I hate feeling tired. When I’m tired it’s hard to wake up and get going, my head feels like it’s in a fog for hours and I get cranky. As I head into my thirties, a decade for which I have big expectations and from which I plan to squeeze every ounce of living from, once thing is clear: I need better (and more) sleep.
So on my quest for better sleep I’ve tried all kinds of things. Staying away from caffeine after dinner helps a little (but I miss the days when I could down half a 6-pack of Mtn. Dew and sleep like a baby immediately after). So does turning off all blue light-emitting screens long before I hit the sack (when I can manage to pry myself away so early, that is). I heard drinking cherry juice can help you sleep better. I’ve tried it but… I dunno.
But it’s not just caffeine or screens or lack of melatonin that keep me up. If there’s a big project I can’t wait to get started on, I might as well not even try to go to sleep until I get some ideas out of my head and into Evernote. I can get some good thinking done in the shower, but I hate it when my brain decides that 10:45pm is the best time to try to solve the world’s biggest problems.
I’m sure you can relate.
With all of the craziness going on in our modern lives, it only makes sense to try our best to optimize what we can for a better night’s sleep. And one of the things we actually have control over is the mattress we choose to sleep on.
For years now I’ve driven my wife crazy claiming that the best mattress I ever slept was in a luxury hotel in Beaver Creek Colorado. Whenever the subject of a mattress comes up (which, surprisingly, must happen more often that you’d think as I’ve definitely mentioned it at least a few times a year over the last half decade) I’m quick to reference the infamous Beaver Creek mattress. Man was it comfortable. It’s become a myth (which my wife believes I’ve exaggerated with each passing remembrance — and who knows, maybe I have… it’s been awhile now).
But the idea of the perfect mattress has been seared into my mind. I now know that a ...