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Confused by So Much Mattress Information.

Misty writes:
Hello Pete,

I have degenerative disc disease. I’m 5’11 and weigh 168. I’m a side sleeper, if that matters. 
I have a mattress that is 2 years old, that I feel it’s to soft. 
What do you suggest as the best mattress for my back as I can adjust to anything.  
I’ve just read so much information I’m confused! 
Adjusting beds, coils, memory foam, blah blah blah. Help!
Thanks, Misty
Hi Misty,

An adjustable bed base is great for hanging out in your bedroom.
But, it has little to no therapeutic value.
You must sleep flat to maintain your spine’s natural alignment, which is what will relieve back pain due to damaged discs.
A mattress using an individually pocketed coil unit will contour to the shape of the body and maintain that spinal alignment.
The other part of the mattress is the upholstery material.
The best has always been latex.
Next best is polyurethane foam, which was the primary upholstery material from the early 1970s, until a short while ago, when memory foam took the top spot.
Memory foam has proven to be the worst upholstery ever invented, over it’s 20 year history. Memory is specifically designed to cause a mattress to need frequent replacing.
Memory foam is a temperature sensitive material that softens as it warms from your body heat. You sink in a little,  at first, then deeper and deeper as the memory foam loses the little resiliency it had….until finally, you sink through it.
It doesn’t take long for that to happen, and far less time than that for your spine to become misaligned and your back pain returns with a vengeance for having subjected it to such a poor quality product.
Memory foam absorbs your body heat and then reflex it back to you, causing the mattress to sleep hot.
Not only is memory foam a lousy product, it’s also a health hazard.
Memory foam off gasses the toxic chemicals, from which it’s made.
This toxic off gassing attacks your respiratory system.
Headache is the most common side effect.
I’ve heard from some who’s negative reactions were much worse.
The diabolical thing about memory foam is, when you get out of bed, the memory foam returns to it’s original shape.
The result is that you are highly unlikely to prevail in a warranty claim.
The mattress must have a sustained body impression of 1.5” or more, before the mattress will be exchanged. THAT rarely happens.
Before you buy a mattress, check to see if it is upholstered with memory foam.
If it has memory foam in it, don’t buy it.
You’ll only waste your money and your back won’t get what it needs.
All of the name brands have been sold to investors who are using memory foam in every mattress they make.
They are banking on the reputation of those name…names that had made high quality mattresses for decades. Those names now mean nothing.
Today, it’s all about profit and not at all about quality.
We specialize in avoiding mattresses made with memory foam.
For instance:
We carry an old fashioned two sided flippable mattress that’s upholstered with plant based polyurethane foam…not chemical based poly foam.
The individually pocketed coils are made of tempered steel, for durability.
At your size, it’s all the mattress you need, so don’t let the low price throw you.
However, if you are, or are planning to share the mattress with a larger, heavier person, my recommendation would change.
Here’s a link to the Wolf Brolynn Mattress.
Wolf Brolynn Two Sided Mattress
I can help you with any follow up questions.
We recommend using an organic cotton waterproof mattress protector with every mattress.
Keeping the upholstery materials clean and dry will extend the life of the mattress.
Shown here:
Gotcha Covered Organic Mattress Protector

Thanks, Pete

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