I’ve never been a great sleeper. My mom says as a child that I wouldn’t zonk out for more than a couple hours at a time—I didn’t want to miss out on any action.
As a 33-year-old, sadly, not a lot has changed. I still don’t want to miss out on anything—I mean, what if something major happens on social media as soon as I doze off? what if Taylor Swift drops a surprise single while I was snoozing?—and I still have trouble sleeping.
I’ve tried melatonin and prescribed meditation. I have blackout blinds and ear plugs. For the most part, I eat healthy and work out regularly and that hasn’t made much of a difference. I’ve tried essential oils. I’ve tried an app that dims my computer screen at a certain point of night. I’ve even tried—Heaven forbid—no alcoholic beverages for awhile. But what could possibly be missing in this whole equation is that I’ve never had the right mattress.
So I’ve long been on such a quest—particularly after the last one we invested in became so indented after six months that neither SVV nor I could roll out of the trough we’d each inadvertently created—and when Sealy reached out about its new Cocoon by Sealy, a mattress in a box sold exclusively online, I needed no convincing. Anything to help me sleep through the night; I’ll try anything—especially given that the worst part of mattress shopping in my mind is going from store to store trying to decipher which of the 73 models you tested out was your favorite, all the while your stress mounting.
Other than my downstairs office, my bedroom is where I spend the most time. Even though I don’t log nearly as much sleep as I should, I still spend a whole lot of additional hours in bed, scrolling through my Instagram and Facebook feeds, entertaining myself on Snapchat. It’s important to me that my bedroom be a sanctuary, a place I choose to inhabit, not simply out of necessity. As we remodel our old Victorian, I’m slowly working on creating spaces I love. The bedroom is the next room to tackle.
My Cocoon by Sealy arrived over the weekend, just as SVV and I were wrapping up a full day of mulching and prepping our lawns for landscaping and gardening. In other words, I was spent, physically and mentally. I didn’t even want to pause to take any photos of the mattress; I just wanted to unload it and take a nap.
Still, I did my due diligence, hauled my bounty upstairs, unpacked it and read up on the new centerpiece for my lair. Cocoon by Sealy offers free shipping, a 100-night trial and a 10-year warranty. Don’t like it? Send it back. They’ll even do the hard work for you, arranging to pick up the mattress and donate it to a local agency. You don’t even have to pack it up. As someone who stresses over every last purchase, making mental pros and cons lists before pulling the trigger, this component is clutch—especially since you’re ordering it online without trying it out first.
The dogs, in particular, were curious about
their my new mattress. After all, let’s be honest, they spend far more time sleeping on it than I do (Ella would stay in bed until well after noon if we let her).
If the wagging tails were any indicator, I’d say they’re pretty pumped.
There are two different Cocoon by Sealy options from which to choose—softer (a cozy, more enveloping feel; the right choice if you like sleeping in your bed) or firmer (a sturdy, more substantial feel; the right choice if you like sleeping on your bed)—and that come in all classic mattress sizes, ranging in price from $549 for a twin to $999 for a California King, which seems like a steal to me given that I’ve spent as much as $2,500 for past products from competitor brands that were nowhere near as comfortable as this one.
But the coolest thing about the new Cocoon by Sealy is that it comes rolled up in a box, all compact like (the box on our front porch is a California king for reference). As you unpack it, it unfurls and starts to expand. Voila! It’s pretty much magic, I think. I’m going to call this my Harry Potter bed.
It took less than five minutes for it to fully unroll and expand—Knox and I could hardly wait to try it out.