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Hard beds and their cultural implications?

Posted by henning August 9, 2009 in the Group General Discussion.

Tags: culture, Beds

The most significant downside of the house we rented last week: The beds had no mattresses - there was just a slightly thicker blanked on top of a piece of wood. I learned that this is the traditionally preferred Chinese style. The harder, the better.

Each morning all my bones ached. I wonder whether a long term application would lead to body deformation. Or is maybe even the opposite true and this helps keeping a streight back? And if this is indeed the traditional sleeping furniture - how did the Chinese population ever grow to such numbers?

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