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Mattresses, the stuff that dreams are made up of. Yes, you heard that right! Unless you are comfortable in your bed, you are unlikely to conjure up those lovely thoughts in your sleep, isn’t it? Forget about dreams, you wouldn’t even have a reverie on a creaky bed and dilapidated bedding cushion.

Most people spend considerable time and money buying the right beddings. And yet, many of them blame those very same ones for their terrible lower back and hip pain. It is indeed true that a wrong choice of the mattress would land you in a soup.

The internet is full of best mattress for lower back pain reviews.They would provide you a vague about which ones to choose and how to go about the entire affair.But, human beings have always been industrious enough, through the history of evolution of the bed mattress, to keep those little niggles at bay. Let’s, for a change, turn back the clock and take a closer look at the storied past of mattresses and bed cushions in particular.

The Prehistoric Ones

The earliest beds were made on the floor itself, and the mattresses consisted of grass, straw, leaves etc., covered by animal skin mostly. Slowly, other soft materials, such as cotton, wool, feather, animal hair and so on were made part of the stuffing. Egypt was the first place where platforms were used instead of the floor to make beds. It took about 14th or 15th century for the same practice to be replicated in the west.

The Watershed Moment – 18th Century Beds

A great change in the making of mattresses in the 18th century. The upperstrata of the society began to opt for mattresses that, unlike the previous ones, had covers made of fabrics and filled with soft materials, such as cotton, wool and so on. Cotton and linen were mostly used as covers. New inductions were made to the list of stuffing materials too, including but not limited to, coconut fiber.

The next wave of change came in the 19th century, with the invention and introduction of steel coil spring in the mattresses. However they only gained prominence after the 1930s. Waterbeds too came into being during this period of time. Foam and futon mattresses were the late entrants into the bedding landscape. Continuous research keeps taking place in this ubiquitous area of human civilization.