Being a mom, a wife, and having a career is exhausting. So many places to be and faces to clean. In suburbia, soccer practice, white wine, and subpar sleep habits come with the territory. A typical day goes something like this:
- Wake up groggy in the morning after getting five to six hours of broken sleep — if I’m lucky — and start the day behind schedule. Rush to get my 3-year-old to pre-school and to work all before 9am.
- Shortly after that, you’ll find me clutching a grande coffee wondering how I’ll be able to keep my eyes open until lunch, when I can grab more coffee.
- I manage a remote sales team, so I am in and out of sales calls and work meetings all day. It can be fast-paced and stressful work.
- My husband grabs the kids on his way home and I meet him around 5:20pm and pray he ordered takeout or started the Crock Pot before he left in the morning — because who has the energy to cook?
- Around 8:30pm, when the little guys are finally asleep, I have a glass of wine (or three) and catch up on work email.
When I finally collapse into bed at night, I often have trouble getting comfortable with the 11-year-old thing we bought before we had kids. All night long tossing and turning, trying to deal with lumps, bumps, and worn-out springs. I had started to feel like my sleep issues were impacting everything from my mood to my skin. Something had to change. I finally decided I had to address my sleep quality and researched it from a lot of angles, including buying a better mattress.
A few girlfriends had recently tried different “mattress in a box” companies, and the one that piqued my interest was DreamCloud. One of my yoga friends even told me that she was sleeping better than ever on her DreamCloud mattress and that is was some sort of hybrid mattress. Though I tend to be the skeptical type, the positive feedback, even from those mattress review sites, was convincing.
I can be a hot sleeper, so I appreciated how DreamCloud’s hybrid design said it promoted breathability and airflow. And having that layer of springs was reassuring because we used to have a mattress with springs. It’s what I am used to. Plus, with DreamCloud’s 365-night trial, Lifetime Warranty, and free shipping, I had nothing to lose. If I decided I didn’t like the mattress a few months down the line, I’d return it for free and get a full refund — no harm, no foul.
So I came home from work one day a few months back and saw our new king-sized DreamCloud mattress sitting on the porch. It arrived in a box that was easy for my husband to slide into the house, up into our bedroom, and unpack. When we removed the packaging and put the mattress on our bed frame, we were amazed to see the mattress expand. The first time I laid down on it, the blend of foam and coils felt soft and cushiony, but I still felt supported. That night, I made the bed with my favorite sheets and quickly drifted off to sleep.
When my alarm went off in the morning, I was shocked by how soundly I slept and how good I felt. Over seven hours of deep sleep. The kids didn’t wake up. I didn’t wake up in the middle of the night, hot and sweaty, like with my old mattress. I usually have achy hips and shoulders from sleeping on my side, but I felt less discomfort. I knew it could only get better.
As the weeks went on, I needed less coffee during the day and felt less anxious and stressed in general. My energy and productivity at work was improving. I was more patient and present for my kids and husband. A few nights a week I am actually leaving the office early, in time to cook and eat a healthy dinner at home with my family, instead of ordering takeout. If I knew that sleeping better could improve so many areas of my life, I would have made the change sooner.
The DreamCloud mattress has been a huge victory for me and a huge part of my sleep win. Better sleep has played a huge role in a big personal turn around for me. If you are thinking about addressing your sleep issues, DreamCloud was part of the solution for me. You can check it out here.