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When shopping for a new mattress, you will encounter many different types of mattresses to choose from. The most popular mattresses available today are natural latex mattresses and memory foam mattresses. So, how can you decide between the two? At first glance it may seem like it’s easy to compare the two. It is important to remember, though, that not all latex or memory foam mattresses are created equally.
How Does a Latex Mattress Compare to a Memory Foam Mattress?
Latex mattresses are made with an open-cell construction that allows cooler air to flow under you so that you’re not trapping body heat close to your body throughout the night as you sleep. This allows you to sleep cooler with fewer disruptions, related to discomfort, throughout the night.
For the most part, this is not the case with a standard memory foam mattress. With most memory foam, your body heat triggers a chemical reaction in the foam that holds your body heat close throughout the night, and can cause you to take longer to fall asleep and make it more difficult to stay asleep.
If you tend to sleep hot, you will need to look for memory foam that has cooling gel added to it, like the Cool Bliss Gel Memory Foam Mattress, Pacific Breeze Gel Memory Foam Mattress, or Ocean Mist Gel Memory Foam Mattress from PlushBeds.
When it comes to support, no mattress is a better choice than a natural latex mattress. Natural latex is very supportive, and people don’t experience the sinking feeling, with latex, that is so common when sleeping on memory foam mattresses.
A supportive mattress helps reduce aches and pains upon waking, is outstanding for back pain relief, and is, typically, a better choice for people who weigh 250 pounds or more and for people who sleep on their backs or stomachs.
There is a visual way you can see the difference in support between memory foam and latex mattresses. When you lay on a latex mattress and get up, the mattress returns to its normal shape immediately. It can take a few seconds, minutes, or even hours for memory foam mattresses to return to their original shapes. This will take longer over time.
Pressure Point Relief
Memory foam is an excellent choice for side sleepers who have problems with pressure point pain. This is pain where your body comes into contact with the mattress while you sleep, typically your shoulders, hips, and even your knees. While quality latex does offer outstanding pressure point relief, memory foam has a slight advantage in this category because it is so soft and literally conforms to your body as you sleep.
Memory foam and natural latex are both known for having extraordinarily long life spans for mattresses. When shopping for memory foam and latex with PlushBeds, you will enjoy a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty on both types of mattresses. Always look at the warranty on mattresses as a good indicator of the quality and durability you can expect from your mattress purchase.
Considering that the average innerspring mattress lasts only 6 – 7 years before needing to be replaced, a mattress with a 25-year warranty is a solid investment – as long as you find the mattress comfortable and it provides the right balance of softness and support for the evolving needs of your body during that time.
Bear in mind that not all latex mattresses are made with natural latex. Some are synthetic latex or latex blends. This can compromise how long the mattress is expected to last as well. Additionally, not all memory foam mattresses feature the same high quality materials, and may break down more rapidly than higher quality memory foam.
Families and individuals alike are beginning to pay far more attention to the chemicals we bring into our homes. This is an important thing – especially when it comes to something we have such intimate contact with as a mattress. After all, you should be spending at least seven hours, or more, every day on your mattress. Mattresses made with harsh chemicals can lead to breathing problems, asthma attacks, headaches, and more – not to mention horrendous off-gassing when you first bring them into your home.
Lesser quality memory foam mattresses are famously filled with potentially harmful chemicals. Reduce your risks of unnecessary chemical exposure by choosing memory foam mattresses that are GreenGuard Gold certified against harmful chemicals to ensure that you’re not bringing these chemicals into your home.
The same holds true when shopping for latex mattresses. Whether you’re shopping for natural latex or hybrid latex mattresses, make sure that you choose a mattress that is GreenGuard Gold certified against harmful chemicals so you know you, and your family, can breathe easy while you sleep.
Alternately, if you’re truly concerned about the air you and your family breathe and doing the right thing for the planet, you can kick your selection process up a notch and choose the Botanical Bliss 100% Natural Organic Latex Mattress from PlushBeds. This mattress not only has the GreenGuard Gold certification, but is also GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) certified too.
Cost is another factor to keep in mind when buying a mattress. It’s important to consider all the information available when comparing costs, and take advantage of things like extended trials for mattresses so you can decide if you’re really going to be comfortable sleeping on a given mattress for 15 plus years of your life.
For the most part, memory foam is the hands down favorite when it comes to price. The upfront costs are significantly lower. However, it’s an excellent idea to consider longevity, durability, and continued support over time. Memory foam is more likely to break down over time than natural latex, which simply lasts long – retaining its shape and supportive firmness the entire time. Keep this in mind as you make your choice, and if you do choose memory foam, look for manufacturers that offer longer warranties, and have reputations for excellence.
There are definite differences between latex and memory foam mattresses. Many of these differences come down to individual preferences more than anything else. Keep them in mind as you choose your mattress, and choose according to what makes you more comfortable, and allows you to rest easier at night.
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