Latex Vs Memory Foam – Which Foam For Your Mattress?

Sleep is a very serious issue. We spend half our lives asleep so getting the perfect mattress should be prioritised. Not only is a mattress important for a perfect night’s sleep but it is also important for those who suffer from aches and pains. A poor mattress can hurt you – literally.

Two of the most popular types of mattress these days are memory foam and latex foam. Many people struggle to choose between the two types of foam for the best choice of mattress for them. This article gives you a break down of the differences between the 2 foams (latex vs memory foam) so you can make an informed and confident decision about your purchase.

Memory Foam

Memory foam is popular because it is supportive, comfortable and known to help those who struggle to get a restful night’s sleep. Memory foam is usually made from visco elastic foams that contour to your body. The more dense the foam is, the firmer the mattress is. However having a dense mattress also means it will last longer, and some of the problems associated with low density memory foam is that they tend to “stop working” sooner and potentially cost you more money in the long term. Density also matters in relation to your body weight too, so when choosing a mattress make sure it can withstand your weight!

Memory foam is very comfortable to sleep on – moreso than latex. However, most memory foam mattresses are made with harsh chemicals that are not good for the environment or for your health. This is why when you first purchase a mattress it has to be aired out to get rid of the chemical smell. There are some environmentally friendly memory foam mattresses available on the market that do not use the traditional petroleum-based chemicals and opt for plant-based chemicals instead.

One of the biggest drawbacks for memory foam is that it can cause overheating in some people. As an owner of a memory foam mattress, I have had no such problems with overheating and neither has my partner, however some people find that they get rather hot and sweaty. Some brands have tried to overcome this with airflow technology but looking at customer reviews, it suggests they haven’t fully.

Latex Foam

Latex foam mattresses can be found made from 100% latex, made from synthetic latex or a blend. Most companies choose not to use 100% natural latex as it is the most expensive but also most durable mattress available.

Latex foam is more natural than memory foam. It is much more breathable – something that memory foam struggles to be and thus it can cause one to overheat. Latex foam usually has pincore cells which make it more breathable and also let the foam contour to your body.

Latex foam is constructed from vulcanized sap from rubber trees, so from a health and environmental perspective latex is the better choice of foam.

Latex foam has a higher elasticity to it than memory foam has. When you sit on a memory foam mattress it will feel more solid and firm than a latex one. The latex foam will feel springy in comparison.

One worry about latex foam is the rare allergic reactions that xcan be tirggered for some people. This is usually only on skin contact though and with natural/synthetic latex mixes that are available, is highly unlikely to happen as the proteins that trigger the reaction are usually washed away.

Overall, latex foam seems to be the best choice if you want to confident you are getting an environmentally and healthy mattress, but may not be as comfortable or supportive as a memory foam. A great way to make sure you are making the right decision is to try before you buy at a local store if at all possible. This isn’t entirely necessary, as many foam mattresses now come with a free trial period, so if you do change your mind you can send it back.

The Benefits of Memory Foam Mattress and Why It’s So Expensive

If you’ve read my previous article about benefits of memory foam pillows, you might probably expect to find exactly the same listing here, but I’ll surprise you – even though they are close to each other, mattresses serve a completely different function. Chances are, you probably don’t need both of them to reach your goals, but I will help you make that choice in another article. If you haven’t checked out the post about pillow benefits, go for it, meanwhile the rest of you – enjoy your read.

Let’s start with relieving your body’s pressure, allowing you to sleep more comfortably than on traditional spring mattress – this happens due to specific, thermal properties of the used material. When you lie on your bed, the more pressure you apply to a specific place, the more heat your body “transfers” onto the surface of memory foam, which results in it softening and accommodating your weigh just better than springs, which, as we know, don’t do this at all.

Another, very important, benefit is being able to stay completely quiet through the whole night. That’s very important if you happen to have a partner sleeping with you at night and you’ve found yourself lying awake due to his movements. Even your movements on springs could cause unpleasant sounds, obstructing your sleep or in the worst case, waking you up! Now, since there’s no mechanism involved and all is done by a cushioning material, there’s just no way for sound to appear!

Now, I’ve already mentioned about relieving body pressure, which results in no more back ache, but it’s important to not forget about your spine. Due to the adapting capabilities of memory foam, it will help correct your posture in case you had any problems, and help maintain it once it’s been improved. Don’t get me wrong, those mattresses won’t solve all of your posture problems, but they are a definite improvement over your old one in that aspect.

All in all, those three benefits are the main sales points of memory foam mattress business. Many polls have proven that they aren’t over-exaggerated at all, and I can vouch for them myself – as you know, I’m a happy owner of memory foam mattress and pillow. I hope you enjoyed reading and would love to hear your feedback as I continue to provide you with more and more content!

What Makes Memory Foam So Expensive?

Ever wondered why memory foam makes things so expensive? Find out the reason here!

With all the talk about memory foam mattresses and pillows, one thing that raises some concern is the price. Thus, no wonder that you are probably asking why are memory foam mattresses so expensive. There is no straight answer as this might not be the correct question. Instead, you should be asking yourself if you are willing to spend certain sum of money on what will improve your life in many ways.

It is common knowledge that better products cost more. Clothes of famous labels, picturesque views made by famous painters – they all cost more than their regular counterparts. But in return, they give more benefits. Same is with the memory foam mattresses and pillows – they have so many advantages over regular beds. With features such as cooling gel which keeps your pillow’s temperature at the right level, protection from dust mites and the fact that memory foam shapes to your body which does not stop blood flow as much as feather-filled pillows and mattresses do, memory foam really makes up for its price. They do not absorb unpleasant smells nor liquids as well which adds up to the cost.

However, another reason for the considerably high price is the way memory foam is manufactured. While science has evolved a lot over the past decades and so did the memory foam industry, all of the production issues have not been solved. Polyurethane from which memory foam mattresses and pillows are mostly made of and the other components are not easy to produce. Memory foam is still a fairly new industry which faced a lot of problems with development mainly because of the unreliable and expensive manufacturing process, while feather-filled mattresses and pillows are a common and quite easy to make. Nevertheless, due to constant research you should not be asking why are memory foam mattresses so expensive, but instead – when will it be cheaper, as it is only a matter of time.

In conclusion, given the facts that memory foam mattresses and pillows make your sleep a pleasant event and the way it is created should itself explain the price. Then again, having a good night rest has a huge impact on your whole day as it boosts your morale and positivity. A price tag should not stop you from enjoying your sleep and living your life to the fullest. I hope this article explained why are memory foam mattresses so expensive and if you still have any questions or doubts – drop a comment or write me an e-mail.

Back Pain and Memory Foam

Back Pain and Memory Foam

Curing back pain seems to be the main selling point of memory foam, but where did this come from?

If you’ve done your piece of research about memory foam, you might already know how everyone seems to be praising its ability to relieve back and all other factors related to your spine area. At the beginning, it certainly got me curious, why it is the main factor of many people buying the mattresses and pillows, but after searching a bit, I’ve found the answer. I hope you’ll enjoy this article and find it helpful!

Back Pain and Memory Foam

In modern society, we spend a lot of our daytime sitting in a chair or doing work that depends greatly on our back – labor or build sites require you to carry heavy stuff most of the time, without any break, while we don’t really stretch or exercise after work, resulting in, you guessed it, back pain. Same case with desk jobs that often result in spending 8 hours, if not more, just sitting in a chair without any kind of major movement. There’s a high possibility of huge ache of your lower back if that’s your work environment.

Not only what you do during daily life might affect your back – your sleeping position matters just as much in that case. Common problem is lower back pain, just like with working in a sitting position. This may be caused by either overly arching that part of your body or putting too much strain on it due to alignment of your hips, for example. From my experience, the best position to sleep is on your back, but if you find it not good enough for you, I encourage you to experiment.

This brings us to the topic of memory foam. What does it have to do with back pain? Just like explained in my articles about its benefits – for pillows, as well as mattresses – it relieves the pressure from your body. By the use of thermal properties of the material, it softens around places which put most force onto it – such points on our body are called pressure points. That’s also important when we take neck pain into account, which can be caused by the use of wrong pillow. Did you know that not putting enough support for your neck during sleep may also cause back pain? I found it interesting, but if you put some thought behind it, it seems pretty obvious – after all, they’re connected by the spine.

There’s more to that, but those are the essentials and all you will ever need to know about the relation of back pain with memory foam. If you excluded all those mentioned as causes of your back pain, I believe special mattress or a pillow, if not both, will be the best solution for you. As always, I appreciate all feedback from you so be sure to leave a comment!

Isotonic Structure 6 Zone Memory Foam Queen Mattress Topper

If you have been looking for the best memory foam topper you may have heard about the Visco elastic foam toppers. Most of the gel mattress reviews don’t cover them, and they aren’t usually sized to be included in the memory foam pillow reviews, so what are they? We took a look at the Isotonic Structure Topper to see how a Visco elastic foam compared to the normal gel infused memory toppers. When you consider that the list price for the Isotonic starts at $100, and is then discounted – you can see why we were interested in looking at this option for sleep enhancement.

Memory Foam Mattress Topper Reviews – Features

The first thing that mattress pad reviews look at is the description of the pad itself. This requires careful reading as the manufacturer always writes it to make the smallest thing look like the best part about the pad. When you clean away all the hype, the Isotonic Structure Topper is a memory foam topper that uses a patented 6 zone structure. This structure is designed to provide more support in key pressure areas than a solid foam topper. The Visco elastic foam used allows for it to be resilient and durable, while also hypoallergenic and lower in cost than gel memory foam toppers.


Memory Foam Mattress Topper Reviews – Benefits

Most of the customers found that the Isotonic 6 Zone Topper delivered a good night’s sleep, and they stayed cooler than they expected. One thing that took some getting used to was the variation in feel of lying on the topper. Once you are used to the feel, most people reported preferring it over the plain bed top. The raised sections for the neck and head area were singled out as providing a surprising level of comfort. The Visco difference didn’t seem to make a difference at all (except in price), as many people said it was as comfortable as the more expensive pad they were replacing.

Memory Foam Mattress Topper Reviews – Drawbacks

Some people never adapted to the look of the topper, and that seems to be the biggest drawback. That and the lack of variation in thickness of the topper from Isotonic. If you are a larger person needing firmer pressure point support, this mattress may not be ideal for you. The complaints about the look of it under the covering sheet were something that has to do with a person’s ascetic taste. Since most sheets are covered with comforters, it may not be an issue for you.

Memory Foam Mattress Topper Reviews – Opinion

In this price range, the Isotonic 6 Zone topper is the best rated memory foam mattress. It provides support, comfort and allows for adequate air circulation to keep you cool at night. If you have had a problem with the gel type memory foams and overheating, this may be the thing that will work for you. It can take a night or two to get used to, but in the end it is the best buy.