I really appreciated your response last month about problems we are having with mattresses buckling on a RIZE adjustable bed. It looks like the retailer won't take the base back but will refund the price of the mattress, if we want to purchase from another retailer. The mattress is a Serta Serene Sky Plush Tight Top.
I'm not sure if it's a great mattress to begin with.
Do you think the latex topper you sell make this more comfortable?
And does it bunch up when put on an adjustable bed?
I need to do what I can to make her more comfortable.
Thank you, Meredith
An adjustable bed may solve problems like, Gerd and Sleep Apnea, by raising the head of the bed, but create other problems.
The mattress buckles and bunches, and wears prematurely at the point where it bends.
More importantly, the spine’s natural alignment is lost.
The best way to get the lift you want without all of the problems that is created by it, is to leave the bed flat and tilt the entire unit, using bed risers…like the ones shown here:
You could try a latex topper on that Serta, but I’d recommend flipping the mattress over to the non-memory foam side before adding it. But I consider this approach to be "throwing good money after bad".
The Suite Sleep 2” or 3” Soft Organic Latex Topper is the best available.
I have read a lot about choosing mattress type and firmness based on a person's weight and sleep position.
The information is all based on individual sleepers and never addresses any special considerations for couples.
My wife and I are both 63 years old, physically fit and active.
We are currently sleeping on a 12 year old Westin Heavenly Bed Mattress.
I am 5'11", 162lbs and a side and back sleeper who has begun suffering pressure point problems in both shoulders. My wife is 5'9", 107lb and a strict side sleeper with no current pressure point problems.
We sleep on a queen bed and spend a lot of time spooned tightly together front to back.
But we also spend time apart particularly when shoulder pain drives me onto my back or it is too warm to be cuddled together.
So, while my wife is in the <130lbs petite category and I am in the 130lb - 230lb average category, when we are spooned together, we fall in the >230lb large category.
What does this mean for choosing a firmness and support level?
Everything I read would suggest a soft (4 - 5) firmness for my wife, a medium (5 - 6) for me and more like a medium firm/firm (6.5 - 7.5) to gain the support required for our combined weight to maintain spinal alignment when spooned together.
Any insight you can provide on how to think this through and select the best firmness level would be appreciated.
I would also be interested in any specific bed recommendations you might put forward.
Thank you in advance, Geoff
Frankly, you’re over thinking this.
A good strong individually pocketed coil unit will provide the contouring support any body needs for proper spinal alignment.
A soft latex mattress topper will provide the surface comfort you need to sleep deeply.
Rotating your new mattress on a regular basis will cause the mattress to wear evenly, providing long lasting support and comfort for both of you.
The mattress I’m recommending is the Wolf Jessica.
Click on this link to view specifications and prices.
Like many of your blog posts indicate, there are lots of people with my same problem.
I have a mattress that is, simply, too firm.
Your advice points to adding a Suite Sleep Soft Organic Latex Mattress Topper.
I've done some sopping online and can find latex toppers for a lot lower price.
What's up with that?
Why the Suite Sleep over the others?
There's a very old saying, "You get what you pay for".
Suite Sleep offers the highest quality latex toppers on the planet.
The result is "Value", due to the many years you will enjoy their product.
Latex starts as the sap from the rubber tree and the process it takes to turn it into a foam is quite expensive.
Cheap latex is cheap for a reason. Cheap latex comes from Chine, where they use fillers, like clay, to reduce the cost of making it. The result is a product that needs replacing within months, not years.
And because clay is a natural product, it's touted as all natural latex...never mentioning the clay filler.
As a small child, I learned from my grandfather that there is no substitute for quality.
High quality products last so much longer than poor quality products, which end up being far less expensive in the long run. So, the choice is yours...Buy the best, or cheap out.
Here's a link to the Suite Sleep Pure, Organic Latex Mattress Toppers
I thought I had read on your website that you recommend getting a mattress with a minimum number of pocket coils for adequate support (unfortunately I can't find this info).
The mattress I had been looking at has about 800 pocket coils but the sales person is recommending the Beautyrest Unity Coast mattress which has 1100 coils for better support (it's also more expensive).
Does the number of pocket coils matter?
Also the Beautyrest is made with "Seaqual Sustainable Panel Fabric made from recycled plastic water bottles" - do you know if there are any issues with this type of fabric (off-gassing/toxins)?
Thanks so much for your help!
No bother, at all.
The more coils you have, the better the support.
However, Simmons does not temper the steel they use to make the coils.
And, their plush models use a much thinner gauge wire than their firmer models.
The thing that gives you toxic off gassing is the memory foam upholstery they use.
Keeping your mattress clean and dry will increase its longevity.
We recommend our Organic Cotton Waterproof Mattress Protector.
The Suite Sleep Organic Latex Topper is what you’ll add to that.
The question then becomes, “which one?”.
If by heavy, you mean a couple of hundred pounds, then she can get the Soft version. If she more like 300 lbs. or more, then the Medium Soft is better for wear.
However, Lupus can be quite painful. She may want to trade some durability for more comfort.
Normally for a large person, I recommend the 2”. But, the 3” is more comfortable.
And trading the Medium Soft for Soft will also add more surface comfort.
A 300 lb. person on a 3” soft, may only get a few years from that topper.
All in all, it’s better to be more comfortable for a shorter length of time than less comfortable for a longer period of time. But that’s a personal call, usually based on finances more than any other reason.
Meredith writes: Hi Pete, I really appreciated your response last month about problems we are having with mattresses buckling on a RIZE adjustable bed. It looks like the retailer won't take the base back but will refund the price of...
Geoff writes: Hi Pete, I have read a lot about choosing mattress type and firmness based on a person's weight and sleep position. The information is all based on individual sleepers and never addresses any special considerations for couples. My...
Gary writes: Hi Pete, Like many of your blog posts indicate, there are lots of people with my same problem. I have a mattress that is, simply, too firm. Your advice points to adding a Suite Sleep Soft Organic Latex...