Hi Pete -
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
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?
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,
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.
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