Layla Mattress Edge Support

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Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Edge Support


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During this review I take a look at the double-sided Layla mattress which allows sleepers to select between different firmness levels, depending on which side they decide to face up. During this review I will describe the operation of the Layla for both the firm and soft sides of the mattress. If you’re interested in learning more about the Layla mattresses, read on for my whole review! Layla Mattress Edge Support

 

Construction

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The Layla is an all foam mattress comprising four distinct layers. As I mentioned previously, it is a double sided mattress which allows the sleeper to choose between a firm or soft feel based on their preference.
Cover:  The Layla cover is constructed of a soft polyester blend that I found to have a tiny cozy feeling to it. Along with the soft feel, the cover includes a gel extract to aid with temperature regulation and cooling. I should also say that the cover is fully removable for dry cleaning.

Soft Comfort: The comfortable layer for the milder side of the mattress consists of 3 inches of aluminum infused memory foam (3.5 lb density). This is a fairly thick layer of memory foam, which is a soft material that will allow the sleeper to sink for pressure relief. This substance has a slow response to stress and offers a contouring feel to the mattress. At times memory foam may have a reputation for trapping body heat, so Layla included the copper infusion to help with cooling.

Transition:  Below the comfort layer is a two inch layer of poly foam (1.8 lb density). This layer begins to bring a little bit of support to the mattress and acts as a transition layer from the soft comfort layer above to the firm support core below. I must also note that this layer is convoluted (using an egg crate design) allowing air to flow through the mattress for temperature regulation.

Support:  What would be considered the base or support centre of the Layla mattress is made from a high density (2 pounds ) poly foam. It’s a firm layer that provides support whatever the firmness that the sleeper has selected. This portion of the mattress has a fast response to pressure and provides the Layla its shape.

Firm Comfort: The comfortable layer of the firm side of the Layla is made of 1 inch of the same aluminum infused memory foam as the soft side of the mattress. With just an inch of memory foam, the sleeper won’t sink far into the layla on this side up, but will still feel some contouring. Another reason this side will feel firmer is that there’s not any transition between the comfort and support layers.

 

Firmness


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When I pushed into the soft side of the mattress I found that the memory foam compressed pretty easily. As I pushed further into the mattress my hands sunk pretty far into the building of the Layla and could feel the memory contouring to my palms.

When pressing into the firm side of the mattress there is still some contouring from the memory foam. The noticeable thing about pushing to the firm side is that the quick transition from the soft memory foam to the firm support center beneath it, which is a noticeable change from the soft side of the Layla.

Because of differences in size and body type everyone will feel the firmness of a mattress a bit differently. As opposed to giving just my opinion on the general firmness level of Layla, I enlisted three other people to give their view as well. This will give you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from both sides of the mattress.

The chart above shows the resulting scores from the testers for both sides of the mattress. Generally a mattress with a 6.5/10 on the firmness scale is considered moderate firmness. The soft side of the Layla came in at an average of 5.5/10, revealing the Sleepopolis testers found it to be advertised.

There was a fairly large range on the firmness of the firm side of the Layla, with scores ranging from 5.5/10 to 7/10. I feel the variance in reaction from testers is due to the amount they believed they were sinking to the support layer of the Layla. Personally, I felt that the firm side came in at a 6.5/10 as it allowed me to sink into the memory foam somewhat, but the dense poly foam underneath provided good support.

It is notable that there is not a massive difference between the firmness levels of the two sides of the Layla. With some flippable mattresses there will be a much wider variance in firmness, however the Layla does appear to sit just on both sides of medium firmness.

 

Pressure Map


Instead of merely describing what it feels like to lie on a Layla mattress I wanted to give a visual representation of where someone may feel pressure points while lying on it. To do this I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my backside, and tummy. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Edge Support

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First up from the pressure map test was the soft side of the mattress and I started on my back. In this position my weight was pretty evenly distributed and the results above show low pressure across my entire body. When lying in this place I could feel myself sinking to the memory foam and it started to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow reaction to stress, so I felt like changing positions took a little bit of additional effort on this side of the mattress.

After I rolled onto my side I began to dig a bit further into the mattress because there was a greater weight concentration over a lower surface area. Side sleepers can occasionally have issues with pressure points forming in the shoulders and hips but the pressure map results show just slightly raised levels of stress in those areas. Thick layers of memory foam, like the one on the side of the Layla, are generally a positive for side sleepers since they permit the sleeper to sink into the mattress for pressure relief. I discovered this side of the mattress to be quite comfortable while lying on my side.

Finally I moved onto my stomach and with my weight evenly distributed the pressure map shows low pressure across my whole body. Stomach sleepers tend to enjoy firmer mattresses as they maintain their hips from sinking, which can result in lower back pain. I did find that my hips sank in a bit on this side of the mattress, so if you are a strict stomach sleeper you might prefer the firm side of the Layla.

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Once I flipped the mattress and lied down on my back the pressure map again shows low pressure across my body. There was a small feeling of contour from the memory foam layer however, with the rapid transition to the firm support layer, this side of the Layla did a good job of keeping my spine aligned. Despite the fact that there was a slight memory foam feeling, I did not sink too far so I didn’t feel stuck in the mattress on this side.

As soon as I rolled onto my side I immediately pushed through the thin layer of memory foam and started to interact with the support layer. This firmer feel is usually not great for side sleepers and I believe strict or bigger side sleepers will prefer the softer side of the Layla.

I switched to lying on my belly and found that the firm side of the Layla did a good job of keeping my hips from sinking into the mattress and my spine aligned. This combined with the low pressure on my chest for easier breathing, leads me to believe that stomach sleepers would probably favor the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Edge Support

 

Motion Transfer


If you’re sharing the mattress with a partner, you will want to know what it will feel like when another person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns throughout the night. This next test is helpful in showing the high degree of motion that’s detectable from 1 side of the mattress to another.

For this test I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from peaks of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and then measured the disturbance on the opposite side of the mattress. This should be quite intuitive: the larger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.

I performed this test on the soft side of the Layla first and was really impressed with the results on the four inch drop. This fall simulates somebody changing positions on the other side of the bed and the outcomes picture above shows the Layla did a great job isolating motion. As expected there was slightly larger disturbance felt for the 8 and 12 inch drops, but these are some of the best results I have seen while performing reviews.

The firm side of the mattress also performed well on the motion transfer part of the review. The 4 and 8 inch drops show similar results on the seismometer readout above and both are well below the average disturbance when compared to the same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch fall showed a bigger disturbance, but this is still a good result for this drop.

 

Sinkage Test


For many people buying a mattress it will be important to know whether they will feel like they are sitting on top of or sinking into bed. In order to have a better idea of how someone might sink into a mattress, I use four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 pound steel ball, a 50 pound medicine ball, and a 100 pound medicine ball) and put them on the mattress to quantify how much they compress the surface.

These different sizes, weights, and densities help to imitate different body parts or different sized individuals to show how far into a mattress you may sink.

First up from the sinkage test I measured the results for the soft side of the Layla.

  • 6 lb medicine ball: 1.5 inches of sinkage.
  • 10 lb steel ball: 2.5 inches of sinkage.
  • 50 lb medicine ball: 5 inches of sinkage.
  • 100 pound medicine ball: 6.5 inches of sinkage.

Next up from the sinkage test was the firm side of the mattress.

  • 6 lb medicine ball: 1 inch of sinkage.
  • 10 lb steel ball: 2 inches of sinkage.
  • 50 pound medicine ball: 4.5 inches of sinkage.
  • 100 lb medicine ball: 6.5 inches of sinkage.

 

Edge Support


If you’re going to share a mattress with a partners and will need to use the whole surface then edge support is something you’re going to need to take a look at. Foam mattresses can struggle at times to fulfill the edge support of traditional innerspring mattresses, so I wanted to have a look at how I would feel near the face of the Layla mattress.

I started on my back on the softer side of the Layla and moved pretty close to the edge. I definitely felt like I was compressing the surface of the mattress a good amount in this place, which is to be expected out of a softer foam.

When I shifted positions to my side I again dug into the mattress a bit more. In this place I could feel the soft memory foam layer shape to my body. When I hung of this mattress a bit I could feel the comfort coating squeeze a bit, but again that is expected out of softer foams.

By sitting up on the edge of the Layla I concentrate all of my weight over one area. I did see a fairly good amount of compression in this position, but that is to be expected from this a thick layer of soft foam.

Once I flipped the mattress firm side up I lied down on my back again and I found there to be less compression through the top as the transition into the firm support layer is much quicker.

As soon as I rolled onto my side and hung off the mattress on the firm side there was compression throughout the comfort layer, but the support layer held up pretty well.

Finally, I sat up on the border of the firm side of the Layla and while there was a bit less compression through the surface of the mattress, there was still some overall compression of the mattress. Because the soft comfort layer is now at the base of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Layla Mattress Edge Support

 

Basic Information


  • Sleep Trial: there’s a four month trial period with this mattress.
  • Warranty: Layla offers a lifetime warranty on this mattress.
  • Shipping: Shipping is free to the continental United States. The Layla will arrive compressed in a box.

 

Size and Pricing


Size Dimensions Weight Price
Twin 38″ x 74″ x 10″ 50 lbs $499
Twin XL 38” x 80” x 10” 55 lbs $599
Full 54” x 74” x 10” 70 lbs $799
Queen 60” x 80” x 10″ 80 lbs $899
King 76” x 80” x 10” 90 lbs $999
California King 72” x 84” x 10” 90 lbs $999

 

Is Layla Right for You?


Now that we’ve taken a deep dive into the Layla mattress it is time to discuss who it would be a good fit for.

  • Memory Foam: Both the firm and the soft comfort layers of the Layla utilize aluminum infused memory foam to give pressure relief. This material allows the sleeper to sink in and provides the traditional memory foam sense of contouring to the body.
  • Sleep Cool:  The Layla has a few different components in the materials used in the construction of the mattress that have cooling properties. These include the gel infusion in the cover as well as the aluminum extract in the memory foam of their comfort layers, which help with temperature regulation.
  • Flippable Choice:  The Layla could be a great fit if you are not sure which firmness level is right for you and want two shots at getting it right. Another possible advantage of a flippable mattress is to be used in a guest room where there will be sleepers with different tastes on the mattress depending on the occasion.

Click here to learn more about the mattress on Layla’s site.