There is a very important reason to be picky about the kind of bed you sleep in. The average person spends about a third of a lifetime sleeping. The type of bed – or more specifically, the mattress – that you sleep on has a direct long term effect on the condition of your neck, shoulders, spine, lower back, hips and even knees. Mattresses that are too soft and pliant or too firm can lead to backaches and joint problems. Low quality mattresses also tend to collect dust, dead skin cells and other organic debris that could later cause allergies. Thankfully, these issues do not arise with latex mattresses.

A latex has remained popular for decades for good reasons. Latex is made from natural rubber, the thick, sticky sap collected from the eponymous tree. The milky white substance is whipped to incorporate air and form a foamy mixture, which is then subjected to heat and vulcanized to produce the solid yet flexible latex or foam rubber. The result is a soft, supple material that can be formulated to achieve a certain amount of firmness and resistance. A latex mattress has the ability to retain their shape and form, providing much-needed support for the neck, spine, lower back and knees.

What makes a latex superior to other kinds of mattresses is that it is hypoallergenic, making it ideal for people who have existing allergies or those with extra-sensitive skin. Because it is made from rubber, it does not attract dust mites and harmful microbes such as bacteria and fungi. Latex mattresses also tend to adjust well to body temperatures to ensure to keep you comfortable. In the colder months they help keep the body warm and during warmer months they help keeping the body cool. Latex mattresses contain millions of tiny holes that allow air to circulate within the material, so it aids in the evaporation of body moisture in the form of sweat. The result is maximum comfort during sleep.

Once you bring home a latex mattress, prepare to spend many years with it. High quality latex mattresses are very durable because the material is difficult to break down. Keep in mind that they are made of rubber – a material that can last for decades with very minimal disintegration. It is also durable in terms of resisting weight, so it is not likely to be packed down, warped or deformed in major pressure points such as at the shoulders and lower back.