Dear Snooze Guru,
I was recently house sitting for some friends of mine, and I was really impressed by the pillows they had for me to use. I was lying on a memory foam pillow while I was reading in bed one night, and I felt like I was sinking into the pillow a little too much and I was straining my neck to read. I grabbed the pillow next to me, and it felt a lot more supportive and was more comfortable to lie on while reading in bed. The next morning, I took both pillows out of their cases and found that the one I enjoyed the most was made from latex. I was under the impression that latex felt similar to memory foam, but the latex pillow I lied on felt much more supportive. Is that the case with all latex pillows? Why the different feel?
-Steve from Liverpool, OH
Thank you for writing. It’s true that latex pillows feel different from memory foam pillows, and in your case, the resilience of latex is what made you choose that pillow over the memory foam one. While both memory foam and latex are known for providing exceptional pressure relief, latex has a resiliency that memory foam does not. This resiliency is best demonstrated by pressing down on the pillow. When you press down on memory foam, you will notice that it takes some time for your handprint to disappear and the pillow to return to its original shape. When you press down on latex, the pillow immediately returns to its original position. This resilience creates the “push back” sensation you experienced while reading in bed.
Also, since latex is naturally anti-microbial and anti-dust mite, many individuals prefer latex pillows for their ability to foster a healthier sleep environment.
The Snooze Guru