So recently I bought a $2000 air mattress and while I slept OK on it, I couldnt deal with the fact I had spent so much on an air mattress and marketing. I had also purchased a 3" Talalay soft 20ild topper. I would sink right through to the air bladders. I am 5’6" 225. My wife is 9mo pregnant and is 5’4" 200, but is normally around 150 or lower.
So after coming to this site, I decided I wanted to purchase an all latex mattress. I had another thread going and Phoenix sent me to a hundred different links . All of which I read and then I searched merchants that were recommended by this site and had some conversations with some people. I landed on SleepEZ because of the price and because I liked them. They answered my questions and were not too difficult to get a hold of. There are some vendors who have still not responded to my emails or calls.
So, Im assuming if you are on this site, you will know the approximate ILDs for soft, med and firm. Because I had already spent $400 on the soft topper, I didnt want to ship it back, but everybody says it would be too soft for me. Another reason I went with SleepEZ is that they gave me a 13" mattress cover at no charge and I only purchased their 10" mattress. My plan was to put my soft topper on top and the other layers underneath as so:
It felt very comfortable when I layed on it. My wife is one of those people that could sleep on anything, so this has been all about me. After the first night, I could definitely tell the top layer was too soft. I was sinking in way too far and it was causing me pain. I couldnt wait for my alarm to go off. I actually got up an hour earlier than I needed to.
So plan B was to move the soft topper down one level, so my wifes configuration would be the same and mine would be med, soft, firm, firm. That’s how I slept on it last night and I loved it. I will obviously still have to give it a few days, but my lower back wasnt hurting at all and I woke up refreshed and relatively pain free.
Im a side sleeper and I still found my self waking up to switch sides every 2-3 hours. The first night I tried using the shredded latex pillow under my head and my older memory foam pillow (that I love) between my legs.
It seemed like my neck was at an awkward angle with the shredded latex. I think, if I didnt toss and turn, the latex would conform to my head/neck, but I dont know what to do here.
The second night I switched them up and put my head on my memory foam pillow, which I still love and the king latex pillow between my legs. At first, that seemed to work well, but I would wake up and because of the weight of my legs, the pillow would have almost no latex between my legs. Its like the movement during the night pushed all the latex out to the sides. Also, the latex pillow is super heavy. I think thats why I was waking up to roll over. I would have to grab the pillow with my hands to help with the rolling over process.
I think I like smaller pillows between my legs, but I like something that will be supportive and not break down under the weight every couple of months. A small light pillow is easy to roll over with. I can do it in my sleep without waking up. I wonder if it would be possible to remove the latex from the king pillow and insert it into a smaller pillow. But I still think it would be too heavy.
I’m only two nights into this, but I’m glad I made the decision I did. I will try laying my head on the latex again. My wife has my old, smaller, memory foam pillow that works great between my legs, but she wont give it up. :blink: