I bought a mattress a little over 6 months ago and the side of the bed that I sleep on is now about 7 inches lower than the middle of the bed.
It is clearly a problem with the mattress and the local store acknowledges this wholeheartedly. I am at a loss as to what mattress I should purchase now. I bought an adjustable bed to reduce the swelling in my ankles and legs and this works. It also helps my lower back pain.
Elevating the head slightly helps my sleep apnea. So my new mattress would need to work on an adjustable bed. I am a 64 year old woman who is very over weight with fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, heart arrhythmia, chronic bronchitis plus the aforementioned edema in my legs and ankles plus sleep apnea. Upon coming home from the hospital in February, I realized how much pain my mattress was causing me because I got more sleep in the hospital. YIKES! Is there a mattress that you would recommend for me? I feel as if I could get some rest, I could reclaim so much of my life that has slowly disappeared. Thank you, KC
If the mattress you have is defective, and the store you bought from is going to exchange it, you will be restricted to a mattress that store carries. Send me a link to their website, and I'll be happy to help you select a replacement. What is your height & weight.
How kind of you. I am 5’8” and weigh xxx (not for public, of course).
The store name is The Mattress Capital in NC. Thank you so, so much. KC
Hi KC, There aren't a lot of good options there. We used to be a Sealy dealer, until Tempupedic bought them, 3 years ago. Since then they added a lot of their crappy memory foam to most of the line. In this case, the more you spend, the worse the results will be. Stick with a "Classic" Posturepedic, which will be among the least expensive of them. They will have a stronger coil unit and no memory foam on top. (The memory foam and pocketed coil unit, is what did you in this time) Neither lasts very long under someone your size, nor on an adjustable bed base. Make sure you get a firm model, which will be needed to support you. Add to that, an Ever-Eden 3" Soft Vytex Dunlop Latex mattress topper. The latex topper is key to long lasting comfort and extra longevity of the mattress. This latex topper provides the surface softness you'll need for your fibro. It will absorb quite a lot of your body weight, so that the mattress does a better job of keeping its shape. Here is a link to the latex toppers.
These toppers are finished like a mattress, in a taped edged cotton/polyester knit cover.Talalay Latex is a more supple material and is Hypo-Allergenic
Hi Pete From reading some of your responses on your web site, you suggested the Simmons Black Alexia for some people my size.
It appeared to me that they are selling this mattress, but it was not priced. Perhaps they would order it? I am showing my ignorance. Any thoughts? I will order the topper and/or any extras from you. Thanks, KC
Hi KC, I don't, normally, recommend that model for people your size. It is, however, the strongest mattress that Simmons makes. You will need the latex topper to go with it, otherwise the upholstery in the mattress will collapse. I didn't see that they offered Simmons. The cheaper Posturepedic Classics are surprisingly strong.
Oh Pete, I am sorry to bother you one more time, but I am a bit puzzled.
Perhaps there is a specific reason that the Simmons is not right for me when it was OK for others I read about.
One last question: If money was not an issue and you were getting it for a member of your family, would you buy the Posturepedic Classic or the Simmons?
(And of course, no one wants to throw away money.) Thanks so much, KC
Exactly right, KC.
The last thing I want to see, is for you to throw your money away. High end mattresses tend to be a total waste of money. I'll recommend an Alexia & latex topper for people between 250 & 300 lbs, but it is a stretch for a pocketed coil to hold your weight. That low end Posturepedic is strong. Don't forget the topper. It's key to your comfort and the value you get from a mattress that lasts longer. Thanks, Pete
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My husband and I currently sleep on a sleep number bed. However I have fibromyalia and wake up with pressure point pain in my whole back.
My husband feels that the sleep number bed sinks in the middle and gets low back pain unless he puts a pillow under his low back.
I am thinking of getting a latex mattress topper, but unsure if I should get a talalay or dunlop. I think the talalay would be better for my fibromyalgia, but would it bottom out for my husband and cause low back pain?
How long do the talalay toppers last compared to the dunlop?
Do you think a topper would work on our sleep number bed?
Thanks so much, Helen
Hi Helen, You will not bottom out on a Talalay Latex topper. It is very resilient. My wife and I have had ours for several years, and it's still in like new condition. You can order that on line. Delivery is free and there's no sales tax. The Ever-Eden 2" soft TalalayLatex Topper is the one to get....shown here: https://themattressexpert.com/mattress-toppers-latex-more/
We really need your help. We bought a Dana Shores model 950452-350 made by National Bedding Co. queen size mattress about a year ago.
We have it on a platform bed (no box springs).
My wife has had fibromyalgia for about 10 years, pretty much her whole body hurts in bed and she really struggles to get sleep.
She weighs 118 lbs. I do wake up sore and stiff, but I do get sleep. I weigh 270 lbs. We really need to get the bed to a point my wife can get some sleep.
I think I will be able to adjust to what ever helps her out.
Do we need to change to a system with box springs? This would mean getting a new bed frame as it would be too high to get in bed if we added box springs to what we currently have. Please help me out here as I really want to help my wife get some rest. Thank you in advance, Kent
Your platform bed is fine. Changing to boxsprings will not help the surface comfort of the mattress.
Adding a soft Latex topper will do a fine job of softening the surface, without sacrificing the underlying firm support, which someone your size must have.
The good news is, you have the support you need. More good news is that you don't need a new mattress.
Soft Talalay Latex is the best you can do for your wife. Most other products flatten out quickly, while the latex will remain like new for many years.
Only petite people, like your wife, benefit from the 3". My concern is that it will be too great a depth of softness for you.
If your wife's fibro isn't terribly severe, go with the 2", as it will be comfortable for her and not too soft for you.
Here is the link to the toppers...the Soft Talalay in either 2" or 3".
I am trying to help my parents (who are elderly) buy a mattress.
My mother has fibromyalgia so she has a lot of body pain and my father is unsteady so when he gets out of bed he disturbs her with the movement thru the mattress.
Both of them are on the small side.
I was thinking a pocketed coil would probably be best.
As they are seniors money is tight so they need the best value.
I thought that we could save money by only purchasing the mattress as the boxspring the have is only 4 years or so old.
But, my father is convinced that a boxspring has to be the one “specially designed” for that mattress. is this true?
Thanks for your time. Scott
Hi Scott, An individually pocketed coil mattress is best for reducing motion transfer. Simmons does that better than others.
Their pockets are attached to one another at the center, allowing for true independent movement of the coils...which also allows for better contouring, reliving more of the pressure points for your mom. For the past several years almost all boxsprings have changed to the more rigid "limited deflection" type, (steel vertical struts with a grid across the top that hold it all together.
It's a cheap boxspring, but strong. Chances are, you don't need a new one. What you will need, is a 2" layer of soft Talalay latex for your moms fibromyalgia. You'll need a reasonably firm mattress for your dad to steady himself. Softening the surface with latex won't negate that firm support, but will add the comfort your mom needs.
What you save on the boxspring, you can spend on the latex topper. Here are links to the Simmons Beautyrest Classic Broadway, luxury firm mattress and topper...2" of soft Talalay latex.
Hello- I just found your site and hope you can help. I have fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and the beginnings of osteoporosis. Since 2009 I have been sleeping on a 3 cushion sofa because it's the only place I can sleep without tossing and turning from pain.
I find when I sink my "butt" into the space between the cushions the pressure on my lower back is incredibly relieved. And the foam cushions "give" just enough to take away pain at any other pressure points as well.
When I visit friends and family I end up sleeping on their sofas as well! So, After 6 years of this I'm totally sick of sleeping on my sofa and would like to buy a comfortable bed but am afraid to spend on a mattress that ends up being miserable and uncomfortable.
The only bed that I have ever found to be fantastic was the air mattress in a hospital bed that adjusted when I moved. I didn't want to be discharged!!! Please give me some expert advice so I can sleep comfortably on a bed in my bedroom. Look forward to your advise and a good nights sleep. Thanks. Carol
Hi Carol, While not a fan of the "displacement type of support" provided by air mattresses, I am a fan of what works....whatever produces a good night's sleep. Given that you've been able to try an air mattress and found it good for you, logic then dictates that you go with that. A word of caution...most of today's air mattresses have a layer of memory foam under the zippered cover. The memory foam will aggravate your condition....not right away, but before too long. When you start to feel the discomfort it causes, replace the memory foam with an equally thick layer of soft Talalay latex. The latex will restore the comfort and last for many years.
Hi Pete, I have fibromyalgia and cervical spinal disc disease. My husband and I need a new mattress that will be comfortable for us both. We both weigh over 250 lbs. I am allergic to latex and I have noticed that it is recommended for my illness. We live in Southern California. Would love to know what you recommend. You have been in business along time and from what I have noticed from the testimonials you know what you are talking about and do not steer people in the wrong direction whether they buy from you or not. I would like to get a good bed that will last and has a warranty, but also fits our budget and can be delivered to us with minimal amount for shipping. Thank-you for your time. Look forward to hearing from you, Sincerely, Cynthia
You're jumping to a conclusion concerning your allergy.
A latex allergy is topical, meaning that you have to be touching it to react to it. Commonly, this manifests itself with latex gloves and bandages.
The allergen in latex is the protein that is naturally present in the sap of the rubber tree, (The source of latex).
When processed into foam rubber, the latex goes through a 5 stage washing cycle that removes nearly all of the protein, rendering it hypo-allergenic.
The latex foam is then finished in a cover of some sort. When it gets to your home, you will then add more fabric to cover it...mattress protector and sheets.
There is no way to come directly in contact with the latex. And since it is not and airborne allergy, you have nothing to worry about.
Latex is thee most resilient upholstery material on the planet...the best you can for the last 100 years.
It would be a shame for you to turn your back on the only thing that will help you, due to your misconception of expecting to be allergic to to.
The best mattress for your sizes and conditions would be our Two-Sided Therapedic Cameo in Firm. This degree of firmness is important for support of your spine at your weights.
The mattress has to be strong enough to handle the pressure 500+ pounds....and this one will...and do it for the 10 years of the manufacturer's warranty.
On top of that, you will need a 2" Soft Latex topper.
It just so happens that we now have available, a new type of latex. Actually, is a new version of Dunlop latex called Vytex.
Basically, Vytex is Dunlop with an extra step that removes all of the protein, making it allergen free.
And even though you would not react to this in the raw, it comes in a very nice zipper-on cover, with corner straps that anchor to the mattress.
For both products, delivery is free and there's no sales tax. So, your problems are solved.
Here are links to both. The price of the Vytex is the same as the Dunlop toppers shown on this web page.
My wife has a bulging disc and also suffers from Fibromyalgia. I've been reading your blog and am torn between getting one of your latex toppers for the pillowtop mattress we have, which has not held up well, or getting a new mattress with a latex topper. We are average size people in our 40s. Any help would be appreciated. Mike.
Hi Mike Your wife's problem has a duality to it...an interior spinal problem that requires better support and the exterior problem of fibromyalgia, which requires surface softness. The mattress you have, being a pillowtop model, is lacking in both areas. Frankly, you'd do better by starting with a new mattress...one that provides firmer support and a soft surface, using materials that hold up better over time than what you have. Such a mattress does not have to cost a lot. I would suggest the "Adrian" model from Wolf...shown here:
Going the "topper" route, is more of a band aid solution. And, you need 2 toppers...one for support and one for comfort. If going this direction, I suggest a 1.5" Dunlop used under a 1.5" soft Talalay. Shown here:
We also carry a pillow that works extraordinarily well on severe neck problems. It's made of finely chopped latex, which can be easily molded around your head and neck, much the way a down pillow does. But latex lasts for years, unlike a down pillow, which flattens out quickly. The pillow is called Latex/Down and made by pure Bliss...shown here: