Can you imagine sleeping on a pile of leaves? Or maybe you'd prefer a bed of grass? How about straw? Had you lived around 9500 B.C., one of these materials(covered with a "sheet" made of animal skin) would have been your version of a mattress! 

Mattresses have evolved significantly over time. Many different formulas have been tried and tested across the decades. Pea shucks, feathers covered with velvet, and palm boughs, to name a few. For the wealthier, there was the(perhaps more comfortable) option of using cloth bags stuffed with wool, weed, or hay. The Persians invented the first "waterbeds", which were essentially water-filled goat skins. Around the 16th century, mattresses began to largely be placed on frames, and stuffed with fabrics such as cotton, horsehair, coconut fiber, or wool. The earliest frames were simply wooden structures with leather supports. They would be replaced with iron and steel frames in the 19th century. Over the next century further developments were made, such as: 

  • Buttoned and tufted mattresses(to better hold the filling in place)
  • Pillows
  • Spring inner and outer coil matresses
  • Foam rubber mattresses
In the 1970's, NASA invented the memory foam mattress. This was shortly after the  modern waterbed's invention in 1968. Now encased in vinyl, waterbeds became widely popular but are not so much today because of heaviness, potential home damage, and cost, among other reasons. It has been estimated to cost as much to run a waterbed for a month as it does a refrigerator! Memory foam mattresses are considered to be much more practical and beneficial to the body. So if you want to appreciate the mattress's history and fully enjoy its evolution, then try a Nature's Sleep memory foam mattress today, if you haven't already!