In the last few weeks there have been quite a few people in my bed.
I mean, besides Mr G. The Mini Monsters climb in quite often, often at about 3 am when I am too sleepy to actually make them go back to their own beds. But that’s ok – family is allowed.
In addition though, there was my sister-in-law. She didn’t stay too long. The brother-in-law had a go. My mum. Oh – and my neighbours husband.
The cat, of course, gets in bed with me every night.
Don’t worry – this blog has not taken an unexpected swing in direction.
Everyone just wants to try out my new bed. Understandably, because it is quite amazing.
Being a long term sufferer from a bad back, I have tried memory foam. Mr G put thick hard boards under our mattress. We spent a fortune on a recommended orthopaedic mattress with supportive springs, bamboo layer and enforced edging. That was the most annoying, because as the most expensive solution it actually lasted the shortest amount of time before the support started to give way.
Mr G did a little research and came up with a whole new solution. What about, he said, a water bed.
Images from sleazy 1980’s movies spring to mind (well, they don’t, because I am too young to know of any, but you know the sort I would mean, if I knew them).
However, he convinced me to go along to a sales room and try them out. They had four beds set up, each one a different ‘firmness’, except with water beds it’s not about the firmness so much as the speed with which the displacement stops. Level 1 was much as you would imagine – I lay down – and sank. Mr G lay down next to me and I shot up in the air on a wave. We bounced about for a bit until things settled. Every movement started the bounce again. Fun maybe. Conducive to a night’s sleep? No!
Level 5 had a 99% stability. Now, I am no expert but my amateur explanation of this is that the water movement should stop pretty much instantly. The mattress is filled with a layer of fibre baffles. The more fibre, the less movement in the water.
Since I am not writing a sales piece on the water bed, I’ll skim through the main points.
– It’s heated. There is a small heater pad that keeps the water at a comfortable temperature. It’s not expensive.
– It’s hygienic. Whereas in your normal mattress your skin cells drop down into it where they can fester (can everyone say yeuch), with a water bed there is a removable top cover that can be washed. The mattress is wipe clean. Voila! No more dust mites.
– Someone else comes along and set it up. Hassle free. Oh – except for the bottle of conditioner we have to add to the water to keep it clean. Annually. Sigh.
– It’s silent. Once all the air is removed, there is no sloshing.
– Best of all – it’s great for bad backs. OK – this is subjective and other people may have a different experience but I find it quite amazing. My back is better than it has been in years. I can sleep on my side.
I am pretty darn happy. Of course it’s a bed, not a miracle worker. Of course I still get aches and pains. But it is helping. I am sleeping better than I have in a long time – and standing upright in the mornings instead of standing crooked.
In fact – I’m off to bed. Night all.
I have added more pictures to my facebook album, for those interested in step by step erections!