I think it was the time I basically got body-slammed by my boyfriend in the middle of the night that I decided we needed a new mattress. We were planning on moving in together in a couple of weeks and his queen mattress at the time was just NOT doing it for me. I needed my beauty sleep, ya'll!
Plus, his mattress was starting to sink in the middle, so even if I tried to roll over to the side of the bed, I got rolled right back into the middle (AKA the DANGER ZONE). I felt like I was clinging onto the edge of a cliff all night.
All I wanted was to be able to go into my separate side of the bed and have a luscious night's sleep with no rogue punches to the face or unexpected body slams. Is that too much to ask for?!?!
THE MATTRESS SEARCH ENSUES
So, I started our new mattress search. The last mattress I purchased was from an actual mattress store, and let's be honest, I was not about to do that again.
Number one: I'm lazy.
Number two: I'm a millennial, so I buy everything online.
BUT, the problem with buying a mattress online is you don't really know what it feels like before you commit to ordering it. Like, how do you even return a mattress? Thinking about the logistics of that actually makes me want to cry inside.
I just want a mattress that comes to me in a little box that expands when you open it and is perfectly comfortable and that I can sleep like an angel on. Is that too much to ask for?!
Apparently not, actually. There are a bunch of companies that send you mattresses in a box!! They expand to full-size once you open them. Now that's what I call convenient.
The sleeping like an angel part is a little bit harder. I was able to narrow my search down to three top-performing mattress-in-a-box brands, all with great reviews.
AND THE WINNER IS…TUFT & NEEDLE
I ultimately went with Tuft & Needle because it was a couple hundred dollars cheaper than Casper, but had the same level of amazing reviews across a couple different reputable websites.
Plus, they advertised their mattresses as “soft without the sink,” which was pretty much EXACTLY the pain point I was experiencing with our current mattress (brand shall not be named, but is one of those out-of-the-box mattresses).
Tuft & Needle was generous enough to gift us the King-sized mattress ($850) for our new apartment in exchange for an honest review.
And…here's my honest review:
WE LOVE IT.
I slept on it alone the first night while my boyfriend was away and I think I feel asleep in .5 seconds (usually it takes me an hour to fall asleep). I woke up feeling…NOT TIRED. This was new.
I was nervous for my boyfriend to try it, because if it hurt his back then it would be going bye-bye. My boyfriend's back hurts from 98% of the mattresses we sleep on when we go to hotels, even when I sleep like a baby.
There's a happy ending to this story. It didn't hurt his back…and he actually thinks it's comfortable.
I was literally so relieved to hear him say this because until I experienced this mattress, I actually didn't know that the mattress I slept on mattered or affected my sleep at all. I kind of always thought that was BS.
But, no. I can assure you that it is NOT BS.
This mattress has saved my nights, my days (not tired anymore!), and my face (no night punches!). I sleep through the night regularly, which is pretty much unheard of for me, especially with my boyfriend who is a very “active” sleeper.
I used to bounce around all night every time he rolled over or changed position. Now, I don't even feel it when he moves.
A better sleep also means I can function better during the day and get more done. I'm in a better mood, I feel more energized and ready to take on the day, and I don't have a sore back or neck.
So, if you're in the market for an affordable, comfortable-for-every-kind-of-sleeper mattress, I would HIGHLY recommend Tuft & Needle.
It's been two months sleeping on this mattress and it hasn't sunk or changed in structure at all. Even if it does, it comes with a 10-year warranty, so I'm not really all that worried.
SAVE YOUR NIGHTS & YOUR DAYS
Feel free to ask me any questions you might have about this mattress–it seriously changed my life for the better (as weird as that sounds).
You can order your Tuft & Needle mattress HERE to embark on your life-changing journey to a better night's sleep. And less body slams.