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Re: Does it really take 24-48 hours to regain form after shipping? 17 Aug 2012 19:33 #11

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Hi drog,

I am not using a protector at this time (wanted to see how the bed felt first). The sheets are cheap microfiber (polyester?) and I have no doubt they are a contributing factor to the heat, however, it seems a little warmer on this bed than my previous bed when using the same sheets (a sleep number like air bed with a few thin layers of convoluted and memory foam and a quilted top). My mattress is on the wire grid.


All other things being equal and ruling out any other factors ... this could be the reason. You may be sinking in more deeply into this mattress than with your previous mattress and with the sheets possibly being a less breathable layer ... they could be reducing the airflow and resulting in a thicker "insulating" layer around your body. A leather fabric on a car seat that covers foam would be an example of how a single layer can lead to temperature or perspiration issues.

Because you are looking to reduce the amount you sink in (to be confirmed because you also mentioned wanting some extra "plushness") ... and because of the excellent breathability of wool, a wool mattress protector or even a mattress pad (a little thicker) that has protective qualities may well do the trick in both of the factors you are looking to fine tune. There's more information and some links to some good resources in post #10 here about some of the differences between different types of protectors, mattress pads, and mattress toppers and some examples in post #15 here .

An example of a thin wool protector (not so much a mattress pad) that is water resistant (not waterproof), thin and stretchy (so it has less effect on the mattress) and very breathable would be the Dormeir. They are high quality and available at several places including here and here . More information about various wool mattress pads and sources is in the last part of post #32 here and in post #3 here .

I would probably suggest waiting till your experience on the mattress has "stabilized" and you have more clarity on what you want to adjust and how and then deciding what if anything you may wish to add to the mattress.

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Re: Does it really take 24-48 hours to regain form after shipping? 18 Aug 2012 15:22 #12

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I would probably suggest waiting till your experience on the mattress has "stabilized" and you have more clarity on what you want to adjust and how and then deciding what if anything you may wish to add to the mattress.

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You're right. This mattress is much different than what I'm used to. It also doesn't seem to feel as warm as it did before. How long does it take for the experience to stabilize?

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Re: Does it really take 24-48 hours to regain form after shipping? 18 Aug 2012 22:26 #13

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Hi drog,

This can vary a lot with the person and many external factors as well but it will generally be anywhere from a few days to as much as 3 months. For most people the first month is the most important. You can tell that things are "stabilizing" when your experience on the mattress and how you sleep is more consistent night to night rather than one day feeling one way and the next not being sure or feeling differently. Once you consistently feel pretty much the same every night (either good or a consistent set of "not so good" symptoms) ... then you will know that this is likely to be your longer term experience and it's time to consider any fine tuning or adjustments if necessary. Sometimes it can be very surprising how differently people feel after a few weeks than they felt when they first started sleeping on the mattress.

During this time frame ... you may also notice things moving in a certain direction (such as better or worse "symptoms" in certain areas) and this can be a pointer as well in terms of which direction things are moving.

In general it depends on the person (flexibility, health issues, how wide an ideal "range" they may have etc), how much the body has "memorized" a less than ideal sleeping position on their previous mattress, how different the old and new mattresses are, the type of testing that was done (subjective "comfort" or more objective needs and preferences) and on the many external factors that may also be affecting how you sleep.

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Re: Does it really take 24-48 hours to regain form after shipping? 20 Aug 2012 15:12 #14

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How does the Natura Wash N Snuggle compare to the Dormier if my goal is to keep myself cool and sink in to the mattress a little less?

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Re: Does it really take 24-48 hours to regain form after shipping? 20 Aug 2012 23:19 #15

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Hi drog,

There also appears to be two versions which is the Wash n Snuggle fitted mattress pad (16 oz/sq yd) and the Wash n Snuggle topper which is thicker (would have more wool).

I know the Dormeir is quite stretchy and has 7.5 oz/sq yd of wool (quite low and thin) so it would have less effect on the feel of the mattress than the Natura mattress pad or topper compared to the Dormeir. Protectors with more wool would tend to modify the compression and feel more and the stretchiness of the cover will also have an effect as well (more stretchy will allow for more compression of the latex underneath).

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Re: Does it really take 24-48 hours to regain form after shipping? 20 Aug 2012 23:50 #16

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Thanks. Since I'm looking for a little less compression, I'm not sure the Dormier is for me (though it seems like a great product).

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Re: Does it really take 24-48 hours to regain form after shipping? 21 Aug 2012 01:07 #17

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Hi drog,

Based on wanting to have a bigger effect and reduce the compression and "firm up" the latex layers a bit ... I also think that a thicker wool protector or pad will probably be closer to what you are looking for. This is one of the ways that you can actually make a mattress a bit firmer although there are limits to how far you can go and the type of firmness (surface pressure relief or deeper support) that can be affected.

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Re: Does it really take 24-48 hours to regain form after shipping? 21 Aug 2012 10:49 #18

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Thanks again. The Natura product I was looking at seems to be about 10 oz per square yard (judging by weight and looking at similar products). I suppose I could go for a non washable thicker pad like a snug fleece, but they have polyester backing and I'm trying to reduce heat as well.

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Re: Does it really take 24-48 hours to regain form after shipping? 21 Aug 2012 12:03 #19

Drog, How about this 1.5" thick wool pad? It's expensive, but looks really nice and it gives you a good layer of wool covered in cotton which should keep the heat at bay.

www.nofeathersplease.com/product/PADECO1.5

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Re: Does it really take 24-48 hours to regain form after shipping? 21 Aug 2012 16:05 #20

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It definitely looks nice but it's more than I want to spend right now.

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