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Coming from waterbed 10 Mar 2016 22:53 #1

I am not even sure if my bed is the problem. I moved, my old waterbed mattress got screwed up so I bought a new one so things changed at same time basically, slept on floor for a bit. I can't recall if there's any correlation between when I got my new waterbed mattress or not but I am dead tired all the time. I fall asleep perfectly fine but I wake up multiple times and it's hell to get up. So im looking at options and considering getting a gel memory foam mattress or something. I am 25 5'6 150lbs or so sleep on my stomach, altho I roll around a lot sometimes I end up on my side. I never had this issue before so maybe it is the new mattress. I have always loved waterbeds and been on one for last decade at least. So with all that being said is a mattress something I should consider changing possibly? And secondly what do I get. I was looking at the Ultimate Dreams Supreme 12″ Gel Memory Foam from dreamfoambedding.com. Originally looking at bed in a box but god are those money. Would rather keep it under 1k for a bed. So any suggestions? I could lay on a dozen beds and they all feel normal to me I suppose. I am just tired of being dead when I try to get up so im exploring options.

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Coming from waterbed 11 Mar 2016 09:10 #2

Hi Johnn999,

I am not even sure if my bed is the problem. I moved, my old waterbed mattress got screwed up so I bought a new one so things changed at same time basically, slept on floor for a bit. I can't recall if there's any correlation between when I got my new waterbed mattress or not but I am dead tired all the time. I fall asleep perfectly fine but I wake up multiple times and it's hell to get up.


I can't feel what you feel so there is no way for me to know whether your experience is because of your mattress of because of something else but post #3 here has more about how to know whether it's time to consider replacing your mattress.

So im looking at options and considering getting a gel memory foam mattress or something.


Assuming that the materials in a mattress you are considering are durable enough for your body type and meet the quality/durability guidelines I linked 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 ).

If you are coming from a waterbed then it may also be worth considering latex because it's much more resilient (springy or bouncy) than memory foam. There is more about some of the differences between latex and memory foam in post #2 here but the most reliable way to know which type of materials or mattresses you tend to prefer in general will be based on your own careful testing and personal experience.

So any suggestions?


While I can certainly help with "how" to choose ... I don't 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" 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 and what you haven't since you found the site but just in case you haven't read it yet ... the first place I would 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.

If you are looking at online options then the mattress shopping tutorial also 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 budgets, firmness levels, and with different return/exchange policies that would be worth considering.

If you are also interested in local options then 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.

Phoenix
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