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Nicole writes:

Hi Pete,

I came across your website as I was looking for information on an old mattress we had that was destroyed in a house flood due to burst pipes in a winter storm.  We had already disposed of the mattress and I had a picture of the name (Beautyrest Frances Plush) but not the exact model number that I needed for the insurance claim.  
I discovered the name games that mattress companies play and that is why I was having a hard time finding information about that particular model.  Then I realized the insurance company probably knows that too and so I stopped stressing about the details.  We were indeed compensated for the loss.
That mattress was moderately comfortable for me, and even less so for my husband.  
We had kept it as a guest bed when we got our bedroom set, which was also destroyed (but I had paperwork on it, so I didn’t need to do the research!).  
The mattress we had “upgraded” to, was from Ashley Furniture, model M82141.  
I HATED that mattress with a passion and while my husband didn’t have the issues with it that I did, he also expressed some buyer’s remorse.  
I’d like to not make that mistake again.
I briefly considered Sleep Number due to my husband’s and my apparent different sleep needs, but I am not interested in having a “smart bed” tracking my every move and it doesn’t appear that they offer any low-tech options anymore.
I have read several of your posts and have come to appreciate your words of wisdom.  
I just don’t have the time to search your blog thoroughly enough to find a situation similar enough to ours as we are currently on an air mattress on the floor and I am getting even less good sleep than I used to.  
We have three small children and I need to get better sleep so I can take care of them adequately. 
I can’t remember the last time I woke up feeling refreshed or even not tired.
The particulars: I am 5’4″ and about 230 lbs.  
I just had a baby in January and have had hip issues since my pregnancy, particularly as I am a side sleeper.  
I am currently using a knee pillow to help with that, as a pregnancy pillow stopped working for me.  
I suspect I have sleep apnea although I have not been tested yet.  
I had a system worked out on the old bed where I was propped up and sleeping on the side of the bed but I haven’t been able to replicate that comfort since.  
My husband is 5’9″ and floats between 180-200 lbs.  
He does have severe sleep apnea that requires a CPAP.  
He also has been dragging in the mornings when he used to be a morning person.  
We are both in our mid-30’s.
My main question is that I have seen you recommend a regular mattress with a latex topper to some folks and a Greenspring mattress to others.  
In our situation, what advice can you give for our greatest comfort and better quality sleep?  
Also, do you think we would benefit from an adjustable base?
We appreciate your time and your expertise in helping us weed through all the options that are currently out there.  Without insider knowledge such as yours, it is a little overwhelming, especially if we can no longer trust the familiar name brands.
Sincerely, Nicole

Hi Nicole,

Oddly enough, your situation is almost identical to that of my wife and I.
Same sizes, same ailments. The only difference is age.
I, too, was diagnosed with sleep apnea.
After a couple of weeks of being hooked up to a cpap machine, I said “to hell with this”, and ditched it. That was decades ago and I haven’t died from that yet.
I do have a lot of disc problems in my back…herniated, bulging and ddd.
It’s like hitting the trifecta, without the pay off.
My wife is your size, also with hip pain.
The sleep number bed is nothing more than a glorified air mattress.
It provides no better support than the one you’re sleeping on now.
And, as if that weren’t bad enough, they’re upholstered with memory foam.
You want to avoid any mattress upholstered with memory foam.
That alone, eliminates most of the mattresses made today.
Adjustable bed bases are great for hanging out in your bedroom.
For sleeping, they have little to no therapeutic value.
One of the keys to a good night’s sleep is in maintaining the natural alignment of your spine.
Proper spinal alignment can only be achieved when the bed is flat.
What I’m recommending for you is the same mattress my wife and I sleep on at home.
The Natura of Canada Greenspring Ultra Plush.
The individually pocketed coils move independently from one another.
This type of support maintains your spinal alignment and greatly reduces motion transfer.
The upholstery material is natural Talalay Latex, which is comfortable and durable.
It doesn’t allow you to sink. The feel it provides is one of floating.
The coil count is very high and the double tempered steel coils are very strong.
Due to the high quality of the components, it’s not as soft as it sounds.
In fact, we added a 3” soft latex topper to ours to further relieve my wife’s hip pain.
Despite our sizes, our mattress remains in like new condition after more than 5.5 years.
What’s more, I sleep and wake without back pain.
Click on this link to view specifications and prices of that mattress.
Wait until after the mattress arrives before determining if your hip requires an additional latex topper.
That mattress comes with white glove delivery, which includes set up in your bedroom.

Delivery is free and there’s no sales tax.

Thanks, Pete
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