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.
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I'm looking for a new mattress sometime in the next 1-6 months. My husband travels quite a bit and is partial to hyatt regency, hyatt place and hyatt house because of the mattresses. For home we currently have two mattresses that are quite suspect, each have been moved several times, roughly 10-15 years old, with one recently folded in the corner of our nursery( and also full of splinters from being dragged across something). I should also mention that they both currently have new 4 inch memory foam pads. My husband requests a king size given the number of pillows used during my last pregnancy. During my last pregnancy I had a lot of low back and hip pain and hope that a new mattress may help alleviate some of that pain. Both my husband and I are generally non discriminatory sleepers-back, front, side, but I am limited to my side when pregnant. We are 5'6" to 5'10", have athletic builds and are both under 200lbs. What do you suggest? Please let me know if additional information would be helpful. Mairghread
Memory foam consists of 61 different chemicals. Some of them are toxic and a couple of them are known carcinogens.
Besides being a health hazard, they don't work well. Memory foam is a temperature sensitive material that softens and sinks as it warms from the heat your body gives off.
From this repeated softening, it quickly loses its support. In a very short time, you'll sink through it as if it weren't even there. Besides being dangerous, it's worthless for the job you want it to do.
Here are some links to our blog, where you can educate yourself about that...and where you seem to be headed.
Since you have so much time before you need to buy, I suggest using a majority of that time in understanding about mattresses, what your body needs, what materials work and what materials don't work. You're already off to a very poor start.
Having purchased memory foam, it's obvious to me that you are following the hype. Continue to do so, and you will make an expensive and painful mistake.
There's little point in offering a recommendation until you have altered your mindset.
Hi. I'm wondering if you would mind me asking... A friend of mine has a Pretty Bed, which she purchased at Bloomingdale's, and they no longer carry. I notice on your blog that you are familiar with this mattress. I'm interested in knowing exactly how it is constructed (is it a solid piece of latex or layers, what kind of pillow top, dunlop and talalay or just talalay). I'm wondering if you know, or can point me in a direction where I can find out. I think her bed is the most comfortable I've ever slept in, and am starting to research one for myself (although not buying from Bloomingdales as their price points are out of my budget). Once I know how the bed is constructed, I can better know what I am looking for. Thanks so much, Brianne
I can't help you with the specifics of the Pretty Bed mattress, other than remembering that it had a "plush" feel.
And, frankly, it doesn't matter when it comes to this. All-latex is extremely comfortable and extremely long lasting.
Dunlop provides a dense, firmer base support and Talalay provides a softer, more supple surface feel.
There are latex mattress that have one or the other or both. Which to choose will depend on your size.
For average to above average weight people, you can go with an all Talalay latex mattress.
If you are much heavier than that, having a Dunlop latex core will support better over the long term.
We carry 3 lines of latex mattresses. They are among the best in the industry.
I'm including some links for you to follow. The 1st will take you to all 3, where you can then see everything each of them produces.
The next 3 links will be to the specific mattresses in each line that you will like, based on the feel of that pretty bed.
I really appreciate your site. The mattress industry is so confusing. I am 340 6'3" and I am split between a latex mattress and memory foam. Tempur-pedic says their memory foam will hold up for my weight. Do you have experience with the Tempur-pedic and what is your opinion. I like the stearns and foster latex mattress'. I think my favorite is all latex. Any input will be appreciated. Thank You! Stephanie
The mattress industry is designed to be confusing to the consumer. Keeping you off balance is how they sell so many crappy mattresses. Tempurpedic has a hard time holding up under average body weight. It won't last but a few months under the two of you. But. don't take my word for it. Read about how lousy a product it is for yourselves.
However, I'd rather see you in a very strong innerspring mattress with a latex topper.
What we most often recommend to hold your size is the Therapedic Medi-Coil Permatuft mattress...it was especially designed to hold extraordinary weight. My customers with this mattress range in weight from 350 to 500+....all with zero complaints over the 5 years this mattress has been on the market.
Hi Pete, You do a great job...lots of useful and honest information. There is nothing like it anywhere on the Internet. I would love to buy my new mattress from you. You explain everything so well. I believe I can trust you, as so many have. Your two-sided mattresses and latex mattresses sound wonderful. (I haven't decided yet). But I'm afraid, not having a floor sample to try. How can I get passed, what I know to be purely, a mental block? Thanks for all you do, Sarah
Hi Sarah, Trying a floor sample for a few minutes tells you very little. If the floor sample has any age to it, the new one being delivered will feel firmer, and not like the floor sample. It's not like the old days, when the industry was making quality products. You could try a floor sample, get one that felt like that and have it stay that way a long time. With today's mattresses losing their shape so quickly, having tried the floor sample has become a joke. It's now nothing more than a bad habit...creating a false sense of security. Stick with me, kiddo, I won't steer you wrong.
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