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How do you know when you need a new mattress? 02 Aug 2014 12:19 #1

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I'm guessing we do, but not sure how you know.

Hello, we have an 8.5 year old sleep number mattress. I'm not sure why we bought it, probably because there was a store nearby and the idea of different settings for me and my wife made sense. Anyway, my side has had an indentation for a while now. I pump it up but that doesn't seem to solve the problem. So, I end up sleeping in the middle much of the time where there is no indentation (yet). I really don't know if my wife or I am having any neck or back pain from the bed. We have it most days, but I can't necessarily attribute it to sleeping. Maybe we just don't know any better. I know eating sugar and wheat are negative factors.

I've read enough of this forum today not to ask, Which mattress should I get? But I thought I'd ask if it's clear we need a new one.

For what it's worth, I'm 5'9", about 155, and my wife is 5'4", about 120. I sleep on my side about 75% of the time and my back 25% of the time. My wife probably sleeps on her back more than that. I'd like a cooler bed.

I live in the zip code. I'm not sure there are any approved retail stores here so I sent some emails to a couple of the national stores on the list since I figure I'll probably have to do this all online.

Thanks in advance fr any help.

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How do you know when you need a new mattress? 02 Aug 2014 12:21 #2

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Also, I've had one of those $100 contoured foam pillows from Sleep Number for a while now as well. I'm guessing I need a new one of those too. I have no idea about pillows in case anyone has any advice there as I can see a bad pillow affecting my neck pain. Thanks.

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How do you know when you need a new mattress? 02 Aug 2014 12:47 #3

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Hi Chief,

How do you know when you need a new mattress?


There are a number of ways to know including ...

You wake up in the morning with aches and pains that go away over the course of the day.

You tend to sleep better on other mattresses (friends, hotels etc) or on your couch than you do on your own mattress.

There are obvious signs of foam softening or sagging/impressions that is affecting the performance of your mattress (such as sleeping better in the middle of your mattress).

You don't sleep as well on your mattress as you did in the first few years.

While some mattresses are much more durable and will maintain their comfort and support much longer than others (depending on the quality and durability of the components) and your own needs and preferences can also change over time depending on different factors such as weight changes, injury, illness, physiological changes associated with aging, and other factors as well ... if you are sleeping on a mattress that is 7 - 10 years old or more it would also be a good idea to assess whether you may be better off with a new mattress (using the above criteria). In some cases even a mattress that is only 2 or 3 years old but is made with lower quality materials may need to be replaced because it has lost the comfort and/or support that it had when it was new so I would use your own "best judgement" rather than only the age of the mattress or the length of the warranty (which has very little to do with the useful life of a mattress).

Hello, we have an 8.5 year old sleep number mattress.


While I'm not a big fan of airbeds for the reasons outlined in this article ... if you were sleeping well when the mattress was new and your pain and discomfort is the result of foam softening in your comfort layers it may also be worth considering just replacing the foam in your comfort layers. There are some good sources for different types of foam layers in post #4 here .

I live in the zip code.


You left out the zip code so if you can let me know what it is I'd be happy to let you know about any of the better options or possibilities I'm aware of in your area.

Also, I've had one of those $100 contoured foam pillows from Sleep Number for a while now as well. I'm guessing I need a new one of those too. I have no idea about pillows in case anyone has any advice there as I can see a bad pillow affecting my neck pain. Thanks.


There is more information in the pillow thread here that can help you choose a new pillow that is suitable for your own specific needs and preferences. I would probably choose a mattress first since the type and firmness of a mattress can affect which pillow you will do best with and will keep your head and neck in good alignment in all your sleeping positions.

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How do you know when you need a new mattress? 02 Aug 2014 14:00 #4

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Thanks Phoenix.

I actually feel pretty good when I wake up and start to have joint/muscle pain within an hour or so. i think that is largely due to my diet, but I don't doubt that my bed/sleep is also a factor.

Unfortunately, I don't have good responses to those initial points. I don't recall how well I slept in the beginning, but I assume it was pretty well or we would have taken the mattress back. I've always been a pretty good sleeper, although I do toss and turn and shift positions at night but it really doesn't bother me. It's easy for me to go back to sleep. I almost never sleep in other beds. When we go on vacation, I can usually sleep well and may or may not feel different, better or worse, that day but I almost always eat worse on vacation and that is a big factor.

Sorry, my zip code is 32217.

It sounds like I could use a new mattress and maybe something other than an air bed (I'll check out that link you posted). However, I'm a little hesitant to upset the balance. What I don't want is to make a change and for things to be worse.

Thanks.

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How do you know when you need a new mattress? 02 Aug 2014 15:44 #5

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Hi Chief,

It sounds like I could use a new mattress and maybe something other than an air bed (I'll check out that link you posted). However, I'm a little hesitant to upset the balance. What I don't want is to make a change and for things to be worse.


While your own "best judgement" about your own quality of sleep and the other points I mentioned would be better than mine (I can't feel what you feel on your mattress) ... based on your description it certainly sounds like you need a new mattress or at least a new comfort layer if the air bladders are still in good condition.

If you do decide to look for a new mattress then the first place I would start is the mattress shopping tutorial here which has all the basic information, steps, and guidelines you will need to know how to make the best possible choice ... and know how and why to avoid the worst ones.

Sorry, my zip code is 32217.


The better options and possibilities I'm aware of in the Jacksonville, FL area are listed in post #7 here .

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How do you know when you need a new mattress? 02 Aug 2014 16:25 #6

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Thanks. That gives me some places to work with. Along with your tutorial and list of mattress stores I can email, I should be in good shape. If and when I buy one, I'll report back with comments.

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How do you know when you need a new mattress? 02 Aug 2014 17:05 #7

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Hi Chief,

I forgot to include a link to the tutorial in my last reply (now corrected) but I think you found it anyway :)

If and when I buy one, I'll report back with comments.


I'm looking forward to finding out what you end up deciding ... and of course any other comments or questions you may have along the way.

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How do you know when you need a new mattress? 03 Aug 2014 13:08 #8

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We went to the one mattress store open on Sunday today. They had the Pure Latex Bliss beautiful bed. I liked it but my wife wasn't sure. She liked the latex bed but found one that had some sort of quilted top that she liked better. The salesman said that's what he has so she liked that too. It was a Restonic Interlude. I didn't see that manufacturer or bed discussed favorably anywhere on this site so I was hesitant to buy it. Unless I missed Restonic on this site someheere?

I guess I'll try a couple of other places next Saturday and also work with some of the internet companies.

Thanks.

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How do you know when you need a new mattress? 03 Aug 2014 17:16 #9

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Hi Chief,

It was a Restonic Interlude. I didn't see that manufacturer or bed discussed favorably anywhere on this site so I was hesitant to buy it. Unless I missed Restonic on this site someheere?


A forum search on Restonic (you can just click the link) will bring up several hundred posts that mention them and they are the 10th largest manufacturer in the US (see this article ).

Restonic makes some good quality mattresses (and some that aren't) that can be better value than the largest manufacturers but they are a licensee group of privately owned factories and the different factories in the group may build their mattresses differently in various areas of the country. Outside of how well a mattress matches your specific needs and preferences in terms of PPP though ... a mattress is only as good as the quality of the materials inside it regardless of the name of the manufacturer so I would always make sure that you are able to find out the information in this article so you can make sure there are no lower quality materials or weak links in a mattress and so you can make meaningful comparisons with other mattresses (regardless of who makes it).

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How do you know when you need a new mattress? 04 Aug 2014 12:53 #10

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I'm slowly narrowing this down. I like the Arizona Mattress Company. I like the Brooklyn Bedding all latex mattress, but they haven't responded back to me. Flexus looks good too. SleepEZ has responded quickly. I have a question about them. For a 10,000 king size mattress, there is about a $400 difference between a natural latex mattress and an organic latex mattress. Anyone know what kind of benefit I'd be paying for if I went with the organic mattress? Thanks.

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