I am missing the shopping gene. I’ve never liked shopping, ever, in my life, ever. So with the advent of on-line shopping I was in heaven and I’ve been at it for nigh on 20 years now. I’ve only gotten burned a couple of times, like the recent fiasco with the super expensive luxury sheets I thought I would treat myself to – Brooklinen.com – avoid them at all costs, because it WILL cost you and they are crap. And yes, they finally published my negative review after I submitted another negative review stating that they wouldn’t publish my first one! Shame works I guess.
Anyway, I’m gonna share my successes, and No, this isn’t a sponsored post, and No, I do not profit in any way if you decide you need any of these things. As a matter of fact I won’t even post links, just names, most of the stuff I bought via Amazon and you can find them there, or, who knows, you may find it elsewhere for less because Amazon is not the only game in town!
Keeping with the bed theme – I was exploring buying a new mattress on-line and after much research decided that wasn’t going to be a good fit for me. (I’m going with believing the negative reviews for Saatva.) But I did buy a mattress pad which helped a lot – “Linenspa Plush Microfiber Mattress Pad with Deep Pocket Stretch Skirt, King” for $34.99. Oh this is wonderful. It doesn’t bunch up, the ‘stretch skirt’ stays nicely tucked around and under the mattress, I can even yank the fitted sheet off the mattress and the pad stays firmly in place. So – $1300 for a mattress I can’t try first versus $34.99 for a mattress pad that performs as it should. Easy choice here. Oh yes, and it won’t make you all hot and sweaty the way some do.
Then there are the pillows. Years ago I fell for the ‘My Pillow” hype. Pricey little buggers, and they seemed really good but over time I came to hate them. I just replaced them with “Mellanni Plush Gel-Fiber Filled Pillows – BEST QUALITY 100% Cotton Cases, 3D Hollow Siliconized Material Retains Shape for Cooling Comfort, NO FLATTENING! (2-Pack King Size)” for $34.97 – yup, that price for 2 king-size pillows and they are grand! My husband periodically suffers from major night sweats, particularly his head, I was looking for a pillow that sleeps cool and these seem to do the trick. Along with the ‘sleeps cool’ mattress pad and my husband is sleeping more comfortably for the sum total of $70. (And if he sleeps more comfortably, then I have a fighting chance to sleep better too!)
Also on the pillow front – again, my husband. He has COPD, a slight case of sleep apnea and he snores like a 747. Over the years I have come thisclose to just suffocating him in the night because I couldn’t take it anymore. Then last year I developed a mild case of acid reflux due to medication I was taking – desperate for a solution, research uncovered the fact that wedge pillows can be useful in alleviating these problems to a great degree, and that research is spot on! I bought two 8-inch wedge pillows for $70 each, and my husband uses his with his regular pillow and it is PERFECT. It elevates the whole upper body – head and shoulders. I guess an adjustable bed would have the same effect but even with the high price of wedge pillows they are still cheaper than an adjustable bed!
Six days out of seven there is little to no snoring! YES! For me there is a problem with the height of the wedge, six inches would have probably been better for me. Also I am a side sleeper and I found myself sliding down the pillow and waking with a crick in my neck. If I add a regular pillow, it’s just much too high. BUT – the wedge is great if I want to read in bed. And it does help with the acid reflux which I don’t have any more because I stopped that particular medication. I won’t recommend a brand of wedge pillow – you’re gonna have to research that one yourself, they are not cheap and ladies, I do recommend you go for a lower wedge height than 8-inches. I think most men will do well with the 8-inch wedge especially if they use a regular pillow on top of it.
My last recommendation – just as an aside and an afterthought – paying through the nose for those brand name printer ink cartridges? Try these folks, Inkojet. I’ve been buying from them for about 2 years now, never had a problem or a complaint. You owe it to your pocketbook to try them.