My husband and I have been sleeping on our Sleep Number 6000 bed for almost two months now and still love it! I wanted to share a couple comfort tips we’ve found helpful that may help those of you who can’t find your Sleep Number. You can also check out Kristin’s previous post for other helpful tips.
1. Get pressure mapped in a Sleep Number store. Pressure mapping is NOT meant to be the end-all-be-all, but it is a very helpful first step to give you a ballpark idea of what Sleep Number gives your body the most pressure point reduction—which usually equates to a comfortable setting. You can start with this number when you get your Sleep Number bed, but keep in mind your body will be the ultimate end-all-be-all because it will tell you what feels good to you specifically. For example, my husband was pressure mapped at a 40, but after sleeping one week on a 40 he decided he needed a little more support since he primarily sleeps on his stomach and side. So, he increased the firmness to a Sleep Number of 45 and then 50 and likes 50 the best (including a minor detour which I explain in tip #2 below).
When I was pressure mapped my pressure points seemed to be best relieved around a 30-35. Any softer didn’t feel like I was being supported enough. So, when I got my new bed I kept it at a 35 for the first week and then lowered it to a 30 the second week to see how much of a difference it made. It was enough of a difference that I like mine at 35 best. But, the great thing is you can change it based on what you’re feeling like throughout life. For example, I had the flu last week and my body was all achy and sore so I lowered my Sleep Number bed to a softer 30.
2. Don’t drastically change your Sleep Number by more than 1-2 numbers above or below your current Sleep Number, and give yourself a week at the new number before changing it again. My husband wanted to make sure he wasn’t missing out on a number that would be more comfortable, so one night he closed his eyes and lowered the number/softness on his side of the bed until it felt comfortable. This closed-eye assessment took him to a 25—which is really soft compared to his mid-firm 50. I was skeptical, but he wanted to give it a try. By early morning his body was telling him his side of the bed was too soft, so he went back to 50. Lesson learned: Gradual changes are better and will give your body time to adjust and determine what feels best long-term. While it may not feel like a huge difference at first, going softer or firmer by more than 1-2 numbers above or below your current Sleep Number will definitely be felt by your body.
I hope this info is helpful! Do you have any other tips that you’d like to share with people trying to find their Sleep Number? Write a comment. We’d love to hear them.