In her old age, Victoria Woodhull, the first woman in American history to run for presidential office (in 1872), feared that she would die if she went to bed. Her solution? Spending the last four years of her life sitting in a chair.
[She died in 1927 -- at the age of eighty-nine.]
[In the United States, more than 400,000 people a year suffer injuries related to beds, mattresses and pillows.]