My wife and I are looking to purchase a mattress for the first time. We are both in our early thirties and she is pregnant for the first time. We are both about 5’-8" but she is significantly more ‘bony’ (i.e., less meat on her bones) than me. She is very slight and thin while I have very broad chest and shoulders. She also weighs nearly 100lb less than me.
We have been married for seven years and during our entire marriage we have slept on hand-me-down mattresses. We have two queen mattresses in our house - one is from her childhood bed and the second is her parents’ old one. Both of these mattresses are inner spring and are 25+ years old. [After our last move, I’m honestly not sure which mattress is in our master bedroom, but either way it’s old.]
We are planning to buy a king so we (mostly she) will have more room.
I have never been one to have problems sleeping [knocks on wood]. In terms of sleeping positions, I sleep in all three positions. I woke up this morning after reading this site some last night and realized that as I lay on my stomach, my midsection was too far down into the mattress making my back slightly uncomfortable (maybe this is normal for this position). My mattress feels ok to me for sleeping on my back, but I may not be very aware. For sleeping on my side on our current mattress, I never feel like either my shoulder or hips sink in enough. I probably don’t have a thick enough pillow for this position either.
Health concerns: I had some back problems about 15 years ago. I was diagnosed with a slipped disc (MRI was inconclusive). Luckily, it hasn’t bothered me much lately. Like many people, I don’t always find enough time to exercise and when my midsection ‘expands,’ there is more pressure and resulting discomfort in my lower back.
She sleeps on her side and back and has always complained of back, hip, and shoulder discomfort regarding our current mattress. She says the mattress is “too firm” and doesn’t “give enough” at these pressure points. Right now, she is pregnant, which only exacerbates her problems sleeping. Between her hormones, her added weight/size, our daughter kicking her from inside, and her longstanding comfort issues with our mattress - we have decided to do some mattress shopping.
Will her current state (7-8 months pregnant) alter or change her preferences for a mattress that she tries out? In other words, will a mattress that feels good to her at a store today well completely different after her pregnancy? We hope/plan to keep whatever we buy for many years.
We have ruled out pure memory foam. We both sleep hot so that was an easy choice. We also know that we do not want air and/or water. We are leaning toward either full-on latex or a hybrid latex and inner spring. In addition to the support, softness, and durability advantages, the hypoallergenic properties of latex appeal to us.
We had a salesperson tell us recently that we need an inner spring to provide proper support but a foam can provide beneficial properties for comfort for upper layers. I’m not sure if he was trying to sell one of his hybrid models or if that is a typical theory/opinion.
Our budget is between $1,000 and $2,000 but I would prefer to bargain something down to $1,500 or less.
We are in the Charlotte area. Based on reading this site, we intend to go to the myluxury mattress store in Mooresville (www.lakemattress.biz/) and the Dilworth Mattress Factory also (http://www.dilworthmattressfactory.com/).
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.