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.

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…

I am Furious

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“I am furious.” Wow, usually our customers say how happy they are with their new bed, so you can imagine my concern when I got an email with this subject line.

This is the mattress that I love
FloBeds Zoned Mattress

My concern turned to confusion as I read on, “Just wanted to say that I purchased a flo-bed in early 2002 – latex — I am still more than pleased. I hate sleeping outside of my home and would really only buy from you again.”

Well, so far so good. But I still don’t know why he’s furious, “I liked it so much at the time, I almost bought a guest bed and you guys agreed to both take my order and cancel it when my wife vetoed. I never want to walk into a mattress store again and you guys are the sole reason.”

Ah-ha… here it comes, “So why am I furious? Because in the Page One Wall Street Journal article on quality mattress shopping, you were nowhere to be found.”

The article explained that as people age, or they have trouble sleeping because of chronic pain, they become aware of the comfort of their beds. According to the article, to get a good night’s sleep some people are spending as much as $33,000, the price of the most expensive American-made mattress set on the market!

So what did our furious fan do? He put this note on his blog BlockShoppe: “I was a little shocked FloBeds offerings were left out of the Wall Street Journal article on high-end quality mattresses. My FloBeds mattress cost me a fraction of the stuff they were pitching.”

Within the hour not only St Louis, but Houston and Columbus heard a FloBed fan is furious we weren’t on the list of exceptional beds. Thanks Eddie, now they know!