I’ve recently been told by people close to me that I am rigid.
The first time I heard this, I was shocked and sure that the person I was talking to had it all wrong.
On second thought, though, I see where these people could be coming from.
About certain things in my life, I see no compelling reason to compromise (at least not for the most part) and so, in these areas, I stick to running my life exactly as I see fit.
One such area of my life is sleep.
Keep reading to find out more about something I learned about that helps get your sleeping mattress the perfect combination of firm and soft for that perfect night’s rest.
After having been sleep deprived for many years (first as a student then as a young professional who still insisted on having a very active social nightlife :-)), I’ve since come to value good sleep.
When I’m well rested, I am a nice person to be around and can handle anything that comes my way.
When I don’t get at least 7½ hours of sleep a night, I am like a flag flying at half-mast: I am cranky and don’t operate at optimum capacity.
The reason I’m telling you this is to share why I value a good night’s rest and to explain to you why I would bother to post about the subject I am posting about today.
You see, in pursuit of the perfect night’s rest, I’ve come to realize that my sleep environment and the conditions surrounding my going to bed are crucial to determining the quality of sleep I will eventually have.
For instance, I’ve learned that I sleep much better in a bed that’s made (hence why I now make my bed every day after 29 years of rarely giving it a second thought). And that the over-consumption of substances such as caffeine and alcohol are sure to give me fitful sleep (so I consume those in limited quantities).
Still, beyond these everyday good sleep-inducing habits, I’ve come to discover a product that never fails to elevate my night’s rest from ordinarily good to simply great.
This seemingly inconsequential product is a mattress pad.
How Does a Mattress Pad Improve Your Sleeping Mattress?
Put simply, a mattress pad is a cover for a mattress.
Mattress pads come in various designs and can be made from many different kinds of materials.
Also referred to as mattress toppers, or mattress protectors, mattress pads serve to protect a sleeping mattress from soiling and staining but can also be used to add comfort and support to a sleeping mattress.
I first discovered mattress pads when I began to question why a particular friend’s bed was always so comfortable.
Being a good gal pal of mine, I often found myself spending the night at this friend’s home whenever we would talk late into the night and I couldn’t be bothered to drive across Nairobi to get to my own place in the middle of the night.
My friend had a beautiful bed that she kept dressed in gorgeous matching linens, and although I am sure this went a long way to making sleeping in her bed a pleasant experience, this wasn’t enough to explain how my friend’s bed could be both very firm and very soft, all at the same time.
One day, not able to contain my curiosity any longer, I simply peeled back the covers of my friend’s bed, in an effort to get to the bottom of this mystery.
This is when I discovered that the secret to my friend’s comfortable bed was the mattress pad that she placed between her sleeping mattress and her sheets.
My friend told me that she’d picked up this habit while living in the US, which is where she had bought her mattress pad.
So I began to wonder: could mattress pads be found locally in East Africa?
I am pleased to say that I didn’t have to wonder for long.
While browsing though Mr. Price Home at the Westgate Centre in Nairobi, I saw mattress pads displayed on a shelf at a price that I remember considering reasonable when I saw it (excuse me, but I can’t remember exactly what that price was).
I am pleased to tell you that they are (though they are called mattress protectors).
Of the two types sold, one seemed to be a true mattress protector meant only to protect a mattress from dirt and stains (with no regard to added comfort), while the second was quilted and obviously meant to add comfort too.
The quilted variety was priced at Tsh. 40,000—76,000 depending on the size of mattress it was intended for.
If you are unable to find a mattress pad at a store near you (or aren’t willing to spend that kind of money on a sleep accessory ;-)), fret not! Did you know that you can make a mattress pad, quite easily, from scratch?
Here is an article full of ideas on how to make or improvise a mattress pad using materials you might already have in your own home.
That’s all I have for you today.
I wish you all good and restful sleep…every night.
If you would like to share something about mattress pads or anything else that enhances the quality of your sleep, then please drop me a comment below.
For now, I hope all is well with you in your respective corners of the world.
Until the next time,
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