The popular latex mattress that many people love comes from an unusual beginning. Latex is used in a variety of products, including gloves and balloons, but it wasn’t used to make foam until the 1920s.
A British scientist named E.A. Murphy experimented for five years to find a way to create bubbles in latex. Eventually he tried his wife’s cake mixer and succeeded in formulating a foam. The first latex mattress was produced in 1931.
Today latex offers several benefits.
- An Eco-Friendly Option
Scientists have figured out a way to make latex artificially now but it can still be made from the milk or sap of rubber trees. This natural source makes latex foam a greener, more sustainable alternative.
An all-natural latex mattress can also be good if you are sensitive to petroleum products and chemicals and it may be cheaper than a traditional innerspring mattress in the long run.
- Making Your Dollar Stretch
Latex doesn’t come cheap, however, it can last much longer than other consumer reports mattresses. A 100-percent natural latex mattress costs around $2,000. A high quality natural latex mattress should last for 20 years, maybe even 25 years. At a 20-year lifetime, a $2,000 mattress only costs you an average of 27 cents a night or $100 a year.
Other mattresses that are comparable in price may decline after 10 or 15 years.
- Investing in Your Health
Despite what you’ve heard about latex allergies, natural latex is inherently hypoallergenic and the proteins that can cause allergies are washed out during the manufacturing process.
Latex is also antimicrobial and wards off dust mites, a common source of allergies, because of its density.
Unlike manmade foams, natural latex also doesn’t go through an offgassing process as smelly chemicals leach into the air. The only odor that may be noticeable is a faint, sweet smell that some describe as similar to vanilla.
Finally, latex mattresses are dense yet soft to provide comfort and support that keeps your spine aligned and meets your body’s curves. The foam springs back as you move to avoid indentations and match your new position. This type of support is well-known for relieving back pain and pressure points.
Because of this, latex can be a great option for people who suffer from arthritis, fibromyalgia and other painful conditions.