Looking to buy a mattress - suggestions please
Aug 13, 2015 12:45 AM
Joined: Aug 12, 2015
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Hi everyone...new here! I hope y'all can help me out. We have got to get a new mattress soon! I can not take my current one anymore! It's to the point that I dread going to bed to another sleepless night.

A bit of history first....we had a pillow top Sealy Posturepedic for several years. I loved it! It doesn't seem like it had the super thick pillow top that I see on many mattresses now. It was just right. It had the firmness to give good support but also soft enough to be comfortable and cozy.

Well, a few years ago I started having lower back/hip issues. I have a bulging disc that causes hip and sciatic pain that I've been getting nerve blocks every few months...putting off surgery as long as I can.

Coincidentally, when these back problems started or became noticeable to me, our Sealy Posturepedic started giving me issues. It was sagging, causing me to feel like I was rolling toward the middle. The side of my body that kept rolling toward the middle also just so happened to be the side that my hip pain was worse on. I blamed it on the mattress causing it because it's as if during my sleep I might have been using that hip all night long while sleeping to try to keep from rolling to the middle.

My husband put a piece of plywood between the mattress and box springs to give more support. That helped for a little while, then it no longer worked. He added other various things but none worked. We traded sides so that I wouldn't have to fight rolling to the middle with my bad hip.

Eventually, it got to the point of not enough support in general to my lower back, besides the rolling to the middle that we had to get another mattress.We couldn't afford an expensive mattress, so we got one of those memory foam temperpedic knock-offs from Sam's Club. I was not satisfied with it. One thing I didn't like about it was it being much shorter than our previous pillow top thick mattress. I was going to give it the benefit of the doubt though. Well, besides it being way too hot for me, it's like it was too stiff in places...not being cozy and comfortable. It was too firm in places, but still not enough support on my lower back. For instance, while lying on my back, I could easily reach around and put my hand in the gap between my lower back and the mattress. It just didn't work right for my pressure points along with being too stiff.

So, we took that back to Sam's and ordered one of the "bed in a box" that comes with a platform to use instead of a box springs. I had read a lot of great reviews on it before choosing it. Well, the first week or so, I was undecided. I didn't just love it, but I didn't hate it. It was much better than the one we had returned. Eventually, I knew we were going to have to get another mattress and I just decided to deal with it until we could get another one and I would be figuring out what kind to get.

Then, a few months ago, my mother-in-law gave us a King size mattress and box springs that they had only had a few months. We previously had a Queen size. I forgot why she said they had to get another one. Either her or my father-in-law wasn't satisfied with it but the other was but the store wouldn't take it back after using it, so she gave it to us.

Well, needless to say.....now this one is KILLING me! It seems like it gets worse every night! It feels like I'm trying to crawl out of a hole in the morning and my back hurts so bad especially in the morning.

So, I'm looking into getting a new mattress yet again, but this time I would like for it to lasts for awhile. I have been looking into getting a Latex mattress, but not sure what to look for or where to look here in Alabama. I'm a bit confused about Latex. What do all those numbers mentioned mean? I really like how it seems that that you can open it up and change up and/or add layers of latex to customize it or if one layer does have issues or wear out, you can just replace that layer? Am I understanding that correctly?

So, could someone please explain anything I need to know regarding purchasing a Latex mattress and also suggest what I might go with? I mostly sleep on back, but do also turn to my side. I need it to be firm, especially in the lower back and hip area, but also be sort of cozy and comfortable. Also, what about latex/rubber allergies because my husband is allergic to latex/rubber. I thought that might not be an issue since the latex itself wouldn't be directly touching his skin, but thought I'd ask.

I'm open to other suggestions as well...not just latex. So, please someone help me decide on what we should get. Thanks in advance!
Reply #19 Oct 7, 2016 10:58 AM
Joined: Oct 5, 2016
Points: 1
I bought a SAATVA Queen bed. Great bed BUT, I can't find a mattress pad that will stay in place more than two nights.

I find that very frustrating. It's like buying a new car, but you have to sit on a 5 gallon bucket in order to drive it.

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