- Improve circulation
- Increase energy level
- Relieve pain
- Activate the parasympathetic nervous system for deep relaxation
- Improve heart rate variability
- Reduce cortisol levels for weight loss
- Revitalize and rejuvenate."
A question I came across in my research was how to clean the Bed of Nails. On www.BedofNails.org, they have provided instructions for cleaning along with a video demonstration.
My Bed of Nails ExperiencesMy first session on the Bed of Nails lasted around five minutes. I started on the floor on my back using the head pillow while watching some television. Needless to say, I didn't make it to the 10-20 minute recommended time. I started experiencing a warming and burning sensation on my back- all of which I've read and heard from family members as being completely normal. After coming off the Bed of Nails, I felt relaxed and tired. My first session left me convinced.
Round 2 on the Bed of Nails was more tolerable. I made it to 5 minutes with a timer and was surprisingly willing to extend my time. I ended up only doing the 5 minutes as planned and decided to continue adding more time with each session. This session was right before I went to bed and also left me feeling relaxed.
Progression: Throughout the first week of use I made my way up to 10 minutes while lying on the Bed of Nails mat on the floor. Starting off my second week of use, I decided to change things up and use the mat while in bed. While the intensity wasn't as prominent as I experienced on the floor, I did end up dozing off and was on the mat for over an hour my first time using the mat in bed. I remember starting to lie on the mat at 10:19pm and the next thing I knew, my husband was waking me up at 11:39pm asking if I was still on the mat. I rolled off the mat and fell right back to sleep. It was a very relaxing experience to have drifted off comfortably while snuggled in my nice warm bed. If I didn't get it before, I got it now. I'm hooked.
My father in law updated me on his progress and he said he was up to 20 minutes and has found himself sleeping well throughout the night. He said he uses the mat about an hour before he plans to go to bed. He has a long history of poor sleep and frequent waking. He said that since using his Bed of Nails, he has had some of the best sleep in his life. His experience alone made me focus on increasing my time on the mat so I too could achieve the maximum benefit.
I plan to continue to use my Bed of Nails and experiment with positions and where I achieve the best results in terms of sleep and relaxation. I will keep you all posted on my results.