December 7 2017
Our squad of testers put the latest running and fitness gear to the sweat test to determine the winners of our 2017 Tech Awards.
You’ve probably seen the hype surrounding affordable mattresses delivered straight to your door. While majority of them appear to be similar at first glance (comparable price point, risk-free trial, etc…) I have to admit the Bear Mattress and its claim to help athletes sleep better, recover faster and improve athletic performance intrigued me. If a mattress can do all of those other things, sign me up! Skeptical, yet curious, I agreed to give the mattress a test.
Let’s start with a little bit of background on me. I’m a 38-year-old middle-of-the-pack runner who’s dabbled in triathlon a couple of times over the past 10 years. My husband, a 48-year-old runner and triathlete, travels extensively for his career. We’ve run everything from 5Ks to marathons together and recently completed an Ironman 70.3 race. Throughout our 13-year marriage, we’ve had no less than five mattresses due to our search for the elusive “Goldilocks” experience, where the mattress is just right for both of our sleep tastes. I prefer a cloud-like feel, while he gravitates toward a firm foundation (aka concrete). Our preferences couldn’t be more opposite, which is why prior to testing the Bear Mattress we settled on a popular model that allows each person to customize his/her side by choosing the level of firmness.
Anxiously awaiting the arrival of the mattress, my heart dropped a little when I saw the box it was packed in. It was small to contain a king-sized bed, especially one that was supposed to make me sleep better. I’m not sure what I expected, but my suspicion was confirmed when my husband arrived home and scoffed, “That’s it?”
Moving past any immediate skepticism we removed our old mattress (we kept it in our spare bedroom, just in case this whole experiment went sour) and began unpacking the Bear Mattress.
Taking it out of the box where it was rolled up, we placed it on our old box spring foundation and began cutting off the plastic. With each snip, the mattress expanded until it was fully unpacked and King-sized.
I put my regular mattress cover on and made the bed while crossing my fingers for a good night’s sleep.
Just as we learn to not judge a book by its cover, most mattress companies caution against judging until you’ve slept on the bed for 30 nights. Thankfully I went into this test with this knowledge; the first few weeks were definitely an adjustment.
While my husband proclaimed his love for the mattress almost immediately (he’s all about that medium-firm feel), it took me a little longer to be won over. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t initially miss my pillow-top cushion, but I was determined to stick it out for the sake of potential benefits. Boy, I’m glad I did.
We received the Bear Mattress right at the peak of training for the Ironman 70.3 race. Already feeling worn down and a little over-trained, my body was tired from intense workouts. If a mattress could help get me on my feet feeling fresh, I was game.
We both noticed significant increase in feelings of refreshment that can only be attributed to better sleep. Soreness from tough workouts lingered a little less, allowing us to tackle our training plans in top form. We both noted generally feeling better from less tossing or adjusting positions mid-sleep and more sustained, uninterrupted sleep.
I really knew we’d hit the jackpot when my husband texted me while on a business trip and said he missed his own bed (and me, of course!).
What makes the Bear Mattress different from other mattresses? It’s the science behind the layers. Engineered with four layers of advanced foam and Celliant technology textiles, the end result is a responsive bed designed to use your energy to increase oxygen flow for fast recovery.
Each layer was carefully selected to fill a specific purpose for the overall sleep experience:
Being healthy is more than just eating right and working out. Sleep is a crucial piece of the puzzle when we look at overall health. For the price point and ease of installation, this is one bed runners and endurance athletes alike should try!