Latex foam pillows have gained more public attention in recent years as a good option when purchasing bed sheets, bed covers, mattresses, and pillows. The pillows may be made of either natural latex or synthetic latex.
Natural latex is found in rubber trees based in warm climates such as Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, and South America. It is made of bio-degradeable ingredients which helps the environment. Once the milky sap has been extracted from the rubber tree, whipped, and baked it can be used in latex products such as beds, gloves, and pillows. Synthetic latex combines styrene and butadiene to make a strong combination for a latex product and provide greater support. Many people prefer the natural latex foam pillows compared to the synthetic latex pillows.
Some benefits of using latex foam pillows include natural alignment, breathability, dust mite resistance, anti-microbial factors, and longer lasting. These pillows provide a maximum level of comfort for the head and neck areas to keep the body in place and decrease the level of chronic headaches, shoulder strain, and tightness in the neck. This allows a sleeping individual to maintain his/her relaxed position during the night which allows for a deeper sleep throughout the night.
By being breathable, these pillows remain cool during the summer and warm during the winter so the body's temperature does not experience discomfort based on weather patterns. These pillows, combined with a mattress, allows the body to maintain a core temperature during the sleep cycle and allow the person to awake refreshed.
Dust mite resistance and anti-microbial properties appeal to individuals with chronic allergies. Allergy sufferers maintain a higher level of comfort when using the pillows and do not have to worry about washing them weekly to control allergy symptoms.
Latex foam pillows are long lasting since they do not wear down or become lumpy with excessive use as found with traditional pillows. The pillows cost more initially, but do not have to be replaced constantly over the years so the foam pillows become cost-effective.
Some latex foam pillows are made with thick pieces of foam and others contain shredded latex which allows more spring in the pillow. The pillows are made for twin, full, and queen bedroom sets like standard pillows. The pillows may be purchased at retail stores, specialty stores, and online retailers where bedsheets, mattresses, and standard pillows are sold. It is a good idea to purchase the pillows locally to test the comfort level before making a final purchase.