Your Bed as Therapy

How to create a bed that will nurture your body.

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“What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.”
Marilyn Monroe
Your Bed as Therapy
By Bev Sandlin, Executive Editor
I believe in a comfortable bed! I spend 8 hours a day, or one third of my life, in bed; it is going to be comfortable!
Mattresses can make or break your sleep. Too hard, too soft, never “just right”. For years I had a standard mattress that I flipped twice a year every spring and fall. As I got older it seemed that my hips hurt more and my back ached more. I started putting my quilts under the sheets to save room in the summertime and noticed that my back problems eased up until I had to put them on the bed in the wintertime again. Hmmm, perhaps a mattress topper would do the trick? I tried polyester and feather toppers—just not right… Then I tried 2 inches of memory foam, ahhhh A good night’s sleep at last!
One year I found 600 thread count sheets on sale for $25 and decided to try them, another ahhhh purchase! One night I stayed over at my Mom’s on her Murphy bed that she had clad in those T-shirt material sheets—OMG  I was in heaven! I immediately went out and bought a set! Although oh so comfortable, they just do not wear well—holes within six months; not a good investment.
The years were continuing to add up and I needed another addition to the sleep elixir. I started sprinkling lavender scented powder between the mattress topper and the sheets. Lavender is a natural sedative and does help with getting to sleep sooner and staying asleep longer.
A car accident, a major stroke, divorce (Turned out Bob has a gambling problem) and then my home burned and I was relegated to the barn for over eight months—eight months of very little sleep and chronic aches and pains. Well, when I finally got into another house I went all out and bought a generic 12 inch deep memory foam mattress (under $500)—ahhhh  My back and hips and shoulders and even the arthritis in my neck started to ache less and less. I had several good friends who had gone with the sleep number beds and loved them until they started losing air in the middle of the night–apparently a common problem with any air bed.
I have been very happy with my memory foam mattress except for one thing, it is too warm, especially now that I am having hot flashes. Yes, I have purchased a polyester topper for it, but it is a warm bed. Lavender scented baby powder under the sheets is still oh so welcome. And yes, I did go out and buy some more 600 thread count sheets again—oh so comfy and changed weekly they will last for years with never a tear or pill.
I wanted to share this with you because so many older people discount how important a comfortable sleeping surface is. And how much scent can help you sleep. Bob and I got divorced a couple of years ago, and now he is back. Oh, he so loves my bed—probably more than me! His first night–or I should say day, as he works third and sleeps during the day and I sleep at night (a round the shift working bed)–back and he woke refreshed and renewed. “Wow, I haven’t slept like that since you kicked me out. Love that bed!” But of course, he won’t spend HIS money on a comfortable mattress, silky smooth sheets or lavender scents—but he does appreciate them! And his old bones are better rested for the expense. And I do make him pay rent.
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The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late.
Ogden Nash

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