Dominick: So how to choose what layers are going to work for you in your mattress? As we’ve said already, our most popular model, the Serenity, is built with three layers of natural latex, but we also have a model called the Tranquility which is built in two layers.
The most common choice and probably what’s always recommended as best is to have a Firm layer of latex as your base.
Laura: Most of the time—as kind of a default choice—I suggest Firm Dunlop as a base layer. Sometimes if a person is so sensitive to the feel of the full depth of the bed you might almost think of yourself as a prince or Princess and the Pea, sometimes for someone like that Medium Dunlop makes a good base layer.
Dominick: The higher the density, the more durable, and [the bottom layer] is going to be the layer that is bearing the most weight and is being compressed against the base of your platform bed or foundation.
Laura: The real art is in deciding on the top layer for surface cushioning and then figuring out what level of support you need in the center of the mattress—that’s really key for your back health.
Dominick: The next layer to choose depends on what it is that your body needs. For example, if you need really good support, and you are a body type that’s under 165 pounds then choosing a Medium Dunlop is an excellent choice because it’s going to have a little bit less density than the Firm Dunlop below so it will offer better pressure-relief on the top but it’s still relatively solid and will offer very good support.
Now depending on your body mass and what your body needs, you may require something that has significantly more support. So if you need really excellent support—and maybe you weigh 180 pounds or more, you want to go with a Firm, Firm, Medium. This is generally the firmest configuration we recommend.
Now what if the main thing you want to address is pressure relief—you sleep on your side, your shoulder gets sore, your hips are sore, you wake up with a little bit of numbness or an achy-ness that’s happening in your shoulder or your hip—then you really want to go to the softer side of things. Again, in general, a Firm layer on the bottom is always a good choice. And, depending on body mass, if a Soft layer of Dunlop in the middle would be the good way to go you could do a Firm and two Softs. In Dunlop, this would still feel relatively solid, pretty supportive...unless maybe you were over 200 pounds this would probably feel not supportive enough.
If you need pressure-relief that’s maybe a bit more acute, I would mix this combination and put a Talalay piece on the top. Soft Talalay will contour to your body a little bit better than Soft Dunlop does.
Laura: With different kinds of weight, sleeping preferences, and back issues or other concerns, we can adjust it to really suit your body because each one is customized for each person. That also goes for each couple. We’ll make each side of a Savvy Rest unique for the person who’s going to sleep on it.