Improve Your Sleep Environment | Part 8: What a Latex Mattress Can Do For You
My recent blogs on improving your sleep environment have taken a little bit of a left turn into the types of mattresses out there—the pros and cons of each and how they can work for you. To me, your mattress is the most pivotal part of your bedroom. And several times in the last week, I’ve mentioned that I tend to advocate for an all-natural botanical latex mattress to anyone who will listen. I think it’s time to let you know a little more about latex, and why it’s such a one-of-a-kind bedding material:
- Latex is “Green.” Latex—when it’s all-natural, chemical-free, and manufactured close to the estate where the rubber is farmed (to reduce its carbon footprint)—is a singularly eco-conscious bedding choice. Rubber trees are a renewable resource that can help trap carbon, since the same tree can produce latex without being harmed throughout its entire lifespan… which can be upwards of 50 years.
- Latex is natural. As a botanical byproduct, latex can be 100 percent natural when properly processed. Latex (that has no chemicals added, no glue between layers, and an organic mattress cover that uses a non-chemical flame retardant) is a healthy and chemical-free way to sleep without worrying about what fumes you’re breathing while you sleep.
- Latex is luxurious. Latex is one of the most versatile and comfortable options on the market. Available in a wide range of ILDs or firmnesses, latex can soothe even the most uncomfortable sleeper. It’s a truly luxe bedding option that’s good for the environment and good for your body.
- Latex is long-lasting. All-natural (NOT synthetic) latex has been known to last from 20 to 50 years with proper maintenance. That kind of lifespan, when compared to the number of cheap inner springs you could buy in the same time frame, puts the cost of latex in a whole new light.
- Latex can help. If you’re having trouble sleeping, latex can make a difference. If you’re too hot at night, the air flow capabilities of latex foam can help you feel cooler… but if you’re always cold, the insulating capabilities of the foam can help you warm up—it’s the ultimate temperature regulator. It’s an excellent option for pressure relief and long-lasting comfort, and so might even help improve sleep quality for a range of medical problems.
To improve your sleep environment, you can’t just focus on the bedroom space—you have to focus on your mattress. It doesn’t matter how serene your surroundings, how comfortable the temperature, or how dark you keep it of your bed isn’t comfortable. If you can’t feel restful on your mattress, none of the rest of it will make a difference.
Author Bio: +Michelle Gordon is a sleep expert who researches and writes about sleep and health, and is an online publisher for the latex mattress specialist Latexmattress.org.