By Martha Reed
It’s strange the things that can bug you. I can ignore the porch that needs a coat of paint or the tremendous pile of laundry hiding in the hamper but then I read something and it gets to me to such an extent I actually have to do something about it.
Here’s the latest thing that got to me: I read an article about dust mites. Harmless little critters that are so microscopic you can’t even see them and yet – this article stated – if your pillows are more than 5 years old then half the weight of them is dead dust mites.
Yikes! I didn’t sleep well that night. Kept tossing and turning. Can’t imagine why.
The next day my logical mind took that information one step further. If half of my five year old pillows were dead dust mites then what for God’s sake was in my mattress? I hauled that thing up from Texas eighteen years ago!
Imagine that. For the first time in my life I slept on the outside of my comforter.
Anyway, so the story goes, I went shopping for a new mattress. It’s been so long since I shopped for the last one I couldn’t even remember how to do it but let me tell you, it’s hilarious. It’s as campy as a Monty Python skit. Casually, you walk into a mattress store with all these empty beds on display and then you’re supposed to lie down to test out each one for ten minutes, pretending to sleep in front of strangers. Uh-huh, right. Like that’s going to happen.
Surprisingly though, eventually you do find one that makes a real difference and then you realize just how lumpy and awful your old mattress was. Traveling can have this effect, too, once you get back home and you realize it’s time for a change when a hotel mattress feels better than your own.
So, I bit the bullet and ordered my new mattress. It cost significantly less than $1,000 and I can’t believe the difference it makes supporting my back and helping me sleep. True, I do feel a bit like the princess and the pea as I climb up onto it but man, do I feel nurtured.
Other than voyaging to a strange land or joining a health club, it’s probably the best grand I’ve ever spent. What have you spent $1,000 on that changed your life?