The Importance of a Good Mattress

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    Nov 30, 2017 2:01 PM GMT
    No, I'm not talking about the bouncy-bouncy aspects. But rather about the impact on your back, regardless of your age. A poor mattress hurts your back, with cummulative damage over time.

    I was reminded of this during our Key West trip. Our backs were killing us every morning when we woke up. Compelled us to take pain pills. But this was our regular room that we've used for 7 years. I remember when that same mattress was brand new, on a new boxed bed frame. We slept well with it new. But 7 years is a long time for an innerspring in a hotel.

    Then we came back home, and slept on our own air mattress. Instant relief. I won't mention the name, not a commercial here. But I've been using them for 20 years, when my back problems got so severe I needed spinal injections at age 46. The air mattress worked for me then, works for me now. And same for my husband, who likewise has a bad back that also required epidural injections.

    But whether you still prefer a traditional innerspring, or the newer air or foam mattresses, consider having a good, new, quality mattress. The spring ones begin to sag quicker than they claim, need more frequent replacement. You don't have to be my age to feel it; 30s or 40s will do. After which it only gets worse.

    Incidentally, for our January and November 2018 trips I've reserved a different room. Similar to our favorite, with full kitchen, king-size bed (only 2 of them in this small boutique men's hotel), second bedroom for our guests (we always have a few drop in), huge common balcony overlooking Duval Street, lots of space.

    Our only concern is that it's partially above the first-floor bar, that has loud music until around 3 AM. The owner says it's not that noisy, but we'll see. If worse comes to worse I do have earplugs. Have to get some for hubby.
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    Dec 01, 2017 12:13 AM GMT
    As an aside, I slept on a futon mattress for several months. I'd had it made in a retro-50s design, along with the fabric. Made a rather nice settee in our office, that was also done in a retro techno style.

    When my first partner died I couldn't bring myself to go into our bedroom for months. And certainly not sleep in our bed, which also had an air mattress. Hell, I couldn't even go into "his" kitchen. So I camped out in the office/spare bedroom. Opened up the futon sofa and slept there.

    It actually was very good. The firmness agreed with me. It was very thick, with the support my back needs. Frankly, if I didn't do the air mattress thing, I'd look for something like a solid futon mattress. Although I doubt I could find one in king size for the 2 of us.