Your blog has been very informative. My husband is about 325 lbs., and I am about 165 lbs.
I have some lower back arthritis and sciatic pain, and my husband, other than the weight, sometimes has lower back issues.
We are looking for a flippable well-constructed mattress that is reasonably priced. We are looking at your Wolfe models and we have some questions.
We are sleeping on a king sized bed now with a 3" foam topper, but our problem is that the mattress is not flippable, and we have a "mountain in the middle".
We think it is because of the box spring, which is two twin-size box springs in metal frames connected together.
Is it the mattress that is the problem? Or do we need a new foundation (box spring)? Do you recommend a certain type?
Regarding mattresses, would you recommend the Wolf Tulah Plush, and is it flippable?
Also, what is the difference between the Wolf Tulah Plush, Wolf Tulah firm and the Wolf Tulah luxury firm?
Are those models flippable?
And which one of these would you recommend for us?
Or would you recommend another brand or type of flippable mattress, given our situation.
We know that you recommend a 2" latex topper. Would you recommend the 2" or the 3" Dunlop topper and why?
Thanks for your time and insights on mattresses and we would appreciate any suggestions you can provide.
Jim and Eva
Hi Jim & Eva,
All of our two-sided Wolf mattresses use the heaviest coil unit in the industry.
The upholstery is HD poly foam. There is no memory foam in those mattresses.
Given Jim's size, it would be prudent to get the firmest of them...the Wolf Tulah firm. This will provide firm support that will hold up well.
For comfort, go with the Ever-Eden 3" Soft Vytex Dunlop. My wife and I, (each about 225 lbs.), have been testing this topper for the last few months. It's very comfy and has more body than the more supple Talalay latex.
The Easy Fit Foundation, once assembled, is one piece in king. That will eliminate the problem caused by two half boxsprings. It is very strong.
Here are links to everything you'll need, for you to review. You can order on line. FedEx Delivery is free and there's no sales tax.
I've seen your blog and website and am really hoping you could provide an answer to help me out.
I have been having back, hip, and leg problems recently.
I need to buy a mattress and was looking for a short-term and long-term solution. What I mean by that is right now I can afford a mattress under $1000, but once I can afford it I'd like to try and give my body the best mattress I can get. What would you recommend on a budget and what would you recommend for long term?
Here are my issues: I have L4 and L5 bulging discs and an anular fissure in L4. This has caused lower back tightness and pain as well as significant hip, leg (including sciatica) and knee tightness and pain. I am 6'4" 175 lbs and in my early 30's. I was very active up until recently when my injury has all but put a stop to it. I am a side sleeper.
What kind of mattress do you recommend? Should I get a latex mattress topper? Which type of pillow? Should I continue using my leg pillow?
I was used to "comfy-er" plusher mattress, but I feel like my body is telling me I need something firm.
Thanks so much for your consideration - I look forward to your reply.
Your slender build mitigates in your favor.
We carry a mattress that uses a strong, heavy bonnell coil, which is the perfect support for a man with your disc problems. This mattress is upholstered with latex, which is the best upholstery material available. It has a nice feel on its own, so the only reason to buy a separate latex topper for it, would be to further soften the surface to suite your taste.
The FedEx shipping is a huge part of the savings, if you can handle bringing it in and setting it up yourself. I would suggest getting someone to help you.
Made by The Wolf Company, it's their Adrian mattress...one of the best buys on the market.
You should get many years of good support and comfortable sleep out of it.
Wolf is a very old company, with a single facility in the Midwest...est. 1873, and owned by the same family all this time.
The quality is excellent and the prices are affordable.
Hi Pete, I currently have a Sealy Posturpedic Prestige extra firm mattress set. I am 70 yr old female, about 180 pounds, with hip and knee pain(sciatic). I also tend to sleep hot. Many nights I am unable to lay on my hip and end up sleeping in my recliner. After perusal of your site, my thought is to purchase a latex topper but not sure which thickness. Sincerely, Flo
Hi Flo, If your mattress is in good condition, but just too firm for comfort, then a latex topper is all you'll need to give you the surface comfort you want.
Frankly, they don't make mattresses as well as they had. Yours will last for many more years, with just the latex topper added. Unlike other types of foams, latex is all natural and extremely long lasting. The topper to get is the 2" soft talalay.
Click on this link to view the Latex Mattress Toppers
My wife has M/S and sciatica and we are on our 4th bed shopping experience. She gets neck and back pains. she is a side sleeper.
We have tried sleep number, tempurpedic, and a bamboo memory foam. We are looking at a sealy memory gel bed.
Would you recommend this. We have an adjustable bed and the salesman told my wife to try to sleep in the zero gravity position at night.
Last night didn't work out well.
I weigh 215 and 6 foot in height she is 5 feet 7 and has a titanium rod rod in her hip after she broke her hip. any suggestions?
Memory foam is a temperature sensitive material. As it warms from your body's heat, it sinks. Usually, the underlying foam that supports it is stiff and hard.
Besides fighting that rod in her hip, it throws off the alignment of her spine, which isn't helping her sciatica any.
Memory foam is the absolute worst material ever invented for use in or as a mattress. Even your air mattress had that inside.
Have you noticed how hard it's sold...advertised...pushed by salespeople? You must have thought they had your best interest at heart. Why else would you continue to buy a product that doesn't work?!...and still considering buying it again. The answer to that is simple. You believed what you saw and heard and didn't know any better. After all, a mattress is a blind item.
All of that is about to change.
You and your wife, your neighbor and his wife, the butcher around the corner and the secretary at your office, all have one thing in common....the human body.
Everyone's body is the same and a little different. Fitting all the small differences is the challenge. However, the same rules apply to some degree. What every body needs is firm support and sleeping surface that allows for a greater depth of sleep.
I believe that all those memory foam sales people have promised that to you...and you can see how well that has worked for you.
The purpose of memory foam is to make the sale. It's comfortable enough, initially...but not worth a damn before too long.
So, getting what you need isn't difficult. There are tons of mattresses that will provide you firm support and a comfortable sleeping surface. What you have difficulty finding, is a mattress that will stay that way a respectable period of time.
In all facets of life, it is unreasonable to expect a different result from repeating the same behavior. If you like the way things are going, keep doing what you're doing. If not, you have to make a change.
In this case, the change is from memory foam to latex. Latex is natural rubber and has been the best material available for use in or as a mattress for the past 95 years. This isn't just an opinion. It's a proven, undisputed fact.
Your skeletal system needs firm support to maintain its alignment When you have back problems, you are more sensitive to the changes a mattress goes through as it wears. For you, a person without back problems, you are not affected by those changes. For your wife, the smallest changes can result in that nerve in her lower back being pinch by the vertebrae...sending that pain across her hip and down her leg. (Sciatica)
When the padding on top of the mattress sinks in, as your memory foam does, her hip hits the hard foam under it and the result is the pain from her hip problem.
There aren't a lot of choices for you on the showroom floor, when you're looking for this "right" mattress. The great majority of them won't do the job.
An individually pocketed coil unit provides contouring support...support designed to maintain the natural alignment of your spine. Your first purchase is a firm type of this kind of mattress. Your second purchase is a layer of soft latex. The latex will cushion the hip without sinking through. It will absorb much of your body weight, which will add extra years of life to the mattress...slowing its degree of wear. Latex is extremely resilient and very long lasting, besides being extraordinarily comfortable. The flexibility it provides will support your wife's rod without fighting it.
The starting model in the Simmons Beautyrest World Class line, the Annapolis Place in Luxury Firm is the mattress to get. A 2" soft latex topper is all the extra cushioning you'll need.
Here are links to those products. Delivery is free and there's no sales tax.
Also, That adjustable bed base isn't helpful for anything but sitting up to watch TV. When sleeping, it needs to be flat.
What is the best latex topper--which firmness--for sciatica? I have a Simmons Beautyrest firm mattress which is way too firm for comfort. I want a topper to soften up the bed for my pressure points but still provide the necessary firmness to keep my spine aligned. I tried a memory foam topper on this same Simmons mattress and it sank in and was awful. Which latex foam mattress topper do you recommend? Firm or medium and talalay or Dunlop? Thanks, Margaret
The choice that does the optimum job pressure point relief and comfort, for most people...(average or above average in weight), is the 2" soft Talalay.
If you are very heavy or very light in weight, then the recommendation will change to accommodate that.
Here is the link. You can order on-line. UPS delivery is free and there's no sales tax.
I wanted to add that I am an overweight female--about 5 foot, 7 inches and 180 lbs.
With my sciatica, I really want to avoid a sinking feeling in the topper. Are you saying that the soft or even medium topper provides the support (and spring back) needed to keep one's spine aligned?
If I were to get the more supportive Dunlop topper (to place on the firm Simmons Beautyrest) would you recommend a medium 2 inch to accomplish my needs (spinal support but pressure point comfort)? Maybe 3 inches is better?
You don't need added support. Your mattress is providing that.
You need comfort.
It's seems to be natural for people to assume that if x amount of something is good, then more is bound to be better.
This is not true. The 3" tends to create a greater depth of softness, which seems to work only for those who are exerting less pressure, like a petite female in the 5" 100 range.
For everyone else, the heavier parts of your body sink too far, which throws off the natural alignment of your spine...defeating your attempts at relieving your sciatica.
Latex is nothing like memory foam. You don't sink through it, just into it a little....contouring to you and maintaining your proper alignment.
You are suspended by it. A zero-gravity feel is the best description.
My wife and I are each in the 220 some pound range. The 2" soft is what we use. Almost all of the feedback you'll read on the link I sent you is about the 2" soft talalay.
Hi, About six years ago, we purchased a "custom" one-sided pillowtop mattress with foundation, made locally by a company recommended by a chiropractor. It was okay for awhile. However, in the last two years, after staying in various hotels, I realized that we sleep much better at the hotels than at home. After getting the names of several hotel mattresses, I have been doing a lot of research on the internet. I came across your site and was intrigued by what I read.
My husband and I both weigh between 150-160 lbs, and are both side/stomach sleepers. I have spinal stenosis in the neck area (fourth/fifth vertebrae), and sciatica of the right hip and have had physical therapy in the past year for both. I have home exercise plans that give some relief. However, every morning I wake up stiff and sore and have difficulty moving for the first twenty minutes or so that I am out of bed. And I've lost count of how many pillows I've bought, hoping that would help with my neck pain.
Our mattress seems to still be in good shape (no sagging, lumps, etc), just not the right firmness/support. So before buying a new mattress, we have flipped our mattress to the "firm" side (pillowtop side down). After sleeping on it for a night, it is definitely too firm!! We would like to try a latex topper, but I'm not sure which one we should buy. I am reluctant to buy from the internet, sight unseen, but am also reluctant to shop locally in various mattress stores. In the past, that has not been a productive experience. Would you have advice/suggestions for us?
Thank you. Largo
The topper to use is the 2" soft Talalay model, shown here:
Hi! My husband and I are shopping for a new King size bed. I am 5'6 and 180. He is 5'11 and 170. The mattress we currently have sinks down in the middle so we frequently roll towards one another while we are sleeping. He has sciatica on his right side and also middle back and neck pain. I have lower back pain and on occasion have severe pain in my upper back between my shoulder blades after getting out of bed in the a.m. He prefers a firm mattress, and I prefer a slightly soft one. What type of mattress would help with our pain?
I have a two-sided mattress that is both, firm and comfortable.
My daughter has had this mattress for 5 years and it's still in like-new condition, despite the fact that she weighs almost as much as the two of you together.
It's made by Therapedic and the model name is Cameo Plush...shown here:
I definitely need a new mattress but have been hesitant to take the plunge. Currently sleeping on old King Coil mattress with a memory foam topper which is now sinking in badly and I wake up even more stiff than usual. I do have scoliosis, mild DDD but suffer from chronic left sided hip pain, sciatica and mid back pain. Physical therapy helps but never long term. I am a back sleeper and had looked at the Sealy Optimum line in a store...felt it was comfortable, but have read your blog regarding the negatives of memory foam for bad backs and am now even more concerned about what is best for me. I tried a few "firm" mattresses and they felt like a board. Maybe I am just used to the cushiony feel, but am I doing more damage to my back? I am 5 feet and under 100 lbs and feel "everything." Open to suggestions. Thanks in advance for your advice. Barbara
Hi Barbara, First off, the memory foam topper is worthless. Even at your size, you sink through it, as if it wasn't even there. Before recommending a mattress, I'd like to determine if you, in fact, really need one. Tell me about your King Koil. Without the topper, what kind of shape is that mattress in?
Pete, The mattress is REALLY old - I've had it 15 years and (embarrassed to say) it was a "hand me down" from a friend. It is not in good shape, so I really do need one. FYI, My Dad (who is a senior, recently purchased a Sealy Posturepedic and while he is OK with it, I did try it out and find it hard and already sinking in the middle after only 8 months. Quality is poor. So I would prefer to try something else. Is the Simmons Beautyrest a possibility perhaps? My budget is not sky high, but I am willing to spend now to get some relief long term. I know you have recommended some of their beds. Thanks again for your help, Barbara
Ok Barbara, Just wanted to make sure that a latex topper wouldn't do the trick for you. Yes. The quality of the Posturepedics has waned, especially since they changed their line in June of 2011. We haven't recommended them since they changed, and stop carrying them completely since they were purchased by Tempurpedic last year. No need to spend anymore than for the starting models in the Simmons line, given your size. The Flatbrook model in the luxury firm is one of the best buys on the market and one we often recommend. If getting a topper for it, go with latex foam. It's very comfortable and extremely long lasting...nothing like memory foam. The mattress and latex foam topper, together, will cost less than you expect.
For the latex topper, the 2" Soft Talalay Latex model is the most popular and works extremely well. Here are links to both. Delivery is free and there's no sales tax.
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