We flipped our Stearns and Foster mattress over and added a latex topper, as you suggested.
My husband is having less back pain, as you said. So, yay!
I, however, cannot sleep a wink.
It’s too firm for me and I am constantly tossing and turning trying to get comfortable.
And he can feel every move because the latex is buoyant.
I find myself waking up on my stomach and I have never, ever been a stomach sleeper. Strange!
Perhaps I need a better pillow? Any thoughts? I can’t find the right loft!
I can feel that I’m not aligned and I constantly move trying to get some rest.
I’m so ready to figure this out.
I’ve been seeing an orthopedic Dr for strange arthritis symptoms and they’re in the process of testing for rheumatoid. Perhaps that’s a reason for the sleep struggles?
I just want to be comfortable… and I think a pillow is the next step. Best for petite side sleeper?
Thanks again for everything!
Stomach sleeping is the most comfortable sleeping position on a too firm mattress.
If sticking with that mattress and sleeping position, a thin pillow is called for.
I would suggest going to Bed Bath and Beyond for that.
Finding the right pillow is extremely tricky. BB&B has a large selection and will take back anything they sell…allowing you to wade through their selection without having to keep any of them that don’t work for you.
Side sleeping on a hard surface won’t be possible without causing pain to the hip and shoulder.
So, there’s little point in getting a pillow for the side sleeping position.
While at BB&B, you might look into an “Alternative Down” comforter to further soften the surface, which might allow you to sleep on your side.
Real down flattens out much to quickly. Alternative down, aka synthetic down, keeps it’s loft much better.
If going with a new mattress, you’ll be able to use your existing box spring and latex topper. I recommend the Wolf Old Fashioned Two Sided Brolynn Plush Mattress.
I don't want to order a mattress and box spring only to have to pay a recall fee.
I cannot find any mention for an older Simmons Beautyrest Mattress, the Olson Way.
It is just over 10 years and it is not giving me the support I now need.
I loved the individual coils, etc.
Possibly, it is not just the bed as my body has not been nice to me over the last 6+ years.
I don't want memory foam. I don't know if I should get a plush or pillow top because
I have read that plush is not good for spinal alignment and that pillow top is bad for older people. Augh!
I am 88, and might be having to have a spinal fusion this fall.
I have spondylolisthesis (severe at L4/L5 and now slipping at L5/1 Doctor said at grade 2.
I will get an MRI and see a neurosurgeon next month. Last test was December of last year.
Also getting a DEXA scan as I have some osteoporosis and osteopenia; need to see what that shows.
Adding: I have painful hips; gluteal tendinopathy, both sides. Spurs in S/I joints and hips.
Also, peripheral neuropathy in both lower limbs and feet and just plain nasty feet with surgically inducted arthritis in toes.
Every facet in my spine is arthritic. I have cervical stenosis, healed compression fractures at T5 and 12.
I see recommendations from $700 to >$2000. My budget is closer to $1500.
I am temporarily sleeping on what my daughter had in her guest bedroom.
It is a Sealy Deveraux Plush Pillowtop.
It's not as bad as my old Beautyrest, but I still get up a couple of times due to pain.
I thought that would happen with all mattresses, but while in Ireland in May, I sleep all night a couple of times and one morning realized my hips weren't hurting. Their mattresses were all made in England.
Thank you, Maureen
Nothing Simmons, Sealy, or any of the name brands makes today, in the US, is made without memory foam.
What makes a Beautyrest so comfortable is the individually pocketed coils, which contour to the shape of the body and maintain the natural alignment of the spine.
Pillowtop mattress are not good because of how quickly they wear.
A mattress with good, firm support and a comfortable sleeping surface is the way to go.
There’s nothing wrong with a plush mattress, if it’s not too soft.
The mattress I’d recommend for you is:
The Wolf Brolynn Old Fashioned Two Sided Mattress in Plush.
This mattress has an individually pocketed coil unit and is upholstered with natural, plant based poly foam.
There is NO Memory Foam in this mattress.
Click on this link to view specifications and prices.
After lots of thought following our phone conversation, I've decided to try a Suite Sleep latex mattress topper on the too firm Simmons Beautyrest that I already have in the guest room.
You may recall that I'm 5'2", 125/130 and primarily a back sleeper with rheumatoid arthritis.
Attempts to sleep on this mattress leave me with sore hips and shoulders even with two egg crate foam pads totaling 3". (I can squeeze them together and feel my fingers touching so they're not very dense.)
Which Latex topper do you think would work best for me? Which thickness and firmness?
I suggest the Suite Sleep All Natural 3" Soft Vita Talalay Latex Topper.
For petite female, the 3" Soft Vita Talalay Latex works best.
If you have a larger person sleeping with you, then go with the 2".
Latex is far more resilient than any other type of upholstery material.
I have been looking for a mattress for few months!
It is so hard for most of us trying to do research and our everyday chores. I would greatly appreciate it!
I have been reading your site today and just noticed you mentioned Natura of Canada Greenspring.
I noticed plush, firm & ultra plush. I believe, you said you have that one at your home?
However, you may suggest something totally different and may not.
I am a petite female, 5ft and 108 lbs.
The mattress is just for me, I have pinched nerve in my neck, scoliosis & bad osteoarthritis.
I do not even need to discuss memory foam.
Other than a mattress, I don’t know if I need a foundation?
I have a box spring now for another brand mattress which I don’t know if it can even be used, probably not.
I have a very good expensive head board, very nice size piece of furniture for the foot board, & the wood furniture is also on the sides, with 3 slats(one at head, middle,& foot) also with one leg in the middle that touches the floor.
All of this makes up my total bed frame. Is it possible that a foundation would fit within this structure?
If not, what would work? My suite is only a few years old.
I am in pain every day and night. Also, much older now, thus, I am past wanting to order.
Good Morning Mrs. Stephens,
Your bed does require a foundation for the mattress.
The box spring you have is likely to be in good enough condition to reuse.
Based on your physical size, it isn’t likely to have worn.
The Natura of Canada Greenspring mattresses are the best we carry.
But, they are more mattress than someone your size needs.
The Wolf Hybrid Tulah Plush Eurotop Mattress is what I would recommend.
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