Thanks for such a great forum. This is a wealth of information! Here’s my question:
I live in northern MN and am looking for a new mattress. I am fairly certain I want latex, although I have never had a latex sleeping experience. Because of the long drive and my 2 year old, a trip to a mattress store to try out your recommended mattress tests just isn’t going to happen. But I have read many of your other threads, and your overviews, and I feel latex is the way to go.
We currently sleep on a queen size, organic innerspring mattress. When I purchased this mattress (by phone), the most important thing to me was organic. However, 7 years later, and after a long night in bed with a sick child, I realized this mattress is terribly uncomfortable. I am a side sleeper, 5’6" and about 125lbs, and I wake up with numb and sore hips and occasionally shoulders, depending on my position. My husband, 6’1" and about 165lbs, varies between back and side sleeping, and often wakes up groaning in pain in the middle of the night, and is stiff and sore in the morning. After reading here, I think that we have no comfort layer. I don’t sink in. At all.
Organic is still important - I don’t want to breathe toxic chemicals all night long. But I need to sleep well too. I have been looking at the Sleep EZ 10000 after seeing it mentioned in several posts, and I like the sound of their exchange policy, especially since I cannot try out the bed first. I haven’t contacted them yet. I wanted to know if you know of another good company closer to MN you recommend. And, having never tried latex, I am also wondering if it will be too cool for our long, cold MN winters. It sounds like latex sleeps cooler than some other mattresses - is that true and of concern? Also, can I put a wool or down topper on a latex bed without affecting support?
I am expecting my husband and I to customize our individual sides. I need more cushioning than I have now. He needs good support for lower back/S-I joint issues, but I think he needs more cushioning too. Do you have tips for configuring the mattress layers, or should we wait to talk to the company we work with?
Thank you for such a great site, and thanks for any help you can give!