It only took me until high school to understand every middle-aged person's favorite phrase: "My back hurts." I had shoulder injuries from years of competitive swimming and spinal nerve damage from a car accident, and when I moved into my college dorm freshman year, the chronic pain got worse from sleeping on a sad, flimsy spring mattress. What proved to be much better than physical therapy was a memory foam mattress. I never thought I'd go back to a spring mattress, but when the opportunity to try out the new brand Sapira came along, I went for it—and I turned out to be one of my better recent life decisions.
Sapira is the secret weapon my back needed.
Sapira comes delivered in a compact box (warning: it's pretty heavy) and is primed for social media. Unroll the mattress onto the bed and cut off the plastic covering. Instantly, the mattress puffs to life. It's kind of magical and strange, so you might want to have your phone ready and open to Snap.
Sapira mattresses combine springs and cooling and memory foam for the ultimate bed.
But, of course, one Snapchat story isn't a reason to invest in a new mattress. Luckily, Sapira is really, really good. Made from a thousand recycled steel pocket springs (sandwiched between one-inch layers of stabilizing foam) and topped with three inches of cooling and memory foam, it's the perfect medium between a firm and soft mattress. You won't sink deeply into it, so it supports your back, and also works to promote airflow so your body heat doesn't get trapped like it does in traditional memory foam mattresses.
If you're looking for a new mattress and a much better night's sleep, you should try Sapira. It's pricey, but they have a 100-night risk-free trial, so it's definitely worth the test drive. Sweet dreams, friends.
Sapira, from $975, sapirasleep.com.