In a recently conducted survey, only 53% of Americans confidently declared that they like their mattress. The same study also revealed that 3 out of 4 people said that their bed could be more comfortable than it currently is. New research on the average life expectancy in the US and the number of hours spent asleep concluded that most people will spend close to 36 years cumulatively sleeping or attempting to sleep on their mattresses.
To stay healthy and youthful it is no surprise that your mind and body will crave consistent nights of restful sleep. Many sleep seekers have tried multiple styles of mattresses and have never seemed to be fully satisfied. Some will still end up experiencing sleepless nights of tossing and turning, waking up too hot, or simply feeling as though the mattress isn’t lasting as long as it should. If this resonates with you then look no further than a natural latex mattress.
Natural latex mattresses are an eco-friendly alternative to synthetic foam and innerspring styles. They also offer many benefits like superior muscle relaxation and durability. Latex material is made from a milky sap that is extracted from the Hevea Brasiliensis tree. Naturally and sustainably sourced, the trees are grown in tropical climates. Today there are over 5 billion Hevea trees worldwide. These trees produce sap that will be refined to latex rubber material used for mattresses.
In the 1950s and 1960s mattresses were made with cotton, but latex was the preferred type of mattress in US households because they are long-lasting and comfortable. On average a latex mattress will last about 15 to 20 years depending on sleep habits and body type. This length of time far exceeds the lifetime of foam or innerspring mattresses that will only give you an average of 8 to 10 years of comfort.
Not only is latex a natural and renewable resource, but when used for a mattress it has incredible benefits to improve sleep quality. Latex mattresses are great for couples who are seeking undisturbed sleep. Motion absorption is key to not bothering your partner when moving around on the other side of the bed. Latex provides superior motion isolation versus an innerspring mattress and can give you the independence to sleep without being woken up by the other person moving.
Latex material also offers unparalleled support and spinal alignment all on its own. No coils or foams are necessary. Such great support comes from buoyancy or an “on top of the mattress” feel that rubber provides. Latex allows your hips and shoulders to sink into the surface just enough to provide pressure relief without compromising any support of the vertebrae. Proper support provided by a latex mattress will ultimately help decrease pain and tension of the muscles, and enhance your quality of sleep.
Unlike memory foam, the ultra-responsive latex material makes it very easy to move if needed, which is a bonus to achieve deep sleep. The ability to distribute pressure from body weight means that you will experience a “floating effect.”
Proper support and pressure relief will give you a high level of muscle relaxation, followed by the ease of aches and pains, allowing you to sleep better than you ever have before.
In some circumstances “bottoming out” can be problematic with an innerspring or foam mattress. The bottom-out effect means that your body sinks through the foams of the mattress and it is hard to move, or you may even feel stuck. The result is the curves of your body sink and contacts a firm base foam or innerspring below which causes pressure points on the entire body. Pressure points are a cause of poor circulation in specific areas from lack of support or cushioning. Common effects of pressure points are tossing and turning, discomfort, or feeling sore or still tired when you wake up. With a latex mattress, there is little to no risk such as this, just bottomless support and comfort through a naturally durable material.
Many mattress brands have gimmicky slogans that promise to keep you from getting too warm with their “cool gel” or “ice foam” technology. Foam mattresses need to add cooling technology because the foam is compact and can trap heat. Dense memory foam is also not very breathable and can retain body heat under your sheets or in the mattress itself. Cooling technologies, such as phase change material, although synthetic, can help to regulate body temperature. These technologies have become a necessity for people to sleep comfortably on memory foam.
On the flip side, latex mattresses are naturally breathable and do not always need the presence of cooling gels to keep them from getting too hot. Latex mattresses are ideal for staying warm in the winter and cool in the summer months. Rubber is stable but not as dense as memory foam so it is breathable and can endure many more years of use versus traditional innerspring or foam mattresses.
Not only is a latex mattress an incredible option for a breathable, and enjoyably comfortable mattress, but they are hypoallergenic and resistant to mold, mildew, and dust mites also. They have no off-gassing like foam mattresses and little to no odor with a new product.
Latex mattresses are great for people who have sensitive skin, allergies, or skin conditions like eczema.
Natural latex is mild, non-toxic, and chemical-free making it a perfect choice for people with sensitivities. Most mattresses, including latex, are tested and certified to standards held by companies who seek to look out for the greater good of people and the products they come into contact with.
Mattress World Northwest displays collections of the best latex mattresses including Posh + Lavish at all of our shops and online. All Posh + Lavish models are certified by Oeko-Tex Standard 100. These products undergo 100 distinctive testing parameters to verify that they do not use harmful chemicals to produce their mattresses. Oeko-Tex, unlike many other companies, also performs testing to eliminate substances that may not be harmful by law but may be to your health.
Sleeping on a latex mattress can ensure the comfort and health of you and your family is taken into consideration by providing exceptionally cozy support with natural and certified materials.
Not only are Posh + Lavish mattresses super healthy mattresses to sleep on, they also provide unmatched benefits of climate control that we talked about above. The materials used in Posh + Lavish mattresses consist of natural and luxurious components like latex rubber, fibers like Joma wool, Tencel, and cotton. The finest quality wool and Tencel provide the unique talent of controlling humidity from moisture. Imagine in the summertime on a hot day with low humidity-the overall feel may be tolerable. On a hot day in summer with high humidity, the climate would feel sweaty and unpleasant. The same thing goes for you and trying to sleep through the night. Eliminating the “clammy feel” and wicking away moisture, like sweat, is an essential benefit to cooling a warm sleeper and warming a cool one to allow you to sleep through the night in total comfort.
Mattress World Northwest also carries Englander latex hybrid and handmade latex with independent coil mattresses by Aireloom at most of our locations and online. Both offer similar benefits to all latex mattresses with the addition of springs if you prefer.
A latex mattress can be one of the most comfortable mattresses for side, back, and stomach sleepers of all body shapes and sizes. A mattress you will love to sleep on will bring an incredibly supportive floating sensation identical to what a latex mattress provides. The sleep specialists at Mattress World Northwest are available to help guide you through the process to match you to the perfect mattress. We know sometimes it can be tricky to decide which one is the right fit for you, so we offer a 90-night comfort guarantee on just about every new mattress. Mattress World Northwest is hopeful to hear you say that you love your new latex mattress!