I've come across your site many times and thought I'd reach out.
I am 42 and suffer from a sports hernia and hip joint issue.
Due to my injuries, I have a weakened core and suffer lower back painif my core is not supported properly.
I sleep on my side/tummy.
I cannot have a bed that allows my core to sink, and it can't be too hard that my hips feel pressure.
I am 35 lbs over weight, that seems to remain consistent no matter what I do!
I have been sleeping on an Endy mattress for 2.5 years and hate it.
I have more pain now than ever and I can hardly get out of the bed in the morning because of it.
I thought my injury was just getting worse until last week when I stayed at holiday inn express for 3 nights and quickly realized I had no pain in the morning. Since being back home, I can hardly walk.
Before Endy we had a Tempur-Pedic which also caused me crippling pain.
The hubby isn't a fan of the Endy, either.
He sleeps back/side and has had upper back and neck pain ever since we got this stupid bed.
Can you suggest a bed for us?
An individually pocketed coil unit is designed to maintain the natural alignment of the spine, which is the best you can do to relieve pain from disc related back problems.
The worst you can do is any mattress upholstered with memory foam.
Memory foam softens as it warms from your body heat, allowing you to sink, which throws off your spine's alignment. Any mattress upholstered with memory foam will make any back problems worse.
That hotel mattress used an individually pocketed coil and no memory foam.
We specialize in mattresses that have no memory foam in them.
You have a couple of options at different price points.
I'm recommending the Wolf Brolynn Old Fashioned Two Sided Mattress.
You’ll what that in the choice of “Plush” for the surface comfort you need.
Click on this link to view specifications and prices.
I am looking for a Sealy Signature Maymont mattress, but I can’t seem to locate it.
Was it discontinued? If so, is there an equivalent?
That mattress is nearly 20 years old.
Since then, Sealy was purchased by Tempurpedic.
There is absolutely nothing on the market that even comes close to the specifications of that mattress.
‘Discontinued’ is an understatement.
At the time you bought your Sealy Maymont, almost no mattresses were upholstered with memory foam.
At that time, it was difficult to buy a bad mattress.
Today, quite the opposite is true.
The key to avoiding buying a bad mattress, is to be sure that it has no memory foam in it.
All of the once trusted name brands have been sold.
All are now upholstered with memory foam.
Despite all the hype and advertising stating the opposite, memory foam is the worst upholstery material ever invented. Its sole purpose is to cause a mattress to need frequent replacing.
Today, it’s all about profit and not at all about quality.
It’s not only a very poor-quality product, it’s also a health hazard, off gassing the toxic chemicals from which it’s made. The fumes attack your respiratory system.
Sleeping hot is one of the more minor negative side effects.
Memory foam is the only upholstery material that is temperature sensitive.
As it warms from your body heat, it softens allowing the heavier parts of your body to sink too far, which throws off the natural alignment of the spine.
If you have back problems, memory foam will make them worse.
If you don’t have back problems, memory foam will cause them to develop.
We specialize in high quality mattresses that have no memory foam in them.
High quality does not necessarily translate into expensive.
And as you shop, you’ll find that expensive does not necessarily translate into quality.
My recommendations are based on your specific needs.
If you would like a recommendation, I need some personal information.
Ages, heights and weights of the people using the mattress.
Any and all physical ailments you might have.
I went to through this extensive explanation because it was obvious to me that you are completely unaware of the current situation.
Buying a memory foam upholstered mattress, is a mistake that is more than just a waste of money.
Thank you, Pete. We’re looking for a king or California king.
I’m 5’7 180 and 31. I have lumbar issues (I have herniated discs and pinched nerves).
The same for my husband who is 5’8", 270-280 lbs. and 42.
Your husband’s size requires our strongest mattress.
The best type of coil system for back pain relief from herniated discs, is an individually pocketed coil.
Each coil is pre-compressed into a pocket.
Each coil moves independently from one another.
Being pre-compressed, each coil pushes up against you.
This type of coil system maintains the natural alignment of the spine, which is the key to relieving pain caused by that sort of back issue.
The mattress I’m recommending is the same as the one we sleep on at home.
I have a variety of discs related back problems...herniated, bulging and degenerative disc disease.
I’ve had these problems for 19+ years. Yet, I sleep and wake with no back pain.
My wife and I are, each, over 200 lbs.
Our mattress is almost 6 years old and, still, in like new condition.
Your Sealy mattress is upholstered with petrochemical based polyurethane foam...the standard from the late 60s/early 70s, until memory foam started taking over about 10 years ago.
The absolute best upholstery material has always been natural latex foam rubber...and has been for the last 100 years. Latex is more comfortable and more durable than any other type of upholstery material.
The mattress I’m recommending uses a pocketed coil, with a very high coil count and made of double tempered steel...for added durability.
The upholstery material is Natural Talalay Latex.
That mattress is The Natura of Canada Greenspring Ultra Plush.
The ultra plush model is the most comfortable of their 4 models and is, in no way, too soft.
Latex provides a unique feel...cushy, but resilient.
It holds you up, rather than allowing you to sink.
The best way to describe the feel, is that you are floating.
Click on this link to view specifications and prices:
Over the last 4 years, I have gone through 5 mattresses.
I've tried Tempurpedic, Sleep Number, Serta i Comfort, Sealy Posturepedic and Simmons Beautyrest.
All have made my back pain worse, despite all the salesmen telling me that their mattress will help.
I'm a large man, 6' 3", 250 lbs, with herniated disc that cause me back pain.
You were recommended to me by a friend, who bought a mattress from you.
They tell me that you know your what you're talking about.
I trust him, so I'll trust you.
To complicate the issue, my wife is somewhat petite. She's 5' 7", weighing only 135 lbs.
She likes a softer feel, which has always been a problem for me.
Can you help me find something that will be good for both of us?
Thank your friend for me, for the referral.
I can, in fact, help you...as I have helped many like you with similar circumstances.
First, the problem you've had, is with mattresses upholstered with memory foam.
Despite all the hype to the contrary, memory foam is the worst upholstery material ever invented.
Memory foam is a temperature sensitive material that softens as it warms from your body heat.
While comfortable, at first, it quickly loses its initial comfort and support, within months of purchase.
The key to a successful purchase, is avoiding any mattress made with memory foam.
The mattress I'm recommending for you, is the same mattress my wife and I sleep on, at home.
We are, both, over 200 lbs. I have Herniated discs, bulging discs, and DDD, (Degenerative Disc Disease).
Despite all that, I sleep and wake with zero back pain...pain I use to live with constantly.
This mattress uses a double tempered steel, individually pocketed coil unit, which maintains the natural alignment of your spine. This type of coil system is key to relieving your back pain.
The double tempered steel coils and latex upholstery combine to provide a mattress that does the job you want it to do, do it for a very long time, and be comfortable enough for the curves of the female body.
Our mattress is more than 5.5 years old, and still in like new condition.
That mattress is The Natura of Canada Greenspring Ultra Plush.
Click on this link to view specifications and prices:
We bought a memory foam mattress after the salesperson told us this was best for his condition.
At first, it seemed to help a bit. We were hopeful that his back would continue to improve with time.
The best result was at the beginning. But now, his back pain is worse than before.
Unfortunately for us, "Now", is after the comfort exchange period has ended.
I can't return it and I can't exchange it. He's back to sleeping in his recliner.
We need a mattress that will relieve his back pain for more than a couple of months.
Neither of us are heavy. What would you recommend we buy now?
I sleep on my side. He sleeps on his back. We need a queen size mattress.
Today's salespeople are trained on how to close a sale...and that's is the extent of their training.
In the old days, we learned about the components of a mattress...how each of them worked and the benefit they provided. But then again, that was at a time when the factories compete with each other to make a quality mattress.
Since then, all of the name brands have been sold to investors.
All of the name brands and many of the off brands use memory foam, which is specifically designed to cause a mattress to need frequent replacing. Memory foam is, in fact, the worst upholstery material ever invented.
No only is it a lousy product, in terms of quality, it also off gasses the toxic chemicals form which it's made.
So, the key to a successful mattress purchase is to avoid any mattress made with memory foam.
Also, any all foam mattress is the wrong choice to support herniated discs.
Even an all latex mattress, which is the best of the foams, won't do the job.
His spine requires the push back support of an innerspring mattress.
The best of those is an individually pocketed coil, which maintains the natural alignment of the spine.
It's THIS that will relieve his back pain.
Add latex upholstery to that, and you have a mattress that provides the proper support for herniated discs that will do so for many years to come. Latex upholstery is very comfortable and extremely long lasting.
Here is a link to two mattress. Both will do the job. The Tulah is the more comfortable at the surface.
Since there is a female who will sleep on this mattress, I recommend to the Tulah model to relieve hip pain, which is common with female side sleepers.
The Uno Smart adjustable base created by Magniflex is a product of German engineering that has been designed to provide our customers with the highest level of well-being with several benefits to ensure satisfied customers.
Shipping is free and there's no sales tax.
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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