Allen of Claremore, OK, writes:
Hi, I need some advice. I am 32 yrs old, 6 foot 2 and 205 pds. My wife weighs 135. I have a degenerative disc in my lower back and sciatica. My wife and I have been mattress shopping for some time. The only mattress that I laid on that gave me instant relief of any pressure on my back was the Sealy 11 inch True Form. My wife however found that bed to be very uncomfortable due to the firmness. Our current mattress is an old firm Serta mattress. We are using an eggcrate topper which has little effect comfort wise. We are both having trouble sleeping and wake up frequently. My lower back is always sore and my wife who has no back problems gets sore in her middle back. My wife liked the Sealy Spring Free Latex bed but it felt too soft with no support for me. My wife is not that particular, however, she cannot sleep well on a firm mattress. We would like to know what mattress you would suggest. Thanks.
Hi Allen. The Sealy 11" True Form is a soft mattress. How soft would depend on the temperature of the room. If the store is cool, it'll feel firmer. The problem is that it will feel softer at home, once it's absorbed your body's heat for a couple of hours. It's not the one I'd recommend for your particular back problems. It will eventually make it worse. There is a firm latex mattress in the Sealy SpringFree line. The Weybridge model would work for the two of you. If she does find it to be too firm, you can always soften her half with a soft Talalay latex mattress topper...shown here:
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