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.
This mattress, also uses a double tempered pocketed coil unit with latex upholstery.
The coil count is higher and the latex is more resilient than the poly foam in the Wolf mattress.
This particular model is very firm...too firm to sleep on comfortably.
The latex topper will do two things...provide the surface comfort you and your wife need to sleep deeply, and prevent the mattress from wearing by absorbing much of your body weight.
Latex is and has been the best upholstery material for the last 100 years.
High quality, Pure Latex lasts for years.
So as the years go by, you should only need to replace the topper from time to time.
Since there is a substantial difference in weight between you and your wife, it will be imperative that you rotate your new mattress regularly to attain more even wear, which will extend the comfort life of the bed....once a month.
If the mattress is a king size, I suggest a quarter turn rotation.
Only a king is square enough to pull this off.
The quarter turn rotation will enhance the even wear of the mattress.
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We purchased the Talalay medium soft latex topper, just over a year ago.
I am a long time customer from when we lived in Delaware and you were in NJ.
We now live in Lancaster, PA which the topper was sent to.
I should have bought the firm topper, as my right hip still is still very sore each night and may or may not be due to a mild spinal stenosis I have (for which the doc says I should sleep on firm).
Anyway, is there anything, such as a really thin piece of plywood, or any suggestions, that I can place under the topper to make it more firm? Our topper was $600 and we just can’t afford a new mattress.
If plywood works, can you tell me how thin or thick?
And if we are forced to get a new mattress, not cement-like firm, what do you suggest?
It’s counterintuitive, to me, to think that a firmer surface will make your hip feel better.
Quite the opposite has proven to be true.
Stenosis is a completely different issue. One has nothing to do with the other.
For that, firm contouring support will maintain the spine’s natural alignment.
That’s best achieved with a mattress using an individually pocketed coil system.
I don’t know what mattress you have, but if it’s upholstered with memory foam, memory foam will make any physical condition worse.
To test what you think is the correct way to go, put your topper on the floor and try it out.
See if your hip feels better or worse.
What mattress do you have? How old?
The upholstery materials are listed on the law label. What does it say?
We have only one mattress that you had suggested flipping upside down to give a firmer base.
And then put your topper on top of the flipped over pillow top.
Thank you, Cathy
If you put the topper on the floor, you’ll see that a new mattress is now needed.
You’re past the band-aid stage.
If there’s anything that would have made that trick workable, it’s a latex topper.
Another good thing about a latex topper is that you’ve been able to put off the purchase of the new mattress that you needed a year ago.
And another good thing about the latex topper is that now, you already own the comfort layer, so all you need is the support layer, which are far less expensive than you may be thinking.
The best for the least is Wolf Old Fashioned Two Sided Mattress…the Brandy-Lynn model.
It's time for me to move again and I was hoping to ask your advice!
I still have the Natura All Latex mattress that I got from you back in 2015, and I've been very happy with it. Though lately I have been developing some hip pain and wondering if that might be related to the mattress getting older?
My only other issue has been the fact that the mattress is so heavy.
I live alone and I don't have a lot of upper body strength, so I find it very difficult to move, even just to lift it up the corner a bit when changing the sheets.
Do you think I should get a new mattress instead of bringing this one with me when I move?
And if so, what would you recommend?
Thank so much for all your help over the years!
7 years is relatively new for an all latex mattress of that quality.
The hip pain needs to be diagnosed by a doctor....to be sure if it's the mattress or not.
However, not wanting to take the mattress with you because of the weight is a purely personal choice.
For something similar in support and comfort, but not nearly as heavy, would be a poly/latex hybrid…using a firm polyurethane foam core with a soft latex top layer.
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