What Is The Difference Between a Latex Mattress and Memory Foam?

Posted in Natural Latex Organic Mattresses, Nutrition, Rest Well, Sleep Healthy

One more rough night trying to sleep, and you are ready to toss out your ancient, spring-coil mattress. Good for you! Recognizing that you need to invest in a new bed that supports your body and promotes healthier sleep is the first step toward improving your life. Of course, with all the different ergonomic beds and mattresses on the market, how do you know which is best for you? You will see ads that tout memory foam over traditional coil mattresses, and perhaps latex mattresses as well. You might think latex and memory foam are one and the same, but the fact is – there is a difference.

If you are familiar with the brand-name memory mattresses, you know they are touted as having no coils. In fact, the mattress is basically a long block of foam material – firm enough to support weight and allegedly able to prevent bouncing and discomfort. Commercials will show a glass of wine resting on one corner while somebody jumps up and down on the opposite end, and the wine is undisturbed. The idea is to show you that if you have a spouse that tosses and turns, you are not affected. While it is nice not having to feel as though you are sleeping on an adrift raft, unless the mattress beneath you truly is comfortable, you still won’t sleep.

Latex models, by comparison, are typically made with a large percentage of natural latex rubber combined with other components to ensure firmness and comfort. One may find at the core of the mattress a block similar to memory foam, poked with holes throughout. This helps with the breathable quality of the latex. One will never find a 100% latex mattress because if one were to be constructed, the rubber would prove too hard for sleeping.

Appearance-wise, you may not see a difference, but there is one not necessarily visible. Not all memory foam brands are made of organic materials, and therefore may not be produced through natural and organic methods. An organic, latex model is not treated with chemical preservatives that can linger in your home and possibly affect your breathing. If you feel a memory model is better for your back, bear in mind that how it is manufactured could have lasting effects on how you sleep.

As you decide between memory foam and a latex mattress, take the time to note the differences – the materials that go into them, and how they are produced. The more you know, the easier it will be to sleep at night.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on organic mattresses and latex mattresses.