I Bought a Mattress Online and Here's What Happened

Hello lovely,

There are a lot of major milestones in adulthood: completing college, buying your own car, starting your dream job, and oddly enough, buying furniture. Let me tell you guys how serious this was for me. I have had the SAME mattress since coming out of the crib. Let that sink in for a minute. It’s not that I didn’t I never thought to change it. I honestly never had the opportunity. For a long time I lived in Florida and even when I came back, I wasn’t trying to invest in anything, because I was always looking for my next escape. But I’ve been home for 6 years now and I just started another 2 year contract as a school counsellor, so I figured I might as well get comfortable. Last year I got a new bed (do you know how embarrassing it is to bring a guy back to a four poster bed in your mum’s house at nearly 30). So last month I began my search for a new mattress.

I went to two local furniture stores whose prices ranged from $400-$800 for twin mattresses. I called another and twin mattresses went up to $1000! I was ready to give up hope until leaving one of the stores and trying one more mattress. It was the perfect fit. I felt like Goldilocks (minus the white privilege). When the salesperson told me the price, I nearly leapt through the wall. I did not have $800 to spend on a mattress. I felt defeated. On a whim, I decided to check online.

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Enter the Zinus mattress:  one of the most popular memory foam options on Amazon (very reasonable price, lots of good reviews) so I was excited to try it for myself. .Like a lot of people, I wanted to get a memory foam mattress but I’m on a tight budget. The mattress layers include: 2 inches Memory Foam, 2 inches Pressure Relieving Comfort Foam, and 4 inches High-density Base Support Foam. Now priced at $119, I paid $149. I couldn’t believe a mattress could cost so little. Even with the fees associated with importing a mattress (100% in customs fees plus VAT) I still saved money by buying a mattress online. But was it worth it?

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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Mattress Online

  • Before buying, make sure you’ll have all the necessary items like a proper bed frame and sheets that fit. I knew that I needed an 8 inch mattress because that’s what my last one was and I was not about to buy new sheets.

  • You can’t try before you buy with many online mattresses so pay attention to the reviews. Some allow free returns so find that out before you buy.

  • Many memory foam, hybrid, or latex mattresses arrive compressed and vacuum-sealed in a box. As a result, the mattress may take a few days to fully expand to its full shape and be comfortable to sleep on. Also, keeping the mattress sealed for longer than it should be can permanently destroy the foam’s contouring abilities. I didn’t know it’s supposed to be opened within 72 hours. When we have to wait for third party couriers to bring our stuff on the island, it could take a week to receive it after the initial delivery. I had to sleep with my mum the night we opened my mattress to allow it to fully expand.

  • Zinus first started in 2004 in Seoul and now operates bi coastal US distribution centres.

  • Try to avoid using a knife when opening the box because you don’t want to puncture the mattress.

MY EXPERIENCE

  • The box isn’t very heavy because the mattress is vacuum-sealed.

  • Getting the mattress out of the box is the easy part.

  • Taking the mattress out of the bag so that you can unfold it is the hard part. We tried rolling it down and it would not budge, so eventually we carefully ran down the seam of the bag with a scissors until the mattress sprang free.

  • I loved the cards that came tucked into the mattress. The personal touch was so simple but so thoughtful.

  • Once you take the plastic off, the mattress will immediately begin to inflate. IMMEDIATELY! You may think it’s ready within a few minutes but let it rest overnight.

  • My mattress is SUPER plump (more than I expected) but after a week, there’s an indentation in the middle of the bed where I sleep in the same position every night.

  • The edge of the mattress is the softest. It’s taken my back a few days to adjust to the new mattress as some days I would wake up feeling a little sore, but it’s getting better each night.

Overall, I’m glad I bought my mattress online. I saved over $400 on my memory foam mattress and sleeping on it has been really nice. It’s not that much of a hassle to set up so this purchase was totally worth it! If you want to get your own, you can check it out at the link below and read more reviews for yourself.

The Key to Productivity That Sarah Cummings Swears By

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For me, productivity has always been a bit of a unicorn. A beautiful, mythical creature that I could visualise but never actually come face-to-face with. It seemed like something out of the movies, or maybe something that my super-organised friends could achieve… but even then I had a feeling that it was all a lie, that they were closing their bedroom doors at night and screaming their frustrations into the pillow. (Just me, then? Ok-aaaay, never mind!)

But a year ago, when it came time to do my New Year’s resolutions, a friend gave me some great advice. She suggested scrapping my lost list of vague and unrealistic goals and instead, stick to a clear mission: to become more productive. Not to lose 10lbs by February, not to be a black belt in karate overnight, not to learn 5 languages by next year. Simply to be more productive. And to write out specific ways in which I could be.

So I made a list.

I wrote out ways to help me be more productive in work, in my relationships and in my overall health. And here’s what I came up with:

1. Do one hour of exercise 3 times a week (Productive in Health)

I always put down “exercise more” or “get fit” as one of my resolutions. But by putting a number on it, this fluffy statement suddenly became an achievable goal. And it’s one I stuck to!

That January, I signed up for a Zumba class, which I still go to twice a week. It’s a big stress-reliever, it introduced me to a new group of friends, it’s given me a huge confidence boost AND it helps me to stay in great shape! Then on the weekends I’ll either go for a swim, take a yoga class or go for a hike. I like to mix it up with my third hour of exercise for the week!

2. Make a list every morning (Productive in Work)

I know, a list within a list… sound pretty nerdy, right?! But I can’t tell you how much easier my work life has been because of my morning list-making… or how less stressed I get! As soon as I sit at my desk, before I’ve even turned my computer on, I take out my notebook. (I know, how old-school am I?!) I write down 3 to 5 things I have to achieve that day, like this:

  • Email Peter re: Newsletter article
  • Weekly catch-up with interns
  • Draft out content plan for next week

Some people might think that putting small tasks like emailing on the list is pointless; but trust me, it give you a great sense of achievement when you get to cross it off. And having them written down in this way means they don’t keep getting pushed further and further back (so that newsletter article actually gets delivered on time!)

At the end of the day, if I’ve any outstanding items on my list, I’ll simply move them forward to tomorrow’s list. Simple!

3. Make an effort to sleep better (Productive in Work, Relationships AND Health)

I never used to sleep very well. And I didn’t really know what was causing it. But rather than passively accepting the fact that I’d get around 5 hours’ sleep a night, I decided to do something about it. To be productive, for a change!

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I followed the advice of a website I’d started writing for, called The Sleep Advisor. It helps people get a better sleep and it proved invaluable to my productivity levels!

Simply put, we all need our sleep. Because without it, we become grumpy, lethargic and unmotivated. We lack the energy to put effort into our relationships, our jobs and even our own personal health. We don’t exercise, we eat unhealthy foods and we take shortcuts in work. We snap at our partners, we forget friends’ birthdays… you know the drill.

On the other hand, sleep makes us more thoughtful, more patient and more likeable people. We’re kind towards loved ones and even strangers, forgiving if they wrong us in any way. We’re more enthusiastic about our work and we become popular in the office as a result. We place greater importance on our physical and mental health, knowing that staying rested is a big factor in both.

I can say all of this with confidence because frankly, I’ve been there! I’ve been the sleep-deprived, Grumpy version and the well-rested, Happy version. And I know which of the Seven Dwarves I’d rather be!

Now I always make an effort to get at least 7 hours’ sleep a night. (If I’m feeling rundown, or especially stressed, it’s closer to 9). I do this by getting some fresh air in every day (eating lunch outside, or going for a walk after work), by doing a proper session of exercise regularly and by avoiding caffeine after 2pm. I’ve also started meditating for 20 minutes every morning; which has improved my life in so many ways, I won’t get into now!

The result? Now I sleep better than ever before. And I’ve become happier, healthier and – yep, miraculously – more productive!

 

So for me, the key to productivity lies in sleep.

Once you’re well rested, all the other things have a way of falling into place.

Try it for yourself – it doesn’t have to be New Year’s, try it now anyway – and see the benefits that sleep can bring to your life.

Enjoy!!

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Hello there, productive peeps! I’m Sarah, newly established pillar of productivity and firm believer in all things snooze-related. When I’m not shaking my booty in Zumba, I’m sipping on tasty homemade smoothies (anything with peanut butter is a must!) or walking my dog Scroggins on the beach. How’s that for productivity?!