In-depth Guide to Latex Mattresses

It has always been seen as a rather hard task to buy a mattress. At least in my family, because my dad suffered from severe back pain that kept him in bed like an hour after he got up in the morning. A trully horrible situation that led the man research and try out and think for days before he decides to actually buy a new mattress. Even the mattresses in mine and my brother’s room were changed as a precaution.

After doing extremely extensive research on his problem, the types of mattresses there are on the market and which one would best suit his situation and protect his sleep, my dad finally found his sacred solution: a latex mattress. I was so skeptical at first; I don’t remember latex being ever associated with a mattress. So with a question on my mind and a worry that the man would throw away his money for nothing, I did a little digging of my own.

A latex mattress?
Latex mattresses aren’t exactly quantum mechanics, as various information on the Internet explain it. They’re called latex mattresses because of the material used for producing them. They’re acctually made by using rubber tree for the internals of the mattress, instead of using the traditional bedding technology based on springs. Besides being the type of mattress that is best for people with back pain, latex mattresses are also the best option for people who suffer from severe allergies, as the organic rubber tree is very hypoallergenic and therefore easy for highly sensitive people.

Types of latex and types of latex mattresses
There are several types of latex and consequently, several types of latex mattresses. Natural or completely organic latex is made of the rubber tree sap or the serum – a substance a little milky on appearance and touch. Synthetic rubber is man-made by polymerizing a monomer. The monomer is called styrene, and when emulsified with certain surfactants it results in a material that behaves exactly like a mattress made from organic latex. There’s the blended type of latex which comprises of 80% synthetic latex and 20% organic latex. From all these materials, different types of mattresses are made.

The all latex mattress
Whether it’s from 100% organic latex, or a latex made as a blend from organic and synthetic latex, or completely synthetic one, this mattress is made from one end to another from latex. Every part and layer is made from latex and as such offer extremely good motion isolation. As good as these are, they aren’t very common on the marketplace and as a result are expensive.

The latex over foam mattress
The name of the mattress says it quite clearly: there’s a layer of latex over a foam mattress. The combination is generally a visco memory foam mattress with a layer of latex on it. The thing with these mattresses is that their price depends largely on the thickness of the layers: the thicker a particular layer is, the more expensive the mattress will be. Overall, these are the least expensive from all latex mattresses, but still – they hold a certain price level. As a solution for certain problems, these do best for joint pain and reducing back problems along with great motion isolation.

The oppositte combo: foam over latex
Contrary to the above mentioned combination, this mattress has a thinner visco memory foam as the top layer of the mattress and a base made of thicker latex. A variant of this type is multi layered mattress which has a layer of latex between the two foam layers: the base and the top one. These also provide good motion isolation and are a lot cheaper.


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