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Tuesday, January 24, 2012 Bekah, Community Member, asks

Q: Best bed for Fibromyalgia?

Having Fibromyalgia since 2006 has definitely proved finding a good bed to be a real chore. I've changed mattresses twice since 2006 as my pain and comfort levels change. I'm wondering if anyone have tried the sleep number bed or a tempur pedic? If so, which do you prefer and why?

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Cort, Health Guide
1/25/12 8:39pm

A good question as getting as good sleep as possible is important for people with FM. I don't know about mattresses but I have heard good things about the Cuddle Ewe underquilt. Prohealth has been selling them for years and people seem pretty satisfied with them. They are made out of wool (with a cotton batting) so if you have problems with wool they won't work but they might worth checking out. 

Bekah, Community Member
1/26/12 12:48pm

thanks for your response.....I've had a Cuddle Ewe for years and love it!!! Great combination along with my Sterns and Foster pillow top mattress but am looking at upgrading to something even more plush. 

wonderwoman, Community Member
1/24/12 3:10pm

Hi Bekah


I have RA and fibro and have found that a pure latex mattress with a memory foam topper has provided me with the best solution for the pain and pressure point problem.


i bought a mattress with no 'bones', that is coils or  steel inside it. It is a nightmare to move as it is like a large floppy piece of blubber, but soooo worth it.

Carrie Beth Brown, Health Guide
1/26/12 10:34am

I have a sleep number bed and have had it for about 12 years now. I bought it with the extra layers of foam and pillow topper (not the cheapest model, but not the most expensive either). I swear by it. I bought it specifically because I needed better sleep and pain relief and at the time the tube waterbed set I had (recommended to me by a doctor) was getting to be too much to handle. I can lay down in the bed for just a half hour or hour and feel so incredibly refreshed. I also have RA and I don't know what I'd do without the adjustability of the bed - that's one thing to thing about with the sleep number over the tempur pedic - do you think you'll need varying levels of support at different times?  If so, the sleep number is your answer. If not, then find the right density for the tempur pedic and try it (it comes in soft, med and firm). I've heard good things about them but I'm happy with my sleep number. Also, if you sleep with someone else, the sleep number can be the best option. I sleep with my bed at aout a 35/40, my husband needs a hard bed (80).... so the sleep number allows us to sleep in the same bed and be comfortable which is hard to find in beds with one kind of firmness.  Give the 30 day trials a chance - you'll know in the first couple of days that you've found heaven.  :)


Good luck!


carolish, Community Member
1/26/12 12:44pm

yes i tried the sleep number bed and it saved my life .if i was hurting real bad i lower the air and get more confortable. i do prefer the sleep number bed.

Mariepi, Community Member
1/26/12 6:33pm

I finally bought a Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme 2 years ago and I love my bed. I will have the oddly bad morning pain before getting up but it is so much less then before. That bed is perfect for me because I sleep only on my back hubby sleeps on his side and used to move around a lot less but not as much, even if he does I do not feel him jump like a trout in the pan as before. The add shows a couple with a glass of wine, I did not try it with wine but a water bottle (closed) and it is true if you jump on one side it won't budge on the other side as long as you have the right foundation for the bed. Lots of money but worth it.   

Fay, Community Member
1/27/12 1:53am

Hi name is Fay & I hope my experiences can help you in some way. We have invested in the tempurpedic and have been really pleased with it. Some people have complained that it sleeps "hot" but I haven't experienced that even though I use flannel sheets all year round because they breath so well. They are pretty expensive (I guess very expensive would be a better description) but it has been a good mattress system for many years already.


I haven't tried a sleep # bed; however, I just heard today that they are going to be marketing a sleep # bed with made with the memory foam. How this works I have no idea but it couldn't hurt to check it out. The tempurdics have also opened up a lot of options to their standard offerings. For instance they now have matresses that are adjustable on both sides of the bed; there are more so again its a matter of research.


We originally started out with a water bed, believe it or not. And it took a serious period of back spasms to make changing worth while for me. Unfortunately the choices are very individual.  I certainly wouldn't buy something I couldn't experience in a store first and I stayed there for an entire afternoon before deciding. I'm not sure what the sales people thought but this is not only a spendy decision, but also a very important one for your comfort.


Best luck,

fay harrison


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