Have you ever slept on an air mattress?

My air mattress is so comfortable! - air mattress
United States
January 20, 2008 9:11pm CST
Since my Mom passed away my bed has been covered with stuff from her house and I haven't found places for everything yet so there it stays. When I'm alone I sleep on my couch but when my granddaughter is here I've started using a full size air mattress I have from my camping days (when I had a life...lol) for us to sleep on and she loves it! The thing takes up my whole living room floor and I really think it's more comfortable than my bed. The only problem is that I have to pump it up and let me tell you that hand pump is no walk in the park...lol!!!! But it's worth the trouble as far as I'm concerned. Have you ever slept on an air mattress? Was it just for camping or in someone/or your home? Did you think it was comfortable or no?
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@Debs_place (10526)
• United States
21 Jan 08
We keep one at my sister's for when we go visit, this is way cheaper then a hotel. It depends on how much air is in it, sometimes it is too hard and I almost roll off, other times my shoulder hits the floor. But it is better then most sofa beds. I think they are worth the trouble.
4 people like this
• United States
21 Jan 08
Yes, they are cheaper than a hotel/motel that's for sure. This one has been at my Mom's for years and whenever family came to visit her this is what they slept on.
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@asgtswife04 (2482)
• United States
21 Jan 08
I have used an air mattress and I absolutely hated it. It was very uncomfortable for me, but i can't stand things that seem to be to hard for me to sleep on. I like the cushiony mattresses. LOL! It wasn't to bad though, but i wouldn't wanna sleep on one every night. Kills my back. God bless
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• United States
21 Jan 08
I think I blow this thing up as far as it will go but it doesn't seem at all hard to me. It actually reminds me of the old water beds that I used to love.
• United States
21 Jan 08
A lot of people like them and waterbeds...I've never cared for either. Not really sure why,but just haven't. Thanks and God bless
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
21 Jan 08
We slept on an air mattress for about 2 years LOL We finally broke down and bought a bed about a year ago. After hurricane Katrina we were in Texas for about 4 months and someone there gave use a bed, when we moved we didn't have room to bring it with us so my mom gave us her air mattress. It took us 2 years to find a bed we liked and could afford.
2 people like this
• United States
22 Jan 08
I think they are great to have as "in between" beds. It's better than sleeping on the floor!!!
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
21 Jan 08
I've slept on an air mattress many times, mostly when camping (I don't camp without it) but also when we had visitors or for some reason or another couldn't sleep in my bed. Next to my waterbed the airmattress is my next choice for comfortable sleeping.
• United States
21 Jan 08
I rate it right up there with the good old waterbed myself! It's so much more comfortable than a regular mattress.
@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
21 Jan 08
I only ever had those really old buggers that smelled bad and felt like rubber. I never found them comfortable and was sore in the morning after using them. However I have seen some new styles that look way more comfortable then the ones I have. But I wouldn't trade my bed for an air mattress at all. I have worked over ten year to make the best body groove on it for me that it is like an old pair of sneakers and fits just right.
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• United States
21 Jan 08
My mattress sucks and I seldom sleep on it anyway since I'm a "couch sleeper"....lol....but this mattress is very comfortable. If I had the room I would keep it up in the living room permanently!
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
21 Jan 08
Yes i have slept on an air mattress before..My daughter has a high rise air mattress,its like a box spring and mattress.It has a double air mattress,it is higher up than the older kind and it is very comfortable..I am sure you have seen them..I have also slept on the plain air mattress and it is very comfortable..I know it takes some time to pump it up but it seemed like my daughet attached something to hers and it pumped up by itself...If you and your granddaughter sleeps on it for a couple of nights maybe you could just lean it up against your bedroom wall and not let the air out each time,and it would not be so hard to do it. I used my bed the same way you used yours for your Moms things at christmas,i had my bed full of wrapping paper tags, tape and all kinds of things..I finally just a few days ago got it all cleaned off..........
• United States
21 Jan 08
lol....I'm thinking about just putting the mattress on top of all the stuff on my bed and deflating it when Vicky leaves since I don't think she will be back for a couple of weeks. When she does come back I'm getting my son to pump it up again. As for my bed....one of these days...lolol...
@sacmom (14316)
• United States
21 Jan 08
The first one I remember using was back when I was about 9 years old. I didn't find it comfy at all, but in all the excitement of camping I didn't really care. LOL As my husband wanted a tent last Father's Day, I picked one up at Wal-Mart, along with all the other goodies. This of course included one queen size air bed and two singles. The queen in very comfy, but the other two remind me a little of that first one back when I was a kid. Probably because it has those darn round pockets on the top of it. If you can you should get an air pump so that you don't have to pump the bed up by hand. They run around $20.00 at Wal-Mart which isn't too bad, especially if you don't want to wear yourself out. :P
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• United States
21 Jan 08
This mattress looks like a double mattress (I never did read the box and threw it out!). It does wear me out pumping the thing up and I'm going to check inot those pumps. Thanks for the idea.
@OURDEW (4812)
• United States
21 Jan 08
I did have a air mattress and we used it when we first moved into our house before we bought our bed. Then we used it for our overnight guests. To blow it up, we used our vaccuum. It was much faster than using the pump. lol
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• United States
21 Jan 08
Another great idea! I never thought of using my vacuum cleaner to blow it up. Thanks for the suggestion.
@polachicago (19075)
• United States
21 Jan 08
I used to have air mattress, but I am much better to sleep on my couch. Air bed is OK for me if stays with air all night. Some are deflating itself during the night. I used to have one with easy inflating pump, but still prefer couch than mattress...
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• United States
21 Jan 08
Since I usually sleep on my couch anyway this is a welcomed change for me since it's so much bigger than the couch. This was a very expensive mattress and it doesn't deflate at all during the night...of course the weight of myself and my granddaughter isn't much either.
@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
21 Jan 08
I slept on one at my aunts house once she had it on the living room floor so I didn't have to sleep on the hard floor. She had an electric pump to pump it up though those hadheld ones are not any fun I have a hard time blowing a kids intertube up with those! I think the air mattresses are comfortable but I will take my bed any day.
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• United States
21 Jan 08
hhmmmm....an electric pump? I didn't even know they existed! I'm definitely going to check into that. Thanks for letting me know about it.
@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
21 Jan 08
I have slept on air mattresses a time or two. Usually when visiting. I am a lot smaller than my husband and he moves around a lot in his sleep. I end up bouncing around. I don't think I have ever had a comfortable nights sleep on an air mattress. Oh, there was ONE time that I was thankful for having one! We went on an overnight camping trip with my husband's work (military). It rain in the middle of the night. Everyone else woke up soaked because tents tend to leak. The bottom of our tent was holding water but since we were up on an air mattress we didn't get wet.
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• United States
21 Jan 08
I slept on one b4 and it hurt my back so bad I couldnt sleep at all that night we were going to go gambling the next morning so we spent the night at his dads whom we were going with and had to sleep on it and I did not sleep at all was so tired the next morning my back hurt but the gambling took my mind off of it all had fun for my first time to go gambling
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@Fishmomma (11521)
• United States
21 Jan 08
I use one for camping, but would not use it everyday. My new chair is more comfortable. I do pump one up on occasion at home to have a picnic outside, as its a fun way to spend an afternoon napping after a meal.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
21 Jan 08
My husband and I were too broke to go camping anywhere except our back yard. It was August and that year, the weather was like July (we have a rainy season in August, but heat in July-usually). There were sales on air mattresses for hardly any money. So we bought one and camped amoung our own trees. We thought the air mattress was great! With our arthritis, that's the only way we could go camping. Ours we could use a different kind of pump, I forget what, but I don't think he used a hand pump. I think he had something that blew it up for him. It was very comfortable.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
21 Jan 08
When i flew home to visit my mother the last few times, my cousin had been living there with her and took over my old room/bed, so she had bought and set up one of those new air matresses that come with their own stands. I think its called a BYOB bring your own bed, lol bring your own booze. *giggles* anyhow, its more comfortable then my bed, its made by columbia, and she said it was just under 100$, and it comes with an electric pump! It didn't even loose any air through the night! and oyu know how air matresses kind of sag on one side, if two people are sleeping on it and one is heavier, This one did not do that.. i dunno how they made it not happen, but me and my daughter slept on the bed together and she didn't end up waking up stuck to my side!!
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• United States
21 Jan 08
That byob sounds awesome especially if it even comes with a stand! I know this mattress was very expensive and it's a good one because neither my granddaughter or I end up stuck to each other during the night and it doesn't lose any air. If I remember right it cost just around $100 a couple of years ago.
@worldwise1 (14888)
• United States
21 Jan 08
That sounds like so much fun, ctry! I have never slept on an air mattress, but I have it on good authority that they are very comfortable. The closest I've come to that was sleeping on a real mattress on the floor(which I used to do quite frequently), and it was very liberating. I really preferred sleeping on a mattress on the floor to putting up the entire bed. My mother used to think it was so tacky, lol. Still, I can see where your granddaughter would enjoy it so much. Why don't you invest in one of those pumps and save yourself some trouble?
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• United States
21 Jan 08
My mother could never understand why anyone would just sleep on a mattress and not put up a whole bed either. I think they are/were just old fashioned in that respect. I am definitely going to look into getting a new, easier pump since this one does a job on me.
• United States
21 Jan 08
The last time I slept on an air mattress I was camping too. And yes, that's when I had a life too. They are pretty comfortable and are also a pain in the neck to pump up, haha. I've also slept on a lounge chair camping...put a bunch of blankets down first so it wasn't so hard and that worked too..........lol, I guess when you're camping, whatever works for you will do because it's so much fun to be outside the city and enjoying nature to its fullest.
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• United States
21 Jan 08
I did a lot of camping in my "other life" as I call it and I totally enjoyed it. I'm hoping one day to be able to do it again. I love being out in the open air enjoying nature.
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
21 Jan 08
I"ve slept on air mattresses numerous times in my life LOL the last time being a yr ago when I was in California...We'd taken a roadtrip to Oakland and stayed with my gfs friend for a couple days and I slept on one there...Its comfy enough for me if its filled properly but I still pay the price afterwards by way of major back and hip pain...Even so though, it beats sleeping on the hard floor ;-)
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• United States
21 Jan 08
I guess I'm very lucky because I don't wake up with any pain after sleeping on this air mattress. For me it's very comfortable and a great nights sleep.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
21 Jan 08
Yes I have slept on an air mattress. I found the one we have very comfortable. Ours as well takes up most of the available space in the living room. We use it when neices and nephews spend the night. No hand pump here.Ours has an electric pump.Also the valve is reversible so it pumps out the air too.
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• United States
21 Jan 08
Deflating this is the easiest part of the whole thing. It has a piece of rubber or something over the whole that I just move and the air is out in no time.
• United States
21 Jan 08
=No way! But it was FUN!!!!!!!!!. A few years back the family went on vacation there were 13 of us in 1 small room, Well guess what, My husband, son and I got the air mattress, it was king size Let me tell you all was fine until hubby and myself moved and my son flew up and down and to the floor he went LOL and no matter weather he was in the middle or at the end he involuntary was moved.
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• United States
21 Jan 08
lol...yes, I can see that happening to your son especially if he is very small. More than once my granddaughter has rolled off this mattress because of a movement that I made.