An air mattress might be just the sleep solution you need.

When you think of an air mattress, do you think of cold, hard plastic? Do you conjure up images of your hip bone hitting the floor when you roll over and discover that your mattress has a slow leak? Me, too. Or at least, that's the way I used to think about an air mattress.

About a year ago, we moved across the country and ended up in our new home a couple of days before our furniture. We intended to stay in a local motel until the furniture arrived, but after a week in an over-stuffed car with a geriatric cat who did not appreciate the scenery outside the window, I was not anxious for another night in a motel. We had a refrigerator and a microwave in our house and I had packed the coffee pot in the car, so the only thing we didn't have was something to sleep on. Minor detail. We headed up the road to an anything-you-could-possibly-want store and bought 2 air mattresses. The cost, even with the inflatable pump that had to be purchased separately (of course), was considerably less than we would have spent for another night in a motel.

When we took the mattresses out of the boxes, I was pleased to see that they had a felted flocking on one side- no cold, hard plastic. And surprise! I enjoyed a very comfortable sleep, the air mattress did not deflate, and I learned that the air mattress industry has come a long way from the air mattress of my Girl Scout camping days.

If you're in the market for a mattress, keep an open mind and take a look at the modern air mattress.

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The Air Mattress of the Future is Here!

by Michael Johnson

According to the dictionary an air mattress is an inflatable mattress, usually made of some type of plastic material. After reading this definition it doesn't make you want to rush out and purchase one. After all, who wants to sleep on a cold piece of plastic? But the air mattresses of today are so much more than a large rectangular plastic balloon. They even offers options not available to box spring or foam mattress owners.

A cheap air mattress can be deflated and rolled up and is ideal for camping trips. They can also be very handy to have around the house as a temporary place to sleep for extended family and guests. But when it comes to real luxury and real comfort the newer air mattresses of today have no peers.

Deluxe air bed mattresses are made for the home and are designed with one thing in mind, comfort. Sure, they may be made of plastic, but that cold plastic is covered with soft and luxurious fabrics that can help you realize the most relaxing night's sleep in a very long time. Plus, they come in all regular sizes including twin, full, queen and king and will typically use the standard size sheets. No need to search high and low for bed sheets in hard-to-find sizes.

The more expensive ones have high quality pumps that come attached, allowing for easy and quick inflation or deflation. Pump them up by pushing a button and then deflate them by pushing another button. Adjust the firmness or softness with one finger. It couldn't get any easier unless you had someone else push the button for you. And deflating them entirely can be done in a matter of seconds. It should be noted that not all brands and models have pumps. If you are strapped for cash you can certainly find a cheap one that must be inflated manually. These cheap brands can save you some money and give you more exercise than you want, both at the same time.

A top-of-the-line air mattress will contain additional features for comfort, luxury and ease-of-use. Some include separate hand-held firmness controls for each side of the bed. If one person likes it firm and the other prefers soft, both can be satisfied with separate firmness controls. By simply pushing a button one sleeper can adjust their side of the air mattress to any level of desired firmness, from extra firm to soothingly soft, all without affecting the other sleeper's comfort.

One of the more popular air bed mattress manufacturers is Select Comfort. They have Sleep Number Beds that use uniquely designed air chambers to provide a gentle cushion of support which can be easily adjusted to the sleeper's preference for comfort and firmness. In addition, the Sleep Number bed allows couples to individually adjust their own side to the precise comfort level that they prefer.

If you enjoy having a pillow top on your mattress you will be happy to know that you can fit your deluxe air mattress with the same types of pillow tops, sheets, blankets, pillows and comforters that you have grown to love on your spring or foam bed.

The air mattress has all of the positive attributes that make sleeping relaxing and comfortable. But the air mattress has additional comfort features that cannot be found on other types of beds. If you are looking for luxury there is no need to look any further, the air mattress beds of today have everything necessary to ensure a good night's sleep. Sleeping is something that you will start to enjoy again.

Michael Johnson has compared all types of air mattress. He has also examined many box spring beds and foam beds. He loves the comfort of the air bed mattress more than any other. For more information about the air bed mattress visit My Air Mattress.

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