What are the pros & cons of sleeping on a latex mattress? What does a latex mattress feel like?
Feb 1, 2008 5:25 AM
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I would like to know what some of the pros & cons are of sleeping on a latex mattress, especially in the kit form from a company like Flobeds (I have samples of the different latex cores from Flobeds). I understand that issues with comfort of latex depend on ILDs, a person's body type & weight, personal preferences, etc.

The only type of mattress I've slept has been an innerspring (with no latex). It's hard to tell by laying on a latex mattress in a store what the mattress will feel like to actually sleep on.

What is the difference in feel between sleeping on an all latex mattress and on an innerspring mattress? Does a latex mattress provide enough support for the lower back and hips, or is a latex mattress not a good choice for providing good back support? Does a latex mattress provide a good seating surface if you want to sit up in bed to read, or does your butt sink down too much for it to be comfortable enough to sit up in bed? With kits such as Flobeds that don't have a firmer edge support around the mattress to support sitting on, do you just sink in when you sit on the side of the bed? Can a latex mattress feel like you are sleeping on a piece of "dead" foam,  "dead" meaning no cushiness, no springiness to the foam?

Thank you very much for help and opinions. I've been reading this site (and old one) for over a year now, and I'm still learning.

Re: What are the pros & cons of sleeping on a latex mattress? What does a latex mattress feel like?
Reply #66 Nov 3, 2015 10:30 AM
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Benefits of Memory Foam Mattresses
Given the popularity and high owner reviews of memory foam, there’s clearly a lot to like. The most significant advantages focus on comfort and durability.

Relief of Pressure Points
One of the key things that distinguishes memory foam from other materials like regular poly foam, springs and fiber filling is how it responds to pressure. Memory foam was designed specifically for the purpose of absorbing pressure, which it accomplishes by molding to the shape of the person and distributing weight across its surface.

Rather than actively resisting your body weight (and squishing soft tissues in the middle), memory foam accommodates curves, creating a sensation often described as weightless, or cloudlike. The more memory foam in a mattress and the denser the foam, the more pronounced the effect is.

Back and Joint Support
As body weight is evenly support across the surface of a memory foam mattress, it also works to support your body’s natural alignment. Other types of mattresses concentrate weight on the heaviest areas of the body, which can result in distorting the position of your hips, legs or shoulders relative to your spine.

The regular foam layer that sits below the memory foam also plays a role in support, preventing you from sinking too far down.

Limits Motion Transfer
The ability to isolate motion can be a significant benefit for people who sleep with a partner or with a pet. On other types of mattresses, a person rolling over or getting out of bed on one side can disturb the other sleeper as springs bounce or water shifts, for example.

Since the material absorbs pressure and does not conduct motion, however, this effect is virtually eliminated with a sturdy, well-supported memory foam mattress.

Provides Good Longevity
Mattresses prove one of the larger purchases for the average household, costing several hundred or even several thousand dollars. Given the cost, people in turn typically expect to get several years of a good sleep out of a new bed.

While there is significant difference among brands within the categories, memory foam mattresses tend to outlast innerspring beds. They are significantly less likely to receive complaints of sagging in the first few years of use as well. Many manufacturers also say that memory foam beds do not need to be rotated as often as spring beds, and they do not need to be flipped.

Another point is that several higher-quality memory foam brands offer strong warranties, around 10 years of full-replacement coverage. Some will even cover impressions as shallow as 0.75”, while most innerspring brands will cover sagging deeper than 1.5”.

Large Price and Brand Selection
Innerspring beds remain the most widely available mattress type, but among the specialty mattresses, memory foam is the most accessible. Most mattress showrooms will carry at least a brand or two of memory foam and many more can be found online and via larger retailers.

Although some people think of memory foam as expensive, in today’s market there is little difference between it and the average innerspring price. Sleep Like The Dead estimates the average innerspring mattress buyer pays $1590 while the average memory foam buyer pays $1610, a difference of $20.Latex tends to come in a couple hundred dollars higher. There are several memory foam options spanning from ultra cheap and ultra luxury ranges, affording shoppers a strong range of choices to compare.

Usually Fairly Easy to Compare
Another benefit of visco mattresses is that once you learn the basics, they are actually fairly straightforward to shop for. Usually, comparing the type and density of memory foam, density of the core foam, and the warranty is enough to discern a good deal about a bed’s potential quality.

There aren’t dozens of details about coils or a book of terms on latex that you need to master before feeling confident about picking a good mattress. And, many medium and small brands are fairly open and transparent about quality, meaning time researching.

Potential Drawbacks
The minority of memory foam owners who dislike their mattresses usually mention issues related to heat, odor, or durability.

They Can Sleep Hot
Heat is probably the most prominently mentioned con of foam mattresses. Depending on the brand and type of memory foam, usually about 5% to 15% of reviewers mention feeling like the sleep hotter on memory foam compared to conventional beds. For innerspring beds without memory foam layers, heat complaints are closer to 5%.

Sleeping hot can be uncomfortable, as cool temperatures are associated with better sleep. Characteristics that make it more likely foam will trap heat include high-density foams, temperature-sensitive formulas (that use body heat to contour), closed-cell foams, and non-breathable mattress covers.

Gel foams are often touted as the answer for this complaint, however Consumer Reports’ tests found little difference compared to non-gel materials. Temperature neutral, plant based memory foams did demonstrate faster heat dissipation than gel in one study by manufacturer Cargill.

They Can Be a Little Smelly
Odor is a shorter-term drawback that can be associated with any new mattress using polyurethane foams or adhesives. Strong chemical odors are described by about 10% to 15% of memory foam mattress owners, usually dissipating in a few days to a couple of weeks.

Some people with strong sensitivities to odor complain of headaches or other issues. Other buyers are concerned about avoiding volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can be released in the air by certain foams and adhesives. The EPA says finished poly foams are safe, and no studies have linked memory foam with long-term health issues.

Looking for foams made with a proportion of natural ingredients, water-based adhesives, and low/no-VOC fire barriers can help minimize potential odor. Lower density foams are also less likely off gas, and some manufacturers suggest unpacking a new bed and letting it breathe for a few days to minimize smells.

Lower Quality Foams Lack Longevity
While memory foam as a category has above average lifespans, lower-quality, low-density foams can have fairly short life spans under five years. Typically, but not always, these types of beds tend to be cheaper and have shorter warranties. When comparing mattresses, this makes the density information important.

Some Types Can Feel Cumbersome
The other potential disadvantage for some people is that since memory foam is not a bouncy material, it can take more effort to move around on or get off of, and some complain about getting intimate.

Temperature sensitive, dense memory foams take longer to recover to their original shape when you get up or move, meaning they are most likely to be associated with this complaint.

To summarize, a memory foam mattress is best for:
People experiencing joint or back pain
People who toss and turn or experience pressure points
People bothered by movement or noise
People who want a wide range of options
People who experience discomfort with spring beds, are concerned about latex allergies, or who prefer low maintenance beds
People looking to get a long-lasting mattress for the money
Re: What are the pros & cons of sleeping on a latex mattress? What does a latex mattress feel like?
Reply #67 Nov 7, 2015 7:56 AM
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Your post is very informative about the pros and cons of memory foam mattresses, but is off topic here. This thread is about latex mattresses.
Re: What are the pros & cons of sleeping on a latex mattress? What does a latex mattress feel like?
Reply #68 Sep 2, 2016 4:38 PM
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Old post here but in general latex just feels different than memory foam or a traditional innerspring mattress.  It feels strange while you fall asleep for the first week then most don't notice it at all.

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