Wednesday, April 29, 2020

I Bought A New Mattress

I pride myself on being able to sleep just about anywhere. I've slept on concrete, I've slept on beaches, I even slept on the peel-and-stick tile floor of my old college buddy's rank-ass basement. I've slept through earthquakes, fire alarms and tornado warnings. As I get older, however, the physical cost of sleeping on something without any back support has begun to take its toll. For the last eighteen months, I've been sleeping on a memory foam mattress which felt more like it was a mattress topper than an actual mattress. It was fine if I was star-fishing in the center of it, but, it just wasn't working with two people sharing it. We were both waking up with horrible lower back pains. Mine was so bad that I couldn't stand for more than 30 minutes in the morning without my legs going numb. Clearly, it was time for a new mattress.

I've been bombarded with advertisements from a number of different mattress companies like Purple, Casper, Nectar, Sleep Number, Tuft & Needle and Puffy. At some point, amid all the Youtube ads and pop-ups, it all becomes noise. I did some research and decided that a hybrid coil-memory foam would work best for my need for both comfort and support. I soon settled on the Pressure Relief OEKO-TEX Certified iCoil® Hybrid Mattress by Zinus. I've had a good experience with Zinus box springs, so I figured I'd give one of their mattresses a try.

I want to give a pro-tip to those of you whom are going to buy a Zinus mattress: The cling wrap is what keeps the mattress compressed, not the thick plastic covering. I found this out when I pulled open the cling wrap in the living room only to find that the mattress was beginning to expand. I quickly yet very awkwardly maneuvered the mattress through the hallway and into my bedroom. I starting singing "What's gonna work? Teeeeeam work!" in the hopes that my teenage daughter would take the hint and lend a hand. No dice. But, with a little elbow grease and a lot of gumption, I got the Zinus mattress through the door and onto the bed.

It took about 48 hours for my Zinus hybrid mattress to fully expand. In the interim, I found that the middle rose up faster than the sides which made sleeping arrangements a little odd. But, once that was done, the Zinus Pressure Relief OEKO-TEX Certified iCoil Hybrid Mattress became great to sleep on, but even better to wake up on. Not only have I slept better, but I haven't had any of the back problems that have plagued me for the last several months.

At around $700 for a king mattress, I find that the Zinus Pressure Relief OEKO-TEX Certified iCoil Hybrid Mattress hits that sweet spot of affordability vs benefit. And, with a 100 day no-risk satisfaction guarantee, it's well worth trying if you're in the market for a hybrid mattress.

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