I've been sleeping on the same mattress for about a decade. That probably implies I'm in a very committed long-term relationship with my mattress, but that's not so much the case anymore. Last year, I noticed the middle starting to cave in, and I was completely fed up with how firm the pillowtop was.
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It's safe to say it was finally time to nip this relationship in the bud.
Enter: Time to start shopping for a new mattress. I'm pretty picky, so I had to find a mattress that was not too firm and not too plush, one that molded to my body as I slept.
And so began my love affair with the Molecule Hybrid.
It's Got the Goldilocks Firmness
The Molecule Hybrid is the best of both worlds: It combines body-hugging foam with super-supportive coil for a bed that's so comfortable you'll fall asleep quickly — and stay asleep.
My new Molecule mattress is smack in the middle of firm and soft, so it's just right. After sleeping on a mattress that was way too hard for 10 years, this is a welcome change. It feels very inviting: As I climb onto it, it's plushy and almost sucks me in. The foam hugs my body and provides the support I need to get a good night's rest.
It Keeps Me Cool
I'm also a hot sleeper (ask me how many times I've woken up sweating only to crank up the AC or crack open a window in the dead of winter), so when I found out the foam has extra cooling properties, I was sold.
Sleeping on the mattress for about two months now, that's honestly the best part about it for me: Not once have I woken up in a sweat, and the mattress feels cold on my body as I switch from my back to my side. Seriously, you can actually feel cold air making its way through the foamy layers.
It Helps Me Stay Asleep — and Aids My Workout Recovery
As my old mattress started deteriorating, I noticed that my sleep was declining, too. I'd frequently wake up in the middle of the night and it would be very difficult to catch more zzzs once my slumber was interrupted. So for many nights, I found myself lying in bed for hours until my alarm went off.
And getting fewer than eight hours of sleep isn't ideal, especially for me. When I'm low on sleep, my brain and body retaliate: I become moody and irritable, and my appetite skyrockets into full bear-waking-up-from-hibernation mode. Except that bear definitely got better sleep than I did.
Plus, I go to the gym four to five times a week and lift very heavy, so recovery is key for me. Finding a mattress that makes getting eight hours effortless and helps me recuperate well enough for my next workout was a total game-changer. (And now I get why both Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and NFL star Russell Wilson have sung Molecule's praises.)
I have the Queen Molecule Hybrid, but it comes in multiple sizes, including Twin, Twin XL, Full, King and Cali King.
The Molecule Hybrid is the brand's fanciest mattress, so it's pricier than other offerings on the site. Still, it's not as expensive as many other memory foam mattresses on the market, and in my opinion, the value can't be beat.
Bonus: The set-up is simple. The mattress comes tightly rolled up in vacuum-sealed plastic, so all you have to do is unbox it, cut the plastic off, unroll it onto your box spring or bed frame and wait a few minutes for it to inflate.
And then get ready for your best sleep yet. Sweet dreams!
Buy it: Molecule.com; Price: $1,299 to $2,299
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