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Tips on buying the correct mattresses

Invest in a good mattress. Although expensive I bought in a Tempur Cloud mattress and pillow which was like nothing I’ve tried before. The mattress moulds to my body and doesn’t have any pressure points on key parts of my body and for the first time in years I can sleep on one pillow comfortably which helps my posture.
Simon Stones

Orthopaedic mattress, electric blanket, hot water bottle, painkillers and luck!
Lauren Rennie

Some years ago we purchased two single beds with a wooden slatted base and rather firm mattresses that I found uncomfortable. I bought a two-inch Dunlopillo overlay from Foam for Comfort. A cheaper option is an 'eggbox' foam overlay bought locally.
Mrs S Broadbent, Gatley, Cheadle (Summer 2009)

I've had arthritis for years and have had both hips replaced in the past three years. Over the Christmas period I slept in a bed with a mattress topper. I didn’t know why it was so different, and why my body had stopped hurting in its usual manner each morning. I was told that the bed had a mattress topper. I came home and ordered one exactly the same – which is now on my bed with equal success. I was amazed at the difference it made in my life.

My mattress topper came from The White Company – it's duck feather and down and for king size the cost was about £90.
Carol Brister, Kington,Herefordshire (Spring 2009)

I recently bought a goose down/feather mattress topper and this has proved very comfortable for my husband who has osteoarthritis of the spine. He uses it on top of a Tempur mattress and he says that it's greatly helped the pain and discomfort.
Mrs H Smith, Blandford Forum, Devon

I have dealt with House of Bath for many years, and have always found them very satisfactory. We bought a mattress topper from them many years ago and it's still giving good service.
Margaret Bacon, Sidcup, Kent (Spring 2009)

A local family department store sells single duvets for about £6 in their sales. I buy a single one as it's just the right size to fit on top of a double bed. I sleep with this under my sheet and find it a great help. After a time it becomes rather flat so a good blow on the line helps to fluff it up a bit, but after a few years I replace it for another, which is cheaper than having it service-washed. I re-use the filling of the old one by stuffing cushion covers for smaller supports in chairs.

I too tried manufactured toppers and pillows but I find this is the most comfortable way for me, and certainly much cheaper.
J E E Ulliott, Scarborough, North Yorkshire (Spring 2009)


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