As you move into your thirties, you begin to make a list in your head of nonnegotiables. These are the aspects of your life that you throw a little extra cash towards to make sure you’re getting the good stuff. These include, but are not limited to reputable doctors, mechanics, boots, childcare, spices and seasonings, a formidable dentist, and mattresses.
Unfortunately, you just can’t learn the importance of these investments earlier. You simply do not have the cash. You don’t know what you’re missing until you have it, and once you have it, you can’t go back. After 32 trips around the sun sleeping on subpar mattresses (with the last two years being particularly sleepless), I considered that maybe this is just what happens at a certain juncture in life: you sleep poorly and you wake up feeling kind of battered. Forever. But—and this is important—I was wrong. That is not the case, apparently, because I’ve been sleeping on Venus Williams and everything has changed.
To clarify, that’s the Venus Williams Legend Mattress from GhostBed. I’ve been testing it for over a week, and quite literally, I’ve slept through the night seven days in a row for the first time in far too long. (I don’t particularly know if science will support this, but I’ve also only had nightmares for the past two years and that also changed after sleeping on the new outing from GhostBed.) My first good dream involved my cat. I’ll spare you the details. The finer points that do matter though are the ones going on beyond the surface of this sleep saver.
The Venus Layer
The new collection has two different mattresses: the Legend and the Legend Hybrid. For my experience, I opted for the Legend, which has all the perks of the Hybrid save for the coils inside the mattress. In both models, there is something that GhostBed touts as the Venus Layer, “which infuses [a] proprietary blend of far infrared materials into the mattress to help promote recovery, performance and health.” While I’m not the most athletic guy in the room, I can attest that the mattress has been noticeably helpful as I transition back into running season.
Hot Bodies Have No Problems
I sleep hot. It’s been a problem my whole life. So take it from me, nothing is worse than when your mattress feels like an oven when it’s not supposed to. The Legend has helped curb that hot sleeping issue tremendously, however. That was one of my big question marks as I tested it through the end of April. But one day, temperatures hit the high 70s and, combine that with the no-air conditioner culture of New York and you have prime testing conditions. The Legend was victorious, keeping me on the cooler side, even when the temperatures weren’t as kind. Aided by the cool-to-the-touch cover, the mattress seems to regulate itself.
Mattress firmness is one of the great debates of the bedroom. The Legend is touted as a bit firmer than its counterpart, which helped make my decision between the two styles. The Legend is firm without being a full-on wooden board, you know? It’s stiff with just the right amount of give. What I hadn’t experienced longterm though was the benefit of having gel memory foam. It cradles your frame, creating a perfect relationship between the firmness of the mattress to work and the softness of its top layer.
Of course, you have to find the correct mattress that meets your specifications. But if I’ve learned anything, it’s that a mattress should be on your shortlist of things that gets your utmost attention. (Also, money.) I certainly will not be going back.
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