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  1. #1
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    Memory foam mattress

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    Who has one? Is it worth the money? Would it be a good thing for someone who needs to be able to sleep flat and not have my shoulders curl inward and my hips flex while the "heavy parts" sink in?

    Therma-Rest on the floor or very firm futon are the other alternatives, but they kind of make my sacrum sore before morning comes, so I'm wondering if there's something more ... if it were vehicle suspension one would say "compliant," something that's soft when you want soft and firm when you want firm. Someday I might even be able to sleep on my side again.
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    This is relevant to my interests.

    Seriously, this is something I wonder about. I love our memory foam topper on a firmer mattress...well, not so sure the mattress is as firm as it once was and maybe that's contributing to my own back woes. Years ago I slept on a friend's Tempurpedic mattress and liked it, but I know there are tons of different models for that brand and others.
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    I have a Tempurpedic mattress, one of the less expensive ones. I like it a lot. It is not the solution to all my problems, but I'm pretty sure no mattress will solve everything.

    Before I had this mattress I had a futon on a platform bed. The Tempurpedic is better. Futons are comfortable but they develop a ditch after a while.

    My advice would be to go to a store that sells a wide range of models and try them out. In this area we have Healthy Back stores where you can lie on a mattress for as long as you want to decide if it's comfortable for you, and they have many different models to choose from.

    FWIW I use mine on the same Ikea platform bed frame that I used with the futon. I bought two sets of slats so that there are not gaps between them.

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    We have one, also on a platform bed. We have the Temperpedic branded one. I find it very comfortable. However, I find that it does not dissipate heat well and thus can be hot at night. This was more of a problem as I was going into menopause and less of a problem now.

    Another of our places has a latex mattress. I like that one the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfinch View Post
    We have one, also on a platform bed. We have the Temperpedic branded one. I find it very comfortable. However, I find that it does not dissipate heat well and thus can be hot at night. This was more of a problem as I was going into menopause and less of a problem now.

    Another of our places has a latex mattress. I like that one the best.
    I find that my pillow gets warm but my mattress is okay in terms of heat.

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    When we bought your new bed last year (and new mattress as well) we ended up choosing one of the euro top mattresses. Looked at the memory foam, but decided the heat thing would be too much of an issue. We like the euro top, it's similar to pillow top, but not nearly as much "pillow". Plus we have a mattress topper on top of it and it works great for us. If I were to get a new mattress at this point I'd either look at another euro top or look at the sleep number ones.

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    Re: Memory foam mattress

    We have a memory foam topper and we are shopping for a mattress now. It will most definitely be memory foam and most likely Tempurpedic. Not all memory foam mattresses are created equal when it comes time heat so I'd read reviews on the ones you're interested in. We are leaning towards the Cloud Supreme Tempurpedic.
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    Another vote for the latex mattress. DH and I both preferred it to the memory foam ones we tried. To me, it feels more like you're sleeping on it instead of "in" it, and it feels cooler than the memory foam did too.

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    Are the "no-bounce" ads true? (she asks after another night next to a DH with restless legs...)
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    We have a firm mattress with a Tempurpedic foam 'pillow top'. It's fan-freaking-tastic! It's a sweet compromise for us because my husband likes soft mattresses and I like ones with firm support. It's not hot, trust me...I'd know. I hate to be hot at night and my husband's middle name is ' the furnace'.

    We bought it last year after shopping for mattresses and arguing about them for weeks on end. We were thisclose to buying a sleep number bed but I really didn't want a bed that consumed electricity. When we both tried this one, it was refreshing. I travel a lot and each time I come home to our bed, I crawl into it and get all giddy happy at how comfortable it is!

    The no-bounce thing for us is only partway true, but our mattress is not 100% memory foam, either. It's definitely more stable than our original mattress was though!
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    A related topic...for those with neck injuries, how do you like the memory foam pillow? I just realized my pillows are OLD...I won't say just how old

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    neck pillow.... oh yeah. I sleep with mine 90% of the time.
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    We've got a Tempurpedic at our new place (the landlords left it) and I'm not sure which model it is. I love it. Support in all the right places, forgiving where I've got pressure points. I've had my share of injuries and this is the best thing I've slept on in a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catrin View Post
    A related topic...for those with neck injuries, how do you like the memory foam pillow? I just realized my pillows are OLD...I won't say just how old
    You have to find just the right shape and match it to your bed, which can be difficult, but I'll never use a regular pillow again. I have a cervical pillow (memory foam, but not Tempurpedic) and a Tempurpedic side sleeping pillow. I use both, depending on the situation, and they come with me on trips out of town.
    Last edited by luvmyguys; 10-29-2012 at 11:23 AM.
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    Memory foam mattress

    Quote Originally Posted by luvmyguys View Post
    You have to find just the right shape and match it to your bed, which can be difficult, but I'll never use a regular pillow again. I have a cervical pillow (memory foam, but not Tempurpedic) and a Tempurpedic side sleeping pillow. I use both, depending on the situation, and they come with me on trips out of town.
    What do you mean, match it to your bed? That doesn't make any sense to me. I used the one my dr prescribed after my car accident, and just put a pillow case on it.
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