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Help with pressure relief mattress 27 Sep 2022 18:56 #1

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I have rheumatoid arthritis in all my joints except my spine. So shoulders/hips hurt to lay on side. I have been forced to sleep on my back 100% of the time as a result for the last 10 years. That aside, I like sleeping on my back and side. So I set out to get a new mattress since I wanted to size down my bed anyway. I finally found what seemed like the perfect mattress, of all the mattresses I tried, the purple 4 was a dream to lay on for me. So I bought the purple 4. For the first little while it was amazing, best sleep I had had in years, and I could actually lay on my side. However, I've only had it a month, and already it seems like part of the grid under my hips/butt compresses too easily compared to before and compared to the rest of the bed, which leaves the hips/butt too low and causes me lower back pain. So here I am back to the aggravating search for another mattress. From what I tried in the stores, a soft latex was the next best feel after the purple. I'm open to buying a whole mattress, I'm also open to building my own mattress. I saw intellibed sells a topper with 2.5" of gel grid. I was thinking of maybe using their topper and then building a mattress underneath it, but I don't really know how to design a good one. I need to be able to move around on the bed easily. On another note, does anybody know if any of these other materials can offer similar pressure relief to the purple 4 grid? I also thought about getting a purple 3, but without knowing exactly why my purple 4 is giving way too quickly, seems a bit of a risk. I appreciate any help.
Weight 175, height 5'9

Also, I've read some of the articles here, but I'm not finding where I can go to buy the individual parts of a mattress, where would I buy the latex layers, mattress cover, fire sock? Or which article gives the details on that?

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Help with pressure relief mattress 27 Sep 2022 21:57 #2

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I bought Purple 4 and had back pain just like you. Im looking at Tempurpedic now. I like Luxe Adapt Firm. Try out the whole line of Tempuroedic.

Also, try Aireloom Preferred M2 Firm and Plush and Plush Plus (includes topper). Airelooms have that “floating on a cloud feel”.

Latex? Go with VZone FloBeds because top layer is adjustable in zones. Havent tried one myself.

If you didnt like Purple 4, Id stay away from Purple and Intellibed. The buckling column gel has good pressure relief but support was lacking.

John

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Help with pressure relief mattress 29 Sep 2022 13:25 #3

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Hi Zurtle.

You can buy some of these components from our Trusted Members like Arizona Premium Mattress , DIY Mattress , or DIY Natural Bedding . As for the buckling column gel, I'm not sure where you would get that component if that is the way you wish to go.

Unfortunately a lot of these massive "one size fits all" mattresses like the Purple have a lot of problems with durability because they tend to use the most economic materials available to create their largest financial margin.

You can definitely find the relief you're looking for with some configuration adjustments or extensive mattress testing. I wish I could say more about buckling column gel, but it's just such a rare component that I don't have much I can add.

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