Spring has arrived! Although we have all heard of spring cleaning closets, have you ever heard of spring cleaning your sleep routine? Here are 3 ways you can spring clean to sleep better:
1. Remove all technology from your bed. The blue light from your phone can keep you from getting quality sleep, so find another place for it to spend the night.
2. Wash your comforter. Most people wash their sheets on a regular basis, but not their comforters. According to Sleep.org the, “National Sleep Foundation’s own Bedroom Poll found that nearly three out of four people say they get a more comfortable night’s sleep when their bedding has a fresh scent.”
3. Rid your room of the clutter. Having a clean room puts your mind at ease and will help you sleep better.
So leave your phone in the other room, toss your comforter in the wash, pick up those socks that missed the dirty clothes hamper, and get ready to sleep better this spring.
According to sleep.org, “It doesn’t matter when you hit the gym, just that you get in your daily burn. People who work out regularly sleep better—and longer—than those who don’t.” For some, working out can sound daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Try grabbing a friend and taking a nice long walk along your favorite scenic route. Biking is another fun way to workout and its low impact. If you are someone who likes to work out but does not have time to do it regularly, make time. Even thirty minutes a day of a weight training circuit will be enough.
My favorite place to get a long walk in before bed.
Working out at least 150 minutes a week has been found to increase quality of sleep by 65%. Not only will it help you sleep better at night but it will help you feel less sleepy during the day. The National Sleep Foundation found that,”Increasingly, the scientific evidence is encouraging as regular physical activity may serve as a non-pharmaceutical alternative to improve sleep.” So put down the sleeping pills, pick up you phone, call your friend, and go get your sleep inducing workout in!
Often times when people call FloBeds to learn more about our latex mattresses they ask, “What is your most popular bed?” Well the answer is the vZone.
The vZone Mattress
In addition to the top to bottom & side to side customization of our Select & Deluxe models, the vZone features head to toe adjustable zoning to provide pressure point relief for hips and shoulders as well as additional lumbar support. With the Organic Natural or Original vZone, your mattress is customized and adjustable in every direction!
What Our Customers Have to Say
My wife and I have been customers of Flobeds since almost the beginning. We started with an individual control air bed and then migrated to the latex once that was available back in 2000. It was now time to replace a couple of the foam cores and we upgraded to the vZone! What a difference a day makes! My wife woke up after the first night with absolutely no back pain and each night keeps getting better!
The products and people are just the best. I applaud them for their innovation and keeping a step ahead of all the other brands you hear on the radio and TV. Keep it up Flobeds!!
Atrium Bed and Breakfast Photo Credit: Atrium Facebook
This week our Friday feature is about a Victorian inn called the Atrium Bed and Breakfast located here in Fort Bragg, California. This vacation spot is located only a few blocks away from the FloBeds Sleep Shop. It is also located very close to rivers, state parks, redwoods, and the famous Glass Beach.
The Nest Room Photo Credit: Atrium Website
Make sure you request the Nest when you make your reservation. The Nest features our queen size FloBed and it is a, “…sunny, whimsical, bird-themed room.” (Atrium Website)
Whale and Seal Watching Photo Credit: Atrium Facebook
Here are some fun activity suggestions from Atrium, “Imagine sitting in our flower-filled atrium garden while sipping your choice of morning beverage and planning your day. Will it be sifting through mounds of beautiful sea glass at one of our glass beaches, a train ride through the redwoods, horseback riding on the beach, or walking through our downtown and museum?”(Atrium Website)
Do you ever go to bed feeling very sleepy but you still have a hard time getting the quality sleep you need? Well the journal Cell Reports has found that this may be due to your circadian clock being out of whack. Getting things back in sync could be as easy as picking the right bedtime snack. Researchers have found that eating the right carbohydrate-rich snack at night could help re-set you clock. Carbs increase insulin secretion which stimulates healthy circadian patterns. Listed below are three healthy options, but remember to stick to snack size portions!
Almond Butter on Bread- a slice of whole-grain bread with a tablespoon of almond butter
Cherries- these have approximately 24 grams of carbs per cup
Whole-Grain Crackers- switch chips with a few 100% whole grain crackers
So next time you find yourself reaching for a midnight snack try one of our carb loaded suggestions above.
This Friday we are featuring the Andiron Seaside Inn and Cabins. The Andiron is nestled in the woods off of Highway 1 in Little River, California. It is only minutes away from the coastal town of Mendocino where you can find fun shops, fine dining, and amazing coastal views.
Book the room Curious to sleep on a FloBed. Photo credit The Andiron
The Andiron is exciting and different because as the website states, “…rooms are each entirely unique and reflect our love of everything vintage, salvaged, rehabbed, and recycled.” The Inn offers fun activities including board games, croquet, badminton, and a hot tub.
One Andiron customer Nicole Said, “Beautiful, comfortable, fun place to vacation. Amazing host and hostess, Scott and Madeline treat you like family. If you LOVE vintage, wilderness & kindness you have to go!! Thank you for a wonderful stay. Wish we lived closer so we could visit more often.”
So head over to the Andiron website and book your stay on a Flobed today!
The Alegria Inn, a popular ocean front inn with cottages, is located in the beautiful town of Mendocino, California. The Alegria Inn has not 1, not 2, but 3 FloBeds for guests to enjoy! Our mattresses can be found in the Pacific Suite, Cove Cottage, and the Tree House rooms.
Pacific Suite Photo Credit Alegria Inn Website
Whether you are exploring the garden or unwinding in the hot tube with an ocean view, you are sure to experience a relaxing vacation. On the Alegria Inn Facebook customer Edu Montenegro Susperreguy gave the inn 5 stars. He said, “We had such a great time there 2 weekends ago. We stayed in the best room, the cove cottage. It felt as if we were all alone in paradise, but with a wonderful breakfast waiting for us every morning, cookies every afternoon, hot tub in the evening, and a ready made fire at night. We can’t wait to go back.”
So what are you waiting for? Come up to the Mendocino coast and stay at the Alegria Inn for a relaxing vacation on a FloBed.
This Sunday daylight saving time (DST) begins. We will be changing our clocks to “spring” forward one hour. The purpose of DST is to make better use of natural sunlight. It’s actually a myth that the purpose of the time change was to benefit farmers. DST was enacted as a wartime conservation effort.
The camps are pretty divided when it comes to debating the effectiveness of DST. One side says it great because it encourages people to spend more time outside in the daylight, which saves energy. However, those against it argue that negative side effects of DST outweigh the energy saving. This camp argues that changing the clocks causes a loss of sleep, lost productivity, and accidents due to drowsy driving.
So do what it takes to be prepared for losing one hour of sleep this Sunday.
Tips to Get You Back on Track Quickly
~Make sure you are caught up on your sleep before the clocks change. ~Make sure the lights in your room are dim at night to signal to your body that it’s time for bed. ~Avoid evening activates such as drinking caffeine or alcohol too close to bedtime