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richlyblest
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 Posted May 10th, 2012 12:27 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I have been sleeping poorly lately and waking up early from an aching back. after a number of hours in bed, it starts hurting too much to continue sleeping, and i am not getting enough sleep to thrive. i've been exhausted and short-tempered, not to mention the back pain never goes away completely. I was looking at different options, and wondered if any of you ever tried a memory foam mattress topper, whether it was 1, 2, 3, or 4 inches thick, and what you tought of it. it would be a cheaper option than replacing the entire mattress, and the choices of mattresses are quite overwhelming.
Audrey ~ Kendall's wife, mom to Kierra, Emily, and Graham, as well as Lauren (in heaven)
   
JoyInTheJourney
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 Posted May 10th, 2012 12:35 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Our mattress has a memory foam topper. We definitely like it! Whenever we're gone, it's always good to come back to that. I like having a thin layer (I'm GUESSING about 2 inches) of "squishy" that I can cozy into, but have a firm mattress underneath so that my posture doesn't get all messed up.
~Judi
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peace_4u_2
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 Posted May 10th, 2012 02:03 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
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JoyInTheJourney wrote:
Our mattress has a memory foam topper. We definitely like it! Whenever we're gone, it's always good to come back to that. I like having a thin layer (I'm GUESSING about 2 inches) of "squishy" that I can cozy into, but have a firm mattress underneath so that my posture doesn't get all messed up.


Amen! I am all into squishy comfy, but firm on the bottom!

Amber~

Wife to Melvin and mommy to
Kayla (7/17/09)
Kara (3/29/11)
Kyler (09/11/13)
   
Jenn
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 Posted May 10th, 2012 04:14 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
We have one that's about two inches high. It saved my back when I was pregnant, although it still wasn't as nice as our awesome mattress in Ontario. I would say the topper has definitely been worth the money.
Jenn
wife to Gabriel
mommy to:
Morgan, in heaven May 2, 2009
Bronwyn May 18, 2010
Gregory October 21, 2011
Nicholas July 2, 2014
   
rachi882
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 Posted May 10th, 2012 04:25 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
We don't have memory foam, but we have one of those 2 inch "egg carton" foam toppers. I love it!! It feels strange and uncomfortable without one now.
Rachal

   
JoyInTheJourney
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 Posted May 10th, 2012 05:54 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Uh, I just remembered something: we don't have memory foam--it's a pillow top. Sorry!!
~Judi
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mammaof5
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 Posted May 10th, 2012 08:59 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
We have a memory foam topper, I think it is 4" thick, but I think a thinner one would probably be fine too. Both DH and I really like it! I too had trouble waking up with a back ache and not being able to sleep anymore, and this really took care of it. I think if we ever need to replace our mattress, we would probably try to get a memory foam mattress (although we certainly wouldn't get the real expensive kind).
(Edited by mammaof5)

Susie wife to Ben, mom to Darren 16,

Cheyanne 14, Jared 12, Hannah 9,

Jacob 4 and Brooke 1
   
Becuz_of_Jesus
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 Posted May 11th, 2012 02:27 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
My husband has had back trouble for years and we have tried water beds, firm mattresses, soft mattresses etc. But in the last few years my back really starting hurting and we couldn't seem to find the fix.

Then we read in the Reader's Digest that these memory foam toppers were good for sore backs. The article said 3-4 inches are the best ones for those with hurting backs. So we went with the 4 inch - we have never regretted it!! WE LOVE IT!! No more achy back for me -- I can even sleep in on Saturdays without my back hurting as much. I still am not one to stay in bed till late, but at least I can sleep past 6:00am now!
Both of us have had less back issues.
That's our experience.

Gloria wife to Jason.
Mom to Cody, Jessenia, Jace & Ravi

   
cheryo
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 Posted May 11th, 2012 07:58 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
We bought a 4 inch for camping. I think only 2 inches of that are actual memory foam, and the other 2 inches aren't quite as dense. We like it for camping. Beats holey air mattresses and ending up on the ground!! We used it on our bed for awhile, but the mattress was bad enough, that we didn't feel like it helped much. Now we have a fine mattress and aren't using the memory foam---until we go camping again. It's a handy mattress for company too!

I hope you find some answers, Audrey! Constant pain makes it so hard to stay sweet and positive, doesn't it?

Cheryl
   
radicallyfree
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 Posted May 14th, 2012 07:05 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Memory foam is definitely the way to go, in my opinion. I need a new mattress BADLY but am "making do" until I have the money to buy the memory foam one. The toppers are wonderful if you have a fairly decent mattress already.
Mary Faith

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blestmommy
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 Posted May 15th, 2012 09:34 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
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Becuz_of_Jesus wrote:
My husband has had back trouble for years and we have tried water beds, firm mattresses, soft mattresses etc. But in the last few years my back really starting hurting and we couldn't seem to find the fix.

Then we read in the Reader's Digest that these memory foam toppers were good for sore backs. The article said 3-4 inches are the best ones for those with hurting backs. So we went with the 4 inch - we have never regretted it!! WE LOVE IT!! No more achy back for me -- I can even sleep in on Saturdays without my back hurting as much. I still am not one to stay in bed till late, but at least I can sleep past 6:00am now!
Both of us have had less back issues.
That's our experience.


I'm thinking this is exactly what I need. I've been battling this back pain long enough! So what kind did you get? There are lots of different kinds out there... not sure where to start.

~Freida
Erin's wife
Jasmine, Tucker, Wyatt, Jade and Josie's mama
   
richlyblest
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 Posted May 15th, 2012 09:37 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
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I'm thinking this is exactly what I need. I've been battling this back pain long enough! So what kind did you get? There are lots of different kinds out there... not sure where to start.


my thoughts exactly. don't want to spend the money and get an inferior brand. or maybe all toppers are created equal??!!

Audrey ~ Kendall's wife, mom to Kierra, Emily, and Graham, as well as Lauren (in heaven)
   
lovinglife
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 Posted May 15th, 2012 09:56 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I guess my opinion about memory foam is different than everyone else's. We slept on one for a few nights when we were visiting someone. Dh and I both did not like it. I'm not quite sure how to describe it. It was quite firm, but then once you laid on it for about a minute it was like you were stuck in the hole you body just made. Dh came really close to just sleeping on the floor. I suppose there are different grades, but I'm thinking this was suppose to be a better one. I know that it wasn't cheap! My SIL who was interested in also buying one talked to the salesman and he said she could come and take a nap on one before buying it!
Tonia
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Becuz_of_Jesus
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 Posted May 15th, 2012 10:59 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
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I'm thinking this is exactly what I need. I've been battling this back pain long enough! So what kind did you get? There are lots of different kinds out there... not sure where to start.

I bought our at Walmart. I don't remember the brand - but it was around $50 if I remember correctly. It wasn't the cheap walmart brand because they were out of those.
I don't thing our experience is quite like Tonia's experience. You almost made me wonder if it really was memory foam Tonia.
Ours is so soft. Maybe they had it on upside down. The memory foam is a little stiffer and is green on ours. It is about 2 inches thick. And then it's made with another 2 inches of stuff that is soft more like the "egg- carton -foam" kind of soft. The stiffer memory foam goes on the top. But when I crawl in I certainly don't think "stiff". It conforms to my lower back when I lay on my back and it gives the arch support that I need. It also gives support to my side when I lie on my side. I used to stuff a pillow under my waist for support, but not anymore. I LOVE our memory foam.

Gloria wife to Jason.
Mom to Cody, Jessenia, Jace & Ravi

   
Sarah
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 Posted May 18th, 2012 10:40 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Sorry I can't help on knowing what brand. But I'll add my experience with memory foam to the collection.
I was very swollen all over when I was pregnant. I couldn't lie in bed for more than a couple hours before the side I was lying on would get so sore that I had to roll my humungous self over to the other side. One night at someone else's house I slept on memory foam and I didn't have to keep rolling back and forth. It was marvelous. When I exclaimed over their wonderful bed, those dear people loaned me a twin size piece of memory foam for the rest of my pregnancy. It was the only thing that ever felt soft all night long. All the other pillows and feather ticks I used seemed to feel "matted down" after awhile.
If what you need is a bed that feels soft all night long, than I think the memory foam would be a good buy.
   
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 Posted May 18th, 2012 10:42 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Oh, just an idea. If you have any good friends who have one, maybe you could borrow their bed for a night so you can try it out before you spend the money.
   
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 Posted May 18th, 2012 11:01 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
When I was pg with Connor I remember that til morning I could hardly wait til it was time to get up because my hips would be hurting so bad. After he was born we got a memory foam topper and I can't believe the difference it has made so far this pregnancy. I know I still have quite a few weeks to go, but so far my back and hips have not hurt like they did the last time and I am convinced it is because of the topper. I got ours on overstock.com, but I can't remember right now how thick it is or how much we paid for it.
Jairia, mommy to
Elaina Grace ~ April 25, 2006
Connor Stephen ~ May 10, 2009
Parker Bradley ~ July 27, 2012


   
blestmommy
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 Posted May 18th, 2012 12:42 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Another question-

Did you get the egg-shell kind or the smooth top kind? We are definitely considering getting one of these and are willing to pay a little more for something that works. But we wanna make sure we get the right thing.

~Freida
Erin's wife
Jasmine, Tucker, Wyatt, Jade and Josie's mama
   
radicallyfree
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 Posted May 18th, 2012 11:15 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
There is a HUGE difference between the egg-shell foam and the memory foam unless they have come up with something new/different since I've looked at them. They are not the same thing!

It's looking like I may finally be able to get a new mattress in the next several weeks and to me it's not even a question of what I'll get. It's just a matter of finding the right place to buy it. It will be memory foam the whole way. I cannot wait!!!

Mary Faith

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daisy319
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 Posted May 20th, 2012 06:51 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
So Yahoo is my homepage and this morning I saw this article and the headline read "Big Drawback to New Mattresses". I've been following this thread so I thought I had better read it. Apparently if you own a memory foam mattress it can quote "distress some people during s*x". LOL!!! I just had to share. I am not at all saying there is any truth to this article. It's just merely one person's opinion. I just thought it was kinda funny and wanted to share the article with you all.
Michelle
mommy to Jadon-8 yr, Lakeshia- 5 yr & Logan- 2 1/2 yr
   
rachi882
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 Posted May 20th, 2012 10:59 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Haha!! ^^^ That is funny....well our egg carton foam doesn't seem to cause any problems so maybe we'll stick with that.
Rachal

   



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