- Latex pillows deliver a great night of sleep, providing the perfect mix of support and cushioning.
- Many latex pillows are designed to be cooling yet as soft as a down pillow.
Everyone wants a great night of sleep. But if you’re someone who has kids, pets, or a spouse who sets the alarm for 4:30 a.m. to start a new exercise program and then hits “snooze” for the next two hours, restful sleep can be a challenge.
With all of those things working against you, the last thing you need is an uncomfortable pillow causing you to sleep restlessly. If the pillow doesn’t encourage airflow or leaves you with a pain in your neck, it’s not doing its job of helping you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up well-rested.
To provide a high level of support and comfort, consider latex pillows. Latex is firm enough to support the neck, head, and shoulders, yet it’s soft enough to create a comfortable sleeping environment.
Benefits of latex pillows
Latex pillows certainly aren’t for everyone, as we discussed recently when looking at the best pillows you can buy. But they do offer advantages in quite a few areas over other types of pillows.
Latex, which is extracted from rubber tree sap, works a lot like memory foam when used in a pillow, according to Tuck. However, it’s more breathable and cooler than what you’ll typically find with memory foam.
As you sleep, you won’t feel like you’re sinking too far into the pillow when you select latex, Sleep Help said. The support in this type of pillow remains consistent throughout several hours of sleep.
For those who sleep on the side, the latex pillow provides great support for the upper body.
Latex pillows naturally have antimicrobial and hypoallergenic properties, according to Choose Mattress. You don’t have to worry about bacteria forming inside latex pillows over time.
Some people don’t like the dense nature of latex pillows, as they’re a little heavier than other types of pillows. But the denseness allows latex pillows to hold their shape better over months and years than other types of fills for pillows.
Even though latex pillows are a little more expensive than other pillow materials, Pillow Picker said they provide a good value. A latex pillow should last three to four years, similar to a memory foam pillow.
Options for latex pillows
Latex pillows may consist of a single piece or of shredded pieces. With a shredded latex fill for the pillow, it’ll have better airflow, Sleepopolis said. On the other hand, some manufacturers place holes, slots, or ridges in the single piece of latex to allow for airflow in that style of pillow too.
With a shredded latex design inside a zippered pillowcase, you can remove some of the fill if desired, creating a personalized feel to the pillow, according to Snore Magazine.
A single piece latex pillow may be molded with contours, which conform to the head and neck, providing support. Some latex pillows will have ridges or bumps on them, which can deliver a relaxing feeling similar to a massage.
Manufacturers make latex pillows in almost any size, including standard, queen, and king, as well as body pillows. Various firmness levels are available too.
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