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    Reinhardt is offline Senior Member
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    Default impact of mattress to back health

    Comrades,
    my girlfriend needs a new mattress due to back pain.
    Since we sleep on a futon, my back got much better but her's got bad.

    How big is the impact of mattresses to back health?
    I really can't believe that our ancestors all suffered from bad back pain due to not having a modern mattress, you know.

    It's a quite theoretical question, because i rather invest my energy in the powerlifts than in debating her;-)

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    This is just my personal observation...but a good mattress does make a huge difference. My wife and I once bought a name brand, relatively expensive $700 mattress and box spring. The mattress was a no flip mattress. After several months it started to get a memory, so we rotated the mattress 180 degrees. Now my wife was sleeping in the pit I had made and I was sleeping in the pit that she had made. Bottom line it sucked.

    We then bought a no frills Sleep Number bed and I love it. I won't ever by another type of mattress again. I prefer a firm mattress and my wife likes a soft one...we get the best of both worlds.

    With the old mattress I would wake up with sore back, sore hips, etc. With the sleep number that is all gone. Can't recommend it enough.

    Not everyone likes a Sleep Number, but those that do swear by it ... and I'm one of those people that do.

    Hope that helps.
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    If you have been sleeping on the same mattress for 10 years and you wake up tired or sore with shoulder and back aches several times a night it is time to get a new mattress. This is no joke. I had been getting lousy sleep for a long time (years). I know now that it affected my training in a big way. Several plus months ago I had enough and got a new mattress. I tell you that new mattress was like a tonic to my general health AND I believe it also contributed to me making progress again in my RoP presses which had stalled.

    This is no exageration - I really believe this. Got a new pillow too for good measure. It was simply a matter of finding that missing piece of the puzzle whether it be program planning, nutrituion, or rest and sleep...Dennis

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    I like the swedish tempurpedic (sp?) mattress. I've never wanted any other type of mattress since then. I liked it so much I bought one for myself to use in the guest bedroom in my parent's house.

    Yeah, our ancestors didn't have much choice aside from hay and mud to sleep on, and they did adapt. They also lived to a ripe old age of 40, didn't spend 90% of their lives on concrete, walked around at an average weight of 120, and did enough manual labor to keep them in the lightweight division. Things are just too different for us, in my opinion

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    I got a generic memory foam mattress, which is not significantly different from the Tempur, but cost significantly less ($220 shipped). This is a mattress that never needs to be flipped and will last a lifetime unlike air mattresses that will start to leak or the motor will need to be replaced. I noticed significant improvement in my sleep, which improved my recovery and workouts. Just because it is generic doesn't mean it doesn't have the latest bells and whistles for that price either. I couldn't be more pleased with the cost and the results.

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    I spent a few months thinking that my swing was the cause of my back pain. I saw an RKC, the works... still the same. I mentioned this to a friend and he mentioned that the flaw is not in the mattress but in the boxspring. He told me to go get the thickest piece of plywood and put it in between the mattress and the boxspring. The next day no pain. Several thousand swings later, no pain. Fix cost me 11 bucks from Home Depot. I would try that before spending a thousand bucks or more in a new mattress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex_Kwon_Do View Post
    I got a generic memory foam mattress, which is not significantly different from the Tempur, but cost significantly less ($220 shipped). This is a mattress that never needs to be flipped and will last a lifetime unlike air mattresses that will start to leak or the motor will need to be replaced. I noticed significant improvement in my sleep, which improved my recovery and workouts. Just because it is generic doesn't mean it doesn't have the latest bells and whistles for that price either. I couldn't be more pleased with the cost and the results.
    My family's experience as well. My wife and I tried memory foam, loved it so much that we replaced all our inner spring mattresses with memory foam. 8 inch thickness works for us. Walmart sells them for much less than Tempurpedic.

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    I also think mattresses are important. I really need a new one. Our old one has developed a memory and I sink into it and it forces my shoulders forward if I sleep on my back, so I wake up at 4 am sometimes with sore shoulders, and generally don't sleep well on it. I don't know if we'll go with the foam or the Sleep Number, which sound like the best two options.

    As a historical note, prior to about the 18th century European peasants usually slept on straw maybe 4 inches thick, covered with heavy wool blankets, and the entire family slept togother, often 6 to 10 people, with the Mom and Dad in the center, boys on Dad's side, girls on Mom's. Helped with warmth but there was no privacy and whatever Mom and Dad did was known to all, except no one cared and just tried to sleep through it. Among herders in some areas, if they had them they used animal skins, often sheepskins, piled somewhat deep. Probably not too uncomfortable. Of course the upper crust had better stuffed mattresses, more like what we have today without the springs.

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