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We purchased a king-size gel memory foam iComfort Savant mattress last March. One of the reasons I chose this one was because I had pain in my wrists and was looking for relief. Took about six weeks to adjust, then the next six months were great.

The wrist pain went away but since then, I have been experiencing worsening pain in my knees and elbows. I think the mattress softened up to the extent that, once the bed warms up, I am sinking in too far, with my elbows resting at the top of the mattress, causing numbness and weakness. I can now only sleep on my back or my side with my legs stacked on top of each other; any other side position hurts. I feel like I am in a hole and have to work to get out of bed. My husband has since told me that he preferred our old mattress because he misses being able to sleep on his stomach. (Yeah, he didn't tell me that when we bought the last one-he wanted me to do all the research and he thought he'd be fine with whatever.)

I appreciate the comfort of the foam mattress, but obviously I need to find a solution to relieve the pressure points. I am mostly a side sleeper, but also sleep on my back.. Husband more on stomach but also sleeps on side and back. Both weigh 200+. I like how the foam mattress really reduces the amount of movement when we toss or turn, but I can handle more movement than what this provides. And even though this bed had some cool foam technology, here in Texas I found this bed to be very hot in the summer.

So I have about one month to research options and decide on another mattress. I'm considering a coil mattress, preferably with pocketed coils, in a plush firm. We cannot afford latex. Should I go with a firmer mattress and add some kind of topper? I did so much research on this last bed and based on the results, I am doubting my ability to research again.

I would be interested in any input and suggestions of mattresses to consider. Thank you.

asked Feb 01 '14
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Cindy E from Fort Worth, TX
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Hi Cindy,

The problems you are describing are very common problems with memory foam. Gel helps with the heat but it does NOT eliminate it.

If a full latex mattress is not in your budget, then I would recommend a firm pocket coil mattress with a 2" or 3" fast response latex topper from Pure LatexBLISS. You can find one of their dealers in your area by going here and entering your zip code. Make sure they have the toppers on display to try. They are really amazing and will make a huge difference in the feel of the mattress. If you get another memory foam topper, you will experience the same issues with heat, difficulty in moving, etc. Latex is absolutely the way to go and you will save tons by combining a pocket coil mattress with a topper. It's not the most ideal, however it's a fantastic alternative to a full latex mattress. DO NOT get a mattress that has 2 or 3 inches of latex over poly-urethane foam. The base foam WILL soften and you will be in the same position you are in now.

Good luck!

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answered Feb 10 '14
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Hi Cindy,

Mountain Top Foam makes one of the only Oeko Tex certified synthetic latex and will be much less than natural latex and still give you the durability and comfort. We carry a couple of models at the Nest Bedding website. They are zoned, which can help with support and pressure relief. Made with wool and cotton, both Oregon Tilth certified, which will help you sleep cool. This should be an affordable option for you.

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Hi Cindy, First, let's address where you went wrong. You've heard the saying, "Tell a lie long enough and it becomes the truth". That's what's happened in the mattress industry. Memory foam, with or without the gel, is lousy stuff. It doesn't work well and to add insult to injury, it's chemically dangerous. However, the hype about memory foam being the best thing since sliced bread has been so pervasive over the past twenty years, that there are countless people in this industry that have come to believe their own B.S., if you'll pardon my French. Under those circumstances, it's extremely difficult to do research and come up with a correct conclusion.

My colleagues, thus far, are correct. Latex is and has always been the best you can buy. It actually delivers on all the promises memory foam makes...long term and with none of the negative side effects.

An all latex mattress is expensive to buy and cheaper to use, as it is extremely long lasting. A good quality innerspring mattress with a latex topper is good way to get around that initial expense and still provide the benefits of latex. In fact, you can flip that dog you own over to the firm poly foam side and add a latex topper to it and spare yourself the expense of a new mattress for another few years.

Let me know if you have any further questions. Thanks, Pete

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answered Feb 10 '14
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Cindy, I have been sleeping on memory foam mattresses for over 12 years. I have also had some issues with numbness and different joints flaring up. You mentioned you have a month to make a decision…Do you have the option of sending the Savant back? If so before you do that you may want to try a few things. If your issue is a medically related one, a different mattress may only mask the problem for a short time like what you are currently experiencing. I would tell you to first try changing your pillow. Your pillow may be to thick or thin and causing stress on you neck muscles, which will in turn cause problems elsewhere. I would also recommend you take a second pillow and when you go to sleep at night start off on your side and wrap your arms around a pillow in front of you. This has worked for me and I have mentioned it to many of my customers. Latex is also great to sleep on but if your issues are related to your sleep position and pillow thickness, it will not help you either over the long run.

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answered Feb 11 '14
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Hi Cindy, Simmons is running a Free Boxspring Sale thru 2/20 on their World Class Beautyrest models. Thought you should know.

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answered Feb 13 '14
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Thank you all for your replies. I went back to the store and they will take back the Savant and exchange it for another. They suggested I consider the Genius, a firmer version of the same mattress but I am definitely going with coil. They also had a Beautyrest Black Ansleigh and a Beautyrest Fischer Island that I am considering. I want to look at one of their shops that has a larger selection, but bad weather and a brief illness sidelined that. I'm hoping to go tomorrow.

I did consider issues with the pillow and replaced it in December. I use a Tri-Core pillow and replaced it with same. I've slept for years with a thin pillow under my knees and assorted others at the ready when I need adjustments. While it was definitely nice to have a new pillow, this did not solve my problems.

One question I have about latex: I understand how it helps with pressure relief and will be great for me, but will this be an obstacle, like memory foam, to someone who likes to sleep on their stomach?

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answered Feb 13 '14
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I was able to stop by the larger store yesterday. They recommended the Simmons World Class Contender Plush. (I also saw the Firm version but it was hard as a rock!) I went back and forth between that and the Beautyrest Black Ainsleigh Firm. The Ainsleigh Firm actually felt like it gave me more pressure relief and a little better alignment, which confused me a bit because it's a firmer mattress. It's also a good bit pricier but only a couple hundred more than I paid for my current mattress. I left without making a decision because my arm was sore and I didn't want that influencing my decision. So I am going to try to go again tomorrow, after taking some advil. I'd like to decide tomorrow because I think I would have more bargaining power on price due to the President's Day Sale. I want to like the Contender because the price is so good, but I'm leaning toward the Ansleigh. Based on what I've seen, it looks like it has less memory foam than the Contender.

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answered Feb 16 '14
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