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5 Main Differences Between Natural Latex and Conventional Mattresses

We spend more time with our mattress than with any other piece of furniture in our home. Our bed is where we land at the end of a long day—the place to curl up and reset before launching into the next morning. So it’s no wonder picking a new mattress can seem like such a daunting decision. With all the options available today, it's very easy to get confused. Let’s break down the differences between Natural Latex beds and conventional mattresses.

Conventional mattresses are most commonly found to be made interconnected metal springs or with synthetic, petroleum-based foams like polyurethane foam and viscoelastic (memory) foam  Gone are the days when these conventional, mattresses were the only option widely available. Though it’s been on the market for nearly a century, natural latex mattresses are now at the forefront of the bedding world. Natural latex layers are innately eco-friendly—made of sap tapped straight from the rubber tree. Compared to conventional mattresses, natural latex can offer sleep free from allergens and flame-retardant chemicals found in conventional mattresses, along with superior comfort and better body conformity, leading to a healthier night’s sleep.

Natural latex mattresses feature a combination of Talalay and Dunlop latex, both of which whip up into a highly supportive foam ideal for supportive rest. By layering each mattress specific to the needs of an individual sleeper, natural latex mattresses are highly customizable compared to many conventional, spring and polyurethane foam alternatives.

We’ve laid out a few major differences between the conventional mattress and natural latex mattresses below.

Innovative Support System

Conventional, coil-based mattresses typically feature one or more layers of tightly packed metal springs beneath a comfort layer of foam and/or miscellaneous fibers, which could be recycled polyurethane foam or polyester batting. Depending on your preference, you will find both coil gauge and coil count to match your desired firmness. Overall, conventional mattresses made up of springs or memory foam slightly sink with pressure from your body, meaning that you lower into the mattress as you move. Memory foam in particular works by responding to the heat produced from your body -- as heat is transferred to the foam, you slowly sink into the bed.

Natural latex mattresses are typically made with layers of 100% Natural Talalay or Dunlop latex foam ranging from 2” to 8” of thickness and is usually customizable to an individual’s comfort and alignment needs. These latex layers are highly durable and not commonly prone to developing body impressions. Most latex mattresses use an organic casing— made with materials such as wool and cotton In contrast with conventional beds, your body tends to  lay on top of the natural latex as opposed to sinking down into it, although this can depend on the particular firmness level of the mattress you lay on Firmness is determined by ILD—or Indentation Load Deflection—which allows each customer to specifically determine their preferred support level. This customization and durability make latex mattresses an ideal choice for those with neck, back, and hip problems.

Uninterrupted Sleep 

Lying on an interlocking set of springs means you’re often fully aware every time your partner rolls or flops across the bed —- this is known as motion transfer. The layered system of natural latex, cotton, and wool evenly distributes weight throughout each area of the mattress, creating what’s known as movement isolation. Weight change on one side of the mattress has no effect on the other side of the bed, keeping everyone happy and well rested.

Breathable Materials

When summer starts to heat up, a synthetic mattress can make you feel even warmer, which isn’t ideal for restful sleep. The material traps warm air and moisture instead of wicking it away from your body or allowing air to fully circulate.

In natural latex mattresses, the evenly porous cells breathe far more freely, allowing you to adjust to the temperatures from season to season. Berkeley Ergonomics latex mattresses, for example, use an interconnected cell structure of organic Talalay latex that aids in the evaporation process of sweat and encouraging warm air circulation. Additional the cotton and wool lined cover pull moisture and heat away from your body, keeping you cool, dry and comfortable while you sleep.

Allergen-Free Bedrooms

If you’re allergies often flare up at night, it could be from your mattress. Certain types of conventional mattresses are more likely to support dust mites, mildew and even mold. Since latex foam is resistant to these three pests, those with allergies issues are more physically comfortable, breathe easier and sleep more soundly.

Natural latex mattresses also avoid “off-gassing,” which is quite common in standard mattresses, especially those with memory foam and polyurethane toppers. Chemical compounds break down and release potent and unpleasant gasses into the bedroom, especially just after purchase.VOC’s or Volatile Organic Compounds can cause small problems like eye, nose and throat irritation, or serious issues such as liver damage central nervous system damage, and cancer.

Safe and Modern Flame Protection

In order to meet safety standards established back in the 1970s, each mattress—and the majority of upholstered furniture—must pass an open flame test to enter the market. Unfortunately, this means that conventional mattresses may include dangerous, flame-retardant chemicals, that until recently, were considered standard practice.

Research has found these chemicals can lead to a wealth of complex health complications, including certain cancers and developmental issues in children, not to mention a range of detrimental environmental effects as well.

By covering latex mattresses with organic covers with naturally flame-retardant wool or cotton, the mattress maintains it flame-proof safety levels without the dangerous chemicals. Savvy Rest latex mattresses use GOTS-certified organic wool batting that both avoids detrimental compounds while providing all-around peace of mind.

As our focus shifts more to our daily health and the importance of a chemical-free home, the versatile, natural latex mattress is gaining momentum. In order to create both a balanced, supportive night of rest and a bedroom free from disruptive allergens, designers are tapping into the benefits of natural materials such as natural latex.

  • Ali Qari

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