Choosing a Mattress for Back Support and Sleep Comfort Part I

Back-to-Back: Patients share tips on experiences with Sleep Comfort

Want to know more about sleep problems and insomnia from those who have been affected most? In our Back-to-Back section, patients share tips and advice about back support, mattresses, and sleep. Please read through our Back-to-Back pages or discuss sleep and insomnia on our message boards

Little-known mattress is best for my pain

I am a 6’4 200lb 26 year old male who has a herniated disc at L5 S1 and degeneration at L4 L5 and L3 L4. I purchased a Restonic mattress a little over two years ago and it was the best choice I have ever made regarding a mattress. I have used the mattress regularly with sleep and with sex. The Restonic mattress isn’t as widely known as a Sealy or a Sleep number bed. Because of this you may have some difficulty finding a dealer for this bed. But go onto Restonics website and find a dealer located closest to you by entering your zip code. If you have to drive, trust me when I say it’s worth it. I made the mistake a few weeks ago of buying a Temperapedic bed. I was worried that my Restonic bed was going to wear out as I have used it pretty rigorously for 2 years and I have had to rotate the mattress. I heard all the hype about how Temperapedic helps your back. My buddy works for a mattress company and he gave me a really good “under the table” deal I couldn’t pass up. I couldn’t refuse the 20 year warranty and thought that a bed that offers that kind of warranty won’t wear out as fast, will provide continued support, and won’t hurt. DON’T BUY A TEMPERAPIC if you have a herniated or degenerated disk! I wake up every night now and sleep on my old mattress. I’m not sitting well with eating what I spent on it. Luckily I didn’t throw out my old mattress and it is still in my living room. No one bed is for everyone as everyone is different. But what if this bed is great? You can thank me later.

From: Chris from San Antonio – Texas, USA

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Sleep advice from a cervical fusion veteran

I have had three back surgeries-C4-c7 fusions and am looking at another surgery soon fusing L4-S1. Degenerative disc disease. I am trying to decide if I need a new mattress. Right now I'm using a foam top on an older mattress. But my best sleep is on the couch or my kids bunk bed-- just a piece of ply wood with a 4-inch foam top. I have also tried a tempurpedic pillow but find that a down pillow is best because it allows me to use just the right amount of stuffing for my neck.

From: Elizabeth – Texas, USA

Try a new mattress before surgery

before u get surgery throw away your tempur-pedic mattress!!!!!!!!!! even if its brand new, it aint worth it....

From: Maryann - Florida, USA

Sleep Comfort bed was disappointing

Just wanted to comment on the Sleep Comfort bed. Purchased a queen size (double chambers) from QVC, loved it for about a year, BUT it is now breaking down as many SComfort beds have, so please remember BUYER BEWARE! I read here advice to go to a hotel and try one out, NO! - they are wonderful for a year or so, but are so cheaply made ...they absolutely break down. Hope this helps someone else save 2K as I now have to buy a new bed. Sleep Comfort kept sending me pieces to try to fix the problem AND told me they are aware of this problem with ALL Sleep Comfort beds w/double chambers. Well, then, fix the problem and stop selling them till you do.

From: Softnightmusic – Texas, USA

Not thrilled with Tempurpedic mattress

I just thought I'd add some words on my experience with a Tempurpedic mattress. I too have chronic back issues and I had hoped such a mattress would help. Unfortunately, it wasn't for me. My back got worse. And as for my wife, she didn't have a bad back before we bought the mattress and now she complains that her back is sore in the mornings. My advice if you want such a mattress is buy if from a store that allows you a 60 day trial.

From: Glenn - Toronto, Canada


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