What is Talalay Latex?

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It’s difficult to keep up with all the technological advancements of the day. Whether that’s drones that make deliveries or a phone that can turn into a life raft (just kidding, but that would be cool), it sometimes feels like we are living in that future we dreamt of as kids.

Some technological advancements have the ability to improve our lives, and one of the most important areas of our lives is our sleep patterns and habits. We spend a third of our lives asleep and good sleep health affects everything else we do.

One of the most interesting, sleep-related advancements is actually from an age old, naturally occurring material, rubber latex. Specifically, a type of latex called Talalay Latex.

What is Talalay Latex and why is it on the cutting edge of mattress innovation?

First, some background. Talalay latex has actually been around for a while, and it is named for the process of producing molded pieces of latex foam rubber. It works when naturally occurring rubber latex is poured into a closed mold, which is then depleted of all the oxygen. Then carbon dioxide is introduced and the rubber is cured with heat. The process was developed by three brothers, Leon, Joseph and Anselm Talalay in the early part of the twentieth century, and was later commercialized in the 1940s.

Talalay Latex is now used to make sleep products like mattresses, mattress toppers and pillows. But there are countless products out there so you might be wondering why Talalay Latex is different from the rest.

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In deciding on mattresses in the past, a person would either be looking for support or for pressure relief, depending on individual needs. And usually, it was a trade off, if you want support, you would search for a firmer mattress, which would compromise any kind of pressure relief. If, on the other hand, you were looking for pressure relief while you sleep, you would be after a softer mattress, but you would then be giving up the firmness needed for support and would spend the night slowly sinking into your mattress, which would often have negative consequences on a person’s back and body.

Talalay Latex provides an alternative that offers both support and pressure relief. Because of the perfect balance of density and give that you will find with Talalay Latex, you will find that the mattresses form to your body to provide relief, while at the same time giving your body the support it needs to relax and be comfortable. This happens because the vacuum process used in making Talalay Latex allows for the latex to stretch like the rubber in a rubber band, allowing your body to sink in.

Talalay Latex has many benefits and advantages over other kinds of mattresses. For one, it is a natural rubber derived from the rubber tree, not a synthetic finer made from petroleum. It is also made with a breathable design and cell structure that provides a temperature, neutral environment. Further, it is a fast response material so that when you move, the rubber immediately responds to your new position, and it isolates your movements from your partner, ensuring you have a deeper, uninterrupted sleep.

Talalay Latex is also extremely durable and will outlast almost any other mattress on the market—because it is vulcanized, it is the most resilient material available in a mattress. Finally, Talalay Latex rubber is inherently antibacterial and antifungal, giving you peace of mind that you are getting the best and healthiest sleep you can.

If you are interested in knowing more, come down to M&N Mattress at our locations in Naniamo and Parksville where we would be happy to tell you more about this unique product and how it might help you achieve the sleep you’ve always dreamt of.

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