Monday, 20th November 2017
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Quality sleep investment gives highest returns!

Quality sleep investment gives highest returns!

Börje Jansson, a Swedish chiropractor, knew the importance of correct posture during sleep, so, in the early 90's, he decided he would buy and invest in what was said to be "the best bed available on the market". By Lars Andersson, +34 952 93 93 77

Despite the high price paid, Börje was not satisfied with his new bed and started finding faults that could have been rectified to improve the posture as well as the comfort. As he was a bit of an inventor and entrepreneur he started to design and manufacture his own beds. That was the beginning of Carpe Diem Beds of Sweden.

Unfortunately Börje died in 1997 in a boat accident but his work continues and is taken forward by his family and Carpe Diem Beds of Sweden produce the highest quality beds that will support your spine no matter how you sleep: on your front, side or back.

The "old tale" that a hard bed is good for your back is wrong!

As a Chiropractor, Börje knew that today's life style is the principal cause of most of the problems he was presented with and he also knew that sleep time is the best opportunity to rectify some of these problems, through correct posture and quality sleep. Indeed Börje himself suffered from a bad back.

Why do we sleep? How much do we sleep? Why do we dream?" The subject is still shrouded by mysteries and the closer we get to the answers the more fascinating and important sleep becomes.

Contrary to general belief, sleep is an active and dynamic process of great importance for the correct function of our body. The sleep pattern is formed by various stages, mainly deep sleep, lighter sleep and REM-sleep (Rapid Eye Movement). During sleep the metabolism slows down, breathing becomes much slower and less deep. During REM-sleep the body temperature cannot be controlled and this is why we feel coldest when REM-sleep is most active, normally at about four in the morning. The lower body temperature encourages sleep, and then gradually we get warmer to encourage us to wake up comfortably and get up. It is interesting to note that in the course of REM-sleep our bodies become paralysed, it is nature's way to stop us living our dreams.

REM-sleep allows the brain to recover from the taxing daily activities and to sort memories from short to long storage. 
 During Deep Sleep large amounts of hormones are produced allowing the body to recover and to build up defenses against infections, permit wounds to heal and children to grow.

This means that too little sleep affects the memory, encourages depression and disturbs the metabolism.

Some sleeping positions are more taxing on the body than others this is why the bed must be so designed to avoid applying more pressure on any one point and interfere with the blood circulation. The pressure applied must be even all over.


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Almost all the adult population suffers from back pain at one time or another during their lifetime. Pain in the lower back is often caused by a bed that is too hard or even too soft. Back pain is the most prevalent medical disorder in industrialized societies.

People with rheumatic or arthritic disorders often suffer from sleep problems, as well as people with snoring/sleep apnea problems and other ailments.

In general, there is a high prevalence of sleep problems associated with various medical conditions that cause pain, often altering the sleep process causing the sleep problem to interact with the disease process. For example, patients with heart disease tend to have a lighter sleep, more fragmented and less efficient. This poor quality sleep can affect their well being.


Just a tip " When a bed is too hard, place a pillow under your thighs!"

Snoring has always been looked upon as an unsocial habit, however today we know that snoring can be the indication of a serious breathing condition, so called Sleep Apnea Syndrome (SAS).

The reason can either be an obstruction in the airways (obstructive apnea) or a temporary arrest of the breathing muscles. The most common reason is a mix, so called "mixed apnea". Besides Obstructive Sleep (Apnea) we have another condition named "Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome" (UARS), characterized by chronic daytime tiredness but without diagnosable apneas. In this instance, the sleeping pattern is interrupted by a frequent number of short awakenings, usually lasting only a few seconds, resulting in a fragmented sleep.

There is a relationship between overweight, alcohol and apnea. Loss of weight is recommended for obvious reasons.

But it is not just the bed on its own that contributes to quality sleep and rest, it should be made with a material that breathes and keeps its elasticity for many years. Remember that you normally "sweat" 0.5-1 liters every night and that it is important to be able to "remove" the salt extruded by the body which otherwise would reduce ventilation.

A quality bed is an investment in yourself and is the most important piece of furniture in your home. The cost per night is negligible because you can enjoy a good bed for at least 20 years.

A hard bed is not necessarily good for you! And the fact is that many people suffer without knowing that "abnormalities" during sleep can be the reason for their complaints.



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