When deciding between a latex or memory foam mattress, it is important to research the type of latex or memory foam that is used to make your mattress. Different types of latex and memory foam will give you very different sleeping experiences!
The first question you should ask yourself when looking at a latex mattress is, “Is this natural or synthetic latex?” Choosing between these two categories is essential.
Synthetic or blended latex is made with petroleum-based oils and added chemicals. These added chemicals include formaldehyde and flame retardants. These chemicals are known to be harmful to your health. Also, as your mattress starts to breakdown, the chemicals are released into the air (known as off-gassing) and microscopic particles are released when the foam is compressed. Synthetic latex also has less bounce and it also does not have the durability or lifespan of its natural counterpart. Health effects, durability, and feel are all important points to research when considering synthetic latex mattresses.
Natural latex is made from Hevea milk, better known as rubber tree sap. The sap is collected, whipped into a liquid foam, poured into molds, and steam baked to develop the finished product. Because it is more expensive to produce natural latex, most affordable latex mattresses will only partly be made of natural latex. When researching natural latex mattresses, be sure to look at the composition of the mattress, and see how and in what way the mattress is comprised of “natural latex.” The real concern is that some parts might be made from synthetic latex. Look for certifications assuring you that all of the latex used is 100% natural and the mattress contains no synthetic latex.
Memory foam mattresses are best known for their soft, body hugging sensation. Did you know that they are also known to be made with harsh chemicals?
Memory foam is a man made foam, constructed with polyurethane and other chemicals to create visco elasticity. This means when pressure is applied to the surface of memory foam, the mattress “hugs” to that pressure.
Memory foam, like synthetic latex, is made using chemicals, which may lead to itchy eyes, respiratory issues, and/or other more serious health concerns. It is imperative for mattress buyers to research the materials and chemicals used in their prospective mattress, as well as how and where the mattress is manufactured.
Did you know that you spend almost 1/3rd of your lifetime sleeping on your mattress?It's important to do your due diligence research and make the best choice for your overall comfort and health.
Latex mattresses offer a noticeably different feel than memory foam mattresses:
A latex mattress might provide active sleepers with a more responsive cushion, lighter feel, and the added benefit of being available in a natural form. A natural latex mattress is antimicrobial, hypoallergenic, and dust mite resistant when compared to memory foam and other popular mattresses. The latex is durable, natural, and healthy, with a noticeably different feel from memory foam.
Memory foam mattresses offer a slower, deeper contour with options for different cooling materials or technologies. A memory foam mattress may provide more options, but with this comes more concerns about materials, manufacturing, and cost. Greater versatility might also come with greater risk of exposure to unwanted chemicals, and memory foam has the reputation of breaking down more quickly than latex. It’s also prone to off-gassing, and might lose its firmness as the foam become less resistant to pressure.
Doing your due diligence research will help you to make the right choice and find a mattress that truly meets all of your needs.