Tips on buying the correct mattresses
I have a heated waterbed. It’s firm, warm and takes my shape so it’s very supportive. I also have a Kindle with a backlight so that if I can’t sleep, I read to stop me focusing on pain or frustration. It’s just a distraction technique but it helps me.
Jacqui (Spring 2018)
Invest in a good mattress. Although expensive I bought 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. For the first time in years I can sleep on one pillow comfortably which helps my posture.
Orthopaedic mattress, electric blanket, hot-water bottle, painkillers and luck!
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.
Carol, Herefordshire (Spring 2009)
I 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, Devon
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