Hi mattress shoppers and our kind host, Phoenix.
I thought I would start a new thread on my latex mattress experience. I have previously posted about two latex mattresses that broke down within a week and my accompanying frustration.
My second mattress was a Wazee St. firm from My Sleep Nation, near Denver. Sean was great about handling the exchange when it quickly developed body impressions and my wife and I started getting back aches. The mattress is 5 or 6 inches of zoned 30ILD talalay on top of 6 inches of 40 ILD talalay. http://www.mysleepnation.com/mattresses/latex-mattresses/wazee-st/
The replacement mattress has the same specs with latex from the same supplier, but is feels very different. It was very firm when delivered and the first few nights I wasn’t comfortable. When sleeping on my side I would wake up with some hip and shoulder discomfort similar to what others here have described when side sleeping on a too-firm mattress. My shoulder blades also objected some when lying on my back. ( I should confess that my shoulders have been badly abused over the years, so they are cry-babies)! I should also mention that I am 6’ 1" and 180 pounds.
After a few days the mattress softened up a bit and my wife and I are both sleeping better. This mattress doesn’t have the sensual feel of the first two mattresses, but maybe this is a good thing. It makes it a little easier to get out of bed in the morning :lol:. Even though the previous mattresses became too soft to offer proper spinal alignment, they sure were high on the comfort scale, seeming to hug and sooth every pressure point on my body.
I am still experiencing a “body impression” where I sleep. If I move partly out of my sleeping zone I am tilted a bit as one side of me remains on softened latex while the other side is kept higher by the firmer, un-slept on latex. This makes sense, and i don’t see how this can be avoided. I don’t like it, and I may spend some time walking on the un-slept on area the next time we change the sheets. I am hoping taking a walk on it will even the firmness of the mattress so it feels uniform as I move around.
So far, so good. I will post a follow up in a few weeks or a month, and I hope the mattress just gets better. It does look like I had two mattresses with bad latex, but it will take another month or more to verify that this one doesn’t break down like the previous two.
BTW, the last time I saw Sean he told me that he and Therapedic had been working on a latex/memory foam mattress design that he was very happy with and they may be showing it soon. If I remember correctly, it will have a layer of memory foam under a layer of latex and completed with a latex core. It might be interesting and I may go by the store and take a nap when they have it on display.
Best to you all, Lew