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 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 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.