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crazyoldcatlady
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   Posted 8/22/2009 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hubby and I are considering getting a new mattress.  Our current mattress is a very firm inner spring that is about 15 years old.  Back then I loved the firm support for my aching back.  But since the fibro surface tenderness started, it feels like I'm laying on a pile of rocks.  skull We put a memory foam topper on it, which makes it bearable for me, but hubby hates it.  So...
 
Right now I'm leaning toward a latex foam mattress.  They are the most environmentally-friendly type of mattress, naturally anti-allergy, maintenance free, and no coils.  But I'm also interested in Sleep Number beds and Tempurpedic memory foam. 
 
Do any of you have any experience with no-coil mattresses?  Any recommendations for a sore fibromite trying to get a good night's sleep?  Would appreciate any input you can offer. yeah
Donna
 
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donnaeil
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   Posted 8/22/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I spent a night on a sleep number bed for my sleep study two weeks ago. I have a thermapedic and between the two, I prefer the thermapedic.

Donnaeil

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   Posted 8/22/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
For me there is nothing like my waterbed. I have the waveless supreme (next to top of the line). I've  replaced the
mattress about every 7 years and am now in the market for another one. I've had my bed since 1987 and won't have
anything else. The heat from it is so good for both arithritis and fibro. It makes a lot of difference in function and
pain contol. Good luck selecting one. smilewinkgrin

RedDiane
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   Posted 8/22/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I slept all my life on firm mattresses. I even used to have a piece of plywood between the mattress and the box springs. My DH always wanted a sleep number bed, so for our 25th anniversary I agreed to get one. I started out with it hard (#80 or so). Every night I went 5 lower and every morning my back felt SOOOO much better. I kept going until my back stopped gettting better. Now I sleep on it pretty soft. My number is 40. Also your husband can keep the mattress hard if he likes. Diane
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Littleneck
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   Posted 8/22/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
My absolute favorite type of bed is a futon. Not with thin cloth mattresses, thick stuffed cotton but with a firm innerspring. I would have that kind of bed now except I can't get one where I live. I would get a platform bed with that kind of futon, and maybe a memory foam topper for winter (they make me really sweaty). Good luck, let us know what you choose!

Hara
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   Posted 8/23/2009 2:46 AM (GMT -7)   
crazyoldcatlady said...
Hubby and I are considering getting a new mattress.  Our current mattress is a very firm inner spring that is about 15 years old.  Back then I loved the firm support for my aching back.  But since the fibro surface tenderness started, it feels like I'm laying on a pile of rocks.  skull We put a memory foam topper on it, which makes it bearable for me, but hubby hates it.  So...
 
Right now I'm leaning toward a latex foam mattress.  They are the most environmentally-friendly type of mattress, naturally anti-allergy, maintenance free, and no coils.  But I'm also interested in Sleep Number beds and Tempurpedic memory foam. 
 
Do any of you have any experience with no-coil mattresses?  Any recommendations for a sore fibromite trying to get a good night's sleep?  Would appreciate any input you can offer. yeah

I would go with a Sleep Number bed if you can get one. They are great. You and hubby can have your own settings. It takes the work out of trying to find the right mattress for both of you.
HARA

crazyoldcatlady
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   Posted 8/24/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Well we looked at the Sleep Number beds over the weekend. We were not impressed. Much to our surprise, after playing with the beds in the store we ended up with close to the same sleep number! But we just didn't like the beds. We checked out a few others but I think we're pretty much convinced that the latex foam mattress we saw at RCWilley is going to be our choice. It's made by Sealy but I think it must be an exclusive for RCWilley because we haven't seen the same line anywhere else. Probably won't do anything until the weekend again. Thanks for your responses. :)
Donna
 
I would be unstoppable...
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squarejane
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   Posted 8/24/2009 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
i just discovered this website that talks about all natural memory foam mattresses and they deliver for free... has anyone tried them? they sound great but i really want to lie on something before i rush out an buy it.

http://www.myessentia.com/

apparently, these kinds of memory foam return shape faster and don't have the toxic off-gassing that most memory foam does and they are also much cooler to sleep on without the heat that builds between your body and synthetic. Still... i am not convinced until i get to lie on one. Would love to know if anyone has one of these and what they think of them.
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squarejane
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   Posted 8/24/2009 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh and OP i love your siggie! "I would be unstoppable... if I could just get started." HILARIOUS! I always tell hubby that i still plan on taking over the world... it's just got to wait until tomorrow.
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yo-yo
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   Posted 8/24/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Donna,

A couple of years ago we bought a new mattress and I've been very happy with it.  Its like a regular pillowtop with latex .  Its by Simmons and is a Joseph Abboud.

One of the things I found when I went to try out different mattresses is to take TIME to actually lay on them and roll onto both sides .  It was when I was doing this that I found out that some of the mattresses were extremely difficult to roll over on.  I especially found that the solid latex  and some of the solid memory foam were very hard to roll on.  I almost had to raise myself up to roll over.  With the fatigue that comes with fibro, that was just too much and I knew I'd never get any sleep.  The pillow top was just right--firm enough basically but soft enough to cushion my shoulders and hips. 

It really pays to take the time and find the right mattress.  After all, we do spend a good portion to our lives in bed.

Mary Lou


American Woman
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   Posted 8/24/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
We have a simmons beauty rest and its a very firm mattress which my hubby likes. I can't take the firmness anymore so I put a featherbed on top of the mattress and then a 2" memory foam on top of that and it is so comfy (when I'm able to sleep a whole night) and my back and legs aren't as sore in the morning as they used to be.
Good luck finding what works for you.
AW

Carnissa
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   Posted 8/24/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
i prefer a good pillow top myself... but heard the sleep number beds are good
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crazyoldcatlady
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   Posted 8/24/2009 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
squarejane said...
Oh and OP i love your siggie! "I would be unstoppable... if I could just get started." HILARIOUS! I always tell hubby that i still plan on taking over the world... it's just got to wait until tomorrow.

Thanks, I think I stole it from a Maxine cartoon. devil
Donna
 
I would be unstoppable...
                           if I could just get started.


Hara
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   Posted 8/24/2009 11:56 PM (GMT -7)   
crazyoldcatlady said...
Well we looked at the Sleep Number beds over the weekend. We were not impressed. Much to our surprise, after playing with the beds in the store we ended up with close to the same sleep number! But we just didn't like the beds. We checked out a few others but I think we're pretty much convinced that the latex foam mattress we saw at RCWilley is going to be our choice. It's made by Sealy but I think it must be an exclusive for RCWilley because we haven't seen the same line anywhere else. Probably won't do anything until the weekend again. Thanks for your responses. :)

I slept on a Sleep Number bed twice. I was doing a sleep study for my Sleep Apnea. The first night I had to play with the numbers so much I really didn't sleep but when I found my number I fell right to sleep. The second night I already knew my number and it was great. But that's just me I wish I had one now.
I was not impressed with the foam type mattress.
HARA

crazyoldcatlady
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   Posted 8/29/2009 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a lot of tenderness today so I figured it was a good day to go mattress shopping!   devil We found a mattress that we both really like.  But we don't like the price.  shakehead   It's a Vera Wang (made by Serta) Talalay latex foam... $3,400 shocked Um.  I don't think so. 
 
We have also chosen a "compromise" mattress that isn't as fabulous as the Vera Wang, but isn't bad, and it's about $1,800.  So we just have to decide now how much we are really willing to spend.  confused   
 
The Vera Wang has a 30-year warranty, so it would probably be the last bed we ever buy.  It might actually be worth the extra expense now to have a really great mattress for the next 30 years.  yeah
 
So, the saga continues....
 
Donna
 
I would be unstoppable...
                           if I could just get started.


dn527
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   Posted 8/29/2009 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
We used to have waterbeds (after a back injury I had), and we kept buying up to better ones. Eventually the cats decided they didn't like them, so we ended up with a Serta or something. Being a king-sized bed, it tended to "sink in" in the center when the 2 of us slept together. I thought it was a problem with that mattress itself. So in 2006 I started shopping for beds. I shoppped the same stores, and I'd go on good days, and bad days. I always came back to the same bed, a Stearns & Foster Verandas 160th Anniversary Edition pillow-top. Got it home and cried. Although I had lain on it for @ 30 min each time I shopped, I couldn't spend a whole night on it. They wouldn't take it back until I'd slept on it at least 30 nights! So I bought a memory foam topper from Bed Bath & Beyond. Can't remember the name, but it was the expensive ones. 2 in thick, I think. It helped, but the bed still "sank" in the middle when we cuddled at night.
 
Last year I had to get another bed (for a different house), and I had thought a Sleep Number bed would be great. Can't remember what kinda I bought since I'm not at that house now, I can't check. It wasn't the TOP one, but the next one under it. Again, I researched and tried them out for months (I was a 45 at the store). Once I got it, it didn't feel quite the same, and they said it just needed to be broken in. The customer service was great. They sent me an additional foam insert to but inside it, and extended my 30 days to return it for a full refund warranty another 30 days. Well, it seemed to help a while, and then it didn't. I bought the 3" toppper this time, but I seemed to sink in (not the center, thankfully!), and it was hard to turn over, etc. I finally bought another 2" topper like on our other bed (the guest room now has the 3" one),  and I generally sleep much better now. Except for when I don't. sad   
So what I'm saying is, if you are sensitive, no matter what kind of bed you get, you'll probably have good nights and bad. Just make sure you know what your return policy is from one store to another. One store would let me exchange only but no refund (of the most expensive item in the store!!!) of the sleep #, so I bought it at the sleep # store and ended up with a 60-day complete refund warranty. smilewinkgrin I'm never sure how the beds will feel when I go to bed, so I just thank God every night if it feels good.
 
I hope you have less problems with your bed that I've had!


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Post Edited (dn527) : 8/29/2009 9:45:40 PM (GMT-6)


Hara
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   Posted 8/31/2009 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Donna I hope you find your mattress.
 
HARA - good luck

pantaleon
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   Posted 8/31/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I just went through this myself a few weeks ago. After about 6 weeks of driving all up and down the Bay Area hitting up every mattress store, my boyfriend and I eventually settled on a Vera Wang foam mattress. We got the $3400 one -- but, we definitely didn't pay that for it! I didn't realize how much you can bargain people down on mattress prices -- we ended up paying just over $2000 for it, IIRC.

That being said, I'm actually considering returning it -- the mattress is so soft I sometimes wake up feeling like I'm sinking into it too much, and I find if I sleep in on the weekends I'm waking up quite sore. Not sure if it's me or the matttress though since almost none of the ones I tried in the stores felt good.

One comment about the foam mattresses is they are HEAVY compared to traditional mattresses -- so you really have to have good support for it or the bed sags. For reference, I think the Vera Wang is around 200 pounds for a queen while standard mattresses are more like 100-120 pounds, if I read the specs online correctly. Tempur-predics seem even heavier but I don't know numbers. Try feeling the pillows made of latex or the tempur-pedic material, and then pick up one of those inner-spring samples they have lying around the store (the things they hand you to show what's inside the mattress, if you know what I'm talking about) to get a good comparison for the weights of materials. The lady in the mattress store thought I was crazy for asking so much about the weight but if you have to rotate the mattress every 2-3 months it's good to know what you'll be up against.

Good luck!

crazyoldcatlady
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   Posted 8/31/2009 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Pantaleon, where did you get the Vera Wang for that price? I'm in Northern California. It might be worth a trip to the Bay Area!
Donna
 
I would be unstoppable...
                           if I could just get started.


pantaleon
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   Posted 9/7/2009 2:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

Sorry I missed your post. We got the Vera Wang mattress at a Sleep Train in Mountain View for $2200 including sales tax. We had to mention hearing ads on 2 local radio stations (K-fog and Alice?? I don't listed to radio so I had to get help) and come in just before closing to get that price. If you're still looking, I'd recommend trying a Sleep Train in your area first, if you go in at closing time and just say you know someone who got the mattress for $2200 and can they match that they might just give it to you...I think we got lucky because it was past closing time and the girl wanted to go home, and we kept debating about the price.

Good luck!

Starynight
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   Posted 9/14/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I just got a Simmons mattress and I am in love, I can't beleive I use to sleep on my old mattress. But shortly after I purchased my mattress my sister was looking at the new visco memory foam mattresses and told me that they are good for Fibro sufferers. Here is an article I found to help you

http://www.myfoammattress.net/sleep/fibromyalgia-mattress.html
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