June 3, 2023


Where's The Health?

Natural Memory Foam Mattresses – Why Are They So Healthy?

We spend a third of our lives sleeping. So it is really important to choose the right mattress. A quality mattress will ensure a good night’s rest so we wake up refreshed and ready for the busy day ahead. Natural memory foam mattresses (this means memory foam mattresses made from natural latex) are a healthy choice for a number of reasons.

They provide a Comfortable Night’s Rest

Did you know in today’s European market, memory foam mattresses far outsell traditional spring mattresses?

Natural memory foam mattresses are a popular alternative to inner-spring mattresses because they provide such fantastic comfort and support. They distribute body weight evenly which greatly reduces pressure points and improves circulation to give you a better night’s sleep.

They Help Ward Off Dust Mites

Coil mattresses with natural padding are a cheaper option, but not necessarily the healthiest. Why? The spring system acts as an incubator for dust mites, mould and mildew. This is why spring mattresses double in weight after a decade. Skin, dust and dust mite feces collect in this damp and dark area.

A natural latex mattress is perfect because there is no open area for dust mites to accumulate or reproduce. There will always be dust mites, but the aim is to reduce them to a ‘normal’ level.

They are Organic and Natural

Did you know a quarter of the world’s pesticides are used for cotton crops? To make just one T-shirt, a quarter of a pound of pesticides are used. That’s why choosing organic makes a massive difference for our health and environment.

Natural memory foam mattresses are made using organic fabrics. When selecting your mattress, make sure your mattress is organic all the way through from top, fill and back. Choose unbleached organic cotton with organic fill and organic dyes and steer clear of harsh chemically treated fabrics.

Natural memory foam mattresses are made from natural latex as opposed to either synthetic or a blend of natural and synthetic content. Natural latex foam comes from rubber tree sap that has been frothed up and baked. It is so appealing because it is healthy, has a life-span of 20 plus years and maintains its consistency, unlike synthetics which dry out and break down.

Natural memory foam mattresses contain organic fill or batting. This is what is inside a mattress over the springs or latex foam. Organic cotton or wool are batting you will find in a natural or healthy mattress. Most natural mattresses are quite firm. Natural latex is a fairly firm rubbery foam. Fibres soften the surface of a spring or natural latex mattress. By topping the mattress, it helps provide a more comfortable night’s sleep.

No Toxic Fire Retardants

Did you know every mattress sold in the United States must have enough fire retardant to withstand a two foot wide blow torch open flame for 70 seconds?

Natural memory foam mattresses do not contain toxic fire retardants.

How to Choose a Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam mattresses are so popular as they contour the body, so they reduce spinal pressure and provide excellent comfort and support.

When choosing your natural memory foam mattress it is important to know what to look for. Here are a few things you need know before you buy:

Foam Density

Contrary to popular belief, foam density has more to do with durability – its lifespan – rather than the feel of a mattress. A five pound per cubic foot memory foam mattress will outlast a three pound memory by an average of a decade.

Most high end mattresses have a five to seven pound density foam.

But beware when buying as many companies boast a 5 lb memory foam but do not state this only makes up the first inch of the mattress. In many cases the rest of the layers are only 2 or 3 lb density.

What is mmHG?

This is the unit of measurement used to establish a mattress’ reaction against pressure. Blood circulation becomes an issue in the 30 mHg range. In the Healthcare Industry a standard of 32mmHg or lower is thought to be pressure relieving. When you have less press points, it means less tossing and turning and therefore a better night’s sleep.

Foam ILD (Indentation Load Deflection)

A mattress ILD ranges from 6 to 40 but most quality memory foam mattresses on the market rate between 10 and 16 ILD. A number of the top memory foam mattresses have several layers within them. Each has a different mmHg which makes the mattress more comfortable because the layers work together. The best quality mattresses usually have multiple layers of foam with different ILDs.

Find Out where the Mattress is Made

Many mattress companies say their product is made in US or Canada, when really their product was imported from foreign countries and assembled in Canada or the US. This is to save costs.

As tests are rarely performed on imported mattress components, is it hard to tell what chemicals have been used before product exportation.

Some materials and chemicals still in use abroad have been linked to cancer, lung disease and can impair development in the brain or central nervous system.