Later this month, my husband and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary. It didn’t take us long after we got married to recognize that we had very different opinions on what made for a perfect night’s sleep. I like super soft and pillowy. He likes very firm. He doesn’t understand how my “comfortable” can be supporting my back at all. I don’t understand how he can sleep on a board.
Luckily, with our Sleep Number® bed, we don’t have to agree.
We went through several beds before we finally realized that a Sleep Number® bed was what we HAD to get. And I mean…it was the only option that would ever work for us. I’m convinced. We’re going on at least 10 years with our king sized Sleep Number® bed, and it still makes me happy when I lay down to sleep at night.
Now if only I could figure out how to fit more HOURS of sleep into my schedule, I’d be even happier.
What Is Your Sleep IQ?
How much sleep do you get per night? And when you wake up in the morning, do you feel well-rested? Does your body feel comfortable or do you start the day off achy and tired?
According to a recent Sleep Number® survey, Americans are getting an average of 6.7 hours of sleep which is well below the recommended 8 hours.
I know that I get far less than the recommended 8 hours of sleep – even on the weekends. I don’t have a problem falling asleep or staying asleep. I have a problem getting to sleep on time.
When I started tracking my sleep at the beginning of this year, I was kind of shocked to see that I was often getting less than 5 hours of sleep per night during the week. On the weekend, I was averaging 7 hours.
And it’s not because of the kids that end up in my bed frequently…
According to that Sleep Number® survey, I mentioned a minute ago, 43% of Americans track exercise, 41% track diet, but only 16% track sleep. I have been extremely curious to have my husband start tracking his sleep because he has had sleep issues for years, and I was excited to find out about the new Sleep Number® SleepIQ® technology that makes tracking your sleep super simple. There’s nothing to wear, nothing to turn on before getting in bed at night or before waking up in the morning. All you have to do is sleep and SleepIQ® technology takes care of the rest.
How Does SleepIQ® Technology Work?
Walt, the friendly associate who helped me at my local Sleep Number® store, explained the SleepIQ® technology: Sensors working directly with advanced DualAir™ technology inside the Sleep Number® bed measure average breathing rate, average heart rate, movement and bed presence to show you the quality of your sleep.
You can then view your sleep results on an app or online and use that data to help identify routines and factors that affect sleep. You can use that information (plus data that you can “journal” in) to make decisions to improve your sleep – like how much diet and exercise effect your sleep, how much caffeine intake effects your sleep, how the firmness or softness of your bed effects your sleep, and more. The more information you give SleepIQ®, the more help it can give you in return for a better night’s sleep.
And the cool part? SleepIQ® technology is available with all Sleep Number® beds.
We are already big fans of the Sleep Number® bed, and couldn’t imagine sleeping without ours. I was happy when Walt reminded me that Sleep Number® beds come with a 25 year warranty. He did recommend checking and flipping the foam piece on our pillow-top mattress to give it a fresh feel. I am so glad that we made the Sleep Number® choice years ago. However…if I had to do it over again, I’d get this bed: the FlexFit™ 2 with adjustable base. Seriously. My dream bed!
Do You Know Your Sleep Number®?
My Sleep Number® is a soft 25 – but when Walt showed me the pressure being relieved on my back as he took that number down, I was reminded…the number doesn’t matter. One number isn’t better than another. Find what number works for YOU for your ideal night’s sleep. Mine is 25. My husband’s is much higher. Thank goodness we don’t have to sleep on the same firmness!
Check the Sleep Number store locator to find the store nearest you and see what YOUR Sleep Number® is.
Learn more at http://www.sleepnumber.com/sleepiq and let me know in the comments below why you need a Sleep Number® bed.
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