Oregon College Student Wins “Sleep Sponsorship” From Tempur-Pedic

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Sage Michaels, a student at Reed College in Oregon, describes himself as a professional sleeper and a Tempur-Pedic superfan. So, he sent the company a very creative “sleep resume” and YouTube video detailing all his relevant skills, and asking them for a sponsorship.

A few months later, Tempur-Pedic representative Rick Maynard showed up at Reed College to surprise Michaels, accompanied by a reporter, camera crew, and a truck full of loot. The company roused the college senior out of bed and presented him with goodies including a brand-new Tempur-Pedic mattress, an adjustable bed base, 25 pillows, embroidered pajamas, and a robe.

Check out our review of the Tempur-Pedic mattress.

Members of the Portland Sing choir serenaded him with a special song, and a BedMart employee shared details about the Tempur-Pedic gifts. Best of all, the entire thing was caught live on camera by news channel AM Northwest.

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Michaels seemed a bit stunned by the whole thing — after all, the surprise visit roused him out of bed early in the morning. When the segment was ending, the camera landed on Michaels in the back of the van filled with Tempur-Pedic products, lying on top of a pile of pillows. His final words to the camera crew? “Good night.”

According to a story from Buzzfeed, Michaels sleeps close to 12 hours a day, including power naps in between college classes. ” I typically go to bed between midnight and 2 am then I’ll wake up at 9 am or 10 am. In between classes, I’ll sleep for 30 minutes to an hour in the computer-science lounge,” said Michaels to Buzzfeed.

Read our review of the Tempur-Embrace pillow, here.

Michaels says he will “look to enter the tech world with my undergraduate degree” after college, he said to Buzfeed. He admits that he may have to leave Portland for an opportunity but we bet he will continue to sleep well no matter where he lands.

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Joe Auer

Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site. He likes things simple and takes a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications. When he isn't testing sleep products, he enjoys working out, reading both fiction and non-fiction, and playing classical piano. He enjoys traveling as well, and not just to test out hotel mattresses! Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.