How a Hybrid Mattress Helped This Mom Finally Get Better Sleep

How to get better sleep is a topic that is always on moms’ minds.

If you’re a mom, you know that sleep is never the same as it was before your kiddos came along.

If you’re a mom, you know that sleep is never the same as it was before your kiddos came along.  When they’re young, you’ve got 3 a.m. feedings, which give way to little ones wanting to climb into bed with you to escape thunderstorms or monsters in their rooms.

Then, just when things seem under control, you find yourself with teenagers, and the sleepless nights start all over again!

How to get better sleep is a topic that is always on moms’ minds.  At the end of a full day of wiping noses, chauffeuring kids to sports, and everything else that we juggle, getting a restful night of sleep is even more important than it ever was before.

The problem for me was, I couldn’t quite sleep as well as I would have liked.  I found myself tossing and turning, and struggling to get comfortable.  Not to mention that if I woke up at night for some reason, whether due to a kid needing a glass of water, or simply to use the bathroom, it was a battle to get back to sleep.  In the morning, I would wake up grumpy and irritable.  Eventually, I found myself even snapping at my kids.  I knew something had to change, so I set out to figure out how to get better sleep.

First Try: Down Memory Foam Lane

When memory foam mattresses became all the rage, it seemed like a great way to help me get better sleep.  And while the mattress I bought was extremely comfortable, it didn’t quite fix all my sleep problems.  For one thing, it was hot!  I didn’t realize it, but foam is really good at trapping heat.  I would go to bed wearing pajama pants, and would wake up at night and have to change into lightweight summer pajamas, even in winter.  Ridiculous, but I didn’t know what else to do.   

After several months, I began getting really frustrated at not being able to get a good night’s sleep.  “Maybe this is just how my life as a mom is going to be,” I thought.  But fortunately, that all changed when another mom friend told me about a new type of mattress she had tried and how it had “totally turned around” the quality of sleep she was getting.  She not only woke up refreshed and ready to tackle the day, but she had also noticed that she didn’t have nearly as much stiffness in the morning.  Her back felt better than it had in years.  It was called a hybrid mattress, she said, and I should try it.  Like, now.

My friend seriously sounded like a commercial for hybrid mattresses, and since I had just bought my memory foam one not that long ago, I was really skeptical.  But, I was also desperate by this point, and ready to try just about anything to sleep better.  “I’ll take any sleep tips for parents that I can get,” I thought.

Bed-in-a-Box to the Rescue: My Herobed

The particular mattress my friend had bought was called Herobed, and when she told me it came with a 100-night trial, I figured, “What the heck!”  So I looked up Herobed online to see where I could buy one, and was pleasantly surprised to find that they would deliver it for free to my house.  Like all moms, I’m busy and I’ve developed a little bit of an addiction to buying things online.

When my new hybrid mattress arrived, my kids’ favorite part was, naturally, playing with the big box that it came in.  My youngest two were occupied for a good hour turning it into a fort.  But, here’s the cool part: when I looked over and saw them coloring the box, I didn’t think much of it until I realized that it had a coloring book-type drawing of a firefighter for them to color in.  Plus, the mattress also came with a superhero cape for my kiddos.  Way to keep them entertained!

The important part, though, was how well I was going to sleep.  So far, I’ve been sleeping on my Herobed for a week, and it’s been incredible.  I hate to sound like a cliché, but this is the best I have felt in quite a while.  I’m not too hot at night, I’m not uncomfortable, and best of all, I’m no longer grumpy with my kids!  It’s been fantastic to wake up actually feeling rested and not like I need to immediately head for the coffee maker just to make it through the morning.

Hybrid mattresses are apparently a combination of foam and regular coils, but I care a lot more that it has finally helped me sleep.  Unlike with the all-foam mattress I tried, the hybrid one doesn’t seem to act like a giant heating pad the moment I lie down on it, which has also greatly reduced the number of times I’ve been waking up at night.     

My youngest is about to outgrow her toddler bed, and I’m planning on ordering a Herobed hybrid mattress for her pretty soon.  Healthy sleep for kids is super important, as well all know from dealing with a sleep deprived four-year-old at some point, so I want to make sure she’s able to sleep as well as I have been.

The mom friend who originally recommended getting a hybrid mattress was thrilled to hear that it has been working so well for me.  Her oldest is away at college and is moving out of the dorms and into his first apartment this year, so she’s planning on sending him his own Herobed as a housewarming (or maybe apartment warming?) gift.

If there’s one sleep tip for parents that I have, it’s that you should check what kind of mattress you’re sleeping on and don’t be afraid to try a new one.  It could make a huge difference in your life!