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Trouble Sleeping? Mattress Pad May be Solution

Posted April 4, 2007

Most people spend about one-third of their lives in bed, so shopping for a mattress is pretty important. Unfortunately, getting just the right mattress can be easier said than done. If you find your mattress is too firm, but too new to replace, a mattress topper might be the answer.

Consumer Reports recently tested seven mattress pads. Prices for the queen-size toppers ranged from $70 to $900. Five of the pads use memory foam while two pads were feather beds.

"We had six couples who felt that their mattress was firm. They took each topper home and they used them for about a week," said Tara Casaregola, of Consumer Reports.

A memory foam from Target, one of the least expensive tested, was also the least popular. Testers said it seemed too small for the mattress and, for most panelists, it did not make the bed any more comfortable.

Plus, many were not very impressed with the memory-foam pad from Tempur-Pedic. One panelist felt it was like sinking into quicksand. Plus, the price was daunting, too.

"When the panelists found out that it was close to $900, most felt that they would just buy a new mattress at that price," Casaregola said.

While no topper was a hit with everyone, the most popular was the $70 Spa Sensations Memory Foam Mattress Topper by Wal-Mart.

Since you obviously cannot try out a mattress topper at the store, make sure you check the return policy to be sure you can take it back if it is not right.

Also, Consumer Reports said if your matress is already old and worn-out, a topper won't help. You will just need to replace the mattress.


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  • sprice7 Apr 9, 2007

    But how do you know its comfortable until you sleep on it for a while?


  • Cahulawassee Apr 9, 2007

    IMO if you have to spend $70-900 on an aftermarket product to make your mattress comfortable you got taken on the mattress in the first place. I would never buy a mattress that wasn't comfortable to sleep on out of the box. It strikes me a bit like buying a brand new car without any tires.

  • jimlu Apr 9, 2007

    The mattress pad doesn't have anything to do with it people. The healthiest thing to sleep on is the DIRT on the ground (why do you think kids love to sleep on the floor?).

    If your back hurts overnight from sleeping, it's probably because you are too fat. Go buy a gym membership instead of a new mattress. :-)

  • MomofTriplets Apr 8, 2007

    Took the advice and brought the spa sensations foam topper at Walmart. It is wonderful! For the first time, my back does not hurt in the morning. Worked wonders.

  • rainy39 Apr 7, 2007

    Anyone going to Walmart, pick me up one too and email and let me know where it is.LOL

  • Scarecrow Cow Apr 6, 2007

    Jghosue I bought a matress pad there too and now I can't get out of bed it is so comfortable! Best $40 I ever spent!

  • HoldOn Apr 6, 2007

    $900 for a piece of foam that costs 5 bucks to produce? It's true "there's a sucker born every minute".

  • BEACH Apr 5, 2007

    THEY ARE wonderful, bought one at Sams and Walmart, it felt
    so good had to get another one.
    for 50 you cannot beat it.

  • curiousgeorgia Apr 5, 2007

    Keep those memory foam toppers away from me! I tried one and it was very much like the panelist said, sinking into quicksand--it won't let you turn over!

  • Low Voltage Apr 5, 2007

    WalMart here I come.