Latex mattresses are becoming increasingly popular worldwide. You may be wondering what a latex mattress
is and what it will offer you in terms of your sleep.
What is latex?
Latex is a natural material that comes from the sap of the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) and possesses elasticity
. It is this elasticity which allows the mattress to conform pleasantly to your body shape. Those who have slept on a latex mattress report that it feels wonderfully soft at first touch, but 'firms up' as your body settles deeper, giving the body full support. It is no surprise then that many people with musculoskeletal ailments such as back pain find relief with a latex mattress.
The benefits of a latex mattress
A latex mattress offers you many benefits and a high quality sleep experience, explaining its popularity.
Also, excellent air circulation is provided by the open-cell natural structure of latex and by pinhole patterns purposefully created during manufacturing. This allows for good breathability, resulting in a comfortable sleeping temperature. This is important in warm humid climates such as that of Singapore.
An additional benefit of a latex mattress is that it does not transmit movement easily, meaning that if you sleep with a partner, you won't feel their movements on your side of the bed.
Superb body pressure distribution properties also means that latex mattresses are frequently recommended by medical professionals such as chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths.
Last but certainly not least, it's important to note that latex mattresses are one of the most highly durable mattress types available. If you are going to be purchasing a mattress, it makes financial sense to purchase a very long-lasting one.
What type of latex mattress do I need?
There are many different types of latex mattress. However, in general, they can be differentiated and compared in the following ways:
natural latex mattress vs synthetic-natural blended latex mattress
- all-latex mattress vs latex combined with other materials mattress
and the 2 processes
- Dunlop process
- Talalay process
While these questions could each require considerable further discussion, there are some generally accepted rules of thumb about them.
When it comes to all-natural latex versus a blend with synthetic latex, the all-natural is considered the better option if you are the type of person who strongly believed in buying products with its raw material deriving from nature, not made or caused by humankind. However, a synthetic-natural blended latex mattress is not necessary inferior compared to a natural latex mattress. To achieve the perfect combination, as well as consistency, for both comfort and support, some leading manufacturers continue to produce synthetic-natural blended latex mattresses. Just like when shopping for a new natural latex mattress, make sure that the synthetic-natural blended latex mattress you are buying has also undergone various stringent tests and has achieved certifications of international standards - such as Oeko-Tex, Eurolatex, LGA and Morton Thiokol
- to certified that the latex core excels in elasticity and durability, and does not contain any harmful substances.
Likewise, when comparing 100% latex versus latex plus other materials, the 100% latex is considered better. This is mainly due to the 'other materials' typically made use of polyurethane foam as part of its mattress core, which has a tendency to emit an unpleasant chemical smell. Moreover, 100% latex mattress enjoys all the advantages explained above this article.
The Dunlop and the Talalay processes refer to the two alternative ways that the latex is processed to create mattresses. In that instance, there is no 'superior' or 'inferior' option, but instead the two methods simply result in different mattress properties. The major differences you should be aware of when shopping is that the Dunlop process tends to produce a firmer mattress. In contrast, the Talalay process creates a softer mattress. There is no right or wrong. Ultimately, it comes down to which mattress feels most comfortable for you.
How can I be certain of finding the perfect latex mattress?
With the different types of latex mattress described above, you may be thinking that finding the perfect mattress
sounds complicated. Fortunately, all you have to remember is that your comfort is the key. You can only do this by trying out the mattress yourself. Reputable mattress shops will allow you a free in-home trial of your mattress for up to 30 days
, which helps ensure you find the perfect mattress. If the mattress does not suit you, you can change it out for a softer or firmer one, for example.
You spend more time on your mattress than on any other piece of furniture, so it's worth it for you to explore your options when mattress shopping. Don't feel rushed into making a purchase. Ask questions, a reputable mattress seller should be properly knowledgeable about the product he or she is selling.
Regardless of whether you are simply replacing an old mattress
, looking to relieve back pain, or seeking to enhance your overall wellbeing, a latex mattress will leave you feeling refreshed and rested.