As most adults spend up to a third of their lives sleeping doesn’t it make sense to make it as pleasurable an experience as possible while also having a much needed good night’s sleep. It certainly makes a lot of sense to me and the first requisite is a good mattress. Forget that by now hard and lumpy board that has seen service for too many years and treat yourself to the ultimate in comfort and cleanliness: a natural latex mattress.
Confusion reigns for some people when using the words “natural” and “latex” together. For many, latex is a chemical compound produced in laboratories but this is in no way the case. Latex is merely another word for rubber, as produced by the sap of the rubber tree. From a green, sustainable and renewable source, rubber is a totally natural material and no chemicals, or chemical processes, are used in the making of a latex mattress.
Advantages of Latex
A latex mattress, apart from being just plain comfortable to sleep on, is also very flexible but supportive. The mattress yields under your body weight but not enough to allow you to sleep in positions which can lead to back or spinal problems. All the main pressure points (back, hips and shoulders) are adequately supported throughout the night but without restraining your movement.
Latex rubber is one of the most popular materials used in mattresses nowadays due to its soft but strong support. Spongy yet gently firm, a good night’s sleep becomes a great night’s sleep leaving you feeling more rested and refreshed in the morning.
Dust mites cannot survive in a natural latex mattress which is good news as the little creatures are the biggest cause of allergies. Another advantage of latex is the fact that it is water-resistant which helps prevent the formation of mould and mildew which often damages other types of materials.
Many manufacturers advertise their mattresses as simply “Latex” but be aware there are three varieties. The best is a “Natural Latex” mattress which, as the name implies, is a natural rubber product with no chemicals used in its manufacture. The second option is “synthetic latex”, a petrochemical mix which closely resembles natural latex. Third, and most commonly for sale, is a mixture of both which is referred to as “blend latex”.
Simply the Best
Due to its comfort and durability, the latex mattress has largely replaced the traditional spring mattress and understandably so. Although slightly more expensive than the spring variety, a good natural latex mattress will last anywhere from twenty to thirty years, up to five times longer than the old style spring mattress.
Durability, support and anti-allergenic properties are all part and parcel of a natural latex mattress but, first and foremost, they are the most comfortable mattresses on the market today. Which reminds me: Is it bedtime yet?
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