I have a connective tissue disorder (hypermobility) that makes me very vulnerable to joint and muscle problems. I have trochanteric bursitis and piriformis syndrome affecting my hips, and I need excellent pressure relief in that area.
I’m currently sleeping on a new Zinus Green Tea 12" mattress. I bought another mattress of the same model about 6 years ago and that was good enough for me while it lasted, but I think my body and perhaps their foam* must have changed since then. When I sleep on my side, I feel way too much pressure on the outer surface of my hip, and when I sleep on my back, my hips don’t sink enough and my lumbar spine is unsupported.
- Height: 5’4"/162cm
- Weight: ~135 lbs/62kg
- Age: 29
- Broad shoulders relative to hips
- Only interested in foam, springs make me tense up
- Not concerned about heat retention, I tend to sleep cold
I am currently living on a fixed income, but I have hope for that to change in the next couple years. I’d prefer an inexpensive solution with poor longevity over a long-lasting solution at a higher price. In other words, I’d rather buy X years of comfort for $Y than 2X years of comfort for $2Y. However, I realize that supportive but pressure-relieving materials are often pricey. Ultimately, I’m willing to spend whatever it costs for me to sleep through the night.
I perceive four basic options, ordered from least to most expensive:
- Wait and see if the Zinus mattress just needs more break-in time - I’ve only slept on it a few nights, it’s still within the return window
- Add a lumbar support cushion so my trunk can take more of the load off of my hips
- Add a pressure-relieving topper
- Buy a different mattress, return the Zinus - if I’m doing this, I’m especially interested in DIY or rebuildable options.
*EDIT: I remember now, the transition layer in my first Zinus mattress was egg-crate foam. The new transition layer is flat foam with zoned support. That’s probably making a big difference for me. I think I need my transition layer to be a little softer/less resilient compared to my top layer in order to get pressure relief for my hips and support for my spine at the same time.