Another 5 Star Review: Creating Balance

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Dear Dave,

I have been waiting to write to you about the bed I bought back in October 2015. I wanted to make sure it wasn’t a fluke. First, Dewey was great walking me through and helping me pick the layers to best suit my sleeping needs. Second, being a single woman I was amazed at the ease of getting the bed delivered to my front door, me getting the sections upstairs, and assembling it in the bedroom. Third, and most incredible–I am so comfortable! I sleep soundly all night! I am in love with my FloBed! It has exceeded my expectations, my back no longer hurts or aches. I am so happy and grateful.

Thank you,

Margy

Meditate Before Bed

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Meditation is a great solution to getting a racing mind to slow down at bedtime. Although meditation is great at any point during the day, it is great for fighting fatigue and insomnia. Meditation is the practice of quieting the voice in your head and this, “creates physiological changes that are similar to those that happen in your body during the early phases of sleep.” There are guided meditations that would really help during this process. Take a look at the app Headspace to get started with guided meditation. Quiet your mind, relax, and fall asleep faster with meditation.

What is Your Child Sleeping On?

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Do you know what your child is sleeping on? Well if your child is sleeping on a FloBeds Kids Beds: Crib Mattress – Student Mattress here is what you can expect:

Your child is sleeping on

  1. Organic Cotton where it counts most…next to your body. You spend all day in a harsh world. Retreat to a natural bed covered with organic cotton for a true safe haven. Cotton, the original sustainable fabric, grown and processed without chemicals.
  2. You can be confident that the wool in our luxurious mattress cover is chemical free. NO chemicals or acids are used in the production or processing of organic wool. The sheep are not dipped or treated with any pesticides or herbicides.
  3. Natural Latex is naturally hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial (Bacteria, mold and mildew cannot live in latex) and dust mite resistant (tests prove latex is 3 times more resistant to dust mites than a traditional mattress) making it the perfect mattress material for allergy sufferers or anyone interested in breathing fresh, clean air while they sleep.

When you want to make sure your baby is sleeping on pure nature: Organic Cotton quilted to Organic Wool surrounding 100% Natural Latex.  Our Student Mattress is the ultimate in good stewardship. Good for your student…good for our environment!

Here’s when Mackenzie grew out of her custom Moses basket FloBed, and had to move into her FloBed Crib mattress!

You Can Become a Morning Person

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Here are three simple changes you can make in your life to become a morning person:

15 Minute Bed Time Move

Try to set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier every day until you reach your desired wake-up time.

Dim the Lights at Night

“Once upon a time, people knew that it was time to go to sleep simply because the sun went down.” Sleep.org Your body needs natural sleep signals to understand it is bedtime and light disrupt those signals. All lights should be off 1 hour before bedtime.

Let the Natural Light Shine

As the lights go down melatonin goes up, which causes a sleepy feeling. As the lights turn on melatonin goes down, so you will feel less sleepy. Let the sunrise bring up your melatonin levels and wake naturally.

 

FloBeds Family

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In 1996, Dave Turner had just patented an idea for a hospital bed that he was sure was going to change the way people slept, rested, and healed forever. But he had two problems: the first was that he had just relocated to Fort Bragg, California-a little town in Northern California on the Mendocino Coast, hours away from any urban hub of industry. The second was that he was the stay-at-home dad for four kids-effectively ruling out any long business trips to trade shows. Hungry to gain traction, Dave decided to take a chance on another revolutionary idea: the World Wide Web. He taught himself how to build a website, and then he waited for the calls to come in. And, sure enough, they did. But not for his hospital beds.
“The first call was from a man in Germany. He wanted a waterbed and wondered if I could ship it to him, and I thought, ‘why not?'” So while every other business of the 90’s was trying to think outside the box, Dave began to figure out how he could adapt his business to fit inside the box.
Twenty years later, Dave’s ingenious FloBed Latex Mattress is so unique that UPS published a case study: “Fitting a Bed in a Box.” And the World Wide Web has done the business well: over $2 million yearly in sales come from FloBeds.com. Despite the fact that they are shipped all over the world, every single FloBed remains handcrafted in Fort Bragg, California, where Dave’s “dream team” works to make sure every customer’s mattress is “Just Right.” Specializing in customization, FloBeds come with personalized levels of firmness for each side of the bed. And the “Goldilocks Guarantee” means that your bed will always be just right-if you need to adjust your firmness, just give the dream team a call.

OrganicNaturalTalalaySelect

FloBeds uses 100% natural Talalay latex, the best material for conforming to and supporting the human body. Their best-selling mattress is completely natural, using no harmful chemicals-so you can rest easy.

Morning on the Fort Bragg Coast
The best bed for dreamers. For thinking outside and inside the box. Dreamt up, drawn up, crafted, shipped and adjusted from Fort Bragg, California-where the redwoods meet the Pacific Ocean (oops, a little Fort Bragg Mayor Dave slipped in).

Customer Review

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Dave,

I remember when the bed arrived. Those boxes are really sturdy and the bed so easily fits inside due to its modular design. I have to tell you, I hung on to those boxes for a while just in case I was going to move but after 10 years I had to let them go to recycling.

My wife Virginia and I love our bed.

We have had it for over ten years and it continues to give us a great night?s sleep, the construction is solid, the support is great and we just enjoy staying in bed.

The only maintenance activity we perform is taking the mattress apart each year and putting it back together. I?m not really sure its recommended but it just seems right!

Thanks for constructing such a great bed.

Best, John W., Carpinteria, CA – 3/16/2016

Spring Cleaning

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As we are heading into spring, it is a great time to sun your FloBeds Mattress Cover. Unlike other mattress covers, our FloBeds cover can be zipped offed and removed. You never want to put your cover in the washing machine since it will shrink, however, it is a great idea to hang your mattress in the sun.

We suggest sunning your mattress-top a couple of times a year. Sunning will kill dust mites. Latex and visco-elastic are both dust mite resistant. If you suffer from severe allergies, with the top off, you can vacuum the inside top of your mattress components to remove allergens. That, combined with your sunned mattress top will provide you with cleanest and most comfortable mattress possible.

Your mattress cover may be spot washed with cold water and mild soap. It should be line dried.

Chemical Free Mattress

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When we say chemical free latex mattress it goes without saying we are referring to to toxic chemicals… those chemicals that can cause harm to the human body.  The FloBeds Natural Latex Mattress is chemical free in all the right ways.

Organic Cotton Cover
Organic Cotton Cover

Starting from the top we first find the organic cotton two ply European stretch knit.  The Euro-knit allows the cover to conform to your body and not hammock or interfere with the support characteristics of latex.

 

The cover is quilted to organic wool.  FloBeds has used wool on top of our latex mattresses since the 1990s because of its healthy qualities:  breathability, hollow structure  (wicks away 1/3 its weight in moisture), and comfort.  When the Federal Government started requiring mattresses to be flame resistant, most companies started using chemicals and artificial barriers to make their mattress pass the open flame test.  We passed with organic wool, on all six sides of the mattress (lofted wool as shown below and compressed wool on the sides and bottom).

Organic Wool - Comfort and Fire Resistant, Naturally
Organic Wool – Comfort and Fire Resistant, Naturally

Not only is the FloBed cover comfortable, healthy and strong… it is beautiful.

Healthy and Beautiful Cover
Healthy and Beautiful

Inside the cover it is simple:  the best support material in the world… 100% Natural Talalay Latex.  Made from the milk of the rubber tree.  No blending with synthetic to cut costs.  No mixing with Dunlop latex to save money.  If we could find a better material to put inside our mattress… we would (even if it cost more money).

Natural Deluxe Mattress
Natural Deluxe Mattress with 100% Natural Talalay Latex

All of this great material is supported by our Euro Slat foundation.  The sides are made of solid FSC certified sustainable Ponderosa Pine and covered with organic cotton quilted to compressed organic wool.

Under the Euro Slats
Under the Euro Slats

Contouring bent beech slat suspension provides both give and rotation and constantly respond to the shifting planes of your body, keeping your spine straight and gives just the right amount of support. Bent-Beech Slats are incredibly durable. They won’t break, crack or bend out of shape. (Europeans adopted this Swiss invention 60 years ago.)

This much goodness has not gone un-noticed…

Radium Foam awarded Cradle to Cradle... the ultimate badge of sustainablity
Radium Foam awarded Cradle to Cradle… the ultimate badge of sustainability

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Tips for Back, Side and Stomach Sleepers

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Did you know that sleeping posture is just as important as sitting posture? It is very vital that you protect your back while you sleep. You put the least amount of pressure on it by sleeping on your back or side. Side sleepers should sleep with a pillow between their knees to keep proper spine alignment. Stomach sleepers specifically should use a smaller pillow to keep your head aligned while sleeping. When purchasing and customizing your FloBeds mattress make sure you keep in mind that stomach sleepers need a firmer mattress than back or side sleepers. If you have more questions please give us a call at 1-800-356-2337 and one of our firmness experts can give you more information on which mattress configuration fits your sleeping position.

3 Important Spring Cleaning Tips

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Spring is right around the corner, which means it is almost time for the big spring cleaning week. Although this can seem like a daunting task, it can feel very rewarding after everything is done. Here are some tips if you are determined to spring forward with a nice clean slate.

Tip 1

Have a checklist- this is important so you can keep track of your progress and make sure you don’t forget any that may slip your mind during this busy week. Click here for a great example from Martha Stuart.

Tip 2

Have a specific project for each day- that way you can focus and complete each project thoroughly. When there is a lot to do, it can get overwhelming and discouraging if you do not break up your tasks. Every day you will have a small win.

Tip 3

Have all of your cleaning supplies ready- once you look through the checklist, make a list of the items you will need to complete your tasks. Go to the store ahead of time to collect everything you need so you are ready to go before your spring cleaning week.