Forget what your mom and dad told you about jumping on the bed when you were a little kid. For some, mattress jumping is a very serious business.
Reuben Reynoso works at McRoskey, a handmade mattress factory in San Francisco Calif. His job, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, is to literally jump on top of three mattresses a day -- a process that compresses the cotton in a way that machines are incapable of doing.
"This is not a game," Reynoso told the Chronicle. "Not to me."
The jumping process isn’t easy to do, either. Too little bouncing and a mattress won’t fit into the machine for its final sewing. Too much jumping and the cotton becomes too compressed.
Sleeping on a handmade mattress complete with its own professional jumper isn't cheap. Some of McRoskey’s mattresses retail for as much as $2,730, according to the company's website. The beds are virtually made from scratch and the company has made mattresses as large as 103’’ x 113’’ and as small as 27’’ x 51’’.
Despite the high price tag, McRoskey’s beds are not too extravagant when compared to other handmade mattresses on the market. One of the most expensive mattress in the world is Swedish designed and retails for $59,750, according to the Expensive Journal. The median price for a queen innerspring bed comes in at $799, according to Furniture Today.
It is apparent that many Americans are willing to spend the extra cash for a quality mattress. A survey by HGTV also showed that 47 percent of Americans are willing to send $1,000 or more on their beds, U.S. News writes. More than a third of Americans spend as much on their beds as they do on televisions and sofas, the New York Times reported. Of Americans, 17 percent spend more on a mattress than than they do on vacations.
A good mattress may not be a bad investment. Insomina costs the average U.S. worker $2,280 or 11.3 days in lost productivity every year -- a total cost to the country of $63.2 billion, the Harvard Gazette reported.
If you’re waking up stiff, seeing visible signs of wear in your mattress or you’re sleeping better when you’re not at home, it might be time for a new mattress, according to the Bedding Experts.
Here's a photo of McRoskey factory staff testing a giant bed in its factory: