If we told you that sleeping on a latex pillow could help your neck pain, you probably wouldn’t believe us. We will admit, it does sound a little unbelievable: a plastic pillow helping with neck pain and being comfortable. We are here to tell you that these pillows are in fact really comfortable and on top of that they offer you relief from back and neck pain.
For those looking to make more environmentally conscious buying decisions, then natural foam latex pillows are a good option. There are strict guidelines in the manufacturing process of the organic pillows, if they say they are organic, then they definitely are.
Latex pillows are more expensive than other pillows but there is a valid reason for this. These pillows are sound investments for people who struggle to get comfortable during the night and as a result, wake up with pain.
Let’s start at the beginning, what is latex?
Latex is a type of rubber, made from the Hevea-Brasilienis tree. Organic latex pillows are often sold as the more natural, and comfortable, alternative to memory foam pillows. The rubbery nature of latex means that the pillows are resilient and bouncy.
The two main types of latex are Talalay and Dunlop. Talalay is the more expensive of the two and is more commonly used in the manufacturing of pillows and artiflam mattresses. Talalay also has a more consistent density, it is breathable. The more durable Dunlop, on the other hand, is predominantly used in the manufacturing of tires.
Latex is further broken down into organic and synthetic latex. The manufacturing process for organic latex is stricter and pillows made with organic latex handle heat better and come with minimal odor. The Brooklyn Bedding talalay latex queen size, firm pillow is a popular choice when it comes to latex pillows.
Synthetic latex is man-made using petrochemicals, making them a cheaper option. They do come with a strong smell and their life span is shorter.
You might also be wondering are latex pillows safe? The short answer is that they are definitely safe. We had a look at the pros and cons of latex pillows and all of the advantages speak to their safety.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Latex Pillows
- Breathable – Latex pillows are breathable and recommended if you live in warmer climates. They will keep you cool through the night.
- Support – There are studies that show latex can relieve pressure better than memory foam. These latex foam pillows also provide support to the neck and align the spine correctly.
- Durability – Latex pillows are more durable than standard pillows. They are a little more expensive than other pillows but because of their durability, they will last longer.
- Chemical-free – This is only true for organic latex pillows.
- Allergen-free – Not only is latex mildew and dust mite resistant, but it is also antimicrobial and antibacterial. Allergy sufferers will find relief from latex pillows.
- The most common complaint about latex pillows is that they have an undesirable smell. The synthetic pillows have a stronger odor than the organic latex contour pillows but some people find both smells unpleasant.
- These are not cheap pillows and this may deter people from buying them.
What are the Best Latex Pillows for 2019?
If you are considering a latex pillow, we suggest you consider one of these three pillows. You can also consider the Brooklyn Bedding range of talalay latex pillows.
Malouf Latex Pillow
This is a firm pillow that will elevate and support your head while you sleep. Side sleepers and those who prefer a thicker pillow will favor this pillow. It is made from pure Talalay latex and has no synthetics added. This pillow comes with zoned technology to provide zoned support and pressure relief. Like most latex pillows this one is mildew proof and dust mite resistant. The washable cover is made from 100% natural cotton.
Premium All Natural Latex Pillow
This is a pure latex pillow and because it is dense it will provide you with firm support and help with neck pain and stiffness from sleeping. This pillow will not flatten but will retain its shape and support for years. This pillow is a thicker pillow which is not ideal for stomach sleepers but is great for side sleepers looking not only support but the right kind of support.
Elite Rest Latex Pillow
This is the perfect latex pillow for stomach sleepers because it is super slim. The ergonomic edges of this pillow have been specifically designed to provide support to back and stomach sleepers. Your spinal alignment and breathing will be improved when you lay our head on this pillow, so much so that you will fall asleep faster and deeper. The cooling features of this pillow will regulate your temperature through the night and maximize air circulation. This is also a 100% natural latex pillow, so it is chemical-free, durable and will last for years.
If you are looking for a good quality, durable pillow that will last well while still providing you with both comfort and support, then a latex foam pillow is for you. Not only is an organic latex foam pillow kinder to the environment but it also firmer, providing you with comfort you need while sleeping.