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New Latex Hybrid // Lower Back Pain // Too Soft? 30 Sep 2019 10:40 #1

Hi There!

I recently bought the pieces for a DIY mattress in the following configuration...

TOP: 3" 19 ILD Talalay Blended Latex
MIDDLE: 2" 28 ILD Talalay Blended Latex
BASE: 6" QE Elite Bolsa

I really, really want to love this because it's super plush, but I keep waking up with significant lower back discomfort that gets worse every subsequent night. I spent one night on my partner's bed, and the pain went away. When I returned to my new mattress and slept two nights, the pain has returned worse than ever, and I have not gotten very a restful sleep for two nights in a row.

I've taken some pictures, which I've included below. Comparing these pictures with some diagrams I've seen online, my spine appears to be "hammocking," so I'm afraid that the mattress is too soft. Either that, or the thickness of the middle and top layers are keeping me from feeling the support of the base coils.

I LOVE the softness of the 3" 19 ILD topper, and I would like to preserve that, but not at the expense of my back.

I have not tried rearranging any of the layers; however, the only thing I can imagine helping is removing the middle 2" 28 ILD layer. But then I have a layer of latex laying around, and that seems like a huge waste, and I'd like to avoid that.

So... I need help. What would you recommend I do to rectify this situation?
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New Latex Hybrid // Lower Back Pain // Too Soft? 30 Sep 2019 11:23 #2

I'm sorry to hear you are having issues with this config. It's a very solid construction but sounds like for you it's just too soft. At this point you need to shuffle things around a bit starting with putting the 2" #28 on top. That will make it firmer and it will help determine if firmer is the way to go. You can also eliminate the 2" from the build and also try removing the #19. All this will give us a direction of what would be the best solution.

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New Latex Hybrid // Lower Back Pain // Too Soft? 30 Sep 2019 11:38 #3

Thanks, Ken!

I will try the different layer configurations that you suggested.

I guess my question is: do you agree, from the images I provided, that my spine is significantly out of alignment? And is this something that might get better as the latex "breaks in?" I do really love the feel of this construction, hammocking aside, and I'd love to preserve it if possible.

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New Latex Hybrid // Lower Back Pain // Too Soft? 30 Sep 2019 12:18 #4

I addressed this in an email directly.

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