Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Fibromyalgia
Soft Comfort: The comfort layer for the softer side of the mattress includes 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 in 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: beneath the comfort layer is a 2 inch layer of poly foam (1.8 lb density). This layer begins to add a tiny bit of support to the mattress and functions as a transition layer from the soft comfort layer above to the firm support center below. I must also note that this layer is convoluted (using an egg crate design) to allow air to flow through the mattress for temperature regulation.
Support: What would be considered the base or support center of the Layla mattress is made of a high density (2 lb) poly foam. It’s a firm layer that offers support regardless of the firmness that the sleeper has chosen. This part of the mattress has a fast response to pressure and provides the Layla its shape.
As soon as I pushed into the soft side of the mattress I discovered that the memory foam compressed pretty easily. As I pushed further into the mattress my hands sunk pretty far into the construction 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 into the firm side is the quick transition from the soft memory foam to the firm support centre beneath it, which is a noticeable shift from the soft side of the Layla.
Because of differences in size and body type everybody will feel the firmness of a mattress a bit differently. Rather than giving just my view on the overall firmness level of Layla, I enlisted three other people to give their opinion as well. This will give you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from either side of the mattress.
The graph 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 medium firmness. The soft side of the Layla came in at an average of 5.5/10, showing that the Sleepopolis testers found it to be as advertised.
There was a pretty 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’s notable that there isn’t a massive difference between the firmness levels of the two sides of the Layla. With some flippable mattresses there’ll be a much wider variance in firmness, however the Layla does appear to sit just on both sides of medium firmness.
Instead of merely describing what it feels like to lie on a Layla mattress I wanted to provide a visual representation of where somebody 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 back, side, and stomach. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Fibromyalgia
First up in the pressure map evaluation was the tender side of the mattress and I started 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 into the memory foam and it began to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow response to stress, so I felt like changing positions took a small amount of additional effort on this side of the mattress.
Once I rolled onto my side I began to dig a little further into the mattress as there was a greater weight concentration over a lower surface area. Side sleepers can occasionally have issues with stress points forming at the shoulders and hips but the stress map results show only slightly raised levels of stress in these regions. Thick layers of memory foam, like the one on the soft side of the Layla, are generally a positive for side sleepers as they allow the sleeper to sink into the mattress for pressure relief. I discovered this side of the mattress to be pretty comfortable when lying on my side.
Finally I moved onto my stomach and with my weight evenly distributed the strain map shows low pressure across my entire body. Stomach sleepers tend to enjoy firmer mattresses as they maintain their hips from sinking, which can result in lower back pain. I did discover that my hips sank in a little on this side of the mattress, so if you’re a strict stomach sleeper you may prefer the firm side of the Layla.
After I flipped the mattress and lied down on my back the strain map again reveals low pressure across my entire body. There was a slight feeling of contour from the memory foam layer but, with the quick transition into 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 in too far so I didn’t feel stuck in the mattress on this aspect.
When I rolled onto my side that I quickly pushed through the thin layer of memory foam and began to interact with the support layer. This firmer feel is usually not great for side sleepers and I believe strict or larger side sleepers will prefer the softer side of the Layla.
I switched to lying on my stomach 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 torso for easier breathing, leads me to believe that stomach sleepers would likely favor the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Fibromyalgia
If you are sharing the mattress with a spouse, you will want to know what it will feel like if another person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns during the night. This next test is helpful in showing the intensity of motion that’s detectable from one side of the mattress to the other.
For this evaluation I dropped a 10 pound steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and quantified 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 four inch drop. This fall simulates someone changing positions on the opposite side of the bed and the outcomes graphic above shows the Layla did a great job isolating motion. As expected there was marginally bigger disturbance felt for the 8 and 12 inch drops, but these are some of the best results I’ve seen while doing 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 effects on the seismometer readout above and both are well below the average disturbance when compared to the very same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch fall showed a bigger disturbance, but this is still a good result for this drop.
For many people buying a mattress it will be important to know whether they are going to feel like they are sitting on top of or sinking into bed. In order to have 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 lb steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 pound medicine ball) and place them on the mattress to quantify how much they compress the surface.
These various sizes, weights, and densities help to imitate different body parts or different sized individuals to demonstrate how far into a mattress you may sink.
First up from the sinkage test I quantified 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 pound 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 pound medicine ball: 6.5 inches of sinkage.
If you are going to share a mattress with a partners and 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 take a look at how I’d feel close to the face of the Layla mattress.
I began on my back on the milder side of the Layla and proceeded pretty close to the edge. I definitely felt like I was compressing the top of the mattress a good amount in this position, which is to be expected out of a softer foam.
Once I shifted positions to my side I again dug into the mattress somewhat more. In this place I could feel the soft memory foam layer shape to my body. When I hung of the 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 focus all of my weight over one place. I did see a pretty good amount of compression in this position, but this 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 to 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.
Eventually, I sat up on the edge of the firm side of the Layla and while there was a bit less compression through the surface of the mattress, there was nevertheless some overall compression of the mattress. Since the soft comfort layer is currently at the base of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Layla Mattress Fibromyalgia
- Sleep Trial: there’s a four month trial period for this mattress.
- Warranty: Layla provides 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 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 use copper infused memory foam to give 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 unique components in the materials used in the construction of the mattress which have cooling properties. These include the gel infusion in the cover in addition to the aluminum extract in the memory foam of their comfort layers, which assist with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Option: The Layla could be a good fit if you’re not sure which firmness level is ideal for you and want just 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 preferences on the mattress depending on the occasion.