You’ve probably heard the sentiment in hundreds of advertisements over the years – “you spend 1/3 of your life in bed, so shouldn’t you invest in something where you spend the most of your time?“. At one point I thought that was a silly statement – until we invested went from a hand-me-down spring mattress to a little bit of an upgraded bed over a decade ago. The difference – even between two essentially “standard” mattresses was night-and-day.
There are so many articles and posts out there about runners needing good sleep to optimize their performance – and just generally feel better all the way around.
Runner’s World has an old article that said this:
It’s during the third and fourth stages of a typical sleep cycle when a body heals itself. That’s when the human growth hormone (HGH) is released from the pituitary gland. Although it’s gotten notoriety as a performance-enhancing drug, in its natural form it plays a key role in building and repairing muscle tissue and bones, as well as acting as a catalyst for the body to use fat as fuel. Without the right amount of HGH in the blood, recovery from workouts is hindered, prolonging the time it takes the body to build a strong aerobic engine.
But what if you’re not getting to those stages appropriately? Obviously, your performance will suffer. There could be a variety of factors that contribute to lack of sleep (late night runs or diet, for example), but a lack of a good and comfortable bed is also something that could be holding you back as well. If 2020 / 2021 has brought about anything positive, it may have been really starting to understand what is important to invest in. I don’t know about you, but when races went to the wayside, I know I needed to start to look inward and invest in myself and my betterment as much as was possible.
I am sure many of us have tried to eat healthier considering that we are home a little more often during mealtime. I am guessing others have started creating a home gym, purchasing a treadmill/bike, or beginning some sort of fitness platform online. And I am guessing all of us have gotten at least a few pairs of new running shoes to put in the miles. But I also wonder if we would benefit from an upgrade in the sleeping department to really complete the health circle? We all know the importance of rest days to avoid injuries and burnout, so wouldn’t it also make sense to ensure that our literal rest time is as restful and comfortable as possible too?
I am sure we have all heard of, or seen, Purple in stores or online. I consider them one of, if not THE, pioneer in new mattress technology. Why? Because they have the innovative Purple Grid.
The Purple Grid
- Soft and firm at the same time for comfort and support
- Dynamically adapts to your body, no matter your sleep position or body type
- Temperature-neutral, – aka don’t overheat or freeze
- Perfect for couples with different comfort preferences and sleep positions.
But did you know that Purple now has three different types of mattresses – each with different price points, foam density, and construction? I didn’t, until now.
- Purple Mattress (starting at $599)
- signature 2″ gel flex Grid pairs with dual-layered comfort foam
- Purple Hybrid (starting at $1399)
- signature 2″ gel flex Grid and wrapped premium coils
- Purple Hybrid Premier (starting at $1999)
- 3″ or 4″ gel flex Grid supported by premium coils
We will be trying out a few items over the next few weeks and are confident that our experience will finally pull us out of our workout-draining sleep issues and place us firmly get us rested, recovered, and optimally performing on the roads (and trails) ahead.
Thank you to Purple for providing sample items for review. Please view our transparancy page for details.