After sleeping on our old mattress for over ten years, we are now the UN-sleep-deprived owners of a brand new Tempur-Pedic mattress!
We put off mattress shopping for as long as we possibly could because everyone knows it’s just no fun to “test-drive” mattresses in public. It is recommended that you lie on your back for at least ten minutes, and then on your side as well, to really get the feel of the mattress.
It turns out that the small Sleep Country USA shop we went to was not too bad a place to fulfill the obligatory time investment required to pick the perfect mattress. It wasn’t very crowded and the salesman was more helpful than pushy.
It was a no-brainer for me once I tried my first Tempur-Pedic. I just couldn’t try anything else after that. We tried several models of the Tempur-Pedic, though, and finally settled on the Cloud Supreme, which seemed the most comfortable to both my husband and me, and it can be used with our Craft-matic adjustable bed.
The Cloud Series is the newest addition to the Tempur-Pedic line. The newest product is called Tempur-ES, and is used as a top layer for the three Cloud mattresses in varying thicknesses, with the Supreme being the Medium Softness choice. The softest is the Cloud-Luxe, and the firmest is the Tempur-Cloud. That is not to say that the Supreme is completely soft, (because a totally soft bed is not necessarily good for your back), but that top layer gently cradles your body for a comfy, yet supportive feel, and the next layer gives firm, yet responsive support. There are also layers to allow air flow to keep the material from heating up as you sleep, which might have been a problem with earlier products of this type. The covering on the mattress is removable for washing, resists dust and mites, and is very soft and plush feeling. Though the cover is removable, we were advised to purchase a separate cover because putting the cover back on can be challenging.
The whole idea of Tempur technololy, is that there is nothing to give resistance to your hips and shoulders, so you are able to sleep comfortably, without interruption, for much longer periods of time. This, in theory, allows you to experience deeper sleep, leaving you rested and rejuvenated.
My experience is that my new mattress IS very comfortable. It is cozy-feeling and firm at the same time. Instead of tossing and turning all night, I find I am waking only once or twice in the night to shift positions – and that is usually due to a call of nature more than the need to shift. And this comfort began the very first night, though we were informed that it takes about five weeks of sleeping in the mattress to "break it in" properly.
Our mattress was pretty pricey, but it does have a 20 year warranty. Honestly, though, I don't think you can put a price on a good night's sleep, so in the long run, I consider the purchase an investment in our future well-being.
If we change our minds about our choice of mattress within 100 days, we can return it, but now that it is almost broken in, I’m already wondering what took us so long!
For a good description of all available products, visit tempurpedic.com.