If you are looking to find the perfect mattress and are torn between latex and memory foam, two popular buzzwords in the industry, here’s a quick take on the pros and cons of using both of them, that we hope will help you make the right decision.
Memory Foam Mattresses
Created from viscoelastic polyurethane, memory foam has some truly unique properties. They are highly energy-absorbent and can be a good choice if you sleep with a restless sleeper, as the other person’s tossing and turning won’t cause a ripple effect and disturb you. These mattresses are also resistant to dust and mites, making them quite suitable for people prone to allergies. They take the shape of the body and distribute weight evenly, relieving the pressure on the spine and are good for people with chronic back pain.
But these mattresses soften more and more as they absorb body heat, which might give you a ‘sinking in’ feeling during the night and might leave you feeling hotter the longer you sleep on it. Also, they don’t distribute heat evenly, making them unsuitable for warmer weather.
And unlike latex foam mattresses, they don’t respond instantly to touch, and as they sink under your weight during the night, the make movement during sleep necessary, but the response of the foam being slow, makes any movement difficult, causing disturbances in sleep.
They also exhibit, what’s called ‘offgassing’, where certain chemicals from the foam leak out of it as fumes, exposing you to them when you sleep on them.
Latex mattresses are made from natural or synthetic rubber and are extremely durable and long-lasting. They are anti-fungal and resistant to dust and mites which makes them a hygienic choice for mattresses.
They mould to the contours of the body, but not in the rigid way that memory foam mattresses do. They also dissipate heat and moisture better than memory foam mattresses and are comfortable for use even during hot weather. What gives them an edge over memory foam mattresses, is that they provide better pin-pointed support to the entire body throughout the night, and don’t ‘sink in’ due to body heat, which happens to be a major downside to using a memory foam mattress.