I’m a 5’5", 160 lb combination sleeper (mostly stomach, but a little side, which is absolutely the worst combo!)
I’ve been working on my latex build all summer, and I think I may just not… like… latex?
I tried every possible combination with three split 3" slabs of latex (D85 38ish ILD Firm, D75 30ish ILD Medium, D65 25ish ILD Soft).
- All my 6" builds were too firm (perhaps too close to the ground).
- All my 9" or higher builds were too jiggly and made me feel seasick.
- 9" or higher builds with soft on top tended to be too soft and I’d wake up with lower back pain, while any build with medium on top or with two layers of firm was so firm that it felt like it was pushing back against me. It was worse than sleeping on the floor, which is merely the absence of softness. Instead, it felt like a fully present firmness that was actively dislocating my hips, knees, and ankles.
The closest I got to good was a 8"-ish build of soft over firm latex with 2" of wool as a comfort layer. (Admittedly still a bit too soft.) I loved the feel of wool (medium firmness, but not “actively” firm in the way that latex can be, just nice and supportive but pressure relieving). Unfortunately, I had to get rid of it due to an allergy.
It feels like with latex, I just can’t hit the sweet spot between too soft and too firm, and that either way it’s intolerable in a way that sleeping on a bad innerspring mattress is not. (For example, I often sleep over at my partner’s and their innerspring mattress, while too firm for me to comfortably side-sleep, is livable. Unfortunately, I can’t replicate it because it’s a no-name brand with no internet presence that they got for free from a former housemate.)
I feel like Icarus - in my pursuit of perfection I ended up worse off than if I’d just accepted mediocrity.
I think all this is ample evidence to throw in the towel on latex but I’m just not sure where to go from here. I sleep too hot for memory foam. My partner thinks I should just buy a regular innerspring mattress but it’s like I know too much now: when I look at what Serta or whatever is made of, I’m just like, “Ugh, it’s all just polyurethane foam with fancy names.” The nicer innerspring mattresses tend to involve a lot of latex and wool.
Questions for the forum:
Should I give up on latex or am I using it wrong?
Has anyone had any luck with a DIY innerspring?
Is there anything that’s not wool that feels like wool?