This has gotten frustrating. I can't seem to find a good website that rates beds and whatnot, seeing as I'm looking for a new one. My boxspring shit is all kinds of old and worn down, and I most definitely need a new one. I have a pinched nerve in the neck, which has gotten better with stretching and chiropractic, but still I get all knotted up in my neck and upper back area when waking up sometimes. I have a cervical (wave) pillow, but it's hard to sleep in a certain position like that all night. I think my springs are contributing to this problem quite a bit.
I've seen commercials and infomercials and claims that "this" is the best and "that" is the best....I've heard some shady things on Tempurpedic, that the foam adjusts to your body after about 6 months and then it loses its benefit. I've also heard that the Sleep Number mattress is crap....Does anybody have any advice to offer? I'm afraid to make a commitment to a new bed that sucks.
I just have one of those memory foam mattress pads that are about 1.-2 inches thick, and I can attest to that. But, I spend like ten hours a day in bed usually. I would try one of those out first if money may be a factor, because they are comfortable as hell. It at least let me get almost an extra years worth of life out of my old mattress.
They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck.
We also have a memory foam mattress pad. It is quite comfy but I'm not sure if it would be the best thing for an injured neck. It is a heck of a lot cheaper than getting the foam mattress itself (especially if you go to something like overstock.com) and if it wears out you can replace it easier. We've had ours for a year or two and it is still comfy. Be sure to get one with a cover so you can wash it, or be sure to put your mattress pad over the top of it. Oh, and you'll probably need deep pocket sheets so that the corners of the fitted sheet stay on.
I would ask your chiropractor what kind of mattress (soft, firm, etc.) would be best for your particular problem. If you are sleeping on an old broken-down mattress almost anything is going to be an improvement. I'd say my personal suggestion would be to invest a decent chunk of change in a good quality traditional mattress of the type recommended for your injury and if you find you need more cushioning because you sleep on your side or something to then add a memory foam cushion. Remember you sleep every night of your life, so it really isn't a silly thing to spend some money on.
Tempurpedic mattresses definately do what they say they do in the comercials. However, a huge downside to them is that they are very hot to sleep on. The foam absorbs your body heat and doesn't let it go. Nearly impossible to sleep on one in the summer, though it is sort of nice in the winter.
So, if having a cool sleeping surface is an issue, don't get a Tempurpedic.
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I would agree that you should ask your chiropractor what the best kind of bed for your injury is. However, if you just want to know about the kinds of mattresses that hold up well and provide reliable support, then you can get a very good set of mattress and springs without breaking the bank. I bought a Serta set from Sam's Club two years ago for about $400, and it provides just as much support today as it did then.
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