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Do you have trouble sleeping?

Whether you sleep on a water bed or a bed of feathers, sometimes we all have trouble getting to sleep. Here’s a quick fix that may work for you: the sound of a Cat Purring with soothing classical music as you drift away. – Editors

Now I would like to talk about the underlying mattress. This is what determines the quality of support. Most Americans have grown up sleeping on beds that are too soft ­ and often it isn’t until years later that this kind of support finally takes its toll and the body yearns for firm, solid support.

Spring mattresses (now filled with synthetic and toxic materials) are an American phenomenon. Europeans not only avoid boxsprings, but they also use significantly fewer innersprings. The spring mattress is in essence artificial support, and I consider it detrimental to good structural health.

Foam mattresses, the non-spring alternative, when placed on a solid base is a healthier form of support, but it does not breathe either, which leaves our skin stifled in its objective to detoxify and rebalance our whole system.

Good resting as a result of proper support will increase the normalcy of our biorhythms, our digestion, elimination, absorption, restoration, assimilation, immune and nerve system rebuilding.

I personally never liked the feel of the innerspring. As a child, I felt like I would roll off and fall on the floor, and so my choice was always the foam bed.

Finally, in 1980, I saw the first bed that I really liked. It was a hand-made, cotton-filled futon. It felt really friendly. I was so inspired I share-bought it for my sister’s wedding.

Shortly afterward I moved from my home in Canada to northern California ­ the land of the free and natural – but there was not a single cotton futon to be found. I searched for a clue on how to make these natural mattresses and was lucky to find someone who knew the traditional Japanese technique.

I started to give workshops so people could make their own natural mattresses, and I wrote how-to-manuals and materials and sold them by mail order. But the problem with cotton-filled mattresses (cotton futons) is that cotton has a tendency to mildew quite easily. Also, it dries too slowly.

Here is where the wool topper will help. The wool topper will remedy almost any situation, except the issue of mattress support quality.

If you are on a too soft mattress, obviously the wool topper will not remedy this situation. The simplest solution? A cotton futon or foam or latex mattress over a slatted wooden frame with a wool topper over it. This rather lightweight wool topper or pad can be easily aired and sunned – as the Europeans do – and moisture does not have a chance to settle in the underlying mattress.

So far, that is the best practical advice I can offer you.


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