History of Sleep Apnea and Snoring

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The first time sleep apnea was historically recorded was around 460 BC. The Greek god of fertility, Dionysus, son of Zeus and Semele, surrounded himself with women, the Maenads, who used thyrsus sticks (stalk of the narthex, sacred plant of Dionysus, a giant fennel) with a pine cone on top to gently poke the god back into breathing when he snored and stopped breathing.

The first dissertation about the "Snoring of the Sleeping" - RHONCHO DORMIENTIUM -was published in Latin in 1745 by Fridericus Wilhelm Lust at the University of Halle Magdeburg, Germany as part of his medical doctoral degree.

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In the American Revolutionary War (1775-83) cannonballs were strapped to the backs of snoring soldiers to prevent them from sleeping on their backs.
The aim was to prevent weakening of  troop morale through sleeplessness caused by loud snoring and also to avoid betraying the location of the sleeping soldiers to the enemy.

In 1887 snoring was the subject of a first caricature in the satirical magazine of the Münchner Bilderbogen (Munich, Germany).

In 1892 Otto Franke developed a first oral prosthesis to prevent snoring.

Between 1893 to 1919, chin-bandings came to the fore as the inventions of Pulford, Jacob, Rothenberger and Galiardo.

In 1900, the cannonball theory was “redesigned” by L.W. Wilson who developed it further by using a tether to attach a metal spiky-ball-construction to the sleeper's back.
Mouth prostheses, such as those by R. Gravey or E. L. Leppich were developed.

Before 1960, sleep respiratory failure was referred to as Pickwick Syndrome (after the novel by Charles Dickens). Then the nomenclature "sleep apnea syndrome" was adopted.

Today, doctors distinguish between Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Central Sleep Apnea and offer a variety of solutions. 

Find out more here 

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.

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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.  

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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. 

What's Our Best Mattress?

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Sometimes consumers ask: “What’s your best mattress”.

The answer is simple: Our best mattress for YOU is the one that meets YOUR needs and YOUR preferences at the best value.

All our mattress models meet a sleeper’s needs in terms of support, alignment and pressure relief but the support dynamics of the different coil and latex combinations offer different feels to meet individual preferences.

It is not really possible to describe those feel differences as every sleeper’s perception is different based on their body weight, shape, weight distribution and what their reference point is when describing feels in terms like “soft”, “firm”, “active”, “supportive” etc.

Rather than trying to make up your mind based on descriptions (or other people’s reviews), we recommend that you make your decision based on what mattress feels best to your body.
After all, your choice of sleep system will impact the quality of your sleep and consequently your health and well-being for the next decade of your life.

All our retail partners are experienced and well trained in guiding you through your choices. Please find the closest retailer to your location here: http://www.berkeleyergo.com/stores/

Our delicious Plein Air Wool

Our latest Plein-Air Wool® delivery just came in. Check out all these bales and bales of creamy fluffiness!

Did you know that Plein-Air Wool® is the term used for wool that comes from sheep which live outside all year round. This livestock husbandry results in a naturally more curly and longer fiber.

The strong natural curl provides lasting resilience, bounce and loft that is superior to mechanically crimped wool fiber which will mat down faster. The artificial crimping process used by some wool producers creates strain on the fibers causing them to break easier under pressure which results in shorter fibers. This has a direct negative effect on the long-term resilience and loft of the product.

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Our Plein Air Wool comes from farms in France and is processed into fluffy rolls in Germany. We then quilt those to our organic cotton stretch to produce your mattress cover.There are no harsh chemicals used during the wool growing and processing steps. The sheep are not dipped or treated with any pesticides or herbicides.

After shearing, our wool goes through three washing cycles with increasing temperatures (90° - 140°F) followed by a cold rinse in pure water. During the washing cycles pure baking soda and water is used – nothing else. The drying takes place in drum driers and the wool is then cooled down on cooling racks for 24-28 hours before pressing and packaging.

Pure natural wool has some fantastic properties:

  • Excellent temperature regulator providing thermal balance
  • Moisture absorbing (up to 30% of weight/ synthetics max 4%)
  • Highly resistant to dust mites, mold and other allergens
  • Naturally flame retardant
  • Certified chemically safe

Sleep-deprived driving

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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.