As grateful as I am to have a bed to sleep in each night, there are few things more uncomfortable than sleeping in a lumpy, outdated mattress. My husband and I had been doing just that for the past 2 or 3 years. While our mattress was just 6 years old, and its recommended you replace your mattress after 8 years, ours had a little more wear and tear than your average bed. In the years we’ve had it, we’ve moved a whopping 8 times. Sometimes the moves were across town and sometimes across state lines, and for a long while, we slept on the mattress and box spring right on the floor, with no bed frame. Needless to say, all of that hustling and bustling turned our once-comfy pillow top mattress into a lumpy mess that made for restless nights and mornings filled with back pain.
A few days ago, though, all that changed, and you couldn’t pay me to go back.
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had partnered with The Clean Bedroom to rebuild my master bedroom from the ground up — starting with the bed. And I have to say that of all the partnerships I’ve made at Green Your Decor over the years, this one has already been one of the most rewarding. You don’t realize just how restless your sleep is until you have a night of really great sleep.
My husband and I received the queen Oyasumi (oh-ya-su-mi) Natural Latex Organic Mattress by Naturally Organic, a Clean Bedroom exclusive. What I immediately loved about this option, before we even received it, is that the natural latex mattress can be customized with medium or firm cores on each side. Thanks to the Sleep Number store in the local mall, my husband and I learned a few years ago that while I prefer a relatively firm mattress that offers great back support, my husband prefers the comfort of something softer. So he chose the medium core and I chose firm.
Once we placed our order, it took a few weeks to build and ship the mattress and foundation. However, the delivery process was seamless. I received an email from the shipping company requesting that I choose a delivery time from 4 options — each more than a week away. Because of that, I was able to plan my schedule around those hours. And because we live on the third floor of our apartment building, I was relieved to know they’d deliver the mattresses right inside our front door. Bringing groceries up those stairs is a workout, so I wasn’t looking forward to the prospect of lugging anything heavier.
Plus, I’d heard that natural latex mattresses are heavy. And what I’d heard was absolutely correct.
The foundation was about the same weight as a typical box spring, but the mattress? It was Really. Heavy. Plus natural latex is much more flexible than a standard mattress, which means once we opened the box in which it was shipped, it was really hard to keep it upright so we could pick it up and move it into our bedroom. It took some trial and error, but eventually, we were able to move it and lay it on the foundation. The latex cores shifted, but we simply unzipped the organic cotton cover and shifted them back in place. Easy peasy.
And of course, once the bed was set up, albeit sheetless, I couldn’t help but give it a test run. And as soon as I laid on it, I knew we’d made the right choice. My first comment to my husband? “Wow babe! It’s like sleeping on a cloud!” He laughed and gave me a side-eye, but as soon as he gave it a try, the look on his face was priceless. Pure, unadulterated comfort.
I was so lost in CloudVille that I didn’t even want to get up to put sheets on the bed. But since we also received two Natura DreamMate Organic Pillows and a Naturally Organic wool, summer weight comforter, I knew I needed to cover them up to maintain their pristine condition. But once I put sheets on the bed, it was lights out. I took my first afternoon nap in years. And not because I was really tired. Seriously, once my head hit the pillow, I couldn’t help myself. I was out in minutes.
When I woke up about 2 hours later, my daughter had already eaten dinner and taken a bath (did I mention how much I love my husband?), and I felt like a million dollars. Really.
And lest you think I’m the only one with this opinion, here’s another tidbit. My husband and I will usually lay in bed and watch TV or play golf on the Playstation for a few hours before we actually go to sleep. In this bed, that is all but impossible. The first night, my husband fell asleep in minutes, and I wasn’t far behind. And when we woke up in the morning, it was hard not to notice how great our backs felt. The pain was negligible, at best. We weren’t stiff or cramped or complaining like we usually had been. It was great!
Plus, unlike an innerspring mattress, there is very little movement in the mattress itself when a person gets on and off the bed. Sort of like those commercials for memory foam mattresses when they put a cup of wine on one side of the bed and have someone jump up and down on the other side. We didn’t try that test, for obvious reasons, but the difference in bed motion was immediately noticeable. I used to wake up nearly every morning when my husband got out of bed, or more specifically, when he sat back down. Now, he’s up and dressed before I even realize what’s going on.
I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better sleep experience, and it has only gotten better with time. The Natura pillows are incredibly soft and cushy, and the summer weight comforter offers just enough loft and softness without being too hot. I’m one of those people who will sleep with a blanket no matter how hot it is, because I just like the feeling of being in a cozy little cocoon. But 90 degree Georgia nights will change that in a hurry. This comforter is a Godsend, because it gives me the comfort I want without making me sweat.
I hate to sound like I’m overselling this, but this trio of organic, natural sleep products has completely changed our nights and mornings for the better. I like to read in bed, but lately, I haven’t been able to get in more than a few pages at night because I fall asleep so quickly. I couldn’t even stay awake long enough to finish watching Burn Notice! And if you know me, you know that I Do. Not. Miss. Burn Notice.
But, is a great night’s sleep worth it? Absolutely! Now we just have to make rest of the room look as great as the bed feels!