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July 28, 2011

Happy Ending: The Search for the Perfect Bed

Almost anyone who has shopped for a bed knows how confusing the process can be. Deciding that a traditional mattress was our best choice, Bob thought a credible chain store would be our best approach.

The second part of our journey (see part one) beganbed at Sears in Jacksonville, Florida. Going from Sealy to Serta to Stearns and Foster, the brand that both of us found most comfortable was Stearns and Foster. The store had at least three models from which to choose.

Here's the caveat: each bed was different on the left side than the right. One side was labeled "plush" while the other was "firm." My husband liked the firm side, and I liked the plush side. What the experienced lacked was the opportunity to lie on the same bed together.

Bob having a firm side and my having a soft one seemed to work well. Could we buy a bed that was split down the middle? We wanted a "what you feel is what you get" presentation of the product. The salesman told us he had last year's models in a warehouse. It was tempting.  Bob and I discussed the amount of traffic that coming through a department store in a year and decided that this option was not in our best interest.

We went to Ashley Furniture, where once again the beds were split down the middle. But even more disconcerting was the music being played at 10:00, a rhythm appropriate for Zumba dancing. At our request the volume was lowered, but I couldn't focus on sleeping when my impulse was to jump up and move my hips.

At Haverty's we found Stearns and Foster mattresses that were the same on the left as on the right. A gentleman named Jonathan Chila led us from one model to the other, including a "silver" bed. It's pictured above.

The silver model (which may be called something different) cradled me, relieving pressure from my neck and jaw when I laid on it.  We bought it. The morning after my first night's sleep, my neck felt better than it had in the morning in years.

Although I have slept well, the rattan pillow I've been using to sleep is now too hard. I use it when I prop up in bed to read. It's taken several nights to get the right combination of pillows, but the beauty of the new bed is that my perfect pillow has turned out to be just a firm, everyday pillow. One.

We made a pricey choice, but I stop and think about the money we've spent on my medical care, and the mattress is worth is worth the cost. That's my experience. What's yours?

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