Health=good sleep. HELP! Mattress ??

wyndwalkrAugust 10, 2008

Body aches. Get up in morning feeling worse than when I went to bed. Age? Weight? Menopause aches? Fibromyalgia? Whatever it is, I have to get a different bed. Been searching and searching and can't make decision.

I am cheap...no...frugal. But I could spend $1200 or so, but only in absolute desperation. And then, it would be so much more frustrating to still hurt and have spent $1200 rather than $400. So, I tell myself, go with adjustable. That would be air, water, or the latex layered mattresses that allow you to send back and get different firmness layers. Except for water beds, the other two choices are over $1200.

Long story for short question: Will a water bed mattress (bladder) hold air? I have found a place that has water bed bladders in conventional sizes and I need to (want to)use my antique full size bed.

Had a water bed years ago and slept dreamy. But that was before the downhill side of middle age. Quit water bed when hubby and I could no linger agree on firmness or temperature. Hubby N/A anymore so I can adjust to suit myself.

Air in water bed solves most of the questions IF IT WILL WORK.

What do you think?

Thanks!

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michelle_phxaz

Do you mean fill it with air, not water? It may work for a while, but I wouldn't make it permanent. They are built to be filled with water, it would be like laying on a balloon, you wouldn't get the support needed. There are air mattresses out there, Aerobed is one, that is meant for air. I would look into those.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2008 at 8:15PM
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wyndwalkr

I doubt something like Aerobed air mattresses would stand up to daily use. Sleep Number beds and Nautilus and others are air bladders. Are they like sleeping on balloons? I just can't spend the $$ for Sleep Number etc., and if spending, like $400-$500 one just gets "ouchy" springs and the price dictates how much they bother to pad the springs.

Thanks.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2008 at 12:15PM
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agnespuffin

Over the years, I have found that what I need is extra padding for my bones. I get a foam pad of good quality (about 3/4 inch thick) from the fabric or upholstery store and put it on top of the mattress. It's a whole lot cheaper and you may find that it's what you need too.

Try it. It's a lot cheaper than getting the wrong mattress. They do break down after a few years of use, but then, so do a lot of mattress tops. At the moment, I am using a pad from Walmart (about $23.00) folded in half. It's just right, looks terrible under the sheet, but it's the right thickness.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2008 at 4:09PM
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jodik_gw

I love my bed... I have a custom made mattress with individually wrapped inner coils and extra foam padding. It takes deep pocket sheets, and cost a bit more than your average mattress... I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Both my husband and myself suffer with chronic back pain, and I also suffer with Lupus. My husband is disabled, and I'm partially disabled. I wake up every morning feeling as decent as can be expected, and I go to sleep at night feeling very comfortable.

A dear friend of ours owns a mattress factory, and after learning the inside scoop on beds, I'm happy to have the bed I chose! The reality of mattresses are that 1. pillowtops are useless 2. there is no such thing as no-flip technology 3. cheap beds are usually refurbished, and you don't want to know how they're refurbished, trust me!

I can't tell you what type of mattress you should buy... individual tastes differ... but I can tell you that doing a bit of research and paying a little bit more for a well-made bed is worth it!

My bed cost roughly 2 grand, but it has a 15 year warranty and it's incredibly comfortable to sleep on. I flip the mattress about once every month.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2008 at 10:09PM
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rivkadr

We just bought a new bed on Monday, and are waiting for it to arrive. The last bed we bought was around $900 -- a coil mattress with a pillowtop, which really only lasted about 5 years (despite the supposed 10 year warranty)...we've been sleeping on it for 6 years, and this last year has been rough. We can feel the coils underneath the pillowtop, and they're starting to dig into our hips and shoulders.

This new bed that we got, which we spent a little more on (about $1600 due to the Labor Day sale) is a foam mattress. We decided that we just didn't want to have to worry about the coils underneath, and them digging into us over time; my one concern with foam is that over time it seems like it will probably start to sag. But the thing I've resigned myself to is probably buying a new bed every five years or so, just to guarantee that we're getting the most comfortable sleep we can get.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2008 at 12:30PM
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michelle_phxaz

Rivkadr, you are so right, pillow tops are CRAP. We learned the hard way too. After about two years the pillow top breaks down, leaving indentations where you sleep. When we shopped for this new bed every single sales person said the same thing. If we knew then what we know now!

We replaced our pillow top with a Stearns and Foster Plaza model, it is wonderful. It is a box top which is similar in comfort to a new pillow top. We spent WAY more than we wanted to on it, but it has been worth it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Stearns & Foster

    Bookmark   September 6, 2008 at 12:23AM
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jodik_gw

If people could only see a cut-away section of the mattresses they're looking at buying, they'd never even consider spending the money! A well-made mattress is everything when it comes to good sleep!

You can get decent life from your bed by flipping the mattress more often than recommended by the manufacturer. I learned this through my friend... his life is beds, owning the mattress factory, as he does. Foam breaks down over time... there's nothing you can do about it... it's inevitable. But by taking good care of your mattress, you can get a longer life from it.

I've tried those solid latex foam mattresses... I could never sleep on something that held my body heat or didn't have the "give" that an inner coil mattress has. They're not bad if you can get used to them, but I just can't.

Bottom line... research. And be prepared to spend a bit of money if you truly want a good night's sleep with healthy support for your body.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2008 at 4:34AM
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