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Mr. Sandman: Silica and Sleep

  Mr. Sandman: Silica and Sleep A popular song recorded in 1954¹ begins with, "Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream." An old nursery rhyme says, "The Sandman's coming in his train of cars / With moonbeam windows and with wheels of stars." Both of these verses are about the mythical Sandman of folklore in Northern Europe. The imaginary Sandman caused people to sleep, then sprinkled magical sand on them to bring good dreams. The "sand" in the stories refers to grainy particles most people have in...

“Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite”

"Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite" A very old wish for a good night's rest is "Sleep tight, and don't let the bedbugs bite."  This is testimony to the fact that bed bug bites can disturb sleep, robbing a person of needed rest.  Bed bugs have been recorded in ancient history, being mentioned as early as 400 BC.  The historical accounts of these insects indicates their spread from the Mediterranean region to northern Europe, then to North America.  Our word "bug" is derived from bugge, the...

Foundations

Overview Just as a foundation supports a building, so a foundation supports a mattress.  When mattresses were first made, they sat directly on the ground or the floor.  Sometimes the mattress was set on a raised area, a platform or ledge, which then became the foundation. This helped keep the bed dry and warm. At some point in time, those who could afford it had beds with legs built to hold the bed off the floor with free space underneath. Raised beds are not new. The Old Testament book...

Mattresses, Beds, and How We Sleep

by Wesley Vaughn   [caption id="attachment_342" align="aligncenter" width="397"] Sealy Mattress and Box Spring[/caption]   It is common knowledge that we need sleep, and that—for the most part—several factors determine whether and how we sleep. Among these factors are time of day, how tired we are, physical condition, medication, diet, amount of light, noise, vibration and motion, warmth and cold, pain and comfort. Even knowing this much, it is easy for many people to...

Quality Sleep: How to Get a Night of Rest and Restoration

by Wesley G. Vaughn If someone tells you, "It's not how long you sleep, but how well you sleep," they're half right.  It's both.  Research studies show us that quantity and quality of sleep are correlated and work together.  We cannot have quality sleep unless we have enough sleep.  On the other hand, staying in bed for a certain amount of time does not automatically provide us with much needed rest, relaxation and restoration.  Sleeping long but not sleeping well may be called "Empty...

Adjustable Beds: Adjusting for Health and Comfort

By Wesley Vaughn   Adjustable Beds: Adjusting for Health and Comfort When adjustable beds became available for home use, they were commonly called “hospital beds.”  This was only natural, since until that time adjustable beds were primarily used in hospitals. The first adjustable beds were beds with adjustable side rails, first used in English hospitals in the early 1800s.  Then beds could be tilted with either the foot high (Trendelenburg position) or the head high...

Memory Foam Mattresses – Good or Bad?

By Scott Braddam [caption id="attachment_249" align="aligncenter" width="302"] Hand Impression in Memory Foam[/caption] Since about 2004, when I bought my current memory foam bed, I’ve been sold on the benefits of memory foam. There is truly no other feeling in the world which is close to sleeping on memory foam. Memory foam is like sleeping on silk sheets, unless you’ve done it, you can’t possibly understand why people rave about it. My bed is a pure foam bed, meaning no springs...

Wooden Coils: What Will They Make Springs from Next?

By Wesley Vaughn What are innerspring coils made of?  “Steel,” we say.  Other options are: Stainless steel, titanium steel, titanium alloy, or some other metal alloy.  That is it!  Or it was—until now.  Among the new mattress companies at the Winter Las Vegas Market in January 2014 is VitalWOOD USA, the U.S. distributor for VitalWOOD, a  division of Hungarian manufacturer Bio-Textima. This family-owned firm developed the wooden coil as an alternative to metal springs,...

Mattress Foams – Part 2

(Continued from Part 1) The three major kinds of foam used in mattresses are polyurethane foam, visco-elastic memory foam, and latex foam. Each kind of foam has variations.  First, there are different ingredients in these foams.  Then there are different densities and firmness levels. Now gel is infused into different foams to add desired characteristics. Polyurethane Foam Polyurethane (PU) foam is made by linking large molecules, usually isocyanates, to each other with modified...

Simple Platform Beds

By: Scott Braddam A bed is something more than just furniture to sleep on. If this were the case, a mattress on the floor would be a bed. A bed is really a statement, a comfort, and art all at the same time. Personally, I am a minimalist. I like platform beds, and the simpler the bed, the better. My logic is that the less I have to coordinate my furniture, the more options I will have when I add new furniture to my bedroom. This is a perfect example of minimal yet functional furniture. As a...

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