The latex foam mattress is making headlines in the comfort department. Latex is the product of the tropical rubber tree. When made into foam rubber it makes mattresses that rival any innerspring mattress for support. Of course, latex foam mattresses vary in quality. The best ones are called memory foam, which shapes to the body, providing personalized comfort. A high quality latex foam mattress is not inexpensive, but it can last for as much as 30 years.
For people with back pain, a latex foam mattress can make a big difference. Traditional mattresses are made with springs, cotton padding, and some latex foam. The result is a mattress that, over time, will begin to sag in places, even if you are careful to turn it regularly. While they do use some foam, it is not the heavy latex foam used in a good latex foam mattress.
Latex foam is measured by the weight per cubic foot. Good latex foam weighs at least two and a half pounds per cubic foot. Cheaper foam, such as is used in standard mattresses, might weigh only a little over a pound per cubic foot.
Foam Mattress Pads
Simply adding a latex foam mattress pad to a standard mattress can improve the effect on your back, but not if the mattress is already sagging badly. If it is, the latex foam mattress pad will simply mold to the shape of the sagging mattress. Unlike that sagging mattress, a latex foam mattress never needs to be turned. Sometimes a latex foam mattress is made mostly of natural latex, but has synthetic latex added to make the mattress firmer and less expensive.
A latex foam mattress is naturally resistant to mold, bacteria, and mildew. In addition, it breathes, which makes it feel cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
A plain latex foam mattress costs less than the combination mattresses which combine a layer of memory foam on the top of an innerspring mattress. The latter can cost over $1500 for a queen sized, while the latex foam mattress might cost less than $1000, depending on the thickness. Choosing a bed that is comfortable for you is a wise investment, so it pays to give a latex foam mattress a try.