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calling all mattress pros

PackMomPackMom 7650 replies17 threads Senior Member
edited December 2008 in Parent Cafe
No, this isn't about egg crates vs. memory foam!

I have been suffering from backpain at night after being in bed for awhile. My back hurts(a lot) when I turn over in bed.

I have no backpain during waking hours so it has to be the bed, right?.

I slept in the guest room last night (which has a new mattress) and had no pain. My current mattress is 9 years old. H has no problem with it and says it's not that old but he is willing to buy a new one if it will help my pain.
My current mattress is a Simmons of some sort.

Anybody out there bought a new mattress lately?

I've read pros and cons about the foam mattresses. Any opinions?

Does anybody have a bed they just love?

Husband is willing to go shopping for a mattress to get me out of the guest room, lol!
edited December 2008
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  • A.S.A.P.A.S.A.P. 2619 replies44 threads Senior Member
    We bought a Spring Air mattress last year, and I really love it. What's good in a mattress is a very personal preference. I went by myself to the mattress store and "tried out" quite a few until I found a couple that I liked, and then I brought DH to try out the one's I liked. ;) He is less picky.

    The newer, deep mattresses are really nice- I'm sure you will find something you like - just take your time, go to an actual mattress store where the dealer knows somethng, and ask questions. (I found department store people to be clueless.) Most good stores will let you return within a few weeks time if the bed isn't comfortable when you get it home. Good luck!
    And yes, there's nothing like a good night's sleep. I've slept all through the night ever since we've had the new bed.
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  • dkedke 2523 replies168 threads Senior Member
    People say that those adjustable sleepcomfort mattresses are amazing. I went online to ask Consumer Reports about mattresses and they basically said there was no way to judge quality. I ended up buying (for my son) an off label called "REgal" that the local chiropractor sends all of his clients to buy. So far no complaints from S.
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  • BookladyBooklady 3086 replies36 threads Senior Member
    We've had a Shifman mattress for the last 10 years and love it. They're expensive but are, IMO, worth it. http://www.shifmanmattresses.com/
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  • fendergirlfendergirl 4628 replies161 threads Senior Member
    Packmom, I just bought a new address in June. It's a Serta Perfect Sleeper.

    Mine is this same one featured in the picture on this page. http://www.serta.com/products_ps.php

    I absolutely love it.

    Just some hints, because I shopped around A LOT prior to buying. Mattresses are $$$$. Look in the sale papers every week at all of the stores. Check in the paper, you never know when you'll find a great sale somewhere. Go to a department store, or some place you know you will be left alone so you can actually lay on them and not be harassed. If you need more detailed help, go to a mattress store and they know what they are talking about... but be prepared for them not to leave your side. I went to a Sleepy's and they bugged me so much that I walked out without saying a word... which is why I suggest going to a department store to lay on them and see what you like.

    I wound up buying the floor model of mine at a Boscov's for $450.00. The same mattress was 950 on sale at the Sleepy's and like 1800 regular price. I about had a heart attack when I saw it for only $450.00. The pillow top is so comfortable and soft that it's amazing. I had to buy 18 inch deep pocket sheets, which there was not very much selection of... but I love my new bed!!
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  • DeniseCDeniseC 1089 replies91 threads Senior Member
    What kind of mattress is your guest bed?
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  • menloparkmommenloparkmom 12694 replies551 threads Senior Member
    Pillow top mattresses - the thicker the better IMO- are the way to go for those with back problems. Most manufacturers make them these days. Keep your eyes peeled for discontinued models, floor samples in mattress showrooms, and don't be afraid to negotiate. I bought a Sterns and Foster marked down 80% 4 years ago, and have slept soundly since.
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  • cartera45cartera45 12381 replies86 threads Senior Member
    I know people who will only buy the Simmons mattresses - the Beautyrest line I think. Personally, I like the Tempur-pedic type mattresses. I have a knockoff that I love. I had hip replacement surgery 2 years ago and got the mattress after that. It made a huge difference. Those mattresses take some getting used to but I won't be going back to a standard mattress. One of the most comfortable mattresses I have slept on was at a hotel - the O'Henry Hotel in Greensboro - they call it the Magi Bed.
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  • sunnyfloridasunnyflorida 4637 replies153 threads Senior Member
    I have a Select Comfort sleep number bed. My H was determined to get a better nights sleep and help overcome some chronic back issues. For us it has been a godsend. I would never have imagined it could have made such as difference. There is one big problem. When we go to the "folks" to visit (we don't travel much otherwise) he doesn't sleep well and can't wait to get back home.

    It's not for everyone, and it is pricey. For us. it was worth every penny.

    When shopping for mattresses, wear comfortable clothes and plan to take your time, spending 15-20 minutes on any one particular mattress once you have narrowed it down. And I advise paying a little extra for the part where you can return it in 30days. I have a friend you used 1-800-mattres and sent back 2 mattress before deciding on "the one." They picked up the first two gladly. They would pick up the mattress, go over what it was that she liked or didn't like, make adjustements in the model based on her experience, and send another one out. She was very satisfied, and they "delivered" on their word of exchanging until she found "the one."
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  • PackMomPackMom 7650 replies17 threads Senior Member
    Thanks for all the input. We are heading out to shop this afternoon.
    Hopefully I won't spend many more nights in the guest room.

    BTW, the mattress in that room is a knock-off that was not very expensive.
    We bought it for S1's room after he went to college and it has probably only been slept on 6 or 8 times. So it's still in new condition which is why it sleeps so much better than my old one.

    Off we go to a relaxing afternoon of bed testing, lol. Not a bad way to spend the day. It's about 96 degrees here today, a cool wave compared to 102 yesterday!
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  • jmmomjmmom 8916 replies168 threads Senior Member
    We've had the Tempurpedic for mucho years. Bought it feeling we were taking a bit of a risk because it was pretty much an unknown at the time. But both of us were suffering morning back pain.

    The Tempurpedic solved it completely. Worth every penny. I'd be willing to try a knock-off if I were in the market again, but don't know how to tell which ones are just plain foam masquerading as memory foam (and/or have ongoing chemical fume problems) and which are the real deal.
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  • thumper1thumper1 78504 replies3537 threads Senior Member
    We are also Tempurpedic converts...no more back pain for anyone. But I will say, it's a "different" kind of mattress and it's not for everyone. I know folks who love their Sleep number beds (the ones that inflate differently on the two sides if needed) and others who returned it after the initial trial. One thing about Pillow top...just be prepared...you will need to buy ALL new linens as well. Those mattresses are VERY thick.
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  • weenieweenie 5444 replies349 threads Senior Member
    I had a friend who returned her Tempurpedic. She said she felt "stuck" all night - like she couldn't move.

    Has anybody bought a mattress made out of latex foam - not memory foam, but actual latex foam? I tried one at a store once and ADORED it (I am hooked on my foam pillows) but it was really expensive and I just wondered how people like them.
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  • MoominmamaMoominmama 807 replies20 threads Member
    LOOOOVE my latex matress! Not cheap, but really wonderful, It's an Englander.
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  • weenieweenie 5444 replies349 threads Senior Member
    Moominmama - Cool! How long have you had it?
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  • MoominmamaMoominmama 807 replies20 threads Member
    Oh, gosh, at least 5 years. The only downside is that you need to rotate it or flip it every 6 months or so, and it's a heavy puppy.
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  • JeepMOMJeepMOM 2468 replies31 threads Senior Member
    An adjustable air bed - wither it be a number bed or not (without the number part - they are alot cheaper - but just as good :)) - incredible for back pain - general aches and pains. Changed from a water bed to an adjustable air bed - and it was amazing the difference.
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  • 1ofeach1ofeach 391 replies31 threads Member
    We've had a latex matress for 3 years and LOVE it. But we were told no flipping was required- a selling point I loved. My "bad" back has been terrific since we got the latex.
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  • BAfromBCBAfromBC 167 replies10 threads Junior Member
    I have two herniated discs--the Tempurpedic is a lifesaver--without it I wouldn't be able to get up and out of bed in the morning.

    My close friend who has had two back surgeries in five years and who also has had the sleep number bed, has just switched to the Tempurpedic, as well.

    Another friend, with back and shoulder problems jumped on the Tempurpedic bandwagon and swears by it--just got one for his son who suffered an athletic injury and needed surgery.

    Tempurpedic--worth the investment.
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  • PackMomPackMom 7650 replies17 threads Senior Member
    Back from shopping. After spending the whole afternoon laying around on different mattresses (it got so confusing) we finally made a decison. We decided to go with a Simmons pillowtop latex mattress. It was so comfy in the store I almost fell asleep trying it out! It is much deeper than my old mattress (by about 4 or 5 inches). It is to be delivered tomorrow...yipee!

    I guess I'll have to go out in the morning and buy new sheets. I bought the mattress cover from the mattress store because the salesman said the warranty would be no good if there were any stains on the mattress and the cover they were selling was lined with gortex on the back.

    The package said it was really good if incontenence was a problem. H almost choked at the price and said at that cost he better still be using it when inconcontinence did become a problem,LOL

    We tried out the Temperpedic which I liked too but it was a little out of our price range.

    So thanks y'all for the suggestions/opinions. Every one we tried out I would say "well, so-and-so on CC said this or that". That was his cue to roll his eyes (again),lol.
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  • BAfromBCBAfromBC 167 replies10 threads Junior Member
    Congrats on your purchase...sweet dreams!
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