Friday, July 27, 2007

I Hate My Memory Foam Mattress

A few weeks ago, we finally bit the bullet and got rid of our much-too-old mattress, replacing it with a brand new 'memory foam' mattress - hyped to the eyeballs, Nasa technology and all that.
If you google 'memory foam' in an effort to research your purchase beforehand you will find lots of positive comments, most of them put there by the manufacturers. In the interests of fairness, I have to report that my husband loves it. He lies very still, and he has arthritis. He thinks it is wonderful. I, on the other hand, toss and turn. And I cannot tell you how much I hate, loathe and detest it. It is like sleeping on warm quicksand. It sucks you in. It moulds itself to your body, right enough, but when you move, or try to turn over (difficult, on this awful stuff) you find residual lumps and bumps in your new position. It is incredibly hot. And it stinks. In fact this disgusting smell was seemingly why Nasa didn't use it on the space shuttle for which it was originally intended. They tell me the stench fades with time, but two weeks have gone by, and in spite of frequent airings, it's still there. Fly tipping is beginning to seem like an attractive option, but hey, this ghastly thing cost a lot of money. This wasn't the cheapo option. If you are considering one of these, try before you buy, and I don't mean a three minute 'test' in the shop. You have been warned.

45 comments:

Piping Girl said...

LOL I don't think I've ever seen such loathing expressed towards memory foam:) I hope it gets better!

Catherine Czerkawska said...

It is improving a bit, very slowly, or at least I'm getting used to it, but would never buy another one. Can't tell you how many people have told me the same thing, too late! In despair I bought two hypo allergenic Scandinavian mixed duck and goosefeather pillows (in TK Maxx, where else?) and now I am having a better night's sleep, solely because the pillows are so wonderful. Those I can recommend, even for hayfever and asthma sufferers like me! Bliss!

Piping Girl said...

I like your blog so I came back again and LOL right now there's a google ad for memory foam right above this blog post:)

Catherine Czerkawska said...

You're right, it's still there. Good old Google Adsense! Not the kind of testimonial they were hoping for I fear!!!

Anonymous said...

My girlfriend has a memory foam mattress pad and I cannot begin to tell you how much I agree with your post. I hate that thing with a passion! When you share it with someone else, inevitably you both fall into the middle of the bed and find yourself sleeping on a 45ยบ angle.

Anonymous said...

I completely agree with you. I have just a memory foam TOPPER and I hate it. It smells awful, and obsorbs odors also. And yes, when 2 people sleep on it, its incredibly uncomfortable, and hot.

Lis from Dubuque, Iowa said...

Too funny!! And yes, there remains the google ad for memory foam right above your rant, er... absolutely correct assessment, perhaps a taunt ;) Whatever the case, we have a memory foam mattress that seems to remember our sleeping positions for the past 4 years! It's so soft and uncomfortable, I'm right now in search of a rock hard mattress topper - I figure they might balance each other. We'll see....

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad I'm not alone. A few years ago a friend recommended these godawful things to me and fortunately I had the opportunity to stay in a hotel with one and decided I didn't like them before I took the plunge. Unfortunately I have now started seeing a guy who has one and I've never had such a terrible nights sleep in my life. Each time I stay at his place I feel like I haven't had any sleep at all and it's for all the wrong reasons!

Anonymous said...

"Sleeping on warm quicksand" -- you have absolutely captured the horrid feeling that I've been struggling to describe since we put a simple memory foam mattress topper on our bed. It was a gift from a relative too boot, so it's going to be tricky to get rid of it (note to self - don't ever give such a personal gift). The stench is truly unbelievable, and given that it's winter with snow outside and random rain/sleet/snow, we'll have trouble giving it a proper outdoor airing (indoor airing has not done much). I'm hoping to spill something on it that will cause mold and necessitate permanent removal from the premises...

Anonymous said...

The foam body contouring cuts off all the circulation in my arms and legs and I constantly wake up and unable to feel or move my limbs. If you think its hard to roll out of the mattress in general, try doing it when you cant feel your arms or legs.

Horrible stuff, great marketing... not worth the price.

Catherine Czerkawska said...

Absolutely agree with you. I don't sleep on if now if I can help it - sleep in son's bed when he isn't at home. Couldn't go without sleep any longer - although I persevered for more than a year. Also, think husband's massive flareup of arthritis had a lot to do with memory foam, although he won't believe it! But it stops you from moving. They have done a great job of marketing this horrible stuff, but I suspect, worldwide, it is making a lot of people ill.

kristi said...

I bought into the hype too. We bought a $2,000 mattress 1 year ago and it is unbearable to sleep on. We thought about replacing it with a memory foam mattress, but decided ona memory foam topper. The topper made the bed even worse. Its ok if you're sleeping alone, but forget it if you have a partner. It's super hot, and both of you will end up in the middle , sleeping at an angle. I don't about it cradeling your body, I think it creats a divit to where your body sinks in, but if you sleep on your back like I do, it causes your shoulders to sit higher, causing your back and neck to get out of whack. I thnk we'll try a bed that adjusts on both sides. Don't waste your money on memory foam, you'll regret it!

Anonymous said...

I've a memory foam mattress too, and I absolutely hate the thing. I spent a fortune on it, so I'm finding it hard to get rid of it. I've been sleeping on it about a year now, and I can say without a shadow of a doubt it was the worst money I ever spent!
I'm now considering buying an ordinary mattress, but my problem is that the base is also sprung (a special thing for the memory foam) so I don't know if I can just replace the mattress.
They are the worst night's sleep you'll ever have. At the moment we have a lump in the middle of the mattress that has formed between where we both sleep. I can barely turn over in it at night, and using a pillow has become impossible. It's not great as I've to get up to a baby several times a night, and getting outta the bed is so hard.
Note to anyone buying one - they ain't worth it!!

Catherine Czerkawska said...

I agree. And now, I think it's given me bursitis in my hip. Loathsome things!!!

Catherine Czerkawska said...

Update - am now sleeping in spare bed on ordinary sprung mattress. Bursitis has all but disappeared, and sleep patterns are now normal. In my book, these things are the work of the devil!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad to hear others hate their memory foam bed too! My husband looks at me like I'm crazy when I tell him I hate it! My arms and legs fall asleep; I can't use or not use a pillow! I'm so exhausted and it's from the stupid bed! Oh, and my husband's allergies also flared big time when we got it; no wonder---the stench of that bed! It took a few months to air out! I sleep in it only because I have no other bed to sleep on...but I'm considering the floor!

Anonymous said...

I too hate this bed. My whole body hurts all the time. Cannot turn in it. when I do get to my side, it cuts the circulation from my hip to my toes. My shoulders hurt. Every muscle in my body hurts as if I have owred out all night. Smell is horrible. I cannot wait to get a regular mattress. This thing has got to go asap. I am tiered of fighting for a nights sleep.

Anonymous said...

Oh what a relief to see there are others! UGH! I never thought this stuff would catch on when I first saw them come out. But I guess if a store makes a big enough profit they will do what it takes to convince people they want it.

My daughter has the "old" type of foam, its 3" thick and has just a simple square pattern across it cut half way through the foam...most comfortable thing I have EVER slept on. But I have searched for a year and all I can find is either this rediculous memory foam or egg crate thin stuff.

Funny too, I remember when I bought her 3" plain old simple foam...it was $19.99...it was just before every store in the nation switched to this stupid memory foam. Who wants foam that just sucks them in to a position so they can't move? And then pay 10 times the cost of a nice soft springy foam!!!

What happened to the original foam toppers? Anyone know of a store that still carries it?

Anonymous said...

I cringe every time I hear an ad for the miracle of miracles "memory foam"... I deride that stuff every chance I can...because it is terrible!! Maybe for special cases it works, but why oh why would you want to sleep on something that REMEMBERS every time you have laid on it? How is an impression of your body getting deeper and deeper into the foam comfortable?? IT ISN'T!! My wife and I had a top of the line 12" thick memory foam mattress, it was ok at first, then quick;y became a struggle to roll over etc. Eventually it was like we were sleeping in coffins having to look over the center hump to see each other...I hate memory foam with a passion.

Anonymous said...

We bought our "eco-friendly green tea memory foam mattress" 7 months ago, At first I loved it, but after only a month (about the time it was finally 'broke-in') I started to really dislike it. In all fairness I have to say My husband loves it, and his back must be better b/c he's not complaining as much about it (he has degenerative disc disease)
And I do like it for my shoulder that I had surgery on, but for my back? I hate the thing! My butt and hips sink in far to deep, and I end up sleeping with my back over-arched. And rolling over? lol more like rolling up, or climbing out. But what do I do now? $1500 out the window, besides my hubby loves it, and there's no spare bedroom till one of my kids grows up and leaves..

Catherine Czerkawska said...

Amazing just how many people feel the same as we do. Our son did grow up and leave, and I spend a lot of nights in his room now, sleeping soundly and comfortably. He was home last weekend, and I was back to the memory foam for a few nights - hip now really sore again!

Steve Arends said...

My wife and I purchased a 12" thick memory foam mattress about two weeks ago (our king size conventional spring mattress was about 15 yrs old). WE BOTH HATE IT!!!

I agree with all of the negative comments here. I have a history of a bad lower back and this thing sucks for a bad back. The original comments are so apropo - "sleeping on warm quicksand" is excellent. Also, if you try to read or watch tv in bed where you are trying to prop your head up an indentation is created wherever your bodies pressure point is the greatest, as you try to sit up. The bed works AGAINST you trying to situp and it makes my lower back ache. I have also experienced the numbness, as reported by a few here, and I was wondering if this too could possible be this bed.

I am going to look for a conventional spring mattress this weekend!

Anonymous said...

I agree, we have had 1 mattress complete memory foam and now a air bed with a 4" topper. Both cases, the foam becomes weak in the area you use. This creates a hole. And in my case I sleep near the edge and I feel the bed wants to roll me off. I have cut the 4" pad in half, this helped for some time but now back to the same. Next I am thinking of cutting it into squares so I can move and turn them in unworn areas.

Catherine Czerkawska said...

This is still the most visited page of my blog! There must be a lot of memory foam haters out there!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I found your blog because I just bought a memory foam topper and HATE IT HATE IT HATE IT! I had bought a pillowtop mattress that was too firm so had to get a topper. Read a ton of reviews (all positive of course) about how marvelous this stuff is. Luckily, I had a gift promotion card through Amazon and only paid $36.00 for it, otherwise, I'd be really pissed off.

I left a bad review for it at Amazon.com because I want everyone to know just how awful this stuff really is. I can't understand how anyone could like it or use it. As you say, maybe certain circumstances, but it is just like quicksand. I have hip and back problems and yes, the topper works against my body. I struggle to sit up in it, get out of it, roll over on it. ARGH! Mine is two inches thick and I'm thinking of performing surgery on it to remove a layer and maybe destroy its sucking effect somewhat. I've always used good old egg crate foam and while it isn't luxurious, it does work predictably and economically. I'm back to that asap. I am DONE with all the "new" technology in mattresses. My pillow top is a disaster....luckily got it on sale and bought a firm, not squishy mess, so I at least was smart and didn't blow a lot of cash on this stuff. But I still haven't had a decent night's sleep YET since purchase of mattress or topper. Unless you are rich as the Hiltons and can actually afford to recreate your favorite hotel sleep experience by purchasing directly from professional hotel outlets that will assure you a replica of what you slept on during your last vacation, stay away from experimenting with foam and such....it does NOT WORK and is AWFULLLLLLL!

Anonymous said...

Memory foam sucks and is a scam/case of mass hypnosis.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad to find this blog. We have had a memory foam since last summer. I hate it. I didn't realize how bad I felt until I slept on our old regular bed in the guest room last week when I was sick. Even while sick I slept so much better. Didn't wake up as often and didn't hurt. I went back with my husband and can't sleep. I hate it. We are both goint to try our regular pillow top tonight to see if it makes a difference. If it is better not sure what to do with the memory foam. So glad to know I am not alone.

Catherine Czerkawska said...

Of all my blog posts, this one has probably had the most comments. I just wish some official medical body would do the research! My husband won't be convinced, but I actually date the time when his arthritis flared up and became crippling from the time when we acquired this horrible horrible mattress - and I know that if I was still sleeping on it regularly, I would have gone the same way. When I'm on it for any length of time, I wake up aching all over.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with your comments. We bought ours last June. It took a while to get used to it as it is very different than a regular mattress. It seemed to get better of course after the 90 day warranty passed, but after that I started waking up so stiff that I could barely move. Thank the Lord we saved our old awful mattress that we have had for over 15 years. My husband is tolerating it better than I but often wakes up not well rested. I on the other hand have given up sleeping on it. Has anyone got any tips on what to do now. This thing was terribly expensive and I just want to throw it in the trash heap.

Anonymous said...

How I wish I had found this blog last year when we bought two beds with memory foam mattresses - what a disaster! so hot, very uncomfortable, these beds have now been abandoned and we are back to sleeping in our old comfortable beds - terrible waste of money, never again.

Anonymous said...

After 25 years of intense suffering with back pain on a firm mattress, my husband suggested we 'try out' a 3" memory foam topper to see if that might help. From that day on my life changed. I now scream obsenities into my head in fury at this stupid thing, I dream of destroying it and should the day come that my good husband dies before me, I will be dragging it off our bed and into the back yard to burn it before I call the undertaker.

I thought I was going through the change with night sweats but whenever I sleep anywhere else I sleep quietly and free from sweat. What a nasty piece of work this stuff is!

In his defense, my husband finally sleeps.
~sleepless in Canada (name withheld please)

Catherine Czerkawska said...

I just wish somebody could be persuaded to do the research!

Anonymous said...

As for your husband's arthritis flare-up - think petroleum allergy!
We had a memory foam topper on our bed for only 2 nights - it caused all my joints to flare so badly, I could barely walk! (And I don't even have arthritis!) I have been allergic to petroleum products for over 20 years - it is the base of many products! After 2 nights, my husband removed it from our bed, but it wasn't until he got it completely out of our bedroom that I could get over all the symptoms! Horrible off-gassing! It's not that no one wants to do the research - there are other people squelching the information!

Susannah said...

I just spent my 4th night on a Sealy Optimum Memory Foam mattress and I HATE IT. I swear it feels like I am sleeping on a brick. We have 120 days to change our minds and we can exchange it and I'm pretty confident that sucker will be going back in the next couple of weeks. Aside from being totally uncomfortable to sleep on, it's just not an inviting mattress. Like... I no longer want to curl up in my bed with a book or if I don't feel good because my bed in not cozy. The people at the store said it would take a few weeks to get used to the different feel of a foam mattress but I don't think it's going to get any better. I've had a headache for 2 days and I wake up hurting all over my body. I know there are people who love these things but I absolutely hate it. It's got to go.

Catherine Czerkawska said...

I'd send it back - it doesn't get any better, honestly! You could try a memory foam topper on a proper sprung mattress. I always wish that's what we'd gone for. I've slept on them in hotels and been very comfortable.

JTWhite said...

When my partner and I began a three week road trip recently, we left at home an unresolved issue of our recently purchased memory foam mattress. She loves it; I hate it, blaming it for a sudden onset of back pain and achey limbs. During the trip, I slept great. My best night's sleep was on a 1 inch Thermolite inflatable pad (we camped several times), awakening each morning refreshed and pain free. Now that we're home, the pain has returned, and Ive taken to sleeping on the pad on the living room floor. Simply put, I believe those MF mattresses are terrible. Sure, it may mold itself to my body, but, being a big man, that's not what I need. I need support. Can't wait till the nephews go home; I can then reclaim the hard bed in the guestroom.

Anonymous said...

We have a kingsize bed with the very expensive memory foam top... worst purchase ever! I can tell you that after 3 years, it gets worse. It's like sleeping in a farmers field on a hot summers night. Hot and lumpy! We have two permanent body ditches on each side of the bed with a 3" speed bump that runs down the middle separating my wife and I... We are finaling get rid of this thing. We haven't had a nights sleep in years. I think our mattress has alzheimer's.. it never returns to the original shape, even after a two week holiday.

Catherine Czerkawska said...

Yes, ours does the same. I feel your pain! I sleep in the spare bed (ordinary sprung mattress) mostly but I blame the memory foam for making my husband's arthritis ten times worse. He doesn't believe it, but I'm convinced it's true.

Phil DuFrene...Washington State, USA said...

Yup...absolutely right. We have one of those memory foam pads. Itchy. Hot. Feel like you have to get up to roll over. I can take about six hours if it and then MUST get up.

I actually like sleeping on the carpeted floor if I have a big enough pillow. I occasionally work nights and DW needs the bedroom for changing baby and household chores, so I gladly sleep on the floor in my office and wake up more refreshed after three hours than 6 in the other.

Anonymous said...

I thought I was going crazy until I just read the other posts.. a month ago I spent $3k for a MF mattress and box spring. It is hot!! It is difficult to turn over in. The comments about the lack of back support are true - there is none. The store will not let me return or exchange it - and I wake up every morning hurting. I think I have to just bite the bullet and trash it. Sigh... learn from my mistake.

Anonymous said...

We are in the process of ditching our memory foam mattress, after about 4-5 years of serious discomfort. If I sleep on it more than 6 hours my back starts killing me.

And yeah, the heat was ridiculous, and I think contributed to the breakdown of the foam cells. About 50% of the heat was alleviated by eucalyptus-based fiber mattress cover from Protect-a-Bed. It's made the mattress more tolerable, temperature wise.

Anonymous said...

I hate our memory foam matress- I get such horrible backaches, it feels like someone was beating me with a baseball bat. My husband loves it and thinks I'm nuts. I've been sleeping on the couch for two years now. I actually dread when company comes to stay over cause they get the couch and I have to go back n the bedroom and sleep on the memory foam bed of torture!

Anonymous said...

We got a Tempurpedic memory foam mattress a few years back and returned it after two days. It was terrible. Hard, then hot and soft. And smelled awful! We threw it in the pickup and dropped it back at the store and wouldn't take no for an answer. Good luck with yours!

Anonymous said...

Just got home from a 3 week vacation sleeping on beds in 3 different hotels. The last one was a heavenly pillowtop. On the flight home, we both said how good it will be to sleep in our own bed again. What a laugh. We have a 10 year old bed that we added a 3" memory foam topper to last year. I guess I was brainwashed into thinking I was enjoying my sleeps. After enjoying sleeping in a conventional pillowtop at the last hotel, I think I will throw my memory foam and mattress in the garbage. When I jumped into bed last night, it felt like concrete. Now I am looking for beds on the internet and most everything contains memory foam. A prime example of how people get sucked into marketing....

Catherine Czerkawska said...

You have my sympathies. We still haven't managed to replace the horrible memory foam and it just gets worse and worse every year. But this year, it is going, even if I have to go into debt to replace it!