3 Health Benefits of Natural Latex Pillows

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Are you ready for a new pillow? 

Maybe your current pillow is reaching the end of its lifespan. (That's typically 1 to 2 years, depending on the materials.) Or you've got one of those less-than-healthful memory-foam numbers and are looking to replace it with a nontoxic option. 

May we suggest — strongly — that you replace it with a natural latex pillow? 

Latex pillows offer plenty of comfort benefits: They sleep cool, offer above-average support, and contour your head and neck to cradle you softly to sleep.

But the benefits of natural latex pillows don't stop at comfort.

Not only is a natural latex pillow supportive, soft, and breathable. It may be beneficial for your health, too.

Latex Pillows are Dust-Mite Resistant

Do you feel like you have an endless cold that you just can't shake? 

Runny nose, post-nasal drip (yuck), itchy eyes, and a cough that won't quit? 

It may be a sign that you're allergic to your pillow — or, more specifically, to the dust mites living in it.

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, you might be one of the  twenty million people in the U.S. suffering from a dust-mite allergy

Dust mites live in about 80% of homes, and are particularly fond of bedrooms. Studies have shown more dust mites live in the bedroom than in any other room in the house.

What does that have to do with a latex pillow?

Natural latex is resistant to dust mites. So no more unwanted, microscopic critters taking up residence inside your pillow.

Plus, latex is antimicrobial. It's resistant to mold and mildew, so you won't have to worry about your pillow growing any back-of-the-fridge-worthy science experiments.

Latex Pillows are Nontoxic

Latex pillows make a great nontoxic alternative to memory foam or other synthetic polyurethane-foam pillows.

Did you know that memory foam was originally created for NASA to protect test pilots during flights?

This ultra-dense foam was the perfect thing to absorb shock and keep pilots and astronauts safe in the air — or in space. Then, some years later, it made its way into consumer markets as cushioning for everything from beds to shoes.

Memory foam is one of the most-used materials in conventional mattresses and pillows. It's also one of the most toxic.

Memory-foam pillows can be a big source of VOCs: toxic chemicals that can offgas pollutants into your home. 

Exposure to VOCs has been linked to:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Throat and skin irritation

The list goes on...

Is that something you want next to your face at night? 

We didn't think so. 

Natural latex comes from the sap of the rubber tree. It's whipped and baked into a lovely, airy "foam"-like material that feels just as good as memory foam... if not better.

And without all of the nasty offgassing chemicals that could be harmful to your health.

Latex Pillows May Banish Neck Aches and Pain

You probably know by now that keeping your spine aligned is one of the biggest challenges when it comes to finding the right pillow. 

It's also one of the bigger factors in getting a good, restorative night's sleep.

Whether you're a side sleeper or a back sleeper, the wrong pillow could put you in a world of pain.

If your pillow is too high or too low, it can cause a lot of extra strain on your neck and even weaken the muscles in your neck and shoulders over time.

The correct sleep posture can be the difference between deep, restful sleep and being sleep deprived because you can't get comfortable enough to stay asleep.

Natural latex pillows can conform around your neck and shoulders to align your spine and eliminate pressure points that can lead to pain. The supportive-yet-buoyant properties of the material adjust to your head and neck even as you toss, turn, roll, and change positions during the night.

Many latex pillows, like our all-star favorite Sage Sleep Side-Sleeper Pillow, are made from shredded latex that can be customized to get the right amount of support for your body and sleeping style for better alignment, along with the pressure relief you need to banish pillow-related neck aches and pains for good.

Sleep Better and Healthier on a Natural Latex Pillow

Lots of people give their pillows little to no thought. Until they start suspecting their pillow could be the reason for aches, pains, or allergies.

A latex pillow could be just what you need to sleep better and healthier.

The benefits of latex pillows range from increased comfort to better support for your health. And because of the durable and antimicrobial nature of the material, natural latex pillows can last far longer than their polyester, down, or synthetic-foam counterparts.

That means the latex pillow you're bound to fall in love with will be with you in the long haul.

Let's hear it for latex!