...when i see mattress ads in the sunday paper (and on tv and stores on every other corner), i always make a mental reminder to ask my european and spanish friends if people in their countries are as obsessed with mattresses and sleep as americans are....then i forget because i'm usually in bed half asleep or driving (not even remotely sleepy). i would think not...especially considering the hotel beds in europe are so thin and lumpy. the best bed i've ever slept on outside the US was at the me by meila in cancun. their pillow tops were like sleeping on my own little cloud nine.
i used to have a sub-par mattress before i moved. i think i was the victim of a bait and switch because what was delivered did not seem to be what i ordered. the company also claimed to have a lifetime guarantee. i had a reminder on my calendar to check on this a year later and they were out of business. hahaha, some warranty. i put featherbeds and foam on top of it to cushion the blow to my back, but nothing ever worked for long. as soon as my body would mold to the additive, i swear i could feel those springs again.
also, i am not cheap, but mattresses are CRAZY expensive. i know you spend quite a bit of your life sleeping, but does a mattress really need to cost $4000? not in my house...well, unless it's gifted and then please do not make it memory foam - it makes my back ache.
i love my pillow top/plush whatever you wanna call it. i think it's the bees knees. but i wonder...are there any tempurpedic or memory foamaniacs amongst you?