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Potential Problems from Mattress?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 18, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Or am I maybe sleeping deeper?

I got a new Mattress 5 nights ago, went with a memory foam one despite reading some potential problems people had on here. Others loved it on here and friends/family recommended.

So I've had it 5 nights now, the first night was a weekend and I slept in way later than normal. The next 4 nights were work nights, and I had a seemingly harder time getting out of bed, desire to sleep more and feeling kind of foggy headed first thing in the morning. Am I sleeping deeper? I've also in the same time started exercising a bit more, and the exercise is late afternoon, so that could be causing? Also my stomach in general has maybe been a bit more uneasy (although I can think of some dietary mistakes).

I guess there is no way of knowing for sure until I experiment some more, lots of other factors at play here. I think I might sleep on an old air mattress tonight to see if it's any better.

If it is off-gassing issues, do these last forever, or will the mattress be good after a period of time?

It could all be in my head too.

I can still return this thing for a large restocking fee, but then I would have about $600 to spend on some kind of paleo friendly mattress.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on February 16, 2013
at 01:10 AM

i have one. the first month or so i had crazy night sweating on it but that's eventually gone away. i wanted to return the mattress because i didn't know it would cause all that sweat. i guess my body just had to get used to it after having a spring mattress all these years.

7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

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on October 18, 2012
at 11:58 PM

Nope, no ill effects.

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

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on October 18, 2012
at 10:02 PM

Thats encouraging.

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

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on October 18, 2012
at 10:02 PM

Did you notice any ill effects the first few weeks?

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

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on October 18, 2012
at 10:01 PM

Noted, will increase circulation/wash sheets often. Hopefully the return period is enough time to make a determination.

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on October 18, 2012
at 08:00 PM

I would try to air that puppy out as much as possible, like lean it against something with a fan going and windows open during the day. You could also do an experiment and cover it with a layer of 7mm or thicker polypropylene, which is often used as a mattress protector to prevent SIDS from off gassing crib mattresses.

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on October 18, 2012
at 04:32 PM

Offgassing will eventually get better. We got a memory foam topper a couple months ago, and had to let it air out for a couple weeks before the smell finally went away enough for me to sleep on it (chem smells give me migraines). Since yours is a full mattress, it may take a little bit longer. But it's totally worth the wait!

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on October 18, 2012
at 12:43 PM

If it is offgassing-related, it'll get better. I *love* sleeping on memory foam.

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on October 18, 2012
at 12:42 PM

My brother did have some issues while his mattress was new and offgassing. May be worth taking steps to insure fresh air circulation as much as possible for a couple of months.

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F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

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on October 20, 2012
at 02:57 PM

This has gotten much better in the recent days, seems like every day it's gotten a little better. I'm still worried about chemicals going on whose effects I don't notice, but I'm just going to keep running my air purifier and opening windows.

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on October 18, 2012
at 06:08 PM

I bought a really nice mattress a few years ago (and sorry PH community I am not giving it up to sleep on the floor).

I notice the exact same thing -- I chalked it up to actually getting a few nights of good, uninterrupted sleep and my body craved it. So it was making me feel tired so as to get more sleep. After about a week it went away and I have not had any problems since.

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

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on October 18, 2012
at 10:02 PM

Thats encouraging.

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7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

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on October 18, 2012
at 02:10 PM

Memory foam is the only mattress material I can sleep comfortably on, and yes, it does stink for a week or so at first. After all these years, if there's still any outgassing going on, it would take some kind of sensitive chemical sniffing machine.

As for how well the mattress material ages over time, my experience with a 4 lb density topper is that it does get a little softer. I would guess that the 5 lb and higher density memory foam used in some mattresses probably softens less over time than the 4 lb density. As I understand it, moisture quickly degrades memory foam, so it's very important to use a mattress cover that is impermeable to liquid.

7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

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on October 18, 2012
at 11:58 PM

Nope, no ill effects.

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

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on October 18, 2012
at 10:02 PM

Did you notice any ill effects the first few weeks?

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on February 16, 2013
at 12:20 AM

Has anyone tried any of the supposed eco green memory foam mattresses?

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on February 16, 2013
at 01:10 AM

i have one. the first month or so i had crazy night sweating on it but that's eventually gone away. i wanted to return the mattress because i didn't know it would cause all that sweat. i guess my body just had to get used to it after having a spring mattress all these years.

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