Dream Weaver

I’ve just closed my eyes again
Climbed aboard the dream weaver train
Driver take away my worries of today
And leave tomorrow behind

Ooh dream weaver
I believe you can get me through the night
Ooh dream weaver
I believe we can reach the morning light

I love to sleep.  On my Couch.  On the Beach.  On the Dock.  On a Septa Bus that had caught on fire on my way to work .  Sleep and I are friends.  Good friends.  Loyal Friends.

However, Sleep and I are not seeing eye to eye lately.  I haven’t been sleeping well lately.  As much as I am happy to be home, in my own room, with all of my things, my good night’s rest just wasn’t happening.  As I’ve mentioned before, Sleep is critical in recovering from GBS.  Lots and lots of rest.  Nap like a kindergartener. Nap like a college student. Nap like a senior citizen.  Nap like you were out all night doing too many tequila shots.  I haven’t been napping much as of lately, as I try to hold out until I go to bed, so I can get a full night’s sleep.  However, I find myself lying in bed, trying to get comfortable, and struggling to fall asleep.

I’ve been tossing and turning so much these past few weeks.  Sure, I have alot on my mind with trying to get back to work, doing therapy on my own at home, and getting back into a “normal” routine.  I’ve been pretty good about writing down how I’m feeling, and trying to work through this anxiety, so that I can rest and heal.  No such luck.  I’ve been waking up with a crick in my neck, and an aching back.  Nothing worse than getting out of bed, already a little wobbly to begin with, and scuffling to the bathroom with your hand on your aching back like an old man.  Not cute.

After several weeks of this, I realized it wasn’t me, it was the mattress.  I examined my bed and noted all of the indentations and lumps that were a permanent fixture.  I was having a hard time finding the right spot to sleep in, since I had turned the mattress multiple times in the interest of getting the most out of my purchase.  The last time I went mattress shopping was in 1998 when I first moved out of my parent’s house.  I bought this great  Simmon’s BeautyRest mattress with this new feature, a pillow top.  Very cutting edge.  Bought it with my new bedroom set at Strawbridge & Clothier.  My god, I sound old.   That mattress moved me with 6 times.  It was a good mattress.  It was a worthy mattress.  It was Time for a new mattress!

Since Black Friday had some great deals, I decided to head out to shop for the mattress.  Plans were cut short when my body decided it wasn’t intersted in doing anything on Friday except sleep.  So, sleep I did.  I went to bed, all day long. I only saw 9 hours of Friday, November 25.  When my body wants to sleep, my body can be very stubborn.  So, I tried it again on Saturday, but I still wasn’t feeling so great.  So, off to bed I went.  It’s ironic that all I was trying to do was buy a new mattress so I could have more restful sleep, but my body wouldn’t permit it because it was tired?!  So, finally, after a weekend of rest, off I went on Sunday to get a new mattress at Raymour and Flanigan.

Boy is that store big.  Everything seems big when you move as slow as a turtle and you have a stupid crutch holding you steady.   R&F was chock full of mattresses.  And there are so many options—Latex, Memory Foam, Innerspring Coil, Air, Water.  So, I met my salesperson and we made our (very slow) way to the mattress gallery.  I quickly ruled out Water, Air, Latex and Innerspring.  Who really buys a water bed anymore, really?  So, I was left with Memory Foam.   I laid on so many beds, I started losing track of which ones I liked, and didn’t like.  The great part was, I was able to sit up and lay down so easily– quite a feat for someone who couldn’t sit up on her own 2 months ago!

The two final contenders were the Tempur-Pedic’s Cloud and Serta’s Revolution iComfort.   I could’t decide.  I was really torn.  I love the Tempur-Pedic.  It felt great. It was firm, yet comfortable.  The i-Comfort was a bit of a wild card. It’s a relatively new mattress, and the differentiator between it and the other memory foams is the KoolComfort technology.  Essentially, it works with your body to keep you cool at night.  With my body still short-circuiting a bit, and having these strange hot flashes in my feet lately, KoolComfort sounded pretty good right about now.

My salesperson left me alone, indecisive, for a while.  I decided to give it one more shot and lay down on each.  And, I have a confession to make.  I took a nap right there in the mattress gallery at R&F.  I didn’t realize how tired I was from walking around the store.  It was just a quick powernap, but when I awoke, I knew I found the mattress for me.  See, told you I could sleep anywhere 🙂

I made my final decision.  The Revolution iComfort.  Since I was so torn between the Tempurpedic and the iComfort, the R&F team gave me a free Tempur-Pedic Comfort Pillow, so I got the best of both worlds.  Hello, can you say Sweet Dreams?

The Delivery Truck arrived around 11am on Monday morning to take away the old, and bring in the new.  I got a great night’s sleep on Monday, and will continue to do so thanks to my great new mattress!

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.  ~Irish Proverb

Thank you for joining me on this journey.

Suz

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Cheryl Jarvis-Johnson on December 6, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Hi Suz,

    I actually thought I was the only one in the world who uses sleep as a cure-all for most things…hungry and can’t get to food…got to sleep, stress and refuse to exercise, go to sleep, scared and can’t get relief, well just go to sleep, tired…well naturally just go to sleep. I got a mattress a couple of years ago and still like it but I am feeling some aches and pains when I wake up…well just go to sleep…on the floor!

    You are doing an amazing job…and you are still in my prayers.

    Reply

  2. Posted by Emily on December 1, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Suzy,
    From another Queen Napper (mine is usually somewhere in the 2-3pm time slot, before the school bus brings the kids home), I am so glad you found your new bed and got it delivered so quickly. There is nothing worse than a bad mattress robbing you of your nap.
    Enjoy your rest. Your body needs it Girlfriend.
    Love, Em

    Reply

  3. Posted by Sandy on December 1, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Hi Suzy,
    We just bought a new mattress last year
    and we love it. It’s a foam one, I forget
    The name but it’s not an icomfort, I like
    The idea that it will keep you cool. Ours
    Doesn’t! See you Monday!
    Hugs,
    Sandy

    Reply

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