The One Problem I Had With a Tempurpedic Mattress

By: Mike Taylor

In 1992 Tempurpedic mattresses were imported into the US by CEO Bob Trussell from Sweden where they were first made out of special viscoelastic (temperature sensitive) foam that was originally invented by NASA to use in their space program and perfected in Sweden over a decade of research.

Trussell tried one of the mattresses and fell in love with it and became the exclusive US distributor of the Tempurpedic foam mattress and began selling them through magazine and TV ads and specialty stores like Brookstone's with sales growing by 49% per year for the first 10 years of the company's existence.

I was a happy user of their Tempurpedic pillow and after over 12 years of use it still feels like new. But, the mattress was a different story as they were way out of my price range.

Well, about 8 years ago we needed a new mattress and to make a long story short my wife and I tried two traditional mattresses and one name brand air mattress over a period of several years before we gave up and took Tempurpedic up on their "try it at home" offer.

At first it was strange feeling sinking down into the mattress and it seemed more comfortable than the other mattresses but the thing we both noticed was we were waking up with backaches that lasted for a couple of hours every morning.

After sleeping on it for a few weeks I called Tempurpedic and I was told that if you sleep or your side you most likely will have a backache in the morning because you sleep so sound you don't roll over much.

Great I thought, we still haven't found a good nights sleep but the customer service rep said the aches would go away after a few weeks. For me that wasn't true, it took several months but I have to tell you that it was worth the wait because now we sleep great and have been for years thanks to the Tempurpedic mattress.

What's extra nice is that you don't have to flip it, it's hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant (yuk). And, it lasts for 20 years so if you look at it that way it's no more expensive than a normal mattress and box spring set as they usually don't last nearly that long.

In the summer it's a little softer than I like it but it's still great and in the winter it's firmer (we keep the house cool at night) but after a couple of minutes you just seem to melt into the bed and it feels wonderful.

Be forewarned if you are thinking of buying a foam mattress as not all foam is created equal. Cheaper foam can be both too soft in summers and too hard in winters. There's a reason good foam costs more so be sure and check out the type of foam used in the mattress you are considering.

Because of the popularity of the Tempurpedic mattress many retail stores now carry them so it can be as easy as driving to your favorite furniture store to try one out which is something I heartily recommend you do.

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