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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

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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 Eliana Raver |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.

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