You might have heard a lot of good things about memory foam mattresses, especially when it comes to the comfort they provide. However, did you know that a lot of chemicals go into making them? Apart from the usual irritants like bleach, dyes, and pesticides, they may have been treated with fire retardants, which have been linked to health issues like reproductive health problems, cancer, hormonal imbalance, and brain disorders (i.e. ADHD and autism). Hence, you may be better off avoiding memory foam mattresses and look for healthier alternatives, like the organic latex mattress.
Organic latex is healthier than synthetic foam because the material (latex) is made by the rubber tree and manufactured into mattresses following strict practices promoted by the Global Organic Latex Standard. An organic foam mattress is free of toxic chemicals that could off-gas into the air to be inhaled or absorbed into your skin every time you lay or sit on your bed. Organic latex is never a hybrid of synthetic products and not treated with pesticides, dyes, fire retardants, and toxic substances, so it should not pose a threat to your health.
When choosing a natural or organic latex mattress, always verify the independent and objective certifications that come with them. True natural latex is natural foam rubber, which is without any fillers or synthetic fillers. It is processed as Talalay or Dunlop. Organic latex mattresses are more durable than memory foam. In fact, they can last over two decades without showing signs of undue deterioration. The material is naturally resistant to dust mites and mold, and it promotes good air circulation to avoid retaining moisture and to maintain a neutral temperature around you.
You can get the same support as memory foam mattresses in an organic latex foam mattress, except that the latter is healthier, safer, and makes sleeping more comfortable. Natural Dunlop latex supports your body by taking its shape and supporting your spine, so you wake up without backaches and a stiff shoulder.