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Sweet dreams on a waterbed.

Updated on July 10, 2013

So much to choose from.

My previous life came to an end with a bang. Twenty-four years of marriage and then Bang, It's over. It's not something I like to talk about and yet here I am publishing it to the world. I feel like a hypocrite but you need to know the background to my story and this is how it began.

One month of sleeping on a sofa, followed by another four month's of sleeping in a child's bed gave me aches in places I didn't know existed, My back was killing me. Finally the day came for me to begin my new life and the one thing I wanted more than anything else was a good night's sleep.

Ever since I was a kid I had wanted a waterbed. I also wanted one of those big chairs, shaped like an egg, which hung from the ceiling that they had in the 60's but that was totally impractical. I had no ceiling to hang it from. Anyway back to the bed. Luckily for me there was a shop in Botany Bay that specialised in waterbeds, so with my daughter as an advisor. I went shopping for a new bed. The choice was amazing, soft sided beds that looked like any other normal divan. Hard sided beds made from pine, painted wood or upholstered.

Whether you choose soft sided or hard sided, the mattresses came in a bizarre range of measured seconds of movement. The cheapest has 20-24 seconds of movement. This means that if you turn over, then it will take 20-24 seconds for the mattress to become still again. Basically this mattress is just a big bag of water. There are five different levels of movement.

10-12 seconds, 5-6 seconds, 2-3 seconds and finally 0-1 second. It depends on how many motion-absorbing layers they have inside the bags. With the least movement being more expensive.

I opted for a hard side with a 5-6 second motion. I have counted it and it is spot on. I figured that if I didn't like it then I could easily put a contemporary mattress inside the frame. I needn't have worried.



I was moving in with a mate and he was very concerned about the weight. I managed to assure him that everything would be ok. In fact the bed is built onto a framework, which spreads the load. The man who fitted the bed told us that it has less pressure on the floor than a bath due to this framework.

The sides are wooden and have a vinyl safety liner fitted inside. So if you do manage to puncture the mattress the water will not leak out and cause any damage. Then the heater is laid inside the safety liner. Did I forget to tell you that waterbeds are heated? Oh yes, warm as toast especially good in the winter. I think our's is set to 30.8 c at the moment. Then the mattress is laid on top followed by a cotton protector sheet then the actual bedding sheets. It took the man around twenty minutes to assemble the bed and around thirty minutes to fill the bed with water. If you are sleeping in the bed that night then use hot water when filling as it would take the heater a day to get the bed up to the required temperature.

A few months later I moved out and into my new girlfriends house. Needless to say I wanted the bed but she was unsure.

"How will you get it here" she said

"I will get the shop to deliver using their van" I replied

"What does it say on their van?” she asked

"Dream Waterbeds in big letters" I said

"You can bugger off,” she shouted, "What will the neighbours, think?"

I laughed and agreed to install it myself. It surprised me how easy it was. Common sense really. I had to hire a pump to remove the water and disassemble, transport (it easily fitted in the car) reassemble and filled in less than three hours. Job done!

The benefits and the downsides.

A waterbed is the most comfortable kind of bed there is. There are no pressure points; the body is supported all over. From head to toe, it shapes itself exactly to your shape and spreads your body weight evenly. Say goodbye to tossing and turning as your blood supply is not impeded, leading to a much more peaceful sleep.

Have you ever wondered what happens to all that dead skin, perspiration and hair that you shed at night? A normal mattress absorbs that leading to bed bugs and bacteria. A waterbed can't absorb it. A quick wipe with a damp cloth when you change the sheets and you’re as clean as new.

Although a waterbed is expensive initially, over time it proves to be a great investment. You never have to turn the mattress. A sprung mattress will start to deteriorate from the first moment you use it. Manufacturers recommend that you change your mattress every five years, a waterbed has been known to last twenty-five years if looked after properly.

The heated mattress helps sooth away aches and pains. It soothes your muscles, relieving tension leaving you invigorated for the next day. There are no busted springs or sagging low spots. It will be as firm and supportive in fifteen years time as the day you bought it.

You can have two mattresses in one bed to suit individual needs such as temperature and firmness. To make it firmer, just add more water.

The downside is getting the temperature right. It can be too hot sometimes and it will take a while to cool when you turn the temperature down. Another downside is that you won't want to get out of it when the alarm goes off.

You have to pour in conditioner every year but this is cheap and readily available.

So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself to a great night's sleep. Buy a waterbed. We would never go back to a conventional bed, we love it.

Watch the video below. It's hilarious.

Shoppers Try out a Waterbed


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      Tom Foolry 6 years ago

      I just realized that I haven't even tried out a waterbed in many years, although, if I were to get one, I think I'd probably get a softside waterbed, as it seems like they are more comfortable.