Top Ten Problems With Memory Foam

  1. Memory foam mattresses smell
    This can be true especially with a new mattress out of the bag. Visco Elastic Memory foam does have a period of off gassing. This odor in most cases dissipates quickly in usually days or weeks. Simply airing out will speed up the process. There are extreme cases where a customer’s sensitivity requires a mattress exchange. Most people expect new products just like a new car to have an odor they are not used too.
  2. Memory foam is flammableeco-2-5-300x225It is a polyurethane product which can be flammable. Laws have been put into place requiring all USA beds, including memory foam mattresses to be resistant to open flame. Concerns have been raised that a high level of the fire retardants such as PBDE, are commonly used in memory foam. (Read about the new Fire Law)
  3. Memory foam creates health problems
    Well, this is a tough one. The jury still seems to be out on this one. With the emergence of all natural and organic mattresses (competition) these issues have really been pushed to the forefront concerning products like memory foam mattresses and even other related products. It is a polyurethane foam, a synthetic petroleum based product. We will just suggest this tidbit of information, imagine the repercussions if it is found to be true. Right now there are endless uses for these materials; everything from sofa cushions to car seats. We will simply let the foam industry to defend their use of certain chemicals and how they affect the human body. There are now alternative organic and all natural mattresses on the market to choose from if you are still concerned about possible side affects from synthetic products such as memory foam.
  4. Memory foam mattress prices are too high.
    High cost seems to be the number one issue that holds some buyers back from purchasing memory foam beds, but it is important to remember these mattresses are usually higher quality. There are now some quality less expensive alternative memory foam mattresses on the market to choose from so take the time and compare apples to apples.
  5. Memory foam mattress compressions or body impressions issues
    This is more of a myth than a reality but we thought we would throw it in there. Although all foams eventually break down, Memory foam as a whole out performs and out lasts most of its coiled steel spring competitors. Most stores brag of considerably lower warranty return rates issues with memory foam mattresses and excessive sagging or body impression.
  6. Memory foam mattresses get softer through use and age.
    Memory foam sometimes is said to feel slightly firmer at home compared to the floor sample in the showroom. This is because there is a period of time where the foam actually breaks in that floor displays have already gone through, hopefully the store will point this out in advance.
  7. Memory foam sleeps warmer or sleeps hot
    This is a problem that many manufactures have been able to resolve. Several things have been done to address the foam heat issue. Many companies like Campbell’s Isotonic and Anatomic Global’s Eco Series have designed breathable covers that allow air to properly circulate between the body and the foam. The Eco Series now even promotes breathable foams. Use of breathable cotton sheets over memory foam beds may also improve heat issues.
  8. Cold temperatures can affect Memory Foam mattresses
    The same molecular design that give this mattress its durability advantage compared to the traditional polyurethane foams used in coil spring mattresses can cause the foam to be sluggish in recovery. For example mattresses that are exposed to cool or freezing climates will feel firmer and are slower to rebound or return to their original shape in places like cool basements, cold bedrooms, or even the sleeper or cab of a semi tractor trailer.
  9. Makes turning over in the middle of the night or getting out of bed hard
    Well yes there is real truth to this, which makes for a slight downside to memory foam. The argument is that the good out weighs the bad because the slow recovery foams reduce pressure on the body so much better than other beds you actually sleep less disturbed for the reason of having to turn over less. With that said turning over or repositioning can be trickier with memory foam beds because of the lack of resistance or opposing pressure to assist you position changes.
  10. People don’t believe the claims of memory foam mattresses to be real
    Memory foam is state of the art sleep technology. It’s cutting edge and is different from the norm (The over 100 year old innerspring industry) and we the people have resisted change for years. Just think of cutting edge technologies that were rejected in the beginning, the tractor by horse people, welding in the framework of buildings by the people who favored rivets, and yes computers because they would replace the need for man. A competing mattress company advertises a slogan of better sleep through science. If using the same 100 year coil springs and changing the padding around a little bit really makes a bed sleep better, then we have to assume that visco elastic memory foam must truly be state of the art space age mattress technology.

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Doug Belleville and his father Dave own and run STLBeds - a specialty sleep store located in Arnold, MO. The staff at STLBeds is highly educated about sleep, comfort and their special sleep products. STLBeds only carries high quality mattresses and bed-related products. You won't find the brand names here - just call and ask us why!

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Correction to # 5

Memory foam mattress compressions or body impression issues
This is more of a myth than a reality but we thought we would throw it in. Although all foams eventually break down, memory foam as a whole seems to out perform and out last the majority of low grade polyurethane foams often used for cushioning by its coiled steel spring competitors. Most stores brag of considerably lower rates of warranty return issues when it comes to memory foam mattresses, in particular problems such as excessive sagging, or body impressions.

Comment by Doug — January 28, 2008 @ 2:17 pm

I just bought a midrange priced memory foam mattress topper from Target. I am confused as to what I should have expected to come out of the box. What I got is a completely crushed, compact, hard, warped thing. I realize that it’s been rolled up and compacted for packaging. No info in the box whatsoever as to what to expect. Will this take days to ‘undo’ itself? It’s completely unusable and I am a little irritated as I spent almost $200 on this thing. It says a full size but it seems more like a twin. I wish there was information provided with the product. I am very disappointed, and I don’t want to have to try to box this darned thing up to return it!

Comment by Robin — May 5, 2008 @ 8:49 pm

Hi Robin,
I am sure people will appreciate your imformation.
I believe the keyword you used was ” Memory Foam Topper”. For over 22 years dad and I have sold people beds. I am pretty sure this will not be what you want to here, but we flat out refuse to take our customers money with cheap quick fixes such as toppers that more often than not don’t work. I wish I had a dime for every time I heard comments like yours. I know that will draw some criticism from people who have had good luck, but we try to go with what works the best and works most consistently.

The reasons most people end up with toppers vary, but these are the common ones.
1. They have a worn out mattress they hope to extend the life of.
2. Their trying to change the feel of one they bought and dislike into something it is not.
3. Lastly they may choose a topper as an alternative to memory foam mattresses, which are more expensive and are simply out of budget.
The truth is, if memory foam mattresses are out of budget do not buy one, wait or buy an inexpensive innerspring to allow you more time to save up for a quality visco elastic memory foam mattress. It is worth it in the end.

Robin, if it was crushed as you say or (damaged) well of course that’s not normal. I am not sure that is the case here? If you are referring to the mattress being vacuum packed like beef jerky in the shrink-wrap or a package of freeze dried food that would be normal. Many memory foam products are shipped in this fashion. When the vacuum is released it should return to its original shape usually with in 24 hours or less. That is why they call it memory foam. If not it will need to be returned to Target. Full size should measure 54 x 75.

I do not want to come across as being critical and I am going to encourage people to learn from your bad experience. That is the great thing about this type of platform people will learn what to do and not to do.

So here is my soapbox. It is my opinion that sadly your confusion was brought on from purchasing from a store that chooses not hire mattress professionals to help you make the correct buying decisions and answer your excellent questions. Target as good as they are, really is a nothing more than a department store, not a mattress store or a furniture store. So the service you may be expecting will be lacking. Their employees keep the shelves stocked and know little to nothing about what is being sold in each department. Department managers really aren’t much better. Stores like Costco, Sam’s, Target, Wal-Mart are masters of nothing but cheep prices in my opinion. If a person does not find the necessary and pertinent information they are looking on the box or in the directions then it in fact should be considered a case of buyer beware. Retail mattress stores pay good money for display showrooms where you can see and feel what to expect while eliminating confusion.

As for the pricing issue I am going to use the Tempurpedic mattress and the one you purchased for this comparison.
A model called the “Original” is the cheapest mattress you can buy from Tempur Pedic and in the Full size runs 999.00 for the mattress only. The prices range up to 2499.00 for the model called the “Rhapsody”. The prices would quite frankly go much higher, if higher end full size mattresses sold better than they do. (Take notice the top of the line mattresses offered from Tempur Pedic are not even available in full size.) Tempurpedic is the brand by which everyone else compares himself or herself to. This is done for a reason they are the best. Now at 200.00 for a topper your purchase price is ½ the typical advertised price of a no name entry-level memory foam mattress. So in comparison take a 400.00 entry-level mattress and a top of the line Tempur Pedic at 2499.00 a midrange priced memory foam mattress in full size should run about 1450.00

If you think taking the mattress back to a store is fun, imagine having to get it into the original box and ship it back to the online retailer, which many of them require.

Thanks for posting your comment and please understand I am not trying to pick on you, but answer your questions and comments honestly while helping others in the process.

Comment by Doug — May 6, 2008 @ 12:23 pm

I bought a memory foam mattress recently, and i have to say i am no longer tossing and turning, but i found more frequently i wake up with one or both arms numbed. my wife experience the same.
i wonder what is causing it and has anybody else has the same experience?
Thank you,

Comment by Eric C. — September 12, 2008 @ 12:40 pm

I would talk to your personal physician. I would even consider additional opinions. Many doctors know little more about mattresses than you or I know about prescription medicines, diagnosing, or brain surgery. We touched on this very concept at the following link. Do Doctors Recommend Firm or Soft Mattresses and Which is Better?

Comment by Doug — October 6, 2008 @ 6:21 pm

I want to sleep with my 2yr old daughter,would a memory foam with coil be safe for her?

Comment by jenna — November 14, 2008 @ 8:52 pm

Is memory foam safe for a 2yr old to sleep on?

Comment by jenna — November 14, 2008 @ 8:58 pm

These are great questions including the email question you sent asking Is memory foam safe for a 2yr old to sleep on?

Unfortunately I do not know of any independent tests that have been done saying yes or no. SIDS has been an issue for softer mattresses for infants. Our feeling is that once the kids are able to get themselves out of trouble and turn over, and such then that would be the time to OK mattresses like waterbeds, memory foam etc.

If you find any info that would be interesting making good arguments against such beds, let me know. At 2 years old kids should have know problems with such mattresses. Babies and infants I believe are the issue here.

I think the much bigger danger is sleeping with the child in the same mattress. Your chances of rolling over on them and hurting them or even smothering them are be much greater. Besides that it is hard to get them into there own room and mattress once you decide to no longer allow them in your bed with you.

Hope this helps.

Comment by Doug — November 16, 2008 @ 7:40 pm

I have just bought a Tempur Memory Mattress and both my wife and I are finding we are waking in up in the middle of the night feeling very hot. Does anyone eles having this problem and has anyone found a way to stop this from happening?

Comment by Chrs — November 25, 2008 @ 7:21 am

Chris, I would call Tempurpedic or the dealer you bought it from. They should be able to give you some advice to remedy your problem. There are some very breathable mattress pads available at stores that should help you as well. Make sure the pad allows heat through and breathes so your temperature sensitive foam reacts correctly.

Comment by Doug — November 26, 2008 @ 7:58 am

My step son moved in with us. he and his girl frined have been (sleeping) on the foam mattress for 3 years. There is a odor in his room that is awfull. They were not the cleanest people. Any way to de-stink the bed beside burning it???? Do I have to say more it just stinks.

Comment by Mitch — January 28, 2009 @ 5:34 am

I think it is probably safe to say it is not a problem with the memory foam mattress.

I am going to respond to the smell issue by suggesting you look into having the mattress professionally cleaned. Carpet cleaning companies sometimes provide such service. For others who are worried about the same problem occurring here is some help in another blog that is related to this issue
Professional Mattress Cleaning

Comment by Doug — January 29, 2009 @ 1:04 pm

I just had the same problem that the other lady had. I bought a Target brand memory foam mattress cover and I pulled it out of the box and it was warped, stuck together, completely unuable and much smaller that the queen size bed (and it was a queen size). Now that I worked up a sweat pulling it apart and tryed to spread it out across the mattress, I will never get it back in the box. I will talk to the manager of Target and see what happens. Warning! Don’t buy ‘HOME’ mattress covers!

Comment by jennifer epperson — February 7, 2009 @ 7:21 pm

I do not think that was fair to Home mattress covers. I have seen many more people that like them than do not. Target is a good company and I am sure they will work with you if you give them the chance to correct the problem.

Comment by Doug — February 8, 2009 @ 8:55 pm

I am interested if any one has mysterious “Yellow stains” on there mattress.I was turning my mattress the othere day,noticed yellow stains called the company for the mattress protecter and was told being it wasn’t reported with-in 5 days of the stain it made the warranty void.There are no stains on the mattress protctor. When I called the manufacturere of the bed, one of there workers said it was seepage that comes out of temp-beds. but when I was put on with there customer setrvice dept, I wsa told they hnever heard of such a thing.So I am not getting any help.Also the threads are coming off the sides of the bed,but I am told bveing it is stained, it makes the warranty void for the bed.Has any one ever heard of such a thing , I am LIVID.Thanks
PLease let me know if you have any yellow stains popping up on your mattress thanks

Comment by Julie — February 17, 2009 @ 5:22 pm

I am in the process of purchasing a 10 inch, Cali King size Glideaway Memory Foam for $1050.00. Is that a good price and I’m not sure if this is an off brand name?


Comment by key- rp — March 3, 2009 @ 2:07 pm

I just bought a the mid-level “deluxe” full size bed memory foam mattress topper from Target today. It was on sale for $95. It came with very clear directions that stated to “very gently unroll the topper and then let it recover and regain its natural form and shape on its own. It may take up to 72 hours for the topped to fully expand and recover to its original shape”

It took a few minutes to for my topper to “recover” and I was able to put the attached cover on without any problems. I don’t know if it is going to help my back, but I just had a very refreshing 20 minute nap!

Comment by Jackie Kaplan — March 3, 2009 @ 6:07 pm

Hi key- rp- I carry the Glideaway line of mattresses. I have also had good luck with their memory foam beds and their steel bed frames. I could tell you if that is a good price with a little more information. Is that the set price or mattress only. Also what market are you in? I am located in St. Louis in other areas freight for example may affect your price.

The only real brand name in the memory foam business is Tempur Pedic. Everything else costs less for a reason, it’s not a TP. I saw your comment that it was a set. That would be a good price, however there is a difference in the specs on a Glideaway Memory Foam Mattress vs. a Tempur Pedic Memory Foam Mattress. Be sure to talk with your retailer and compare. If you be believe the cheaper price is worth the risk then it is a good deal.

Comment by Doug — March 3, 2009 @ 7:19 pm

Hey way to go, a great deal and your comfy. Hope it continues.

Comment by Doug — March 3, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

I know it’s not a TP. But sometimes the brand is what makes the price high. If I can get TP’s (cousin) for a little less, with similiar qualities, I’m willing to try it out. It comes with a 15 year warranty and that is the set price. I am in N.C. market.


Comment by key- rp — March 4, 2009 @ 8:40 am

My husband and I bought a mid range memory foam mattress last year and although it took about two weeks to fully appreciate he found it the most comfortable bed that he had slept on. I the worst. My neck hurts all night and in the morning when I get up, my arms and hands have pins and needles and sometimes go numb. The pain stays with me all day. We recently changed back to our old mattress and I found that I was getting a better sleep and no pain, but my husband complained and we went back to the memory foam. I could cry in the night with the discomfort and have tried to put a pillow under my shoulders and top of my back for support, but with no success….HELP!!

Comment by Anne — March 10, 2009 @ 7:45 am

We purchased a “knock off” memory foam mattress for about $600 4 years ago. At first we loved it. We slept great on it, it didn’t move when one or the other of us got out of bed and it looked good. However, 4 years after purchase it is sagging badly on both sides where we have slept and there is a big hump in the center of the bed. It is apparent that the foam has broken down where we sleep. It is going to have to be replaced this year. Previously, we had purchased a regular pillow-top mattress that had lasted 16 years and STILL looked good. So it’s back to that we go on our next purchase. I question if a Tempur-Pedic won’t sag after some time, too, but just don’t know at this point and their cost is out of reach.

Comment by Greta — March 14, 2009 @ 4:20 am

They cost too much. They are not that expensive to make and given the economy you would think they would come down a little. I don’t know anyone with a TP because the cost is too out of reach by old mattress lasted 10 years, it would have been good for another 5 at least but I needed to downsize when I moved. I wanted a TP but the cost of the one I wanted and like in the show room was 1499 and I couldn’t get the financing even though my credit was fine. I have lower back probs and need a softer mattress that fits to the shape of my spine (per docs recommendation) he told me to just get a regular mattress but to try them out first. He said, “Don’t buy over the internet! You have to try them out and know you’re getting the one you liked.” Nothing is for sure over the internet.

Comment by Colleen — April 13, 2009 @ 11:11 am

We purchased a National Brand pillow top memory foam mattress. It was expensive but we thought that if the hype was correct it would justify it. Plus we didn’t mind since we spend a third of our time in it. It didn’t work out that way! Within 3 mo. the bed was cratered on both sides and would not bounce back. We called the company and they asked if it was stained. We looked and there was some dark areas where I had sweated during the night. The warrenty was void because of this. They said we should have bought a mattress cover. How were we supposed to know? So now we have an expensive mattress with a mountain in the middle that is terribly uncomfortable. We have tried to doctor it up with other toppers. We have even placed towels under the holes to bring it up to grade. Nothing really works. We have looked at new mattresses and almost all of them are made of this same material now. What a waste of money. The marketing of this product did a great job of seducing the American public. Now we have to spend even more to buy a new mattress. At least the old style mattresses lasted a few years instead of a few months.

Comment by Bill — May 6, 2009 @ 11:38 am

I LOVE my Sealy Posturepedic… Any and all back issues have vanished with this bed, and I sleep better than I ever remember on it. My only complaint is the sheets come off every night… we have tried stirrups, Jersey sheets, etc, with no success… Any suggestions?

Comment by Nathan — May 23, 2009 @ 11:30 pm

We also have a Sealy Posturpedic. We also have problems with the sheets coming off every night and have tried everything. This morning, my husband visited the store where we bought it. The salesperson said he gets many complaints about the same problem, that he could not do anything about it, and that some people have found a solution by paying several hundred dollars for something to put on the bed that fixes the problem! So people, buy the good one to begin with–you will save money in the long run.

I have owned 2 TEMPURPEDICS, and neither of these beds have that problem. I highly recommend that brand. It is comfortable, sturdy, and reliable.

Comment by Rosalie — June 18, 2009 @ 6:54 pm

Bill, Thanks for your comment. In your case it sounds like it’s to late to do anything now, but perhaps others can learn from your mistake.

“How were we to know” ? Please understand I am not taking the manufactures side, but the way we as consumers learn what our responsibilities are as owners which is to read the directions and the warranty cards, not just unpackage the products and sleep on them. By becoming an educated consumer we then we can hold up our end of the deal should something like a crater developing on each side of the mattress occur.

Comment by Doug — June 21, 2009 @ 4:39 pm

Sheets coming off of the mattress is not restricted to brands, but is really more of a problem with beds that we sink down into. If the sheets are cut to fit and look taught, then once you sink down into the mattress, bloop the sheets pop off. If the mfg. leaves slack in the material then customers complain that the sheets look sloppy. There are many good quality sheets and fixes on the market. We just need to find the one that works best for us because each mattress, couple, sleeping habit, and sheet set is different.

Comment by Doug — June 21, 2009 @ 4:49 pm

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I am one of the people that are trouble with the numbness in the arms and hands. My fingers also swell up in the night. This did not start til I decided to change my mattress. I just got a memory foam mattress and I really sink into. The worse thing is it’s not the first mattress we bought from this place. The first was too hard so they took it back and we got the memory foam. They were really nice about it so now I don’t feel like i can say anything about this one. What should I do? We are financing over 1,ooo dollars for this bed and I am not happy. Please help. Any advice would be appreiciated.

Tara Brewer

Comment by Tara Brewer — August 2, 2009 @ 12:52 pm

I am not sure why the numbness is occurring. That would be a question better suited for your physician. Memory foam is a product that has been proven to affectively increase blood circulation. The complete opposite of the problem you seem to be having.

It may simply be a coincidence that this started occurring at the same time you got your new mattress. The only way to really know for sure, is to sleep on a totally different mattress that does not cause the numbness. Your old mattress for a 30-day trial period may answer some of those numbness questions for you if you still have it? Hope this helps.

Comment by Doug — August 3, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

We got an expensive memory foam mattress about eighteen months ago, and I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since. I loathe, hate and detest it. It is impossibly hot, it is madly uncomfortable, and I can’t begin to imagine how so many people can have been fooled into buying these. Especially since most of the ‘research’ on them seems to have been done by manufacturers. I have blogged about it and the response from people with similar problems has been amazing. My husband – however – loves it. Unfortunately, within a couple of months of buying it, his arthritis flared again, and has been appalling ever since. He has been relentlessly sleeping on the memory foam. A few weeks ago, I finally decided that enough was enough and decamped to son’s bedroom (he’s away from home at present!) I’ve been sleeping beautifully ever since. Then – this weekend, son came home, and I returned to the dreaded memory foam. I slept terribly, and woke up with, quite literally, every bone in my body aching – and the bursitis in my hip that had just eased, after a year’s misery, reappeared. I have since persuaded husband to give the other bed a try for a week or so, just to see if the arthritis improves a little on a sprung mattress. One of the selling points seems to be that movement is less, but with arthritis, the less you move during the night, the more stiff you are in the morning. These mattresses are the work of the devil, in my opinion!

Comment by Catherine Czerkawska — August 10, 2009 @ 5:09 am

We bought a memory foam king size unit at Costco in July of 07. We were very pleased with it. In August ’08, I had surgery twice and was in bed for almost six weeks recovering. The mattress took on a large depression where I laid. It didn’t recover it’s shape. I went to customer service at Costco, and they gave me a phone # for the manufacturer. I contacted them and went through all of the steps they required, and within a couple of weeks,they shipped us a new mattress and picked up the old one. My only complaint is that I am a warm sleeper, and that is made worse for me by the foam. I am too warm even in winter.

Comment by Carl Arends — November 16, 2009 @ 6:03 pm

I bought a knock-off memory foam, 10-inch mattress at My husband weighs 250 pounds, and he’s very tall. There’s a permanent dent in the middle of the mattress now, after 1 year. For the heat problem, in the event your mattress isn’t deformed like mine, invest the $70 in a TempurPedic brand mattress cover. It keeps you cool. My dad has a TempurPedic and loves it, but he weighs 175.

Comment by Katherine Blake — March 2, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

I am planning to buy a tempurpedic mattress, but after reading a lot of negative comments about it , feeling a bit discouraged . I tried a all natural Latex mattress, that did provide similar firmness . Considering all pros and cons , I am more inclined towards the NATURAL LATEX , just because it is natural and might not have any side effects as a result of chemicals etc that is used in memory foam . Who knows 20 years from now they come up with research saying that memory foam causes some sort of illness . Any comments ?

Comment by subby — March 6, 2010 @ 3:46 am

I bought an off brand memory foam bed for $1000 and loved it although there was a chemical smell for about a month. Now it has a huge lump, ridge, bump all the way across the bed. I thought it would go away, even sat heavy objects on it to flatten it but I think it is permanent. Has anyone else had this problem Is there a way to flatten them out again. I guess I was just suckered in by a local furniture dealer. It is embarrassing and shows even through the comforter. If anyone has an idea, please let me know

Comment by Susan — May 18, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

I am currently using menory form mattress from tempur and have been using it for the pass 2 years and it is doing great it help my backache problem which i have been having for years. Was wondering the reason behind is it that tempur is the only brand been test in hospital??

Comment by John — May 24, 2010 @ 2:26 am

We also got some mysterious “Yellow stains” on the mattress. so far 4 of them 2 by the head I by the knee area and 1 by the foot area. The Matress is brand new and there is absoultely no reason for the stains. We also used a matress cover and there is no stain on it. We are confident the stain came from within the matress. Not sure what to do ..

Comment by Ray V — June 13, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

I believe you are referring to the Comment by Julie — February 17, 2009?
You are the second person to report such a problem. It is my gut feeling the the store where you purchased the mattress may have a comfort exchange policy. Unfortunately some stores bag them up and send them out as new.

I have never ever seen a memory foam mattress bleed a yellow dye or what ever the person told Julie on Feb. 17 comment.

Comment by Doug Belleville — June 14, 2010 @ 6:51 pm

Hey all. I have a king advantage Temperpedic on order for delivery on Tuesday. Based on the fact that the matress responds to body heat , is there any particular type of linens I should be using?

Comment by CJ — July 11, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

Also I’d like to say I am very impressed with the way this feed has been maintained and comments responded to!!!

Comment by CJ — July 11, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

Tempur Pedic is a good brand. However STL Beds has moved beyond memory foams that get softer with heat and firmer with cooler air. They are actually temperature stable. I am hoping other companies will do the same. You bring up a great point about bedding in that if it doesn’t breathe the foam could actually become softer or harder. I would say this, make sure that the bed linens are made from breathable materials like cotton. Be careful of thick mattress pads and mattress protectors that do not breathe.

Comment by Doug Belleville — July 12, 2010 @ 9:18 am

Thank you. Our hope is that people like yourself will continue to come to us for answers to their questions and share their experiences so others can learn from them. Web sites need to have more than just pictures and prices.

Comment by Doug Belleville — July 12, 2010 @ 9:21 am

I found this site doing a search on numbness. I bought a Tempur-pedic Classic bed a couple of weeks ago, and I’m waking up with horrible numbness, tingling and pain in my arms and a dull pain lasts all day. It’s only my arms and it started my first night on this mattress. When I move to my old spring bed, I don’t have this problem, so it’s definitely the new bed and not a medical problem. The rest of me feels fine. I’m trying to figure out if this is caused by the mattress being too firm, or the opposite, too soft? I can exchange it, but don’t know whether I should go firmer or softer. Anyone know?

Comment by tnpd — July 16, 2010 @ 11:37 pm

Numbness, tingling, and pain can be caused by pressue points generally found in mattresses that are too firm. These same problems can also occur when you sleep in one position for to long something often associated with pressure relieving mattresses like Tempur Pedic. Just an experiment you will have to play with, each person is a little different.

Comment by Doug Belleville — July 18, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

Thanks, Doug. I don’t usually sleep in the same position very long, so I’m going to exchange it for a softer Tempur-pedic and see what happens.

Comment by tnpd — July 18, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

I was thinking about purchasing a memory foam mattress topper and happened upon this page. I find it a little interesting that there have been 3 or 4 separate comments about numbness and tingling in the arms by people using this type of product. It’s also a little amusing to read Doug’s responses since they begin by being a little condescending–telling the customer that they should consult their physician for this problem. However, the last comment suggested that this problem can occur when you sleep in one position for too long? I don’t think I would necessarily trust your advice, generally speaking, Doug.

Comment by Jennifer — August 19, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

Jennifer as you will read over and over memory foam is a material that was and is still being used to relieve pressure points in many different ways and was developed by NASA for the very purpose of relieving pressure and maintaining good blood circulation. (It tests better than most any other mattress material for this) How long it will maintain that high level of pressure relief for an individual in a mattress is debatable by some.

There are many things to consider: unique shape, body weight, height/size, body position, length of time in that position. These are many of the things that are going to affect each person and very likely affect each of them somewhat differently. If a person is maintaining a level of comfort that isn’t causing them to reposition constantly well then that may not be such a bad thing, unless it comes to a point where numbing and tingling starts to take place. If this is common for said person I think they need to speak with their doctor not a mattress salesman.

Jennifer I’m not sure that my blog is necessarily showing a trend or possible problem with numbness and tingling rather it may be ranking well for those particular key words compared to other websites or blogs. I personally don’t believe that there is a pattern of numbing and tingling that is higher than other beds and especially regular coil spring mattresses which instantly create counter pressure when the springs are compressed. I truly believe there is actually less complaints now than there ever has been thanks to companies like Tempur Pedic which is not a brand that I sell. There is a reason TP reviewed well in Consumer Reports where the majority of people said they would buy it again. I would only ad that TP is now either the number 3 or 4 selling brand mattress. People are buying it because it’s doing something for them. Is it for everyone? No but for most it has some real benefits. I sure wouldn’t let 3 or 4 negative response discourage you about this truly unique and innovative product.

Thanks Jennifer for taking the time to comment. I’ll admit I have many flaws and that I am not a perfect person but condescension or the show of disdain or superiority in which I patronize and consider myself superior to guests of my blog is Not my intent Nor is it good for STL Beds readership. I’ve learned one important thing in my 24 years of bedding experience, that I don’t have is all the answers however I share what I know with my readers at no cost because I love what I do and because of the massive amounts of misinformation on the web. Hope you’ll come back and share your experience with us no matter what you purchase.

Comment by Doug Belleville — August 22, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

We got a king size Tempur memory foam bed a couple of weeks ago, and I thought I’d share my experiences. We have an ultra-thin mattress protector on it as recommended by the store – very thin so that it doesn’t really interfere with the moulding qualities of the foam. My wife is normally a very hot sleeper, but so far this does not appear to be a problem on the bed. She is not complaining about being hot at all. The bed is quite firm and yet comfortable. You don’t sink into the foam as much as I expected you would, but you can definitely feel a depression forming under your pressure points. As I lie on my side, I do feel like my lower arm is squeezed a little more than usual. Perhaps with the moulding of the foam, you tend to keep more of your arm underneath your body. I don’t get pins and needles in my arm, but I can see how some people might.

There was the faintest of plastic odours when the bed was new, but barely noticeable and not off-putting at all, and now we can’t smell it at all.

The best feature of the bed, and one that we specifically shopped for, is that you cannot feel your partner moving, at all. They can flop around like a harpooned whale and you don’t feel it – so that from that aspect alone we are very happy with the bed.

Overall we are very pleased with the bed and have no complaints.

Comment by Andrew — November 11, 2010 @ 11:28 pm

We’ve had our Tempurpedic bed for several years now. The only problem we have is cratering — it is obvious, even under the comforter, that there are two craters with a mountain inbetween. I was searching for a cure to this problem when I found this site. Regarding heat….I have BAD hot flashes at night and don’t find that the mattress makes it worse. Perhaps the very thin matress pad that we bought along with the mattress keeps the bed from getting too hot. Regarding tingling arms/hands/fingers…I had this in my old bed but it rarely occurs in the Tempurpedic. I find that if I sleep with a cuddle-pillow at my chest this keeps my top arm at a level that keeps the nerve from being compressed and keeps my body more upright so the the nerve on my bottom arm doesn’t get compressed. Regarding terrible neck pains…I had this problem with the tempurpedic pillow, once I went back to my old pillow, I had no more problems. Overall, I love the tempurpedic. I no longer have back problems and I don’t toss and turn like I did in the past. It was well worth the expense.

Comment by Renee — December 22, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

First, let me say I’ve read everything here, and love this forum.
Second, I’ve had my temperpedic rhapsody for four years, and would buy it again without reservation. My husband likes a firm mattress, I preferred soft. At first I thought the rhapsody was too firm for me, but Now I sleep terrible if I’m not sleeping on that bed.
I, too have stains from my cranberry colored sheets. But I don’t care! I also have the temperpedic pillow and love all of it! I think it took awhile to get used to how firm it is, I didn’t expect that. When I’ve been away and I get back into this bed it feels like a long lost friend. We shut the heat off when we are away and have come back to a rock hard bed but it softens back up and goes back to normal immediately. My question is: we want to replace our old pillowtop at our vacation home with the same mattress. But it’s in VT, and the heat is off for long periods of time. Is that a bad idea? Do you think prolonged exposure to the cold would be detrimental to the mattress? What is one step softer than the rhapsody? And if anyone gas that model is it still firm or a soft mattress? Because I might be interested in one step softer next time…..
No problem here with warmness!
Thank you

Comment by Gina — January 17, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

we bought a foam mattress a few years ago , we find very comfortable and good for my back , but we find it very hot even in winter we put a pillow under our legs which helps a little.

Comment by Peter Haase — January 29, 2011 @ 6:26 am

I bought a 3 inch foam topper and all was well for a few months. BUt after a while I started having pain in my legs, hips, knees, back. Told a few friends and a couple said they had the same problem and removed the topper and went back to sleeping fine w/o the aches and pains. I took mine off a few days ago and have slept sound as a dollar with no pain now…..anyones else have this experience? The bed I put the topper on was 5 years old top of the line firm Beautyrest so not a bad mattress.

Comment by Peggy — July 7, 2011 @ 10:37 am

Thanks to everyone who posted here, I have been able to convince my husband that our memory foam mattress is killing me and I am not just being dramatic. My lower back hurts and my legs go numb, so many times I’ll go sleep in the guestroom. Instead of throwing away this memory foam (that my husband sleeps well in), I am researching about cutting this king size bed in half and replacing my half with an “old-style” xl twin mattress!

Comment by Janice — July 16, 2011 @ 10:50 am

We recently bought an orthopaedic bed with memory foam mattress from a well known specialist UK supplier. We were persuaded to pay a $400 surcharge for Memory Foam rather than coil sprung. I have arthitis.

The fortnight we had the memory foam was the worst experience for me at night. Too hot, can’t move, unsupportive edges, difficult to get off. I’ve slept in some rough places working as a heavy plant driver but never as bad as that.

Fortunately the company has replaced the MF with coil sprung but currently has not refunded the surcharge.

In my opinion, MF is nothing less than a con, pay more for a lump of foam that costs zilch to make. The Emperor’s new clothes spring to mind.

Comment by peter — August 2, 2011 @ 3:47 am

About 3 weeks ago slept our 1st night ever on our new all natural memory foam considered medium firm (all dunlop and natural molded foam). Like a few others have reported– both my husband and I had strange tingling in hands and feet waking us every few hours. We knew memory foam would be an adjustment, so we rolled with it…but this particular reaction seemed odd given the marketed attributes to relieve pressure. Since then my husband has adapted. I love the memory foam sensation but the tingling has gotten worse in my arms. Even this morning I turned sides after he got up and within 15 min both arms were tingling. All my life I have slept well and thru the night usually with 2 turns in the night. We are both in good health and athletic (130 and 170lbs) although we had aches with the old mattress. Love being on the memory foam in general, and easy to fall asleep, but this tingling is not right. Any thoughts?

Comment by michelle — September 8, 2011 @ 9:59 am

my memory foam mattress is almost 18 months old and it is giving a bad odor giving me a nasal blockage and headache in the morning!

my room is small, about 11 x 11 feet and my mattress is huge, 6 by 6.5 feet. its 4 inch memory foam + 4 inch coir. now for 18 months i kept thinking that the odor was either out of the AC or the new furniture. turns out its neither. its because of the mattress. its bad enough to make me feel i’m breathing stale air in the morning when i wake up. since almost a year now i have been waking up with a headache. and i’m already prone to sinus attacks so am more sensitive to what i smell.

can u advice what i can do? its under a 10 year ‘guarantee’

Comment by Neerav Kothari — September 11, 2011 @ 12:46 am

i have did a huge mistake of recently getting 2 memory foam pillows. they suck! my neck hurts!

Comment by Neerav Kothari — September 11, 2011 @ 1:05 am

My suggestion is to test your theory that it is indeed the mattress causing your issues. Remove the mattress from the environment. 30-90 days should be long enough to test your theory. If you determine it is the mattress causing you issues replace it with something non toxic, natural, organic etc.

18 months later, I’m sorry to say you probably will not have much luck going the warranty route, however it cost you nothing to try other than time and energy. Let us know how it goes.

Comment by Doug Belleville — September 13, 2011 @ 7:32 am

Have new Sweda memory foam mattress (from (Fedde) and it has a terrible wet dish rag odor which transferred to my padding and bottom sheet. Have washed and sprayed with anti-microbial spray but cannot eliminate odor. If I had known this I would not have purchased this. The Tempurpedic my daughter has never had that odor.

Comment by marion — September 20, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

Wow, I have been reading all these interesting comments. I have have been sleeping in the spare bedroom because my husband flops aroud so much, and because the spare bed doesn’t cause back pain in me. We both used to sleep on that mattress and he always complained of discomfort. Yesterday we went to a furniture store and tried out the memory foam mattresses with the base that will raise the feet or head. We both loved it and spent a long time in the store testing each mattress. After I paid for it, the salesman warned me that it may smell of petrolium at first. That is why I came to this site. Now, I am afraid of the poisonous gas that the mattress will be giving off. If you spend a 3rd of your life sleeping and during that time you are breathing in small amounts of toxic substances, it can’t be healthy. I am going to cancel the order today. Also, for those of you that have pain and tingling in the neck; I think it is because your spine sinks into one position and the vertebra get out of aligmnemt. Raising the head of the bed or foot helps me. Also, yoga and regular visits to a chiropractor really helped me with my pain. Now, in order to sleep in the same bed with my husband I have to find a mattress that both of us find comfortable. Thanks to everyone for sharing your experiences and opinions on this site.

Comment by Mary — October 9, 2011 @ 6:23 am

hey guys,

I have to say, yes, memory foam mattresses are not always the best alternative. However, they do have their perks especially for some people with back problems and can be recommended medically.

Comment by James — November 2, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

I have tried both types and have found that a combination works best for me. I bought a good quality, plain top double sided mattress AND a three inch memory foam topper AND a good thick cotton fluff mattress pad.

What I like is that the mattress gives good support and the memory foam is soft enough to be comfortable but not so thick that it is difficult to move. The cotton topper dissipates the heat and keeps everything clean. And all can be changed as they get worn without having to replace my good base mattress.

Previously I had a very expensive pillow top mattress that had the topping ‘pack down’ very quickly. The full foam mattress was impossible to move in or get out of easily.

Also innerspring/topper arrangement came in very handy when older cat became weird and started repeatedly messing everywhere. I was able to take my toppers off and clean them or replace them as needed, while my mattresses stayed spotless. (I keep ‘resistant’ cover on the mattress under my toppers.)

Comment by Michealle — November 6, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

Lots of info from a professional service tech. I was reading about the smell that the foam gives off. Everything new will give off some kind off gas or smell, Even the water based stuff (organic) can give off a smell and can be worse than a non organic. Some people just have real good noses for smelling the new odors. We will created our own smells in the furniture after we have had it for awhile.

Comment by Tim — February 19, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

One week ago I purchase a memory foam mattress and from day one it has a strong odor, which is very similar to a musty mop smell, and is making this purchase to be a bad experience. I have aired it out, had a fan blowing on it for hours, and have even washed the cover and the bedding 3 times, but the smell has only dissipated a little in one week. The odor is very similar to the smell I had with a mouse/wrist pad I purchased once for my computer. Only after sponge washing it with a dishwater detergent did the smell go away. Should I just return the mattress or should I believe that comments by some others that the odor will go away after several days or weeks? I can’t see myself sleeping with this smell indefintely.

Comment by Alex — February 28, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

I want to purchase a Tempurpedic mattresses for my son, but after reading these comments, I really don’t know that I should. I was looking at the tempur cloud. He weighs 167 lbs, and cannot verbally tell me if he is comfortable/ feels any pain from the mattress. Really confused please help.

Comment by Lucy — March 28, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

I have 3 memory foam toppers (2 double size and 1 king). 2 of them have been excellent, but the 1st one I bought (the king) developed a medicinal smell. It was not there when I bought it, but the smell developed after a couple of years. I tried airing it out by hanging it outside on a line for several days, which diminished the smell slightly, but after it was back on the bed for a while (a week or two), the smell was back as strong as ever. The small wasn’t horrible, just kind of medicinal. I finally bought a new one and put the smelly one in the basement (where it still smells the same.)

Comment by Diane — April 9, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

I recently bought a tempur pedic and it feels very comfortable to sleep in and lay on, but when I wake up my lower back hurts badly. I am only 20 and have never had back problems. I thought maybe my spine wasn’t used to being correctly aligned like that so I kept sleeping on it for about one week. By the end of the week my lower back hurt so bad I couldn’t even bend over to tie my shoes so I went back to sleeping on my old inner spring and felt better after one night. I am a side sleeper, but I don’t understand why the bed feels so comfortable but causes me pain when I wake up and get out of bed?

Comment by Crystal — August 1, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

We’ve had our bed for just over five years and we love it. When we go on trips, we can’t wait to get home for a great night of sleep. I have a bone infection that keeps me done in bed for months at a time. This bed is by far the most comfortable bed I Have ever had. It also holds up better than any bed I have ever had. After four or five years,most of the other high quality name brands sag so bad we had to buy another new one. The top end bed usually had a warranty that covered some of the expenses, but still we were paying much more in the long run than we paid for this one. We put a straight edge across from corner to corner and it sags less than 3/4’s of an inch. My only complaint is that we only bought a queen size and now we wish we would of bought a king size bed!

Comment by Will — August 3, 2012 @ 4:45 am

Crystal…your a DA. Bottom line. As with most things that ‘feel good’ they also can cause issues. Look at bacon…I love it, but eating too much causes issues.

Comment by BJ — September 4, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

Eric C,

Hi, my husband and I have the same problem, except mine came on suddenly with pain in both hands and shoulders and eventually numbness and doctors think it might be rheumatoid arthritis causing carpel tunnel. 3 months later my husband is complaining of his hands falling asleep too. We’ve had a memory foam mattress for 9 months now. Anyone else have these symptoms with memory foam?

Comment by mt — September 24, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

Doctors say its rare to get carpel tunnel in both hands. And what is the likelihood of both us getting it in both hands? After reading this, we’re hoping switching back to our old mattress might explain it.

Comment by mt — September 24, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

We have a memory foam topper and use it in our RV. Will if affect the topper if we leave it in trailer over the winter? What I mean is will it wreck it? We’ve been taking it in the house over the winter, but its very heavy and awkward to move so it would be a whole lot easier if we could leave it in the RV. We don’t want to do that though if it will wreck it.

Comment by Cindy — October 12, 2012 @ 10:27 am

I bought a temperpedic memory form mattress 7 years ago. At first we were very pleased with it. It was a little warm and took some getting used to but after a couple of months we didn’t notice. In fact it was quite nice to crawl in when winter came and the house was cool. The problem is now the mattress is caving in in the middle of the bed. It is very uncomfortable. My hips hurt so badly sleeping on it. I toss and turn all night because I keep sliding in toward the middle of the bed. Is there any way to repair this? We have turned the mattress around, not over. My husband put a 3/4 in of plywood in between the mattress and box springs. Nothing has made a difference. The box spring is still as sturdy as it was when purchased. It cost a lot o money and we just can’t go out and replace it with a new set. Any suggestion will help. Thanks.

Comment by gail — October 21, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

I recently bought memory foam bed- my bed was sagging and pressure points in shoulder and hips painful, especially hips in morning would force me out of bed.

The memory foam bed was a little better but not as good as all the hype- I still had some shoulder pain and now sometimes back pain – the pillows they threw in were hard and heavy and so they said I needed to take some filling out of those – (causing back pain) so i did, then I just quit using them, then they said to make sure fitted sheets were to tight? then they sent softer topper- They are really trying to work with me, but really I am no better now then when I had my old bed, the pain is just more in right shoulder now and back instead of hips. I am really disapointed!

Comment by Bobbi Humphreys — October 30, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

My mattress is an antique, was probably cheap when purchased new and it used to feel much like trying to sleep on the ground – hard and lumpy. I’ve been sleeping comfortably on the same 2″ memory foam topper for at least 5 years and have seen no signs of wear. The great thing about a topper is that it’s relatively easy to rotate and flip.

As I’ve become more “mature” some of the sins of my youth (breeding, breaking & training Quarterhorses, karate) are beginning to catch up with me. So I recently purchased a second topper and added it to the mix. I fall asleep every night on my side and wake up from a sound sleep on my back every morning.

A couple of suggestions:
1] Avoid the memory foam pillows if you spend any time sleeping on your back. They are much too thick for back sleepers and cause the head to rock forward in a very unnatural position which can cause headaches, neck pain and, occasionally, nerve issues in the arms and hands.

2] Another possible cause of problems in the arms/hands is side-sleeping with the elbow tucked under the body. All 3 of the main nerves in the arm cross bone in the elbow and forearm so they’re susceptible to compression which can result in numbness and/or tingling.

3] It’s possible that sleeping on a more uniformly supportive mattress is causing some re-alignment of the spine, possibly to a more correct alignment. From personal experience, I would recommend a visit to a chiropractor before you assume that returning to your old mattress is your best course of action.

Comment by Kasey — November 23, 2012 @ 11:24 pm

I purchased a 3″ memory foam mattress from target earlier this year to put on top of our water bed. It has beena fabulous addition. I have noticed a musty smell recently, (not the original chemical smell). It is getting stronger, and now I smell like it in the morning and have to take another shower to get rid of the smell. I’m wondering if it got wet, but I don’t see mold? Can the mattress be washed, and how? That mattress is heavy without water in it! Is it time to trash it? It is awfully expensive.

Comment by Jan — November 25, 2012 @ 6:06 am


Do you have pets? Have you taken the cover off and looked for discolorations on your topper? Until I started keeping my bedroom door closed, my cat used to sneak in there occasionally and . . .

I also have a memory foam dog bed which I made by folding a 3″ twin mattress topper in half and making a 40″ X 40″ cover. The bed was used by a very old labrador retriever until she went to the Rainbow Bridge. She had incontinence problems so I had to clean the bed frequently. I did it by laying it out on the kitchen floor and using the hand tool on my carpet cleaner. When I pressed down, I could compress the foam almost to the floor so I knew I was getting it clean all the way through. I used the “Pet Stain and Odor Remover” formula in the machine and it worked well.

Good luck!

Comment by Kasey — November 26, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

I purchased a serta memory foam bed a couple of years ago. At this point the bed is two big holes were my wife and I sleep and a huge ridge in the middle. I am now suffering from major back issues and not only am I having a terrible time turning over in the night, I also am almost not able to exit the bed. This is one of those mattresses that you can not turn over, so we have tried spinning it, and it does not help. Every one seems to be praising the foam for solving their back problems but most web sites seem to be related to sales. Since my mattress broke down so fast, and my back hurts so much I really have to ask what gives?

Comment by Dean Edens — November 29, 2012 @ 8:34 am

The first thing I’d do is complain to Serta. For what they charge for a bed, you ought to be able to expect more than 4 years of use. That being said, I’ve read other complaints about the compression problem which is why I buy toppers. Not only can they be flipped and rotated but, if and when they do wear out, they’re a whole lot less expensive to replace.

Comment by Kasey — November 29, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

We recently purchased a Comforpedic memory foam bed. I was excited at first, but it is hard as a rock right now and not as comfortable as imagined.

My biggest concern though, is we have had the bed for approx. 3 weeks, and each day my knee pain upon waking up is become extreme, I never had this problem with my junky spring mattress with a memory foam topper. Is this due to the memory foam, the firmness, or my body adjusting to the bed? I hope I didn’t make a $2000 mistake.

Comment by Colby — December 14, 2012 @ 5:41 am

I just finished having my temper cloud mattress replaced due to sagging/foam compression. I had to get the sales receipt from the store (purchased in 2/11) and I had to forward a photo with a broomstick across the bed with a quarter propped against it where the sagging was. A quarter is about an inch and that is the amount of sagging you need to get a replacement. Not sure but think that type of thing is warrantied for 10 years at least, maybe more. You do have to have adequate boards/foundation but no one even asked about mine. The process was simple and took just a few weeks from first call to delivery of a new mattress. They suggested that sagging occurs when they get too many air pockets in the foam. We will see how this second one fairs. I did not have an odor issue with the first one, but right now my entire house has a chemical odor. The mattress is in a bedroom with an open window and the door is closed with a towel at the bottom. It’s really cold out so this could take awhile. The Temperpedic site suggests having the grandkids over to play on the bed to help release the fumes. I don’t think so. I’m at the point where I’m wondering if it’s safe to live here until this thing stops smelling. I realized they make these mattresses in the city I live in, so my new one is probably way too “fresh”.

Comment by Karen Schauer — December 23, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

We bought a memory foam mattress. I sleep on my life and I’m having the same problem as others here waking up with pins a needle in my logs which is lasting all day. Going try old mattress again see if it stops

Comment by phill — December 30, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

I found this site.after searching ” numbness in arms and hand when sleeping on memory foam”. I have been waking with this problem for about the same amount of time as we have had a ComforPedic mattress (about 2-3 years). I have been seeing a physical therapist for this but the problem persists. You talk about how memory foam help prevent blood circulation, but the issue here is nerve impingement from remaining in a certain position for too long. My husband loves the memory foam, but I am afraid that sleeping in the bed may be creating long term nerve damage and I need to stop sleeping in this bed. It is very frustrating after spending so much money on the mattress. I wish there was more info out there about this problem.

Comment by Betsy — January 5, 2013 @ 11:53 am

Anyone with more info on this please share.

Comment by Betsy — January 5, 2013 @ 11:54 am

My comment above should read “memory foam helps prevents blood circulation problems but the issue here is nerve impingement”.

Comment by Betsy — January 5, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

we just purchased a new space foam matteress, just waiting now for the smell to get out of it, also it seems a bit harder than the display one, i am hoping i will get used to it as i was used to a softer bed before

Comment by candace — January 7, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

Betsy, That is an interesting observation. I would like to see some information myself. My feeling is that nerve impingement is essentially pressure on a nerve. Memory foam by its very nature and design should help relieve such pressure. In studies its does it better than regular coil spring mattresses and many other types of beds. However, I am wondering if maybe it has more to do with sleeping position and the pressure that could be potentially exerted on the nerve over lengthened sleep time in one position. I know that might seem silly but many people find themselves turning and repositioning less on memory foam beds. Will be interesting to see if any physicians way in on your comment. Thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts on the topic. Doug Belleville

Comment by Douglas Belleville — January 9, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

Howdy. We have two very large dogs(150 lbs each) and were concerned that a memory foam mattress would not hold up to them jumping on and off the bed. Our old mattress is starting to show wear at the corners where they get on and off.
Is this something that I should be really worried about?


Comment by Moke — January 10, 2013 @ 3:00 am

I have just bought a vacum packed memory foam mattress and there is a big lump in the midle where it was folded can anyone give me some advice

Comment by Jean — January 24, 2013 @ 3:00 am

I would not panic if it has only been a couple days. However much longer than that and the chances are it was stored to long in a vacuum state and has likely done what is called taking a set. This is permanent damage done to the foam that you can do nothing to repair. Simply take it back or send it back to the company where you purchased it. This can happen if companies do not properly rotate old stock or do it quickly enough. Typically our manufacturers tell us more that 90 days and we need to release the vacuum on inventory or damage may occur.

Comment by Douglas Belleville — January 24, 2013 @ 8:52 am

We have Lake Cove queen firm by Mattress 1st, now on mattress 2 for 6/8 months.( either made by Serta or Sealy, I forget which) Has the foam top and individually wrapped innerspring stuff under. The first set was exchanged for a 2nd set, after we got craters on each side within a few months, and the depth met the criteria to exchange , which we did since we thought maybe the first had some defect in the foam portion. The boxspring and support are all acceptable.
Well the 2nd set is doing this crater thing on each side again. When I make the bed, ( we only use a top sheet) you can see the obvious sink, rise, sink across the mid portion. At least the edges/sides have good support and don’t sag.We keep thinking it is just us and it will by some miracle cure itself. We are not obese by any means, but we sink down so low in the buttocks region. I can move my hand across the bed surface and as I get closer to hubs, my hand heads down hill into the crater ( does that make sense?? lol :) And if one manages to even roll over in the bed towards the other, you go down hill, once you pass the middle hump. It is not really the most comfortable to sleep on and hubs had knee replacement and is having trouble getting on & off.

My question-after my long winded ramble
in your opinion should I approach the store where purchased, AGAIN? Did we just get a lemon model by chance???
Or should we just suck it up as a bad choice and either-
Rig up some kind of additional support for the top of the mattress ( I love a challenge) using plywood and very firm foam, etc

Move it to the guest room and get ‘old fashioned, my gosh they would last forever mattresses’, or sell the darn things on Craigslist.

Comment by melissa vent — January 26, 2013 @ 10:58 am

I have a Novaform sleep innovations mattress topper. After using it for two weeks, my wife and I both agreed that we didn’t like it. When removing it to return it to Costco, It left blue marks on our mattress which we wanted to clean. I called the company several times and had to leave a message and noone called back. Does anyone know how to clean the small stains left by the blue gel that is part of the topper? We are not happy with the customer service at all.

Comment by Dan Veres — January 28, 2013 @ 10:51 am

We bought a good quality memory foam mattress 2 years ago to replace one that had gone hard as a rock and was causing me a lot of pain and waking up with my arms asleep. The new one was a god send for the first year, but about a month ago I started to experience numbness in my legs that would persist all day. I saw my doctor several times and had no concerns. He recommended massage…….We went on holidays for 10 days and by the 5th day the numbness was dissipating. Upon returning home, back to our memory foam bed, within 3 days symptoms are returning and by a week I’m back where I started. I am going to be sleeping in the guest room for relief and a difinitive answer. If I return to my normal self within a week or so………we’ll be shopping for a new mattress!

Comment by Lisa — February 3, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

We just purchase a Well Known Brand Firm Memory Form bed three weeks ago, I have now been in pain for the last 2 1/2 weeks, pain the the arms, neck, legs and lower back and went to a Chiropractor yesterday. After reading some of the other comments I’m now seriously considering returning the bed.

Comment by Kathie — February 5, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

Kathie, getting rid of a bed because of experiences that other people have had or their having doesn’t necessarily mean you will have the same experience. There are many fine memory foam mattresses being sold today. I have personally sold some of these great mattresses to friends and family members and would not hesitate to do it again. This thread only tells the problems associated with the foam. There are many threads and articles that support memory foam. If it were me in your shoes I would base the decision on my experience unless there is an obvious issue with the brand that the company has not or will not stand behind. Remember we can always second guess any purchase decision if we look hard enough unless there is some other reason you decided to look into memory foam problems (like perhaps you are having a problem). Enjoy your new bed :-)

Comment by Douglas Belleville — February 5, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

enjoy all comments in the forum! my wife and bought a new box spring and firm mattress from SAMS. we also bought a foam topper from target called FIELDCREST LUXURY made by SINOMAX for which we paid $178. it took its shape pretty quick and the smell seems to be disapating. we have only slept on it twice and found it to be very uncomfortable {ache in shoulders and pain in the back). should it be returned or do we have to take time to get used to this new kind of sleep support. if it has to be returned what topper do you recommend.

Comment by bill hetherson — February 6, 2013 @ 10:40 am

After an injury and illness I could not sleep in my bed so I bought an adjustable bed with memory foam mattress. I am not a big lady, have had it since just before Christmas, and have a lovely sagging memory of where my butt goes! My butt feels like it’s hitting the bottom, my hips and back hurt too now. I hate it I would never recommend one to anyone!

Comment by Debi Vandersluis — February 14, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

In early January 2013, I purchased a double-size memory-foam mattress called Comfort Dreams from I aired it out for 72 hours as suggested, but the chemical smell only diminished a bit. I have finally decided to do some research, since I am waking up many times a night feeling toxic. The smell is strong. The windows are wide open. I am really afraid now of chemical flame retardants that may (i think, probably ARE) in my mattress. I would like to know the following: 1) Has anyone had experience with Comfort Dreams brand? 2) Although my brochure says: “Proudly made in the USA” I wonder where the actual foam is made, and if it’s in another country, are the chemicals added there or once in the US? 3) I am really concerned about this affecting the nervous system and wonder if any consumer legal action is in play? I am an extremely healthy woman, mid-50’s, with no physical problems such as chronic back or joint pain. Prior to acquiring this mattress, I easily slept through the night. If anyone reading this can provide answers to any/all of my questions, I would be VERY thankful. This seems like it might be a consumer issue, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear about legal action in the coming years. Sooner, I hope, than later. Sharing information is very important, so thank you in advance!

Comment by Kathleen Lyon — February 20, 2013 @ 4:53 am

I left comment #99 (above). For those interested, I just found this info in an article online called Mattress Risks As follows:
“Chemical Exposures
Fire retardants are not the only type of chemical that you can be exposed to while sleeping on a mattress. If your mattress is made up of synthetic materials—and most of them are—any chemicals used in those materials can off-gas and linger in your indoor air. Many of the chemicals are petroleum-based. Formaldehyde is just one example of an unhealthy chemical commonly found in conventional mattresses.
Memory-foam mattresses should be of special concern for anyone who is trying to avoid unnecessary chemical exposure. A Duke University study found sixty-one chemicals present in this kind of mattress, which is made of synthetic foam that conforms to your body. Many people who buy a memory-foam mattress for the first time complain about the odor that the mattress emits, especially for the first few weeks. These mattresses might not let a glass of liquid fall over when placed on the bed, but do you really know what you are inhaling all night long? Manufacturers do not tell you what materials and chemicals are used in the construction of the foam, but don’t you want to know?”

Comment by Kathleen Lyon — February 20, 2013 @ 5:13 am

Green Science Policy ~ Information on Toxicity issues:

Comment by Kathleen Lyon — February 20, 2013 @ 5:30 am

Memory foam mattresses are evil. Shoulder pain, hip pain, lower back pain all came with it.

What I wouldn’t give to have my old, trusty mattress back.

Comment by Eric — February 20, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

Eric, and all: I hope this is helpful to all of you asking safety questions.

I contacted a woman at She wrote back:

” My best suggestion would be to get rid of the mattress and replace it with a different one. After removing the mattress, you can vacuum, wet mop, and leave doors and windows open to the outside air to remove residual contaminated dust and chemicals. I don’t know of any consumer lawsuits regarding this issue.

There may be chemicals of concern in some mattress barrier materials. There are some companies that sell mattresses with a removable zippered barrier. Some companies can also sell you a mattress without the barrier with a prescription for a chemical free mattress from a doctor saying that you experience chemical sensitivity.

You can find more information on how to reduce the toxics in your home and buying flame retardant free products in our FAQs here:”

I am choosing to air out my new memory foam for about a month, OUTSIDE of my apartment. My friend, when he got his mattress purchased 2 zipper coverings (the kind that cover the entire mattress, and has not been aware of a smell. (I would guess that this doesn’t nec. mean there is no ‘off-gassing). Before I throw my mattress away, I will try this, but I am uber-aware now of the environmental problems associated with memory foam, sofa and furniture foam, and other plastics (the containers in the kitchen, for example.) I will probably opt for a cotton/wool futon mattress and put a chemical free soft topper on it.

Comment by Kathleen — February 23, 2013 @ 10:34 am


my matress topper haf no chemical smell seems very flay has been out the pack 3 hours and is still flat :-( will it still plump up ??

Comment by hannah — February 24, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

Hannah, They usually start expanding some. It can take up to 24 hours but if it was vacuum packed to long it can create permanent damage to the foam. You will know it if it happens. Give it some time and see what happens. If damaged send it or take it back.

Comment by Douglas Belleville — February 24, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

ok well il wait till im home from work tomoz but its not looking hopeful and if it is faulty i will make the shop deliver a new one and pick this one up for all the drama of it lol i was looking forward to this matress aswell wot a let down lol

Comment by hannah — February 24, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

Hello everybody, I am unsure what to think, I purchased this bed because I have just moved and built a flat wood post for my bed with a 2″ gel foam on top of it, no back pain or problems, I purchased an 8″ gel and memory foam combo and thought it would work but the first week I had severe back pain in the lower back and seen the chiropractor twice, it is because I roll around at night and sleep on my side, this bed is only designed for people who sleep without moving and on their back.

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Comment by — March 12, 2013 @ 5:18 am

Four years ago we bought a MF bed. In December 2012, three days before flying to Florida for a month I took a niggling ache in my right arm between the shoulder and my elbow. I had it for 2 nights in Florida and then for the rest of the month it disappeared. Three days after I came home to the U.K. I got that same ache again. It gradually worsened until the pain became so excruciating I was living on painkillers and could not go to bed without them but they didn’t completely ease the pain anyway.I sometimes had to get up in the night and take more of them. Having consulted the doctor it was diagnosed as a muscle problem and I was given therapy. The pain persisted and I tried to make a comparison between my home and the villa in Florida. The only difference I could see was not the warm weather but the fact that for a month I had slept on a spring coil mattress there and come home to the memory foam one. When I mentioned my doubts to friends and family I was met with some scepticism. I moved into the spare room where we have a spring mattress and after a few weeks the pain eased. Maybe I should have change beds earlier. On Wednesday night I was able to go to bed with no pain killers. Brilliant!! I moved back into the MF bed on Thursday night and regretted it. I woke with that same ecruciating pain but tried yet another night in the bed on Friday. This morning, Saturday, I woke with the same pain. We have ordered a new spring coil mattress and I can’t wait to get it.

Comment by Glynis. S — March 16, 2013 @ 6:17 am

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Comment by Douglas Belleville — March 16, 2013 @ 7:53 am

JE, I am not yet sold on the idea of Gel Memory foam as a cooling memory foam. Just some personal input.

Comment by Douglas Belleville — March 16, 2013 @ 7:55 am

Hi~ I posted comments #99, 100, and 101 and I want to post an update.

A friend convinced me to let my memory foam mattress sit outside of our apartment (In the common hallway) which I did for approx 3 weeks. The smell had decreased (as far as I could tell) 100% by then, so I set it back up in my bedroom. And I also purchased a full zipper cover from Target (the kind you get for ‘bed bugs’ and perhaps that is also a good barrier for the gas/chemical smell… I don’t know for sure.)

The first night I slept on it again, I was aware of a little smell, but did not wake up feeling ill, as I had before. Now I am sleeping soundly. I am still not completely convinced that the ‘off gassing’ is no longer happening, but I am sleeping on the bed with no ill effects that i can perceive. I placed two flat dishes filled with baking soda under the bed (about 14″ clearance) and it also helped absorb the smell the first day I had the mattress back. I will continue to refresh the baking soda for awhile. I do not think I will ever purchase memory foam again (certainly not pillows or a mattress) but this was an interesting learning experience for me.

Apparently, with a doctor’s note/recommendation, one can legally request and purchase foam (or any kind of mattress/bedding) that has NOT been treated with the usual govt. required flame retardant. I assume you would have to contact the manufacturer directly, and stick with this until you get an answer from the correct department.

I still do not know if the off-gassing I experienced was the result of the plastic foam manufacturing, or the govt. required flame retardant, or both. There is precious little clear information online about the negative health effects of memory foam— likely squelched by the memory foam industry– so, thanks, everyone for your helpful contributions!

Again, referring to my earlier post, here is a website that helped me:
Green Science Policy ~ Information on Toxicity issues:

Comment by Kathleen — March 16, 2013 @ 9:57 am

I have been using memory foam toppers and memory foam contour pillows for years. I am 60 years old and was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 1995. I bought a memory foam mattress in Sept. 2012. I have developed nerve problems …in particular sensitivity in my neck & back and atrophy of a nerve in my tongue. ALS was my big fear but I have been tested for everything under the sun and my neurologist is unable to give a diagnosis. I am highly sensitive to meds (which I only use aspirin) and pest control poisons etc. I think the chemicals of the memory foam have caused much of the problems I am now having. It is so comfortable and seemed to be a good answer…I was using a heated mattress pad and heating pad as well. I wish I had realized that the memory foam was made up of things I should not expose myself to. My husband has purchased a latex mattress which is being delivered today. I have never had problems with latex (rubber)…the salesman told me it is the newest safest mattress…it is only rubber and water it what he says. I just hope my health begins to improve.

Comment by Cindy — March 18, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

I purchased a memory foam mattress only yesterday that was all ready to go brand new, had it delivered slept on it one night, and suffering with numbness and pins and needles after one sleep. Whilst my partner is totally fine. Am I doing anything wrong? Thanks

Comment by Lee frost — March 24, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

Memory foam is terrible! I worked in the mattress manufacturing industry for 23+ years. It is more durable than regular foam but it doesn’t give good enough support because as you sleep the mattress gets softer and softer. Have you ever felt a memory foam mattress in the cold? Its a brick! A latex mattress is the only way to go for a consistant feel and true durability. Everything else is trash.

Comment by William Avery — May 6, 2013 @ 2:55 am

Wow…I have been selling mattress for over 30 years! What I keep hearing is the same thing from custermers every day for the last 30 years….LISTIN to me do not buy foam (and spend some money) its the only product in your house that is 100% responsable for how you feel the next day…BUY from a mattress store ONLY ask the sales person how long he’s been in the business, you want an old timer, he or she has heard and seen it all ,mattress can be a rip off unless you find the right person to help you…the last 15 years I have made 80,000 to 115,ooo just selling mattresses, But I’m there to help my guest I’m now 60 year old I have custermers that I’m now selling the grand kids there first mattress for school…trust me its about who is waiting on you…a good sales person will ask you a ton of ? and you should be as open as possible…let the sales person know what kind of budget you are working with…tell them were you have shopped that way there can tell you what is truth and what is hype…those that have sold mattress for 20 yrs or longer we know what works and what dose not and consumers report what a JOKE…LISTIN to the old man or woman that’s the best report you can get…Please LISTIN I have left my e-mail if you have ?

Comment by S.Weeks — June 8, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

I never thought I would like a memory foam bed. When I tried a Tempurpedic I felt like I was getting sucked into it and felt rather claustrophobic. This is exactly what I told the saleman at the REM Bed store. I laid down on my back and after the salesman some adjustments I felt I could remain in that position all night. This memory foam is more dense than the Tempurpedic so it doesn’t suck you in, just cuddles you comfortably. I never sleep on my back because of snoring, but this adjustible bed has a “snore” button that raises the top of the bed to let you breathe better. Too bad I don’t have the money, or I would get one of these. They are even having a great deal right now where you get a pad that can cool or warm the bed, pillows, sheets, LIFETIME WARRANTY and it is MADE IN THE USA. I highly recommend you trying them out before you give up on the memory foam beds.

Comment by Nancy — July 1, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

Can I store a 3 inch thick memory foam mattress topper while its folded in half or will it deform? I plan to use it in an application where the bed folds up when not being used. The bed would only be used once or twice a month for a day or two. My other option is to cut the mattress in half and place to two halves one on top of the other for storage, and place them side by side for use. Thankyou.

Comment by Jeff — July 10, 2013 @ 12:21 am

I just bought a 8″ memory foam mattress and was wondering if I need both a mattress protector and mattress pad or just one of them with a sheet on top? I love my MF mattress. When we got it home and took it out of the box it expanded to almost 7″ instantly. I just put it on the existing box springs I have. I slept on it that night and noticed no smell at all. I kept the window open most of the night just in case there was some odor. We went on vacation the next day for 4 days and when we came back, it was over 8″ inches and there was absolutely no smell whatsoever. I’ve had it now for around 3 weeks and it just takes some getting used to but I sleep really well except that with all this heat it is a little warm to sleep on at night. I just sleep with a top sheet on the bed and it’s better. I bet it will be great when Winter gets here. I just read about dust mites and bed bugs and they suggest you put a zippered cover over the mattress and box springs to keep them out. Is it really necessary to put a cover over the springs too? Where can I find an inexpensive mattress protector or mattress pad? I live in the Brighton, MI area and would like to buy one at a major store like Walmart, Meijer, etc. if possible. It takes too long if you order one online and there’s the shipping charge.

Comment by Linda Delcamp — July 16, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

I bought a Target brand memory foam mattress topper in March 2013 and aired it out for a couple days. It came with a cotton zippered cover and I put it on my mattress under the mattress pad and sheets. I live on the Big Island of Hawaii so sleep with the windows open. I started waking up sneezing and with my nose running every morning but I have allergies and it was Spring so didn’t think much of it at first. We also have noisy coqui frogs by the thousands in our area that screech all night. A couple months ago I was waking up frequently at night and couldn’t get back to sleep so because of the allergy symptoms and the noise I started sleeping with the windows closed and a fan on. Over the past two months I started waking up with headaches, blurred vision, confusion, burning, itching and numbness all over, sore swollen joints and I developed a cough. I went to my doctor and he had no idea what was wrong with me. I got a chest x-ray & a battery of blood tests and all came back normal. He gave me a referral with our one Neurologist in town but I couldn’t get an appointment for six weeks. About a week after seeing my primary doctor I ended up going to the emergency room 4 times because the symptoms were getting worse and I was feeling tortured and scared. I had more x-rays, CT scan, brain MRI, EKG & more blood tests which all came back normal. Because I had no rash or fever or abnormal test results they kept sending me
home. Then 5 nights ago I decided to sleep on the sofa since I started thinking it was something in my room causing the problem and I woke up feeling better than I had in months. I immediately took the mattress pad off and double bagged it outside the house, washed all my bedding and wiped down my bedroom and have since been sleeping in my room and waking up with none of the neurological symptoms. I did file a report with the US Department of Consumer Protection but they said they couldn’t find any other reports on the matter. I still have a month til my appointment with the Neurologist and am not sure I would have survived had I not figured out it was the memory foam mattress topper causing all of this. Can’t wait to get all the medical bills I incurred. I wouldn’t recommend this product to my worst enemy.

Comment by Jeanie Kaleiki — August 8, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

Just bought a memory foam bed and slept on it for the first time last night. I woke up in the middle of the night with back pain that wouldn’t go away by adjusting positions.i spent $2500 on this thing hoping for a good nights sleep.any suggestions?

Comment by Mark — September 1, 2013 @ 9:13 am

Hi Mark,
Because this thread is about the problems with memory foam some in this thread may not agree with me and chalk up the cause of your back pain to the memory foam mattress. I believe you are way too early in the process to start making changes, and if you were deviate from the beds intended support and feel after only one night of use you would be making a mistake.
My 26 years of assisting mattress buyers consistently shows me that making the transformation to a brand new mattress with support that you most likely weren’t getting from your old mattress can be rough making necessary a period of time for an adjustment period for your body to get used to the different feel and additional support. This time is usually a minimum 30 days plus. Sure there are exceptions but at this point my recommendation is not to make any changes in the bed until you have at the very least surpassed that time frame and don’t let this thread deter you. Memory foam mattresses are one of the most popular mattresses for a reason and for the majority of people they work. Hang in there. Hope all goes well with your new mattress. Doug Belleville Top Ten Benefits of Memory Foam

Comment by Douglas Belleville — September 1, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

Again listin to me first STOP buying this 3 to 8 inch MF from Target, Wal-Mart any other discount place… go to a seasoned
mattress person, tell them your problems, Its funny I have not read one thread about any S beds all beds that will work start
with the letters S ….Sealy, Serta, Simmons, and buy them from a good store… big lots and stores like that only carry the low
end of the big S companys, Sorry for the spelling…I have sold Mattress for over 30 some years, I help people like above every day, what I have seen above are people who are not spending the right amount on a mattress…because I have not seen one thread on one of the big three S, beds and Tempur-pedic works and is the best, sorry there is one bed that starts
with a T…but if you note’s there is no mentions of any big named mattresses and trust me if people were unhappy with one of those they would have mentioned that…I would like to help anyone of you that I can, please feel free to ask how to buy the best night sleep you will ever have!!! Stay with S beds Or TEMPUR-PEDIC you will never have a bad nights sleep again
contact me I will send you to the right place were ever you live,

Comment by S.Weeks — September 4, 2013 @ 10:40 am

Dear Betsy,
your entry #84
Comfor-pedic is made by Simmons,
the number one complaint with this Mattress is buying it to hard… have sold them for years,
the number one return is most customers buy from people that do not know how to fit a couple,
woman like a bed not as hard, FYI Simmons will let you exchange that up to12 months for a softer one,
that will fix your nerve problem!!!

Comment by S.Weeks — September 4, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

Hello # 109
Sounds to me like you got good med’s….Just joking
again your mattress is to hard… people try MF mattress by setting on them and they feel softer then when
you lay on them and if you keep your house cool, they will be even harder…and it will leave your arm and legs hurting
along with lower back pain…There is no resurch that says a hard mattress is good for you it says a soft top with a good firm
core MF or Spring it really dose not matter

Comment by S.Weeks — September 4, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

I’ve been sleeping on my 2nd MF mattress now for about 3 yrs. My first for 2yrs. The 1st one was fine for a couple of months, then began throwing my shoulder out from straining to get out of the bed in the morning. It was clearance buy so I could not return or exchange. I actually slept ok on it, but also suffered from the numb, tingling arms and hands. So I bit the bullet and shelled out another grand for a firmer Restonic MF matrees. I loved it! Sleep great for 2 1/2 yrs. But now I am having horrible hip and leg pains. I awaken so painfully tight in legs and sometime have trouble standing at work. I am sure it is the matress. I am about to order a $250.00 Aerobed to see if my pains ease. Seems like a relatively affordable test to see if my assumptions are correct. All of this chasing a good mattress is making me crazy. I will most likely wind up on a spring mattress again.

Comment by Mickey — September 6, 2013 @ 8:13 am

I have a Tempurpedic Mattress and am very happy with it. It can be a bit warm, but that suits me. My problem is with my memory foam pillows. They fall apart after some time, but the worst problem I have sounds “crazy”, but I have strange little sounds in the pillows. Any one ever have this?

Comment by June Asbury — September 30, 2013 @ 5:04 am

I bough a memory foam mattress (Genesis by Sherwood) just one month ago and the foam is breaking down on the side where my partner sleeps. Right in the middle where he sits to get in and out of bed or put on shoes, etc. there is a noticeable “sink hole” and the entire side where he sleeps is no longer as firm as my side of the bed. Granted he weighs more than I do, but he is under 200 lbs. so it’s not like he’s obese or anything. When I contacted the reputable store I purchased it from, I was told that sitting on the side of the bed will do that because of the lack of side support. I have searched and have found nothing that indicates that to be a known issue nor something that buyers are being made aware of. This certainly was not mentioned by my salesperson. If this is happening just 30 days in, I have serious concerns about the longevity of this mattress that supposedly has a 20 year guarantee.

Comment by Auriana — October 4, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

#127…Ms Auriana,
(Reputable store)…? If so they would or should be willing to held you?

99 out of a 100 mattress will fold under setting on the side but should return to normal shape, if not again your (Reputable store) will get a chance to prove just how “Reputable” they are, good luck!!!

Comment by S.Weeks — October 8, 2013 @ 8:54 am

Well for me and my wife have a nice full sized spring, new even…..and recently have come across a blue gell memory foam topper for free and we love it…. doesnt smell, stays cool, all in all really good rest, also before we used this one we had a yellow original memory foam topper, it was also quite nice compared to original mattresses, sorry but peope do your own investigating dont let someone tell you what u should or shoudnt like, try it out dont like it return it but if u cant afford a a memory foam mattress, a topper is the same thing almost and u sleep good on it plus sleep better knowing you got extra cash in pocket

Comment by Tylor Robert — October 25, 2013 @ 2:58 am

I am a senior lady having back problems. The physiotherapist suggested buying a memory foam pad from Costco which I did. Cost me $150. (Canadian) for a double size and I love it. I’ve had it for about 2 years so have used it in all seasons without any problem.
Approx. every 6 months I turn the mattress around so as to use the other side for a while. I sleep alone and have no children here so the bed (even though it’s an old one) doesn’t get abuse and this mattress pad works wonders for my back. I find I can sleep in the same position most of the night and wake up refreshed. I recommended it to a friend and they are just as pleased as I am. Their only complaint was that the wife was so comfortable she doesn’t want to get up in the morning.
When I originally opened the box, the mattress was rolled up but quickly unrolled itself and I put the covers on it. Full instructions came with it.

Comment by evelyn kerzner — October 30, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

I had started using a memory foam topper (purchased at Sam’s) 7 years ago. Granted I did have to replace it after 5 years but at $100 not a big deal. In March I got married and after remodeling his house we moved in and he had an expensive memory foam mattress. We put my bed in guest room and have been sleeping on his since June. First problem I had, excruciating pain in my neck!! Went to chiropractor and finally worked through some of the pain but not completely cured until I got rid of the memory foam pillow and went to a regular pillow. Then I started being unable to sleep more than a couple of hours without waking up literally hurting all over! I am in good shape, do yoga, exercise and eat right, yet no matter how tired was waking up every two hours in horrible pain. Well last week I ended up going to the guest bedroom and slept like a baby. My husband was also hurting a lot but has degenerative arthritis and was chalking it up to that. I broached the subject that I thought the mattress was causing my problems and we discussed that he had slept well and comfortably on the mattress and foam set up I had and we switched to it together. Well the good news is we are both sleeping better and feeling better when we get up. I had never experienced the amount of pain I was having with the memory foam and am just grateful to not be in that kind of pain. Yes he is a bit put out that he spent $2000. on this mattress but glad to not have the level of pain he was having also. I would never recommend a full memory foam mattress to anyone but a good foundation mattress with a topper seems to be the way to go.

Comment by Cindy — November 3, 2013 @ 10:39 am

Thank you for all of the valuable information. I recently ordered a memory form mattress. I thought I would try it because (due to the Black Monday sales) I was able to buy a $1500.00 memory foam mattress for at half price. I have wanted one for several years, ever since I slept on one at a fancy hotel.
I am now awaiting delivery of the mattress andI feel a lot better about what to expect.

Comment by Val — December 11, 2013 @ 7:57 am

I AM SO GLAD THAT I AM NOT ALONE!!! I dished out the incredibly high amount of $$ two years ago for the iComfort memory foam mattress. Immediately I began to wake in the night with excruciating back pain. The only relief was to roll off of that thing, walk a bit (as if I’d aged 40 years), and stretch my spine muscles. I endured it for a YEAR, because I was in denial that it was the really expensive mattress!!! “This is supposed to be GOOD for my body” is what I would tell myself. I finally went to the store from which I purchased the mattress, spoke with the sales person and explained my painful story. They agreed to give me a little $ credit to apply toward a new mattress. Unfortunately, I was STILL convinced that the MF was GOOD for me, so I just purchased another expensive MF, but more firm. The sales person actually said they called that particular mattress, “The Rock”. Well, unfortunately, I not only had the lower back pain, but also thrown into the mix was hand, arm and shoulder tingling and numbness. I have dealt with this for far too long. I travel for work, and oddly enough, I sleep and awaken completely fine with the hotel latex mattresses. Back on the MF, I woke up not being able to even move my left arm. I’ve given it 3 years. Enough is enough.

Now, I’m trying to find a reasonable and effective solution to the current problem. To donate this pain-instilling MF and come up with the $$ to purchase the good ol’ latex mattress… or buy a mattress topper? Although the pain and numbness is definitely enough motivation to come up with the $$, it’ll take some time to do.. I need something in the meantime. I’m considering the 3in. wool toppers.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!! :-)

Comment by Terri — January 5, 2014 @ 5:37 pm

Never had a problem with my back or numbness. .I spent 2500 $ on a memory foam disaster. I loved how it felt when I jumped in but then one week later I thought I was really sick. in fact I stayed in bed all day and just got worse .I spent two thousand on doctors and no answers .I thought it was possibly stress related so I took a vaction .one day later or I should say one night later I felt great ..well everything was wonderful until I layed back into the king size toxic sponge. Again and in one night. I was back to feeling horrible .I put that mattress in the garage and its been there till yesterday . After reading this I went flipped the mattress over and started testing .last night I slept in hell once again .when I woke up I felt tingling and numbness .I rushed to the mirror and my whole chest and stomach had groves same as the mattress .both my shoulders felt like they were dislocated .my girlfriend said I look like I was having a hard time breathing and that I kept pushing myself up sort of like a pushup .I know for sure its the mattress .
WILLIAM VAZQUEZ. Applied and experimental microbiology . Class action a must . P.s. Nasa never used this mattress.

Comment by william vazquez — January 6, 2014 @ 3:39 pm

Hello, does anybody have any ideas about the easiest method to get their little one to sleep all night?

I have read many pages with suggestions but I am still struggling.


Comment by TinHense — January 28, 2014 @ 4:00 am

Hi Doug, I bought a Seally True-Form Microthane(cushion Firm, Tight top) bed here in Mexico to replace a bed we have had for 5 years. We let my overweight in-laws use it while they were visit, with the idea to replace out old bed. After four week here is a very large low spot where they both slept. Its hard to escape the crater that now resides on my side of the bed, not to mention how hard and uncomfortable to sleep in my new Bed. Any advise other then burn the bed?

Comment by BenJ — March 16, 2014 @ 2:24 am

Hi- I purchased a memory foam topper 5-6 years ago. I never had any issues with discoloration…until recently. I relocated to another state and rolled the topper up with the cover on it, putting clear packing tape in 3 strips around the cover to keep it rolled. It has been in a storage unit for about 8 months. I recently took it out of storage to use and noticed it had a strange odor that I attributed to the smell of the entire storage unit and building. Today I removed the cover to wash it and noticed that the entire bottom side of the topper is discolored a dark yellow color with the exception of where the tape was and the part that was rolled to the inside. The top part where the memory foam is has a slight yellow color with a few places that have darker yellow colors…not the white-ish cream color the entire thing was prior to putting it in storage. Additionally the two layers are beginning to separate. I wish I could attach a photo…it is quite a sight.

I came here looking for any answers to why this would happen…but see that no one had any answers to previous posts about discoloration. I would love any ideas as I have chatted with the storage unit manager and he was basically a jerk and said he couldn’t do anything about it…which made me mad since it’s not a cheap unit being secure and climate controlled. I am just worried that there may be something in a unit around mine (like a chemical) and I worry about what it may be doing to the items I still have in storage. If it is just normal aging of the foam I won’t worry about it. I just find it hard to believe that some parts would discolor that drastically while others are not discolored if it was age related. Any thoughts or suggestions of where to find an answer to this???

Comment by Kristine — March 19, 2014 @ 4:20 pm

I’ve had a memory foam beef since February! I have had a fever for 3 weeks! Could it be my bed! HELP!

Comment by Lisa La Bombard — April 12, 2014 @ 5:08 pm

My husband and I bought a Temprupedic bed. Although it was vey comfortable it made my husband sick. Throught research and testing we have determined he is allergic to memory foam. Such a waste of money. Now we need to purchase another bed. It seems very hard to buy a bed that contains no memory foam. Time to start avoiding products that are not natural and manufactured from so many chemicals.

Comment by Kerry Turl — April 12, 2014 @ 10:46 pm

I bought a memory foam mattress in Sept. Since then I wake up with numb hands. Looking at posts it seems like a few others do also.

Comment by Angela — June 10, 2014 @ 1:03 pm

Think I am going to try a regular mattress

Comment by Angela — June 10, 2014 @ 1:04 pm

Back in April I posted about my memory foam mattress making my husband sick (allergy issues, sinus problems, respiratory issues, asmatic type cough). We got rid of all memory foam in our house (temprupeic mattress, pillow and lazy boy chair) and his health has shown a marked improved. A very expensive lesson but glad my husband is much healthier.

Comment by Kerry Turl — July 10, 2014 @ 5:04 pm

I bought a Tempurpedic Mattress in 2013 that I absolutely wake up boiling every nite on! My husband goes to the “man cave” to sleep. I cant stand it. What topper or gel cooling pad do you recommend? I have to throw it out and start over I think, and I am a cancer patient. I refuse to sleep this HOT anymore. I’ll look fwd to your response,

Comment by Angie S — July 30, 2014 @ 9:34 am

Angie, I am not a fan of gel infused foams. I prefer latex toppers and think they sleep much cooler than foam. Doug

Comment by Douglas Belleville — July 31, 2014 @ 8:00 am

Hello, I purchased a memory foam bed and will be receiving it on Saturday. I have some concerns about my dog (25lb beagle) jumping on and off it. She always sleeps with us. I’m worried that she could hurt her ankles jumping onto the bed from the floor, because it seems like she uses the springy-ness of the coil mattress to boost herself up. Do you have any thoughts about this? Thank you!

Comment by Adrienne — September 5, 2014 @ 12:26 am

Can you put a memory foam bed on a bed frame where the head of the frame is on blocks to elevate the head to help with GERD.

Comment by Sue — September 13, 2014 @ 8:16 pm

I bought foam mattress toppers for beds in a cabin that gets winterized every year. Can I leave the toppers on the beds, or should I removed the toppers so they don’t freeze?

Comment by Kathy — September 17, 2014 @ 6:52 pm

After about a yr of sleeping a 12″ thick foam mattress, it’s sinking more. I’m waking up with numb arms & today a numb leg, usually after sleeping my sides. But even sleeping on my back or stomach has resulted in numbness in extremities. I have to switch back to a futon or something. It is too bad b/c the foam is pretty comfy.

Comment by Jeff — October 21, 2014 @ 12:56 pm

THANK YOU!!!!! I looked everywhere for why you have to wait 70 hours for a foam mattress.
I have looked online for general information for DreamDNA Gel Infused Full / Double Size 4 Inch Thick, Visco Elastic Memory Foam Mattress Bed Topper faq’s. The biggest question is if the directions say 70 hours but if it is really need to wait that long. If it is expanded to the 4″ and you can deal with the smell it seems like its good to go

I have owned a high end Temper Pedic, an overstock foam mattress and now the 2 gel-infused topper. The gel infused topper is outstanding. I would recommend it for the price.
I have never in 35 years slept on my back. I have horrible back problems. This gel infused keeps it so much cooler than other memory foam and I fall asleep with book in hand on my back. I even sleep through the night without moving once.

Anyway thank you so much for the time you put in the blog and answering.
Cheers to all and gel infused memory foam toppers made my 30 year old guest single bed that has tape to hold the springs in feel better than a multi-thousand dollar Temper Pedic.

Comment by Joshua — December 6, 2014 @ 12:47 am

My wife bought a 3 or 4 inch foam topper less than a year ago and put it on our newer firm traditional bed. We loved it until a few weeks ago when it seemed that the pad lost much of its firmness in the spots where we sleep. We’ve taken it off the bed and can tell that the traditional bed has not formed depressions where we sleep. So the loss of firmness/resiliency is all in the foam topper. Is there any way to bring the foam pad back to it’s former stiffness/resiliency? I’ve heard that the foam cushions used on chairs and couches can be steamed to firm them up – would that work?


Comment by grant — January 29, 2015 @ 3:34 pm

Grant, I have never of steaming foam cushions to firm them up. While I am no foam fabricator or engineer but I do have a pretty good understanding of foam and how it is built. If the foam pad has lost its firmness the cell structure is breaking down. The companies that I am aware of that bring cushions and chairs back to life replace the the foam, not rejuvenate it. Doug

Comment by Douglas Belleville — February 6, 2015 @ 7:48 am

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