these new Tomorrow sheets, I told my husband we are always investing in good sheets going forward.
If you interested in improving your sleep, you’ll want to take a look at Tomorrow’s Sleeptracker. Prior to installing this, I simply used my FitBit to see how many hours a night I was sleeping, how many times I was restless and how often I woke up. But the Sleeptracker takes things to a whole new level and really dives deeper into how you are sleeping and offers daily tips through their AI.
The Sleeptracker sensors are placed under each side of the bed and plugged into the monitor. You will need to be able to get WiFi in the bedroom in order for it to sync with the app you download on your phone. You can set a sleep goal (mine is 7.5 hours), set a timer to remind you to go to sleep and to wake up. Each day the app compiles data regarding your breathing, heart rate, deep sleep, light sleep and REM sleep, as well as how many times you woke up and how long you were awake. It also emails you the data as well.
The readings on my FitBit were almost always the same – restless 22 times, woke up 3 times, awake anywhere from 30-60 minutes. So I took notes to compare my FitBit the last night sleeping on my old mattress and then again once sleeping on my new Tomorrow hybrid mattress. The difference was stark. Before: 22 times restless, 2 times awake and 45 minutes awake/restless; with the new mattress 10 times restless, 1 time awake and 10 minutes awake/restless. That was just the first night. Each night since (and I am writing this after a month of use), most nights my Sleeptracker shows I am only up 0-1 times, awake 10 minutes or less and that I am getting a lot of REM sleep. The quality of sleep is definitely improving.
The only thing I have not figured out yet is how to increase the amount of deep sleep I get. (I always thought REM sleep was deep sleep.) From my Sleeptracker analysis, it shows I am mostly getting light sleep and REM sleep.
Tomorrow also offers a comforter, drapes, pillows, and a mattress protector. They offer a 100 day trial on the mattress, which typically ships quickly in 2-3 days. If you’re not happy, returns are free.
To put it all together, I’m in love with this mattress. The sheets are amazing and I enjoy the Sleeptracker to help me monitor and work toward the perfect night of sleep.
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Shannon began A Girl’s Gotta Spa! beauty blog in 2005 to morph her love of beauty and in educating women on what truly works and what does not. In 2013 she launched a bath and body line as an extention of the beauty blog. One thing she always has on her at all times? Lip balm.