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Insider Story: Do We Still Like Our Sleep Number Bed

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Insider Story: Do We Still Like Our Sleep Number Bed

This post was brought to you by Emily Ann Gemma, author and founder of The Sweetest Thing.



Last Christmas we got a Sleep Number bed and it was seriously one the best presents, ever. I’ve written two separate posts about it – one here [when we first ordered it] & one here [shot just a few days before baby Luke’s arrival!].  Both of those posts are very informational. One is about which bed we selected & why, and the other post is about how much I loved my Sleep Number bed while I was pregnant. I had a very rough pregnancy (and haven’t actually shared all of the details before) but this bed was a game-changer for me.


Baby in Christmas pajamas on bed with Sleep Number remote nearby.


As far as book posts go, I started doing Book Reviews [e.g.: this post & this post]  a couple of years ago and I had such great feedback! I kind of stopped doing them for a few reasons, one of which I was pregnant with Luke! Having a baby is the best thing ever of course, but I don’t have any type of “free” or “spare” time anymore. Thank goodness for Audible, I can listen to books while I work & even while I travel. Luke sleeps on flights, so I often listen to books while I hold him.


Anyway, I thought I’d pop in and give you an update on our bed: we love it! I have to work from our bedroom a lot now because my office is in a corner of the house that doesn’t get great wifi connection. I used to love working in the kitchen (near coffee maker!), but it is completely open and the door to Luke’s room is right above the kitchen (like a balcony), so I resorted to working from my bedroom. John got me the laptop/bed tray you see in the photos right when Luke was born and it helps SOOO much. It’s super functional, and since the Sleep Number bed has an adjustable base, we incline the head area so that I can sit up and work – like a desk (a very comfy one)! It’s funny the type of situations parenthood will put you in – and what you will do to keep your baby asleep!


Emily Ann Gemma on back on bed holding baby up in the air with feet and holding hands. Dog and Sleep Number remote nearby.


It has also been awesome for both of us to be able to sleep on the mattress setting that’s perfect for us (i.e. your Sleep Number® setting). He can adjust his side of the mattress to however firm or soft he likes, and I can do the same! And it’s all done at the touch of a button on our phones, which brings me to my next favorite feature. (PS, I wonder what baby Luke’s Sleep Number setting is?!)


Another feature I’ve truly loved about the bed is just that it is all synced to the SleepIQ® app on your phone.  You can adjust your softness/firmness from your phone & also just get insights on how you slept, as well as practical tips to improve your sleep. I know this sounds crazy, but it can sync with your other apps, too!  I wear a Fitbit watch & it syncs together to track what could be affecting my sleep! [PS. It also syncs with your Apple Watch, Map My Run, & even Nest smart thermostats – to track the temperature at which you sleep the best! (pro-tip from Sleep Number: your ideal sleep temperature is between 65-68 degrees!]. The reason I’ve found this beneficial is that the technology in the bed will show that you slept better on a certain nights, and it will also show that I went to Zumba that night. Long story short, I noticed the pattern that I slept harder & better when I was going to the gym. I don’t keep all of my info in my Fitbit like I should, but you can even track your caffeine intake and it can show you patterns.


Emily Ann Gemma on bed with baby and golden doodle dog.


On the topic of reading, I tend to listen to Audible more than I actually read, now that Luke is here (as I said before, more so when I am working or multitasking). However, I read in bed at night if I can’t fall asleep. It’s honestly what I look forward to ALL day long, which is kind of funny to me! Never pictured myself being JUST like my dad and looking forward to going to bed early so I could read by book in quiet. I always thought he was so boring, but I get it now!. I thought I’d share a few of the books I’ve been reading over the past few months. From the feedback I’ve received from many of you, it seems you all enjoy the same types of books as I do! I know some of them are a little dark, but I can’t deny it—I love murder mystery books! I was obsessed with Nancy Drew as a little girl – that should have been my warning. So there’s your warning.


Without further adieu, here are a few recent favorites that you all may also enjoy (in no particular order):

#1. Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

#2. The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham 

#3. The Surrogate by Louise Jensen

#4. The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

#5. One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline

#6. And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman 

#7. Baby Doll by Hollie Overton


This post was sponsored by Sleep Number. All thoughts and opinions, as always, are completely my own!


To read more about why Emily chose a Sleep Number bed, check out Waiting on Baby Luke.

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