The New Trick I Like to Play on Even Steven (in bed)

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Even Steven and I are pretty much total opposites.

Even Steven

I love to read.

He does not.

I love to talk.

He does not.

I love to watch movies and snuggle on the couch.

He does not.

I’m enthusiatic and energetic.

He is not.

I love carbs.

He does not.

I’m known to be a bit dramatic.

He is not.

I’m funny.

He is… bwahahahaha – sorry – couldn’t resist that one.

But you get the idea – we’re pretty much total opposites.

So when Sleep Number (yes, I said Sleep Number!) asked if I’d be interested in testing out their new DualTemp™ layer, I jumped up and down screaming with joy.

Even Steven did not. (But he did crack a smile, which is huge for him!)

The SLEEP NUMBER® DualTemp™ layer is like a giant foam topper that rests on top of any mattress. But the amazing part is that it uses active air technology to heat or cool each side of the bed.

Which means that Even Steven has his remote, and I have my remote. And we both can control our side of the bed with the click of a button.

Sleep Number Dual Temp Layer

Our DualTemp™ layer was delivered two weeks ago, and I have never slept better.


First of all, it adds an extra layer of comfort to our old, sagging mattress.

Sleep Number Dual Temp Layer

And that’s really nice. But – the temperature control? There’s just nothing like it.

Like the opposites that we are, Even Steven has his on full blast cold. And I have mine on full blast hot.

It takes about 20 minutes to fully heat up or cool down, so I usually turn everything on while we’re brushing our teeth and getting ready for bed. And the heating and cooling fans add the perfect amount of white noise to our room.

But the best part is that Even Steven no longer feels the need to creep onto my side of the bed because it’s just too hot for him.

Totally kidding. That’s not the best part.

The best part is that when I’m annoyed with Even Steven, I can just grab his remote in the middle of the night and turn it on full blast HOT.

He loves it when I do that. Especially when I then keep him up because I’m laughing so hard while he tries to go back to sleep after waking up in a puddle of sweat.

Even Steven

In all honesty – we’re really enjoying our DualTemp™ layer. I can see the long-term benefit of having a bed that can cool me down (hot flashes, anyone?). And Even Steven has admitted that the heat feels good on his muscles after a long bike ride.

You can read more about the DualTemp™ layer right here. Be sure to let me know if you order one, I’d love to hear how it’s changed your life! And check out their 100-night trial period. You can try it out for 100 nights, and if you’re not satisfied, they’ll give you a full refund. How awesome is that?

What’s your perfect sleep temperature? Do you like it hot and toasty like me or cold and crisp like Even Steven?

I was provided a SLEEP NUMBER® DualTemp™ layer to review for this post. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.


  1. Jen

    October 4, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Anna, you are one of my top 2 favourite bloggers… but I must say, lately your blog has just been one advertisement after another!

  2. Anna Luther

    October 4, 2013 at 7:23 am

    I’m so sorry you feel that way Jen! I make sure to only do one sponsored post each week – usually on a Friday. Maybe that just seems to be the day that you typically check in?

  3. Emily Hendrix

    October 4, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Yes, I I agree with Jen. I found your blog recently and loved reading through all of your old posts, but it has felt like a lot of ads recently: Swiffer, the shopping list website, the daycare review site, the stain washing product and this. Miss your funny personal stories.

  4. thedoseofreality

    October 4, 2013 at 7:30 am

    My hubby and I would totally adore this. I am obsessed with being as cold as possible, while he prefers normal room temp! ;)-Ashley

  5. Susan @Divine Secrets of a Domestic Diva

    October 4, 2013 at 7:47 am

    I have a sleep number bed and I can tell you it has made a huge difference in my life My old mattress was hard and I found it so uncomfortable. My husband on the other hand loved it, and there was no way he was giving that up to sleep on a soft mattress. The Sleep Number Bed we had was the perfect solution – his sleep number is 88. My sleep number is 15.
    I seriously don’t think we could ever go back to sleeping on another mattress.
    I didn’t realize that they had these as well – something to keep in mind once I start with the hot flashes 🙂

  6. My Special Kind of Crazy

    October 4, 2013 at 7:57 am

    We have a tempurpedic mattress and we do NOT like it. It generates too much heat and I like to be cold and pile on the blankets when I sleep. So this might be something to look into!

  7. Courtney

    October 4, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Anna, I love your voice in your writing. I love how you tie humor and stories into these posts! I love your blog through and through

  8. Dana

    October 4, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Anna I actually don’t mind how you tie the ads into your real life and make it funny! I still prefer your regular posts though.

  9. Anna ~ Instructions for my Husband

    October 4, 2013 at 9:33 am

    We so need this at our house. Don’t even get me started on the crazy cold my husband would like if he had the choice.

    Also, I love learning about new cool products – thank you for sharing!

  10. Sara

    October 4, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I guess I’m kind of with the others who feel they they’re seeing nothing but ads lately. But I don’t feel like it’s just you. I feel like large portion of the blogs I like to read are doing the same thing. And I *KNOW* as a fellow blogger that these kinds of campaigns help you earn a living from doing what you love and keep the blog running.

    That said, from a reader standpoint, these posts are most likely to make me click off. Which I think is the reason I hesitate on my blog, from taking those steps. Yes I would LOVE to be able to fund and even make a career out of writing, but I don’t want to just start running sponsored ads, because I know people will click off. Needs to be a balance I think.

  11. Heather

    October 4, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I agree with Sara… I’ve been noticing a lot of my favorite blogs have been doing more and more sponsored posts and while I do get that you’re just making a living, as a reader, it does make me less likely to check in as often. I still do, but I tend to click off once I realize it’s another sponsored post.

  12. Stephanie

    October 4, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I think Ana is absolutely one of the best writers in the internet when it comes to making sure sponsored content is still personalized and relevant to her readers. I think this sounds like a really cool product and one I might actually look into. I also actually did use the Christmas list website, which I had never heard about before Anna’s post. When you are sitting around in real life talking to your girlfriends, don’t you talk about products you have found that you like? I have found some great companies that I actually use (like for my Christmas stockings) because they were sponsors for other bloggers.

  13. Kathy at kissing the frog

    October 4, 2013 at 11:50 am

    While I agree that I tend to click away from sponsored posts, I never do from Anna’s because from start to finish she infuses a funny, personal story into the post. She is one of the rare bloggers who can do that.

    About not taking ads on your blogs, I was like that too at first. I wanted to keep it about pure writing. But when you look around and see the power that female bloggers have as influencers, you can hardly resist making a few extra dollars. Is Anna getting rich on these posts? Certainly not, nor do any of the rest of us. But it is nice to make a few extra dollars on something that frankly takes a lot of time out of your day. Especially since many of the sites that post our actual writing (Mamapedia and Huffington Post being two good examples) post not for payment, but for the promise of traffic. Mama can’t buy new shoes with that. You keep on keeping on, Anna! Love you now, always will!

  14. Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms

    October 4, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I know Anna has integrity, so if she is doing a sponsored post, there is a very good chance it will be something I am interested in. In fact, I am adding this sleep number mattress topper to my Christmas list site.
    And just to point out, the Office Max post earlier this week was NOT sponsored, it was Anna using her blogging powers for good.
    It is okay to get paid for writing. Truly.

  15. Lyndsey Prentice

    October 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I have to agree with the previous comments. You’re my favorite blogger, but the sponsored posts are getting old. 🙁 Maybe I only see the FB links on days that you do sponsored posts?

  16. Ashlee

    October 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Holy moly! My boyfriend and I both sweat like we sleep in saunas so this sounds amazing. We’re currently sharing a full size bed with our feet hanging off, so when we buy our new bed, I’m definitely looking into this!

  17. Lia

    October 4, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I was totally inspired to check out the product because my hubs and I are also total opposites when it comes to sleeping temperature (although we’re backwards from you and Even Steven) but holy crap is that thing ever pricey! I could buy an entire new bed for the cost of the Dual Temp Layer. Still, I love the post Anna, sponsored or not you’re still hilarious!

  18. Sarah Reed

    October 4, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I agree with some of the readers above. I feel like there have been a lot more ads on everyone’s blogs lately. I think companies are seeing that it is a powerful place to advertise and of course the bloggers love getting thousands of dollars of product in exchange for a small blog post. It just seems less interesting and less genuine. That being said, I do love your stories and the humor that is normally found here.

  19. Leah

    October 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Ignore the Negative Nancy’s 🙂

    Love your blog and I dont mind the sponsered posts at all! Every blog has some sort of financial backing – even if it’s the person selling their own products (books, cookbooks, etc, etc)

    You’re awesome. Don’t let anyone get you down!

  20. Carpool Goddess

    October 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I like when the room is cold and I have to pull the covers up to my nose to get warm. I’m like a hibernating bear.

  21. Kristin @ OneOrganicMama

    October 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I love all your posts… and I love your sponsored ones too… because they are never fake… it is always your stories woven in with your sponsor 🙂 perfectly done!

  22. sparkling74

    October 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I am sooooo jealous! I am madly in love with our sleep number bed but it’s almost 10 years old. K-ster keeps mentioning the dual temp thing and I would LOVE to try that out!!! I didn’t realize it was a separate layer that just goes on top of your regular mattress. I love the fact that the sleep number bed lets you change how firm it is. It has been a lifesaver for us and worth every penny!!

  23. Mommy Shorts

    October 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I have to say- the thought of turning the heat all the way up on my husband in the middle of the night might be worth the investment!

  24. libby

    October 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I NEED this! Just saw the price 🙁 How can I review for a free one? =P

    looks like I need to pick up my bloggin’! Thanks for the awesome review!

  25. Natasha J

    October 10, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    i just found your blog randomly this morning on pinterest (when i was supposed to be working on my jamberry nails stuff) and fell in love. i woke up my cranky 2 year old from laughing hystercially. scrolling down to write this comment i was very bothered by all the peoples complaints about sponsored “ads” posts. i mean get over it. if it bothers you, dont read it! bloggers spend a lot of time on their blog (time they could be doing something else) so why not receive stuff to review in return…and in return to us, we get to hear about a new product or hear a REAL review of something. i mean if you were a blogger and a company said “hey can i send you this super cool new thing for free so you can review it on your blog with your honest opinion” would you be like oh no thanks, i would really love to try it but it bothers some of my followers…NO you would be like heck yeah..

  26. Anna Luther

    October 10, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    🙂 Thanks Natasha

  27. Katy (in a Corner) Morgan

    October 12, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Natasha, I love your comments and your perspective! 🙂

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