To the Mattresses
are having a four-day sale. Everything is on sale," says the
mattress man. Why is that mattresses are always on sale? Could it
be because they are always overpriced? He went into his speech
about foam mattresses
Who wants to buy a new mattress, especially when you have a
perfectly good mattress, only 20 years old. Well, maybe it is not
perfectly good. How long is a mattress supposed to last anyhow?
The thing is, I've been waking up with a terrible backache every
morning. I tried the old put-a-board-under-the-mattress trick. It
didn't help. I know I'm getting older, but I prefer to blame my
aching back on something else.
I looked up "buying a mattress" on the Internet. Honey
wants a "sleep number" bed, so I read up on them. I'm
not sure I really understand the concept, but it seems the
mattress is filled with air and the user can adjust it to be
harder or softer, according to preference.
I skip over the advertisements and go to the customer reviews:
"Hard to put together, high price, leak air, don't last
long." The fact is, I don't want a bed that does tricks. I
don't want an air bed, a water bed, a foam bed, a latex bed or a
bed that becomes a chaise lounge. I want a plain, regular bed, the
kind with springs and padding, a bed inspired by the innerspring
in car seats,
according to what I read.
There are so many different mattresses on the market that it is
confusing. Mattress manufacturers want it that way: Perfect
Sleeper, Memory Foam, Posturepedic, TempurPedic, Beautyrest. They
even call the same mattress by a different model number to prevent
It seems that once you decide on the type of bed, the rest would
be easy. No, there are all sorts of innerspring mattresses. The
mattresses basically consist of two things, springs and padding.
There can be more coils to give support or fewer coils that are
made with heavier wire. Number of coils doesn't really mean
As far as padding, there is cotton, acrylic, memory foam and
combinations. The best way to decide is to lie down on the
mattresses and see which feels better. Just like Goldilocks and
the three bears, "this one is too hard, this one too
soft," until you find one that is just right.
The store looked like trampoline heaven. I resist the urge.
"I want a mattress with coils."
"Well, if you are sure ..." He went into the speech
about numbers of coils. I didn't tell him I had been reading
"Do you like firm or soft," he asked.
Why spoil the fun?
"Both," I said.
Finally, he said, "Well it really is up to what feels
comfortable to you." Eureka! I thought he would get to that
sooner or later.
This mattress was too soft, that mattress, still too soft. It
seems I am a firm mattress sleeper. We finally found the mattress
of our dreams... literally, a hard mattress with enough memory
foam padding to make it bearable.
"We can deliver it today," said the salesman, not
wanting to take any chances. So, I signed on the dotted line,
handed over the plastic card and the new mattress was mine.
It felt pretty hard the first night. "I hope I've not made a
terrible mistake," I thought. But, I slept through the night
without waking up for the first time in ages. After about a week,
my back is starting to feel better too.
It is hard to replace something that you already have. I've
decided that I deserve to be comfortable, and if it makes my back
feel better, it's worth whatever it costs.
All this mattress talk is making me feel very tired. If you will
excuse me, I think I'll turn in.