Here is my scenario:
I am 5'9", approximately 350lbs, almost 30 years old and really starting to feel the weight effect my body (sore knees, back, etc). I am a stomach sleeper most of the time, and occasionally on my sides. While losing weight is becoming a priority for me, my current bed has gone kaput.
It is a seven year old, queen, Vera Wang latex mattress. I paid $1000 for it from HOME furniture. It is completely slumped in the center and is causing my sciatica to flare up in pain.
I am looking for recommendations on the best bed for someone my size. I prefer a softer mattress. I have done some research and have heard good and bad about memory foam. I hear good things about latex but, with my current bed lasting just 7 years, I'm a bit skeptical. Or is 7 years a good average? I really didn't like that I could not flip the bed.
I hear that for someone of my size I should look for a mattress that is 12+ inches deep.
I was also hoping you could comment on box springs as I think that is a large reason my current bed has gone kaput. The Vera Wang box spring was two XL Twin box springs put together. They were kept on a metal frame and after about 4 years and then one box spring was broke and slumped.
The bed was then placed atop a California king memory foam "box spring" and it was great. This was only how the bed was for 1 year.
Fast forward to 2 years of the bed being atop a used box spring. A month ago, when the bed started to bother my back, I inspected the box spring and the center support beam was completely slumped, matching with the center slump in the bed. My father inspected my actual bed frame, which has already been modified with increased slats & support beams to accommodate my weight, and believes the bed all together needs to be replaced. He doesn't believe replacing the box spring would fix the problem. After sleeping for 2 weeks with the mattress directly on the floor, I have to agree.
What bed do you recommend for me and are there specific recommendations for beds that have foam "box springs" (I'm not sure what to call these as I don't want one with springs in it). I am looking to spend around $1000 but understand that you spend 1/3rd of your life in your bed and I am open to more expensive beds if necessary.
Thank you so much for your time!
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