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What Happens During a Sleep Study for Chronic Insomnia?

A lifelong, chronic insomniac, I recently completed an overnight sleep study at the DaVita Medical Group New Mexico Center for Sleep Medicine. My expectations were low - 32 years of sleeplessness will do that to you - but I liked the idea of being able to officially rule out certain sleep conditions, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, once and for all. Plus, whenever I complain about Sexy Nerd's snoring, he's all too quick to point out that I snore as well.

Spoiler alert - the polysomnogram found that I do NOT snore. Take that, Sexy Nerd!

Even as a baby, I had trouble sleeping. You'd think I would have had a sleep study done sooner. My Sleep Study Experience I arrived at the sleep clinic around 7 pm and was escorted to a private bedroom. Told to change into my pajamas, the nurse quickly added that I must do that in the bathroom with the door closed, as the bedroom is constantly monitored by cameras. It's the kind of advice you only need to hear once, yet she…

Amerisleep Promo Codes: Save on Your New Mattress (Leesa, Casper, Etc Too!)

A friend recently purchased a new mattress for her son, who is attending college in New York and relies solely on public transportation. I'd recommended Amerisleep to her, which was perfect because it could be shipped directly to his door, but after discussing it, we decided that investing in an Amerisleep twin mattress might not be the best choice. He would be leaving school in less than two years and needed a cheap, temporary solution.

We spent some time comparison shopping online. Based on cost alone, our top choice was a Sleep Number bed, which was on sale for $399. My friend said, "Two hundred a year is nothing compared to tuition. Sold!" We'd read some iffy reviews online about Sleep Number mattresses not lasting, an opinion reinforced by their abysmally short warranty, but hoped it would at least make it two years. I helped her navigate the checkout process, entering all of her son's delivery information, and felt confident in our choice. Then, Sleep Number demanded an extra $90 for delivery.

Back to square one. The next cheapest mattress on our list was the Leesa bed, which was on sale for $450 and included the ever-important free delivery. Granted, this was only $50 less than my beloved and highly-recommended Amerisleep mattress. With no options, no frills, and no track record (they'd been selling mattresses for only a year), Leesa is the poster child of dorm room living. We didn't need the mattress to last though.

Out of time, my friend had to go but said she could handle placing the order on her own later. She's not at all computer-savvy (even Pica and Biscuit have her beat in the computer department, and they're both terrible) but she was insistent. I should have known better. When we met up the next day, she had ordered her son a new Leesa mattress, but confessed the order process had taken absolutely forever. 

"I kept trying to get the memory foam mattress discount through your blog," she said, "but it wouldn't work." (For the record, this is not the same friend who thought my mattress was filled with straw. I may need to expand my circle of friends.) I explained that the memory foam mattress discount through my blog is specifically for only one kind of memory foam mattress, Amerisleep. "But there was an ad for Leesa right there on your site," she said. I explained that Google showed her that ad on my site because she'd been researching Leesa mattresses and that I have no control over what ad is displayed. (Actually, I have a funny story about this. Silly Google.) You can't just go through the Amerisleep link to get a discount on any mattress!

"Well, maybe you should fix that," she said.

So, 447 words into this post, I am finally getting to the point. You're welcome, Carol.

Mattress Coupons: Save Extra Money on Your New Mattress
(Even if it's not Amerisleep...but you really should buy an Amerisleep mattress! Here's why.)

The best thing about most of these discount links is that the extra savings are applied at the end of the checkout process, even if you purchase a mattress that's on sale or use a coupon from the mattress website. That's double the savings! Yours truly will also receive a bonus if you go through my link. I like to think I'll invest the extra dollars in something important, like replenishing my supply of spaghetti. (Update: I did not purchase enough.)


Leesa Mattress coupon - save $75 on your Leesa mattress through this link.

Casper Mattress coupon - save $50 on your Casper mattress through this link. (I've tested this one. Scroll to the end of this post for my thoughts.)

Sapira Mattress coupon - save $75 on your Sapira mattress through this link.

Amerisleep Mattress coupon - save $50 on your Amerisleep mattress through this link. (It's much better than Tempurpedic but less than half the cost!)

HIBR Mattress coupon - save $50 on your HIBR mattress through this link.

Brooklyn Bedding Mattress coupon - save $50 on your Brooklyn Bedding mattress through this link.

Zotto Mattress coupon - save $50 on your Zotto mattress through this link.

Oh my goodness, I can't believe this list is still going. Who knew there were so many different mattress options?!

Helix Sleep Mattress coupon - save $50 on your Helix Sleep mattress through this link.

GhostBed Mattress coupon - save $50 on your GhostBed mattress through this link.

Saintly Mattress coupon - save $50 on your Saintly mattress through this link.

Bear Mattress coupon - save $50 on your Bear mattress through this link.

Nolah Mattress coupon - save $50 on your Nolah mattress through this link.


Whew! When I started this coupon list, I never expected there to be so many mail-order mattress companies to include. Hooray for Google, right? I'd be interested in learning where each of these mattresses is built, as I have a strong suspicion several of them are actually the exact same company/same factory/same mattress masquerading under different names. I'm also curious how long each mattress brand has been around. While there are certainly reputable ones, I'm worried some of these newcomers may just be latching onto Amerisleep's success in the hope of making a quick buck, quality be darned.

I can't offer much help if you're set on a GhostBed or Zotto mattress (I chose those two examples because they're fun to say. Zotto! Ghostbed!) but please feel free to send me an email with any questions about our Amerisleep Liberty Bed mattress. We've had it since 2012 and could not be happier.
Leesa mattress coupon
Sexy Nerd smoked us a turkey yesterday and was glad to have a comfy mattress where he could wait out his tryptophan-induced sleepiness.

Experts say the tryptophan food coma is just a myth, Sexy Nerd. You hit the mattress due to overeating!

Oh, one more thing. I am a rambler. One more, more thing, I'd like to share a nifty email I recently received, which I've been wanting to post to my blog but wasn't sure how to tie it into anything. This mattress post is my perfect opportunity:


Hi, Kitty –

I emailed you in early December about considering an Amerisleep mattress. You kindly replied, and I wanted to give you an update.

We did order a King bed, and I was surprised that it arrived so quickly. In fact, we weren’t ready for it so we had to scramble to get things ready. (New paint, leading to new carpet, leading to re-arranging the bedroom.) Anyway, we finally were able to start sleeping on it and we are absolutely thrilled! Thank you for posting your honest evaluation.

We got a nice $250 discount when we ordered, and since I used your link I hope you received your bonus. If you didn’t, please let me know what I can do to make that happen for you.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

My blog readers are awesome. When we were chatting via email last month, this same reader wrote:

Thanks for your help. I hope you and your Sexy Nerd have a great Christmas season. (I would call Janet my Sexy Grandma but that just sounds creepy -- even though she is a grandma and is very sexy.) We have shared a bed for 38 years now and have had a great marriage. It's even greater now with four grandangels and one more on the way.

How sweet is that? I love my blog readers!

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(I guess you're going to know SN's real name now. Oh, and my weight! Darn it.)

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