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February 28, 2013

Getting a good night's sleep a luxury

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Then I saw a TV ad that gave me hope. Maybe it wasn’t me? Perhaps it was my bed. Did I need a new mattress? A softer pillow perhaps?

On comes this suave, debonair man plugging a pillow.

“Change the way you sleep and your life,” he says. “Get away from those sleepless nights. Buy one of our pillows. Guaranteed to slumber you away or we’ll refund your money.”

Hey, it was cheaper than wrangling with another mattress. Pillow talk. I liked it.

On comes a satisfied customer who says, “I’m a busy salesman. When I go to bed, I need to sleep.”

It wasn’t the water bed he owned that did the trick, but his pillow.

So I did what I hardly ever do, order a product from the television. It was worth the exception. The pillow arrived a couple weeks later and I was relieved.

It worked to an extent. I woke up the next morning with neck pain.

Photographer and writer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.

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