What type of mattress do you find to be best on your back?

@carmella (496)
United States
January 31, 2007 12:39pm CST
My husband and I both have really bad backs. We never know when our backs wil just go "POP" and we're down for days unable to move without severe pain. We have tried many mattresses and different foam cussions trying to find what we can comfortably sleep on. Our newest mattress is a memory foam mattress and we just love it. We sleep so well on it and it is so comfy. What type of mattress has worked for your aching back?
8 responses
• Canada
31 Jan 07
I prefer a hard surface to sleep on, prefferable a hard matress or even a floor. The lower back muscles are ussually sore in my body from over workinging out or jsut because my family has a history of bad back problems. Also the position I sleep in gives me less problems in the morning. I do not sleep crooked or to the side as I have experienced this to cause more pain later on after I wake up from my sleep.
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@carmella (496)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Oh yes, the position I sleep in has a lot to do with how I feel when I wake up. I have trouble sleeping on my right side. Any time I do I wake up with my shoulkder and neck just killing me. However, I discovered a few nights ago, that if I place two pillows under my head instead of just one, and place them so that the pillow meets and tucks under my neck, but my shoulders not on them, I do not have a problem and can sleep on my right side all night long and wake up pain free! I love to sleep cuddled up to my hubby, but he cannot sleep on his left side because of pain, so my discovery a feww days ago made me very happy and now I am cuddling up to hubby all night long : )
@smacksman (6074)
31 Jan 07
Way to go girl, wooohooo! I'm so pleased you found a solution! Nothing like a good cuddle and it will do hubbies back a lot of good too I expect!
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@carmella (496)
• United States
1 Feb 07
Oh yeah, hubby loves it and he says it feels really good to his back when I'm snuggled in behind him, very cozy : )
• United States
31 Jan 07
I haven't tried any other types of mattresses, but I work at home for a company that takes calls for Temperpedic mattresses and I have had people tell me how GREAT they are! Of course, you see the commercials on tv and they look cool, but i don't really believe it all. LOL BUT...when people call me while I am working and tell me how much they love this mattress, I tend to believe more.
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@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
31 Jan 07
My husband and I have Temperpedic mattress. It's amazing! I remember when he first bought it, my instinct was to bounce on it. It doens't bounce... is absorbs the energy and deadens the bounce-back. So that's no fun, but other than that it is an amazing mattress!!
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@carmella (496)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I would love to get the temperpedic mattress. The one we have now is from Wal-Mart and is a spa select or something like that. It is still a really nice mattress and at a cost of the temperpedic, but I still wantto get the temper one day when I can afford to spend that much on a bed.
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@catherIN (430)
• United States
1 Feb 07
No certain mattress works here. Thanks to 2 different car wrecks, where I was rearended while at complete stops, my neck,shoulder and upper back is a mess.Then, several years ago,my lower back got messed up.So,what works one night may leave me in unbelievable pain the next. I have to use pillows to support my body and neck in certain ways.The pillow under my head has to be just so.It takes me an unreal amount of time to get situated just right or I will pay for it the next morning. We have a good mattress, not to hard or soft.We also have a nice memory foam pad to go on the bed. Some times,depending on how my back is ,we have to take the memory foam off.There are times that I have to lay on the couch for awhile.It just all depends.I really miss the days of being able to just lay down and immediately be comfortable.Instead it's like a work out to get ready to sleep.LOL! My answer to what kind of mattress,I still haven't found one. Hubby thinks I need one of those sleep number beds so I can dial a different number on it every night. LOL
@carmella (496)
• United States
1 Feb 07
Oh how I know the nightly work out, LOL I had the same problems pretty much as you with getting comfy. I had a good mattress, at least for what it cost it should have been good. Was one of thos posterpedics mattresses, or something like that. It was the kind that is supposed to give back pain sufferers a good nights sleep. That thing killed me every night! I tried cussions on the bare floor and that worked well, but I needed so many bed topper cussion that is was hard to keep them all together, they wanted to slide off each other. Then at Christmas a friend from Church bought us a memory foam mattress with a contour foam bottom. Cathy I am telling this bed is a dream come true! I have no doubt one of the more expensive beds with the memory foam would be really nice too. The select comfort and sleep number beds has a memory foam top don't they? I want the Temprapedic bed. Darrell has a select comfort bed and he said it is awesome on the back. As for a memory foam topper, or any foam mattress topper for that matter, they don't work on top of a mattress, I've been there and done that and it actually made my back hurt more.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
31 Jan 07
My youngest son (15)has a memory foam mattress and just loves it. I've slept on a waterbed for 30 years now and can't sleep on anything else - I have upgraded to the tubes/waveless, softside (takes regular sheets). But it's water and I love it.
@carmella (496)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Oh water beds... I always loved water beds, they rock you to sleep so nicely. Unfortunatly I have had a bad back since I was 20 nyears old and that ended my water bed days :( I so miss sleeping on a water bed, just because I loved the rock to sleep of the waves in the bed : )
@smacksman (6074)
31 Jan 07
I like a firm mattress that gives me plenty of support. I do feel for you with back trouble. I have only had a few problems and it has been very painfull and difficult to sleep.
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@carmella (496)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Well I wrote up a nice post and it got lost in cyber space, LOL As you I too need a firm mattress, but with a little bit of cush to it, if that makes sense. The memory foam mattress wal-mart has for $230.00 is really nice. A great make do if you cannot afford the big brand name memory foam mattress. I know what you mean about it being difficult to sleep, it is almost immpossible when you are in pain with your back.
@damnsam (68)
• India
31 Mar 07
For me, Coir Mattresses really work. Also, mats on floors too. I think anything that's flat and whose size doesn't change when you sit on it is the one go to for if you have back problems. While switching to this type of mattress from your current one might be a bit uncomfortable for a while but it gets good as days pass by. Also right sitting habits and drinking a lot of water too aid back pain.
@aweins (4203)
• India
27 Mar 07
i m suffering from Spondylitis, so for me doctor has recommended hard mattress so i use that.
@drd_ebiz (82)
• India
16 Mar 07
I have a slipped disc problem since my teen, it all started when I attempeted a huge weight in an weight lifting practice session. Well, thats about 15 years back. You might me think I am a crazy....but for last 7 years I am using NO MATTRESS at all, and even no pillow!! Thats how I have been able to ward of this back pain problem, and I feel very normal, & the pain never arose to that level to disturb me or get me bed ridden (unlike many people i know). Well it was not very easy. In the initial days, it was really really difficult, (sleeping over a piece of wood). But slowly i get used to it & was able to give up pillow as well. Now I cant sleep in mattress and detest pillow....you have to give up something to win another...