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Nov 5, 2011 07:02AM
I am a qualified "Sleep Expert". Seriously. From the job I had I had to get qualified. The newer latex matts are way better than foam. Foam are closed cells that trap heat. You can't get bed bugs in foam as they can't channel. Hotels use foam a lot and some peope LOVE them. I used to until I got old enough for hot flashes. So don't let anyone talk you in to foam.
The Obus and others like Tempurpedic are expensive and the people that buy them swear by them, but they have to cause they spent so much! If you have any body weight at all, lie in the mattress you think you want for at LEAST 5 minutes (10-15 is better) and they try to roll over. With foam you sink down and it suspends you, true. But that creates a "nest" that you have to crawl to get out of. As you get older, the spring coil mattresses are WAY easier to turn over in and get out of.
Pocket coils aren't great for very heavy people as we can actually separate the coils with, say, an elbow when turning over!! They are not enough support for heaviery couples.
A normal helio-coil matt that originally costs $2,000 but is on sale for $1,000 would be perfect!!! Don't get a $1,000 matt/box as it will only last you about 2 years. Get an expensive matt/box on sale.
Also, make sure you get the boxspring that matches the matt you buy. The boxspring takes 60% of your body weight and is like the shock absorbers on a car. If you need a new mattress, you REALLY need a new boxspring for sure!!!
Number beds; never experienced them, but to me they'd be like an air mattress and pretty firm no matter how you changed the number! You can have a limp air mattress, but when you lie on it, your weight spreads out and firms up the matt. Also, wouldn't you want the same number each night? A good mattress will give you that every nigtht.
The viscous elastic they put into the box tops of matts now, is buried further down to prevent you getting too hot. Get a matt made out of the same material as sports jerseys (which are made to wick the moisture away from your body). The box top 4" is to cradle your body. You don't flip matts anymore so what will happen is that you will develop a nest on your side and your DH one on his side. That is not the mattress collapsing, but reacting! If you DON'T get the nest impressions, then your mattress is too firm!
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