Search for the perfect bed Fort Lauderdale

Wow, I just stumbled across this website. I’ve been an avid purchaser of new beds about every three years for the past 25 years. I’m realizing that I never really scratched the surface until now, after seeing all the information available here. Thank you to all the contributors.

I’m a 215-pound, 5 foot 11 male with a muscular build, and I’ve been struggling with back pain for 30 years. This led me to buy my first Tempur-Pedic at around 27 years old in the late ’90s. That bed was horrible and probably caused more destruction and breakdown of my back. I sold it a year later for 200 bucks. I’m a side sleeper, and I experience a lot of pain throughout the night, tossing and turning. I actually have more pain at night than during the day. I had always been buying medium-firm beds.

Two years ago, while visiting my mom in Arizona, I slept on a bed that was much softer than what I normally use, and it completely destroyed my back. This made me realize that when I lay on my side, my hips were sinking below my knees and back, causing pain in the exact spot where my pain is centered.

In the past four years, I’ve had three different beds. In 2020, I bought a full latex bed by Essentia from Canada. It felt great in the showroom, but I missed the window for exchanging it before I realized that my hips were sinking into it. I ended up putting it in storage for three years until I gave it to my mom, who loves it. The bed that followed was a fully walled model from Surround Ewe. It was a king size split, 9 inches thick, with a 6-inch wall topper. It took a while to get used to, but it became one of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever had, especially in terms of support for my back issues. However, my lovely wife, who is only 100 pounds, found it horrible for three months because it always felt like she was floating on a cloud and not supported at all (she’s a back sleeper). After a few months, she did start to get used to it, but unfortunately, we lost this bed to a flood in Florida.

We recently moved into a pre-furnished home with a queen size bed that is much smaller than what I’m used to and super squishy. After a month of being here, it’s starting to destroy me, so I’ve been looking for new beds, which I had already been researching for the past six months. The bed we used after the flood was a full-size bed—cheap, but actually pretty firm and supportive. I don’t think I want to go back to the straight full wall bed, but I am interested in wall bedsprings, possibly. Part of me thinks that going back to one of the traditional spring beds from the ’60s and ’70s might be more comfortable than anything out there today. I really hate the feeling of memory foam​⬤

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Thanks to everyone for their help and contribution to my decision :+1:

Thanks for providing all the information, as it is extremely helpful to give me a better understanding of what might work for you after all of the trials and tribulations.

My background as a Doctor of Chiropractic and mattress designer over the last 20+ years, as well as my direct interaction with thousands of customers, gives me the experience to better understand why mattresses can work or in your case, not work for your specific needs.

It also helps that I was able to create the first ever tool to objectively measure spinal alignment called the Mattress Checker (a free App found in the Apple and Google Play store). Here is what I was able to learn from all my hundreds of spinal testing with the App:

When a mattress that is too firm won’t contour and provide uniform support and pressure relief and most importantly, it will create a bending upward of the spine as the shoulders won’t get any depth of penetration. Too soft and the result will be a hammocking of the mid-section, since your hips and low back area are the heaviest part of your body. The best scenario would be a contouring material on the surface, which could be a memory foam, latex foam or a more pure gel foam, which is somewhere in between the two in terms having closer to the contouring effect of memory foam, but with more of the buoyancy you would find with Latex foam. Either way, you will need to ensure that you have enough mid-section zoned support for your low back. The mattress still shouldn’t be too soft, but you definitely need a comfortable contouring for the shoulders.

I can tell you first-hand that when I tested a properly zoned mattress like Back Science, because of its special zoning, it will often produce far better spinal alignment than you would find with the majority of brands on the market. Meaning that your results are apt to keep repeating itself if you don’t go a bit outside the box here. For the base of the mattress, you can go with either innerspring or foam, but that is where you want a high level of firmness and/or density to ensure it has the proper foundational support and longevity. I hope that helps, but feel free to write back if you have any other questions.

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