Sleep Number — back pain
My wife is a blogger and she entered a blog contest for a free P2 Queen sized sleep number bed. She won the contest and a few months later, our Sleep Number bed coupon arrived. We drove an hour to take it to the store to redeem the coupon. Man were we excited. I have had back pain for a while now and we thought that it would help it tremendously. Upon receiving the sleep number bed in 4 different boxes, I was amazed to find out the bed is plastic...a $2, 000 plastic bed? Nonetheless, we set it up in about an hour and had a go at it. She loves it. Doesn't want to get rid of it, but I guess we're going to have to get separate rooms in order for me to sleep because this bed is absolutely horrid! I wake up after 5 hours of tossing and turning only to find that I can't fully straighten my back out. I have to work through the pain in my back for about a half hour or so while waiting for my Aleve to kick in.
There seems to be only 2 different positions that this bed will go in: (1) Hump mode and (2) ditch mode. Hump mode: In this mode, the air bag is filled up to keep from going in to ditch mode. Unfortunately, it causes a hump right down the center of my side of the bed, so my body is slipping down the hump towards my wife's side of the bed, or down towards the floor. I suppose I can try straddling the hump. . . . this doesn't quite work though, because once I'm asleep I usually wake up sleeping on the little piece of cheap foam that separates her airbag from my airbag.
Ditch Mode: In this mode, the "air bag" gets all the air pushed to the head and the foot of the bed, which causes my body to be contorted in to the shape of a "C." I've always wanted to be a cheerleader, but I never thought I should be "giving you a 'C' " while I'm sleeping. Anyhow, this mode seems to be a bit more comfortable, however I believe that this position causes the most back pain. It seems that every time I adjust myself in the bed another part of my body becomes adjusted as well due to the fact that the air is pushed to one side of the "air bag." The secondary adjustment is not a good thing, however. It is actually very painful. This Ditch Mode causes me a lot of pain in the morning. Terrible pain.
Like I said earlier, my wife absolutely loves this bed. She gets mad when I gripe about the bed, but let's face it: (1) I get no sleep which makes me grouchy and (2) EVERY morning I wake up with excruciating back pain. Her reasoning behind the back pain is "You're always in pain when you get up!" While this assertion is true, it fails to tell the true tale, because this bed makes my back hurt much much much worse.
Verdict: If your back is 100%, and you're a female that weighs 170 lbs, blonde haired, blue eyed with freckles, then this bed is perfect for you, but if you have back pain, weigh over 200 lbs and can't straddle humps well, then I would suggest passing on this Chinese made plastic box with an air mattress and strips of foam.* I'm just very glad that I didn't pay money for this bed. If I had, this review would be even worse and my wife probably would've already left me, taken the kids and found another man that doesn't have back problems, so she can keep the bed. (I'm joking of course.)
*disclaimer-I have no proof that the bed is Chinese made, but I can't think for the life of me why an American manufacturer would produce such a low-grade product.
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