Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Bed Improvements

Beds have issues. They are just not designed for people to sleep in them. Well, maybe they are, but they aren't designed for people who sleep on their sides. If you sleep on your back or stomach, which I do sometimes, then they seem to work. If you sleep on your side, which I do most of the time, then you are constantly having to figure out what to do with the arm on the bottom. The shoulder is in the way, so I try a thicker pillow, but then I get a crick in my neck. It's important to use the shoulder for stability, but then what do I do with my arm? Putting it above my shoulder under my head, my shoulder nerves get pinched, and the arm falls asleep. If I put it behind myself, again with the sleeping appendage result. If I put it underneath myself, there is so much weight on the arm that it falls asleep again. So, I usually have to put it in front of myself, and that doesn't always work either. Mattress manufacturers should figure out a way to accommodate the extraneous arm to prevent the pins and needle thing.

Meanwhile, I've encountered very few couples that require the same temperature to sleep. One partner is always too cold and the other is sweating. I know there are electric heating blankets that are modular, but there are dangers to those things, too. They already make mattresses that allow each sleeping person to set their own firmness. Why can't they make ones that are heated or cooled for each sleeper?

I just want the mattress people to make more money. Really!


Monica said...

I have the same arm problem (as I'm sure we all do) and I find the best solution is just to cut the arm completely off. The blood loss can get a little messy, but you won't have to worry about it falling asleep EVER again.

When it comes to temperature, just set one side of the bed on fire and the person who tends to be cold can sleep on that side.

Heather said...

I love the temperature solution! Especially since I'm not the person-who-tends-to-be cold.

Aaron said...

I think the most agonizing thing about limbs falling asleep is the "waking up." That prickling can be painful. I've hit myself in the face before with a totally numb arm, and that's not fun either. If only we could find a way to make our bodies uniformly "fall asleep," as opposed to an arm or leg or butt cheek, that would be quite interesting; I think waking up with my whole body prickling would beat waking up on fire.

Heather said...

I had a lower leg once that was asleep so bad, that I couldn't get it to flop down on the bottom of the foot. I ended up walking around on the top of my foot and wrenched my ankle pretty good. Sleepy limbs suck.