Some of the most important things that take place in your body happen while you’re sleeping. Think about it: When you wake up feeling rested, your day is so much better. You can actually enjoy what you’re doing, and you’re more productive. That’s why it’s absolutely crucial that your mattress helps you get a great night’s sleep.
A new mattress is a big investment, and it’s likely one you’ll live with for the next 10 years. However, mattress shopping can be overwhelming to think about all the options. When you start throwing various materials into the mix, the choices become almost too much to bear. But here’s a little known secret and “spoiler alert”—most mattress company CEOs, who can sleep on any mattress or material they want, choose to sleep on latex foam! Latex is the highest performing mattress comfort material there is. That’s where Luma Sleep and its luxury latex mattress collection really excels. Here are five reasons going with latex is beneficial (to you and the environment):
1. You’ll Fall Asleep Faster—with Fewer Aches and Pains
Latex mattresses are unbelievably comfortable (like floating on a cloud), and they are amazingly supportive (allowing your muscles to relax). The top layer of your latex mattress should be either the buoyant and gently responsive Talalay latex or the balanced comfort and supportive Dunlop latex. Mattress cores should be made of individually wrapped, adapting pocketed coils or an ultra-supportive firm Dunlop latex. Together, these materials adapt to your body’s size, shape, and sleeping position while consistently outperforming multilayer polyfoam blocks that make up the majority of online mattresses.
This combination of cushioning and support promotes spinal alignment because your shoulders and hips sink more deeply into the latex than the rest of your body. The distribution of pressure means better circulation, which leads to less tossing and turning. Many physical therapists and chiropractors recommend latex mattresses for clients who wake up feeling stiff and sore every morning.
2. It’s Built to Last
If you’re going to make an investment in your health, it should be one that will stand the test of time. Latex is the most durable comfort material used in mattresses, and for that reason, latex mattresses have a longer average life span than other types of beds, lasting for 15 years or more. Latex continues to maintain its properties and provide comfort and support long after foam mattresses have become hopelessly compressed and uncomfortable. This means you’ll still be sleeping comfortably when those memory-foam folks are back on the market for a new sleep surface.
Luma Sleep takes this a step further: It provides a 100-night, risk-free trial for newcomers to the wonderful world of latex, allowing you to get comfortable with your new mattress before fully committing. Luma also provides for a free comfort exchange for the entire first year; it’s like a free pass to being Goldilocks for a whole year! And, it virtually eliminates the need to return your mattress because it’s not comfortable for you.
3. Latex Mattresses Sleep Cool
Latex foam is a molded foam rubber. The process of making latex results in an open-cell foam structure that allows for air to flow throughout the material in addition to the pin-holes created by the latex molds. This naturally dissipates the heat and moisture your body generates when you sleep, allowing you to sleep cooler, naturally!
4. It’s Naturally Mold and Dust Mite Resistant
Your body leaves dead skin cells (dander) and moisture (perspiration) on your sheets and mattress while you sleep. Over the extended life of your mattress, the resulting dust mites and allergens can become a problem. Traditional mattress materials and foams are also susceptible to mold growth, particularly in warm and humid climates. If you’ve got allergies— or don’t want mold or creepy crawlies living in or on your sleep surface—there’s no better option than latex. Latex on the top layer of your mattress is naturally mold- and mite-resistant, and it’s made of all-natural materials—no chemicals in sight.
5. Latex is Eco-Friendly—Better for the Planet
One of the best things you can do for the environment, of course, is to consume less. You won’t have to replace your latex mattress as often as with a traditional mattress, as it lasts longer—at least 5 years longer. It also helps that latex mattresses are made of a natural, renewable resource. Rubber trees don’t have to be killed to harvest latex, and they can continue to produce the material for a quarter-century—all the while, they’re absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Plus, Luma’s mattresses are made without the use of harsh chemical treatments, meaning you can sleep like a baby.
Ready to get going on that 100-day risk-free trial? Luma has a mattress for you. Literally—its fully customizable mattress line means you’ll be able to find a sleep surface that will have you ready for sweet dreams in no time.
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Written by Emma Walker for Matcha in partnership with Apollo Mattresses (Luma Sleep).