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8 Ways to Stay Hydrated for Better Sleep

by Denise Pummer |August 11, 2020 |0 Comments | Anti-aging, Articles, Blogs, Health and Wellness, healthy skin, healthy sleep, Hydration, Hydration and Healthy Sleep, Performance & Recovery, skin health, sleep health, Sleep hygiene, Sleep Tips, Staying Hydrated | , , , , , , , , ,

When you consider how many different factors can negatively affect your sleep, dehydration isn’t usually high on the list. We all know that pillows, mattresses, room temperature, pre-bed routines, and body positioning play significant roles. But if you’ve been having trouble getting quality sleep and can’t find a culprit, you may want to explore dehydration as a possibility.

Keep reading to find out how dehydration affects your sleep and what you can do about it.

Potential Consequences of Dehydration

It is possible to be dehydrated even when you don’t feel thirsty, so relying on thirst alone to guide you is never a good idea. The consequences of dehydration can range from mild to severe, and include headaches, dizziness, confusion, fatigue, organ failure and even death in extreme cases. At night, dehydration can disrupt your sleep so you wake up not rested and still tired. It can also lead to a dry throat and nasal passages that lead to snoring and a raw, parched mouth in the morning. Trying to sleep while dehydrated can also lead to leg cramps and muscle spasms that will keep you up.

Surprisingly, dehydration actually increases the urge to use the bathroom in the middle of the night!

The Sleeping Environment and Dehydration

It makes sense that sleeping in a dry environment can dehydrate you faster than an environment with higher humidity levels. If your bedroom is particularly dry, you can become dehydrated while you sleep, or if you already are dehydrated, the situation will be made worse. And if you sleep in an environment that is conducive to dehydration, the sleep hormone melatonin may be affected, which can throw off your circadian rhythm and lead to poor quality sleep.

Sleep Duration and Dehydration

 In 2018, the journal Sleep published research that found adults that sleep six hours per night or less have a higher chance of being dehydrated than those who slept longer.

Some believe these findings indicate that poor sleep symptoms like fatigue, headache or muddled thinking that many people experience in the morning may be caused by dehydration during the night.

The research was performed on around 20,000 Chinese and US adults. Those who claimed to sleep six hours a night or fewer across both groups had a 59% higher risk of being dehydrated than those who slept seven to eight hours regularly. The key may be a hormone called vasopressin. While you sleep, your pituitary gland uses vasopressin to signal the kidneys to retain fluid. Typically, more vasopressin is released later on in the sleep cycle, which is a period the shorter duration sleepers don’t reach.

Fluid Loss During Sleep

It’s important to start the night well hydrated because you will lose fluid simply through the act of sleeping. The act of breathing leads to fluid loss, and this is exacerbated if you breathe through your mouth or snore during the night. As mentioned above, sleeping in a dry environment can increase fluid loss, as can exercising intensely in the evening or drinking alcohol to excess before bed.

Tips for Staying Hydrated at Night

It’s easy to assume that guzzling copious amounts of water before bed would be the solution to staying hydrated and having a more restful sleep, but that might not be the case. You may end up making multiple trips to the bathroom during the night, which would disrupt your sleep anyway.

It’s better to think of hydration as a whole day type of activity and not just think of it when you are faced with going to bed.

Some useful tips you can use include:

  1. Begin the hydration process as soon as you wake up by drinking a glass of water.
  2. Spread fluid intake throughout the day and never go more than a couple hours without consuming some water.
  3. Remember that water is the best beverage to help hydrate you. Drinks like tea, coffee and alcohol contain water but actually have the opposite effect.
  4. Eat foods with high water content like fruits and vegetables.
  5. Avoid caffeine for up to six hours before bed.
  6. Use a humidifier in your sleeping space, if needed.
  7. Drink more water if you work out heavily or sweat for another reason.
  8. Focus on getting seven to eight hours to maximize vasopressin levels.

Staying hydrated at night to avoid the negative effects of dehydration can be challenging, but it’s definitely within reach. At SAMINA, we have a wide range of products that can help you have a holistic, natural sleep and avoid sleep-related dehydration. For pricing or any other questions, request more information here.

Insomnia

Easing Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression With a Samina Sleep System

by Claus Pummer |May 28, 2020 |0 Comments | Blogs, sleep health | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Sleep is necessary for everyone, whether we want to admit it or not. When you’ve experienced disturbances with several nights’ sleep, you know exactly how important it is to ensure your quality of rest. Unfortunately, many chronic conditions are linked to sleep (or lack thereof): insomnia, anxiety and depression.

The Effects of Sleep Debt and Deprivation

According to a 2018 study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health, the average person needs seven to eight hours of sleep each night in order to maintain optimal mental and physical health; much less than that can be harmful to an individual’s health.

But how exactly does this translate to your daily life? According to the same study, many individuals with ‘sleep debt’ or sleep deprivation experience changes in their mood, even to the extreme of anxiety and depression. With so many people experiencing these mental health conditions, it is time to take a closer look at our sleep hygiene.

Tips for Improving Your Sleep

For many biohacking experts, sleep is the number one focus for all-natural performance enhancement. If you experience sleepiness throughout the day, mood swings, anxiety and depression, introducing better sleep hygiene, such as a quality green mattress, can be highly effective and yet holistic.

In addition, if you’re taking too long to fall asleep or are experiencing disturbances in your sleep throughout the night, it’s time that you consider evaluating your sleep routine – including screen time, daytime habits and, of course, your bed.

Sleep Hygiene Tips

  1. Stick to a regular bedtime
  2. Create a relaxing bedtime routine
  3. Stay active throughout the day
  4. Avoid coffee, tea, cigarettes and even chocolate after 4 p.m.
  5. Create a comfortable and healthy sleep environment

One of the best ways to improve your sleep is to make your bed irresistibly comfortable. This includes your mattress, bedding and pillows. Besides comfort, a luxury mattress should be healthy for you too! A non-toxic mattress is more important than you might think – you spend seven to eight hours a day on it after all!

How A Luxury Mattress Can Affect Your Mental Health (For The Better!)

A luxury, eco-friendly mattress can be a highly effective way to ease your mental health in a holistic way. In fact, many biohacking experts have seen some if not all of these improvements:

Better Temperature Regulation

Optimal ambient temperature is very influential to the quality of your sleep. A quality mattress is constructed to meet requirements for temperature control, but a luxury mattress will exceed these requirements to ensure that you sleep comfortably and more deeply.

Stopping The Stress Cycle

Stress is inevitable in everyone’s life, whether it’s related to personal and professional causes.  However, how we manage and react to stress is up to us. Stress management comes down to routines and developing a ‘toolkit’ that helps you manage the daily struggles that you face. Within this toolkit should be habits and items that contribute to quality sleep.

The ‘vicious cycle’ of bad sleep and stress, according to The American Institute of Stress, means that stress brings on insomnia for many people. After that, a lack of sleep makes it much more difficult for a person to constructively manage stress – and the effects continue to cycle.

Rejuvenate Performance

Your memory is, of course, highly linked to your mental health. In fact, one could view mental health (such as anxiety and depression), memory and sleep as three intertwined health concepts. Sleep deprivation has been, time and again, linked to forgetfulness and ‘unlearning’. By investing in your sleep, from bedding to an eco-friendly mattress, you are investing in your own mental and physical well being.

Higher Quality Sleep

Of course, all of the above benefits of a quality luxury mattress amounts to the most important benefit: a better quality sleep and, for many, improvements to mental health.

Adding a quality eco-friendly mattress to your sleep routine can dramatically improve the quality of your sleep. The SAMINA sleep system, including the non-toxic mattress, supports you physically, so your sleep can support you mentally. A luxury mattress from SAMINA supports the neck and loins so that other heavier body parts like the shoulders and hips don’t sink into your mattress and contort your spine.

Sleep Disturbance

A Step Towards Better Sleep

Start biohacking your sleep and find a holistic treatment for mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. To be on your way to your best sleep ever, request more information here.

Impact of Sleep on Mom Mental Health

Mom’s Mind – How Sleep Affects Mental Health For Mothers

by Claus Pummer |May 14, 2020 |0 Comments | Blogs, Sleep Tips | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Having a child can be a beautiful thing, but of course, there are some changes to your daily habits and health that can drastically change with the introduction of a newborn into your world. But did you know that it is highly common for mothers (and fathers, to a lesser extent) to feel sleep-deprived well into a child’s life?

What This 2019 Study Had to Say

If you’re the proud mother of a five or six-year-old, you may still be experiencing the effects of sleep deprivation. According to a study published in the Sleep Journal by the Sleep Research Society, both men and women experienced a below-average level of satisfaction with their sleep quality and length.

In both women and men, sleep satisfaction and duration did not fully recover for up to 6 years after the birth of their first child.

Sleep and Mental Health

Besides reducing cognitive ability, sleep deprivation takes the shape of changes in mental health in many mothers. Today’s Parent’s article on sleep and mental health lists mental health repercussions from a lack of sleep, specifically around anxiety and depression.

The mental health conditions can be exacerbated or brought on by the lack of sleep and subsequent mood swings that occur as a result of sleep deprivation. Low moods can occur after one night of lacklustre sleep, but add four more years onto that and it’s safe to say that many parents’ moods, from frustration to impatience to anger, can be attributed to chronic sleep issues.

Making the Most of Sleep

So sleep affects a mother’s mental health – what can be done about it?

Sleep can be confusing to manage, with so many tips and tricks to test out. While a bedtime routine and even your day leading up to sleep are important factors to focus on, starting with a luxury mattress that will support you both mentally and physically can help you make the most of every minute asleep.

After years working on sleep health and psychology, our top recommendations for improving your sleep as a parent include:

Creating and Sticking to a Schedule

This means that you have to plan your sleep ahead of time and draw boundaries around your sleep schedule as much as possible. This might feel fairly easy for you, but for many, this may include developing a shift schedule with you and your partner to protect the quality of your sleep as much as possible.

Create A Short Yet Effective Bedtime Routine

You may not feel like you have enough time to have your own bedtime routine, but it’s important to introduce consistency to alert your body that it is time to sleep – therefore making every minute in bed count. This can simply mean having the same tea every night half an hour before bed, lighting a candle with a specific scent or staying screen-free for an hour before bed.

Build Your Comfortable Sleep Toolkit

Many factors can affect your quality of sleep, including your sleep comfort. A luxury mattress that is created with careful attention to materials and requirements, will be able to physically and mentally support you and your quality of sleep.

SAMINA’s Bio-Ceramic® Bedding

SAMINA has created a sleep system that includes luxury mattress bedding made from 60% organic cotton and 40% Bio-Ceramic® yarn. Bio-Ceramic® yarn delivers healthy infrared radiation and negative ions, both of which encourage healthy sleep patterns for users. These benefits help your body’s microcirculation, energy restoration, more drowsiness to promote the initial transition to sleep and optimal ambient heat and moisture.

Further, the construction of the bedding carefully considers physical support and how stress on the body can be reduced for a more restful and relaxed sleep.

A Last Word on Improved Mental Health and Performance

Dr. Liborio Parrino, Chair of the World Sleep Day Committee, stated in the World Sleep Day Toolkit:

“Extending our sleep period also improves our mental and body performances during the day and, last but not least, enhances our dreaming experience, as REM stages are mostly concentrated in the final portion of sleep, which is often curtailed by the urging rules of modern life.”

Better Sleep

Make sleep your priority. SAMINA sleep systems, including their luxury eco-friendly mattress, all of which are constructed to deliver comfortable sleep with the added health benefits of non-toxic mattress materials. Parents, we know you are tired. Let us help you restore your healthy sleep patterns and make the most of your time both awake and asleep. Contact us and request more information about SAMINA sleep systems here.

Natural Sleep

How is an Inclined Sleep Better for Your Health?

by Claus Pummer |April 30, 2020 |0 Comments | Blogs, sleep health | , , , , , ,

A deep and comfortable sleep is crucial to a long and healthy life. There are many ways to improve your nightly sleep, including selecting an eco-friendly mattress, grounding yourself with a comfortable grounding pad, and selecting bedding that offers the best support and health benefits. At SAMINA, we consider ourselves sleep experts and one thing we’ve noticed in our time working with beds, mattresses and sleep accessories is that inclined sleep provides a multitude of advantages.

Here we’d like to shed some light on how choosing an inclined bed, like the SAMINA Gravity Inclined Bed, can help you sleep better and feel better.

What is Inclined Sleep?

Inclined sleep, as the name suggests, is sleeping in a bed which elevates the head above feet with body in horizontal position.

At SAMINA, we provide healthier sleeping opportunities for our customers with a bed built specifically for inclined rest. Here are some of the ways the Gravity Inclined Bed can help you improve your sleep.

Less Acid Reflux

The human stomach is a complicated and sensitive system. For some, the natural acids in our stomachs don’t always stay where they’re supposed to. Acid reflux and other issues resulting in the rising of stomach acids is uncomfortable and dangerous if left untreated. While an inclined mattress can’t replace a doctor’s assistance, it can help stave off symptoms and increase your long-term comfort.

According to one scientific study, which examined the difference between laying flat and laying inclined, patients encountered less acid reflux while inclined. Choosing a bed frame with an incline provides you with the same gastrointestinal support, reducing symptoms of acid reflux and adding to the comfort of any luxury mattress.

Less Pressure to Your Skin and Muscles

Throughout the day, your body takes a beating. Gravity combined with an active lifestyle compresses your spine and joints. This leaves your body craving the time it can stretch out and relax at night on a certified green mattress. Traditional flat beds place pressure along the entirety of your body as you sleep. Choosing an inclined bed frame, however, reduces this pressure, giving your muscles, skin and bones the chance to decompress after a long hard day.

Some of the best evidence of inclined sleep for low-pressure comes from the health industry. There are many reasons hospital beds incline, but one is the reduction of pressure from skin and muscle tissue during rest. When the human body spends long periods of time in bed, sores can form along the skin from pressure. Inclining the mattress reduces this pressure and resulting discomfort. While your typical 8-hours of sleep at night doesn’t warrant fear of bedsores, it still causes ongoing pressure during a time your body should be regenerating. Choosing a bed with a slight incline is best for body and mind.

Better Breathing

There’s a reason why hospitals use inclined beds for patients having trouble breathing or regulating heart rate. Studies show that inclining a bed frame opens air passages and allows for easier breathing. While the SAMINA Gravity Inclined Bed doesn’t offer extreme elevations, it does gently lift your head and recline your feet enough to be beneficial yet subtle for a good night’s sleep.

The best example of elevating a bed for optimal breathing is from childhood. Anybody who has ever stayed home sick from school is sure to remember being propped up on extra pillows to lessen coughing symptoms and make it easier to breathe. The same can be said of the Gravity Inclined Bed, although to a less obvious degree.

Individuals who snore may also find that elevating the bed decreases the frequency with which you do. This could improve sleep patterns, decreasing the number of times you wake during the night due to snoring. Pairing your inclined bed frame with a non-toxic mattress increases these respiratory health benefits.

Get in Touch with Us

Achieving a good night’s rest makes a difference to the rest of your day. At SAMINA our doctor recommended mattress and bed frames are designed with your healthiest sleep in mind. To learn more about sleeping inclined and our certified green mattresses, contact us today.

It’s best when you can schedule an appointment to view our products and experience the SAMINA difference, but you may also order directly from us over the phone. A SAMINA Sleep Concierge will verify each order to ensure you and your sleeping partner, when applicable, have the right system for your respective physical needs and specific sleep concerns.

Our healthy sleep concierge service is available Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm PST. Our aim is to reply to you within 24 hours.

Eco Friendly Mattress

Why is an Eco-Friendly Mattress Important?

by Claus Pummer |April 16, 2020 |0 Comments | Blogs, Sleep Tips | , , , , , ,

If there’s one thing modern technology has given us, it’s a window into the world. Unfortunately, this window has shown us that the world is in trouble and it’s up to us to start taking the steps necessary to save it. Sleeping on an eco-friendly mattress is one way to limit your carbon footprint on the planet and improve your sleep simultaneously.

SAMINA is a strong believer in living green, which is one reason we introduced our green mattress to the sleep industry. We like to say, “we’re saving the planet one bed at a time.” At first glance, you might assume we’re referring to the amazing sleep our customers receive on a brand new SAMINA luxury mattress, but we’re being far more literal. Here’s what you should know about our certified green mattresses and how they’re helping make a difference to the planet.

What is an Eco-friendly Mattress and How Does it Work?

Eco-friendly refers to products that aren’t harmful to the environment, like our non-toxic mattresses. It can also include products that help the environment in some way. At SAMINA, we’re a proud supporter of the environment. So, when we began designing mattresses, bed frames, and sleep accessories, we took the time to think about how our products would affect the world around us. This is how we developed our bio-ceramic bedding and SAMINA Healthy Sleep System.

Bio-Ceramic Bedding

The SAMINA Bio-Ceramic Bedding uses a mix of 40% bio-ceramic yarn (biodegradable material) and 60% organic cotton. This comfortable natural fabric is then folded around virgin sheep’s wool for a cushiony, insulated mattress topper like no other. This is biohacking in a whole new way.

The sheep’s wool used in all SAMINA products is removed carefully and without harming any creatures tall or small. Combining the wool with the bio-ceramic fibers produces a moisture-wicking, temperature controlling material perfect for hot or cold climates. We also love the detoxification qualities of the fabric, which allows sleepers to fully relax and eliminate mental and physical stress during sleep.

SAMINA Healthy Sleep System

The SAMINA Healthy Sleep System provides a variety of eco-conscious components for the healthiest sleep you’ll ever experience. These include:

  • A doctor recommended mattress made from natural rubber
  • Orthopedic flexible slat frame with customizable slats
  • LOKOSANA body grounding pad for bioelectrical absorption
  • Climate regulating wool pad to reduce sweat and moderate temperature
  • Bioactive duvets for warmth and comfort
  • Orthopedic pillows for proper head and neck placement during sleep

This system uses materials that benefit the environment, harnessing the earth’s best qualities and leaving behind fabric that can be recycled, reused, or biodegrade when no longer in use.

Benefits of Eco-Friendly Fabric

Using eco-friendly materials in bedding does more than just help the environment when those fabrics are no longer usable. They also provide a non-toxic, chemical free comfort that reduces allergies, illness, and pollution. Here are some of the most common reasons our customers make the switch to SAMINA:

Safe for Those You Love

Choosing an eco-friendly mattress guarantees the bedding you choose is natural and safe for your family, children and pets.

Economical

Sourcing renewable materials from the environment creates a sustainable product and provides financial support to local and international craftsman.

Durability

Natural materials are durable. There’s a reason sheep’s wool sweaters and blankets are passed down for generations. If well cared for, they are practically indestructible.

Easy to Clean

Some of the natural materials we use, like the SAMINA rubber mattress, are easier to wash than traditional mattresses. They repel moisture and host antibacterial properties fighting off mold and mildew that live inside cloth mattresses.

Choosing to go eco-friendly shouldn’t be a tough choice and at SAMINA, we like to think we make it a little easier by providing a product that sells itself. Our mattresses and sleep products aren’t just safe for the environment, they also provide a thorough and comfortable sleep you can count on.

Get in Touch with Us

For more information on SAMINA and our eco-friendly approach to sleep, we invite you to try our products firsthand. It’s best when you can schedule an appointment to view our products and experience the SAMINA difference, but you may also order directly from us over the phone. A SAMINA Sleep Concierge will verify each order to ensure you and your sleeping partner, when applicable, have the right system for your respective physical needs and specific sleep concerns.

Our healthy sleep concierge service is available Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm PST. Our aim is to reply to you within 24 hours.

Health And Sleep

How Does A Good Night’s Rest Improve Your Life?

by Claus Pummer |March 31, 2020 |0 Comments | Blogs, Health and Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average adult requires at least 7-hours of sleep each night to live a healthy life. For some Americans, this number is simply unobtainable, sometimes for reasons outside of our control.

When it comes to “controlling the controllables”, however, the mattress you sleep on plays a large role in the quality and length of your sleep. Choosing a comfortable eco-friendly mattress decreases the chances of sleep disturbances. Some of the ways a balanced sleep schedule improves your life include:

A Strong Immune System

Recent studies have shown that there’s a strong connection between sleep and the human immune system. As our bodies rest at night, your immune system remains active, fighting internal bacterium, infections, and more. When you miss sleep your immune system takes a hit and is no longer able to function at its most optimal capacity.

For chronic inflammation sufferers, the effects of sleep deficiency on your immune system is immense. This is because inflammatory mediators increase when the body doesn’t receive enough sleep. This worsens injuries, intensifies joint and muscle pain, and prolongs healing efforts.

Improved Heart Health

The heart is a complex piece of biological machinery. One of the components allowing your heart to function normally is sleep. When your body rests, everything from hormones to blood sugar is regulated and normalized. A study published in the Journal of Progress in Cardiovascular Disease reported high blood pressure, inflammation, and hypertension to be among the symptoms which arose when adults sleep less than 6-hours a night.

Decreased Risk of Obesity

Poor sleep alters your metabolism, slowing it down. A low metabolism prevents your body from turning sugars into energy at the rate it requires to moderate weight and fat levels. This causes weight gain, water retention, and fat retention.

As your metabolism slows, other parts of your body are affected as well. From a decrease in glucose tolerance and leptin to increase cortisol and appetite – lack of sleep will become visible in the weight you carry.

Mood Regulation and Stress Control

The mental and emotional results of sleep deprivation are obvious. Everybody has woken up cranky before due to a lack of sleep. When poor sleep habits become a chronic problem, your mood and stress levels take a turn for the worst.

A problem plaguing many Americans missing their 7-hours nightly is that once the stress and mood changes begin, a vicious circle starts to form. The higher your stress levels, the harder it is to sleep. Many people suffering from insomnia find it difficult to sleep simply because anxiety and agitation levels are high. The less sleep they get, the worse these symptoms become. This can lead to depression and more severe forms of mental and emotional turmoil.

Clarity of Thought and Memory Retention

There’s a reason school and work both start in the morning. You’re at your most alert and clearheaded after a solid night of sleep. In fact, research from the Journal of Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment tells us that sleep deprivation has a serious and ongoing effect on cognitive performance.

Losing sleep impacts the way you perceive things, process information, and retain memories. When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more likely to make mistakes and forget information.

Choosing the Right Luxury Mattress for Your Healthiest Sleep

Knowing all that we do about health and sleep, it’s obvious how important it is to select a comfortable, sturdy, and supportive non-toxic mattress. The green mattress you sleep on plays a huge part in whether you experience discomfort and overheating during the night, and whether you’re exposed to allergens.

At SAMINA our green mattresses are made exclusively wither certified organic materials designed with your best sleep in mind. Using natural materials for cushiony softness and endless support, you’re guaranteed a long undisturbed rest. Add one of our LOKOSANA grounding pads to experience the healing powers of bioelectric energy as you sleep.

Improved Life With Good Night Rest

Get in Touch with Us!

For more information on improving your sleep or investing in a doctor recommended mattress, we invite you to contact SAMINA today.

It’s best when you can schedule an appointment to view our products and experience the SAMINA difference, but you may also order directly from us over the phone. A SAMINA Sleep Concierge will verify each order to ensure you and your sleeping partner, when applicable, have the right system for your respective physical needs and specific sleep concerns.

Our healthy sleep concierge service is available Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm PST. Our aim is to reply to you within 24 hours.

Back Pain

What is the Best Mattress for Back Pain?

by Claus Pummer |March 21, 2020 |0 Comments | Back pain, Blogs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

A comfortable sleep has a lot to do with the shape of your body and whether it’s being properly supported at night. Over time the mattresses we own lose their suppleness and structure. This is especially true of foam and spring mattresses that suffer from wear and tear over the years.

When you lay on a saggy mattress your spine curves in a convex motion, resulting in a sore back and muscles the following day. To reduce the risk of hurting your back, you should instead choose a mattress that curves with the natural s-shape of your spine. Fortunately, this is where SAMINA comes in.

SAMINA recommends always choosing a doctor recommended mattress when back pain is part of your consideration. You should also be discerning about the materials, the chemical load and design before choosing. If you’re considering a new mattress to regain control of your back pain, here’s what you should know.

Mattresses That Move with Your Body

For a long time, mattresses with sturdy stiffness were thought to be best for your back. Then, for a while, foam that molded to your every movement was voted best mattress material. Now, we know that neither of these components makes the best mattress because your body requires both support and elasticity to truly benefit from a luxury mattress.

SAMINA natural rubber mattresses are a great combination of flexible support. The porous, malleable material, which is reinforced by the frame beneath it, offers a supple comfortable foundation to rest your back. The natural rubber forms to your unique curves without completely losing its shape in the process. In fact, the certified organic talalay rubber used exclusively in SAMINA mattresses is known for its high-point elasticity, i.e., not forming dents but springing back to its original shape.

Mattress Toppers to Regulate Heat

Once you have the perfect green mattress in place, it’s time to consider what goes on top of that mattress to give not only support but also comfort because the end game here is not just a back that’s not sore when you wake up in the morning but a body that is well-rested from head to toe. A climate regulating wool pad is the perfect source of moisture-wicking, antimicrobial protection, and temperature control.

Back pain is often regulated by heat and cold being applied at varying intervals. Retaining a comfortable body temperature during sleep keeps your back from getting overheated or too cold before the night is through. This supports a good night’s rest and encourages regeneration at the cellular level.

Mattress Pads for Grounding

Biohacking is essentially self-experimentation for the purposes of altering chemistry or physiology to optimize one’s state of health and wellbeing. SAMINA is a popular choice for biohackers for many reasons including that we offer the perfect biohacking tool with our LOKOSANA grounding pad. This eco-friendly mattress pad is designed to harness the bioelectrical energy in the earth and store it beneath your body in your bed mimicking direct contact with the earth to bring it back into balance by neutralizing free radicals.”

Believe it or not, grounding is fully supported by the scientific community, and sleeping on a grounded mattress pad has advantages for your back. According to recent research, the electromagnetic energy we receive from the earth offers immune system support, wound healing advantages, and reduces inflammation.

For those experiencing chronic back pain, the reduction of inflammation could provide lasting relief.

Orthopedic Slatted Bed Frame

It may not be a mattress, but it’s what provides your mattress with the support it needs to relieve back pain and keep you going through the day. Orthopedics is the medical practice focusing on bones and joints. Choosing a bed with orthopedic support is a good indicator that your back will find relief.

At SAMINA we sell more than just a top of the line luxury mattress, we also sell customizable SAMINA slats for the healthiest sleep you’re back will ever have. SAMINA slats are designed to place support where you need it most depending on your height, weight, and type of back pain.

With the slats in place for orthopedic support, you will also need to address comfort, circulation and temperature for the best night ever. All that is offered by SAMINA with a non-toxic mattress, a climate regulating wool pad, and for extra coziness, you can add our bioactive duvet. The addition of orthopedic pillows means you’re in for the best sleep of your life.

Best Mattress for Back Pain

Get in Touch with Us

At SAMINA we take sleep seriously, which is why we design each mattress and sleep product with a purpose. For customers with sore or problem backs, we recommend contacting our healthy sleep concierge service to offer some insight on which certified green mattresses would work best.

It’s best when you can schedule an appointment to view our products and experience the SAMINA difference, but you may also order directly from us over the phone. A SAMINA Sleep Concierge will verify each order to ensure you and your sleeping partner, when applicable, have the right system for your respective physical needs and specific sleep concerns.

Our healthy sleep concierge service is available Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm PST. Our aim is to reply to you within 24 hours.

Healthy Sleep Importance

How Does A Quality Mattress Benefit Heart Health?

by Claus Pummer |February 28, 2020 |0 Comments | Blogs, healthy sleep | , , , , , ,

While the importance of sleep is well known and scientifically documented, warnings for sleep deprivation are rarely taken seriously. Many Americans forego the full recommendation of 7 or more hours in favor of fitting in extra work, leisure, or social activities. This can be detrimental to your mental health, and your physical health.

According to the CDC, it’s not just your brain that requires sleep to reboot and regenerate. The human heart is also greatly impacted by sleep patterns. In fact, not receiving enough sleep each night has been linked to several heart-impacting disorders, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.

For some Americans losing sleep isn’t a choice, but an inability to get comfortable enough to remain asleep through the night. Fortunately, at SAMINA, our doctor recommended mattress is the perfect combination of supple softness, support, and temperature control needed to catch some z’s and keep them. Here’s what you should know about your heart and sleep.

Long-Term Support for Long-Term Sleep Goals

One of the ways a high-quality mattress ensures you have the healthiest sleep ever is by remaining supportive. Over time the springs or foam in traditional mattresses begin to sag. This creates a dip in the center of the bed, where your body sinks in. Unfortunately, this body groove no longer offers the support necessary to keep your spine properly curved, which could result in restless sleep and sore mornings. This can be even worse for couples who develop dips in their respective sides, forming a hill between them.

At SAMINA we solve the problem of sagging springs with our natural rubber mattress in combination with the SAMINA slats. A non-toxic mattress made from high-quality organic rubber maintains its shape and elasticity with no worry about dips or grooves. The flexible slats give enough for support without fear of the wooden slats permanently bending. This combination ensures you get all the sleep your heart needs to stay healthy. It’s great design at its best!

Grounding Yourself for Increased Heart Health

Choosing the right mattress not only ensures you sleep through the night, it also offers additional benefits, like grounding. Grounding is the action of reconnecting with the natural electromagnetic energy of the earth. This happens when we run our toes through the grass or bury our feet in the sand. At SAMINA, we capture the same sensory experience and bioelectric energy with our LOKOSANA grounding pad.

Research revolving around grounding or “Earthing” has come to show that it affects many areas of the body, including the heart. A study published in the Journal of Environmental Public Health found that subjects exposed to electromagnetic energy for grounding experienced improved heart rate and a greater response of the autonomic nervous system.

Fewer Allergens with a Green Mattress Topper

Using natural materials on your bed is a great way to reduce the risk of allergy, asthma, and respiratory illness. Even with a protective top sheet, most traditional mattresses are exposed to dead skin, sweat, and bacteria every night. These particles are inhaled and absorbed as you sleep causing health problems and disturbing sleep. Allergens not only limit the hours of rest you obtain but increase the risk of heart-related illness.

Allergies and respiratory illness have been linked to the immune system in the past, but recent research has connected allergens to the cardiovascular system as well. In other words, the buildup of allergens in your mattress could impact your heart health in a major way. This is due to the connection between lung and heart health. In fact, lung disease often leads to right ventricular enlargement and heart failure, while a decreased immune system could weaken heart muscles.

To battle this issue, SAMINA developed a climate-regulating virgin sheep’s wool mattress topper. Made with 100% virgin sheep’s wool, the topper combines advanced moisture absorption with a natural ability to self-clean. The open air design of the SAMINA system is unique in its design and encouraging moisture to evaporate. This prevents allergens from taking root in your mattress topper so you can enjoy a good night’s rest and prolonged heart health.

Heart Health

Get in Touch with Us!

Interested in learning more about what a great luxury mattress can do for your heart health? At SAMINA we’re happy to answer questions and provide insight on each of our green mattresses made with certified organic materials.

It’s best when you can schedule an appointment to view our products and experience the SAMINA difference, but you may also order directly from us over the phone. A SAMINA Sleep Concierge will verify each order to ensure you and your sleeping partner, when applicable, have the right system for your respective physical needs and specific sleep concerns.

Our healthy sleep concierge service is available Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm PST. Our aim is to reply to you within 24 hours.

My Experience with Samina: A Physician’s Perspective by Dr. Aviad Elgez, ND

by Claus Pummer |January 9, 2020 |0 Comments | Blogs, Blogs special, Brain health, Healing, Health and Wellness, healthy sleep, Natural Medicine, Performance & Recovery, Samina General News, sleep health, Sleep Tips

As a naturopathic doctor that focuses his practice on environmental medicine and healthy clean living,
I came across a very interesting phenomenon in practice. I have seen that there’s a very small number
of patients in my practice that seem to be extremely sensitive to the materials that their mattresses and
pillows are made of. Even though this is a small number of patients (perhaps less than 10% of my
patients), it’s still very significant as these patients have been experiencing a collection of “strange and
undiagnosed” symptoms that ended up being caused by their everyday exposure to their mattresses.
Over many years, they have seen multiple doctors, running lots of tests, and even done MRIs, in their
attempt to find out what is causing their symptoms that do not seem to be improving with attempted
treatment over the last few months or years.

The collection of symptoms that my patients report, which I believe to be related to their exposure to
VOCs from their mattresses or pillows are fatigue, balance issues/dizziness (especially in the
morning), brain fog or poor concentration, headache in the morning, and along with the more rare
symptom of numbness and tingling either in their hands, feet, or face. The reason that I feel these are
coming from their mattress and pillow is that 1) their symptoms started shortly after they purchased them. 2) Their symptoms match those of low chronic ongoing exposure to solvent/VOCs/off-gassing.
3) Their symptoms improved once they tried sleeping on a mattress that does not off-gas petroleum-based solvents VOCs. These symptoms and the improvements have been seen specifically with
regards to some memory foam-based mattresses and pillows and their subsequent removal.
One question I get asked often is “Why does my partner have no symptoms while sleeping on the
same mattress that I appear to be reactive to?”

Without going into a lot of detail here, the simplest answer is that we are individuals and have very
different genetics and different total body burdens of toxicants and toxins. Everyone responds
differently to chemicals – from chemical cleaners to pharmaceuticals, to alcohol. Depending on how
well we can clear a specific category of toxicants/toxins (due to your individual genetic profile – for
example our glutathione-s-transferase detoxification profile and our methylation profile), and how high
of a total body burden we’ve acquired based on our hobbies, diets, jobs, and lifestyle, we will all
respond very differently to chemicals. Thus, the same exact exposure to a chemical compound will
cause one person to experience no symptoms, while in another person it may manifest with very
significant and life-altering symptoms.

Seeing the improvement in my patients’ health has inspired me to purchase an organic, clean, and
non-off gassing mattress for myself, specifically one made from natural rubber, latex foam. I have been
sleeping on one for years now, enjoying a cleaner sleeping experience and sleeping better overall.
It wasn’t until recently that I have had a chance to upgrade my bed to a Samina mattress & bed frame.
I decided to invest in my health a bit more, especially considering all the research showing how
important good quality sleep is for prevention of diseases such as cardiovascular disease and
dementia/cognitive function.

When the crew from Samina came to my condo to install the bed, I was very pleasantly surprised by
the quality of the inclined bedframe and how It fits together so simply and without the use of any metal,
using a lock and key latch design. Also, with how easy it was to change from a 3 degrees incline to 5
or 7-degree incline if I ever decided to increase the incline (I started and stayed with 3 degrees for
now). It was obvious that a lot of care was taken in designing not only the bedframe but in every layer of the mattress, from the wooden panels for back support, organic latex foam, to the merino wool
layer.

To keep things short and simple, I was happy with the improvement that I experience in my sleep from
this upgrade to the Samina bed from my previous organic latex mattress. Both are great options for
improving the quality of my sleep and reducing my risk of developing any symptoms/future health
concerns and I can comfortably recommend anyone who is interested in optimizing their health to
look into upgrading to a Samina bed if they have the option to.

Dr. Aviad Elgez, ND

Gratitude—A New Way to Sleep Well?

by Denise Pummer |October 10, 2019 |0 Comments | Blogs, Samina General News

Our Canadian neighbors celebrate Thanksgiving this year on Monday, October 14th. Their holiday was designated in 1957 to give thanks for the bountiful harvest of the year.

As the holiday season approaches for us all, we are showered with invitations to celebrate, enjoy time with our families, and be grateful for the blessings of life.  But few of us pause to ask—what is gratitude?  Perhaps it’s simply taking a breath to appreciate the moment. Or maybe we should look up and acknowledge the astronomical complexity of nature that allows us to stand sure-footed on the surface of a planet spinning thousands of miles an hour, a blue haven in the vacuum of space.

Whatever gratitude means to you, there is no doubt that an attitude of gratitude gives us clearer eyes to see the people around us and the extraordinary, beautiful world that we share. No doubt it feels good to receive gratitude and be appreciated by those we love, but the simple practice of giving thanks may give back even more to us. Scientists have only begun to explore the possibilities of how gratitude affects our bodies and our health, and the research is fascinating.

A detailed article in USC Berkley’s “Greater Good Magazine[i]” discussed several recent studies on gratitude and heart conditions, muscle pain, and general physical wellbeing.  While the evidence is still mixed in these areas, research shows that gratitude may have a direct effect on sleep.

According to a study by the University of Manchester’s School of Psychology[ii]:

Gratitude predicted greater subjective sleep quality and sleep duration, and less sleep latency [time to fall asleep] and daytime dysfunction.”

A second study[iii] found that two weeks of keeping a regular gratitude journal resulted in i “…increases in hedonic well-being, optimism and sleep quality along with decreases in diastolic blood pressure.”

They went on to suggest that such positive thinking may be restorative to our overall health, and even reduce mortality.  While research is still pending on exactly how our thoughts may affect our health, it seems giving thanks may grant wellbeing in return.

So let’s join our neighbors to the North in the spirit of the season by giving thanks for our own abundance of food and the farmers who grow our fruits and vegetables and grains. Maybe that one act of gratitude, as the research supports, will help you sleep a little better tonight.

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada! May we all be grateful and sleep well.

Citations:

 

[i]   Allen, Summer. “Is Gratitude Good for Your Health?” Greater Good Magazine, https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/is_gratitude_good_for_your_health Accessed September 18, 2019.

 

[ii]   Wood AM, Joseph S, Lloyd J, Atkins S. (2009). “Gratitude influences sleep through the mechanism of pre-sleep cognitions.” [Abstract]. NCBI, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19073292. Accessed September 18, 2019.

[iii] Jackowska M, Brown J, Ronaldson A, Steptoe A. (2016) “The impact of a brief gratitude intervention on subjective well-being, biology and sleep.” [Abstract]. NCBI, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25736389. Accessed September 18, 2019.