Are you using your Sleep Number bed properly? Many of us think we are, but did you know there are some helpful tips to make your experience even better? Working on Select Comfort‘s customer service team, and being the happy owner of a 5000 model bed, I’ve learned several tips I’d like to share with everyone.
One of the biggest tips I can provide is that you should leave your bed on a new Sleep Number setting for at least 3 to 5 consecutive nights. This allows your body to adjust to the new setting. Changing a setting every night can be like going from sleeping on the floor to your couch to your chair to your bed and back to the floor. Of course, at that point, we all know we would wake up with some really bad aches and pains!
Also, try to adjust your setting by 5 points at a time. Five points may not seem like a lot, but trust me– it is when sleeping. Because we sleep completely different than we think we do, (you know what I’m talking about, thinking you don’t snore or hit your significant other in the head when you roll over) a setting that may seem too firm or even too soft when we are just laying there may actually be your Sleep Number. Remember it’s called a “sleep number”, not an awake number.
Also, it’s very important to set your Sleep Number while lying on the bed in your normal sleep position. Your Sleep Number is a pressure reading, if there is no pressure on the bed, you will not get an accurate reading. You can test this theory by simply laying on your bed in your normal sleep position and adjusting the setting to your normal Sleep Number. Then jump off the bed and look at the remote. It will read anywhere from 5 to 15 points. If this happens to you know that you need to be on the bed when selecting your Sleep Number for it to be accurate.
So now that I have jammed your head with information, I have one more tip to help you find a comfortable Sleep Number. This is my own personal way I found my Sleep Number; it is not an official company recommendation. What you can do is lay on the bed on your back with your remote in one hand and your other hand at the small of your back with the tips of your fingers against your spine. You will want to start wiggling your fingers under your spine while dropping the number in 5 to 10 increments. When you get to a point where you can no longer wiggle your fingers, you will want to stop and sleep on that setting for 3 to 5 nights. This could be the setting that is best contouring your body. If, after the 3 to 5 nights, you want to adjust your number, please remember only do so by 5 points.
I hope the information I have provided is helpful, and I look forward to hearing if it helped you as much as it helped me! If you are just starting off, try using our online calculator as a starting point to find your Sleep Number or visit any of our stores to get Pressure-mapped.