Great comments everyone. I appreciate it.
[quote]Dr. Ryan wrote:
I usually recommend either Select Comfort or Tempurpedic.
There are some newer companies making the memory foam beds now that are cheaper than Tempurpedic. Just make sure that the density of the foam is the same so that you are comparing apples to apples. If the foam density is the same and similar warranties/etc apply, get the cheaper one.
As far as Select Comfort, you can get a Sleep number bed without a pillow top and then add a 2 inch memory foam mattress topper (Sam’s was carrying these earlier this year for less than $200).
No matter what you buy, ask your doctor to write you a prescription for one and you will not have to pay sales tax on it. Also, these can sometimes qualify as a tax deduction, but since I don’t know exactly how that works, I’ll let someone with more experience on the tax end chime in.
Dr. Ryan, is there a scientific basis for your recommendation of these beds to those with “bad backs” or is it more of a anecdotal people-tend-feel-better thing? Just curious. I’ve heard reference to a recent study that indicated that a very firm mattress isn’t actually the best option for those with back pain, but rather a medium firm mattress–contradicting years of recommedations from health professionals.