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.
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…
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.
Hello FloBed Bloggers, I have finally persuaded my father to get up to speed with the new “hip” and “cool” technology (where the vast majority of his business is already done online). A big part of what I’ll be doing is helping get the viral marketing campaign on board. I’m lucky my father is allowing me to be my creative self. This video, however, was my fathers creation (although i want to take a little credit for moving the mountain;) which they made while i was still in D.C. with my NAIA/American Red Cross internship.
This Video is the first of our YouTube videos, involving everyone that was at work that day. It also involves another local business, Furniture Mart. And as you will see, we liberated their Serta Sheep from their show room window. Enjoy!
“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.
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!
OMG… after being so cutting edge back in 1995 with our www.FloBeds.com (yes back then we always said the www;) it has taken Johanna and my son Packie, dragging me kicking and screaming, to agree to join the social networking era!
Welcome to our FloBeds blog. We will try and make this an informative and fun place to exchange ideas, knowledge and smiles. I have asked Dewey to help keep us up on information and all things FloBeds. Packie, home from Holy Names University for the summer, will be doing some YouTube videos for our viewing pleasure. And, of course, Johanna will appear here and there – now and then – to this one and that one.