The Evolution of Beds

the-evolution-of-bedsAs mentioned previously on this same site, the history of beds can be traced back to the 30th century BC, in Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. In the very beginning, the first human species that walked the earth lay down to rest on mounds of straw, leaves and soil, just like animals do their bedding, and this was in order to have a comfortable rest. Over the years, however, bedding for humans evolved, and we eventually developed more advanced ways to maximize comfort during sleep.

Some people however hold that it does not matter what the bed or mattress is made of but that what works best to this end is simply being tired. Getting back to ancient times, way before the industrial revolution, people were very exhausted, given that they were use to working with their hands and bodies, walking for miles, eating whatever they could or whatever was available, sometimes even fighting someone with a knife to get it. That means that people used to work harder for achieving stuff in life. We spend eight hours a day sleeping, a third of one’s life in a human’s lifespan. We sleep more than we eat, more than we travel and more than we laugh and make love.

People used to struggle far more than they do today, thanks to the evolution of technology. It seems that modern societies in the Western world have abolished tiredness and exhaustion as a result of hard work and walking for miles in order to find food or chase pray with a lance. It is as if the sweat dripping down humans’ foreheads does not carry the same meaning as it once did. Women today have the option of giving birth without feeling any pain. Today, however, expensive, fancy beds are made of all sorts of researched materials that are supposed to maximize their performance and endurance. Some of these beds are ergonomic or made from materials like memory foam, silicone, and so on.