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Can't Sleep? Suffering from back pain? Got an old mattress? Get a Feather-bed!

Updated on August 25, 2014

Are you waking up feeling like you've been beat up? Do you have back pain? Is your mattress old and worn out or are you sleeping on a sofa-bed or a futon? Well if this is you don't buy a new mattress, put down the sleeping pills and instead get a feather-bed!

What is a feather-bed you may ask? A feather-bed is a mini-mattress made of feathers, down, a combination of both or a faux down hyper-allergenic alternative. It sits on top of the mattress and makes the bed softer to sleep on. In days gone by feather-beds were mostly used by the rich, couples might get a feather-bed as a wedding gift and often the feather-bed would be passed down throughout many generations.

Recently I moved from Manhattan to Sandpoint, Idaho. Consequently, I had to rent a furnished room in order to get settled in my new home. The bedroom had a futon to sleep on and I have to say after sleeping on that futon for a week I felt like someone stuck me in a burlap bag and hit me with a broom stick! It was so uncomfortable and hard that I could hardly sleep on it. So, what I did was purchase a feather-bed on WHAT A DIFFERENCE! It was like night and day.

Now, it's not as if I had never slept on a feather-bed before. Prior to moving I had an old mattress that was about 11 years old. It started to become seriously uncomfortable even after I flipped it on a regular basis. I didn't want to pay thousands of dollars for a new mattress. Have you seen the price of mattresses lately? Instead I purchased a feather-bed online and kept the mattress for another 9 years. In fact, I would have kept it even longer if I hadn't moved and sold all my furniture. The feather-bed made a huge difference and saved me thousands of dollars.

In between New York and Idaho I visited my relatives in Ohio. I slept on a sofa bed for a month. Once again the sofa-bed was very uncomfortable. So I put my feather-bed, that I brought with me from New York on it, again HUGE difference. The sofa-bed went from extremely uncomfortable to comfortable. Who would have thought that a feather-bed could make such a difference.

Moreover, the first feather-bed I purchased was a very expensive one, it was down-filled and weighed about 25 pounds. It was about $200 and was made of down. And, I must say it was very comfortable and lasted a very long time. However, the second feather-bed that I purchased I paid only $70.00 for, it was a down alternative (which means you can put it in your washing machine) and it was only 12 pounds. Down alternative feather-beds or fiber beds are made of down alternative hyper-allergenic polyester and are a cheaper alternative and can be used by people who are allergic to duck feathers or down. And you know what? It was almost as nice as the expensive one and definitely worth the money.

At this point, even if I bought a new mattress I would still keep my feather-bed.

To protect your feather-bed you should get a duvet cover. Also feather-beds should be cleaned infrequently by a professional. The only feather-beds that can be washed are the alternative down-filled feather-beds.

Consequently, I suggest that if you are having trouble sleeping, if your mattress is uncomfortable or old or if you are stuck sleeping on a sofa-bed or futon, go out and spend $70 bucks (minimum) and get a feather-bed. You wont regret it and your body will thank you every single morning!

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    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      5 years ago from Manhattan

      I know, you never want to get out of bed!

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      5 years ago from California Gold Country

      I got a fluff filled mattress topper a few months ago that fits around the sides of the mattress and under the corners like a contour sheet. It has made a lot of difference in comfort. I'd recommend fluffing it up every time you change the sheets.

      Also some nice quality new sheets make a difference.

      I do have a down featherbed and duvet to use as a topper when it gets cold and snowy. The only 'down' side is having to crawl out from under it on frosty mornings,

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      5 years ago from Manhattan

      LOL..I wonder how long it will take you to get enough feathers! I thought 70 bucks was pretty good.

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      5 years ago from Denver

      What's this? $200!! $70! My great-grandmother made her own feather bed from feathers she picked up around her homestead. Granted, it was a mixed lot of feathers of duck, goose, chickens and the occasional wild bird. And once in awhile she got pricked by that pointy thing at the end of the feather. In fact, she had so many feathers that she said it was like sleeping on a water bed! And it was great until she became allergic to feathers. Still, one must do what one must -- so I'm going to start collecting feathers. A thumbs up on another excellent hub.


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