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Stiff mattress cover causes hip pain 14 Sep 2020 14:27 #1

I have a 16" 100% natural latex foam mattress that is causing incessant tossing and turning due to hip pain. I've tried different foam densities (currently 2 medium Talalay comfort top layers (6")). Even to add an additonal 3" of soft to the mix (19" total). Recently i discovered that removing the cover helps to relieve some of the soreness (not tight had some wrinkles). Our old Tempurdedic only had a cotton single layer cover whereas this one is cotton over wool to act as a fire retardant. Any cover suggestions (not a mattress pad (was sold one (no return) that didn't help at all)) so that i can have a complete mattress rather than just 5 layers of foam showing (hard to keep the sheets on).

Even thinking of adding a memory foam topper. No longer all Latex but if i could only sleep all night long would be a blessing

Appreciate any suggestions

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Stiff mattress cover causes hip pain 15 Sep 2020 03:15 #2

This cotton cover over wool was purchased from where exactly? There are all types of cotton/ wool covers. Maybe I could suggest a better one but if I know where this one was sourced from I could steer you in a better direction.

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Stiff mattress cover causes hip pain 15 Sep 2020 14:15 #3

I had a similar problem with our all latex mattress. I removed the top of the encasement which was wool and organic cotton. I then placed what was left (bottom casement and all latex layers) into a bedbug cover with a removable top. The one I bought is no longer sold. But in this round of mattress purchase I bought this one which has the top only connected on one side so you can still place the layers in.
www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MYFSZL2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Don't get one that has the zipper only on one end. You can't stuff the latex layers into it. You have to get one where the top comes up so you can layer the mattress in.

I then put a wool mattress pad over the whole thing and it still preserved the softness of the top.

The fancy but stiffening wool and cotton top became a dog crate pad. My dog loves it!

It helped that the mattress encasement that came with our latex mattress had a zippered top that was completly removable and the remaining casement held the layers together well on it's own.

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Stiff mattress cover causes hip pain 18 Sep 2020 08:37 #4

Hi Marino.

Welcome back to our Mattress Forum. :)

Sorry to hear about the restlessness and hip pain you’re experiencing on your mattress.

I have a 16" 100% natural latex foam mattress that is causing incessant tossing and turning due to hip pain.


Frequent repositioning is an indicator that your mattress may not be meeting your specific comfort/support needs. From the succinct description you gave it is hard to say what is contributing to your hip pain and the tossing and turning.

You did not mention your BMI or sleeping positions to determine if a 16” or 19” mattress is something that could benefit you. Too thick of a mattress may be counterproductive. In the large majority of cases ... 8" - 9" latex mattress thickness is very adequate to include the combination softer layers (or sometimes sections) for pressure relief and firmer layers for support that most people of average or even higher weights would need. The main benefit of a thicker latex mattress (or any mattress that uses similar materials) is that it can be more adaptable for heavier weights and multiple sleeping positions. It will compress from softer to firmer more gradually which means that there is more "range" of compression without the mattress becoming too firm for heavier weights (or parts of the body).

With this in mind you may want to remove some layers and experiment with a basic configuration S/M/F and see if you get some improvement.

Is this a new mattress? If so…there may be also a few added factors at play.

1. The mattress might not be completely broken in (sometimes it may take a few weeks depending on how taught the cover/encasing is)
2. Your body has not finished adjusting to the new mattress; (it may be that with your old mattress your body gradually got used to a slightly inappropriate sleeping surface and learned to compensate, which means that a longer adjustment period might be necessary, and that might get worse before it gets better.)
3. In some cases a mattress that is too firm can also cause the feeling of general soreness that you mentioned that would lead to frequent repositioning and waking up often.

I've tried different foam densities (currently 2 medium Talalay comfort top layers (6")). Even to add an additonal 3" of soft to the mix (19" total). Recently i discovered that removing the cover helps to relieve some of the soreness (not tight had some wrinkles).


The fact that sometimes removing the cover can help especially with newer mattress that you may still need adjusting to. Depending upon the thickness and the weave and the blending of other materials, a cover using cotton can be stiff or barely noticeable. Thicker cotton covers can have a feel much like a canvas and not flex much at all, while others can have cotton blended with more elastic fibers to form a stretch-knit that is very flexible. Quilting wool into the covering will give it a bit more rigidity and some extra comfort, but it will tend to be on the slightly firmer end of the spectrum, especially as time goes on, as wool does tend to compress. This would of course depend upon the amount of wool used and how tightly it is quilted to the material.

Whatever the case may be, before investing in a new cover I would first make sure that you find the right combination of layers and mattress thickness to suit your needs and preferences.

Even thinking of adding a memory foam topper. No longer all Latex but if i could only sleep all night long would be a blessing


How did the two different densities work for you? Did you see any improvement/worsening in your hip discomfort when re-arranging the layers? Do you happen to have the densities of these foams handy?

Adding more thickness may not solve your problem. If you ultimately purchase something similar to the latex layers, you may just recreate the problem…with memory foam instead of latex.

Looking forward to more information from you.

Nikki
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