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Brain Detox

Nighttime is for Brain Detox

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

Your brain is the most powerful organ in your body, so when it’s not functioning as it should and could, it’s very noticeable. While there are several things that you can do – from diet to cognitive tests – to improve your brain health, sleep is one of the most impactful habits that you can build to support brain health.

Sleep and Brain Health

Throughout your daily life, you come into contact with countless toxins. Your body is built to withstand a large number of the common toxins, but only to a certain degree. The body’s armour against toxin relies on sleep, health and wellbeing in order to detox effectively. Essentially, sleep cleans the brain, ridding it of harmful toxins that inhibit vital function.

According to a press release published by the National Institutes of Health, research has found that sleep is a period during which the brain cleanses itself of toxic molecules as a result of more space allowed between brain cells.

More specifically, research demonstrated that the mice that were asleep experienced a reduction in brain cell size temporarily, which allowed better circulation of cerebrospinal fluid through the brain and nervous system. Essentially, sleep makes space for your brain to detox.

Toxins commonly found in the brain have been attributed to neurodegeneration. This means that if a person is consistently deprived of sufficient sleep, their likelihood of neurodegenerative issues, such as Alzheimer’s, will increase. The good news is, your sleep hygiene is in your control.

Developing an Effective Sleep Routine

The first step in getting the restful sleep you need to promote brain detoxification is to create a sleep routine that allows you to sleep peacefully every night. Every person is unique and it’s important to find a routine that works best for you, but here are some tips to follow that have been proven effective over time.

  • Try to maintain a consistent sleep schedule
  • Aim for a bedtime that allows at least 7 hours of sleep
  • Try to keep electronics out of the bedroom at night
  • Create a quiet, relaxing space with a cool temperature
  • Make your bedroom as dark as possible
  • Avoid caffeine later in the day
  • Don’t eat large meals before bed
  • Exercise regularly and focus on a healthy diet
  • Reserve your bedroom mostly for sleeping

Harmful Effects of Sleep Deprivation

When you are deprived of sleep on a regular basis, not only will you miss out on the brain detox benefits of a good sleep, but you’ll also increase your risk of several health issues. These include:

  • Poor cognitive and motor function
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Increased risk of infection
  • Decreased insulin sensitivity

Not everyone is going to suffer every potentially dangerous consequence by not getting proper sleep, but the risk is there and it’s easy to see how serious the problem can be. Taking your sleep quality seriously is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health.

Finding an Optimal Environment for Rest and Recovery

Most conventional mattresses are not designed to create an environment that promotes rest and recovery. If you sleep on a mattress that is made from synthetic foams, petrochemicals, fire retardants, metal springs and other materials that off-gas as you sleep, the likelihood of your brain detoxing the way it should is minimal because your body can’t rest properly. The key is to find the ideal mattress that will encourage a restful sleep and let you avoid any harmful chemicals and byproducts.

The Samina Sleep System for Detox

The Samina Sleep System was developed to improve comfort and increase your quality of sleep. In doing so, Samina’s luxury mattress and other products help you to develop habits that will promote better cognitive function and improved health.

You can supplement your current bedroom setup with pieces from the Samina Sleep System or completely revamp your bedroom with the entire line to support your brain function and detox through quality sleep. Here’s what to expect from the Samina Sleep System.

Samina’s thoughtfully designed sleep system features a set of complementary components: a climate-regulating wool pad topper, the Lokosana® grounding pad, a latex mattress and a flexible slat frame designed with orthopedic health in mind.

The Samina mattress is crafted with all-natural materials and careful attention to detail. The natural rubber mattress provides the elasticity needed to support the spine, joints, bones and muscles, with the added benefit of natural antimicrobial properties. The result is comfort both during sleep and during the waking hours of your day.

Feel grounded, comfortable and physically supported when you try out the Samina Sleep System! More on Samina’s luxury natural mattress and other sleep system products here.

Find Your Perfect Sleep

A good night’s rest is worth its weight in gold – we can all agree on that. Samina’s natural bedding products and materials provide a comfortable place to rest, therefore providing healthy sleep and maximizing comfort in sleep. Head to our website to find your perfect Samina Sleep System product today or contact us for more information here.


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.

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.

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

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