Dear Snooze Guru,
My wife and I were recently married, and we’re already having issues. No, not marital issues (but thank you for your concern). I’m talking about sleep issues. I’m a small man and my wife is a large woman. Since we started sleeping in the same bed, we’ve noticed that while we may start the night at opposite sides of the bed, it doesn’t take long for us to collide in the middle. I love my wife and she loves me, but listen, we’ve got to get some sleep. I’m guessing our difference in size and weight is the reason we roll into each other at night. Do you know how to fix this? Should we get a new mattress? If so, what kind do you recommend? We both prefer an innerspring mattress to memory foam. Are there innerspring mattresses that can solve this problem?
-Todd from Bethlehem, PA
Thank you for your letter. This is a common problem sleepers face, but fortunately it’s correctable. First, you need to determine if it’s the mattress or your foundation (box spring) that’s the source of the problem. Take your mattress off of your bed to inspect the foundation (or the slats of your platform bed if you don’t use a foundation). If the center support is weakened or missing, then that could be the cause of the rolling. Also, try putting your mattress on the floor and laying on it with your wife. If you don’t experience rolling, then your foundation is likely the source of your problem. If you still experience rolling, then your mattress is to blame. There may be nothing inherently wrong with the mattress, but rather, it might not contain the right coil system for you. If your mattress has a tied coil system, then that could be the reason you roll together. The steel wires in a tied system are all connected, so they tend to transfer motion across the mattress. Purchasing a mattress with an individually pocketed or wrapped coil system (shown above) will likely solve your problem. This coil system gives more support to your shoulders and hips while conforming to the curves of your body. It does an excellent job of preventing motion transfer, meaning you and your wife will receive independent support and not feel each other move throughout the night.
Whether the source of your problem is the foundation or your mattress, you can find relief when you shop with US-Mattress. With an enormous selection of mattresses and foundations, you’ll find everything that you and your wife need to get deep, undisturbed rest throughout the night.
The Snooze Guru