If you're searching for a better night's sleep, you might have considered purchasing a memory foam or latex mattress. With so many companies offering both types of mattress, you may find yourself wondering what exactly the differences are between the two. Read on for the key differences between latex and memory foam mattresses that are important to understand before you make your choice.

What really is the difference between Memory Foam and Latex

Pressure Relief

On the one hand, memory foam molds itself to the contours of your body, which means that it reduces pressure points. Many people find that memory foam mattresses allow them to sleep more comfortably, without feeling pressure on any particular part of their body. On the other hand, a latex mattress is more firm and provides a constant level of support to the whole body. This is ideal if you like a firm mattress, but memory foam is a better choice if you're looking to reduce pain or pressure on particular parts of your body.

Movement Transfer

Memory foam mattresses absorb movements you make as you sleep. If you sleep with a partner who tends to toss and turn all night long, you're much less likely to be disturbed with a memory foam mattress. Due to their firmer structure, latex mattresses don't have the same movement absorption properties.

Springy Comfort

Latex mattresses are much more "springy" than memory foam mattresses. If you are looking for a mattress that pushes back against you as you lie on it, then a latex mattress is the right choice. Memory foam mattresses don't have the same "bounce," since they respond to pressure by molding themselves around your body and absorbing the pressure.

Temperature Sensitivity

One of the unique characteristics of a memory foam bed is that it is body temperature sensitive. Your body temperature causes the memory foam to soften and mold itself around you, which can be extremely comfortable. Latex mattresses do not respond to temperature in the same way, but rather retain their firm structure. In addition to the standard temperature response of memory foam, Nature's Sleep Gel Memory Foam Mattress models provide a cooling effect, which helps to dissipate any build-up of heat so you feel cooler and more comfortable at night by about 2-3°.  Although 2-3° may not sound like much, think about when you run a fever of 100° vs. the normal body temperature of 98.6°, and you feel like you are burning up! Now it seems more significant, doesn't it?

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