Many people are surprised at the concept of a latex mattress, but latex actually possesses a variety of benefits
that make it ideal for this purpose.
First of all, all latex mattresses are made with natural latex derived from the sap of the rubber tree. Latex
mattresses feature natural, biodegradable ingredients that come from renewable resources and water-based raw
materials, including natural latex, air and water. Latex is a truly green and environmentally friendly product that
does not contain any of the solvents and toxic chemicals that can be found in memory foam mattresses.
Furthermore, the manufacturing process does not damage the ozone layer; the rubber trees have up to 25 years
productive life and a strong positive effect on the environment, as they absorb carbon dioxide from the
atmosphere and reduce emissions.
Second, latex is an extremely flexible and elastic material. Latex is not too soft and not too hard. Its natural
resilience means it offers resistance to a sleeper’s weight in every body position and always returns to its initial
shape. This is called ‘progressive comfort’ – the higher the pressure exerted on it, the greater the support it
provides. Latex responds instantly to every your movement and adapts to the body contours, keeping your back
and spine perfectly straight if you sleep on your side or in their natural double-S position if you sleep on your
The excellent elasticity of latex supports the body’s natural movements, which is a very important condition for
revitalising sleep as a healthy sleeper changes his or hers physical posture up to 60 times a night. Latex also
provides great pressure relief and muscle relaxation, which makes it easier to fall asleep and also improves
circulation, resulting in less tossing and turning.Proper support is essential if you are suffering from back
problems or recovering from a serious injury, but it will also ensure that you never experience that stiff,
uncomfortable feeling when you wake up in the morning.
Latex has great point elasticity meaning it compresses only in the point of contact. As a bonus, this means that
two people can share a bed without disturbing each other when they move in the night, even if one partner is
heavier than the other. It doesn’t squeak either, so there’s minimal chance of one of you waking the other up if
you need to get up in the middle of the night!As well as being very elastic, latex is incredibly durable. A latex
mattress can last as long as twenty years, compared to conventional spring-based mattresses, which generally
need to be replaced every 5-7 years or so (or even more frequently in the case of cheap mattresses).
Latex is up to 20 times more durable than standard polyurethane foams. The strength of the latex material allows
the manufacturers to offer strong guarantees for their products and assures maximum value for consumers. This
means they represent an excellent long-term investment and won’t require any upkeep, other than occasionally
airing, flipping and rotating them to keep them fresh.
One of the main concerns with bedding today is being too hot when we sleep; it is uncomfortable and interrupts
the quality of our sleep. Fortunately, the open cell structure of latex mattresses means that they are highly
‘breathable’ – they don’t retain heat in the same way other designs do, as the air inside them is able to circulate
As a result, you won’t find yourself throwing open windows and sleeping on top of the bedding during the hot
summer months in an effort to stay cool. All this is in stark contrast to the popular memory foam mattresses.
These are made entirely of synthetic materials (mainly plastics), retain a lot of heat and, as the name implies,
have ‘memory’ or slow recovery properties. As a result, they will never be able to offer you the instant comfort
and support and the natural breathability of a high quality latex mattress.
There is a common misconception that latex in beds can cause an allergic reaction, but this is incorrect. Latex is
anti-bacterial, anti-dust mite, and resistant to mould and mildew. This makes latex mattresses ideal for people
with allergies. Indeed, when latex is manufactured, it is vulcanised at more than 110 degrees for around fifty
minutes to kill off all the most common allergens, so a latex mattress is the ideal choice for asthmatics, or those
with similar respiratory conditions. This vulcanisation process also means that even people who would normally
be allergic to the latex used in latex gloves, for example, can enjoy one of these mattresses without any cause for
concern about suffering a reaction.Latex is also toxin-free – you simply cannot find a healthier and safer bedding
By way of contrast, standard polyurethane and memory foams contain up to seven chemicals that are known as
carcinogens. Latex contains none of them.