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Why are Japanese Beds so Hard?

When it comes to sleeping, comfort is key. But if you’ve ever slept on a Japanese bed, you know that comfort isn’t always guaranteed. Japanese beds are traditionally quite hard, and for many people, this can be a bit of a shock. So why are Japanese beds so hard?

The answer lies in the traditional Japanese sleeping style. In Japan, people often sleep on a futon, which is a thin mattress that is placed directly on the floor. This type of mattress is much firmer than the soft, cushiony beds that are popular in the West. Additionally, Japanese people tend to sleep on their sides, which requires a firmer mattress to provide adequate support.

Another factor contributing to the hardness of Japanese beds is the material used to make them. In Japan, the most common type of mattress is filled with cotton, which is much firmer than the foam and memory foam materials used in Western beds. Additionally, Japanese mattresses are usually quite thin, which can make them feel even harder.

Finally, Japanese culture values minimalism, and this is reflected in the design of Japanese beds. Japanese beds are traditionally quite simple and are often made without any extra padding or cushioning. This makes them feel very hard, even when the mattress is filled with a softer material.

Overall, Japanese beds can be quite hard and uncomfortable for those who are used to sleeping on soft beds. However, this is due to the traditional Japanese sleeping style and the material used to make the beds. Japanese beds may not be as comfortable as Western beds, but they are designed with the idea of minimalism in mind.

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