My current mattress cost me $143 and arrived on my doorstep in a cardboard box. Before I ordered it, I checked the reviews on Amazon, which were mostly positive, and figured, how bad can it be?
Well, many nights of tossing and turning later, and I can now firmly answer that question with a resounding “BAD.” I’ve spent the better part of the last three months waking up sore from head to toe — or, more accurately, neck to toe — and my shoulders now make a clicking sound every time I shrug them (…I swear I’ll get that checked out soon). So, when Savoir, the makers of what must be the most expensive mattress in the world, invited me to spend a night atop one of their beds at the Peninsula Hotel, I couldn’t pack my bags fast enough.
Before my staycation, the company had me come to their showroom and test out the different mattresses to see which “level” worked best for my body. I opted for the No. 2 bed, somewhere between soft and firm. Turns out, it’s the brand’s most popular mattress. When outfitted with a topper and a box spring, the full set touts a $36,625 price tag, which I audibly gasped when I discovered. I knew it was expensive, but I had no idea that it cost more than what I make in six months.
I know what you’re probably thinking, as I was thinking it, too: Why in the world would someone spend the GDP of a small country on a mattress? But of all the things to invest in, sleep expert Terry Cralle confirms that a good night’s sleep is worthiest of all. "Because sleep is so important, I think the mattress should be a very high priority that’s worthy of a substantial investment,” she explains, noting that an uncomfortable mattress can cause pain and poor sleep quality, which can have detrimental effects in nearly every aspect of your life, from your weight to your productivity to your mood.
“So much time is spent on [your mattress] and so much is riding on sleep that I can’t fathom not making the sleep surface the highest priority in spending,” she says.
Photo: c/o Savoir Beds
From the moment I flopped down on the bed at the Peninsula (the way you often see in movies that take place at fancy hotels), I knew that there was something very, very special about it. While it sounds cliché, the only way I can describe it was like sleeping on a cloud. My body melted into it — in a completely different way than it sinks into the memory foam mattress I have at home — as if I were falling into a big, warm embrace.
For the rest of the night, I didn’t leave the bed: I ordered room service, watched a movie, got some work done, then invited a friend over to confirm that I wasn’t crazy and that it was, in fact, the most comfortable mattress on the planet. Falling asleep in it was like being cuddled by someone I was deeply in love with, and I didn’t toss or turn a single time throughout the night.
When my alarm went off the next morning, I wasn’t ready for my new love affair to end. I lounged around taking conference calls office until it was time to say goodbye at 11 a.m. And, needless to say, crawling back into my $143 memory foam the following night really, really sucked.
Though I’m not exactly in market for a $36,625 mattress of my own — eating and paying rent sadly take preference at this point in my life — it did open my eyes to just how bad my sleep at home has been all summer. "Some people have lost their point of reference when it comes to an uncomfortable sleep surface; they don’t put two and two together until they go to a hotel and see how much better they sleep on a newer, higher quality, and/or different type of sleep surface,” explains Cralle. "A great mattress is a great investment – in health, well-being, performance, productivity – and quality of life.”
So, even if you won’t be investing in a 40k mattress anytime soon, let this experiment remind you of the benefits of upgrading your bedroom for better sleep.