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I like sleeping on the ground 12 Apr 2016 21:46 #1

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Hi!
For the past few months I've been sleeping on a thin, cheap foam mattress on the ground and it's been the best sleep of my entire life. Which is great!

But overall I don't like being at ground level (ew), changing sheets is a hassle and I'd like to be an actual grownup with a mattress that isn't a foam POS.

Does anyone have any advice for finding a mattress that works for me?

I've tried searching the internet and this forum high and low and haven't found anything helpful. I'd love some advice on what some good solutions might be.

Thanks so, so, so much for any help!

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I like sleeping on the ground 12 Apr 2016 22:49 #2

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Hi SleepsOnFloors,

Does anyone have any advice for finding a mattress that works for me?

I've tried searching the internet and this forum high and low and haven't found anything helpful. I'd love some advice on what some good solutions might be.



While I can certainly help with "how" to choose ... It's not possible to make specific suggestions or recommendations for either a mattress, manufacturers/retailers, or combinations of materials or components because the first "rule" of mattress shopping is to always remember that you are the only one that can feel what you feel on a mattress and there are too many unknowns, variables, and personal preferences involved that are unique to each person to use a formula or for anyone to be able to predict or make a specific suggestion or recommendation about which mattress or combination of materials and components or which type of mattress would be the best "match" for you in terms of "comfort", firmness, or PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and your own Personal preferences) or how a mattress will "feel" to you or compare to another mattress based on specs (either yours or a mattress), sleeping positions, health conditions, or "theory at a distance" that can possibly be more reliable than your own careful testing (hopefully using the testing guidelines in step 4 of the tutorial) or your own personal sleeping experience (see mattress firmness/comfort levels in post #2 here ).

I'm not sure what you've read since you found the site but just in case you haven't read it yet ... the first place to start your research is the mattress shopping tutorial here which includes all the basic information, steps, and guidelines that can help you make the best possible choice ... and perhaps more importantly know how and why to avoid the worst ones.

Two of the most important links in the tutorial that I would especially make sure you've read are post #2 here which has more about the different ways to choose a suitable mattress (either locally or online) that is the best "match" for you in terms of "comfort" and PPP that can help you assess and minimize the risks of making a choice that doesn't turn out as well as you hoped for and post #13 here which has more about the most important parts of the "value" of a mattress purchase which can help you make more meaningful quality/value comparisons between mattresses in terms of suitability (how well you will sleep), durability (how long you will sleep well), and the overall value of a mattress compared to your other finalists based on all the parts of your personal value equation that are most important to you.

Assuming that the materials in a mattress you are considering are durable enough for your body type and meet the quality/durability guidelines here relative to your weight range ... the choice between different types and combinations of materials and components or different types of mattresses are more of a preference and a budget choice than a "better/worse" choice (see this article ).

I don't know anything about your current mattress but if you are having the best sleep of your life and the only thing that you need is additional height then it may be worth using your current mattress (or a similar mattress) on top of a bedframe and a suitable foundation or on a platform bed.

If you let me know your city or zip code I'd be happy to let you know about any of the better options or possibilities I'm aware of in your area.

If you are also looking at online options then the mattress shopping tutorial includes several links to lists of many of the better online options I'm aware of (in the optional online step) that include many different types and categories of mattresses in a wide range of designs, budgets, firmness levels, and with different return/exchange policies that may also be worth considering.

Phoenix
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