MATTRESS CONSULTING for Deep Sleep and Recovery – While Sleeping in Bed-Position

MATTRESS CONSULTING for Deep Sleep and Recovery – While Sleeping in Bed-Position






Linear and Lateral Support

1. Linear Support

By linear support, we understand the support that makes that your body does not sag. In an undistorted by hanging du hard to top a mattress lying still..

In a side-lying posture, the back shall form one straight line, from the neck vertebrae to the sacrum. In a side/belly posture, the spinal column shall remain in its natural bended form, from the neck to the sacrum, as in an upright posture. Thighbones and knees shall sink a little bit deeper in the mattress, so as not to cause too large a pressure on the lower back. When sleeping on the back, the spinal column has to keep its natural bended form from the neck to the sacrum. It is important that the lumbar region is supported sufficiently. In all recumbent postures, an orthopaedically justified support is necessary. The position of the spinal column at night may in no event obstruct the hormonal flows. I hereby refer to the sacro-cranial therapies.


In addition, the dorsal vertebrae must be able to arrange themselves at night so that the intervertebral disks can regenerate optimally. At the same time, the neck and dorsal muscles that are during the daytime most of the time contorted because of an incorrect sitting position must be given a chance to relax. But, the human body is not a plank. Normally, our shoulders are broader than our hips; but at the hips, we have more weight than at the shoulders.

So, it is clear that the ideal bed for a dominant side sleeper is softer at shoulders’ height and harder at hips’ height. Hard mattresses are a real disaster in terms of support, one really completely tenses up on such mattresses.

« Fabeltje te harde matras »

The double bed is an invention of the devil who was jealous of the blessings of marriage.
Marie Stopes,
Sleep, Chatto and Winders, Londen 1956.

Even light persons have to impress their shoulders sufficiently so that the pillow, when used, does not have to carry the weight of the shoulders through the neck.

Orthopaedic pillows on too hard beds shift the problem from the shoulders to the neck. Neck muscles get overloaded and the pressure on the head is much too large. Especially for back-sore people, the mattress has to make it possible that the distance between the shoulder tip and the lumbar region can be impressed by the shoulder. This implies that, independent of the person’s weight, the mattress can at shoulders’ height be impressed 6 to 9 cm, whereas at the hips, that generally weigh more, the mattress cannot be impressed that much. Most certainly for low-back-pain patients and slipped-disk patients, no pressure may be exercised on the lower intervertebral disks. Therefore, in order to offer a perfect linear support, the mattress shall be very elastic without becoming deformed. It shall also have a softer shoulder zone and a slightly harder hip zone, as well as a softer knee zone, if so desired.

The base on which the mattress is lying, shall allow the same support and impression, though in an accentuated way. The ideal bed is as large as possible, and allows you to optimally stretch out both lengthwise and breadthwise, it allows you to make yourselves as large and as broad as you wish without being hindered by a bed head end, a foot bed end or your partner. For side/belly and belly sleepers, the bed is at least 30 cm and preferably 50 cm longer than the person in question! It must be possible to maximally stretch out the spinal column and to have your body heave on the mattress. This ensures a perfect lateral support.

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2. Lateral Support

The secret of the ideal bed not only lies in a perfect support, but also in an optimal pressure-reducing contact plane between the body and the mattress. The larger the contact zone between the body and the mattress, the smaller the pressure registration per square centimeter of skin. The larger the contact zone, the longer it will take before the body subconsciously orders to turn over and before large tension build-up in the skeleton muscles can interrupt your deep sleep or REM sleep. Sleep quality indeed is reduced drastically when you are wakened by an internal pain impulse caused by overpressure or by difficulties when turning over. The longer you can stay in the same position without suffering pressure damage, the longer your muscles can deacidify. In addition, reduced pressure also stimulates the blood circulation in the limbs. But, a larger contact plane also implies that the mattress should ventilate perfectly. The skin that touches the mattress also must be able to breathe and the purifying perspiration must be absorbed without the mattress feeling moist to the touch. Therefore, when falling asleep, the perfect lateral support is obtained by giving the body as large a contact plane as possible and by having the body heave maximally on the mattress. So, in this scope, stretching out and as large a mattress as possible are extremely important.

Back schools give advice on how to turn your dominant recumbent posture in a better equilibrium posture, so that you do not have to turn over too quickly. In all events, when falling asleep, one should lie as relaxed as possible, with as large a contact plane as possible. The ideal bed can help you a lot.

Green Sleep

ALGAECIDE WATERBED SALE-CONDITIONER ALGAECIDE or for bed mattress WATER. Where is it on sale in the region of Laurentides – Rosemere – Quebec?

ALGAECIDE WATERBED SALE-CONDITIONER ALGAECIDE or for bed mattress WATER. Where is it on sale in the region of Laurentides – Rosemere – Quebec?

ALGAECIDE An algaecide conditioner is more advisable in a waterbed mattress and is strongly discouraged in the river from Quebec to protect our environment. 

Algaecide conditioner will protect the longevity of your waterbed mattress to prevent bacterial growth. This concentrate provides these softening agents sterility of water, softens and prevents the vinyl of the mattress becomes internally weak and brittle. It will seal the inner surface of your mattress for better protection. Water pipe is not everywhere an optimum quality and to prevent algae growth, add every six months a small bottle of conditioner (a large bottle can be added 1x per year) for clean water throughout the year.

The maintenance will be done annuallyWhere can I find this Algaecide (conditioner) for water beds?
I can not find anywhere!


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SLEEP WELL History and Sociology of the SLEEP make your night a DEEP SLEEP

SLEEP WELL History and Sociology of the SLEEP make your night a DEEP SLEEP

SLEEP WELL History and sociology of the sleep

SLEEP WELL History and Sociology of the SLEEP make your night a DEEP SLEEP I have two gods, you and sleep, the two of you mean everything to me.
Goethe to Charlotte van Stein



1. « Four out of ten Belgians sleep badly« 

Source: Het Nieuwsblad 5-10-2004
Why do we actually still sleep? Of all primates, the human being already sleeps least. Did, a century ago, Thomas Edison not contend that with the invention of electricity and artificial light, sleeping in fact becomes unnecessary? Indeed, having to go to sleep because it is too dark to go out hunting safely or to gather food, today for most people belongs to the past.

In fact, artificial light makes it possible to have factories work day and night in 3 shifts, to have shops open 24 hours a day, to have a dazzling nightlife and even to do all kinds of interesting things at home at night and not to have to sleep. Indeed, why do we actually still sleep?

Why do we “lose” 1/3 of our lives to something that is like “being death”?
Do we really enjoy that so much?

Chronic short-sleepers Napoleon Bonaparte was on the alert day and night, and thus suffered from a chronic sleep deficiency. He only slept short sleeps, never exceeding a few hours. Thomas Edison invented artificial light and thought sleeping was “a deplorable regression to the primitive conduct of cavemen.” Albert Einstein was a frequent sleeper, both during the night and by day, he regularly doze off. He pretended that it contributed to his creativity.

2. Evolution history

SLEEP WELLNevertheless, there is something that forces us to sleep. Is it the tiredness of our muscles and mind that creates the need for sleep? Or do our genes in a circadian 24 hours rhythm order us to go to sleep right now? Science has no straightforward answer yet.

As Homo Sapiens we have had a long evolution history. Today we still have the body of the hunter-gatherer, including the coccyx. From a long time before the first Homo Habilis until recently, the human being was extremely vulnerable when it grew dark.
He lived solitarily or in group, but had to remain observant at all times. When he slept, he hided and protected himself as much as possible in caves or on higher places where the entrance or entry could be watched over. As our ancestors were occupied with keeping up a fire, watching and other survival activities, they subconsciously felt it was not permitted to sleep through for several hours a day. Their nights were interrupted several times by active moments. Today, primitive population groups still sleep several successive short sleeps at night. By organizing themselves into groups and hierarchies, the night watch could be reduced to a restricted group and the others could slowly evolve into the modern social sleep, in which the shorter sleeps are linked up and people sleep through, preferably without waking up in between.

We fall asleep under the influence of vapours that ascend from our stomach.
Aristotle, Greek philosopher

3. Sleeping habits



In the Western world, we indeed mostly sleep a sleep that consists of 5 stages that are in turn divided in different phases. When studying sleep behavior outside the European continent and during many study tours, I found that many population groups still have quite different sleeping habits.

The distinctive feature of their sleep behavior is that population groups that still live very close to nature, do not sleep “through” the night, but actively interrupt their sleep. It was also found that the climate is as important as darkness when it comes to explaining the widespread “afternoon nap”. Even in China, most factories and offices are closed down at noon. In Japan, it is still very popular to have a nap behind your desk at noon. At 5 o’clock in the morning, Bombay already shimmers with activity and the inhabitants of Abidjan only get the hang of things at 11 o’clock in the evening.


4. Where you sleep

Not everyone sleeps out his sleeping needs in the same way; frequent shorter sleeps on the ground, a couch, a seat or a bed spread over the entire day are more common than our modern social sleep in a neatly made-up bed from 11 o’clock in the evening till 7 o’clock in the morning. In the Western world, we evolved from sleepers in a nest or cave to more protected rooms or turret rooms, where people and families sat around a fire and looked for the warmth and protection of one another. They slept on beds that protected them against moisture, cold and vermin. These beds mainly consisted of skins, bags filled with all kinds of elastic materials and blankets that were even spread out over the chest with the most precious belongings.
The Greeks and Romans lived and ate on their beds. In the Middle Ages, the most combative slept sitting in full battle regalia to be able to swing into action while naked men, women and children cozily dived in a bed under the skins. Victorian prudery and new ideas on hygiene brought nightclothes, nightcaps, individual bedrooms and beds. French kings received their subjects while half-sitting/half-lying in their beds.

5. How you sleep

Today, 70% of the people still sleep together with someone else and some hundred years ago the Western world adopted the habit of sleeping in individual bedrooms where parents and children can retire.

Since the invention of the metal spring mattress and the bed box, we sleep completely horizontally and the hassock-pillows have gradually made way for modern more or less hygienically sound beds.

6. Women sleep on their sides, men sleep on their fronts or sides



A survey conducted in 1996 amongst 2,000 of my customers showed that 78% of the women are slide sleepers, while 72% of the men are side/belly sleepers. That’s only logical as in earlier days, most women were constantly pregnant and therefore had not many options left. In addition, by lying on their sides, women were able to better protect the fetus.

In fact, men are better protected by their backs and they can get up much more rapidly from the side/belly position. Other studies reveal that 15% sleep on their backs, 24% on their left sides, 47% on their right sides and 14% on their bellies.

But when we lie down, we often lie on our backs. This change is not only caused by mattresses that are much too hard and thus disturb our sleep profile, but also results from the introduction of electrically sit adjustable bed bases that brought King Television even into the bedroom. We now have light, digitalized communication, a worldwide information network… at our disposal 24 hours a day. And at night too, we permanently have access to all kinds of amusement and recreation… even in our bedroom.

The king sleeps on his back, the sage on his side and the rich man on his belly.
7. Sleep debt

We work and travel at night and yet feel that we so build up some kind of sleep debt. Perhaps we indeed can function 24 hours a day without losing much time to sleeping. When comparing the technological changes over the last century to our overall evolution, they took place in a symbolic second, while our body took 30,000 years to evolve from the homo sapiens into modern man.

Since the light bulb was invented in 1936, we technically can handle night work, our lives can become more and more hectic and we can even gather information or find entertainment in the middle of the night.

Number of hours of sleep per 24 hours
Donkey 3
Horse 3
Cow 4
Dolphin 7
Pig 8
Dog 9
Chimpanzee 10
Gorilla 12
Cat 15
Bat 20


8. The great lack of sleep

But, how flexible is our sleep need? Do we really just waste one third of our lives? The more I learn about sleeping, the more I realize that the problems we face today are rather due to a sleep deficiency than to a waste of time through sleeping. For one thing bad-sleeping is the worst ailment of our times, and for another thing modern, technological society and higher life expectancy just require that we, even more than in the past, optimally utilize our sleep.

In sleep labs all over the world, sleep debt was created under lab conditions and the behavior of test subjects was studied.Each study shows that even the slightest sleep deficiency has us function less efficiently. For that matter, short naps in the daytime resulting from this sleep deficiency actually are the biggest cause of accidents, both at work and on the road.

So, what is it that makes sleep so important? That is what you should know!


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