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Mattress Merry Go Round 17 May 2021 09:03 #1

I'm a healthy 70 yo woman, 5'6, 126, mostly side sleeper who has been on the mattress merry go round since about February. My husband and I have been sleeping on a foam mattress that is maybe 30 (!) years old. It has held up really well and is very comfortable. My husband began having some health issues causing him to sleep in another bedroom so he wouldn't bother me with coughing. He didn't like the innerspring mattress on the bed he moved to, so I gave him our old reliable. That left me to get a new mattress. After a lot of investigation I got a Nectar. I can only say it was awful. The off gassing never stopped and I finally got a refund. Next, and what I'm currently on, is an Aslan. Smaller manufacturer, all made in US, family company, good reputation and reviews, Certi-Pur certified, etc. It too has memory foam and while the off gassing was minimal, I have found that after about a month on that mattress I am waking with aches I never had, including headaches. I had thought about getting a latex mattress topper thinking that the memory foam may be an issue for me since I'm so sensitive to the smell. Now I'm wondering if I wouldn't be smarter just getting the memory foam out of my house and go total latex or latex and coils, even though the price doesn't please me. I have some concerns about coils as that has always been the part of beds in the past that have sagged and failed. 100% latex is very heavy .... making lifting corners of the bed for getting the sheets on tightly somewhat difficult. So my first dilemma is should I get rid of the memory foam thinking it isn't doing my body much good or should I try a latex topper first. Second dilemma, if I go the latex route and get rid of the memory foam, should I go full latex or latex and coils. I'm eager to hear what people say who have been on hybrid mattresses for a while. All of the reviews I find are when the bed is fairly new, not 5 years down the road. I don't rule out my husband being able to join me one day, but given his coughing issues I can't believe memory foam will be good for him (he also has immunity issues). Any input is welcome! This is a wonderful resource. It's wonderful having a non-biased source of mattress info.

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Mattress Merry Go Round 19 May 2021 18:52 #2

Hi again Greyling!

Your activity in the forum and your thoughtful questions suggest you're on a great path to finding your best mattress.

I have some concerns about coils as that has always been the part of beds in the past that have sagged and failed.


This comes as a surprise to me! Generally speaking, coils tend to be the least problematic component in a mattress. Especially in your case, as someone who is very light weight.

should I go full latex or latex and coils.


Hybrids are a great option for those who prefer the traditional feel and "bounce" of an innerspring mattress. Coils also permit extra airflow, allowing the mattress to sleep a bit cooler than an all foam configuration. All foam mattresses have the added benefit of reduced motion transfer. Really, this will come down to your personal preference.

I hope others who have slept on both kinds of configurations. will weigh in for you.

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Mattress Merry Go Round 20 May 2021 05:28 #3

Thanks Nikki! I think the coil issue has been in the past when I was sleeping with my husband. I always thought if you were constantly both rolling into the center of the bed that was a coil issue since they provide the support. I may have been giving coils a bad name all these years for no good reason! We switched to polyfoam and I liked the movement isolation and support. Our polyfoam mattress has lasted forever and my husband still uses it, but now since health issues separate our sleeping, I need a new mattress. Memory foam just isn't my thing. I am on my second memory foam mattress. I can't get over the smell and I don't find the mattress I have is very cushiony. I looked at just getting a topper but that would still have me exposed to the memory foam and its smell (I wake with headaches), and if you get a latex topper they are so pricey that I figure it makes sense to just bite the bullet and get a whole latex mattress rather than, after getting a topper, deciding that I really need the full mattress because of the memory foam issues. Thanks for all of your guidance. This is a great website!

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