by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
After 19 years, I finally got a new mattress to sleep on. Thanks Mom for your generous gift!
They say you should replace your mattress every 10 years at the most, so I guess I was due — almost two times over! I kept on putting it off because it’s really confusing to compare mattresses and it’s an expensive investment. I know, I know, Ms. Homespunspa, who is all preachy about getting a good night’s sleep, should know better than to skimp on a decent mattress. Finally, my mother said “enough” and offered to buy me a new mattress for my birthday.
Lucky for me and just before the launch of the HST :< here in BC, the Bay was having a sale on mattresses. My mom said to go ahead and lie down on all of the beds in the store to see which one I liked best. I didn’t particularly relish the idea of lying down on all of the beds where countless people had been before me, but I did it anyway. And then there was the whole question of “firm” or “soft.” I was leaning toward the firm side on the cheaper beds and then the salesman came over to make his suggestions.
First he asked me, “Do you sleep on your side, or on your back, or on your stomach?” Why that would make a difference, I didn’t know. I said, “I start on my back, then fall asleep on my side and then I don’t know what happens after that.”
From that information, he suggested I try the Simmons Beautyrest which was to go on sale in three days (which happened to be my actual birthday, which I took as a bit of a sign). Apparently, it was the superior mattress in the store by far and was designed for people who sleep on their side and would be the same price on sale as the ones I was already looking at.
I figured I might as well give the Simmons a try and just as I was walking toward the Simmons beds, another lady walked in, just five steps ahead of me. Of course she went straight to the section I was heading towards and started comparing the same mattresses I was eyeing. I tried to ignore her. I lied down on the bed to see if I liked the firm or soft side and must admit I felt rather vulnerable. At that point, she was just on the edge of my personal space and THEN she had the nerve to come over to the bed I was on and stood at the foot of the bed and pressed down on the mattress with both hands several times. She looked up at me and said, “Makes me crazy.”
“Yikes” I thought. Then she walked over to the bed next to mine and lied down. At that moment I tried to make myself scarce and headed back to the sales desk where my mother was chatting with the sales staff. As I walked passed her bed as casually as possible, she said, “Excuse me, would you mind lying on this bed for me?” I said, “No, thank you” and practically ran away almost losing my shoe.
I told the sales staff what had happend. (I was tempted to make a gesture from my elementary school days which invloves pointing your hand to your head and rotating your finger clockwise a few times and then pretending to brush your teeth to point at someone and saying, “I brush my teeth and curl my hair” indicating that someone is crazy. I don’t know if anyone else has learned this, but I thought I’d throw it in here). After they heard my story, they tried to distract her from that point forward, so I could make a decision. With hesitation, I chose the Simmons, firm.
Fast forward a few weeks. Bye bye old mattress that I bought at Sears for $300 in 1991. My new mattress has been delivered and I have slept on it for two nights. I’m really happy with my choice.
It’s a totally different experience sleeping on this bed than on the last one and will take some getting used to. My cat is like, “Something is different,” “What happend here?” as he tippytoes across the bed. And now when I sleep on my side, my shoulder isn’t taking the brunt of my weight. The bed is huge and is so high off the ground, it’s like I’m the princess and the pea. Now I’m off to buy new and bigger sheets and pillows.
If you’re in the market to buy a new mattress, first of all, congratulations, you’re worth it and your mind, body and spirit will thank you for years to come. And second, do your research then wait for a sale.