I had made diet, exercise and routine changes to my lifestyle, and within the first seven days I could feel the benefits. All the articles I had read about having more energy were true. I can honestly say, I had not felt this energized and alert for years. Even my family had noticed positive changes in my moods, I was a lot less snappy and had more patience with the kids.
I was sleeping better. I found it easier to fall to sleep, I was not disturbed regularly like before, and woke up feeling refreshed and energized. I had noticed one thing though, I was beginning to get aches and pains. In parts of my back I was beginning to get pains in the lower areas. Because I was sleeping so still, whatever side I was lying on began to have aches and pains.
If I had slept the entire night on one side, the shoulder I had slept on would have quite severe aches when I first woke up. The pain would not last long, but I would feel stiff in my shoulder for the first hour of the morning. This was a clear indication that the mattress I was sleeping on was not up to the job any more. A new mattress became a priority, very quickly.
I had always slept on a spring mattress, but was keen to make the progression onto memory foam. The health benefits of memory foam far out weigh those of springs. In fact, the only real benefit of a spring mattress is the price. They are generally a bit cheaper.
I read that there can be heat problems with memory foam. This did not concern me however. I have never had any trouble with sleeping in hot conditions, and the fact I have air conditioning in the house, means I can control the general room temperature. Other than this, there are not really any down sides with memory foam, other than the price. Brands like Tempurpedic can cost several thousands of dollars. I did not have this budget, so was looking for a quality, sensibly priced mattress. I opted for a Sleep Innovations mattress 12 inches thick.
I have a king size mattress, so it cost best part of 600 bucks, but compare this to some of the other brands around, I think I got a bargain. Am I impressed with my purchase? Yes I am.
The mattress arrived vacuum packed which made it easy to handle. I left it go, to expand. I came back after about six hours and it had reached its full thickness. I did not notice and extreme smells. Yes there was a new foam smell in the room, but whenever you have a new piece of furniture, it has a new smell. The smell from the mattress was no different. Nothing more than I would have expected.
Sleeping on a memory foam mattress is definitely different. When you first get on, it is firm, yet soft and cushiony. As you lay on it for a while, you can feel your self sink, and the mattress contour your body. It did take me a little while to get used to this feeling, but I can now say I am firmly converted to memory foam, and would recommend to anyone. When I sleep, it is deep and undisturbed. When I wake it is refreshed, and no aches, pains or stiffness. It is quite possibly the best investment I have ever made. The sleeping environment is slightly warmer than my previous mattress but perfectly fine.