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Insider Story: Nurse and Athlete, Kelsey

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Insider Story: Nurse and Athlete, Kelsey

Originally from Pennsylvania but now living in Atlanta, Kelsey Benson is constantly on the move, both at work—she’s an Emergency Room nurse—and in her free time, when she plays soccer, goes rock-climbing, and generally stays active.


What do you do for work? What are some specific interesting things that people might not know about your job?


I am an Emergency Room RN. I work at the second busiest trauma center in northern Georgia. I’m on my feet for 12 hours throughout my work day. My body takes a beating, from sitting to quickly standing to tend to a patient, to bending over to start an IV, or doing compressions while trying to save a life. I love the way I’m able to impact people, patients and family, on one of the worst days of their lives.


How does your job schedule affect your sleep?


I work from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. I come home from work at a crazy hour, after 12 hours, with a sore body from my feet to my back to my shoulders. I have to get to sleep quickly so I can be ready to be back at work that night. Sleep has always been an issue for me.


What are your hobbies or interests outside of work?


I like rock climbing and horseback riding, but I’m still trying to find places to do these activities, since I’m still new to the area. I also enjoy being out on Lake Lanier. I also try to get to as many concerts as I can on my nights off—I love music.


Do you find any particular challenges in creating a work-life balance? 


ABSOLUTELY. I spend almost an entire day just recovering from a stretch of work days. I’m tired all the time. I have to really push myself to find motivation day to day.


What are three things you’d like to do but haven’t done yet?


Tour New Zealand and Australia. Skydiving. Learn to snorkel and see the Great Barrier Reef.


If you could sleep anywhere, where would it be?


In a hammock, next to Havasu Falls at the base of the Grand Canyon.


If you could do absolutely anything as your career, what would you do?


My goal is to join the military and become a flight nurse. I want to care for the sickest of the sick.


What do you do to unwind before going to sleep?


I watch a little TV, usually “The Office.” Television makes me fall asleep quickly.


How has Sleep Number helped you thrive in your life?


I love being able to adjust how firm or soft my side is, depending on how my back is feeling. It’s funny because my boyfriend’s [Sleep Number setting] is 60+ and when I’m at work he will raise my side up so the entire bed is set for him. The other night he forgot to set it back and I laid there for 30 minutes and was wondering why I couldn’t get comfortable. I looked and, sure enough, my side was at 65. I adjusted down to my settings and immediately felt relief and so much more comfortable. It’s amazing how much of difference it makes!! I love being able to let my boyfriend have the firmness he needs to support his back injury and the softness I need for comfort.


How long have you had a Sleep Number bed?


We purchased our bed approximately six months ago.


What drew you to Sleep Number?

When my boyfriend hurt his back in the Army, they suggested a Sleep Number for him. He had heard great things about it and I have always been curious to try it. We were getting dinner next to one of the stores and decided to check it out. We bought one that night.


Finally, what’s your Sleep Number setting?

I fluctuate between 30 and 45.



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