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Latex Mattress Review

All There Is to Know About the Latex Mattress

Because latex mattress review helps. We’ve all heard that not sleeping well or enough is hazardous to our health. You may have even experienced it. No matter your age or how healthy you feel, having a high-quality mattress that provides comfort and support can give you the deep, refreshing and restorative sleep that promotes good health.

A latex mattress is a top-quality option, and I’ve put together everything you need to know about it below.


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What Makes Latex Mattresses Different?

Also known as latex foam, this type of mattress is manufactured using processed sap from the rubber tree, which is what makes it so special.

Traditional mattresses use springs or air, and they generally last five to 10 years. The unique technology that goes into latex mattresses, however, makes them more durable and last up to 20 years.

 

They are also known for their adaptability and superior comfort compared to traditional mattresses. Due to these aspects, latex mattresses have earned a high level of satisfaction among customers.


For Whom Are Latex Mattresses Most Suitable?

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A latex mattress is suitable for people of all ages and walks of life, but it may be even more beneficial for people who have sleep disorders. Take a look at the sleep problems that latex mattresses can help with:

Chronic Sleep Deprivation – This disorder is the result of getting too little sleep for a long period of time. Along with prioritizing sleeping, the comfort of latex mattresses makes you want to crawl into bed.

Insomnia – If you have insomnia, you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. When external factors such as stress are the cause, having the comfort of latex mattresses can complement behavioral therapies. When a medical condition is the cause, latex mattresses cradle painful joints, limbs and muscles as well as align the spine so that you can sleep.

Narcolepsy – This disorder can cause sudden loss of muscle tone and uncontrollable sleep throughout the day. Keeping a sleep schedule and taking short naps often helps, but latex mattresses help even further by making you fall asleep faster and sleep longer so that you can stay awake during the day.

Sleep Apnea – Poor muscle tone or the misalignment of the neck through the night can physically obstruct your throat, preventing you from breathing and waking you up. Latex mattresses align the spine so that you can breathe better.

In addition to helping with sleep issues, latex mattresses may help people who have a range of painful conditions. They provide a restful night of sleep by aligning the spine and cradling the limbs to reduce and prevent pain.

Some of the conditions that it may help include:

1. Arthritis
2. Degenerative disc disease,
3. Fibromyalgia
4. Lower back pain
5. Spinal injury


Important Features

The unique mix of resilient support and softness are two of the most attractive features of latex mattresses.

They also have antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties that discourage the invasion of bacteria, dust mites and mold.

Latex foam mattresses that are 100 percent natural are chemical-free, glue-free and manufactured with renewable, sustainable materials.

 

Additionally, the airflow that they provide quickly dries moisture from sweat so that mold and odors can’t develop.


Types of the Latex Mattresses

Getting a custom-fit latex mattress for your body and sleep style involves understanding each type of foam that’s available. Below is an overview of each.

Botanical or Natural

As the original rubber, natural latex is renewable and sustainable. It’s harvested from from rubber trees that are grown in estate settings and have a life span of 30 to 50 years.

The harvesting process doesn’t damage the trees. The botanical substance can be processed several ways to produce a range of sleep surfaces at different price points.

Blended

Mattresses made of blended latex consist of natural and synthetic latices. The mix is usually 30 percent natural and 70 percent synthetic. This allows manufacturers to achieve the same buoyancy and resilience of natural latex and sell their mattresses for lower prices.

Synthetic

This type of latex is made in a laboratory setting to imitate natural latex, but it doesn’t produce the same comfort and resilience as the real thing. Manufacturers use industrial-strength petrochemicals for its production rather than the natural, sustainable botanicals of natural latex.


Advantages and Disadvantages

There are numerous benefits and a few detriments to having latex mattresses. Let’s take a look at each of these separately.

Pros
  • Comfort – More than 33 percent of people who sleep on all-latex mattresses report prevented and reduced pain. This mattress type provides support without putting excess pressure on the shoulders and hips. It also contours to the body to promote proper alignment.
  • Customizability – Some manufacturers allow you to completely customize your latex mattress to achieve a certain feel. Others allow you to create two different firmness levels, one on each side of the mattress, to accommodate you and a partner or spouse.
  • Environmentally Friendly – As already mentioned, natural latex is harvested from rubber tree plantations without harming the trees. This allows the trees to purify the air and water and create breathable oxygen. Growers also use organic material rather than artificially produced, synthetic fertilizers to feed the trees. Natural latex is biodegradable as well. Additionally, manufacturers only use a handful of chemicals to make latex mattresses, and none of them significantly impact pollution.
  • Healthy and Safe – Latex mattresses that are certified by the eco-Institut, Greenguard Environmental Institute and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 are free of harmful toxins from adhesives and petroleum, which makes them hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites and fire. They also resist bacteria, mildew and mold. Latex mattresses have pain relief and prevention qualities as well.
  • Longevity – Providing comfort for up to 20 years, latex mattresses with unglued layers allow you to replace the first few layers to extend longevity.
  • No Disturbances – About 10 percent of sleepers with latex mattresses report motion isolation, which means that they don’t feel their partner or spouse roll or turn over during the night. Fewer disturbances mean that you sleep better throughout the night.
  • No Smells – Sleepers who are sensitive to smells will love that there are no chemical odors with 100-percent natural latex mattresses. If there’s a scent at all, it’s usually very faint and sweet. Only a little more than 10 to 15 percent of sleepers report that synthetic latex mattresses emit the scent of unpleasant chemicals.
Cons
  • Compression – About 10 percent of latex mattress owners report compression, which means that an imprint is left in the bed where the individuals sleep. However, compression occurs more often with other mattress types: 15 percent with memory foam and 25 percent with innerspring.
  • Excessive Firmness – Only 10 percent of owners complain about latex mattresses being too firm, and this usually happens after the initial purchase. Check the impression load deflection before you buy: a higher ILD means the mattress is firmer. Also keep in mind that the bed will be more firm for first few weeks of use until you break it in a little.
  • Heat – Again, about 10 percent of owners report sleeping hot with latex mattresses, usually blends and synthetics. However, the issue is worse with memory foam beds.
  • Heavy Weight – Latex mattresses can weigh up to 150 pounds, which makes them hard to move. The upside, however, is that you don’t have to flip or rotate latex beds as frequently as other types.
  • Price – This is usually the biggest disadvantage because natural latex beds can cost thousands of dollars.

Considerations When Buying a Latex Mattress

Along with considering the types of latex mattresses, you should consider the different processes in which the latex is made when you go to buy one.

The Dunlop process is the most common method in the world. It’s energy efficient and creates a durable mattress.

The Talalay process adds steps to the Dunlop process to improve the consistency of the latex. It’s also less energy efficient. All types of latex can be manufactured using these processes.

While mattresses can be made with all-Dunlop or all-Talalay latex, some are made with layers of both.

 

Before you go to a retail store or showroom to buy a latex foam mattress, I suggest doing some research on what the retail store or showroom sells. Take a look at mattress reviews to get an idea of the experiences that other owners have had with their beds. The mattress reviews can even help you determine the type of mattress and latex that will fit your sleep style. You can also use mattress reviews to compare the quality of the beds with their price tags.


How to Recognize Quality

Some ways that I determine the quality of latex mattresses include:

1. Buying from a company that offers exchanges;
2. Choosing a bed with the most natural latex that I can afford;
3. Looking for a breathable outer covering such as a wool blend with no quilting;
4. Looking for a simple, uncomplicated design;
5. Using mattress reviews to determine the reputability of a company.

Again, mattress reviews allow you to read other people’s experiences with the quality of latex beds. Independent third-party mattress reviews are particularly useful for avoiding other people’s mistakes so that you don’t waste money on a poorly put together mattress that you don’t like.


Proper Care and Cleaning Tips

Completely natural latex mattresses can last for up to 20 years. You can get as many of these years as possible, or even more, by following these care and cleaning tips:

Use a foam mattress foundation to fully support the mattress while allowing for air circulation. Latex mattresses sag between the springs of traditional box springs.

Keep the temperature of the bedroom reasonable because warmer temperatures make the mattress softer. The use of electric blankets on high is not recommended.

Ensure that the mattress remains dry. It can become moist if you sweat a lot or live in a tropical climate. If you feel moisture, allow the mattress to dry in open air.

Vacuum the casing every month to remove the buildup of dead skin cells and dust. Allow the bed to air out for at least two hours before putting on clean sheets.

Only spot clean the casing when necessary with a sponge and a cleaning solution of mild, natural soap and cold water. If urine gets on the mattress, use paper towels to soak up as much excess liquid as possible before spot cleaning.

Deodorize the bed by placing scented dryer sheets between the mattress and fitted sheet.

Your latex mattress will care for you as long as you care for it. The mattress will eventually feel like an old friend.