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Re: Is my understanding of Latex vs Tempurpedic correct? A little help needed 08 Jun 2012 10:09 #11

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Thanks for the referral to Chuck. We will definitely stop in there. My wife just talked a couple of her friends and they highly recommended Rest Assured. We'll let you know how it goes.

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Re: Is my understanding of Latex vs Tempurpedic correct? A little help needed 08 Jun 2012 10:28 #12

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I was looking over the latex mattresses on the Restwell site referenced in the other post. It says "Latex Foam Rubber" but I can't really find any specifics. Where can I find more details on what this product is? We are planning to stop in there this weekend as well.

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Re: Is my understanding of Latex vs Tempurpedic correct? A little help needed 08 Jun 2012 15:23 #13

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Hi harleynut,

The Restwell site has more generic information about the mattresses they make and only indicates that they use good quality materials. They make the mattresses for RoomandBoard which use Dunlop latex so this is likely what they use in their own line as well although most manufacturers have access to any material they choose to use. They make a range of mattresses including latex, memory foam, and innerspring/polyurethane but you would need to call them to find out the details of any of the specific mattresses they make.

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Re: Is my understanding of Latex vs Tempurpedic correct? A little help needed 11 Jun 2012 02:09 #14

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Any recommendations on bedding? I was thinking the Costco Kirkland brand but not sure if I need something better or more breathable?

The Healthy Back store have their own line of protection cover and sheets. Any experience or reviews?

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Re: Is my understanding of Latex vs Tempurpedic correct? A little help needed 11 Jun 2012 17:51 #15

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Hi JMB,

Bedding (in terms of sheets, blankets, mattress pads, etc) are certainly not my area of expertise but like mattresses I think that knowing the qualities of different materials and fabrics (breathability, temperature regulation, strength, quality of materials etc) and the integrity and knowledge of the outlet we are buying from (so we can trust the descriptions attached to the product) can be just as important as our choice of product.

Of course the advantage of an outlet like Costco is that they can have good value and their return privileges are excellent if we end up making a mistake.

There are some great sources of information about bedding, fibers, and fabrics and some of them are listed in post #7 here .

From my perspective ... the Costco Kirkland Signature Supima sheets seem to be both good quality and good value (assuming the description is correct). The thread count is specified as single fiber, Supima cotton is high quality, and sateen weave is soft. The reviews on the site are also worth reading though because they can give some hints of how they may feel (some find them warm with the higher thread count and some have mentioned that they seem very thick for single thread count sheets). Of course the advantage of Costco is that we can find out for ourselves without risk.

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Re: Is my understanding of Latex vs Tempurpedic correct? A little help needed 11 Jun 2012 18:01 #16

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Hi JMB,

Bedding (in terms of sheets, blankets, mattress pads, etc) are certainly not my area of expertise but like mattresses I think that knowing the qualities of different materials and fabrics (breathability, temperature regulation, strength, quality of materials etc) and the integrity and knowledge of the outlet we are buying from (so we can trust the descriptions attached to the product) can be just as important as our choice of product.

Of course the advantage of an outlet like Costco is that they can have good value and their return privileges are excellent if we end up making a mistake.

There are some great sources of information about bedding, fibers, and fabrics and some of them are listed in post #7 here .

From my perspective ... the Costco Kirkland Signature Supima sheets seem to be both good quality and good value (assuming the description is correct). The thread count is specified as single fiber, Supima cotton is high quality, and sateen weave is soft. The reviews on the site are also worth reading though because they can give some hints of how they may feel (some find them warm with the higher thread count and some have mentioned that they seem very thick for single thread count sheets). Of course the advantage of Costco is that we can find out for ourselves without risk.

I don't have specific experience with the Healthy Back bedding line (and they also carry Dreamfit and others) but I do know that I have always been impressed with Healthy back itself and the knowledge and service or their staff in the outlets I have talked with. Of course ... sometimes it can be a matter of knowing the types of questions to ask (such as what type of cotton) which can say more about a sheet than thread count. Thread counting in sheets reminds me of coil counting in a mattress ... it's part of the story but not the whole story and can be both helpful and misleading depending on the "rest of the story".

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Re: Is my understanding of Latex vs Tempurpedic correct? A little help needed 17 Jun 2012 15:11 #17

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After 3 nights on the new mattress I wake up with a sore back. It's much firmer than the floor model. I do like the support and feel comfortable when I lay on it but sleeping on it for 6-7 hours is no fun.

We are waiting for the correct foundation to get delivered but doubt it will improve the firmness with the mattress being 10" think.

Can I expect the softness to improve over time? If so, how long?

I have 90 days to return for a full refund and with the hype of the Ultimate Dreams mattress and price point I am thinking of giving them a shot.

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Re: Is my understanding of Latex vs Tempurpedic correct? A little help needed 17 Jun 2012 17:42 #18

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Hi JMB,

Typically I would give any new mattress a few weeks as an adjustment period because the differences between the new mattress and what you were sleeping on previously can take some adjustment.

Typically ... a sore back can be the result of alignment issues but this would depend on the area of soreness and on the specific type of soreness. This could mean for example that your heavier parts could be sinking into the mattress a little further than is ideal for your height, weight, body shape, and sleeping positions.

It may be helpful if you could describe the "symptoms" a little bit more specifically to know whether this was more of a pressure relief issue or an alignment issue (which symptoms of "lower back issues" tend to point to while upper back issues could point to something else).

All foams will go through an initial softening over the first 90 days or so and the cover materials will also loosen and stretch to some degree but latex will do this less than other types of foam. The initial softening of latex is less and the more gradual softening over time is also slower than other materials (which is why it is more durable and keeps it's initial feel for longer). Any difference in feel when the new foundation comes would depend on what the mattress is currently lying on and whether it was similar in firmness and rigidity to the foundation that will be replacing it. The base or foundation that a mattress is on can have a significant effect on the feel and performance of the mattress ... especially with latex which is much more flexible than other materials and will "follow" the contours of what it is on more than other materials. Is the mattress currently on the floor or on something else?

Either way though ... it's important to give any new mattress some time so that the muscles and ligaments that have "adjusted" to less pressure relieving or supportive mattresses can "loosen" and adjust so that better alignment can be more comfortable in the long term. Better alignment isn't always comfortable right away when the body is used to sleeping in an out of alignment position. Even if you end up switching to something else ... it would be important to know how well your mattress works when you have gone through the initial adjustment as a more accurate guideline to any further "fine tuning" adjustments or even a replacement.

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