A few years back my wife and I got a new mattress. We did our research, and the reviews we found online were good. We then layed down on the mattress for a few minutes in the store and it seemed comfortable.
Even after that though, we weren’t very happy with the mattress after we bought it. Both of us were waking up with back pain. We had to do something, but buying a new mattress just a few months after spending hundreds of dollars on one was going to be a bit of a financial strain on us.
Memory foam mattresses
I did a little research and started to read a lot of reviews about how great memory foam mattresses were, especially for people who were having back pain from their mattresses.
The most popular brand of memory foam mattresses cost well over $1,000, which was well above my price range. Luckily, you don’t really have to pay that much for a memory foam mattress. The highest rated queen sized memory foam mattress on Amazon is only $400, which is a very reasonable price for a mattress. I wish I had started there to begin with, but even that relatively low price was more than I wanted to pay since I had just purchased a new conventional spring mattress a few months ago. Luckily, I found an even cheaper alternative.
An even cheaper way to get the benefits of a memory foam mattress is to buy a memory foam mattress topper. A mattress topper is just a pad usually 1-4 inches thick that you lay on top of your mattress. It is made of the same material as a memory foam mattress, and when layed on top of your conventional mattress it feels just like a memory foam mattress.
Best of all, it costs a lot less than a complete mattress. The highest rated memory foam mattress topper costs just a little over $100 on Amazon. That’s not a bad cost at all compared to buying a new mattress.
So how did it work? Great! Immediately my back pain from sleeping on my old mattress went away, and it was one of the most comfortable mattresses I have ever had.
There is only one downside, which is that it makes my mattress quite thick. That can be a problem because it is kind of a tight fit for sheets to fit over both the mattress and the pad. To make it easier, you can buy what’s known as deep pocket sheets, but the selection won’t be quite as good as normal sheets.
If you want to buy a memory foam mattress, you might consider a memory foam mattress topper as a cheaper alternative.
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