Why Sleep On Latex
Many people are surprised at the concept of a latex mattress, but latex actually possesses a variety of benefits that make it ideal for this purpose.
First of all, all latex mattresses are made with natural latex derived from the sap of the rubber tree. Latex mattresses feature natural, biodegradable ingredients that come from renewable resources and water-based raw materials, including natural latex, air and water. Latex is a truly green and environmentally friendly product that does not contain any of the solvents and toxic chemicals that can be found in memory foam mattresses.
Furthermore, the manufacturing process does not damage the ozone layer; the rubber trees have up to 25 years productive life and a strong positive effect on the environment, as they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce emissions.
Second, latex is an extremely flexible and elastic material. Latex is not too soft and not too hard. Its natural resilience means it offers resistance to a sleeper’s weight in every body position and always returns to its initial shape. This is called ‘progressive comfort’ – the higher the pressure exerted on it, the greater the support it provides. Latex responds instantly to every your movement and adapts to the body contours, keeping your back and spine perfectly straight if you sleep on your side or in their natural double-S position if you sleep on your back.
The excellent elasticity of latex supports the body’s natural movements, which is a very important condition for revitalising sleep as a healthy sleeper changes his or hers physical posture up to 60 times a night. Latex also provides great pressure relief and muscle relaxation, which makes it easier to fall asleep and also improves circulation, resulting in less tossing and turning.Proper support is essential if you are suffering from back problems or recovering from a serious injury, but it will also ensure that you never experience that stiff, uncomfortable feeling when you wake up in the morning.
Latex has great point elasticity meaning it compresses only in the point of contact. As a bonus, this means that two people can share a bed without disturbing each other when they move in the night, even if one partner is heavier than the other. It doesn’t squeak either, so there’s minimal chance of one of you waking the other up if you need to get up in the middle of the night!As well as being very elastic, latex is incredibly durable. A latex mattress can last as long as twenty years, compared to conventional spring-based mattresses, which generally need to be replaced every 5-7 years or so (or even more frequently in the case of cheap mattresses).
Latex is up to 20 times more durable than standard polyurethane foams. The strength of the latex material allows the manufacturers to offer strong guarantees for their products and assures maximum value for consumers. This means they represent an excellent long-term investment and won’t require any upkeep, other than occasionally airing, flipping and rotating them to keep them fresh.
One of the main concerns with bedding today is being too hot when we sleep; it is uncomfortable and interrupts the quality of our sleep. Fortunately, the open cell structure of latex mattresses means that they are highly ‘breathable’ – they don’t retain heat in the same way other designs do, as the air inside them is able to circulate freely.
As a result, you won’t find yourself throwing open windows and sleeping on top of the bedding during the hot summer months in an effort to stay cool. All this is in stark contrast to the popular memory foam mattresses. These are made entirely of synthetic materials (mainly plastics), retain a lot of heat and, as the name implies, have ‘memory’ or slow recovery properties. As a result, they will never be able to offer you the instant comfort and support and the natural breathability of a high quality latex mattress.
There is a common misconception that latex in beds can cause an allergic reaction, but this is incorrect. Latex is anti-bacterial, anti-dust mite, and resistant to mould and mildew. This makes latex mattresses ideal for people with allergies. Indeed, when latex is manufactured, it is vulcanised at more than 110 degrees for around fifty minutes to kill off all the most common allergens, so a latex mattress is the ideal choice for asthmatics, or those with similar respiratory conditions. This vulcanisation process also means that even people who would normally be allergic to the latex used in latex gloves, for example, can enjoy one of these mattresses without any cause for concern about suffering a reaction.Latex is also toxin-free – you simply cannot find a healthier and safer bedding material.
By way of contrast, standard polyurethane and memory foams contain up to seven chemicals that are known as carcinogens. Latex contains none of them.