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"Fix" a Sleep Number 7000? 18 Jun 2014 17:40 #1

We've had our Sleep Number 7000 for about 11 years now. I've always liked it, and my wife has almost always hated it :) So we've been in the market for a new bed. But I got to thinking that maybe we could improve the PPP of this one by replacing the comfort foam (3 inch layer of Intrulux ultra comfort material - from the marketing materials). It's easy to access, so it would be easy to replace.

Some background: I'm 6'1' 265# side sleeper. My wife is lighter, and is a side sleeper, but would prefer to be a back sleeper (for acid reflux reasons, and comfort). My wife wakes up with aching back or shoulders depending on how she lays during the night. I'm normally "OK", but I will wake up with a sore hip and need to roll over. Our top choice for a new bed, at the moment, would be the PLB Nutrition or one like it from Brooklyn Bedding or the like.

Would putting a 3% Talalay latex topper (28 ILD or so) in place of the ahem "ultra comfort material" make a difference? It's 1/5th to 1/10th the price of a new bed. Or do a split topper to select the softness of the comfort layer (although that adds 50% to the cost of the topper).

Thoughts?

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"Fix" a Sleep Number 7000? 18 Jun 2014 19:24 #2

Hi pgardella,

Would putting a 3% Talalay latex topper (28 ILD or so) in place of the ahem "ultra comfort material" make a difference?


It would certainly make a difference yes but what kind of difference would depend on how both of you like the feel of latex and also on how the latex compares to the firmness of the polyfoam you currently have. Even a high quality polyfoam in a different firmness level (or that didn't have any sagging which I'm assuming yours does) could make a significant difference. It would also depend on the reasons behind your wife's aching back or shoulders and whether a replacement layer would "correct" the underlying issue.

It's 1/5th to 1/10th the price of a new bed. Or do a split topper to select the softness of the comfort layer (although that adds 50% to the cost of the topper).

Thoughts?


Assuming your air bladders are still in good condition and that the reason for your wife's "symptoms" aren't with the response or any sagging with the air bladder itself (or its firmness setting) I think that "in theory" a replacement layer would be a good idea. The worst case is that if you were to replace the mattress with a component mattress then you could still use the layer you purchase in the new mattress. Because you probably have a fairly large weight differential I would be tempted to go with a split layer (assuming you have a king size so that two twin XL layers will fit).

There are some topper guidelines in post #8 here that may be helpful and it also links to a list of some good sources for different types and blends of latex layers as well.

Phoenix
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