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What kind of bed do you have?

Discussion in 'Lifestyle Management' started by blazes, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. blazes

    blazes

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    I have noticed that if I have a headache or am just not feeling well I can go get in the tub full of water and relax. So I know my bed is in need of replacing. Question is.....what do I get? What are your experiences?
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    Enid Senior Member

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    I had to invest in a new one blazes with reactive arthritis setting in and it's marvellous - just don't know if the info will aid from here. It's a Craftmatic (specialist beds) firmish but the mattress is internally sprung so very supportive to lie on. Over that is one these foam "covers" that spreads the weight pressure points throughout the body by virtue of a rippled surface. All very personal but I've found it marvellous.
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    WillowJ Senior Member

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    I've had pillowtop beds and liked them at first but not been entirely satisfied as time went on. I think maybe a good solution might be to get a supportive mattress and then a pillowtop mattress pad. Or if you can afford it (!) maybe one of those Cuddle Ewe underquilts.
  4. blazes

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    Was going to look at a Sleep Number bed with the pillow top. I just don't want to spend a ton of money and hate it after a while. Plus....I have such hot flashes at night that anything that resembles a Tempurpedic is out of the question.

    Thanks for the input!
    Kimberly
  5. 3CFIDS@ourhouse

    3CFIDS@ourhouse still me

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    I hate to say it, but conventional mattresses (especially new ones) outgas many toxic chemicals. Needing a new bed is a terrible dilemma, because the healthier ones are so expensive. A less expensive option would be to get a topper made of safe materials. I also learned that "natural" doesn't necessarily mean safe and definitely isn't synonymous with organic.
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    Mya Symons Mya Symons

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    My husband and I have muscle twitches during the night. We also toss and turn alot. We went and got Costco's version of a tempurpedic matress so we would stop waking each other up. Even though it wasn't bought for comfort, it is suprisingly comfortable. There are no springs to hit tender points or joints that ache. I would definately reccomend getting one of these mattresses. The generic version of the tempurpedic seems to be just as good as the original.
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    I have a sleep number bed. I like it. With regular spring matresses, they always seem to eventually cave in. So after a couple years I would end up sleeping in a valley.

    The sleep number bed seems to stay straight and flat for me.

    Nighty night!
  8. being

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    I have a futon that lays low to the ground. I had an alright mattress but it was old and it started sagging in the middle so my back started hurting bad. What is great to do is to get blankets, sleeping bags, etc. and put on top of a firm mattress and under the sheets. It is pillow soft but firm underneath, which is win/win for me.
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    Great topic!! Finally my husband and I bought one of those "foam" mattresses. Not a "tempurpedic" but one similar. I have had for years, and now on my 2nd one a "Cuddleewe." (as in Cuddle Ewe) It goes on top of the mattress. They last about 5-7 years. They are "divine." The best thing I have bought for the bed. Take a look at the website. I still can wake up hurting and feeling lousy, but a lot less lousy and "hurt."
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    The outgassing of new mattresses are a real worry. Does anyone have any recommendation for organic mattresses that will not cause that problem?
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    I have just bought a really supportive mattress with a built in memory foam layer on top, after years of using a memory foam mattress topper on my old bed.
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    Hi Min,

    Do you know if this mattress still has the problem of outgassing? If not, do you mind sharing the brand name?
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    I have a hospital bed but got a different mattress. Because I spend so much time in bed, a hospital bed is ideal. It goes up and down, legs goes up and the upper torso part goes up and down. I have a bed rail on one side, which is really handy because you can pull yourself up. I have 2 beds. One in my bedroom and the other in the family room. My insurance paid for them.
  14. Dainty

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    If you don't have a latex allergy, then purchasing a mattress or foam topper that's 100% natural latex is one chemically safe option. Take care that it specifies "100% natural" and not simply "natural", as the latter can still contain a fairly significant amount of synthetic rubber, which is made of petrochemicals and real nasty stuff.

    Since you find a tub full of water relaxing, I'm wondering if you might be interested in reading up on sleeping in an isolation (float) tank. It's just a couple inches of water super-saturated with epsom salts so that when you lie down in it your body floats completely, and the tank is generally built to be lightproof and soundproof to provide for relaxing sensory deprivation. It is said that a lot of people find them helpful to sleep in. Me, I've never tried it, but the idea of having literally no pressure points whatsoever as I'm lying down sounds like a dream!

    I currently sleep without a mattress out of necessity. I have some boards that I sleep on with a blanket folded over that provides some cushioning, and the pressure points have built up calluses on the skin so hat it isn't as painful as it sounds anymore.

    I've written fairly extensively on my own bedding journey in this post. If you just want to skip to my suggestions then scroll down to the bolded part and read from there.

    One thing I forgot to mention in that post is I've also experimented with sleeping on a cot (army surplus from something like 50 years ago, cotton, washed it and everything, still wasn't tolerable to me) and have also looked into sleeping on hammocks. You might be interested in the hammock option - contrary to popular belief you can sleep flat while in a hammock, and many with back problems actually find them therapeutic rather than damaging. You just need a hammock that accommodates lying on them at an angle.

    For those without my extreme sensitivities, any orgnaic mattresses ought to be okay. One that I can personally recommend is http://holylamborganics.com/ , I haven't purchased any of their ready-made stuff but they're the ones I got my orgnaic wool batting from for my homemade mattress before I had to give it up. So I can attest their product is pure and their customer service is great, at least it was several years ago.

    A hospital bed sounds wonderful. Having the bed do the work in sitting up for you is really nice.

    A final tip: when I've had my choice of height, I've found that beds raised higher than normal are easier to get onto an dout of than normal height of beds. If it's just below hip level I can sort of roll onto and off them, rather than having to bend my knees and use my leg muscles to get up and back down again. At one poitn I was actually sleeping on a desk because of this energy-saving convenience. Of course, experiment with what works for you.
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    My wife and I discussed bed mattresses a few years ago. I was determined to get a Temperpedic and my wife wanted a Select Comfort.
    Was able to take a nap on my mother's Temperpedic and had awful temperature regulation problems with it (lying supine, I was sweating like crazy on my back and my front was freezing cold). Decided on getting the Select Comfort shortly after trying one at a hotel chain (sorry, can't remember which one). Have had it for a few years now and likely won't use anything else until I'm in need for a hospital bed. ;-)

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