Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Back Pain
Soft Comfort: The comfort layer for the softer 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 material has a slow response to pressure and provides 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 aid with cooling.
Transition: Below the comfort layer is a two inch layer of poly foam (1.8 lb density). This layer begins to add a tiny bit of support to the mattress and acts as a transition layer from the soft comfort layer above to the firm support center below. I should also note that this layer is convoluted (with an egg crate design) to allow air to flow through the mattress for temperature regulation.
Support: What could be considered the foundation or support center of the Layla mattress is constructed from a high density (2 lb) poly foam. It’s a firm layer that offers support whatever the firmness that the sleeper has chosen. This part of the mattress has a fast response to pressure and provides the Layla its shape.
When I pushed into the soft side of the mattress I discovered that the memory foam compacted pretty readily. As I pushed further into the mattress my hands sunk pretty far into the construction of the Layla and could feel that the memory contouring to my palms.
When pressing to the firm side of the mattress there’s still some contouring from the memory foam. The noticeable thing about pushing into the firm side is the rapid transition from the soft memory foam to the firm support center beneath it, which is a noticeable shift from the soft side of the Layla.
Due to 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 overall 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 either side 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, showing the Sleepopolis testers found it to be as 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 response from testers is a result of the amount they believed they were sinking to the support layer of the Layla. I personally felt that the firm side came in at a 6.5/10 as it allowed me to sink into the memory foam a bit, but the dense poly foam underneath provided good support.
It’s notable that there isn’t a massive gap 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 seem to sit just on either side of medium firmness.
Instead of just describing what it feels like to lie on a Layla mattress I wanted to give a visual representation of where somebody may feel pressure points while lying on it. To do this I put a pressure map in addition to the mattress and lied on my back, side, and tummy. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Back Pain
First up from the pressure map test was the tender side of the mattress and I began on my back. In this place my weight was pretty evenly distributed and the results above show low pressure across my body. When lying in this position I could feel myself sinking to the memory foam and it started to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow response to pressure, so that I felt like changing positions took a little bit of added effort on this side of the mattress.
After I rolled onto my side I started to dig a little further into the mattress because there was a higher weight concentration over a lower surface area. Side sleepers can sometimes have issues with pressure points forming at the shoulders and hips but the pressure map results show only slightly raised levels of stress in these regions. Thick layers of memory foam, like the one on the side of the Layla, are generally a positive for side sleepers since they allow the sleeper to sink into the mattress for pressure relief. I found this side of the mattress to be pretty comfortable while lying on my side.
Eventually 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 like firmer mattresses as they keep their hips from sinking, which can result in lower back pain. I did discover 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.
Once I flipped the mattress and lied down on my back the strain map again reveals low pressure across my body. There was a slight feeling of contour from the memory foam layer however, with the quick transition to the firm support layer, this side of the Layla did a good job of keeping my spine aligned. Even though there was a slight memory foam feeling, I didn’t sink too far so I didn’t feel stuck in the mattress on this side.
When I rolled onto my side that I immediately pushed through the thin layer of memory foam and started to interact with the support layer. This firmer feel is generally not great for side sleepers and I believe strict or bigger side sleepers will prefer the softer side of the Layla.
I changed to lying on my belly and found that the firm side of the Layla did a fantastic job of keeping my buttocks from sinking into the mattress and my spine aligned. This combined with the low pressure on my torso for easier breathing, leads me to think that stomach sleepers would likely prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Back Pain
If you are sharing the mattress with a spouse, you may wish to know what it will feel like if the other person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns during the night. This next test is useful in showing the intensity of motion that is detectable from 1 side of the mattress to the other.
For this test I dropped a 10 pound steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and measured the disturbance on the other side of the mattress. This should be pretty intuitive: the larger the lines, the larger the disturbance.
I performed this test on the soft side of the Layla first and was really impressed with the results on the 4 inch drop. This drop simulates somebody changing positions on the other side of the bed and the results 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 movement transfer part of the review. The 4 and 8 inch drops reveal similar results on the seismometer readout over and both are well below the normal disturbance when compared to the very same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch drop showed a bigger disturbance, but this is still a fantastic result for this fall.
For many people buying a mattress it’ll be important to know whether they will feel as though they are sitting on top of sinking into bed. In order to get a better idea of how a person might sink into a mattress, I use four chunks of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 pound steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) and place them on the mattress to measure 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 pound steel ball: 2.5 inches of sinkage.
- 50 lb medicine ball: 5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb 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.
If you are going to share a mattress with a partners and will need to use the entire surface then edge support is something you are going to want to have a look at. Foam mattresses can struggle at times to live up to the edge support of traditional innerspring mattresses, so I wanted to have a look at how I’d feel near the side of the Layla mattress.
I began on my back on the softer side of the Layla and proceeded pretty close to the edge. I definitely felt like I was compressing the surface of the mattress a fantastic amount in this place, which is to be expected from a softer foam.
When I shifted positions to my side I again dug into the mattress somewhat more. In this position I could feel the soft memory foam layer shape to my body. As soon as I hung of this mattress a bit I could feel the comfort coating squeeze somewhat, but again that is expected from softer foams.
By sitting up on the border of the Layla I concentrate all of my weight over one place. I did see a pretty good amount of compression in this place, but that is to be expected out of such a thick layer of soft foam.
After I flipped the mattress firm side up I lied down on my back and I found there to be less compression through the top as the transition into the firm support layer is significantly quicker.
As soon as I rolled onto my side and hung off the mattress on the firm side there was compression through the comfort coating, 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 total compression of the mattress. Since the soft comfort layer is currently at the bottom of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Layla Mattress Back Pain
- Sleep Trial: There is a four month trial period with this mattress.
- Warranty: Layla offers a lifetime guarantee on this mattress.
- Shipping: Shipping is free to the continental United States. The Layla will arrive compressed in a box.
Size and Pricing
|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 have taken a deep dive into the Layla mattress it’s time to discuss who it would be a good fit for.
- Memory Foam: Both the firm and the soft comfort layers of the Layla use copper infused memory foam to provide pressure relief. This material allows the sleeper to sink and provides the classic memory foam feel 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 extract in the cover in addition to the aluminum infusion in the memory foam of their relaxation layers, which assist 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 just two shots at getting it right. Another possible benefit of a flippable mattress is to be used in a guest room where there will be sleepers with unique preferences on the mattress depending on the event.