The benefits of a latex mattress are many. They are the longest lasting mattresses on the market, with some models reaching 20 years of use. They are both hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, which can be a major plus for those with allergies. In addition, latex mattresses are natural so they are better for the environment, as well. Latex is a naturally occurring substance underneath the bark of rubber trees and makes a very durable foam for mattresses.
One common question asked about latex mattresses, and really all foam mattresses, is: will it sleep hot? Foams are more insulative since they are closed cell materials and may absorb some body heat from sleepers. But how much of a concern is this to the average person and will they notice any difference? The answer to this seems to be that most will not notice any real difference.
Memory foam, polyfoam and latex are the three main foam-type mattresses. Consumer reviews tend to place memory foam as the hottest sleeping foam mattress type, followed by polyfoam. This means of the foam mattresses, latex causes the least concerns. In fact, when compared to all mattresses, latex seems to receive fewer complaints about heat than many other types – including non-foam mattresses.
Around seven percent of latex mattress owners reported complaints about them sleeping hot. However, memory foam received nine percent and innerspring mattress owners actually reported 10 percent. Innerspring is a basic, traditional mattress and not even made of foam internally. Almost all mattress-types though, even non-foam mattresses, will have foam in the top layers for comfort, which may be the reason common innerspring mattresses still can sleep hotter than foam mattresses.
One mitigating factor for many foam mattresses, is that the top of the mattress is full of pin core holes that allow greater breathability. These can bring the temperature of a foam mattress down significantly. Even simply using a bed cover that is more breathable will make a big difference. So, yes, it’s true that there may be a difference with foam mattresses being slightly hotter, but it doesn’t seem to be a noticeable one to most people. For the few who do notice, memory foam mattresses are the most likely to cause one to “sleep hot” and latex is the least.
Latex mattresses have so many benefits, it would be a shame to rule them out due to overblown rumors of overheating. The truth is, the vast majority of latex mattress owners (93 percent) do not notice any difference in heat and get to enjoy this versatile, long-lasting, natural, hypoallergenic mattress for many years with no problems. If you live in Durham or the surrounding area and want to investigate whether a natural latex mattress is right for you, please call Green Dream Beds at 919-321-1284 to set-up an appointment.