Ruth of El Cerrito, CA, writes:
I love your blog. I have learned so much in the last few days. I am currently (yech) shopping for a mattress. I have Lyme disease, which in my case means I become fatigued easily and ache all over. I also have a bad hip, so I toss and turn on my twenty-year old innerspring mattress, inherited from my mom's guest room, to which I have added two memory foam toppers and a featherbed. I am over fifty, 5'7", 220 lbs and sleep on a full (my bedroom is quite small) with two thirty pound dogs. I added the featherbed because the memory foam toppers made me sweat so much I slept on top of my comforter instead of under it (I still do that a lot). The climate here in the SF Bay Area is about 55 to 65 at night much of the year, and I'm often too warm. Testing beds at Macy's and Sleeptrain, I liked the plush feeling ones (like the Sealy Glen Marie Plush and Simmons Paris Pillow Top) but after reading your blogs I'm leaning towards more support, such as Stearns and Foster . . .or would the stiff coils make my hip ache more? I am trying to keep total cost under $1500-$2000. Sears is having a great sale, but it's over tomorrow night . . . I also sit up and read an hour or so a night in bed, if that makes any difference. And I always sleep on the same side of the bed, close to the edge, as my dogs stretch out as they sleep. When I hear of people crying with pain on a new mattress, I wonder. I just want to be less achy in the morning, and not have my left hip "remind" me constantly to turn onto my other side.
Hi Ruth. Mattress sales are like commuter trains. There'll be another one in about 30 minutes.
Given your sleeping habits, you'll want to rotate your new mattress frequently....every month.
The S&F coil system is stronger. And normally, a better bet for your size. But given the sensitivity of your condition, the Sealy Posturepedic will be better for pressure point relief. A Reserve Series plush Posturepedic would be what Id show you first.
Pillowtops, in general are something of a problem waiting to happen, so the plush tight top will serve you better. You may still want to use that feather topper for added surface comfort.
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