With all the talk about proper recovery, would love to hear from anyone who has found a mattress and/or pillows they love. I recognize this is pretty subjective stuff, but if you’ve found an amazing mattress that has really improved your sleep time/quality, post it up here please! I’m a belly sleeper, and on the hunt for better slumber. Given the importance of really good rest, happy to drop some coin on this particular investment.
The 2 best things I did for sleeping were to transition to side sleeping which took strain off my back. And added a 2-3 inch layer of memory foam on top of the existing mattress. The memory foam was cheap and transformed the mattress. If you go this route you’ll need to consider the required sheet depth goes up.
Interesting question. Earlier this year I went from using classic sprung pocket mattresses all my life to a foam stack mattress (Emma). Love it, so does the Boss. Kicking myself for not doing it sooner. Doesn’t matter the sleep position the support is there. Thermal regulation is better too, which came as a bit of a surprise. I thought a foam mattress would breath less but there you go. It is quite different to a classic design. Takes a bit of getting used to. Unpacking them is a bit of a hoot too. You get this sort of ugly fat mat rolled up in a box and when you take off the packing and unroll it, a mattress grows out of it. I know! I am such a kid really! So who here doesn’t pop the bubble wrap?
Sorry to be the voice of doom. I would like a memory foam mattress, but I’m concerned about the potentially harmful gases they emit.
They stink a little for all of a day then you are done. If you are asking about long term outgassing I can’t really help there and there are no longitudinal studies that I can see. Most of the outgassing is associated with the cell formation and as mentioned you are one and done on that once you unpack. The materials in there are not much different from anything else in the domestic environment. So if they prove to be problematic we have a much bigger problem.
Pleased to read this…we upgraded to an Emma the other day…eagerly waiting its arrival!!
I have a Casper mattress and I love it. 1000% better than a spring mattress. Haven’t found a pillow I love yet so in for that.
I bought a simba mattress (same thing, loads of different names) it’s quite frankly awesome. Did you get the pillows at all? I was on the fence so didn’t get them.
No on the pillow yet but did get a local high density one. All good so far.
I still prefer a good sprung mattress over these new memory foam ones as long as I have a nice mattress protector on. But I cannot sleep without one of these latex pillows, I got my first one at age 5 and it lasted 25 years +, now on my second one aged 37, if I have the weight and space when I travel I take it with.
Really it is just like a medium to firm sponge, no moulding just the exact support you need when sleeping on your side. I prefer the slim full latex model.
I recommend these too. I used to be a belly sleeper until I herniated a couple of cervical discs. Side sleeping on a Dunlopillo is great for my neck.
We’ve got an expensive pocket sprung mattress (John Ryan by Design, we’re UK based) that is soft on one side for my wife and medium firmness on my side, it’s great. As I recently broke my hip (again) we’ve added an Eve mattress topper as an additional comfort layer, that seems to be a winning combination for me at the moment.
We’ve had a tempurpedic mattress for over a decade. Absolutely love it, and it’s still good as new. I also use a pillow made of the same stuff. It’s got a flat side and a curvy ”neck support” side. I use the different sides depending on how I sleep (belly, side, or back).
Don’t know anything about out gassing. Neither the mattress or pillow ever smelled.
Has anyone got a weighted blanket? Never heard of them until recently but they look intriguing…
I picked up one of these a few weeks back as I was waking up with a stiff neck and tight shoulders…has really helped.
I use a weighted blanket and I love it! It feels weird to sleep with a normal blanket now.
I brought this pillow from ikea and since purchasing, my sleep time (recorded on Fitbit) has improved from 6.5 hrs to 7.2 hrs. I’m more fresher at work and more able to conquer the week. Investing in sleeping materials is at the cheaper end of investments you can make for your training.
@Nate_Pearson do they live up to the hype in terms of improved sleep quality?
Thunderstorms probably dont bother you anymore right?
SleepNumber bed with memory foam top. Amazing. And doesn’t break down over time.
“I love my pillow” pillow. Thought this was a gimmick, but turned out to be awesome.
Duvet instead of sheets/blankets (I like to “cocoon”).
And I usually sleep with a body pillow, snuggling it if I’m on my side, or on top of me if I’m on my back.
Hmm, can’t say. It does feel like I get a giant hug while I sleep though .