Are you shopping for a new foam mattress? There are a variety of types of foam materials to choose between, from hi-density, to memory and gel foam to natural and organic latex. Each type of foam has pros and cons - some are more inexpensive, some are made with man made products. Only organic latex is truly natural, though, and we'll see that sleeping on natural latex mattresses have a whole bunch of other surprising benefits as well.
Unlike conventional synthetic foam or spring coil mattresses with padding, natural latex is a very durable product and made of 100% completely natural materials. Synthetic latex is fabricated to mimic natural latex and may even contain a certain portion of natural latex, and sometimes referred to as “natural latex.” However, only pure, certified latex can be called “organic latex.”
Natural, organic latex is naturally temperature regulating, keeping sleepers warmer during cold temperatures and cooler during the warmer seasons. Organic latex does this naturally. Synthetic latex often has additives, such as gels to reduce the heat that synthetic latex does not effectively dissipate. Additionally, natural latex has breathable qualities, synthetic foam less so.
Latex mattresses and toppers provide comfort that is noticeably superior to coil systems when they are specified correctly to match the sleeping positions and weight of the sleeper. Latex foam minimizes pressure points by supporting the weight and conforming to a person's body shape. Sleep comes naturally to a person because of the total support latex offers and is sustained because latex foam naturally absorbs the movements when sleeping with another person's shifting movements.
Natural latex has many interesting, natural qualities and benefits for our health, the quality of our sleep and our environment. One of the drawbacks to latex, however, is that latex costs a bit more to produce than most synthetic materials. And, depending upon the method of latex production, it can be more heavier than synthetic foam and therefore costs more to transport.
The good news is that natural latex mattresses and toppers are not that much more expensive than their synthetic counterparts and it is not hard to justify choosing them, given the long list of beneficial advantages. If one values the quality of one’s sleep and cares about their environment, and wants a sustainable and environmentally viable option, natural latex is the natural choice.