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Save Me SlumberMAAX Winner Announced!


Thanks to Mike from MovingToChinaBlog.com for hosting our very first SlumberMAAX Contest.  The "Save Me SlumberMAAX" contest was a fun look into the lives of a handful of Shanghai expats.  We received a lot of great entries and chose our final three for the final round of voting, read their stories below.  With the voting coming to an end on 8/20/2010, we'll soon know who the lucky winner is.  Stay tuned! 

Update: Congrats to Lori Ann and family!  They won a free King Size MAAX Bed! 


David’s Story

I wake up every morning stiff, and I am pretty sure I have pinched a nerve somewhere in my neck or shoulder, because I keep getting this numb sensation in my hand that is making it difficult for me to use chopsticks.  I know that this is because I am basically sleeping on a springy floor.  I used to have the same thing happen to me when I was younger and crashing out on friend’s apartment floors.

Take a look at the picture I sent along.  The mattress is made by a company called “Aoman”, which despite the little pictures of flags from England and Germany, I seriously doubt that a single mattress from this company has ever been sold outside of China.  It’s possible that this mattress is never sold IN China either.  I have a feeling it’s kind of like a Christmas fruitcake.  People keep passing it around as a gift to people who get a new apartment as a practical joke.  It says “Make with elaboration”, which besides being poor English does not make up for the fact that this “bed” is two sheets of plywood with really hard springs in the middle covered with a zipper bag to give it the appearance of a bed.  No matter how many blankets I put on this thing, I am like the Princess and the Pea!  I can still feel it!

This mattress even states right on it that it knows you will sleep badly!  “Without the advanced bed technology a good night’s rest is difficult to come by”.  It proves this statement to me every single morning.  I think it was intended to be a warning, not a promotional slogan.  There is nothing advanced about stapling some springs to a piece of plywood and shoving it in a bag that looks like a bed!

My biggest problem is that since I just moved back and started my new job, I am still paying off some expenses and saving some money.  So, my choices currently are:  Wait for my landlord to actually bring a new mattress (which I highly doubt will occur, and if it does, I don’t see it being much of a step-up from the slab of granite I currently have), wait and save money so I can buy a decent bed from somewhere (I’m not one of those super rich expats, otherwise I’d already have a slumberMAAX!) or, as I am hoping and praying, a wonderful contest would appear on the Internet where I could take a picture and share my horror story with the chance to win a magnificent night of sleep on the miracle that is memory foam!

Please, Save me SLUMBERMAAX!!!!!!


Lori Ann’s Story

Once upon a time, a young couple fell in love and were married. They were a happy family, and enjoyed spending time together day and night. One day, they had a little baby. Everyone was happy that this new little one had joined their family! Their new family of three moved to China so Baba could study at a University. The concrete walls in their new apartment were too thick to hear if the baby cried out from a different room, so Baby spent each night with Baba and Mama. Baby was a wonderful sleeper, so the whole family should have slept soundly and comfortably.

There was only one problem. Baba woke every day with a sore back. Mama woke every day with achy joints. And Baby, whose little side-bed had a mattress only an inch thick, still got a better night’s rest than Baba or Mama! So baby woke up with big, eager eyes, ready to meet an exciting day. But Baba felt tired. And Mama felt tired. All day long, Baba and Mama took care of happy Baby, but Baba and Mama weren’t quite so happy. The one problem? Even though it was the softest in the store, their mattress wasn’t much superior to their tile floor!

They tried all sorts of tricks. First, they bought two layers of quilt batting from the market to lay under their sheets. But the batting was full of yucky allergens, so poor Baby sneezed all night, and Baba and Mama still woke sore and achy. Second, they got a very soft comforter from the supermarket down the street. But they just sank into it, and woke sore and achy still. Third, they went to another market and bought a thick foam mattress pad. Besides the fact that it was too narrow for their bed, which made the sleeping arrangements even more cramped, it didn’t seem to help at all. And it acted like a dust magnet, making Baby sneeze all night again! Fourth, they asked for fancy pillows from America to be shipped to them as birthday presents. But even the fluffy pillows did nothing to relieve their sleeping woes!

Baba and Mama took Baby shopping to expensive furniture stores with imported mattresses. But by the time the mattresses had arrived at their part of the country, the shipping charges built into the prices made them way too expensive for this young student family!

Sore Baba and achy Mama didn’t know what to do. Every night, they dreamed about a soft mattress — or, they would have dreamed, if they had a moment between their tossing and turning!

Finally, Baba and Mama read about a beautiful company named SlumberMAXX which wanted their dreams to come true. Baba gleamed at the thought of a night without tossing or soreness. Mama sighed at the thought of waking without achy joints. And Baby giggled at the thought of a happy, well-rested Baba and Mama to play with her every day… and no more sneezing!

Baba, Mama, and Baby hope that all of our wishes will come true. Please vote for our entry so we can have a large-enough, comfortable and supportive, and hypoallergenic-covered mattress for our new little family! 谢谢!

Phillip’s Story

Help me SlumberMAAX! You’re my only hope!

Since arriving in China, I’ve found that the style of beds used are not what I’m used to in America.  In America, I’m used to the cush comforts of a plush mattress, a mattress able to mold itself to any position in which I choose to sleep.  In China, the view seems to be that a hard, firm mattress is better for overall health.

I don’t find this to be the case, at least not for me.  I just can’t sleep on these near-concrete slabs they call mattresses.  Lying on my side, my arm is pins-and-needles in a matter of seconds.  A few moments later and all feeling is gone, leaving me a spastic gimp unable to even wipe the inevitable drool from the side of my face. The drool, by the way, is made worse by the plastic liner that our landlady insists on keeping on the mattress.  As I turn over onto my stomach the plastic crinkles loudly under my weight.  Now everything on the front of my body is subject to unbelievable agony and pressure as it’s forced to conform to the unyielding surface.  Therefore I spend very little time on my stomach on these torture devices in China, the so-called “mattress”.

That leaves lying on my back as the only real, viable option for me to even attempt to get some much-needed shut-eye.  But the wife claims I snore like a rusty chainsaw, and digs her sharp elbows into my side every few moments.  So neither of us end up getting any sleep.  We finally drift into uneasy slumber, snatching a few moments of rest before the sun peeks through the windows.  Dark circles under our eyes weigh us down throughout the day, walking zombies barely able to function at work and at play.

So please, please SlumberMAAX – help make life bearable again for me and my wife.  We promise our firstborn child will be named Max!

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