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I just got back from vacation where I had to crawl to the bathroom after sleeping on the motel beds. I now sleep on the couch at home, and have for the last two years, for the back support. Please help me find a bed where my husband and I can sleep.

asked Oct 22 '13
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Hi Bed Seeker, You can get support from a plethora of mattresses...when you throw in what level of comfort you enjoy, that can narrow it down a bit. If you are a back or side sleeper, I'd recommend a medium to medium plush surface above a heavy duty (9 to 12 3/4 gauge steel) coil, firm natural rubber latex or firm block foam. If you are tummy sleeper, go with a medium firm to firm mattress on the same support layers. I'd avoid pillow tops on any of the suggested support layers, simply because they are notorious for softening and failing in a short period of time. However, if you want to get a firm mattress (they do tend to last longer), you can personalize the comfort with a separate topper. Choose from natural rubber latex, plant-based memory foam or wool. I would avoid mattresses with unknown flame retardants...even if they are government approved, toxins are usually present. You'll get some other good information here at Good Bed, as other professionals respond with their expertise.

answered Oct 22 '13
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Nov 09 '13

Here's one item to consider - one of the stronger innerspring units on the market is the Hinge-Flex from Leggett & Platt. A mattress containing that spring unit certainly wouldn't be a bad place to start. Of course, the quality of construction, amount and quality of foams will all play an important role.

answered Oct 22 '13
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There are many great mattresses out there, and about 4 different technologies. I would suggest you try them all. Innersprings have been with us for a long time, consider the coil count and the comfort as you lay on them. Water has been around since the 1960s, and are tough to find these days. Foam, as in Memory Foam, was pioneered in the 1980s. And air technology also has been with us since the 1980s.

Since all of us have different bodies, to suggest a particular technology without more information would be difficult. We sell Air and Foam technology. They seem to help the most people. Air is adjustable, which should make this style the last bed you may need to buy. Foam encourages good posture as well, but since our bodies change over time, and foam wears out, these will not last as long. Springs are among the shortest lived beds, the suggestion is to replace them every 7 to 10 years.

Take your time while shopping and spend at least 15 minutes on any bed that you seem to like at first lay. Make sure the store has a return policy, just in case. And compare apples to apples, adjust pricing of springs for the longer lasting beds. There is a great bed out there, sometimes finding it is a bigger pain than your back. Hope this helps....Sleep Well!

answered Oct 23 '13
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