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This article is a transcribed edited summary of a video Bob and Brad recorded in May of 2022. For the original video go to

Bob: Do you have back pain? What is the best mattress you could get out there?

Brad: According to research, 39 different studies, this is complete Bob.

Bob: So as Brad alluded to, this is actually a meta-analysis which is the best kind of study,

because it's a study of studies.

Brad: Yeah. It really envelopes, not everything, but a lot of information.

Bob: So they looked at 39 different studies and it was published by. It was published by Caggiari Et al.

Brad: From December of 2021. That is recent.

Bob: So they looked at the soft, medium firm, and extra firm mattresses and they found out which one was best for you.

Brad: Yeah, boy this is good information. I'm curious to find out the details here.

Bob: All right, to the results. So again, they looked at the medium firm, soft, or firm mattresses. And most people think, for back pain, what do they need? A firm mattress.

Brad: Well that goes with the thought, sleep on the floor if you have back pain, you know those things.

Bob: But you would be wrong. What they found is that a medium firm mattress provided comfort, sleep quality, and spine alignment.

Brad: Medium firm? It's kind of like steak. To get medium well, it's one of those in-between things, sorry. But I would agree actually seriously because that's what this is.

Bob: Yeah. They have standards. All right, next, we'll give our opinion.

Brad: Oh, yes. I jumped the gun.

Bob: All right, our opinion Brad. So if you're a slighter person, with very thin hips and thin shoulders, I think you can tolerate a firmer mattress. All right. So this is cultural now. A lot of Japanese sleep on the floor or sleep on the futon.

Brad: Is that traditionally or is that up to date?

Bob: Traditionally.

Brad: Okay. That's what I thought.

Bob: They tend to be slighter build. Now, if you are a larger person with ample curves, I think you're going to need a less firm mattress.

Brad: So the mattress conforms to the body and offers support throughout.

Bob: All right. You can sink in a little bit. Finally, we'll talk about this mattress.

Brad: This is a SleepOvation mattress. So you can see how they're made with the cutaway, they have 700 of these. We call them little tiny mattresses. And the benefits of that are air channels. So it keeps you cooler. These are special foam that really works well, to help conform to your body. And then on the backside, they have coil springs, which help keep it cool. And it works.

Bob: And also provides support.

Brad: Support yeah. It's a wonderful system.

Bob: So we'll show you, why we like it.

Brad: Absolutely. Okay, here we go. On the SleepOvation medium firm mattress, you can see Bob is lying here, supine and he's feeling comfortable.

Bob: On my back.

Brad: Yep. Now, if we put a line, you can see the line on his pants. If we put a line across his body it stays in that straight neutral position if you will. His heels are sinking in nicely, so there's no pressure there. His bottom is into the mattress.

Bob: And my back has complete contact.

Brad: That's exactly the first thing I notice is that my lumbar area has support, it actually conforms to that area. Wonderful for back pain. And then all the way up into the shoulders.

Bob: What if you're heavier? That's what we're going to show.

Brad: Oh, good. This is one of those lifting bags. It's 75 pounds and Bob is 200.

Bob: Yeah. 205. So that's 280.

Brad: So 280 pounds on this mattress right now.

Bob: And I keep straight Brad.

Brad: Yes you do. He keeps straight going across there. The whole idea is, does the mattress help conform even with heavier weight on there, and we're doing quite well, Bob, are you feeling comfortable?

Bob: I think you and I can attest to the fact that we love our mattresses.

Brad: Actually that is easy to say honestly. I am extremely happy with mine. The first day and actually Mike, one of our employees, said exactly the same thing. As soon as he laid down, he felt that lumbar support. And every morning I'm a very happy person.

Bob: Do you sleep with 75 pounds on?

Brad: Oh yeah. I always have somebody lay on top of me. lol

Bob: All right. Thanks for watching.

Brad: That was good.

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