Correct Breathing and Mattress Design
Deeper breathing, deeper sleep
It’s a little known fact that breathing is the most important factor for quality sleep. Adequate oxygen intake fully restores our bodies, enabling us to awaken refreshed. Shallow breathing and poor oxygen intake reduce the depth of sleep and negatively impact quality of life. Even a slightly reduced oxygen intake can cause daytime sleepiness and headaches, lack of focus, increased appetite, and other health risks. Dramatically reduced breathing due to snoring or sleep apnea can result in serious health issues, including an increased risk of stroke and cardiovascular problems.
Alignment affects oxygen intake
As we sleep, we naturally position ourselves in ways that allow us to breathe and swallow. We’ll often sacrifice a comfortable posture to achieve a deep breath. Some common adaptations include propping the head up with an arm and stacking or folding pillows.
For optimal oxygen intake, the body must lie in a supported position, with no misalignment of the airway or compression of the face. Torsional misalignment through shoulder or hip rotation can restrict the airway and reduce full lung capacity. Lateral misalignment in the spine further compounds the problem. Combined, these posture problems can dramatically reduce your quality of sleep and increase the incidence of breathing disorders, such as snoring or sleep apnea.
The Mattress Underground Site offers some very interesting information on the dynamics of mattress performance and construction. The site offers information on materials, construction and industry practices that should interest anyone searching for intelligent mattress selection criteria. Most mass market mattress retailers want to show you only their beautiful mattress ticking and tell you how much money you are, somehow, saving. The Mattress Underground Site contains a wealth of information that goes way beyond the simple things you might hear from the saleman at you local mattress outlet.
Berkeley Ergonomics Mattresses at Scott Jordan Furniture
Our mattress system is designed to provide stability, support, and comfort. It accommodates the curves of hips and shoulders to encourage optimal torsional and lateral spinal alignment. By promoting a neutral posture free from strain, deeper breathing can be attained for a more restful, restorative night’s sleep. To help maintain a breathable environment, we also offer a full line of natural bedding. The Oxygen Pillow is designed to increase air intake, and our stretch cotton mattress pads, organic cotton sheets, and wool-filled comforters are Eco-Tex certified to be environmentally safe.
Mike Koveleski on Mattress Selection