Are natural latex mattresses really worth the money? Natural latex foam offers plenty in the way of enhanced comfort and support but it can be cost prohibitive for some sleepers. To explore the differences between natural, blended and synthetic latex, you can check out our blog here. For the purposes of this article, we'll simply review the top selling points of natural latex to help you determine if it's the perfect sleep solution for you.
Pain Reduction and Prevention
Over one-third of sleepers claim that a latex mattress either prevents or reduces pain. That's because latex offers unique pressure point relief, attributed to its natural buoyancy and resilience. Latex contours gently to the human body but, unlike memory foam, has the ability to bounce back from body impressions the moment you move. These attributes can create better spinal alignment, better full body support and, importantly, help alleviate lower back pain.
Many latex mattress manufacturers offer beds with a choice of comfort levels. This gives you the ability to customize the sleep surface. We've noted that the combined responsiveness and contouring of latex foam is perhaps the very best choice for those who suffer from chronic back pain, but there is a caveat—in order to get maximum benefits from any mattress, you need to choose the right comfort level for your body type and sleep style. Firmness levels for most latex mattresses range widely from extra soft and soft to firm and extra firm. Talalay latex is developed with eight firmness levels, allowing for a true medium firmness sleep experience as well as soft and firm options.
Latex tends to last several years longer than other foam mattresses—in part because of its natural resilience, which allows the foam to instantly return to its original shape after compression. Talalay Global latex ensures longevity by stringently and repeatedly simulating the body impression effect on foam that can come from extended periods of sleep. It similarly tests its foams for the softening effects that can occur when a person continuously gets in and out of bed. The result is exceptional durability: Talalay latex cores will not break down or dip excessively over time.
Naturally hypoallergenic, Talalay latex is certified as Oeko-Tex Class I, the highest rating possible. This certification verifies that each latex product is free from harmful substances and is safe. Very few foam producers in the world meet the standards of this independent, third-party certification.
In addition to Talalay latex’s Oeko-Tex Class I certification, Talalay Global washes every core in a 5-cycle washing system. This process removes residual soaps and compounding agents that, if left in the process, can cause premature body sets, odor issues and potential allergic reactions.
Talalay latex has a breathable design and cell structure that creates a temperature neutral environment—delivering 228 percent more airflow than other latex foams for a cooler, more comfortable night’s sleep.
Talalay latex is ideal for people with allergies and asthma. It is naturally mold, mildew and dust mite resistant and is inherently antibacterial and anti-fungal.
The Talalay process features natural, biodegradable ingredients that come from renewable resources and raw materials: natural latex, air and water. The rubber trees are safeguarded in the latex harvesting process—and they remain productive for 25 years, absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and helping to reduce greenhouse gases.
Natural latex doesn’t off gas like synthetic foam or polyurethane. A “new bed smell” may be present when the latex first arrives, but no harmful chemicals are being released: Talalay is made of only natural ingredients.
Decreased Motion Transfer
If your old mattress wakes you up every time your partner moves, you'll appreciate the motion isolation of a latex mattress. Plus, remember that latex is known for its full-body support and “bounce”—ideal for a great night’s sleep and everything else you might do in bed.
Made in the U.S.A.
Talalay Global latex products are manufactured with pride in Shelton, Connecticut.
Overall, latex offers premium comfort with a number of options to help you get your best sleep ever. If you'd like additional information on choosing the perfect mattress, sleep experts are available online and over the phone to help.