Better Sleep- Mattress Ideas

January 24, 2013

Caravan Sonnet Blog
Hello Friends! Today I wanted to share some of the best purchases that I have made in regards to my mattress. We all know how important sleep is when dealing with a Chronic Illness or Chronic Pain but we all probably have horror stories for how difficult sleep can be! In the next couple of weeks I wanted to share some "better sleep ideas" with you in hopes that this will be help for a key area of our lives!

When I was first diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I had several people suggest to me that buying a Tempur-Pedic mattress was the best way to go. I would have liked to agree but did not have the money for that type of purchase. *smiles* At the same time though I knew that it was important to find some answers for me and after researching for several months I found some solutions that have been well worth the time and money for right now (or for a permanent solution!). Here are some tips on how to sleep better with your current mattress even if you can't afford a new one!

1. Choose the Right Degree of Firmness
The mattress that I am using is a firm mattress which was purchased at an outlet store for a reasonable price. Due to some of my health issues it was important that the mattress be firm, but unfortunately it was too rough to sleep on. So that brought me to the second step. 

2. Soften the Mattress if Needed
For a little while I decided that I would purchase two comforters to put a small barrier between the mattress and the next step. I placed those on top of the mattress. Next, I did a ton of research on memory foam.

If you are not familiar with memory foam the inch thickness can span from just a little to up to 5 inches thick! It also can really range in price. I have used THIS one for my queen bed and love the thickness and the type that it is. It also lasts a long time and has been incredibly helpful. (If you are looking one for a college dorm room size check out this one HERE.) If you struggle with feeling hot at night than you may want to consider a cooler version, which you can find HERE.

3. Soften the Mattress Even More
After researching some more I decided to spend money on a down alternative mattress topper. This is truly the final piece of the puzzle if you are needing that softness!

These steps have truly given me the opportunity to rest better and sleep better. What kind of mattress do you use? What types of adjustments have you made to your mattress to sleep better? 

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