The Best Longevity Device in the World…Your Bed!

Savoir Rocco Bed

Hang on Ralph, a bed, we all got those, that’s nothing new, surely?

Well, it didn’t even start out on the list of the worlds best longevity devices originally! However, it was only when I started writing my guides to each of the top 10 home longevity devices, that it dawned on me that we need to think of the bed, not as a piece of furniture but as a longevity device.

And not just any longevity device, but the most important longevity device you can ever buy. So without further ado, let me explain why this might be the most important guide you ever read.

When it comes to your bed, there are so many factors to consider, which is why in this guide, I am going to break back all the aspects, into one simple place for you to understand and know what to look for, in order to make your bed, the best longevity device in the world.

I don’t want to waste time on covering why sleep is the most important longevity play in your arsenal of longevity weapons. However, I do want to establish it is, for those in doubt. Yes, diet and movement are extremely important and arguably on par however nothing actually beats sleep.

 

The Key Issues of Modern Beds

  1. Materials that are toxic to humans, being used in their construction.
  2. Ventilation is non-existent, causing us to overheat and lye in our own sweat.
  3. Lack of Support creating back problems and pain.
  4. Horizontal sleeping position, your brain rejuvenates best when sleeping at a slight incline.

 

What Is Your Bed Made From?

The three areas of concern, when it comes to what your bed is made of, are:

  • The bedframe.
  • The mattress.
  • Any metals used.

Just like your food, you want your bed to be made from natural organic materials. This means natural hard woods, using organic oils to give you a great finish, not synthetic materials, paints or varnishes, that due to the volatile organic compounds (VOCS), off gas. As this ultimately means, you are sleeping on top of chemical cesspit, giving off toxic gasses, polluting your bedrooms air supply and therefore the air you to breathe in, for 8 hours every night!

Next is the mattress, what’s it filled with? We are wanting to avoid polyester (and other synthetic materials) and especially petroleum chemical-based foams. These foams can take the form of being both a memory foam mattress, and simply used in addition to springs as fillers or toppers.

An interesting angle on the “natural” marketing of beds, are beds advertised as natural or sustainable horsehair, however in reality these have typically has been treated before use, in yet another chemical process.

We often see flame retardants advertised as a positive however, these are just laden with toxic chemicals. Again, no thankyou.

Metal, this is something frustratingly, I only found out months after buying my super luxurious and amazingly comfortable ( yes I am struggling to part company with it, however in time I will), super king mattress at a cost of $2,500 /£2,000.

Metal has long been proven to interfere with our quality of sleep, in particular our natural sleep rhythm. The majority of mattresses are spring based, and what are springs made out of! Lots of metal. Tough but true.

Though not common, some people, especially the elderly, who ironically will be most affected by this, have electrically adjustable beds, these electrical motors are just oozing out EMF radiation, right next to you, all night long just without the beautiful voice of Lionel Richie!

Sweaty Betty

Now don’t get me wrong, sweating is a natural part of everyday life and especially when we sleep, as its part of our detoxification process, think sweats after a heavy boozing session!

However we don’t really want to be woken up continuously due to wet patches of sweat. The best way to overcome this, is to have a bed/mattress that allows our skin to breathe at night and in turn allow the sweat to naturally evaporate as opposed to soaking into the sheets.

Two key aspects in whether our sweat evaporates, leaving us dry and importantly asleep or wet and awake (and not in a fun way!) are your mattress/bed and bedding (this will be covered in more detail in a separate guide).

The fabric choice of your bedding is key, natural fibres win over synthetic polyesters etc. I’ve always slept with feathers, Hungarian Down in particular. Though I have not experienced this first hand yet, organic wool, seems to be a better option. So when I next come to change my bedding, I will be replacing it for organic wool. Should I be throwing out my feathers today and buying wool now, yes, however I can’t quite bring myself to throw away very expensive and very comfortable bedding just yet.

I’ve learnt in life that the key to getting into world class habits, is slowly but surely. Nothing to drastic and your ego will agree to it.

You want your bed to have under bed ventilation i.e. fresh air can flow underneath your mattress/bed which helps cool from underneath you.

The other key benefit of a dry bed, is that you don’t attract uninvited guests to sleep with you, such as those lovely dust mites plus mould and bacteria.

Your Sleeping Partner Not Being Supportive

No not your wife, your bed!

As a man in my 20s, I would regularly experience new beds and it would often dawn on me, what uncomfortable contraptions a lot of them were. Whether they had springs digging into me or that they completely lacked support.

This would lead to me continuously being awoken throughout the night and in turn waking up feeling rubbish the next day. And this was in addition to the new and most unwelcome stiffness the next day.

It hardly surprising when you think about it, we are on our (or someone else’s!) beds for 8 hours every day, this is a third of our lives, so if anything is going to have a big impact on your body’s infrastructure, it’s going to be your bed. Followed by your working position (covered in a different guide).

A bed can do one of two negative things. Where you had no problems, it can now create problems for you. Or if you already have posture issues, it can make them a lot worse for you. What we are after is a bed that supports you so that you wake up with no aches, stiffness and pains.

I have done multiple tests of sleeping on the floor, yes, the floor! I wanted to experience first-hand how my back felt after sleeping on a hard surface.

The first two or three nights, you find you awake a lot, as your body can’t quite understand why the surface you’re sleeping on, is so hard and it doesn’t move like your mattress. Which leads to continuous waking up throughout the night, which obviously is not good for your sleep.

However, you do wake up with this lovely and completely revived body posture, something that’s hard to explain in words. Though very welcome and invigorating.

Once you have overcome this after the first few nights, something magical happens, you get used to this new hard surface while also benefiting from a rejuvenated body.

Do I sleep on the floor every night? Of course not. There needs to be a balance, which led me to look into different sleep systems (beds).

One of those was the Japanese method of sleep. This consists of having a matt as the foundation, often directly on the floor, called the Tatami Mat.  Next “the mattress”, which is essentially a topper over the Tatami mat, called a Shikfuton, which is made from cotton.

Then, what we would call a duvet, the Kakefuton, is filled with silk fibres, which are great for even heat distribution and a hostile environment for dust mites, exactly what us humans need!

However, by being on the floor, as covered above, you are not allowing for ventilation underneath you as you sleep, plus you are close to dust and other allergens whilst that low to the ground.

When you sleep, you want your back supported in the right places, which is simply to maintain the spine’s natural shape, yes that simple! You want your natural S-shaped curvature of your spine supported, with even distribution of pressure. Which as I found out when sleeping on the floor for two weeks, though very supportive, I could feel a lot of pressure around my hips/lower back area.

Another heavy area of our bodies, that have an impact on pressure and your muscles, are your shoulders. This causes us to lose the natural shape of our spine in a lot of mattresses. Of course, our muscles then overcompensate to alleviate this and maintain balance, however this is what creates your back pain and tension.


The Angle of Your Bed

This one is going to blow your mind, as it did mine, when I first discovered this!

The best way to sleep is with your head slightly above your feet. Yes, this means that the traditional way of us sleeping lying flat, is not the best way for you.

The solution, have the top of your bed i.e. your head end, around 3-6 inches higher than the bottom end of your bed i.e. where your feet are. The aim is to get an elevation of around 3-5 degrees.

This has to do with the world’s most popular cause for dis-ease, inflammation. Which is a result of a build up through the day (and your life) of toxins. Our bodies have amazing ways to deal with these toxins or waste products for the body, it’s called the lymphatic system, which am sure everyone’s heard of. Then for your brain, we have the glymphatic system, which is the brains equivalent of the lymphatic system.

By sleeping at an incline, and simply taking advantage of gravity, this helps promotes your brains glymphatic system and in turn remove toxins from your brain, all while you are fast asleep. Why is this important?

Well, 90% of your brain’s detoxification occurs while you are asleep. In particular deep sleep, that time when if someone wakes you up, you are disorientated and drowsy.

Other benefits include, reduced snoring, reduced sleep apnoea and less heartburn! Talk about multiple wins from one simple change.

Which is why sleeping at an incline is such a big game changer in your life, better health, better brain and you get to live longer!


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