[quote=“TD-Max” post=20033]So I’ve tried various configurations with my 100% blended talalay setup. I have 4 ea 3" layers. (see my SleepEZ 13000 review) and have been quite happy with the bed especially the quick reconfiguration capabilities.
I was a believer in Med over soft over firm, but in time started to get pain. I tried going the former route med over med over firm and this was the wrong direction so I went back to med over soft. This works pretty well, but in the morning when I wake up I have pain in my lower back (back sleeper) and need time to loosen it up.
Since the firmer route was clearly not the way I switched to soft over med and this was great the first couple of nights. Now I have minor pain that is causing difficulty sleeping. It’s not the sharp low back pain like I get with the other configs, it’s more of a nagging pain.
So do I give it a few more days (been almost a week now) and hope this is just muscle pain that I can work through?
Seems I’m almost out of options with the exception of trying soft/soft Med route and at 6’1 and 215# and a middle bias I have my doubts that I should even be directly on a soft ILD. Wondering about adding a 1/2" layer of some sort of semi stiff wool matting above the latex.[/quote]
Have you tried zoning the top?:
- Make sure it’s on a solid platform so that there is no sag; and with no head/foot boards so that layers can lay over the edge.
- Pull the cover top off if it does not stretch or is otherwise too taut such that it interferes with contouring or sinking in.
- Put the firmest layer on the bottom and the next firmest on top of that for a logically progressive support core layer.
- Put the softest layer over the upper body zone from your navel up.
- Put the next softest layer over the lower body zone.
This would give you a 3-layer build with soft comfort under your upper body and medium comfort under your lower body:
If this improves the spinal alignment pain, you could consider going forward with 2-zoning the comfort and transition support layers for your height and weight to perfect the spinal alignment and maximize the pressure relief, particularly for the upper body zone. Something like this:
3" 19:28 ILD comfort layer (zone seam at navel)
3" 28:36 ILD transition support layer (zone seam offset 5" toward feet )
3" or 6" 40 ILD support layer
The height of the upper body zone: height head-to-navel + 2/3 (80" mattress - 73" height)" (round to nearest inch)
This should improve spinal alignment and related lower back pain IF the lower body zone is firm enough for your weight, and the upper body zone is relatively softer to enable sinking in to achieve neutral spinal alignment.
This will not improve pressure relief and related pain if your existing layers yield a comfort or transition support layer that is too firm for your weight.
As I see it, the typical semi-custom Latex mattress has got you covered for pressure relief i.e. don’t bother shuffling firmness up and down. What’s missing is shoulder-hip spinal balance which requires a relative difference in cradle firmness from upper body to lower body, not from top of mattress to bottom of mattress.
Hope this helps.