An adjustable bed base is a good thing to have if you spend time in bed reading, watching TV, or working/playing on a lap top.
For sleeping, it has little to no therapeutic value.
Sleeping flat, which maintains the natural alignment of the spine, is what best relieves back pain.
What’s more, an adjustable bed will cause whatever mattress you chose to go with it to wear quickly. When the head is raised, your body weight shifts from being evenly distributed to a central point just under your butt.
It’s at this point in the mattress that will wear more quickly than it normally would.
You have to understand what you’re up against when shopping at most of today’s mattress stores, which is a sea of mattresses upholstered with memory foam.
Salespeople are poorly trained when it comes to knowing their products.
They are no longer made to understand the components of their mattresses or how they work.
They are, now, no better equipped to advise anyone as to what they need than the man in the moon.
Today’s mattress sales training is focused on how to maximize the dollars of the sale, and how to close the sale.
The mattress industry, on a whole, has gone bad.
Millions of dollars are spent to advertise poor quality products, which you pay dearly for to cover the expense of that advertising.
I wish you luck with all of this.
Keeping your mattress clean and dry will increase its longevity.
We recommend our Organic Cotton Waterproof Mattress Protector.
I don't know if you are still offering advice on mattresses.
If so, we had been extremely happy with our Simmons Beautyrest Marquis, that's about 8 years old.
Over the last two years the plush topper gave way and had been causing extreme hip pain and back pain.
I am a larger side sleeper -- 6'1" 235.
Looking to replace this mattress we relied heavily on the latest Consumer Reports mattress review.
At first, we ordered the #2 mattress, Sleep On Latex Firm.
After sleeping on it, I felt like I had been hit by a bus.
I was actually considering going to the emergency room. I felt that bad.
My back hurt all the way around to my chest, shoulders, and neck....possible symptoms of a heart attack.
I decided to call Sleep On Latex instead and they offered to sell a 2" soft topper, that helped a little.
I still had hip and back pain upon waking. We ended up returning the firm but kept the topper.
Next, I decided to try the #1 rated mattress by Consumer Reports, Avocado Green Hybrid.
Their lead-time was stated to be eight weeks, so we slept (well) on the Simmons Beautyrest Marquis with the 2" soft topper while we waited.
Upon arrival we tried the Avocado Green without the topper.
Rather than having much hip pain I developed a pain right in the middle of my lumbar.
My wife, 5'4" 125, hated the mattress.
The next night we tried it with the topper without much better results, so we resorted back to the Simmons Beautyrest Marquis with the 2" soft topper.
Next, we went back to Sleep On Latex, but medium this time.
The boxes weighed 25 pounds less so we definitely received a less dense mattress.
First without the topper, then with. We're still not satisfied, or at least, I'm not.
Sorry for the long story but I wanted to make sure you knew some of the background.
I do miss when a person could go and try a mattress several times in the store, before buying.
Now they come in a box and you're stuck if you don't like them.
Avocado Green refuses to take it back until after 30 days or more of trying.
We already "returned" one to Sleep on Latex, so I feel bad doing it again.
I sure do miss the first eight years of the Simmons Beautyrest Marquis.
Any ideas for an appropriate replacement?
The Avocado mattress isn’t made to hold up under a large man.
The coils are too weak, made of very thin gauge steel.
Avocado advertises a 1 year trial.
They won’t take them back, to their credit.
They say if you donate it, they’ll get refund your money.
Sleep on Latex uses junk latex made in China, where they mix it with clay.
It’s promoted as all natural, since clay is a natural material.
Even if you were to buy a high quality latex mattress, any all foam mattress does not provide the pushback support needed to properly support most backs.
Consumer Reports is clueless, when it comes to mattresses.
In fact, they published an issue, some years ago, where they said that the mattress industry was far too complicated for them to understand, so the offered no recommendations. They must have caught some flack for that bit of honesty.
Six months later, they published an issue with recommendations after interviewing 100 people in Denver. Their recommendations were horrible.
Since then, they haven’t improved very much...still not comprehending the complexities of the mattress industry.
Before buying anything, flip your mattress over and add your topper.
These one sided mattress are much firmer on the underside.
It may be all you need to do.
If you decide that a new mattress is necessary, then I recommend the mattress my wife and I sleep on at home. We are, each, over 200 lbs. and I have a myriad of back problems.
Despite all that, I sleep and wake without back pain on a mattress that is more than 5.5 years old and still in like new condition.
The coil count is higher than most. The coils are heavy and strong.
The upholstery is natural Talalay Latex (not made in China).
That mattress is the Natura of Canada Greenspring Ultra Plush.
Click on this link to view specifications and prices.
The Natura GreenSpring series combines the natural elements commonly found in Natura, such as wool and latex, but it has a specially designed pocketed coil system to provide your body with extra support.
(I believe you have the ultra plush model at your home)
My question is, Is your website secure? I wouldn't want my personal and credit card information hacked.
What can you tell me about that?
Thank you for that question. Believe it or not, you are the 1st to ask about that...after all this time.
Security is a top priority with us, here at The Mattress Expert.
If you order online, the credit card program that accepts your cc information is so secure, that even I can't access it.
I can issue refunds, if necessary, but I can't add to your charge.
That program has never been hacked.
If you place your order with me, directly over the phone, all of your information goes through a shredder after I've processed the sale.
Even here, on our blog posts, I do not publish last names....even though I am often given a last name, as you have.
I'll even change the first name, if it's uncommon or unique.
We've been doing this, online, for 17 years.
In fact, we are one of the first online mattress retailers in the country, servicing the entire continental US.
For the last several years, we have also been serving the mainland of Canada.
We recommend using a waterproof mattress protector with every mattress.
Keeping the upholstery materials clean and dry will extend the life of the mattress.
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