Neck pain, also called cervical pain, is a part of everyday life for millions of Americans. “About two thirds of the population have neck pain at some time in their lives”, reports the British Medical Journal. Although neck pain can occur at any time in a person’s life, the middle age years is when it is most prominent. While some cases of neck pain (possibly as a result of injury) can be acute and subside after a few days or weeks, other cases are more chronic and can linger throughout a person’s life.
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Now before getting into that, because latex is an organic, natural product, we need to start off with explaining exactly where latex comes from.
The Rubber Tree (Hevea Brasiliensis)
Latex mattresses are constructed from the milk or sap from a rubber tree. This rubber tree is known as Hevea brasiliensis. This tree has a major economic significance because its milky latex is the primary source of many things made out of natural rubber (gloves, catheters, balloons, condoms, hoses, belts, and swim caps), not just latex mattresses.
There are essentially five major players on the market today when it comes to mattresses. Each one represents its own set of strengths and weaknesses. While you’re exploring your options, it’s a good idea to look at a few of the pros and cons of each mattress type so that you can make a more informed purchasing decision.
Pressure points are any area on body (usually the surface) that are sensitive to pressure. Some people suffering from fibromyalgia experience tender trigger points, and thus are on a constant lookout to help relieve the pain of these tender spots. Sleeping on the wrong mattress can result in pressure point discomfort too — and a night of tossing and turning, a morning awakening of aches and pains, and a day feeling tired and not at your best. Selecting the best mattress for pressure points so you can sleep involves choosing a mattress that distributes your body weight evenly.
Before embarking on a latex mattress shopping mission, there are a number of things to consider. Some factors you’ll likely take into account are price range, size of mattress, latex mattress type and of course, level of comfort. Many of these factors, such as the price you have budgeted for your new latex mattress, are easy to decide.
Shopping for a mattress can be confusing, and add shopping for a l00% latex mattress to the mix, and the task can even be more daunting. You probably have at least a handful of latex mattress questions. Yet, there are many reasons why mattress shoppers would buy a latex mattress ― and even more reasons why those who have them love them. To make this easier on you, we’ve narrowed down the list of reasons to buy a latex mattress to five.
Latex mattresses are made in one of two ways. They are either made using the Dunlop method of latex mattress construction or the Talalay method of latex mattress construction. Either method offers distinctive benefits depending on what type of mattress you’re most interested in purchasing.
When you go into a store or online and purchase a mattress, any mattress, one of the things you worry about is how long it will be before the mattress begins to sag. They aren’t generally designed to last forever, after all. Over time, most mattresses do, in fact, begin to break down and lose their form.
However, latex mattresses are birds of different feathers. They are able to retain their shape and form for 20 years or more depending on the construction of the mattress. In fact, the longevity of a latex mattress is just one of the many benefits of a 100% natural latex mattress that sets them apart from traditional innerspring mattresses.
There’s no denying that latex mattresses are investments. Most things you buy with a 20-year shelf life are. Some people don’t even buy houses expecting to live in them for 20 years or longer. Even today’s cars generally last a few years before being traded in for a newer, shinier model. But, when you’re making the investment in a natural latex mattress, the best mattress for the money is the reward of a good night’s sleep for the next twenty years or more.
Density Affects the Feel of Your Mattress
Many factors affect the way natural latex mattresses feel. The textiles used in creating the encasement of the mattress, the amount of wool used when making the mattress, and even the tightness of the encasement all play a role in the overall feel of the mattress. Just like the latex mattress core contributes to the shape, form and definition, the density of the mattress is also a huge factor in the way it feels to an individual user. It’s definitely a factor worth a little more of an in-depth explanation.
ILD of Natural Latex
While ILD can stand for the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, Interstitial Lung Disease, International Labor Defense, and Injection Laser Diode, in terms of mattresses, ILD stands for Indentation Load Deflection. It’s a measurement process, which was standardized in Great Britain. It’s used to determine the firmness of materials such as mattresses.
How does it accomplish this lofty goal? By measuring the amount of pressure required to compress, or indent, the foam to 25 percent of its original thickness. Firmer foam mattresses require greater force to indent, while softer mattresses require less force. Natural latex mattresses typically have an ILD range between 20 ILD for the softest mattresses and 45 ILD for the firmest mattresses.
Measuring the Actual Density of a Mattress
Another indicator of the density of a mattress is its actual density. Don’t worry; this isn’t a trick of the eye. Density is a scientific unit of measurement. It determines the mass per unit volume of the mattress. It is expressed as kilograms per cubic meter (kg/m3). The densities vary among natural latex mattresses with lower numbers, such as 60 kg/m3 as the softest densities, and higher numbers like 95 kg/m3 representing the firmest densities.
Many people are surprised to discover that two mattresses, despite having the same density, or ILD, can feel completely different. As mentioned above, other mitigating factors help determine how dense or firm a mattress is once it leaves the “showroom” floor. If you’re looking for a specific density or firmness to the mattress, it’s a good idea to purchase a natural latex mattress from a retailer that offers a 90-day or longer period to try out the mattress and make sure it’s a good fit for you.
However, there is one other option worth considering. You could buy factory direct from a latex mattress manufacturer. The benefits of sleeping on a 100% natural latex mattress go far beyond a warranty that’s generally better than the standard for retail outlets. The real benefit is that you get maximum customization when you choose this option. You can even purchase a latex mattress that is denser on one side than on the other side. You get the benefits of a sleep number type bed without the potential drawbacks because you can customize each side to the desired (or required) firmness of each occupant.
Finding the right mattress with the right density for your sleep needs and comfort — and doesn’t leave you feeling sleep deprived — doesn’t have to be a scavenger hunt, especially when you can test out a mattress without a long-term commitment to make sure it’s the right choice for your sleep needs. That’s one of the reasons natural latex is such a great option for so many people.
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