For the first time in I'm-not-sure-how-long, but definitely since December at the least, I've woken up almost completely fatigue-free.
What did I do?
I slept on the floor.
I was getting sick and damn tired of wasting my energy rotating around my heavy mattress only to get the same results over and over: waking up just as fatigued, if not more so, than when I went to bed. I kept muttering to myself "I swear I'd sleep better if I just slept on the floor." So last night, I did it.
I didn't sleep directly on the carpet, of course... I took the 2 inch pad I'd bought off my bed, as well as my bed sheets and set up on the floor that way. Naturally, sleeping on a 2 inch foam pad on the hard floor is far from very comfortable, so I still woke up with back pain, and all of my pillows suck so bad that even stacking two of them up will still leave them flat within minutes, so that's another issue with my sleep. But for the first time in so long, I have more energy. Not exactly get-up-and-go energy, but I don't feel like stopping the world and getting off for the rest of the day, and any improvement is still an improvement.
How do two pillows flatten out to less than the thickness of one pillow? No idea. They aren't even that old.
"For the best night's sleep in the whole wide world, visit MyPillow.com" Yeah, eat my ass... My MyPillow wore out to pancake-flatness in as little as 3 months. It was really nice for the first two weeks, but now my 12+ year old memory foam pillow is better than it, and it's just as flat. I bought a new memory foam pillow, but it didn't last much longer than MyPillow. Not entirely sure how my first foam pillow lasted so long... must have been a top quality one. Sadly, it has no tags. That or I cut them off and don't remember, so I have no way of buying another one.
I'm going to be buying one of these, though. https://onpurple.com/pillow And I'll let you know how it turns out. Let me check that price tag.
Jesus fucking Christ on a stick... a hundred bucks for a pillow? I really like their video, though. That thing looks amazing to sleep on. And that's considering the fact that I've tried every pillow kind there is. Polyester, feather (an itchy, pokey, uncomfortable nightmare), memory foam, foam chunks (that's what MyPillow supposedly is, from reviews I've read) cooling gel foam (it's bullshit. If they promise it stays cool using cooling gel, it's a lie. My "cooling" gel pillow ended up warmer than any of my other pillows, all using the exact same pillowcase. And it wore out in about a month) I've tried it all, and so far my first memory foam pillow was the best pillow I ever had. It lasted around 12 years before becoming unusable. And despite what you might imagine, it wasn't ultra hot. It might actually be foam latex. I don't know. I was a teenager when I got it, and I didn't really care about that kind of thing back then, because I never would have imagined I'd have to deal with poor sleep on a crap mattress/pillow combo.
So what I'm going to do is shove my mattress fixer under my pad and sleep on the floor. I'm also going to wait until I can afford a friggin hundred dollar pillow, and replace mine. My mattress fixer is an extendable mat made of regular foam blocks. They can be pushed together, or pulled away from each other to make the mat longer or shorter. My pad is 2 inches thick and is made of foam latex with holes that run through it so that it doesn't get super hot. (This information is for those who are suffering similarly, and want to try to follow along.)
Purple also makes a mattress, but like hell I can afford one of those... I'm also aware of the Dormeo, but they won't give me prices on their website, they don't seem to ship, and their closest store to me is around 400 miles away, so fuck them. I'll let you know how my plans and condition change as I start making moves to combat this.