Thanks for all your great advice on this site. Perhaps you can have some direction for me with my mattress:
We have a European Sleep Works Nordic mattress with their Flexible Slat System. We have a C/D model with their original nested bi-level pocketed coils in firm (I think they are a 13.75 gauge coil) with the micro coils on top. One side is the softer micro coils and the other are the firmer ones. On top of that is one inch of their latex. And we also have their Pillow Top Topper which has one inch of latex inside. As you know both the mattress and the topper are zippered so we can make changes. We’ve had the mattress about 2 years. I tend to have trouble with my hips sinking in with a lot of mattresses and we bought this one because it supports my hips very well. But my shoulders are hurting now and I wake up with my arms and hands numb.
I’m about 6’ and 185lbs, athletic build (I’m a runner) with broad shoulders. My wife is about 5’6" and 140 lbs. We’re both around 50 and we both are mainly side sleepers but do a little back sleeping here and there too.
I’m having trouble with sore shoulders and some hip pain from the mattress and lower back pain here and there too. And the numbness in my arms and shoulders when I wake up is driving me crazy. So, I purchased a 2" soft latex raw topper (20 ILD) from Foam By Mail to add to the topper to give more cush and make the mattress softer. Well, even though the latex feels soft, when sleeping it doesn’t feel that way. It makes the mattress feel hard. Or could the topper not be big enough for this much latex and is squeezing it a little too much and making it feel hard? I’ve seen your posts about FBM possibly selling dunlop rather than the talalay they claim and I’m wondering if this may be why it feels so hard and we’re not getting the softness we were hoping for?
We’ve tried putting our original one inch latex piece in the mattress itself and also adding it to the topper with the new 2" piece and no matter which combo we use it still feels too hard. I’ve tried sleeping on the side with the softer micro coils but it doesn’t seem to make much difference. So - is it that the new latex is not soft enough or is it we need to look at the bed components as being too stiff/hard? I’m thinking of trying a 3" LI Rejuvinite soft topper but I thought I would get your take on this before ordering something else.
With this bed design we can change out the components so I was wondering if removing the micro coils and adding a 3" piece of latex would be a good option to look at too? Or is the real problem that the base coils are just too firm for us? I know they now use a different base coil in this mattress that from their website description states its not as firm. Do you know the difference from the coil we have and the new one?
As you can tell I’m at a loss as which way to go to create a softer mattress that is not too hard and we wake up pain free. I know that staying in alignment and having a nice comfort layer are both important. Any thoughts and suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated for our body size, age, etc to make out mattress more comfortable. Thank you,