How to Use the Bulletproof Sleep Induction Mat
Bulletproof’s Sleep Induction Mat -Does it Work?
I never would have thought that laying on a bed of nails would help me sleep at night.
This is a review of 40 nights on 40 nails.
OK, so actually this isn’t a bed of nails I’ve been sleeping on, it’s more like 221 circles of tortuous plastic spikes, which is between 6,000 and 9,000 individual spikes. These are supposed to trigger acupressure points in the back. Are there that many acupressure points on the back?
And really, they aren’t nails. I guess I could have put spikes in the title. And yeah, I counted all those. Mostly. I’m pretty sure I didn’t miss any, but who knows.
This mat is made from organic cotton and hemp. Very high quality materials and has various quotes printed on the back side.
It easily rolls into a nice tube shape to store or travel without exposing any of the spikes.
So many people in our culture have a hard time getting to sleep at night. I’m one of them. Or at least, I used to be. Thoughts would continue to pop back into my head from the day or even stories I kept telling myself over and over and this left my mind and heart racing until well into the night, unable to fall asleep. I have never taken a sleep aid before, always thinking I would find a way to fall asleep. And then in the morning wishing I would have just gotten up for an hour and done something like read a book, so I didn’t waste so much time just trying to fall asleep.
I know lots of you out there are the same way. Many of you may have high stress lives or have anxiety and find it hard to calm our minds down at night.
An astounding 14,000,000 people in the US take prescription sleep aids to fall asleep. That only counts people taking prescriptions and not over the counter meds, or sleep enhancing supplements like GABA, Magnesium, Phenibut for those looking for more natural ways to fall asleep faster or get better sleep. So really, that 14 million is too small a number to represent all us people who have trouble sleeping.
There are many ways to help bring on sleep at night. Supplements, bed time routines, heart rate variability training, meditation, journaling, cold thermogenesis and more. If you want a more traditional way of relaxing before bed, something that has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years, then acupressure may be something worth trying.
But it’s always so hard to find an acupressurist just before bed. And my wife just hasn’t warmed up to the idea of learning this new skill yet.
Enter the acupressure mat. I wanted to try this as a non-supplemented sleep hack. I already have a few ways I’m experimenting with getting to sleep faster and having higher quality sleep each night. This was something totally new. I bought the Bulletproof Sleep Induction Mat. I like that it’s made from hemp and organic cotton since I’ll be laying on without a shirt.
Most people ask me if this mat is safe to sleep on. Check out Kayla over at Bulletproof Lifestyle. Kayla is a bulletproof lifestyle coach, and she’s also super posh. Kayla is able to sleep on this thing all night, and loves it. I also know a 69 year old lady who uses one every night. So I don’t want to hear any complaints from any of you!
Why would I even bother trying this thing out?
First of all, according to the BulletProof website, the claimed benefits are falling asleep faster, feeling more refreshed, and improving overall energy levels. The website claims that lying on this type of mat stimulates acupressure points up and down your back to ease your body into a deep relaxation response. This acupressure stimulation quickly increases blood circulation, which then causes your body to release endorphins and beneficial hormones in response. Several important acupuncture meridians are located on the back. The meridians along the spine and shoulders boost relaxation and increase deep restfulness which in turn gives you more energy upon waking. You will first feel a flood of warmth to the back area, followed by a dramatic release of muscle tension as any aches and pains start to melt away. The concept for the Bulletproof Sleep Induction Mat originates from techniques in acupuncture developed in Russia, China, India, and the Middle East. Similar concepts and devices have been used as meditation tools throughout history.
Ok, that sounds like something I should try out. Unless it’s just a bunch of marketing. They also claim an endorphin and oxytocin release. I don’t know how I would measure that, but it sounds good.
Anecdotal evidence from friends who use this mat swear by its effectiveness. Some people have two of them so they will never be without.
There are also some research studies here and here showing acupressure can be effective for helping people go to sleep faster and for activating the parasympathetic nervous system including reducing anxiety.
If you’re going to give it a try, wear a shirt the first time as you ease into it. In fact, here’s the warnings from the package:
Yeah, the spikes are pretty sharp. And you lay on them. With your bare skin.
I usually have a really hard time going to sleep at night. As soon as I lay down, around 9:45pm, my mind starts racing and I’m thinking about too many things. Before you know it, I’m getting mad at myself for not relaxing and then it’s 1 in the morning. Then I’ll finally fall asleep by relaxing, which I should have done to begin with, and wake up at 6am totally groggy.
Now, I have a bedtime routine I follow nearly every single night. It helps.
I added this mat into the routine.
And really, 15-40 minutes is all you really need to get the benefits.
After 40 days of using the mat, here’s what I found.
Was it worth using?
I enjoyed the feeling of laying on the mat and thought about all the acupuncture and acupressure points being activated.
The first time I used it was pretty intense. After that it was very pleasant and was not uncomfortable at all. Because I do quite a bit at night to fall asleep faster and have good quality sleep, I didn’t think this would do much for me.
Maybe it was all in my head, but I definitely fell asleep more quickly than usual and was able to keep my mind calmer than usual.
My bed is pretty soft, we have a Tempurpedic bed. I would have liked a harder surface to allow the spikes to dig in a little deeper. I could have laid on the mat on the floor, but hey, I’m not about to add yet another thing to my bedtime routine, it’s already pretty full.
I also found I really like standing on the mat. I have really sensitive feet. It’s tragic I know.
I’d love to be able to walk and run barefoot with my kids outside, but every time I step on a damn rock, it hurts.
I stand at a desk all day for work and by standing on the mat I am able to activate the acupressure points on my feet. It feels amazing. Ok, the first time I tried it and felt like my feet were punctured full of holes.
Now that I’m used to it, I usually stand on it for about an hour. Acupressure on the feet has so many benefits. Well known in Chinese medicine for stimulating the organs, increasing health and vitality, the feet are also the sole target of Reflexology. Will standing on this mat give you super strong feet and more health and vitality? Who knows. Try it out. Let me know.
I bet it will help me walking and running outdoors.
Overall, I would recommend trying it out. It works for me and I like it. I lay on it for 10-40 minutes in bed while reading a book before I throw it on the floor and go to sleep.
I’m going to continue using the mat each night I’m home. I feel like the benefits are worth continued use.
Based on the reviews and my experience with the mat, including it’s use to both toughen up your feet and hitting acupressure points on the feet, you should give it a try and see how it works for you.