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How to Choose Mattress Firmness

Mattress Firmness

Choosing the right mattress firmness can make a tremendous difference when it comes to the amount and quality of sleep you get each night. More importantly, it can have a huge impact on how you feel when you wake up in the morning. For instance, sleeping on one that is too soft can leave you waking up with aches and pains in your neck, back and joints. Sleeping on one that is too firm, can leave you with pain in your pressure points.

Is a Latex Mattress Good for Back Sleepers?

sleeping on back

A mattress with proper support is essential for back sleepers. Back sleepers who sleep on a mattress that does not provide proper support, will wake up with aches and pains. If you are a back sleeper, read on to learn about the qualities you should look for, when shopping for a mattress.

Is a Latex Mattress Good for Side Sleepers?

Latex Mattress

Did you know that nearly two-thirds of adults in the U.S. prefer to sleep on their sides? In this article we’ll look at the pros and cons of being a side sleeper. We’ll also offer some solutions to help side sleepers get the best night’s sleep, night after night.

A Mattress With Customized Firmness and Support Is Best

Botanical Bliss Latex Mattress

Buying a mattress is a very personal choice. There is not one mattress thickness, firmness and support which is perfect for everyone. Therefore, it’s important that you are able to customize your mattress, so that it is perfect for your particular sleeping pattern and body type.

One of the wonderful things about PlushBeds 100% natural latex mattresses is that they are hand crafted and customized just for you. Not only are they the healthiest and most comfortable mattresses you can buy, but they also offer a limitless range of customization options, to make them a perfect fit for your needs.

Latex Mattress Density

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.

ILD Customization

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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