My wife has been diagnosed with Dermatomyositis with muscle involvement. She is in a lot of pain, sleeping is difficult. We currently sleep on a Sealy pillow top that is 10 years old. I have been looking at memory foam mattresses because a friend of ours has RA and Lupus and sleeps on a Tempur-pedic mattress, but she does not have the difficulty moving or pain my wife has. I need something that will help her with the pain when sleeping and is not extremely hard to move on and is not to hot to sleep on. I know that this is not a easy task but any help would be extremely appreciated. Thanks, Robert
Hi Robert, Many people are unaware of the health benefits of an all latex mattress, as they are not as well promoted as memory foam. Latex is natural rubber that relieves all of the body's pressure points, relaxes every muscle group and eases blood flow...for the best support and most comfort available. For the past 20 years, these benefits have been promised with memory foam, but fall far short of delivering on that promise. Consisting of 61 different chemicals, some toxic, memory foam is a temperature sensitive material. It softens as it warms from your body heat. It then creates a well you sink into, leaving you unable to change position without fully waking up. It also reflects that absorbed heat back to you, making for a very hot sleeping surface. Latex has been the highest quality material available for nearly 90 years, lasting far longer than memory foam with none of the negative side effects or use of those dangerous toxic chemicals. Latex is not temperature sensitive. It sleeps cool and is as easy to change position on as any innerspring mattress. Here is the link to the pure LatexBLISS line of Talalay Latex. They are and have been the premier manufacturers of Talalay Latex for more than 60 years.
The question becomes, "Which model to choose?". Part of the beauty of getting a latex mattress is the additional availability of the latex mattress toppers, which are used to alter the surface feel to your taste. As you look at the link, you'll notice the price points from least expensive. They correspond to the firmness levels. The Pamper model is the firmest of them, but not a hard bed. They get a little softer with each level up. The Beautiful model, in my opinion, provides as luxurious a feel as anyone could want. The World's Best Bed model strikes me as being too soft. Again, it's almost impossible to make a mistake. If you choose a lesser expensive model and find it firmer than you would like, adding a topper solves the problem. When it comes to minimizing, and even eliminating, pain...there is no better choice than latex.
Please, let me know if you have any further questions.
I have slept on a water bed for the last twenty years because of joint and lower back problems. The water bed has fixed that problem but its time to find a new bed with the same quality so I can sleep all night. Please any advice will help.
The best choice for continued relief of joint & back pain is an all latex mattress. Check out our website for the latex options available.
Last year (2012) I underwent scoliosis correction surgery where they fused my whole thoracic spine (10 vertebrae). My scoliosis situation is a little different in the sense that most people with scoliosis only have one curve, as to where I had 3. Cervical/thoracic/lumbar. My lumbar was not corrected or fused but I do have DDD. I have severe pain and inflammation each day and I do not sleep through out the night on my current pillow top mattress which is pretty old and as I read you say pillow tops do not hold up for very long...I purchased a topper for my bed but feel it rolls us to the middle of the bed.
Now I have the needs listed above but I also have to accommodate my husband who has sleep apnea...would you suggest something like a sleep number where we can each adjust to our own needs? My needs fluctuate depending on the pain and inflammation level. Please help any advice on a mattress before I start the process of buying would be very helpful.
Thank you, Jessica
There is a mattress that is totally customizable...providing firmer support exactly where you need it and softness, also exactly where you need it. It is the only true innovative mattress that has value. The manufacturer is Reverie and only sells their mattresses with their adjustable bed bases...which your husband needs. Since you need both, it's the perfect choice for you.
Given that your back is uniquely screwed up, the ability to target each spot on your back precisely with the exact degree of firmness is of great value to you.
I am so confused - I have a bad back and hip, weigh 111, athletic at 55 yrs. I narrowed my mattress choices to Macy's beautyrest black (Margaret) and airloom W hotel collection vitagenic cushion firm luxetop. Which is higher quality? What's the difference between beautyrest legend & beautyrest black? Which is better quality? I am getting an adjustable bed frame as well, so I need a matress that will work on adjustable frame. So now, I'm reading that pillowtop is not ideal for my back. I am a back and side sleeper & sometimes my arms go numb. What do you recommend? And can you let me know about differences with legend vs black, w collection vs beautyrest?
With retailers providing so little useful information, it's little wonder you're confused.
Frankly, I'm stymied to understand why anyone would buy from retailers so unwilling to be forthcoming with their information.
While I won't do your shopping for you, I will direct you to the best mattress/adjustable bed sleep system on the market.
It's the Reverie Dream System and here is the link...complete with all the information about them.
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Hi Peter, My husband and I are trying to determine which type of bed we should be targeting. My husband is 6'2 and 300 lbs; I am 5'2 and 100 lbs. The Vera Wang latex, non-flippable bed we've had for 4 years isn't cutting it. There's just not enough support for my husband and I end up rolling toward the middle because the bed sags down where he sleeps. He sleeps in the crater; I sleep on the slope. Not comfortable for either. There's got to be something strong for men his size.
We briefly looked into a Sleep Number bed that claims to be able to accommodate our different requirements, but I'm reading many negative reviews and thinking an "air" bed is not the best answer for support... especially for the price and all the mechanics. More things that will surely go wrong.
A writer wrote to you last year posing a similar question in weight differences and you recommended the Therapedic Medi-Coil Permatuft Plush with Latex, which I read you personally designed. I'd like to know why this mattress would be your objective, unbiased, expert recommendation... especially when it's only available online.
Thanks for any assistance you can provide,
Up til now, your circumstances have been among the most difficult to address. Last year, the best solution we had was the Therapedic Medi-Coil, which will hold your husband. And while that mattress would be too firm for you, the surface could always be softened with a latex topper.
Today, we have available the Reverie Latex Mattress. Using cylinders made of latex, each half of the mattress can be made to accommodate both of you...with firmer cylinders on his half and softer cylinders on your half. And, with you having the ability to unzip the top and re-arrange those cylinders any way you want to suit every body contour. It is a true innovation in mattress engineering and comes with a lifetime warranty. It's the perfect solution to solving your particular problem.
Hi Pete, The Simmons Beautyrest World Class have two layers of memory foam, which I thought you did not like for the aforementioned reasons.
Is there any high quality firm tight top that does not include memory foam? I am in favor of the individually wrapped springs.
The Reverie is probably my first choice, but the only store that has one for me to try out is 80 miles away.
I see you sell the Reverie for the same price as the company and everyone else - I assume they do not allow discounting?
The memory foam from Simmons is different. It doesn't leave a hand print when you press into it. It is far less temperature sensitive and far more resilient than regular memory foam. It's the only memory foam, tested and certified safe from off gassing.
We've recommended the Annapolis Place luxury firm with a latex topper countless times over the years, always with good result. It provides everything your body needs...firm support and a comfortable sleeping surface that will stay comfortable.
Dear Expert, I am 330 lbs. I bought a mid-level Simmons firm 5 years ago and like you say it has sunk in the middle due to layer deterioration (loved it for some time - not now!) and I have back pain. Is your mattress bove recommended for me? Thx.
This would be a classic case of doing what you did before and expecting a different result.
Nothing made by Simmons, Sealy, Stearns & Foster or Setra will hold a man your size for longer than a short time. 5 years would be the maximum you could expect from the best models any of them make.
You do have a couple of good options, however. Latex holds up very well under people your size.
Here are links to our latex lines, any of which, will do a fine job over the long term.
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