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Never a Dull Moment… especially when sleeping? April 27, 2014

We currently reside in a lovely two-bedroom, fully furnished, corporate apartment in MD while we await the sale of our home in VA.  The company set things up and thought of every possible “basic necessity” that we could need while we’re here, but we have had a little trouble adjusting to the sleeping arrangements that are available.  We have a queen-size bed but, even with all the padding included, it’s just sooo hard.  We’ve tried to adjust and adapt, but after sleeping on a hotel bed this past weekend, we decided that enough was enough and asked for suggestions from our Facebook community.BedDiscussion

The responses ranged from the off-the-cuff-quip “sleep on the floor” or “try drugs and alcohol” to some extremely detailed ideas on specific types of foam pads, thickness preferences, product combinations, and the like that just boggled the mind.  I was so grateful for the response… hearing from so many people really helped us as we left for the store.

Keep in mind, we already have an amazing Sleep Number Bed (currently in storage) that we just love, so we weren’t looking for a long-term solution.  We simply needed to add something to this specific bed that will allow us to sleep more comfortably until we can get our things out of storage and have our own bed back.

We also had some criterion that needed to be met:

  • Whatever we purchased would not end up being used on our personal bed, so we didn’t want to spend a great deal of money.
  • We also needed to be able to purchase a product immediately… waiting for something to be delivered just wasn’t going to cut it at this point.
  • M didn’t like the idea of sleeping on foam, so that cut out a large number of options.
  • I wanted something that would fit under the current mattress pad, so it would have a chance at staying in place.

We could have gone to a number of stores, but we decided that Bed, Bath and Beyond was going to be our best bet at finding a workable solution.  After wandering through the store for awhile to understand the layout of the store, we started looking at our options.  With a goal of “a reasonable price” in mind, we got things down to two possible solutions.  The first was a full four inches shorter than the width of the bed itself, which concerned me, and made of foam, which concerned M.  NOTE: When looking for bedding options, measure the exact size of the bed in question so you have a true number with which to work.  When the second was exactly the correct width and length and a good $100 cheaper than its closest competitor,  number two became our obvious choice.

We then had a minor discussion on the merits of FiberFill vs Feather Bed… I honestly didn’t care enough at this point, so we went with the FiberFill.  I’m not a fan of random things poking at me in the middle of the night (ok, get your minds out of the gutter, folks) so when M preferred the FiberFill, I was absolutely on board.   Using the 20% discount card that I had randomly remembered to pack two weeks ago made this item totally within our budget (click the link on “number two” above to see more info) and we went home with our new acquisition.

After stripping the bed down to the bare mattress, we laid the topper on and covered it with the “original” mattress pad… it was feeling softer already!  We finished making the bed and had our first night’s sleep on it last night.  I think it’s going to take a little time to get used to the softer bed, but I am definitely a fan.  Even if it only lasts a few months, this purchase is already worth it to me.  My back isn’t quite as sore this morning and I actually feel a bit more relaxed.  My FitBit feedback tells me that I had a more restful night, which means that I wasn’t flopping back and forth all night.  Anything that can do that, on the first night, gets high marks in my book.

For those of you who are wondering about our Sleep Number Bed… let me say first that we love it.  We bought ours almost 10 years ago and we wouldn’t trade it (as evidenced by the need for a post such as this) for any other bed.  NOTE: We purchased the middle cost option of the queen sleep number bed and got two wired remotes, one for each side.  The remotes have begun to fail, so we’ll replace them when we move, but the bed itself is awesome.  M likes to sleep on a more firm mattress, so his sleep number is somewhere around 50-65, depending on his nightly preference.  I like to sleep in a “valley”, so my sleep number typically ranges between 35 and 45.  I can adapt to sleeping on a more firm mattress, and probably should be sleeping on something closer to M’s number, but the surface of the apartment’s bed was just way too firm for either of us.

That’s the end of our sleeping saga.  Our move has been accented with bursts of challenge here and there, but hopefully we’ll go back to having more dull moments… as long as our cats don’t get into the act anymore!




I just wanted to sleep a little later… January 29, 2012

Filed under: Life Balance,Pets,Uncategorized — beatitudesofmylife @ 12:23 pm
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I have to start by saying that I love our two cats… honestly. They are funny, sweet, personable, and just great to have in our lives. Dexter is our boy cat and the first cat pictured here – he’s the bully of the two and seems to be opinionated on anything that involves him, which apparently is US. Chelsea is our girl cat in the second picture – she’s got a huge body with a tiny little head (picture bowling ball body with a golf ball head) and cannot “meow” like a normal cat… she makes peep noises, so we call her Peep. The annoying thing about them is that they have no concept of human sleeping. It’s frustrating and annoying and just drives me crazy. Really… I just wanted to sleep in on the last “open” weekend for our fore-see-able future. Sadly, our cats had other ideas this morning.

It started with Dexter pawing at the suitcase near the end of our bed. Flipping my leg at him deterred this for a few minutes, but he was back at it again fairly quickly. Not sure why he does this… he has no claws, so he just looks like he’s digging for gold on the side of the bag. This was around 4AM, so I got up to make him move, which worked for awhile until he decided to jump up on the bed near my head to make sure that I was still alive. Apparently my lack of participation in the leg-flipping game signified to him that I might have died… shoving him onto the floor allowed him to rest easy, knowing that I was indeed alive and well (and now, slightly awake).

Next came the crows. Our back-door neighbors have lovely bird feeders that are invaded by loud black crows every morning at 6AM. This doesn’t bother the neighbors because they’re usually leaving for work about that time, but since we have our windows open, we get to listen to every bird’s sequence of seven caws. It’s as if they’re just yelling, “Hey.. hey.. hey.. hey.. hey.. hey.. HEY!!” Not sure why they have to be so loud, but it’s annoying… and there’s nothing I can do about it, short of a more permanent (and probably illegal) solution. Grrrr…

About an hour after the crows left for “greener pastures” (read: more food elsewhere), the cats decided to pound on the bedroom closet door. Granted, this closet door looks a lot like the bathroom closet door behind which is their food, but this is still annoying. Flipping my leg out from under the covers again can deter them… like I’m about to get out of bed to “get” them and so they head for the hills… only to return a moment or two later to repeat this action. We play this fun “game” for a half hour or so until either M or I decide to give up and feed them. I know this is basically giving them what they wanted in the first place but after a half hour of their ridiculous pounding, it’s the only way to make it stop.

It wasn’t until we got the combination of Dexter jumping on the bed near my head and Peep huff-a-lumping up onto the blanket chest at the end of the bed that we finally gave up. Trying to sleep any later was just not going to happen. I really do love my cats… and their antics are usually pretty funny to watch. I just need to remember not to try and sleep too late around them… they will do whatever it takes to get me out of bed.

But I really did just want to sleep in this morning…


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