092 A Mattress Made of Sand


Photo courtesy of Michael Garcia

Stephanie Wing-Garcia and her husband Michael Garcia devised an innovative solution to Stephanie’s crippling back pain: they handcrafted a bed made out of sand. We visited Stephanie and Michael in their Los Angeles home and tried out their bed. Stephanie tells us the story of how, while spending a sleepless night toughing it out on a hard floor, she had a flash of inspiration. That inspiration would heal her back and lead them to start their own company: The Ultimate Earth Bed.

Our conversation also ranges over the history of how people used to sleep, from ancient Rome to the patent on the first mattress in 1850, the ecological consequences of conventional mattresses and the connection between the Earth Bed and barefoot running.

For those of you who can’t listen, we also posted about them yesterday.

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Photo courtesy of The Ultimate Earth Bed



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  2. Absolutely loved this podcast. My back was also injured during childbirth, although a little longer ago, 21 years to be exact. I’m in the market for a new bed and this sounds perfect.

  3. So, given that I’m probably not going to have 900 pounds of sand shipped up from LA, any ideas on a DIY approach?

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