Foam pads are genius. I've been living on cheap college apartment mattresses for most of the last four years and boy can I tell you the difference is noticeable. There are some nights I'm pretty sure my sleep is inhibited because it hurts to lay down. It makes me wonder how people who sleep on bamboo mats every night do it- maybe they put a pad down or bamboo is softer than I realize.(Speaking of where other cultures sleep, in Mexico many sleep in hammocks because they are cheaper than beds- I tried it out, boy are they comfortable.) Anyway, my fiance has allowed me to borrow the foam pads from her bed and I took them to mine. Wow, I sleep so much better. I didn't realize such a small thing would make such a big difference.