Which Mattress?

harveyc

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Hi everyone, this is my first post here.

Like a lot of you here I suffer terribly from Fibromyalgia, the pain and severe fatigue being awful.

I often wake up at night nearly screaming in pain and due to this I don't get much sleep at all. Maybe 3 hours proper sleep then I wake up
every half hour or so until morning.

I am about to buy a new mattress and wondered if you have any recommendations?

For some reason I don't fancy the memory foam ones but maybe I could change my mind!

Do I need a soft, hard, medium one?

Please share your experiences with mattresses as anything for a better nights sleep would be fantastic.

I'm in the UK

Thank you
 

Faith190

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Hi mate. I am in Australia. I have a Tempure mattress, soft. Adjustable bed to posture it to my needs, but also help get up in the morning, as I can get it to near vertical back. Just swing legs over to the floor.
Just swing.. Sure. You know what I mean.
Hubby has one too, as he has had a shoulder replacement. We find them good. You know I'm sure that even the best is subject to our days. Pain is so sneaky. Best regards.
 

JohnnyXS

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sorry to hear about your poor sleep problem. I do not have Fibro myself my partner does though. I have a L5/S1 cartilage that has disintegrated so have almost constant back pain .
Originally I bought a firm orthopedic mattress on advice from Doctor and have never been able to get any sleep on it or any other firm mattress unless it was topped by another very soft mattress.

I used a 4" thick feather mattress topper for many years and managed to get some blissfull all night sleep at times. Recently I found a very cheap childs kingsize mattress to use as a topper and I cannot tell you what a relief that has been . I can finally sink into that soft mattress and go to sleep straightaway.

I have a suggestion for you . First I would recommend that you try sleeping on a sofa that has feather cushions. That will be about as soft a support you'll find anywhere. I sleep like a baby on our sofa. It should give you a very good idea whether a softer mattress might suit you without having to make an expensive purchase that might not suit. Alternatively try topping your existing mattress with pillows and see if things improve or not.

Secondly you might try sleeping occasionally in a reclining chair so that you are not completely flat . When I suffered with joint pain from chronic Arthritis it was the only way that I could get a few hours sleep a night.

I would advise against any type of memory foam topper if you suffer with over heating at night . Memory foam mattresses prevent the natural dissipation of body heat and you could find yourself getting over heated at night if you have type 2 Diabetes or suffer with hot flushes .
 

harveyc

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Thank you both for your very informative replies. Both give me a lot to look into. I am doing research into this via the internet but unfortunately due to the lock down I cant go into a shop to try any beds/mattresses.

jonnyXS, its interesting what you say about sleeping in a reclining chair. I've got one of those and recline and watch TV at night, 9 times out of ten I fall asleep in it ( not constant sleep but a series of sleeping then waking then sleeping again ) I often wake up in the small hours still in the chair!
 

JohnnyXS

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my partner and I do too I think with us its old age lol ;)
I had a period of about 3 months where I suffered with joint pain at night times in my ankles wrists and one forearm . it was more of an ache than pain and it was impossible to sleep at night so I'd sit up in a reclining chair all night for 12 weeks snatching a few hours sleep a night if I was lucky.
I assumed that it was Arthritis but it could have been peripheral neuropathy from my T2 Diabetes . It felt like it was deep in my bones where no amount of rubbing , prodding ,poking or massage could reach.:mad:

In desperation I started taking my vitamin and mineral supplements on a regular basis again and just over a week later the aching stopped completely and I have very rarely had any reoccurance since then. !
I am naturally deficient in VitD3 and I can only assume that it is the 4000IU VitD3 and 475mg Magnesium and 10mg K2 that I take daily that is keeping the aches away . Several other T2 Diabetes sufferers say the same thing on the UK Diabetes forum .
 

Ann Reid

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Bearing in mind that I am very VERY OLD, this is the combo that works for me- I need support so that my long bone joints (hips, shoulders, pelvis- the joints that attach to my trunk, my greatest mass of weight) are not stressed by sagging OR stressed by being pulled by gravity into an unnaturally stressed or contorted position, SO what works FOR ME is a firm foam mattress on a solid board (no box spring) topped with a foam mattress topper at least 3” thick.
I slept FOR YEARS, even after being diagnosed, on an ultra firm mattress that was so hard that my aching limbs were on top of it and my joints were unsupported. I was also 100 pounds heavier than I am now, and although I would never claim that my weight alone was the cause of my fibro, it most definitely did not help. At the time, I was in a position in which I HAD to work, and I did. No matter how much pain, how little sleep, I worked.
Ultimately finding a comfortable mattress combo, which happened before I lost 100 pounds, absolutely helped me at that time to sleep more comfortably.
 

IkeyJDZ

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Hi everyone, this is my first post here.

Like a lot of you here I suffer terribly from Fibromyalgia, the pain and severe fatigue being awful.

I often wake up at night nearly screaming in pain and due to this I don't get much sleep at all. Maybe 3 hours proper sleep then I wake up
every half hour or so until morning.

I am about to buy a new mattress and wondered if you have any recommendations?

For some reason I don't fancy the memory foam ones but maybe I could change my mind!

Do I need a soft, hard, medium one?

Please share your experiences with mattresses as anything for a better nights sleep would be fantastic.

I'm in the UK

Thank you
Air mattress on top of mattress works great for me! Most inexpensive option, too.
 

Ann Reid

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Air mattress on top of mattress works great for me! Most inexpensive option, too.
I loved using an air mattress but in the long run, a 3” foam mattress topper lasted much longer, so for me, was much less expensive. Glad that you found something that works for you!
 

Smileygirl

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Hi everyone, this is my first post here.

Like a lot of you here I suffer terribly from Fibromyalgia, the pain and severe fatigue being awful.

I often wake up at night nearly screaming in pain and due to this I don't get much sleep at all. Maybe 3 hours proper sleep then I wake up
every half hour or so until morning.

I am about to buy a new mattress and wondered if you have any recommendations?

For some reason I don't fancy the memory foam ones but maybe I could change my mind!

Do I need a soft, hard, medium one?

Please share your experiences with mattresses as anything for a better nights sleep would be fantastic.

I'm in the UK

Thank you
Hello, I can tell you that I am always searching for the best mattress. I noticed your headline and that's why I opened your post. :)

My sister in law has really bad rheumatoid arthritis so she bought the memory foam mattress but said she paid a lot for this new bed. You can adjust the back to sit up or lay down but I don't think I would spend the money on this feature unless you like to read in bed.

I have always bought the Sealy Posturepedic mattress and have tried them out in the store before ordering. I like the pillow top and have bought firm in the past. Now I am thinking that the next one will have a plush pillow top with that extra foam.

I once stayed in a Westin Hotel in Calgary where they advertised the "heavenly bed" and they were right. At checkout I asked about the mattress and was told that it was a Beautyrest, Hotel collection. The box spring and mattress together were pretty high off the floor. After that I researched and found a black label Hotel Collection Beautyrest in stores. So I still need to buy one but I too am looking for a recommendation. I wish I could find that commercial grade bed I slept in at the Westin. Some stores allow you to try out the mattress but I can't see myself returning a mattress after 30 days?

Best of luck to you!
 
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