I’ve learned only a short
four years ago that without a comfortable environment to come home to (as adults, living solo or with a roommate) — one that you feel truly yourself in and can completely relax — recharging from the day is borderline impossible. I, for one, am not the kind of guy that can just sleep anywhere or on anything and expect quality sleep. For a while I did suck it up in a five-story walkup, a room the size of my arm span (a closet for barely 2 hangers), and a roommate that ended up — to say the least — just not working out “everything”-wise. But I live in the heart of HK and I don’t even really need to be home but to sleep! So I said. Twenty-six had my metabolism at an all time high and I could function reasonably well the next day after a few cocktails the night prior and six hours of sleep (pff, talk to me about doing that now only four years later). It caught up to me. My mattress was old, I hated central heating, my air conditioner could have virtually been the sound of a motorboat, and on top of all of that, I made friends with a few mice that I found out eight months too late were way more comfortable themselves living underneath my bed. While the majority of this is just good ol’ NYC living, sleep — and what you sleep on — is tremendously important and deserves your utmost attention and investment. I’ve had my old mattress for way longer than I can imagine and you can just feel over an extended period of time the quality of your sleep completely degrade. Back pain, stuffy air, that “dip” in the middle of the mattress: not good.
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On top of it all, we currently live in a completely agitated world: when we look at our phones (before even stepping out of our homes), we’re bombarded with push notifications and breaking news alerts. The only way you can truly get away from it all is by sleeping (as sad as that may sound), or by turning off your phone and closing your door shut; the latter of which rarely actually happens. So I think I’ve made it a point to invest in your sleep: a proper recharge nightly is critical. Start with the mattress. I just got mine from Sapira by Leesa, which is essentially a hybrid of a spring (each one individually wrapped, I might add!) and foam mattress (mainly for back support, compared to their original Leesa model that’s just foam — also very comfortable and highly breathable as well, a critical thing I looked at when choosing a mattress since I sweat more at night than I do at the gym). They make it incredibly easy to get your mattress delivered right to your door vacuum-sealed in a box and it’s completely manageable to unravel with two people (or one really strong person — did it myself!).
The first time you sleep on a brand new mattress (after having your old one for over eight years like I had mine), it’ll feel very different. Did I make the right choice? And it makes sense to second-guess yourself considering you’ve been with your old mattress for longer than anyone else in your life besides your family. So, give it a week minimum — you’ll feel the difference and your body will adjust accordingly in the best way possible. And don’t forget to invest in quality sheets and pillows. The mattress is 80% of it, but there’s more ways to make it more comfortable. And if you’re into dressing your mattress on a weekly basis like I am, get various sets in different colors to mix-and-match. It helps make it feel like a new bed — that is, a fresh place to recharge — every time. Going to bed will be something you’ll look forward to doing after a long day, even if the immediate environment surrounding it isn’t so great (yet!). Positive outlook and the way to you perceive a new day starts with a good night’s sleep. I firmly believe that and hope you can take my recommendation (if you haven’t already done so already).