The last time I owned a "new" mattress was 1988 and I was 10 - and it was a bunkbed I shared with my sister. Hardly life-changing.
My first "big" bed was a full-size I inherited from my Nanna when we moved to the States. The bed once belonged to my father when he was a teenager so in mattress years, it was about 500 years old. Looking back now I don't know how I ever slept on that thing, but since Dave only owned a twin, that same bed followed me into our marriage. Our first Christmas together Dave bought me a 1" memory foam topper and I remember thinking how luxurious it made our bed feel. Haha... that feeling didn't last long.
Two years into our marriage a couple in our church blessed us with a queen mattress set they'd had in their guest room. What a huge step up it was from the full - and not just in size. Oh how we loved that bed...at first! Our memory foam topper followed us onto the queen even though it was only a full size - and so we entered the "lip" stage of sleeping where you needed to stay in the middle or you fell off the edge of the topper which was a good 2" too short on either side and almost half a foot in length - in essence ruining the fact that we owned a queen. Even though I would pull it all the way up to the headboard it would travel down to the foot of the bed leaving an obnoxious split level effect for your head. 1-inch of height may not seem like much, but let me tell you it's a noticeable difference for your head.
|The old bed|
The other problem we had with the mattress topper was that it was a temptation to my first-born, who eats weird things...like foam (we don't own Nerf toys for a good reason around here.) One day while I was washing our sheets I came back into my room to find he'd taken a huge bite out of the mattress... I just rejoiced it was on Dave's side.
|Foam - it's what's for dinner!|
So four years later we finally decided that it was time to buy a real bed. If you think about the fact that you spend a third of your life sleeping, a decent mattress that allows you to get a good night's sleep without waking up with aches and pains is a smart investment, but it still took us a long time to decide to actually do it.
This past Wednesday our new bed arrived. Along with the mattress we bought new sheets (800 thread count Egyptian cotton) and I am loving both!!
|That's 13" of memory foam people... with NO LIP!!|
And if you'll excuse me now... I think it's time I crawl back into that bed of mine... by golly it's almost 9:00pm... and I'm missing out on valuable sleeping time!