His Pain Is Chronic, But Sleep Offers Relief

Former servicemember James Guglielmoni has suffered numerous accidents and undergone several surgeries. But good sleep keeps his attitude up and, he says, his pain manageable.

James Guglielmoni doesn’t take himself too seriously. He laughs a lot. He enjoys life. He doesn’t dwell on painful things. Which might surprise some people, because Guglielmoni is also often in pain.

Multiple Accidents and Injuries

Injuries and surgeries have marked much of the past two decades for Guglielmoni, a San Francisco native and former Air Force service member. He sustained a skull fracture and TBI in 1995. Additional problems with his knees, neck, hips, and back required further medical attention and sometimes surgeries. In the late 1990s, after he had left the air force, a fall down a flight of stairs left him briefly unconscious and writhing in pain when he awoke. “I don’t really know what happened,” he says. “All I know is that I came to and couldn’t move.”

Surgeries, pain medication, and love provided by his wife, Karen, got him through the toughest periods. Guglielmoni also wondered if a better mattress could ease his pain. “Our old bed was seven years old and had canyons in it,” he jokes. “Once you fell in one, you could barely get out of bed.”

A doctor suggested he take a look at Sleep Number. “I’d been sleeping horribly,” Guglielmoni. “So we went to the store and looked at Sleep Number beds. We sat on it and played with the numbers. I liked that it could be adjusted to be harder or softer.”

Worth the Effort

The couple purchased a mattress, and weeks later it arrived. Guglielmoni had recently undergone back surgery, but decided to set up the bed nonetheless. “There I was, in a body brace, moving boxes around. I got it together before my wife got home from work and yelled at me for exerting myself,” he says. “But after sleeping on it just one night, we knew it was all worth the effort.”

Previously, Guglielmoni had tossed and turned all night, rarely sleeping more than 2 to 3 hours per night. Now he easily sleeps 7 to 9 hours without waking. “I feel more rejuvenated. I can get up and do my morning exercises without having to take my pain medications right away. Plus, the Sleep Number mattress feels cooler than any other mattress I’ve slept on,” he says. “The materials prevent you from feeling hot.”

Guglielmoni still experienced pain. But better sleep has helped mitigate the effects, allowing him to feel upbeat and comfortable even when things are hard. “When you find the ultimate bed, it changes your sleep and your lifestyle,” he says. “You feel rested. You feel like you can get up and start your day.”

 

Discover how passionate people are about the Sleep Number brand by reading about the woman who transported one of our beds to Japan. It’s here, on the Sleep Number blog.