World's Oldest Mattress Found, Free of Bed Bugs

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New mattress technology, not inspired by ancient mattress.
Archaeologists in South Africa have discovered what they believe is the world's oldest mattress, and they didn't even find it on Craigslist. National Geographic reports a team of researchers at the Sibudu Cave site came across bedding made of reeds and rushes, the most ancient of which is about 77,000-years-old. In addition to being old, the bed would've been "very comfortable," according to the University of Witwatersrand's Lyn Wadley.

The mattresses were tightly compacted and about a foot thick. The largest bed the team found was 22-square-feet, and according to the researchers, "parents, children, grannies, and all sorts of people" would sleep on it at the same time.

The ancient cave dwellers, like New Yorkers, were terrified of bed bugs. The bedding included a top sheet made of insect-repelling greenery and they "likely used the leaves to counteract body lice." They also were more hygenic than New Yorkers; the mattresses were "periodically burned" to "limit pests and garbage."

Beats leaving it in the middle of Second Avenue.

Oldest Known Mattress Found; Slept Whole Family [National Geographic]

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Bed Bugs Utah
Bed Bugs Utah

Hey, Thanks for posting this. You have made some really interesting point in this article. I like it and I'll keep coming back. Bye!

Curt Bizovi
Curt Bizovi

Well, there wouldn't be any bed bugs on it, would there... unless people had been sleeping on that ancient mattress recently. Bed bugs will not stay where there is no food source to sustain them, but I see the humor in the reference...

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serta perfect sleeper
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The Perfect Sleeper Mattress from Serta is available in different sizes and styles. You can find Serta Perfect Sleeper mattresses in Twin, Full, California King, Standard King, and Queen size. The Amber Night Perfect Sleeper Serta Queen size Mattress and Dovetail Perfect Sleeper Euro Pillow Top Serta Queen Size Mattress are two of the bestselling Perfect Sleeper Mattresses from Serta.

serta perfect sleeper
serta perfect sleeper

The Perfect Sleeper Mattress from Serta is available in different sizes and styles. You can find Serta Perfect Sleeper mattresses in Twin, Full, California King, Standard King, and Queen size. The Amber Night Perfect Sleeper Serta Queen size Mattress and Dovetail Perfect Sleeper Euro Pillow Top Serta Queen Size Mattress are two of the bestselling Perfect Sleeper Mattresses from Serta.

serta perfect sleeper
serta perfect sleeper

The Perfect Sleeper Mattress from Serta is available in different sizes and styles. You can find Serta Perfect Sleeper mattresses in Twin, Full, California King, Standard King, and Queen size. The Amber Night Perfect Sleeper Serta Queen size Mattress and Dovetail Perfect Sleeper Euro Pillow Top Serta Queen Size Mattress are two of the bestselling Perfect Sleeper Mattresses from Serta.

serta perfect sleeper
serta perfect sleeper

The Perfect Sleeper Mattress from Serta is available in different sizes and styles. You can find Serta Perfect Sleeper mattresses in Twin, Full, California King, Standard King, and Queen size. The Amber Night Perfect Sleeper Serta Queen size Mattress and Dovetail Perfect Sleeper Euro Pillow Top Serta Queen Size Mattress are two of the bestselling Perfect Sleeper Mattresses from Serta.

serta perfect sleeper
serta perfect sleeper

The Perfect Sleeper Mattress from Serta is available in different sizes and styles. You can find Serta Perfect Sleeper mattresses in Twin, Full, California King, Standard King, and Queen size. The Amber Night Perfect Sleeper Serta Queen size Mattress and Dovetail Perfect Sleeper Euro Pillow Top Serta Queen Size Mattress are two of the bestselling Perfect Sleeper Mattresses from Serta.

Guest
Guest

If the people who used those mattresses back then heard predictions about the synthetic products that are used for beds now, they'd be really grossed out.  They wouldn't believe a word of it, either.

Fighter, not a lover
Fighter, not a lover

This news prompted me to wonder what humans fornicated on before they constructed mattresses. Can you imagine being on your back on rough ground while your partner's motions cause your back to rub against the ground? Bleh.

Bradley Greenwood
Bradley Greenwood

You forgot to mention they SUCK. I am sleeping on a (name redacted) memory foam mattress that makes a Serta look like a bed of nails.

Keep your SPAM to yourself!

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