My Sleep Number Bed Experience

I’m not sure how many of you know this, but in 2006 I had surgery to remove two ruptured discs from my lower back. I slipped on ice in a parking lot and spent seven months is constant pain before they figured out I had ruptured two discs.

After my back surgery I was cured immediately from my disc pain, but I still suffered from a sore back. My orthopedic surgeon said I had arthritis in my back and would probably experience lower back pain for the rest of my life.

One thing that would always trigger my pain was sleeping on a “bad bed.” I became very picky about where I could sleep because sleeping on the wrong mattress could mean I would wake up unable to stand up straight.

Last year in the middle of our move I was contacted by the folks at Sleep Number  and asked if I wanted to try one of their beds. Since I consider myself a bed snob I was interested, but I wasn’t sure I would like a mattress filled with air.

My journey started with a trip to the Sleep Number Store. If you live near a mall or a shopping center I’m sure you’ve walked by one of their stores. If you are thinking about buying a Sleep Number bed, do not skip this step!

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I was greeted at the store by a lovely sales lady who proceeded to explain all the different types of beds and technology available. This was all interesting, but the best part of visiting the store is trying out the beds. This is why you cannot skip this step. A few years ago I stayed in a hotel with a Sleep Number bed, but because I didn’t understand how to find my number I did not have a good night sleep.

The folks at the store will explain exactly how you find the right number, and also help you figure out what bed is best for your needs. We ended up with the m9 bed which is part of their memory foam series.


Here’s what’s great about this bed.

Dual Settings

You like a firmer mattress but your spouse likes a softer mattress. No problem, each side is fully adjustable to your preferences.

Uses Regular Sheets

While they do sell sheets at the store you can use your regular sheets on this bed. Since you are spending a decent amount of money on a mattress it is nice to know you can save by using sheets you already own.

Temperature Balancing Sleep Surface

This is a huge deal. If you are a “hot” sleeper then some memory foam can make you even hotter when you sleep. Not with the m9 temperature balance technology. Temperature balancing sleep surface is designed to absorb excess heat that can disrupt sleep.

Dual Remotes

Let’s be honest, who likes to share the remote control?

A Great Night’s Sleep

I’ve made almost everyone who has stayed at my house sleep in this bed. I wanted people young and old to try out the m9. My daughter came home from college with a sore neck (cheap dorm mattresses). After a few nights in the bed her neck pain was completely gone.

The only complaint we’ve received is that the bed is too high for my husband’s 90 year old grandmother. This can be easily remedied by removing the risers and letting the bed sit on the floor.

Now, I realize that I talk often about saving money and finding ways to cut costs. I do not think you should cut costs when it comes to sleep. Most nights I find myself coming up short on sleep, so I want to make sure that the sleep I do get is the best possible.

If I wake up with a sore back or general aches and pains from sleeping on a bad bed my productivity for the day will be terrible. We’ve always invested in good mattresses for our family because we know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep.

If you have been thinking about a Sleep Number Bed visit your local store. The sales people are very helpful, and not too sales-y. I highly recommend trying the m9. I would also sign up for their mailing list. They are always running great specials so why pay full price when you can shop the sales?

Sleep Number gave me the m9 to review for this post. All opinions and sleep numbers are my own. 

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  1. We LOVE our sleep number bed! Our queen adjusts the head and feet up so you can sit up in bed and read or watch tv. Only regret I have is getting the queen instead of the king. The king moves individually, so if I’m sitting up, hubby can lay his side down.

  2. Natalie says:

    Thanks, really appreciate this review. I have arthritis and having more and more pain sleeping on my mattress. Its a good Simmons mattress but not good for my bones. My husband and I have been eyeing these products for years. Time to go to the store here in Maryland.

  3. Wendy M says:

    I was skeptical, not sure I’d like it either…went to store. We were impressed. It is wonderful and so adjustable we’ve had no problems

  4. I am happy for you that you like your bed. My husband & I bought a Sleep Number Bed in 2005. I could not stand it! We went in found our right numbers, everything but when the bed arrived at our home I could never get comfortable on it. My husband said it was alright, but he can basically sleep on a rock. We finally got rid of it a year ago. We bought an adjustable, memory foam bed. We both LOVE it. My sleep apnea has never been better & I am actually feeling rested. Sorry to poo-poo on the product but just thought you should know not everyone is happy with these beds.

  5. We had our bed for 5 years and we still love it. When we have to go somewhere and we have to sleep on a standard bed, we feel uncomfortable and we ended up waking up achy. The cost is worth it. Ours was $1,700 and I will do it again if this one gives out.

  6. J. Robison says:

    We’ve had a memory foam sleep number bed for years and LOVE it! After years of lower back pain issues, this bed resolved it and was recommended by my chiropractor. Only regret is not getting one that inclines. Planning to purchase another one soon to go in my daughter’s room. Highly recommend Sleep Number.

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