Shoulder pain caused by your mattress?

Pain or discomfort from shoulder pressure is often reported as a cause of sleep disruptions. 
In order to address this issue we have to understand how a shoulder joint is constructed and what is special about this joint: The shoulder is the most mobile joint of the human body with a less stable bone structure compared to the hip where the socket holds and guides the femoral head in a ball-and-socket type joint.
The shoulder joint is secured only by muscles and ligaments. For this reason, the shoulder tends to become unstable when there is too little muscle mass or muscle imbalances.

This picture clearly shows that the shoulder would be completely unstable without muscles and ligaments

This picture clearly shows that the shoulder would be completely unstable without muscles and ligaments

Frequently people have a muscle imbalance in their shoulder area where the anterior muscles are shorter than the posterior muscles and pull the shoulder joint forward from it's neutral correct position. If a joint does not sit exactly where it should, this can lead to increased wear resulting in an impingement syndrome, arthrosis or other painful conditions. Untreated shoulder pain can become chronic. 

During sleep, muscle tension is decreased and the shoulder is even less stable which can further exacerbate inflammatory conditions through incorrect positioning and pressure during a time when healing should take place. 

 

If you are a side sleeper and your mattress is too firm in the shoulder area, your shoulder alignment will be off center and irritated structures will be compressed. This creates discomfort, pain and tension all the way up to the cervical area. In addition, vessels and nerves can be compressed triggering a tingling sensation in the arm or hands.

However, too much firmness in the shoulder zone is not always the single cause of shoulder pain.
The shoulder zone must offer good give and pressure relief, but if at the same time, the whole mattress is too soft, this can also contribute to shoulder pain. Insufficient support in the waist/ lower back will affect your shoulder by the vertical forces of your body's weight pulling on the shoulder from the center of your body.
It is also important to choose a pillow at the right height and firmness level.  

Support in the lower back (lordosis) must be increased until the body does not sag in the waist any longer.

Support in the lower back (lordosis) must be increased until the body does not sag in the waist any longer.

Other than undifferentiated box springs or rigid platform foundations, the curved slats in our flexible slat foundation provide both suspension and contour for greater comfort and pressure reduction. In addition the firmness of slats can be customized to your body weight and shape for targeted support.

The slat suspension was invented in Bremervörde in Germany in 1957 and still accounts for the vast majority of bed sales in Northern Europe. 

The slat suspension was invented in Bremervörde in Germany in 1957 and still accounts for the vast majority of bed sales in Northern Europe. 

Upcycling into art

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We have been recycling paper, plastic and metal for many years but it has been difficult to find ways to recycle some of the other materials that are generated during our manufacturing process or we receive as part of packaging.

We contacted some local artists to show them what we have and Bob Hurton, our favorite print artist, printed some of his creations on wood panels we receive as dividers on our wood shipments. 

Bob is currently teaching at The Garcia Center for the Arts in San Bernardino.  Check out his upcoming workshop Introduction to Linocut Relief Printmaking here: Bob's Linocut 🔗


Sleep-deprived driving

Did you know that ...
sleep-deprived driving (commonly known as tired driving, drowsy driving, or fatigued driving) is the operation of a motor vehicle while being cognitively impaired by a lack of sleep. Sleep deprivation is a major cause of motor vehicle accidents, and it can impair the human brain as much as alcohol can. 
In the United States, 250,000 drivers fall asleep at the wheel every day, according to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and in a national poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 54% of adult drivers said they had driven while drowsy during the past year with 28% saying they had actually fallen asleep while driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving is a factor in more than 100,000 crashes, resulting in 1,550 deaths and 40,000 injuries annually in the USA. Added up, this number of deaths would be the equivalent of several fully loaded airplanes crashing every year. 

When a person does not get an adequate amount of sleep, his or her ability to function is affected. Their coordination is impaired, they have longer reaction time, impaired judgment and memory.

It's worth getting help to analyze how you can improve your sleep and a new sleep system or pillow might help to address any heat or pain issues that prevent you from getting a good night's sleep.   

Our New Contour Pillow

Our contoured neck pillow is made out of responsive, breathable latex foam.
Natural Talalay latex is more supple and elastic than other types of foam typically found in neck pillows.
The contoured shape offers stable ergonomic neck support without feeling hard or hot, relieving pressure and allowing your neck and shoulder muscles to relax.
Correct cervical alignment helps to eliminate pinches and pains that can disrupt sleep and supports easier breathing.

Latex is naturally hypoallergenic and antimicrobial and our zippered, shrink-to-fit pillow protector is made from 100% organic cotton knit. All components in our pillow are certified chemically safe by  Oeko-Tex 100.

CAMEL HAIR PILLOW >>NEW<<

Typically the first thing we hear when we mention a camel hair pillow is "a what?" The simple truth is that this is an incredible pillow fill. Camels have two coats, a long and hairy outer coat and a downy inner coat. We use only the inner coat, the "camel down." This lovely extra-soft fiber is exceptionally breathable, regulating temperature and humidity better than just about any animal fiber. This is the only pillow we've ever offered which truly invokes a cooling sensation when you rest your head for a nice little nap.

Your camel down pillow includes a removable, washable pillow protector made from 100% certified organic cotton stretch knit. Simply machine wash and dry. The inner pillow also features a zipper, which provides access to the camel fill. This allows the sleeper to add and remove fill to achieve their desired amount of support and thickness. In many ways, truly the perfect pillow.