Most people come in to my store and tell me they either want a memory foam mattress or they want a spring mattress. Very few tell me they want Latex yet my Latex beds are one of my top selling mattresses. Why is this? Most people either haven’t heard of Latex or they just think it’s a type of Memory foam. Now I’m not saying Latex is better than Memory Foam at all. My Restonic TempaGel mattresses are great mattresses also- comparable to TemperPedic. The TempaGel’s have 25 year warranties, ThermoCool which Proactively regulates temperature, TempaGel- Restonic’s patented memory foam which reduces tossing and turning, moderates temperature variances throughout the night and buffers sensitive pressure points, which improves circulation and more. ( Read more about them here- http://www.mindysohiomattress.com/restonic-tempagel.html) For people that love that cradled feeling Memory foam mattresses are great. Even the more firm Memory foam mattress still contour to your body to some degree. Not everyone likes that feeling. Not everyone’s body does well with that type of support.
Introducing the Healthrest Latex. With this mattress you are not cradled and enveloped into your mattress. With Latex you lay on top of your mattress- almost like laying on supportive air. Latex is always trying to retain it’s shape so it’s always gently pushing back against you instead of compressing down with you like memory foam. This makes Latex mattresses very supportive whether you are a back, side or stomach sleeper. To understand what makes them so supportive we have to understand what Latex is and where it comes from.
Latex is the end product of harvested liquid from rubber trees (Hevea Brasiliensis) in Asia. These trees produce up to 4 lbs of sap a year and are considered a rapidly renewing resource that can be harvested for generations – without the need for large farm equipment or harm to the trees. Learning how latex is converted from liquid to a mattress can be confusing though because there are a variety of ways it can be manufactured. Talalay and Dunlop (also known as Standard) refer to how the latex is converted from liquid to foam. Natural and synthetic refer to the chemicals added during either process.
Dunlop (Standard) Latex During the Dunlop (Standard) process, harvested rubber milk is frothed to add air (like mixing egg whites). The more the latex is frothed, the softer the latex. After mixing, it’s poured into sealed molds that are cooked to produce a finished foam slab – much like baking a cake. The bubbles creating during the mixing process aren’t connected and when pressure is applied to the foam, air in those bubbles is compressed, creating a firm but buoyant feeling.
Talalay Latex Talalay latex is processed similarly to Dunlop, but the molds are very different. Thousands of pins inside the molds create air channels that increase breathability and conformability of the finished product. As well, an additional step of flash freezing before the cooking process ensures the stability of the air channels when the foam is made into a mattress.
Talalay latex is more resilient and buoyant than Dunlop, springing back quicker and allowing heat and moisture to travel more freely through the mattress – good news for people who suffer from temperature fluctuations during the night. But both types of latex have a place in your mattress. Softer Talalay latex is used closer to the sleep surface while Dunlop shores up the underside, creating a stable foundation. Both Talalay and Standard latex are often used in the same mattress to achieve levels of firmness neither can achieve alone.
Because latex is a natural product and consistency can be difficult to maintain, synthetic latex was developed. It has a similar molecular structure to natural latex but it’s easier to predict consistency of the finished product. Most mattress manufacturers today use a combination of both natural and synthetic latex to create a more consistent sleep experience.
Here’s another big question I get- “What about allergies? I’m allergic to Latex”. Very good question. People with Latex allergies think they can’t sleep on a Latex bed. Contrary to popular belief, a latex allergy isn’t developed from over-exposure – you’re either born with it or you’re not. It was once common to find latex protein in the white powdery dust on balloons and gloves – which is a highly allergic substance. In mattresses, 98% of proteins are washed away during manufacturing – and always have been. Latex proteins are very rare in any consumer products now, thanks to government regulations. (However, if you have a severe Latex allergy I still urge my customers to talk to their Doctors to be on the safe side)
While we are on the issue of Health, Restonic Healthrest Latex Mattresses are naturally healthier also. Here’s what makes them healthier-
– Free of CPC’s and ozone-depleting chemicals
-Anti-microbial, resists dust mites, allergens, and microbes
– Washed 3 times prior to being placed in mattress ( to remove impurities)
Regardless of your preference for a firm or plush sleep surface, Restonic offers a wide range of latex mattresses that address many sleep and health concerns. While spring mattresses tend to push back and memory foam mattresses create an impression, latex supports all the contours of your unique body. Instead of forcing your spine into a straight line, the buoyancy of latex allows your muscles, joints and spine to relax naturally.
Finally- Who could benefit from sleeping on a Latex mattress? Anyone could sleep on a Latex mattress but here is a list of people that would specifically benefit from the support of a Latex mattress.
1. Pregnant women- for the health reasons listed above as well as the support needed for your growing and changing body Healthrest Latex mattresses are the best mattresses for Pregnant Women.
2. Back problems- anyone with any type of back issues would benefit from sleeping on a Healthrest Latex mattress. These mattresses provide excellent support yet just enough comfort to relieve pressure
3. Kids- similar to pregnant women- latex mattresses don’t have all the chemicals that other mattresses do. They are also excellent for children who suffer from dust mite allergies since these mattresses are more dust mite resistant. They also offer support for a child’s continually growing and changing body.
4. Arthritis- You can choose a softer top layer to add more cushioning around tender areas such as hips and shoulders without compromising the support you get from the Latex underneath.
5. Elderly- Elderly people have trouble turning in mattresses that they sink into such as soft memory foam. Restonic Healthrest Latex are excellent choices for the Elderly because they still get the support they need, the firmness level they want, the amount of cushioning they need, yet they can still easily roll over without straining.
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