Since I was a teenager, I’ve had the most incredible superpower in the world: Sleep. Yeah, yeah. I know, anybody can sleep. But I made it a work of art.
On weekends, I never even realized there was a world before noon. When I went off to college, I skillfully chose my classes so that the earliest I ever had to be out the door was 11:40. Even on our honeymoon in Hawaii, I slept the mornings away, despite the absolute gorgeousness of nature waiting for me and my new bride right outside our hotel room.
Yes, sleep is in my blood. But then… well, then Allie and I did something crazy. We willingly sought out the one thing that can absolutely crush sleep. The Kryptonite, if you will, to my life-long superpower.
We had children.
Yes, I love my kids and am beyond thankful that they sleep through the night now. But once those little buggers enter this world, your sleeping habits of old are completely history.
Nowadays, I work full time, come home for a quick dinner and some time with the family, then it’s upstairs to my home office to work on my blog or other freelance writing assignments. Mix in the regular craziness of life, helping the kids with schoolwork, exercising, attending school concerts, etc., and once the weekends hit, I am beyond exhausted.
These days, I’m just not getting a full restful night’s sleep. That’s definitely not good because that leads to an exhausted me in the morning which makes me cranky (You won’t like me when I’m cranky!) and more prone to stress. And that just feeds the awful cycle over and over.
The silver lining to this, though, is that I’ve learned to embrace the pure joy of napping. In fact, I pride myself in the fact that I can (and do) nap anywhere and everywhere I can. I’d even go so far as to claim the title of King of Rest!
Don’t believe me? Follow me on a normal day of napping, won’t you?
Sure my eyes are always bigger than my stomach. But apparently napping is even bigger than my eyes.
I don’t know why I bother doing laundry since I’ll just need to do another load by the time I wake up.
You seriously can’t blame me for napping at the movies. Dads have been doing that for years, only now it’s almost impossible NOT to fall asleep since they’ve made the chairs soooo comfy.
Unpacking groceries from my car is exhausting. Sometimes I just need a little cat nap to recharge.
My favorite room in the house is the pantry. Stocked with so many tasty snacks, it’s tough to avoid. Though I try to be quiet so the kids don’t hear and… well, that’s when I generally just pass out.
Okay, even I’ll admit it’s pretty sad that a grown man can’t even go get the mail without passing out for a quick nap
And after a long hard day of napping, nothing beats a nice, relaxing nap on the couch. I’m usually so wiped that I don’t even bother cleaning off the couch first.
So yeah, I feel justified in being the self-proclaimed #KingofRest! I do, however, understand the incredible importance of a powerfully good night’s sleep. It’ll reduce my morning crankiness so I’ll be loads nicer to my family and co-workers. I’ll be more functional at work all day. I’ll be more helpful to Allie and the kids. I’ll even have loads more energy so I can exercise, run around with the boys and even help make dinner. Okay, maybe I’ll just eat the dinner. But I’ll eat it with gusto!
One of the best ways to get a good night’s sleep? Get yourself a great mattress. Restonic mattresses are handmade with better quality materials and more attention to every little detail than their competitors’ comparably priced mattresses.
Restonic mattresses are like magic. They let your body stay in one position longer throughout the night, so you aren’t tossing and turning so much. You’ll slip into a deeper and more restful sleep.
I mean, Restonic’s tagline is “Supporting Dreams.” I can’t think of a cooler, more representative imagery than that! And as part of a blog campaign with Life of Dad, Restonic is choosing to lay the official title of King of Rest on one dad blogger, rewarding them with a Restonic mattress of their own.
I’ve already given myself the title, but feel I certainly deserve it. I mean, I do love my naps but sleeping in the bathtub definitely isn’t great for my back.
And since Restonic are incredibly nice and generous folks (see what a good night’s sleep can do for your soul?), they’re giving away a queen-sized mattress to one lucky reader!
By entering below, anybody has the chance to win a queen sized HealthRest® Mattress from Restonic. Invest in your health with one of Restonic’s HealthRest® Brio™ Mattresses. Layered with latex and TempaGel® by Restonic and supported with a Trucomfort core™, a healthy, supportive night’s sleep is yours for the taking.
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145 thoughts on “The King of Rest Decrees No More Fridge Sleeping”
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Your pictures are great! I like the one where you are in the trunk 🙂
My mattress is so old and lumpy that I started sleeping on the couch. I would move back to my bedroom if I could get a new mattress. My kids and I cracked up at this blog post, your pictures are awesome!
We need a new one because I can’t even remember when we got our current one!
I need a new mattress for our guest room because the one we have in their is super old. This would be awesome!
I need a new mattress because mine is ancient. It’s over 20 years old and has so many lumps I can’t find a good place to rest.
I need a new mattress because my current one is so lumpy.
I need a new mattress because mine is old and uncomfortable.
We would love a new Restonic mattress because our current mattress is showing it’s age i.e. starting to sag where it should be supporting our back(s) !
I need a new mattress because mine is really old and lumpy.
I need a new mattress because I would love to start getting a great nights sleep!
Pure and simply I need a new queen size mattress because my teenage granddaughter has moved in with me and I need a mattress for her in the guest room! this would be such a blessing!!
I SO need a new mattress! My current (queen sized) mattress I inherited from a smoker. I long to have a mattress that is new and comfy too!
I have a twin size matress from when i was a kid… i am now 31. It is about 20+ years old. I dont know the last time i had a good nights rest.
We have a hand me down from a great aunt! An upgrade is waay over due!
just plain old , at least 20 years……
Ok, this post was hilarious. And totally relatable! I need a new mattress because the current one I have is not helpful for my back issues.
I need a new mattress in the worst way!
My mattress is more than 10 yrs old. ?
I really need a new mattress because the one I am using is really old and is starting to get uncomfortable.
I need a new because mine is over 15 years old.
My husband and I finally gave in and bought us a new set of mattresses after having the same ones for almost 10 years. Unfortunately all we could afford was another cheap set. The box spring has already broken and the bed sags in the middle. My back is screaming for a new mattress.
My daughters mattress is super old and uncomfortable. This would be perfect for her.
We actually need a new mattress because the pillowtop we have is 10yrs old and cannot be rotated and is sagging extremely bad. Not to mention it’s hot to sleep on in the summertime and ughhh don’t get me started on the trapped odors of the dadgum thing 🙁 !
I need a new mattress because it is past time to replace the one I have. I would love a new mattress that is comfortable so that I can sleep better.
I need a new mattress because I have back problems. A good comfortable mattress is a must.
I recently had bypass surgery and only can sleep on my back. I was never a back sleeper and become uncomfortable not being able to change positions. So I when I read your review about the Restonic keeping you comfortable longer and minimizing tossing & turning it sounds like exactly what I need!
Our mattress is over 15 years old and super uncomfy! Thanks so much for the opportunity!
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We need a new mattress because ours is old and worn out with cat claw marks all over.
I need a new one because my old mattress hurts my back.
I need a new mattress because mine current mattress is old and I expect a spring to pop through any day now.
I need a new mattress because I have back problems. A good comfortable mattress is a must.
My mattress was soaked with rain water when my roof leaked during a bad storm a few weeks ago.
i need a new mattress because the mattress we have now is so old and out of shape. it is hard to get a good nights rest on it.
I’ve never owned a new mattress so it would be a dream to have one.
mine is old gross, uncomfortable and needs to be replaced!
My husband and I both wake up with neck and backaches. I know it’s our old mattress causing it. We really need a new one.
My mattress is a hand me down from my parents and it’s at least 20 years old. I’d love to have a new one and get a good night’s sleep!
We need a new mattress because ours is so uncomfortable and we can’t afford a new one. Every morning I wake up to back pain. Our mattress is a hand-me-down from my husband’s parents who passed away.
I have never had a new mattress and I am too big for the small bed I have.
my dog peed on my mattress and it is lumpy
Haha this was hilarious. Looks like me napping anywhere I can in the few minutes I can do it. I had another baby girl mid April so I’m exhausted all over again.
I’d love to win because we have 3 kids (all girls). All 3 have co-slept with us at some point, so kids being kids…there’s been quite a few accidents. That’s so gross to even think about on the mattress, but accidents happen.
My old one is very lumpy and worn out, it makes my back ache.
I need a new mattress because of the groove imprinted on my side of the bed. My wife’s side sits high and plush while my portion has a double body imprint from 10 years of compressing me to the edge.
Our mattress is pretty old & not all that comfy anymore. It’s definitely time for it to be replaced.
I need a new mattress because mine is caving inwards!!! It also sucks because it’s not very supportive
I need a new mattress because mine is old and nasty.
I need a new mattress. Mine is so old and sags… it’s sad 🙁
We need a new mattress because our old one was 15+ yrs. old, we recently threw it away because it hurt to sleep on it. Springs were going into our sides and backs. I thought we’d have a new one by now, but they’re so expensive! Now, my husband has been sleeping on the couch and I’ve been sleeping with my 12 yr. old, sad but true.
I need a new mattress for my guest room so I can actually have people over.
Our mattress is sagging so this would be amazing.
We need a new mattress because ours is about 12 years old and is lumpy and bumpy.
My current mattress is tilted and 12 years old – i’m in desperate need!
My mattress is at least 7 years old now. I’ve also been waking up with neck/back aches.
My mattress is too old,i dont sleep comfortable on it. I have back pain because of it.
This would be for my mother. At the age of 60+ she is a dedicated mail carrier and often complains about pains from carrying mail. She has an old mattress and I know a nice new comfortable will help ease some of the pain and help her get a better sleep at night because she really deserves that and more.
Our mattress is getting old and is not very comfortable. Time for a replacement and this one looks great.
I need a new mattress because mine is over 10 years old.
I need a new mattress since my current one is over 10 years old.
I need a new mattress because I moved out of state and need somewhere for people to sleep when they come to visit me 🙂
We need a new one because our current mattress is becoming less comfortable as it ages
A good night’s sleep on a superb mattress is the foundation for an excellent day!
My mattress is quite old and I’ve been wanting to redecorate the bedroom but there’s no point in buying a new comforter if the mattress isn’t any good.
our mattress is old my back hurts but mostly between my shoulders and i do need a new bed love a new one old bed are just awful to have
This new mattress would be perfect for us. My husband has a very hard time sleeping through the night and I’m sure a new mattress this perfect would certainly help him sleep. Thanks
I need a new mattress because mine is 18 yrs old and I wake up stiff and sore 🙁 Thx for the chance! 🙂
My side is too soft, her side is too firm. . . and she will not swap sides!
Well, to be honest, I have never had a NEW bed. They’ve all been used by someone else. Currently, my bed is sagging to say the least. As someone who deals with sleep issues and muscle issues, I need a good nights sleep and not a fight of how on Earth am I gonna fall asleep without sliding to the middle of my bed.
I can feel the coils in our mattress and they feel like they are going to come through and poke me in the back. It is the most uncomfortable bed I have ever slept on.
In all honesty, I don’t PERSONALLY need a new mattress; I got a Tempurpedic not too long ago, though it’s a full, not a queen. But I’m thinking ahead to the somewhere-in-the-future. My boyfriend and I are thinking to buy a house someday, one with 2 or 3 bedrooms, and they’re going to need mattresses! We don’t want our guests sleeping on the floor! Haha
could be the answer to my prayers,thanks for the chance.
Celebrating my 25th anniversary and feel it’s time for a new mattress!
Our mattress is 25 years old, and it feels like it!
my daughter needs a new mattress for her bed. the one she has is old and i’m sure it needs replacing.
We’ve been married for 20 years and still sleep on a full size bed, we could use the upgrade
I need a new mattress because we have had the same one for over 10 years. I actually got it long before I married my husband, back when I was a college student! Back then it wasn’t even a “nice” mattress, it came from a big box store.
I think we all need new mattresses here at my house. I know my husband has complained recently that the matters isn’t working well for him and my older DD well I rested on her bed the other day while chatting with her in her room and OUCH I was surprised it was such a hard bed. Didn’t used to be so.
We have had the same mattress for 20 years!!! I would say it is time for a new one. LOL.
Thank you for the chance.
I need a new mattress because right now I am sleeping in a recliner. I am saving up for a mattress but I am not quit there yet.
We are downsizing and I am getting new furniture. I sure would love to have a new mattress to put on my new bed!
I need a new mattress because the one I have is 10 years old.
I need a new mattress because mine is just plain OLD and it is worn out. I have hip, back and neck problems and it just does not help to have an old, worn out mattress. This sure would help me to get a good nights sleep.
Our current mattress is 28 years old, a new mattress would be a blessing!
I need one because mine is old
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Our mattress is old. My husband bought it before we even met, which was over 11 year ago. And with two young boys – there have been a few accidents on it to. It’s overdue to replace it!
Funny photos to make your point. My guests would appreciate a new mattress in the guest room.
My husband and I have bad backs and hips and we have an old uncomfortable mattress that does not do either of us good.
I NEED a new mattress, too! Ours is 15 years old and looks even older! I don’t sleep upstairs because it hurts my back so much and my boyfriend sleeps like the dead so he doesn’t care. Either a new bed or a new boyfriend??? Decisions.
I need a new mattress because my current one is OLLLLLD! And, I need all the help getting a good nights sleep that I can get!
We need a new mattress for our guest bedroom– especially since I have my best friend from college and her hubby coming soon!
This would be perfect for my son’s room. There’s still a single mattress in there that’s too small for him.
I need a new mattress for my son. He is sleeping on his original mattress which is over 20 years old.
My mom has one that is over 20 years old so would give it to her.
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A new mattress would be so fantastic. My husband and I sleep on an old, full size mattress. Good sleep is so important and I think a new larger mattress would make it a lot easier to get those zzzzzs!
I need a new mattress because I’ve had the same one since I was a child.
mattress in master horrible and dents down the middle. spare mattress a twin. Need a new mattress stat.
IT HAS BEEN 8 YRS AND BEING PREGNANT AND NOT SLEEPING..IS NOT COOL
Having back issues its so important to sleep on a good mattress!
We need a new mattress because ours is beginning to sag in the middle
It has been 10 years since we bought a new one
Our backs are telling us it’s time!
I need a new mattress because mine is almost 20 years old
I and my wife cannot get a restful nights sleep on the mattress that we have now.
I finally realized that since I sleep on my side, my current mattress is too hard for me to be comfortable. I need one that better conforms to my body sleeping on my side.
I would like to replace my son’s mattress as we have had it for quite a few years and he needs something more comfortable
My current mattress has seen a slew of non-potty-trained toddlers and incontinent dogs in its thirty-year life. It probably qualifies as a biological weapon under the Geneva convention by this time.
omg, I laughed so hard. hilarious!!!!
I have a toddler. life is HARD. I need a new mattress sooooooooooo badly!!!!!
I need a new mattress as mine is over due to be replaced. Mozart, our little dog doesn’t even like that mattress any more.
Our current mattress is about 12 years old. It’s just not comfortable, and I sometimes find myself tossing and turning for an hour or more before I fall asleep!
This would be wonderful for us. Worst experiences ever with the current mattress! I cannot even sleep pain free for over 3 hours!
Thanks so much for the chance!
Our mattress is 14 years old and it’s starting to become uncomfortable to sleep on. I always roll towards my husband and into the middle of the bed – it’s awful! Thanks for the chance to win!
We just bought a new mattress to replace our 25+ year old one, yea…YUCK! Anyway my son needs a mattress because right now he sleeps on a futon that he told me he broke the other day, he said this time he wants a bed. Five years ago he argued for that futon. Go figure. Anyway this kid nedds a good night sleep. That’s why we need a mattress
I need a new mattress because the one I have is from high school. It has grooves worn into my body’s shape from all the years. I hate to say how long ago that was, but let’s just say it’s more than 8. More than double 8. More than triple 8. Let’s stop there, shall we?
I love this post! I need a new bed because I have scoliosis and bad sciatica. I wake up every day with back pain and stiffness. This bed sounds amazing!
I need a new mattress because I wake up with stiffness, numbness, and aches
I love this post and your photos, Andrew! <3
As for why I need this mattress: I am ashamed to admit how long it's been that we've had our present mattress over 18 years. It is pitiful and I know it’s why I have chronic backaches anymore. 🙁 I would love to win this mattress. Thank you for the chance!
Thanks, Donna! 🙂 Yes, you definitely need (and deserve!) a new mattress. Good luck!
Love the pix of you sleeping!! You look about as comfortable in them as I do in my bed since my mattress is over 15 years old and sagging in weird spots.
Your photos are WAY too funny! Our mattress is going on 16 years. They say to “replace every 8”. Oops! Neither Hubby nor I sleep well any more.
First I absolutely love your photos, had me laughing and waiting to see what was next. Favorite is the one of you on the couch on top of the boys, their expressions. hehe. Okay, I definitely need a new mattress, when we moved back to Indiana I bought the kids’ mattresses but not us. I haven’t had a new mattress in over 5 years. Eeek! Currently our bed is sinking in at the middle and I sleep on the edge because during the middle of the night my 3 yr old apparently comes into the room. So yeah I need a new one to keep up with that little man during the day.
Thanks, Eliza! They were fun to shoot too! Good luck! Sounds like you really could use a new one!
The mailbox. I cannot….
First off, that one was my wife’s idea. Second, that one actually hurt! Either we have a small mailbox or I have a big head.
I need a new mattress desparately! The one I have now, is old, falling apart, lumpy, and sagging everywhere.. Oh, wait……..that’s me!
Are you sleeping on yourself again?
These pictures are outstanding. I love the mail box. We need a new matress because ours is crap.
“Because ours is crap.” Great argument, Rachel! Good luck! 🙂
I can’t even imagine what sleeping on a good mattress is like. I won’t even comment about ours. It’s funny, my dad always said, “you spend half your life sleeping and half your life in walking/standing. You should spend good money on a bed and shoes.”. Mattresses are hard to buy because you don’t know if you’ll love it. I want to love my next mattress though…..
I need a new mattress and I’m DYING over these pics, they are so funny!
Thanks, P! Good luck!
Our bed right now is a full size, and it’s broken in 3 spots and is sunken in really bad. We are about to purchase a queen size, but if I could win instead that would be awesome. Matresses are not cheap.
It would be great to replace our guest bed. There’s only so much pillows can do!
I need a new mattress because my kid peed on mine. Just the truth 😛
Don’t feel too bad. My HUSBAND used to pee on mine, (EX-husband)
We desperately need a new mattress but with 4 boys there is always something that needs to be purchased first.
We need a new mattress because ours is over 12 years old and very worn out.
This would be great for our girls!
We need a new mattress for when we have guests – we want our guests to be super comfy when visiting!