Just the process of aging can cause changes in our sleep habits which effects how rejuvenated we feel in the morning. Millions of Americans have to additionally contend with illnesses or injuries that interfere with the much desired uninterrupted and comfortable sleep.
Some of the most common ailments that add challenges to that recommended 8 hours of sleep we all need each night are fibromyalgia, arthritis, asthma, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, lower back pain, sore back or shoulders, numbness or tingling in the arms, shoulders or hands, arthritis, bursitis, heart condition, diabetes, bursitis, acid reflux, snoring, and insomnia. Each takes its toll on sleep in various ways.
If you live with any of these you surely appreciate how hard it is to suffer through interrupted and uncomfortable sleep at night and then try to make it through the next day lacking energy, not feeling rejuvenated and dragging yourself through the day wanting to fall asleep. We can all rebound from a rough night for some reason now and then but chronic conditions really take a toll on body and mind.
So what might you be sleeping on now and how much comfort does it give you each night? It might be time to explore the benefits and features that are inherent in latex mattresses to considerably increase your own comfort. Latex has proven itself as a leader because it allows body weight to be evenly distributed. This puts the spine in the correct position which promotes complete relaxation.
The number one top feature of a latex mattress is its unequaled support and pressure relief for your body while giving you sufficient softness that allows the latex to contour to you. The importance of this is your spine is kept in proper alignment in any sleep position. If movement and changing positions is an issue for you latex will come to the rescue like no other mattress.
More and more people are discovering latex mattresses. How do I love my latex–let me count the ways?
- Latex springs back instantly when you move around on it (unlike memory foam which takes a while to recover)
- No motion transfer from a partner sleeping next to you
- Sleeps cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter
- Open cell structure allows air flow throughout the mattress
- Resistant to moisture, build up of mold or mildews, and dust mites
- Can be designed to specifically fit your needs with multiple firmness choices
- Layers can be rearranged to change your mattress feel
- Latex is a renewable natural resource
- Latex mattresses never needs turning
Latex foam layers are made using one of two processes- Dunlop or Talalay.
The Dunlop process produces a firmer feeling latex because it is denser. The Talalay process produces a more buoyant feel because it has additional air in it. Talalay is the preferred choice by most. Latex mattresses are available in 100% organic latex or in blended latex. The blended latex offers the longer life because the blend adds uniformity and strength to the cell structure.
Mattresses made of latex are layered and the layers are graduated in firmness with the softer layer on top followed by firmer supporting layers. Based on individual preference the height of a latex mattress can be 6″ to 12″ of latex plus a zippered cover. Because the latex layers come in different firmnesses (chosen by you) they can be rearranged inside the cover in a different layering order–thus changing the mattress feel at any time.
How much comfort does your current mattress give you? Maybe it’s your time to find out if a change in your mattress enhances your sleep.
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