Tired? Need a Good Night’s Sleep? Choose a Latex Mattress. ~ Michelle Gordon

Via Michelle Gordon
on Aug 30, 2012
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There are lots of ways to green our waking lives—from recycling to renewable energy to eating organic foods. The one-third of our life that we are asleep gets less attention and focus as far as sustainability goes.

Nevertheless, there are some wonderful green sleep options in the marketplace, and the all-natural latex mattress is one of them.

It’s Healthier.

As is often the case with greener alternatives, the health benefits of sleeping green weigh in significantly. Sleeping on a surface such as botanical latex affords the sleeper the perfect combination of comfort and support.

Pure, organic latex made into a mattress is a very elastic surface and, as compared to the man-made memory foam material, is instantly reactive. With the springiness of natural latex, the sleeper can find a very comfortable balance, as whichever position they decide to sleep in their spine is held in alignment. And as they make adjustments during the night, the mattress accommodates immediately.

The rubber foam give of the mattress allows the body’s weight to be evenly distributed across the whole surface of the mattress so that no one part or portion gets all of the force applied to it. Other traditional mattress types don’t come into complete contact with each of the contours of the body, sometimes causing uncomfortable pressure points.

The 100% natural latex foam mattress is about as green as they come. The white, milky liquid latex is extracted from the Hevea brasiliensis (Para rubber tree) and either through the Talalay or Dunlop processes (the former creating a softer mattress and the latter creating a denser foam mattress), is formed into a mattress core. The natural plant properties and characteristics are retained in the end product. Botanical latex mattresses are hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, antifungal and resistant to dust mites.

Those with a sensitive respiratory system or sensitive skin can benefit greatly from sleeping on botanical latex.

As natural latex foam is not temperature-activated (as opposed to memory foam), the open-ended cell latex foam is quite breathable, and allows the sleeper the advantage of not having body heat trapped up against them. Instead, the sleeper’s body heat dissipates into the middle of the mattress, providing a very comfortable and cool rest.

Sleeping Green is Sustainable and Long Lasting.

Natural latex foam is not only a sustainable choice, but it is also a long-lasting one. Latex foam mattresses made from all-natural materials have been known to last as long as 50 years. Most warranties from latex bed manufacturers are at least 20 to 25 years in length, outlasting most standard mattresses which are typically recommended to be replaced every five to seven years.

Those with an eco-friendly mindset can also be assured that a botanical latex mattress is biodegradable, reducing the consumer’s carbon footprint, and putting fewer mattresses in landfills over the sleeper’s lifetime.

Michelle Gordon is a contributor for LivingGreenMag, an online publication that informs and educates readers on a range of environmental and lifestyle issues, and highlights various non-profit causes. Visit www.LivingGreenMag.com.



*Originally published at Living Green Magazine 

Editor: Lara C.

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About Michelle Gordon

Michelle Gordon is a sleep expert who researches and writes about sleep and health, and is blogger for LatexMattress.org/blog.


6 Responses to “Tired? Need a Good Night’s Sleep? Choose a Latex Mattress. ~ Michelle Gordon”

  1. Latex is the best natural sleep solutions product anywhere. If you want proof of the durability just do a google search for "50 year latex" and you'll see me document on video just what a 50 year old latex mattress looks like on the inside.

  2. Debra Scott says:

    "Those with a sensitive respiratory system or sensitive skin can benefit greatly from sleeping on botanical latex."

    The author of this article is apparently unaware of the rapidly growing epidemic of life threatening allergy to natural rubber latex. Over the last decade, the statistics have jumped from 1% of the general population to 5-6%. That is 15 million people! Health care workers jumped from 8-10% to 15-18%, and children with multiple surgeries now have about a 75% chance of becoming allergic, almost a certainty.

    Latex allergy is a progressive disease, usually beginning with a localized rash at the point of contact, or with nausea/diarrhea if ingested. With each exposure to latex the body advances the reaction process (IgE mediated anaphylaxis) until it starts involving other organs, (rashes/blisters spreading over the entire skin, respiratory, entire gastro-intestinal, cardiac, and more). As this stage advances, the throat can swell completely shut, the lungs go into respiratory collapse, the nausea becomes violent vomiting and diarrhea. Unless immediate medical intervention occurs (i.e. EpiPen adrenaline) the body goes into shock, and the blood pressure drops to critical levels. If this occurs, or if the throat or lungs stop working, death occurs in minutes.

    OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) describes the reactions: “Use of natural rubber products may result in reactions that fall into the following three categories (See also Types of Reactions table):
    1.Irritant contact dermatitis;
    2.Type IV delayed hypersensitivity (also called
    allergic contact dermatitis); and
    3.Type I immediate hypersensitivity (also called
    IgE/histamine mediated allergy).
    These categories include reactions that vary from localized redness and rash; to nasal, sinus, and eye symptoms; to asthmatic manifestations, including cough, wheeze, shortness of breath, and chest tightness; to in some cases, severe systemic reactions with swelling of the face, lips, and airways that may progress rapidly to shock and, potentially, death.” http://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib012808.html

    Latex mattresses are extremely dangerous, even if a person is not aware of their allergy, or only reacts slightly, the constant nightly contact with it will advance their disease to critical levels. If they are not yet allergic to it, they will likely become allergic if they have other allergic conditions such as hay fever, other environmental allergies, or food allergies (all warning signs for latex allergy)

    "Botanical latex mattresses are hypoallergenic, "

    The FDA prohibits using the word hypoallergenic to describe products made with natural rubber latex : "Devices containing natural rubber that contact humans should not contain the term “hypoallergenic'” on their labeling. FDA has determined that the term “hypoallergenic” on products containing natural rubber would likely mislead consumers to conclude erroneously that the product may not cause latex protein allergic reactions." http://www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/deviceregulatio

    This article should be pulled from circulation!

  3. Leanna Reece says:

    Just because something is “natural” does not equate to inherent goodness. For example, it may be “natural” to cheat on one’s mate to increase genetic viability, but that does not make it “good.” Sure, natural rubber latex (in some forms) may be “natural,” but it is NOT good. To the contrary, it has caused an epidemic of life-threatening allergies with no escape for those afflicted. Please revise this article with a more educated understanding of the pros and cons of utilizing a latex mattress, unless of course this is yet another shill article propagating the lies of an industry that is far too entwined in our political system… And please excuse any typos as I am using a phone to type. I am ALLERGIC to keyboards.

  4. mark says:

    Hi Michelle Gordon all the information are so nice about Latex Mattress . i am very appreciate to read your blog . and so many thanks for sharing nice information

  5. theglobes says:

    Probably score on comfort whereas for reasons of health, latex mattress wins. theglobes.net The first reason, is for your health. Latex mattress offer pressure relief similar to that of a water.

  6. Fabmart says:

    Useful blog with more latex information. Natural latex are very healthy and extremely comfortable. It can be a very effective choice for those who have allergy problems.