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Are Natural Latex Mattresses Safe? Natural Latex Allergy Guide.

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Natural Latex Mattresses & Latex Allergies

Did you know that sleep experts consider natural latex mattresses to be one of the safest bedding options? They are made entirely from non-toxic materials that don’t release any harmful chemicals. Natural Latex mattresses don’t off-gassing like other types of mattress materials such as memory foam and polyester. However, some people wonder if the natural latex found in mattresses can cause similar reactions to the latex found in other products. This blog will answer all your burning questions.

As a general rule, allergic reactions to natural latex mattress are extremely rare. According to the medical literature, not a single case of allergic reaction has ever been reported as a consequence of sleeping on a natural latex mattress. 

However, there are other considerations beyond allergies that you should consider before you can determine if a mattress is safe or not. This blog will inform you how natural latex mattresses are made, the benefits, and what you should watch out for to avoid toxic chemicals in your mattress. This blog does not constitute medical advice and you should always consult a health care professional if you are unsure of any purchase of a latex-based product if you are unsure if you are allergic to latex.

How A Latex Mattress is Made

Latex is derived from the sap of a rubber tree that has been processed into foam. Producing natural latex foam is straightforward. The sap is first whipped up into a froth and then place in moulds. These moulds are then placed in large ovens where they are baked and firm up into foam. The latex foam is then removed from the moulds and are rinsed with water. Washing the foam removes many of the particles and proteins associated with latex allergies. With mattresses made from 100% natural latex foam, the final step involves constructing the mattress by glueing the mattress layers together with a natural latex adhesive.

 

The Physical Properties of Natural Latex Foam

Natural latex is one of the most durable foams in terms of density. Natural latex foam has a higher rate of recovery because it springs back to its original shape and size after being compressed or stretched. This foam is also very breathable because they typically have added perforations. Furthermore, latex foam has an open-cell structure. The open cell structure allows the mattress to breathe, allowing hot air to escape and cool air to replace it. For this reason, scientists found natural latex mattresses in the university of berlin to be temperature neutral.

That being said, most people overestimate the degree to which their mattress is causing them to sleep hot. Your bedding, including your sheet and duvet, are the most critical factor in sleeping cool.

Read More About Sleeping Cool Here: Complete Guide To Sleeping Cool

 

Can Natural Latex Mattresses Cause Latex Allergies?

A latex allergy is a common problem, but most people with the issue can still sleep soundly on their new mattress. The manufacturing process of this product washes away any allergen-causing particles, and your skin will not come into contact with it when you’re sleeping.

When it comes to mattress cores, the key fact you have to keep in mind is that, according to the medical literature, not a single case of allergic reaction has ever been reported as a consequence of sleeping on a natural latex mattress. Allergic reactions to the natural latex used as mattress cores are rare. Natural Latex mattresses are cleaned, dried and vulcanised during the manufacturing process. This removes or denatures the proteins responsible for triggering an allergic reaction. Also, the mattress cover and bedsheets protect the skin against direct contact with any allergenic components that might remain. 

Of course, if you’re aware of an extreme latex allergy, you shouldn’t take chances. It’s best to discuss it with your doctor before getting a latex mattress.

 

The Benefits Of Natural Latex Mattresses

This type of mattress material offers many benefits that come with no hidden health risks such as allergies, chemical toxins from off-gassing, mould growth, and often sold without toxic chemical fire retardants.

 

Excellent Support

There are many reasons why natural latex foam mattresses may be the right option for you. One of these benefits is that they offer excellent support to your back, neck and spine during sleep. Because of this, natural latex is often recommended by chiropractors to help your posture stay aligned while you sleep. When you sleep in alignment, your muscles can relax. Muscle relaxation is essential for recovery since your body cannot repair itself when your muscles are tense. 

Sleeping in proper alignment all can help prevent developing back or neck pain. We have all had times when we slept with our head and neck in an awkward position and woke up with neck or back pain. The pain is by sleeping out of alignment, which stressed the muscles of your spine.

 

Motion Isolating

Natural Latex Foam Mattresses also absorb any movement from one side of the bed to another, so if someone on either side of it tosses or turns throughout the night, there will not be a disturbance in their partner’s sleep cycle. Motion isolation is also a great feature if you have a partner in the bed with a different sleep schedule than you or tends to toss and turn at night.

 

Pressure-Relieving

Natural Latex is considered the best mattress type for pressure relief along with memory foam. The nature of this material allows it to contour easily, which relieves pressure points found in other types of mattresses.

Sleep is essential for a healthy mind and body. However, if you wake up with back or neck pain, then it’s likely that your mattress doesn’t have enough pressure relief to do the job. So be sure that you purchase one which will provide adequate support!

 

Natural Latex Sleeps Cool

Another benefit is that they do not trap heat like other mattress materials such as memory foam does. This means sleeping cool all through the night!

 

Natural Latex Doesn’t off-gas Toxic Chemicals

Natural latex foam has no chemical odour to deal with when unpacking and airing out, as scientists to off-gas VOCs have proved some mattress types. The smell that comes from most mattresses isn’t just an annoying odour. VOC’s have been shown to have severe health impacts on people with respiratory problems, allergies or asthma.

Most polyurethane mattresses, including memory foam, are known to off-gas. However, the adhesives used to glue the mattress layers are often even more toxic than the foam itself. As a general rule, natural latex mattress layers are glued together.

 

Anti-Microbial

Natural latex mattresses are made of natural healthy materials and, as such, offer many benefits that you may not have been aware were available to help improve your sleep experience. The material is hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant, which means it can be a great choice for those who suffer from any allergy or sensitivity to other types of bedding materials like memory foam.

There’s also no chance of developing allergies or asthma from latex-like there is with other mattress types such as spring or poly-foam. Many people who have had problems in the past find relief when they switch to a natural latex mattress because it has anti-microbial properties. If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly option, consider going green by switching to these safe and comfortable mattresses.

 

Conclusion

The natural latex foam mattresses are an excellent choice for any sleeper. There have been years of research and development that have gone into the design and production process to ensure customers get what they need from their mattress. The properties of natural latex mattresses provide the best possible sleep environment, which will have you waking up feeling refreshed and ready to start your day.

About Dr Lawrence Woods

My goal is to create the highest quality mattresses and pillows for unmatched comfort.

With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience in Ireland as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high quality sleep for living a happy and healthy life.

I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and I am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.

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