I am so discouraged, at this point, trying to find a mattress that doesn't hurt my back.
I have tried memory foam which ended up being to hard. I have tried a hybrid as they call it with a soft pillow top and coil bed and now we are sleeping on a sleep number.
All have given me low back/side pain. I thought the sleep number would work considering the only bed that helped me sleep was a cheap camping air up mattress.
It wasn't completely aired up so it gave support and conformed to my curves.
Here is my history.
I have no back problems other than tossing and turning in the middle of the night from the bad beds.
Once I get up and get moving around, within 15-30 mins my back pain is gone.
I know it's the mattress. I weigh 125 lbs, and am a side sleeper.
Is there a soft mattresses you suggest that will help me sink into and yet have some support.
Any recommendations would be appreciated. I am so discouraged.
When you consider that there are, literally, tens of thousands of different mattresses available...and that so very few of them work, it's easy to become, confused and discouraged.
There is plenty of mis-information that tells you how good these lousy mattresses are and an over abundance of salespeople to back up that nonsense.
Without someone to point you in the right direction, the few good mattresses are like the proverbial "needle in a haystack". Luckily for you, you have just found such a person.
Without going into so much detail as to provide you with a complete understanding of the mattress industry, suffice it to say that there has been a steady decline in quality over the past ten years. The major culprits are: memory foam and pillowtops. Neither of these products works well.
They are used because they provide incredible comfort...initial comfort that lasts long enough to make the sale...but, comfort that is extremely short lived.
The industry is selling this illusion of comfort to the exclusion of all else....that "all else", being support...which neither provides.
The human body requires firm support...targeting the skeletal system.
It also requires a comfortable sleeping surface to relieve pressure points, provide muscular relaxation and improve blood flow.
The mattress industry is geared to selling mattresses...more than ever before, by using memory foam and pillowtops to make the sale.
And, having you buying mattresses much more frequently than ever before. The way memory foam returns, once you get off of the mattress, is what prevents a successful warranty claim.
Also, your Sleep Number Bed is air and memory foam. Air mattresses support with displacement and with nothing pushing up against you for proper spinal support.
So, how do you get around all this scamming to come up with something that works, works well, and lasts a long time?
You do what you are doing now and should have done before buying anything....you ask questions, seek out experts and do some research.
Latex foam is made of natural rubber and has been the best material available for nearly 100 years.
So, why haven't you heard about it? Everything about latex is expensive...from harvesting the sap from the rubber trees, to making it into the final product.
What is not added to that expense, is the mass media marketing needed to promote it. You see how expensive Tempurpedic mattresses are.
You take cheap poly foam, add cheap chemical laden memory foam, spend millions in unrelenting mass media brainwashing and Bam...you have an expensive mattress that is absolutely worthless.
You solution is reasonable simple...a somewhat firm good quality innerspring mattress that upholstered with natural latex.
Let me suggest to you, that which we sleep on at home...The Natura Greenspring uses a twice tempered, pre-compressed, individually pocketed coil unit for outstanding support.
It's upholstered with natural Talalay Latex and contains NO Memory Foam.
The most comfortable model in their line of 5 models, is the Liberty Plush Eurotop.
I have a one year old Serta Icomfort Insight Everfeel mattress that is not great on my back but definitely too hard on my side, causing hip pain and numbness in my hand.
I'm not sure if it's because my room temperature tends to be cooler since I sleep in a walkout basement. I have chronic pain from fibromyalgia and neck issues from multiple fractures.
I'm a side sleeper. I'm 5'7", 230 pounds, hourglass with slightly larger hips. I also have an electric adjustable base. Previously I had a latex bed that was also too firm (perhaps a too firm Dunlop version?)
I tried different toppers with no relief. So with memory foam not working, I'm about to buy again.
In the showroom, I like the initial feel of the Serta icomfort observer so I think the combination of pocketed springs and talalay/wool will work for me.
I want the best setup for pain relief but with sensitivities/allergies, I need a more natural sleep surface.
So I think a greenspring will work. For the best support with softest feel, would I get the Liberty euro top ultra plush?
Would I still need the 2" talalay topper? Will it work on my adjustable base?
I actually read on one blog where they recommended this combination but also suggested a feather or fiber bed on the very top.
Is that necessary to give me the comfort I need? There's even a new hybrid/latex combo mattress by Leggett and Platt (see last pic.)
I'm retired now and can't afford to choose wrong! I know you can't give medical advice but please help if you can.
Thanks in advance. Sharon
Fibro tends to be progressive...worsening over time.
Frankly, being a large woman does its part to aggravate the situation.
A low carb diet is the fastest way to lose the weight, if you have doing so in mind. Of course, you'll want to check with your doctor before starting a diet like that.
Assuming that this is your size and you're sticking with it, then the Natura Greenspring is a good choice for supporting your size.
Because the components of the Natura Geenspring mattresses are of higher quality, they are also firmer than they sound.
The coils are double tempered and the latex upholstery is far more resilient than in over brands.
And while this is your best choice for support, it leave you to deal with your fibro.
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