When I stayed overnight at my sister's house last weekend, I had the chance to experience the memory foam mattress pad she'd been raving about lately. It was really, really ridiculously comfortable; it made me feel as though I were floating a couple of inches above the mattress.
Once I got home to my regular old, hard mattress, the contrast was striking. I'd wake up with my hip and shoulder sore from lying on my side or my lower back would be stiff from lying supine. I vowed I would get one of the fancy, expensive mattress pads as soon as I got paid.
Well, I jumped the gun by a day, counting on the slowness of the banking system, and bought one yesterday after work. (It was cheaper at the store than online, just so you know.) We pulled it out of its vacuum packaging, peeled it gently apart and put it on top of our just-turned mattress. It's supposed to take 24-72 hours to unsquash itself fully, but we figured we could live with a little lumpiness in the meantime.
Even in its partially-compressed form, it was AWESOME. I actually woke up around 5:30 this morning feeling fully rested, but went back to sleep for an hour because I didn't want to get up.
When my husband came to bed at 6:30, I told him if we ever got our sleep schedules in synch, we might end up pulling a John and Yoko for the non-altruistic reason that our bed is too comfortable to want to leave it.
Who knows? Maybe my morning commute will be calmer and less profanity-laden since I'm so fully rested. Probably not, but I suppose it doesn't hurt to be optimistic.