This month I was inspired to write about my relatively inexpensive solution to solving my quality of sleep problem. I’m guessing you might have heard of the expression “I slept like a rock”? If you haven’t, I describe it as deep sleep while the body feels super heavy throughout the slumber.
So what happened you ask? Well, recently, I had to adjust to sleeping on a different mattress, one rather soft for my stiff taste. (smiley face). I struggled with so many nights of poor sleep. Not to mention, waking up to pain throughout my body. I was not a happy camper (not that I like camping to begin with), but I became a stiff-necked person (physically anyways)! Calgon take me away! Am I dating myself??
After a few months, enough was enough. I researched what was available to firm up the mattress, at least my side anyways. Sure, I found some obvious solutions, however, companies that sell adjustable mattresses for each individual’s comfort (more widely advertised as a “his and hers” side) are way, way, way out of my price range.
Next, I tried narrowing my search to incorporate some variation of the word firm and about 9 gazillion results came back, ranging from ads, to articles, to blog posts, to discussion forums, you name it. Wow, a lot of people sure suffer from sleep-related issues, including back pain, neck pain, etc., but none, addressed the nature of my concern! What? How can that be?! I had my work cut out for me.
I put my thinking cap back on, and A-HA, came up with a potential solution (one that probably appeared during a shower or when I wasn’t focused on it). I shared it with my boyfriend and he had the same idea. We both decided we should just buy a piece of plywood to harden my side.
Here’s what went into it. It is rather ghetto-style, but we couldn’t think of any other option. These were the ingredients that went into my bed sandwich (as I like to think of it).
Ingredients from bottom to top (one of each):
- 4×5 foot piece of plywood (depending on the size of your bed and the size of you, of course)
- Non-slip fabric so the wood would not slide
- Thick inch and ½ of bed foam (to soften the feel of the wood)
- Fitted sheet
- Extra blanket for added warmth and to smooth out the space between the two sides
- Flat sheet
- Comforter on top
I know, it is a rather hefty sandwich, but I am sleeping so much better and as most of us know, getting sleep, and good sleep, is key! I urge you to give this inexpensive alternative a try before running out and buying a firmer mattress. It is such a great option because a new mattress can feel differently while testing it out in the showroom, and sleeping on it at home. Believe me, I too have done that in the past, and I still didn’t sleep as well as I do now. I hope this can help everyone that has a desire for a firmer bed and a higher quality of sleep. I would love to hear from you if this has helped! Please leave me a comment below. Sweet dreams!