About Dave and Fort Bragg

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Dave Turner, the man behind FloBeds, is too modest to share this video with you, but the rest of us aren’t! Dave was interviewed for a project called  Inspired by California. Their web site describes the project as a 3 month long Documentary Film and Social Media project.  Artist, Kirby Scudder and Filmaker, Mark Halfmoon are traveling the State of California talking to Californians about things that inspire us about this great state. The project will record 100s of great California stories in 90 days – including this one about Dave and Fort Bragg.

New! Ask for a Sample Kit

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Those of you who have a FloBeds mattress know what the components of the sleep system feel like. You’ve run your hand over the cover of organic cotton quilted to organic EcoWool. You know the feel of 100% natural or blended Talalay latex in various levels of firmness, and you’re familiar with the touch of the convolute (egg-crate) topper.

It occurred to us that people considering a FloBed mattress might like to see and feel the components too. If you’re on-the-fence and want to see & feel it before you buy, why not ask for samples? Just give us a call, 1(800)FloBeds  – 356-2337, Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Satuday 10am-5pm, Pacific Time.  Or send an email to info@flobeds.com with your phone number and we’ll call you!

We’ll find out if you want samples of all natural or blended latex, or both, and where to send them.  The sample set is free, except for a $7 fully-refundable shipping fee (we’ll subtract $7 from the price of your bed).  So while we’re talking, we’ll get your credit card information too. A few days later you’ll receive swatches of the cover, the convolute topper, and latex pads in various levels of firmness and you’ll be good to go.

Sleep Hours Linked to Stomach Fat

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Did you know a good night’s sleep can help avoid stomach fat?  I just read that two studies published in the journal Sleep build a strong case for the relationship between too much body fat and too little sleep. Researchers found that women who slept less than 5 hours a night showed a 32% weight gain in abdominal fat over a five year period compared to a 13% gain among those who slept 6 or 7 hours.

How can that be?  Well, according to Jenny Theorell-Haglow, one of the sleep study authors, it’s because, “Short sleep duration, short dream sleep and short deep sleep disturb the production of cortisol and growth hormones in a way that can contribute to driving body weight upwards.”

So remember, spending at least 6 or 7 hours a day on a FloBed sleep system is good for your waistline.

Does Your Cat or Dog Sleep On Your Bed?

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Where do you stand on the issue of sleeping with your dog or cat?

Some people think dogs shouldn’t be allowed on the bed because it can cause behavior issues. But really, is there anything wrong with sharing your FloBed with your cat or dog?

How To Be Your Dog’s Best Friend, the dog obedience manual by the Monks of New Skete, advises letting your dog sleep on the floor in your bedroom, but never in your bed.

‘s article  in About.com doesn’t agree, “In general, letting your dog on the furniture is not going to cause problems – behavioral or otherwise. Dogs love to curl up on the sofa, the bed, and anywhere else that’s nice and soft. They also like to spend time in their humans’ favorite spots”.

An entertaining article in Slate Magazine by Emily Yoffee, tells the story of how her cats lost their spot on the bed to her dog…

My beagle, Sasha, got the opportunity to settle in for the night when my husband declared he was evicting from the bed our two current cats, all 36 pounds of them. He explained, “In the middle of the night they run up and down my body, then they sit on my chest and crush it.” Since I am a light sleeper, I told my husband it was hard to believe his description of our cats’ ramblings. Ever the considerate wife, I suggested he might be having nocturnal psychotic episodes.

“Do I have to install a video camera?” he said. “They march up and down my body like they’re on a picket line, then they sit on me. They’re driving me crazy.”

A few nights later, cats still in the bed, I got up at 4 a.m. to go to the bathroom. When I returned, there was Biscuit, sitting in the middle of my sleeping husband’s chest, peering into his open mouth as if about to perform periodontal surgery. Goldie was climbing up my husband’s legs. I was shaken. It was painful, but I agreed the next morning to banish the cats to the basement at night.

Where do you stand? Do you share your bed with an animal?

Share your opinions, experience and advice – even photos if you have them!

4 Reasons to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

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SleepSavvy Magazine says chronic sleeplessness can be devastating to your health. The article bases their findings on recent research by the American Heart Association.

4 reasons you need a good nights sleep:

1) Sleep Loss can raise your blood pressure. One lost hour of sleep — one hour less than the recommended eight — increased the odds of developing high blood pressure and average of 37% over five years; skipping two hours raised the blood pressure risk 86%.  High blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke or kidney failure.

2) Sleep Loss can lead to diabetes. People who sleep less than six hours a night appear to have a higher risk of developing impaired fasting glucose — a condition that can precede type 2 diabetes.

3) Sleep loss can make you fat. Several recent studies have confirmed that there is a link between lost sleep and weight gain.  In one study, participants who slept six hours per night were 27% more likely to become obese than those sleeping seven to nine hours; people getting five hours of sleep per night were 73% more likely to become obese; and those with only two to four hours of sleep per night were 67% more likely to become obese.

4) Sleep loss can make you vulnerable to cancer. One study showed that even when people take preventative actions that have been proven to lower cancer risks (such as exercising and eating right), inadequate sleep seems to counteract those benefits.

The article explains more research is underway on the health risks associated with sleeping poorly.  Meanwhile, remember a comfortable bed can help you get the shut-eye you need to stay healthy.

The College Campanion

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Since I’ve been going to school for three years now, away from home and living in a college dormitory, I’ve learned a few things: One, you will never get a meal like a home-cooked meal and two, after having slept on a FloBed my whole life….nothing compares. College mattresses are built for durability; to last. Comfort is not a concern of theirs, so here I am, born and raised on FloBeds you can see where this becomes a problem to my ever so used to the kind of mattress that will put me to sleep right away.

My ever-so thoughtful father also wanted me to know how good I had to, so he made me go my whole freshmen year, on the standard twin extra long mattress. Which was like sleeping on a board. Being an athlete, I would come back from practices and games looking forward to laying down and then I’d hit that rock of a bed… needless to say it was a long year.

Since I’ve been in school I’ve seen hundreds of kids, with their mattress toppers, some tempurpedic, some those $20 ones from Target and Wal-Mart. But those as well, start to take shapes, slide off your mattress every time you slide off your mattress, and they just weren’t very good. But, it was better than sleeping on the rock they all agreed.

So after enduring all the pains and aches that I was so used to having leave me during my slumber, came my sophomore year. Where, my father finally let me take a FloBed to school. I went right back to where I was, felt terrific and well rested, and while i never thought i’d let my Dad know this; the bed actually made it harder for me to get to class because i never wanted to leave it! It was great, i was feeling fantastic,

We Make Beds, Do You?

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Sometimes we wonder what happens to your FloBed when you take it home… Someone posted a picture on Flickr that showed that even people who love our beds, and say they couldn’t live without them, might not make them every day. This picture makes me want to go back to catch a few more winks…

Who is the Sheep Mattress Company?

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Historical Point on Sheep Liberation: FloBeds started using the Jumping Sheep in 1997, when Anne decided to draw something to better represent us. Serta must have liked Anne’s Jumping Sheep. In 2001 they started sticking Counting Sheep in showroom windows across the country. Not only was it the humane thing to do, freeing all the Counting Sheep helps set the “Who is the Sheep Mattress Co” question straight.
Dave