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   Posted 8/14/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Well it's that time of year, school is about to get started and I just moved into my first apartment and a week later, I'm almost done unpacking!!!

Now, the main problem is buying a bed. Right now, I'm sleeping on an air bed until I buy a new bed (not my best idea) . My problem is I have no idea what bed to buy. Does anyone have any suggestions on what types of beds seem to work well for them? Are there any types that you found help you sleep a little better and make the pain a little better?

Thanks a ton!


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   Posted 8/14/2008 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Great question...I'm in suspense too!
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   Posted 8/14/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
It IS a great question and IMHO there's no easy or simple answer. I sleep on a water bed so I have a constant warm temp for the body. Many people don't like them but ours is waveless and I love it.

Whatever you buy, lay on it first. Also buy something with a that you can return within 30/60/90 days for any reason, if you can. Whatever you get save a few bucks for a good topper. On the bed in our 5th wheel trailer I have an egg crate topped with a thick pillow-top mattress pad that has a thick fuzzy material on top. Then very high thread count sheets and I'm set. That's MY idea of 'roughing it'

I guess what I'm saying is, buy what is comfortable for YOU and buy the best you can afford. Cheap is just that when it comes to mattresses.

Good luck,
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   Posted 8/14/2008 11:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Get one with a foam core and pillow top then if needed add some egg crate. That is what I want in a new bed when I get one this year. Currently I have a double mattress in the frame of a super twin water bed. My problem is that the mattress is old and sagging in the middle so I bought a 3inch thick memory foam mattress topper to go on top. So then the memory foam was taking on the shape of the mattress and there came the dip again. Well by this time I was getting pretty pissed off and my back hurt like hell so I lifted up both mattress and put an old flat pillow under the sagging spot and what do ya know its like sleeping on a cloud. So now I know I just need to get a decent semi firm new mattress and boxsprings with a hollywood frame and put my memory topper on there and finally a good nights sleep. I mean I have been getting that now since I rigged my old mattress but I do want and need a queen sized bed so when my grandkids spend the night they can sleep with me. I still put a thin piece of egg crate foam over the memory matress so I dont feel like I am sinking in too much but this is the only system that works for all my pressure point areas and my hips and back too.
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   Posted 8/15/2008 2:21 AM (GMT -7)   
For years I slept on a full floatation water that time I was not diagnosed with fibro but chronic low back pain, which was accurate but did not explain the other 5002 problems I was having..the heat seemed to help and there were no pressure points..then one fine day I got trapped in the bed..just could not get all the parts to work to get out of it!! So them I was queen of changing beds..drove hubby craaazy..he had long since given up trying to sleep with me and retired to the man cave he established in the spare bedroom. I just have ended up with the foam core pillow top someone recommended with a tempurpedic type material topper. Aside from a slight shift problem if I sleep restless, it is the answer to pain, pressure and feeling like you are sleeping on a stone slab.
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   Posted 8/15/2008 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Casey,

For yrs. and yrs. I slept on a water bed and just loved it, then the heater went bad and I couldn't find anyplace in this rinky dink town to buy another water bed.  Switched to a Select Comfort  adjustable bed and really liked that once we put on a mattress topper.  Watch what topper you buy if it is foam, I found out the hard way that there are 2 types of foam typically used for beds.  One will get warm and can really cause you to sweat and be uncomfortable all night, the other doesn't.  Sorry, but I can't remember  (fibrofog) which is which, any good salesperson who knows what they are talking about should be able to tell you the difference.  Anyway, decided to go from a queen to a king and bought a regular mattress and topped it with a 4 inch feather bed topper.  For me and hubby it is like heaven.  Wouldn't trade my feather bed for anything.  When you do try a mattress, lay on it in the same positions that you like to sleep, don't be embarrassed, this is the only way to truly find out if it is the mattress for you. 

Gentle hugs,
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   Posted 8/15/2008 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a select comfort (sleep number bed) with a pillow topper. They are expensive, but I can change the hardness whenever I want and I sleep with it a lot softer than my husband does. I also have a memory foam mattress topper on it. Diane
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   Posted 8/15/2008 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm still waiting for an answer to this myself. I haven't found the perfect bed yet. I bought an expensive name brand (can't remember which one) firm mattress. I layed on it in the store and it seemed to give me the support that I needed but once I slept on it for a few days I realized I needed a foam topper. That has helped a lot. Maybe it isn't so much the bed you choose as it is the topper that you put on it.
Bridgewitch, my husband has finally given up on me too. He moved to another room some time ago. I don't rest very well when he is there, he has a snore that can wake the neighbors and he is a pretty big guy, when he moves the whole bed moves. He finally figured out if he slept with me, I was very cranky and tired the next day, and everyone has a bad day if I'm cranky.
Casey, I hope you figure out what works best for you.


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   Posted 8/15/2008 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
REallly really sofffffft. One with the extra padding on the top.     suez2

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   Posted 8/16/2008 5:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a waterbed and loved it semi moitionless. Got married and cant sleep in his uncomfortable bed. But he didnt like waterbed so I gave it away.
With fibro it is important to get your sleep. My problem I cant get in the stage I need to. He agrees we need a new matress. Worth checking into...
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