Call me a sleep geek, but I not only write my own sleep blogs, but I read everyone else’s too. I think that blogs and articles about sleep and mattresses are really interesting, as long as they are done right. That being said, here’s my gripe:
It’s ridiculous to write in to a blog and ask the writer to recommend a specific mattress that will solve all your sleep problems. It’s even more ridiculous for the “sleep expert” blogger to actually recommend such a bed.
Why? Because everyone has a different body with different support needs, different weight distributions, etc. Telling me that you’re 5’9 and 180 lbs. in a letter doesn’t tell me if you carry your weight in your belly, or if you have really broad shoulders, or if you have chicken legs. Telling me that you sleep on your side doesn’t tell me if your legs are stretched out or pulled up to your chest, or if your arm is under your pillow. Telling me that you have occasional lower back pain doesn’t tell me if it hurts after you go golfing, if you have a physical job, if you medicate daily with aspirin, etc. Telling me that you have a herniated disc in your back doesn’t tell me what position is the most comfortable for you to sleep in, or if your doctor has recommended a specific type of mattress or way of sleeping. You get the drift?
And really, you’re going to trust this guy?
So, as self-centric as I am, I tell you what brands I like, and which brands have the broadest appeal. I also tell you which comfort levels are usually better for which types of sleeper, to be used as a loose guideline. You will never find a post in my blog which has a specific mattress recommendation for a specific problem.
If you’re set on having someone else choose your bed, feel free to write to those other sleep bloggers, and ask for their advice. However, if you don’t like their recommendation, be prepared to foot the bill for exchanging your mattress, with no assistance from the blogger. Just sayin’.
What’s a customer to do? Talk to someone who knows what they’re talking about, and who asks you a million questions about your body and sleep habits. It might be calling Customer Service at 855-377-6669, or going into a local store to find an expert that can help you. Lie on some mattresses; see what general feel is the most comfortable to you. Try out a few different brands, and see which ones feel better than others. THEN, go online and find the best prices that you can (preferably on DrSnooze.com – you know that was coming).
So good luck with your search, and take your mattress buying experience into your own hands.