Latex mattresses are designed to offer luxurious comfort, superior support and soothing pressure point relief. The thickness and firmness of latex mattresses can be completely customized and they are beneficial for all types of sleepers: back, side, and stomach.\n\nHow Is A Latex Mattress Made?\nA latex mattress is made with pure natural latex sap from a rubber tree plant. It is sustainably harvested over the course of the tree\u2019s natural lifespan, often upwards of 50 years.\nFirst the latex sap is whipped into a froth. Then it is poured into molds. Lastly it is baked to create the latex used in your mattress. Latex is adaptable and manufactured in a wide range of firmnesses and varieties, from sustainably-harvested botanical latex to synthetic latex varieties.\nA latex mattress is a superior quality mattress, outcompeting most traditional mattresses.\u00a0 The material\u2019s adaptability, long life, and comfort have achieved a high level of customer satisfaction on the open market.\n\nLatex Mattress vs Traditional Mattress\nIf you want to improve your quality of sleep and thus your overall quality of life, a latex mattress can help. Latex mattresses cushion your body, align your spine, regulate body temperature, and have the staying power to last 20 years or more.\nTraditional mattresses tend to have a range of shortcomings. They can:\n\nBroadcast motion so that one sleeping partner disturbs the other;\nBe uncomfortable, so that quality of sleep suffers;\nDiscourage proper spinal alignment, resulting in general discomfort and exacerbation of medical conditions;\nWear out quickly, so that customers find themselves replacing a mattress more often;\nCarry allergens \u2013 trapping mites, mold, mildew, and dust particles in fibers and fabrics deep within the mattress; and\n"Sleep hot," causing the sleeper to wake overheated, sweaty, and uncomfortable \u2013 increasing the chance of mold accumulation and negatively impacting quality of sleep.\n\nThese shortcomings, among others, led manufacturers to continue the search for a quality, luxurious, medically beneficial mattress material. The result? Latex foam mattress materials.\nSleep Better, Feel Better\nWe all know that when we don\u2019t sleep well, we don\u2019t feel well. Medical research backs up our own experience - high quality sleep lasting seven hours or more is integral to keeping a healthy body and a healthy quality of life.\nYour mattress can significantly impact your sleep. A natural latex mattress can make the difference between unrefreshing sleep and the deep, restorative sleep that promotes health.\nLatex mattresses are designed to offer luxurious comfort, superior support and soothing pressure point relief. They are beneficial for all types of sleepers.\nThe Importance of Sleep\u00a0\nA\u00a0German\u00a0study published in the journal Quality of Life Research found a significant correlation between poor sleep, poor health, and lowered quality of life.\nAnd another study in the German journal\u00a0Schmerz found a significant correlation between mattress quality and sleep. Research\u00a0has found that shortened sleep duration correlates with increased hypertension. Studies also show that sleep quality is even more important than sleep quantity in protecting good physical, mental, and emotional health in both\u00a0young, healthy adults\u00a0and in the\u00a0elderly.\nNo matter what your age or state of health, it\u2019s likely that the right latex mattress can benefit your current sleep situation.\nLatex Mattress Advantages\nLatex Mattresses offer a range of improvements over traditional mattresses:\nBody-contouring. The same resilience and shape-sustaining properties that give latex its resilience give it an unmatchable ability to contour to your body. The foam will compress under your hips and shoulders while extending to support waist and legs. The bouncy spring-back of latex creates a surface with quicker reaction time than memory foam, so the mattress contours to your shape with every move you make.\nSuperior Support. The supportive structure of a botanical latex mattress can help align the spine and cradle painful body parts while minimizing pressure points, so the body has the best possible chance of pain relief for comfortable sleep.\nBeneficial for a wide range of medical complaints. Whether you suffer from back problems, chronic pain such as RLS or fibromyalgia, or the life-changing pain of a spinal cord injury, a latex mattress may significantly improve your quality of life.\n\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nEco-friendly. Natural botanical latex can be sustainably harvested without killing the rubber tree plant that produces the serum. An "all-natural"\u00a0latex mattress may be produced without the use of petrochemicals or synthetic materials. Some latex mattresses are manufactured at the site of the rubber tree estate, minimizing the expense and carbon footprint of shipping. When properly manufactured, latex mattresses can even be organic, though it's important to be discerning when choosing an organic mattress. The\u00a0"organic"\u00a0tag may mean that:\n\nThe latex in the mattress was organically farmed before harvesting;\nThe foam itself was produced in line with organic standards; or that\nThe entire mattress, including the outer fire-resistant layer, is constructed using sustainable methods and materials.\n\nHypo-allergenic and anti-microbial. The surface of latex foam is impermeable to dust mites and discouraging to mold and mildew. If you have allergies, even mild\u00a0latex allergies,\u00a0a latex mattress can give you peace of mind and the medical relief you need to get a good night\u2019s sleep. The same properties make latex foam anti-microbial and a poor living surface for bacteria, helping latex foam remain hygienic over the entirety of its long lifespan.\nTemperature regulating. The same open cell structure that gives latex its hypo-allergenic properties helps it to regulate body temperature while you sleep, allowing air flow. In addition, during foam latex manufacturing (especially in the Talalay processing method) the mold contains metal rods inserted through the latex liquid leaving "pinholes" that allow the mattress to breathe, keeping you cooler when it\u2019s warm and warmer when it\u2019s cool outside. This natural ventilation helps you sleep well;\u00a0clinical trials\u00a0have found that well-regulated skin temperature leads to increased comfort and deeper sleep.\nResilient. All-natural latex foam, at a cellular level, has a characteristic that no other material \u2013not even synthetic latex\u2014can match. The natural structure of latex compresses and then immediately springs back into its original shape, creating a mattress surface that is as soft yet supportive in its twentieth year as in its first.\nLong-lasting. A high-quality, all-natural botanical latex mattress can have warranties lasting 20 years or more. Natural latex is so durable because of its bouncy resiliency \u2013 since your mattress doesn\u2019t get indentions from the weight of your body, it can last decades when\u00a0cared for\u00a0and placed on a proper latex mattress foundation.\u00a0The right foundation prevents sagging, so there\u2019s no need to flip a latex mattress. Some of the most venerable latex mattress companies have now seen their mattresses last 40 years or more.\nA natural latex mattress can give you peace of mind on many levels. The "luxury" of an all-natural botanical latex mattress is actually good for your health, good for the environment, and good for your wallet. When you choose top-of-the-line latex, you\u2019ll get a mattress that no imitation can match.\nComparing Mattress Types\nHere are a few comparison points between latex mattresses and other mattress varieties.\nMemory Foam Mattresses:\u00a0Memory foam is a space-age synthetic material that slowly molds to your body. Memory foam can be temperature sensitive, so that it actually becomes less supportive when exposed to body heat overnight. It can also "sleep hot," acting as a heat sink to hold in body heat, further exacerbating these effects. However, next generation memory foam mattresses are able to ameliorate these concerns, especially if they are integrated with a transitional latex foam layer.\nInnerspring Mattresses:\u00a0Traditional innerspring mattresses can be quite comfortable, especially when covered with a mattress pad or "comfort layer" (often of latex). However, the coils in innerspring mattresses tend to compress over time, leaving body impressions. The classic solution to sagging or impressions in innerspring configurations is to flip the mattress, but the most comfortable innersprings tend to have a comfort layer on one side, making flipping impossible.\nAir Mattresses:\u00a0High-quality air mattresses can also be quite luxurious. Some air mattress options allow you to adjust the firmness of the mattress by adding or removing air, and add cradling support by using a pillow-top or other comfort layer (again, often latex). One drawback here is that you need to be doubly sure of the quality of the brand you are buying \u2013 with compression over time certain air mattresses have been known to develop air leaks in the casing. They also sometimes "sleep hot," since the inner air-containing compartment is by nature impermeable to air flow.\nGel Mattresses:\u00a0Gel is also beneficial for pressure-relieving support and temperature-regulating comfort. Designed specifically to work in medical settings where patients may be sensitive to pressure applied to the body, gel gives optimally at pressure points while supporting other parts of the body. Still, most gel mattresses rely on layers to mix support and comfort and may include materials like memory foam or latex. They can also be quite expensive.\nLatex Mattresses are superior and unique mattresses that are designed to offer luxurious comfort, superior support and soothing pressure point relief. They are beneficial for all types of sleepers: back, side, and stomach.\nCustomize Your Sleep Experience\nLatex can be manufactured using a range of components and techniques. It\u2019s available in a range of thicknesses and firmnesses. Layered comfort configurations maximize your comfort and that of your sleeping partner.\nThe range of options can seem confusing at first, but it\u2019s this versatility that makes latex such a luxurious and sought-after mattress material.\nSynthetic and Blended Latex vs. Natural Latex\nIn addition to the original all-natural latex foam, manufacturers have created synthetic latex that produces an imitation of natural foam latex. The result is a passable approximation of latex foam, but it is less buoyant, less durable, and less supportive than the natural variety.\nSynthetic Latex\nSynthetic latex\u00a0is created entirely in a laboratory setting, often at the foam manufacturing site. This mitigates the need to have natural latex shipped in from rubber tree estates after intensive harvesting practices, so the cost of synthetic latex is often less than that of natural latex foam.\nSynthetic latex is usually manufactured using the more high-tech Talalay production process, since Dunlop processing creates a truly inferior product when synthetic imitations are used. Synthetic Talalay latex makes a stronger, more comfortable product but is still no match for the real thing.\nBlended Latex\nThe inexpensive pricing of synthetic latex comes at the cost of quality. Many mid-grade latex mattress manufacturers use blended latex, adding a small percentage of natural latex to a synthetic product before vulcanization in attempt to increase resilience and quality. These\u00a0blended latex beds still don\u2019t match the bouncy, body-contouring support of real latex, but they may be a decent approximation if you\u2019re on a budget.\nNatural Latex\nNatural latex mattresses encompass a vast array of bedding options. In order to carry the "100% natural latex" tag, the foam used to construct the mattress must be entirely manufactured from botanical latex. Botanical latex mattresses can be manufactured in an array of firmnesses, thicknesses, internal constructions, and surface treatments.\n\nThe Different Types of Latex\nLatex can be produced by one of two manufacturing methods: Talalay or Dunlop. Each processing type has its own strengths and weaknesses.\nDunlop Latex\nIn the Dunlop method, pioneered in the mid-20th century, liquid latex is poured into frames in layers, cooled, and vulcanized. The result is a strong, long-lasting, high quality latex.\u00a0\nDunlop latex is the denser of the two types. It\u2019s ideal for superior support. However, softer layers of Dunlop can offer cushioning for top and middle comfort layers.\nTalalay Latex\nIn the\u00a0 Talalay method, the liquid latex is first whipped and then poured into a frame. The material is subjected to vacuum molding and flash-freezing, congealing quickly into foam.\nThe result contains a mix of latex and air that\u2019s uniformly distributed from side to side and top to bottom.\u00a0Because of the increased amount of air, Talalay latex tends to be lighter and fluffier than Dunlop latex.\u00a0\nBoth Dunlop and Talalay latex production can achieve a range of latex foam densities ranging from soft to firm. The softest Talalay is softer than the softest Dunlop \u2013 and the firmest Dunlop is firmer than the firmest Talalay. But most peoples\u2019 sleeping preferences fall within a range that can be acquired by buying either Dunlop or Talalay latex.\nWhich is Better, Dunlop or Talalay Latex?\nYou\u2019ll see hype all over the internet about which type of latex manufacturing process produces the best or most comfortable or most supportive latex. In truth, either Dunlop or Talalay can be comfortable, supportive, long-lasting, and cost effective. Which foam you choose depends on your personal preferences, needs, and budget.\nDunlop latex is:\nAlmost always 100% natural. Since synthetic and blended Dunlop latex tend to be poorer quality, most Dunlop latex mattresses on the market today are natural.\nLonger-lasting. The simple Dunlop construction method imparts less air to the mattress than with Talalay processing. Less air and more latex mean your mattress is likely to stand up better over time, often out-lasting Talalay construction.\nSuperior Support. Both Dunlop and Talalay can be either soft or firm (or in between) but the Dunlop process can produce latex foam that\u2019s more supportive than even the firmest Talalay.\nEco-friendly. Dunlop\u2019s on-site processing means a smaller carbon footprint, and the more streamlined production method uses fewer chemical agents. All latex can be considered somewhat eco-friendly, but Dunlop foam produced on-site tops the charts.\nTalalay latex is:\nAvailable in blended varieties. Talalay is more likely to be found in blended or full synthetic market options. This means that you can find Talalay mattresses at a wide range of price points. Synthetic\/blended mattresses will never achieve the luxury feel of all-natural latex.\nNot as long-lasting. The added air in most Talalay mattresses makes it more likely that the mattress will sag over time, creating uneven pressure on each cell of the mattress. This is the main reason why so few latex mattresses are constructed strictly from Talalay. Eventually, that extra pressure can lead to a quicker breakdown of mattress materials. However, this can be mitigated by using a top layer of Talalay latex on a mattress, with the underlying core of the mattress being a more solid, denser Dunlop.\u00a0\nIn the end, only you can make the choice on which processing type meets your needs and your budget. Depending on the quality of manufacture, either Dunlop or Talalay can be a long-lasting and luxurious sleep surface.\nLatex Mattress Customer Satisfaction\nToday\u2019s mattress customers are smart, savvy shoppers \u2013 and it\u2019s a good thing! The array of latex mattress options can be bewildering, but with a little background it can be easy to choose the bed that\u2019s right for you. Here are a few tools to help you choose your bed wisely:\n1. Make sure you\u2019re comparing apples to apples.\nIt\u2019s important to be sure you\u2019re comparing truly similar mattresses when you compare price. Just because you\u2019re looking at two Dunlop mattresses, for example, doesn\u2019t mean they are remotely similar. One may be synthetic and one all natural. One may be denser and thus firmer \u2013 a firmer mattress literally contains more latex and less air, so it may be more expensive. Be sure you understand how each mattress is constructed so you know you\u2019re really comparing similar products.\n2. Define "Natural".\nMake sure your idea of a "natural" or "organic" latex mattress is the same as the manufacturer\u2019s. Some mattresses claim to be "organic" because the rubber trees are farmed using organic methods, but then add chemicals during latex processing, glue foam layers together with industrial glues, and cover the mattress with a petrochemical fire barrier.\nAn "all-natural" label means the bed is made using botanical latex. Make sure you understand the processing and materials that went into the making of your mattress so you know you\u2019re getting exactly what you\u2019ve asked for.\nLastly, always look for the 3rd party certifications for each of the materials in your mattress. This will confirm which materials are natural and organic in your mattress. For example, organic latex is typically Dunlop latex and it has the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS certification).\n3. Latex Mattress Brands \u2013 Choose Smaller, More Specialized\nMany large mattress brands are resellers, which buy their inventory from third-party manufacturers. These resellers have high overhead costs associated with running brick-and-mortar stores in prime locations \u2013 rent, utilities, and payroll. Because of this overhead, most don't invest in top-of-the-line latex mattresses.\nMost mattresses you\u2019ll find in these locations are synthetic or blended and not a true luxury product. In addition, you\u2019ll often pay higher prices at a major chain on a product of lesser quality, since you\u2019re sopping up some of the expense of the company\u2019s overhead when you buy your bed.\nLook for online manufacturers that sell direct to consumers, rather than using a reseller as a "middleman". These companies tend to minimize overhead costs while keeping up top notch quality control, so you get the best mattress for your money.\n4. Take your time and do your research.\nYou\u2019re not just buying a mattress, you\u2019re choosing a brand and lifestyle.\u00a0It\u2019s important that you know exactly what you\u2019re buying and from whom.\u00a0\nWhen you start your search for a reputable mattress company, here are the questions to ask:\nWhat\u2019s the return policy? Look for a bed that comes with a substantial return policy \u2013 you don\u2019t want to be stuck with a bed that doesn\u2019t satisfy your needs.\u00a0Many companies will allow you to return the bed within a specified amount of time. If you buy a bed with unglued layers (which is highly recommended), you may even be able to return individual layers until you adjust the comfort for your own personal preferences.\nAre there positive online latex mattress reviews? Don\u2019t stop with website testimonials. Look online for third-party reviews by actual customers so you know exactly how former and current customers have been treated, as well as their level of satisfaction with the product.\nDoes the bed come with a satisfactory warranty? High-quality latex is long-lasting, so look for a warranty that lasts 20 years or more to be sure you\u2019re getting a high-quality bed and if you buy from a re-seller instead of a manufacturer, be sure that the reseller will honor that warranty.\nLatex mattresses are available at a variety of price points. They\u2019re durable, comfortable, customizable, and they sleep cool. The open cell structure combined with the natural properties of botanical latex also make it one of the most hypo-allergenic mattress options.\u00a0\nSleep Better, Live Better\nMedical science is increasingly emphasizing the importance of quality sleep for your health. And a comfortable mattress has been scientifically shown to have significant impacts on quality of sleep. A Latex Mattress is an excellent choice that can help you sleep better and live better and they come in many different varieties. 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