A Review of the Serta Rest 3" Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper
The Problem: Hip and Back Pain
In recent months, I’ve suffered from pain in my right hip and mid-to-lower back. I attribute this to age, having a sedentary job (writing), having put on some pounds, and lack of exercise to lubricate my joints. I sit on a high-density cell foam donut as I write this. The donut relieves pressure from the coccyx, something I learned when I was pregnant many moons ago. I’ve learned to contort my body to the left when I rise from a sitting position in order for the pain in my hip to not bring me to my knees. Not fun!
Having this condition checked out by a doctor is out of the question. When I retired from the corporate world, I also relinquished my rights to company-paid health insurance. So I make do. However, sitting is not my only uncomfortable position. Although I bought a new mattress recently, I awaken with a sore back and my right hip screams with every movement. Do I need to tell you I’ve not been sleeping well? Oh, I guess I just did. The fact is I sleep in 3-hour shifts because my body wakes me up. Oh, what I would give for just one night of uninterrupted sleep!
Something had to be done. I can’t afford a medical diagnosis or treatment. Going through Advil like candy is not good for my innards and doesn’t fix the problem anyway. Buying one of those high-end mattresses that “have your number” is also out of the question. So, what does a not-so-young-but-not-so-old struggling writer do to alleviate the pain? Ingenuity is the answer, my friends; that and watching the paper for sales on mattress toppers.
The Solution: Serta Rest
Sometimes commercialism comes in handy. It seems everything under the sun goes on sale just before holidays. Memorial Day is one of those holidays. My local Big Lots had a flyer in Sunday’s paper. They advertised a "famous maker" 3” gel memory foam mattress topper for queen beds at a doable $99.99. The next day I went to Big Lots in hopes I wasn’t too late. Sure enough, they had plenty in stock, and the "famous maker" turned out to be Serta. Well, shoot, if the sheep on TV fear Serta because the public no longer has a need to count them (the sheep) in order to go to sleep, that’s enough reason for this little girl to give the brand a shot. Not only did I make the purchase, but I treated myself to a new set of sheets (in my favorite color, although it doesn’t match my bedding!).
I came home excited that, perhaps, I can now get a good night’s sleep. I rolled out the Serta Rest 3” gel memory foam topper and encapsulated it in the accompanying fitted cover. I spent the rest of the day washing bedding, including my comforter. I was really looking forward to bedtime! Although, by the looks of my freshly-made bed, I’d need a step stool to get my 5’2” body up on the bed and under the covers!
Upon reading the instructions (yes, I read the instructions. My name is Shauna, not Shaun!), I was a little disconcerted to discover it may take up to 72 hours for the mattress topper to conform to my bed. I was absolutely delighted when it rolled out flat and fit my bed perfectly! The comfort gods were definitely on my side.
In addition to that, I was elated when I read that the gel in the foam is formulated to be cool and regulates itself to your body temperature. As a post-menopausal woman, I still suffer from night sweats. Well, not really night sweats so much anymore as night heat. That’s another reason I don’t sleep comfortably. I need to have my bedding cold in order to sleep well. It’s a damn good thing I sleep alone. My queen size bed allows me to switch sides when I become too hot—which is another reason I don’t sleep well. By the way, when does that shit end??
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that this product is made in the USA. Way to go, Serta!
I’ve only spent two nights on my new set up, but I am tickled to death with the results. I have awakened just once each night—which is a blessing—and I’ve been able to go right back to sleep. Unfortunately, my body puts out some heat when I’m trying to sleep. Nevertheless, the gel memory foam topper is living up to its promise.
The verbiage on the box reads “adds support and comfort—eliminates pressure points." I can attest to that. In a mere two nights, my pain is at a much lower level. I no longer have to contort my body when I get up from the couch in order to avoid pain in my right hip.
Now, if the night heat I still experience would just go bother someone else, I’d be a completely satisfied customer. But that’s not Serta’s problem, is it?
If any of you reading this experience discomfort while you sleep for any of the reasons I have mentioned, I highly recommend Serta Rest 3” Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper. It’s an inexpensive solution to what could turn into an expensive and debilitating problem.
Try it and rest easy. I did, and I now rest when I sleep.
Do you suffer from back pain?
What do you do to alleviate back pain?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
I've had my Serta Rest 3" Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper for a couple of months and my back pain is continuing, is yours still working for you?
Yes, it's still working for me. I have mine egg crate side up and turn it (rotate) once a year or so. If you have your topper flat side up, trying flipping it to see if that works better for you.Helpful 1
My mattress topper came with a 17"-deep fabric "sheet"/cover. Did you put one of your flat sheets on the topper and then put the fabric cover over it?
No, I put the topper inside the cover it came with. After placing the topper on the mattress, I put a fitted mattress protector over that, then made the bed as I normally do (fitted sheet followed by the flat).Helpful 5
I added a waterproof fitted cover over the mattress topper and then the cooling cover on top. Will this still make the topper work properly? I was afraid of any mishaps and messing up my topper.
I don't see why having a waterproof cover directly over the existing mattress would impede the cooling effect of the Serta topper. However, if you're trying to avoid messing up the topper due to "mishaps", the waterproof cover won't help. Fluids will go through the topper regardless. All the waterproof sheet does is protect the mattress beneath.Helpful 1
© 2013 Shauna L Bowling