As most of my long term readers are well aware, it's very rare these days that I will take part in campaigns and the like, unless it's really something that I'm passionate about or will be beneficial to the community at large. This time around, when OMY kindly invited me to take part in the 'Sealy Sleep Ambassador 2013' campaign, I had to re-read the details more than once and very closely to actually believe it.
Really OMY and Sealy - you will give me a brand new Sealy Posturepedic mattress of my choice to take part in a campaign that involves SLEEP??!! My first reaction was one of incredulity - if sleeping isn't one of my passions (or perhaps desires, beacuse I never get enough), then I'll give up blogging altogether!
In all seriousness, what attracted me most to participate, was the fact that I am well aware - as I'm sure nearly all of my dear readers are also - that the Sealy brand is synonymous with not only comfort, but also with technologies that offer the needed support for weary old backs such as mine.
The Sealy journey that began back in 1881, boasts number one in market share for the past three decades with their unwavering vision to "help the world sleep better". It might surprise you to know that Sealy was the first mattress company to display and advertise a king-sized bed; Creating an Orthopedic Advisory Board; Reinventing the innerspring coil and the box spring; Patenting a variety of groundbreaking technologies, including Posture Channels and Pressure Relief Inlays designed to relieve pressure points that cause tossing and turning.
OK... so I'm not going to pretend to be an expert on mattress technology - but what I can do is take one of these babies for a test run.
Over the next three weeks, along with four other sleep gurus, who happen to be cool bloggers and are a downright nice bunch of people, we will report back to you on our Sealy sleep experience.
Last week, we attended the 'Sealy Sleep Palace' (their Flagship store in Singapore, located at 91 Tanglin Road, Tanglin Place #01-02. Singapore 247918) to try out and select our very own Sealy mattress to have delivered to our home to facilitate the test run.
Although there are a huge range of mattresses from which to select (for all back types and to fit all budgets), the team at Sealy made it easy for us by opening almost all the varieties up to us - so began a couple of hours of doing nothing but lying down. :p
Well - maybe it wasn't quite that simple a selection - you see, although sleep is important to me (and my wife), having suffered for some years now from nagging back problems as a result of years of physical contact sport when I was younger, we have tried all methods for me to get a decent sleep without waking in the morning where it might take me some time to get the joints mobile again. At my back's worst (including two slipped disks), I actually tried sleeping on hard wood because the mattress I was using at the time (not a Sealy) was just not cutting it for support and it was really beginning to affect my daily life.
After much consultation with the experts at the Sleep Palace and after trying out many of the different mattresses, I opted for the 'Royal Higness' (that's me above acting like a Prince at the luxurious flagship store)... medium to firm, that I suspect will offer the support I need to get my bedroom life back in order (keep it clean, folks - we are talking about sleeping here).
When assessing my needs, I had to take into account Sammi's (my wife) requirements as well - the team asked me if I was a light or heavy sleeper... I answered very honestly - I sleep very little (sometimes as little as just a few hours on weeknights) but when I do drift off I am like a log - almost impossible to wake without a very loud alarm clock. My wife, however, sleeps longer but much lighter. So our choice needed to be accommodating for the two of us. As my dear late Dad often used to say - "Pete is either flat out, or fast asleep". This continues to be my habit even today.
Of course, I also had to think about the punishment that the boys give our bed almost on a daily basis - one rule of the house very rarely followed is no standing or jumping on furniture. This is easier said than done when you are talking about the naughtiest three and five year old boys in Singapore. Our mattress also needs to be strong and durable.
On Saturday our beautiful thick mattress arrived... we had prepared by removing the old mattress (and wooden plank for my back). The anticipation was immense. When the delivery guys turned up at exactly the specified time agreed, it was just a matter of moments before the mattress was in place and Casey and Jaime began wanting to try out their latest gymnastics moves (*sigh*).
I actually held them in check and they just rolled around a little.
Next came the real 'acid test' - how many times can I have an excuse to take an afternoon nap. "It's all for the Sealy Sleep Ambassador 2013 cause. Don't blame me... blame Sealy... blame Alvin and Eunice at OMY... it's all for a great cause" :)
It worked!! I managed to get a couple of hours shut-eye with Casey as he went down for his nap.
I have much to report from that experience and up until now, some few days later. Watch my blog (and my OMY Star Blog) and also the official Sealy Sleep Ambassador 2013 website to find out how it goes - not just from my experiences but those of the other four sleep gurus who also get to share in such an arduous task of sleeping.
Make sure you visit the official website for the campaign - by voting for the 2013 Sleep Ambassador you can share in some great prizes.
Who's got the best job in the world?? Alvin from OMY!!:
We were even provided with a couple of new pillows and mattress protector: