So we’ve had our Purple mattress a little over a month and are still loving it. At this point, I think it’s fair to say we’re keeping it. Here’s a quick rundown of our adjustment to the new mattress.
Mattress protector – I have horrendous allergies so it’s a really good idea to have my mattress and pillows encased to cut down on dust, dust mites, pollen, and whatever else. Originally I purchased this Sleep Tite model, but I didn’t pay attention to it being for thick mattresses up to 22″ deep. I didn’t think it would be a big deal, but after we zipped the mattress up and put sheets on the bed, we could feel the bagginess of the extra material beneath the fitted sheet. It was driving us a little nuts.
I then did some more careful searching on Amazon to find another mattress protector that is made for those 9″ to 12″. The Purple Mattress happens to be 9.5″ thick, so this was a much better fit. I also picked up a fitted-sheet-style protector as a second layer on the mattress. The reasoning is we can easily slip this one off and wash it periodically without having to unzip the encasement and take the bed apart.
Pillow protectors – Since I was purchasing a new mattress protector, I went ahead and got new ones for our pillows too. I went with the Sleep Tite brand and they’re working great.
Bed height – As I mentioned before, the Purple Mattress is about 10″ shorter/less thick than our previous mattress. This hasn’t bothered me, but Liz would prefer the bed to be a bit higher off the ground. To fix this, I picked up some bed risers. They are modular, plastic blocks of sort allowing me to raise the bed height by 3″, 5″, or 8″.
The bed has been great. It’s comfortable sleeping on our backs or sides. Even sitting on the bed for extended periods of time working on laptops doesn’t seem to put any stress on our backs. I really love that I can by lying near the edge of the mattress and I don’t feel like I’m going to slide off the bed. If there was one regret, it might be that we stuck with the queen size and didn’t upgrade to a king.
I’ve also had the flu/bronchitis for the past three weeks and have spent 90% of that time in bed. This hasn’t seem to have affected the mattress at all.