Latex & Health

4 REASONS TO CHOOSE A LATEX MATTRESS TOPPER

It can be hard to judge how a mattress will feel day in and day out. The firmness of a mattress will likely feel different to you after sleeping on it for 5 hours vs. trying it out for 5 minutes in the store. It is easy to make a mistake. Just because a mattress is a little too firm, does not mean you made a terrible mistake. A lot of our customers like their new mattress but simply wish it was a bit softer. A soft or medium latex mattress topper is perfect for this situation. A 2″ (5 cm) latex mattress topper will work great in most cases. A 3″ (7.5 cm) latex mattress topper is great if the problem is more severe or if you simply love the feel of latex foam. A soft latex mattress topper will make your mattress feel slightly softer without drastically altering the feel of your mattress. If anything, it will probably give you better support than the mattress below.

Latex mattress toppers breathe very well and are great to place on the surface of a hot bed. Many beds use memory foam on the top layer of the mattress. Memory foam retains heat and contains no air channels which allow heat to escape. Latex foam naturally breathes and air channels which allow air to circulate through it.

Putting a latex mattress topper over an old mattress can give the mattress a whole new life. If you have an old mattress that has become increasingly uncomfortable, a latex mattress topper is a great and cost effective alternative to buying a new mattress. Often, mattresses have soft polyurethane foam at the top. Polyurethane foam will degrade over time and will eventually lose its firmness. Depending on the quality of the mattress (more expensive does not always mean higher quality!), this process may take place sooner than you would expect. Often times the springs below the foam are in decent condition after the the foam has lost its firmness. The mattress will feel firmer because you are not getting the soft cushion that the foam once provided and are instead feeling the firmer springs below. Putting a latex mattress topper on top of your old mattress will restore the cushion that the polyurethane foam once provided. Latex foam is much more supportive than the polyurethane foam and you will likely find that your old worn out mattress is more comfortable than ever. The best thing is, you won’t have to worry about the latex foam falling apart like the polyurethane foam. It is not uncommon for latex foam to last for over 10 years.

Many people find themselves awoken throughout the night as their memory foam mattress prevents them from moving around in their sleep. Latex foam, on the other hand, is very reactive and will move with you to provide support at every point. While memory foam will fight you every time you shift position, latex foam will adjust instantly to keep you comfortable. We recommend going with a 3″ latex mattress topper in this situation to give you maximum protection from the sinking memory foam. A medium or firm 2″ latex mattress topper may also help.

When Is It Time To Replace Your Mattress?

Consider these first;

  • Is your mattress five to eight years old?
  • Do you wake up with stiffness, numbness, aches and pains?
  • Have you had a better night’s sleep somewhere other than your own bed (such as a hotel or friend’s guest room)?
  • Does your mattress sag where you lie, or sag at the edges so you feel you might fall off?
  • Does your bed make noises when you lie on it?
  • Do you and your partner lie comfortably alongside each other?
  • Is the surface of your mattress uncomfortable to touch?
  • Would you be embarrassed to show your bed without sheets to your friends?
  • Is the cover torn, soiled or stained?

If you answered YES to these questions more than no it may be time for a new bed or mattress.

Current research has clearly shown that problems with sleep health have reached epidemic proportions in the busy lives we all lead. While most research points to developing successful sleep habits, it often neglects the most important piece of furniture in our home, our mattress.

Let’s start with the basics, all mattresses will breakdown over time. It’s not a sales ploy that all major manufacturers of innerspring mattresses suggest that you replace your mattress every seven years. When mattresses breakdown they typically lose support at your hips and mid-section, where most of your weight is centered. Generally the first clue to this loss of support is lower back discomfort.

Tossing and turning, just can’t get comfortable during the night, but still sleeping on the same old mattress? Now, if your mattress suddenly felt this way overnight, you’d realize that something was seriously wrong, that somehow your mattress had “died.”

Unfortunately, the breakdown of a mattress happens slowly, and you adapt to the discomfort without realizing the culprit, your mattress. So, on and on it goes, another restless night, hard to be productive at work, maybe another cup of coffee will do the trick. Yes, it is time to replace your mattress!

First, change your perception of your mattress, no other piece of furniture in your house, or your car seats, not even your TV, will get the use that you expect from your mattress. Sure, budgets are tight, however to scrimp and save money by delaying the purchase of a new mattress, or by purchasing a series of poorly built, inexpensive mattresses, is detrimental to your health.

Instead, take the time to research and explore the benefits that newer styles of mattresses can provide, particularly mattresses that replace the innerspring coils with high quality foam. Now, quality foams, which include high density polyurethane foam, memory foam and latex foam, are not as inexpensive as steel coils, however, the durability of the best foam mattresses is far superior to an innerspring mattress.

Knowing that foam is more conforming and comfortable, many manufacturers have designed mattresses with “pillow tops,” using various layers of foam to reduce pressure points. Unfortunately, the “pillow top” often breaks down before the springs, as foams of lesser quality and lower densities are often layered together, simply to lower manufacturing costs.

It’s time to elevate your mattress to the king (or queen) of all your home furnishings, you owe it to yourselves and your family. Current research into sleep health has not only shown that the majority of us have less than optimal sleep, but also how important quality sleep is to our health and productivity. It’s simple, better sleep, better life.

If you’ve explored our website, and looked at the research we’ve posted, then you already know we consider natural latex foam to be the finest mattress material available. Natural latex is simply the most comfortable and durable of all manufactured foams, with firmness levels that can be easily adjusted for the individual. We all sleep on latex mattresses, and we are serious when we say “we want your family to sleep as well as ours.”

Everyone will have a different preference for the style and type of mattress that best suits them. Our advice is to not underestimate the difference that high quality sleep will make in your life. If you are uncomfortable on your current mattress, wishing it felt the same way as when it was new, don’t try to see if it will last a little longer, it’s time to replace your mattress!

How to Clean Latex Pillows?

  • Latex pillows are firm and generally moulded to fit the shape of your neck. This gives added support to your neck and reduces the points of pressure giving you a more comfortable and well-rested night’s sleep. Unlike typical pillows, latex pillows are durable and designed to hold their shape. Hypo-allergenic latex pillows keep dust mites and mildew at bay while allowing for increase air flow throughout the pillow. Overtime, latex pillows can become dirty and should be spot cleaned when necessary.
  • Fill a container or sink with warm water. Add a few drops of a mild laundry detergent. Swish the water and detergent until they are well mixed.
  • Saturate a clean cloth in the mixture. Wring out the excess liquid.
  • Blot the latex pillow with the cloth to remove the stains. Continue blotting and reapplying the mixture until the stains is removed.
  • Lay the pillow on top of a clean towel. Place another clean towel on top of the pillow.
  • Press down on the pillows and towels gently to remove the moisture. Continue in this manner until the pillow is dry.
  • Lay the pillow flat in a dry location out of direct sunlight.

Tips & Warning

  • Do not place latex pillows in the washing machine or dryer.
  • Do not twist or scrunch the pillow during the cleaning process.
  • Use a pillowcase to keep the pillow clean.

Sleeping Positions

There are three main sleeping positions—on back, on stomach and on side. The pillow has a lot to do with each sleeping position, since each position needs a different level of neck and head support.

On Back: Those who sleep on their backs need a pillow that will support the head, neck, shoulders and spine. Your cervical spine has a natural curve and the pillow should conform to that curve for maximum support and relaxation.

On Stomach: Those who tend to sleep on their stomachs need a relatively flat pillow that is just enough to keep the head and neck aligned with the spine. But remember, this sleeping position is not good for your spine.

On Side: If you sleep on either of your sides, use a pillow that supports your head in line with neck. You should maintain a horizontal posture so that the weight is naturally distributed without exerting undue pressure. The pillow should fill the spaces between your ear and mattress. If your head or neck is tilted, and is not aligned with the rest of the spine, it leads to neck or back pain.

Back or side sleepers need a firmer pillow, whereas stomach sleepers need a softer one. Pillow firmness depends upon the density of a pillow filling—the more the filling, the firmer the pillow. To test the firmness of a pillow, put it on a flat surface and bend in half. If it folds easily, it is soft. If you need to put some force into folding a pillow in half, it probably has a good amount of support.

Treat Your Pillow Right

Here are some guidelines that will help you pick out and maintain the right pillow:

  • Replace your pillow as soon as it starts to wear out or you feel it isn’t supporting your head and neck anymore. Most pillows will last between six months and two years, natural latex pillows normally lasting longer.
  • Fold your pillow in half. If it springs back, it still has some life in it. If it stays folded, it’s time for an upgrade.
  • A pillow should support your neck while cushioning your head and keeping your spine in alignment.
  • Think about how you sleep. A back-sleeper may prefer a lower-profile pillow, while a side-sleeper may prefer a higher profile pillow. Tummy-sleepers usually prefer a thin pillow.
  • Plump, fluffy pillows don’t provide core firmness necessary to maintain necessary support.
  • The softer the pillow, the less potential support. Luxury cars have the firmest seats.

A good pillow will not compensate for a poor mattress – one that is saggy, too springy or lumpy.

A Good Night's Rest Boosts Benefits of A Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

Sleep has been called the “third pillar” of health, in addition to diet and exercise, and recent research is shedding light on just how important sleep is to a healthy lifestyle. A new study has found that getting a good night’s rest actually increases the cardiovascular benefits of a healthy diet and physical activity.

A large Dutch population study, published this week in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, found that sleep increases the ability of lifestyle factors — including a healthy diet, exercise, moderate alcohol consumption and not smoking — to protect the body against cardiovascular disease.

Practicing these lifestyle habits was associated with a 57 percent lower risk of fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular disease (CVD), and a 67 percent lower chance of fatal events. But for those who also got sufficient rest (at least seven hours a night) in addition to the four healthy lifestyle habits, the heart health benefits were even greater. A healthy lifestyle plus sufficient sleep was linked with a 65 percent lower risk of CVD (fatal and non-fatal) and a 83 percent lower risk of fatal cardiovascular events.

“If all participants adhered to all five healthy lifestyle factors, 36 percent of composite CVD and 57 percent of fatal CVD could theoretically be prevented or postponed,” the study’s authors write in a press release. “The public health impact of sufficient sleep duration, in addition to the traditional healthy lifestyle factors, could be substantial.”

The researchers found that even without the other healthy lifestyle factors, good sleep itself was linked with significant cardiovascular benefits. Proper rest alone lowered the risk of composite CVD by 22 percent, and fatal cardiovascular events by about 43 percent.

“It is always important to confirm results, but the evidence is certainly growing that sleep should be added to our list of CVD risk factors,” lead researcher Dr. Monique Verschuren of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands, said in the press release.

Getting proper rest — the CDC recommends seven to nine hours per night for adults — has been associated with a number of other health benefits, including improved memory, lower levels of inflammation, and healthy weight.