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May 12th, 2005

Air Mattress: The Way To Go

Back when I had my first apartment (actually, my only one) I bought myself a nice, firm mattress from IKEA. It was firm since I liked sleeping on a nice, firm mattress and the mattress I’d had when I lived with my parents was pretty much shot.

Of course things changed when I met the woman who would become my wife. She needed an ultra-soft mattress. So anytime we shared my mattress (or I hers, really) it wasn’t the most comfortable solution.

Back in 2002, we did a lot of research and decided to get an air mattress – like the Sleep Number – for our full-time mattress. We chose the Cerulean model from ComfortAire because they were essentially the same beds as Select Comfort’s Sleep Numbers but at a lower price.

That was three years ago, and now I can’t imagine not having an air mattress. The ability to adjust the firmness is a godsend: if one of our backs hurts, we can make our respective sides softer. And of course we can make things firmer too. The very first few nights were a little rough since we had to adjust to the correct air levels, but since then it’s been fantastic.

I know it sounds cheesy, but having a really good mattress is important. The ComfortAire helps us get a good night’s sleep, and we can’t imagine going back to anything else. So, rock on, air mattress!

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FROM: Joseph
DATE: Thursday May 12, 2005 -- 8:59:26 am
The Ping is timely again! I'm actually in the market for a new mattress (been in the market for about four years--keep putting it off you know).

Sleep is extremely important, and so is a mattress.

I bought a cheap camping air mattress from Target that you can fill up with the vacuum cleaner on reverse. Surprisingly, it was way better than my "real" mattress, which wasn't cheap. But it didn't stand up to cat's claws. I had to fix it a couple of times with bike innertube patches.

I'll have to get a real air mattress this time--after the new timing belt, brakes and tires for the car. Oh yeah, and after I get my consumer debt under control.

I'll be ready to buy that mattress in another couple of years.



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday May 12, 2005 -- 10:37:35 am
"They" say that there's no excuse for a crappy mattress -- you spend 8 hours of your day laying on it, so it's worth any extra money to make sure that it's comfortable and good for your back.

That said, we use a pretty low-end mattress (bought after college when we were broke), but it's still serving its purpose for now.



FROM: laurie
DATE: Wednesday June 22, 2005 -- 10:01:42 am
I am in Mattress/Furniture sales, and you are so right that about a good mattress being important, and that doesn't necessarily mean the more expensive the better for your back or better sleep. Everyone's back is different and as a person ages, it may be where a firm mattress isn't one that is good for their aches and pains. Firmness of a mattress is not, however where the back support is, that is a comfort level. In conventional mattresses the back support is the coil system, then the layers of high density foams, convoluted foams. We don't carry the air mattresses, but I have had quite a few customer's who after 3-5 years of owning one go back to the inner coil conventional mattresses or the tempur pedic brand.



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