I stumbled onto your website and read so much information on the foam mattresses, I appreciate the information you shared.
I purchased a Nolah king size mattress, this past May, with a 120 day risk free trial.
Today was the 120th day and I just requested the return.
As much as I wanted to love the mattress and the adjustable base, I wake up in pain all over.
I recently went on vacation, and slept on a regular spring mattress, that I absolutely loved.
It was a Stearns and Foster Bruno Clair mattress. (my google search of this mattress is what led me to your blog and website).
I really wanted to buy this mattress, but found it was discontinued.
I would like to keep my adjustable base, but I don't want another memory foam bed, as it has no bounce and no push back.
I do have bursitis in my hip and shoulder that flares on occasion for sometimes months at a time.
I thought the Nolah would relieve the pressure points, and while it took the pressure off my hip, my back and even legs have never felt worse.
I never had a back or leg problem before.
So, I'm looking for recommendations. I'm 5'8, 175 lbs with some bursitis issues.
I loved that Bruno Clair but can't get it. Can you recommend a mattress that might be right for me?
Either a spring similar to Bruno Clair, where I assume I won't be able to use my adjustable base, or a mattress I can use with my adjustable base with.
One that has bounce and push back?
Thanks for your help!
When that Bruno Clair Stearns & Foster mattress was made, this was a legitimate industry.
Manufacturers competed with one another to make a better mattress.
Retailers competed with one another to bring those mattresses to you at a better price.
All of the name brands could be trusted to provide quality, with S&F among the best of them.
In fact, S&F had been considered "The Cadillac of the Industry" for many decades.
Those days are long gone....starting around the turn of the century.
Memory foam was introduced a couple years before. Name brand mattresses went from being two sided to one sided, a couple years after.
As the years went by, the name brands began adding memory foam to some of their mattresses.
Later, all of the name brands were sold to investors, who use memory foam to increase profit and recoup their investment.
As it became clear that there was lots of money to be made, in this industry, new brands sprang up...like your Nolah mattress.
Every one of them claimed a product that was the latest greatest thing...claiming "State of the Art" technology.
One line of BS after another produced interest from people, like you, who fell into all the hype.
(That was not a personal attack. You are but one of millions who have been taken in by all that hype.)
All of the name brands, once sold, became companies making products that need frequent replacing...thanks to all the memory foam.
Sealy/S&F was purchased by Tempurpedic in 2013. By January of 2014, S&F went from "The Best" to being nothing more than expensive junk.
As a Sealy/S&F retailer, I was greatly disappointed. We dropped both lines and went shopping at the trade shows for something better.
Good quality wasn't easy to find. You'd be amazed at all the new brands that popped up...all promoting memory foam.
We did find some that suited my desire for quality.
One, was The Wolf Company...which turned out to be the oldest mattress manufacturer in the country, that has been owned and operated by the same family...since 1873. They make a good quality mattress, but nothing like the quality of those old S&F mattress.
The best, we've encountered, is an old brand from Canada..."Natura".
My wife and I have been sleeping on a Natura of Canada Greenspring mattress for the last 3+ years.
We are heavier than you. My wife with a sensitive hip and me with lots of disc related back problems.
We sleep without pain, and this mattress is STILL in like new condition.
Their Ultra Plush model is what we have and what I am recommending for you.
I've been reading through your blogs and information on your site - many thanks for providing this to the public and your customers.
I'd like to request your help on how we can best improve our sleep, comfort, and resolve our mattress problems and mornings waking with pain. Approx. 1.5 years ago we purchased a Tempurpedic mattress. (I can't recall the exact model, but believe it's one of the "plush" versions).
Yes, it felt great in the showroom and we fell for the misinformation of all the "technology and memory foam" BS.
It did feel good for maybe the first 6 months, after which the memory foam lost it's density and loft to where we started sinking deep into it.
The nights became tossing & turning to get comfortable, and waking with upper and middle back pain, and lower back and shoulder pain.
We are both back / side sleepers.
I, later, purchased a 2" memory foam topper from Serta that was supposed to be high quality and would last better than most.
However, it proved to be the same story - helpful at first, but within 6 months, we're back with the restless nights and painful mornings.
We're now looking to replace the memory foam topper with a latex one.
What we're unsure of is which size (2" or 3") and firmness (soft, medium, firm) would be best for us and our situation.
I initially thought of going for a 3" firm, but after reading some of your information it sounds as that may be overcompensation.
Note that we feel our mattress is significantly too soft and non-supportive. I am also not sure if this Tempurpedic can be flipped.
Hoping you can advise on the best solution to our problem so we can finally have the sleep we want and need!
Looking forward to your insight.
Memory foam is terrible when it comes to longevity, quickly losing what little comfort it has.
Adding a latex topper will not compensate for the lack of support offered by your mattress.
Latex is nothing like memory foam. It isn't temperature sensitive and doesn't allow you to sink.
Despite what it says, flip the mattress over and add an EverEden Pure, All Natural, 2" of Soft Talalay Latex Topper.
A topper, you buy for surface comfort. The mattress is supposed to provide the support.
Once you flip the mattress and add the latex topper, you'll have both...support and comfort...everything your body needs for a good night's sleep.
What's more, this high quality latex remains like new for many years, sleeps cool, and greatly extends the life of your mattress.
Thank you for all the information on your blog. I’ve read many of the posts, and have some remaining questions I hope you can advise us about.
First, some statistics on us:
Me (64): 5 feet 4 150 lbs (side sleeper, heavy sleeper, unless awakened by restless sleeper!).
My husband (62): 6 feet 2 in, 180 lbs (a restless sleeper, several athletic surgeries, shoulder pain).
We are both active runners/swimmers etc with lots of resulting muscle tiredness.
Current mattress: Sleep-N-Aire double sided, Queen. Not sure exactly how old, but at least 5 years old.
This mattress sits on a platform as part of a queen bed set.
Our main questions:
1. Do we need to get a new mattress considering the type and estimated age?
2. When we travel we always have a King sized bed and we love it, so if we buy a new mattress we are considering a King size. We like the king because they are always more comfortable, in part because they seem to deaden the effects of movements either because of the size or the type of mattress.
A King is a big investment that would require new bed linens, rejiggering our room and dressers to fit comfortably, and figuring out if we could get a King up the stairs in one piece. Is it obvious we’d probably do better with a King size, considering how tall my husband is (6 ft 2 in)? Or are we just being ridiculous and if the bed were more comfortable and less jiggly we’d be happy in a queen?
Once we make the decision if we need to buy a new mattress, and then decide between Queen and King, I think the rest of your blog has answered most of my questions, but I would call you to go over the possibilities.
Thanks very much for all the good information and in advance for your suggestions.
It seems like you already have a handle on the down side of going King size.
It shouldn’t be a problem getting the mattress upstairs.
The foundation comes in two pieces.
The king isn’t any longer than the queen.
The advantages are:
You can get a mattress with an individually pocketed coil unit, which will do a lot to keep you from feeling each other move in the bed.
Another major advantage is in having the room to position yourself in ways you can’t with a king.
I’m 65 with lots of aches and pains...mostly at the hip and shoulder.
We sleep in a king, normally, but have been in a queen for the last two months...with another month to go until we get into our next home...and our king size bed.
It’s an incredible advantage to have the extra space to angle myself as I need to, to relieve pressure in this spot and that spot on my body...space I don’t have in this queen.
If you’re staying with the queen, and all that’s wrong with your current mattress is that it’s too firm, then all you need is an EverEden 2" soft Talalay Latex Topper to make it more comfortable.
It will help, a little, with the motion transfer.
If the topper is what you’re getting, here’s the link to those:
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