Finding the right mattress

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    Aug 03, 2008 5:43 PM GMT
    For 25 years I've slept on a cotton futon on top of a slab of high-density foam rubber. And, when I was less muscular, I was very comfortable with that set-up. However, I'm now at 185 pounds and somewhere between 12 and 15% body fat, and I keep waking up with cold, numb, tingly arms. I sleep on my back and don't roll around very much, and I'm pretty sure the problem is that my heavier and denser upper body is pressing harder into the mattress, cutting off circulation to my arms.

    I tried sleeping on just the foam, and it was better than sleeping on the futon, but it wasn't quite good enough. A few days ago, I bought a $750 mattress that is soft and fluffy on top with denser foam deeper down, and while it is absolutely dreamy when I first lie down, I'm waking up in even greater discomfort than with the futon (I think I'm compacting all the fluff). Fortunately, my wife adores that mattress and will happily trade me for the medium density, natural latex foam rubber mattress she bought a few months ago and isn't really happy with.

    Would putting a 3 or 4 inch visco-elastic memory foam topper on the foam rubber mattress support me without pressure points? Should I try one of those Select Comfort air mattresses? What is a good mattress for heavier, denser, more athletic body types? What do all you beefy dudes sleep on?
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    Aug 03, 2008 5:51 PM GMT
    After testing one of those "pillow top" mattresses in the store, I thought they were great, too. Unfortunately for me, I discovered that when I actually slept on one my body heat built up and it was like I was cooking in my warmth. I have had to put a comforter under the bottom sheet to separate me from whatever is in that pillow top so my body heat could dissipate.

    That mattress cost me $600 several years ago, so I havent just dumped it. But next time, I am going back to a plain old firm mattress.

    I guess this doesnt answer anything about your question tho.
  • ShawnTX

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    Aug 03, 2008 6:07 PM GMT
    I just bought a new Serta mattress yesterday. It's a traditional mattress encased in foam with a memory foam pillow top all covered in an anti-bacterial covering. I also bought some Serta memory foam pillows. I sleep on my stomach, so my head is turned to one side or the other all night. I often wake up with stiff shoulders and neck. I can't remember sleeping so well as I did last night.
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    Aug 03, 2008 6:08 PM GMT
    Oh, and it was only $400.
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    Aug 03, 2008 6:23 PM GMT
    you sleep on your stomach like a baby??? ... icon_eek.gif
  • ShawnTX

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    Aug 03, 2008 6:25 PM GMT
    Yep
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    Aug 10, 2008 5:46 AM GMT
    I happen to work part time in a furniture store that sells mattresses. There are pros and cons to each style of mattress. The select comfort mattresses are nice, but you need the air compressor to adjust your sleep number so I am not in favor of something that has the potential to leak. The memory foam mattresses are very supportive, but the biggest complaint is the feeling of being in a cocoon once you sink so far into the foam. The thing that kinda grosses me out about them is the thought of where does your sweat go? At trade shows some people have claimed that after a while, visco foam mattresses smell like a dead person in the room. I can't back this up, but it is disturbing.
    I prefer simple spring mattresses. If you want firm support, look for a higher coil count and lower gauge coil. If there is memory foam added, make sure it is perforated to allow for air to circulate. Also, make sure that your foundation (formerly called a box spring) is stable and firm. If you have a queen size bed, make sure there is center support--not just rails, but another leg that supports the middle. This prevents sagging. If your foundation is not stable, you can remedy this by placing a piece of plywood between the mattress and foundation.
    Most mattress manufacturers offer a 10 year warranty. Beyond 10 years, you should be replacing the mattress.
    If you have any questions, you can email me.
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    Aug 10, 2008 5:52 AM GMT
    I sleep on a Tempur-Pedic and have done so for the past 10 years and, no, it doesn't smell like a dead person---doesn't have any smell at all, actually. And I don't get any sensation of being cocooned. After trying my mattress, my daughter, ex-BF, and current BF have all bought them. I'm a side sleeper and would always wake with sore shoulders prior to the Tempur-Pedic. That doesn't happen anymore. They're not cheap, but you can try them for 3 months and still return them for a full refund if you don't like them.
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    Aug 10, 2008 6:04 AM GMT
    svengali11 saidI sleep on a Tempur-Pedic and have done so for the past 10 years and, no, it doesn't smell like a dead person---doesn't have any smell at all, actually. And I don't get any sensation of being cocooned. After trying my mattress, my daughter, ex-BF, and current BF have all bought them. I'm a side sleeper and would always wake with sore shoulders prior to the Tempur-Pedic. That doesn't happen anymore. They're not cheap, but you can try them for 3 months and still return them for a full refund if you don't like them.


    Thanks for the info. I have slept on one once and I liked it, but one time isn't enough to form an opinion.
    I was relaying what customers have told me about the mattresses, so I am glad to hear something positive about them.
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    Aug 10, 2008 6:07 AM GMT
    Anytime, FGM. Glad to share.
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    Aug 11, 2008 5:17 AM GMT
    I sleep on my stomach, too (as if anyone cares).

    No more SIDS worries.
  • Timbales

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    Aug 11, 2008 11:14 AM GMT
    Sleep with a lot of different men until you find a comfy mattress, then ask him what it is. icon_biggrin.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 11, 2008 12:31 PM GMT
    I've heard you should replace your mattress every 5 years (same person that said you should get a new pillow ever other year)... must be made of money!

    I do think a good mattress is important to a good night sleep, I'd be the analyst and ask alot of questions, compare prices (sounds like what I did when I got my last mattress)...

    But there is one more consideration and that is how comfortable it is for pounding purposes.....

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    Aug 11, 2008 12:33 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidI've heard you should replace your mattress every 5 years (same person that said you should get a new pillow ever other year)... must be made of money!

    I do think a good mattress is important to a good night sleep, I'd be the analyst and ask alot of questions, compare prices (sounds like what I did when I got my last mattress)...

    But there is one more consideration and that is how comfortable it is for pounding purposes.....

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    I'd like to go mattress shopping with you!
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    Aug 11, 2008 1:06 PM GMT
    I ended up ordering a 3", 4lb density, memory foam pad along with a Protect-A-Bed waterproof mattress cover.
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    Sep 07, 2008 8:35 PM GMT
    paradox saidI ended up ordering a 3", 4lb density, memory foam pad along with a Protect-A-Bed waterproof mattress cover.


    And, I replaced the natural latex foam with an Aerobed air mattress, and I'm finally comfortable again.

    http://www.healthyfoundations.com/toppers.html

    http://www.thinkaero.com/
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    Sep 07, 2008 8:47 PM GMT
    I bought a Hastens and I will never ever go back.
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    Sep 11, 2008 1:58 AM GMT
    I had a wooltop pillowtop mattress for 18 yrs, loved it, warm in winter and cool in summer. Was starting to get the body impressions that is comon with pillow tops after awhile.

    Finally replaced it about a year ago and bought a Sleep Number bed. Best money I ever spent. Go to the stores and actually try out the models and do the pressure mapping they offer. I ended up buying the 7000 model. Can make it soft when I want or firmer when I want.

    An ex had one of the memory foam mattresses and I hated it. Woke up with backache everytime I stayed over. Guess I should have taken that as an omen to get rid of him sooner then I did.

    One peice of advice is when shopping for mattresses, do it early in the day after a nights sleep, do not go in evening when your tired and wore out. At that point anything will feel comfortable. Also do not just lay on the bed like a corpse, curl up however you sleep. Same goes for when looking for furniture. Sold furniture for 8 yrs and would drive me crazy when people would be afraid to acutally try out the furniture.