3 Tips on How to Spring Clean to Sleep Better

Our neighbor, Coyuchi, shows some fine organic linens on the waters edge

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.

Hit the Gym to Hit the Hay

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.

FloBeds Latex Mattress
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!

Friday Feature: The Atrium Bed and Breakfast

Atrium Bed and Breakfast Photo Credit: Atrium Facebook
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
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 Phot Credit: Atrium Facebook
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)

Friday Feature: Andiron Seaside Inn and Cabins

Photo Credit: The Andiron Facebook

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!

Friday Feature: Alegria Inn

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.

Saving Daylight

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

Mattress Shopping Guide

An Interview With Our Mattress Pro

Dewey Turner has worked at FloBeds for over 10 years selling original blended and all-natural latex mattresses. He has walked countless customers through the process of mattress shopping, so I interviewed Dewey to see if I could gather some mattress shopping information.

Things You Should Know When Mattress Shopping

If I am looking for a blended or all-natural latex mattress where should I start?

If you have decided you want to go with a latex mattress, I can say your on the right track! Whether you purchase a bed from us or anyone else, I would highly recommend all latex. Latex is more durable than anything used in the bedding industry, and here at FloBeds we can make sure you get the proper support needed for your body, without compromising comfort. I would determine if you want blended or natural, that will narrow down your field, and leads us right into the next question.  If your curious on what firmness level might be best for you, check out this page people use to customize the mattress of there dreams  every day!  https://www.flobeds.com/build-bed/

How do I know if I want a blended or an all-natural latex mattress?

I would first ask you, what kind of milk do you buy? If your answer was organic, likely your living that type of lifestyle.  We are a very honest company, and honestly, the difference between the blended talalay vs the 100% natural talalay are not found in performance, durability, of feel.  I say to customers every day, “as far as look, touch, feel, performance and warranty go, the two are the same.” It comes down to a personal preference, the blended is 30%natural and 70% synthetic, the synthetic components are Styrene butadiene rubber.  The natural is 100% natural. The biggest difference is, in 20 -30 years from now, if your latex mattress finds its way to a landfill, the natural will biodegrade on its own, while the blended will not.  You pay an additional $300 dollars for the chemical free sleeping environment.  And I can’t tell you one is better than the other, the choice is yours.

When determining which is right for you, keep in mind that the most recent Latex International testing demonstrates a modest 2.6% increase in natural latex softening, and a less than 1% increase in height loss of natural latex vs. blended over 10 years. 100% Natural Latex is the best choice for thise looking for a chemical free bed, although we have found that off gassing is not an issue with Blended Latex. We use Blended Talalay from Latex International in Connecticut and Natural Talalay from Radium in the Netherlands.

What is an ILD?

ILD stand for  Indentation Load Deflection and is a standard for measuring foam firmness. This is the universal scale in which the firmness of latex is labeled throughout the bedding industry. Below is a list of the ILD’s for each of our firmness levels, as well as a more scientific description of ILD.

Firmness ILD
Soft Blended 19 ILD
Soft Natural 22 ILD
Medium (Natural and Blended) 28 ILD
Firm (Natural and Blended) 32 ILD
Extra Firm (Natural and Blended) 36 ILD
Super Firm (Natural and Blended) 44 ILD

ILD is a firmness measurement that is a standard for measuring firmness. It is also called IFD, or  Indention Force Deflection. It is a measure of load bearing capacity or firmness. IFD is measured on the surface as 25% IFD. For example to deteermine 25% IFD, a four-inch thick latex sample is compressed to three-inch thickness. The number of pounds required to achieve compression is the 25% IFD value. The higher the IFD the firmer the surface feel.

What is the difference between Talalay and Dunlop?

For years we carried Natural Dunlop processed latex for our natural customers, because before the year 2005 Natural Talalay was not available.  During the years that we were carrying Natural Dunlop, we ran into many issues. We are selling a product 90% of the time to customers over the phone or off our website, we are selling sight unseen.  Often, a customer may be rather skeptical when the mattress they just ordered arrives in pieces.  During the installation our customers tend to look at each piece rather closely, touching, feeling, and even smelling the foam rubber going into the bed they plan to spend the next 20 years on. With the Dunlop Latex customers would notice that one firm Dunlop core felt different than the next, eye brows began to raise, and customers looked even closer and noticed that the firmness was not even consistent in the head and foot of one piece.  We are really micro tuning mattresses for folks here, and the inconsistency’s our customers found in the Dunlop processed latex made our job a bit more difficult.  The Talalay process just produces a more consistent, durable product, a product we are happy to stamp our name on.

For more information: on Talalay vs Dunlop, or latex in general check out this page on our website: https://www.flobeds.com/information/latex/about-latex-links.htm#TalalayVsDunlop

Why do you suggest a customized bed?

With a conventional mattress made by say, one of the major “S” brands, a very large couple may walk into a showroom and be told one mattress will be good for them. Lets say he weighs 300lbs, while she is 275lbs. Later that afternoon it would not be uncommon for that very same mattress to be sold to another couple weighing half as much.  What I’m getting at here is, people are built differently, their mattresses should be too. Here’s a link to more information on that topic: https://www.flobeds.com/information/latex/changeable-firmness.htm

What kind of warranty questions should I ask?

Most mattress company’s have warranties, often overstated, and over claimed. The question is will the company your thinking of going with stand behind there warranty?   Many will not, we will: http://www.bbb.org/greater-san-francisco/business-reviews/mattresses/flobeds-in-fort-bragg-ca-15241 and have been since the 70’s.

Earth Day

Good for you…
Good for the whole world!

Pure, Green, and Cozy

Your body will thank you for the natural rest and recovery you get from 100% Natural FloBeds. You put 100% into your day, get it back each night our unparalleled line of human support systems.

Natural before it was “Green”.

At FloBeds, we construct our natural latex mattresses with what folks now-a-days call Green materials, like natural rubber, organic cotton and Plein-Air Wool, not because we are jumping on the green bandwagon to sell our wares, but because it is the right thing to do.  And because, that’s how we have always done it.

Read how we use wool to meet the Federal mattress flame resistant laws

Good for you…
Good for the whole world!

Buying a Green Mattress

People who care about the environment and live a green lifestyle want their bed to be all-natural too.

Purchasing a mattress is a significant investment, so here are some tips to help you get the best value when you buy green.

First, know what materials to look for. You’ll avoid mattresses made of environmentally unfriendly materials if you look for organic cotton, untreated wool, natural latex and sustainably harvested pine.

The organic cotton should be where it counts most… next to your body. Organic cotton is the original sustainable fabric, grown and processed with out chemicals.

Mattress covers should include natural wool. Wool is naturally fire and pest resistant, so a blend of wool and cotton is better than cotton-only. Organic wool allows air-flow around your body, and naturally wicks away moisture. You’ll not only sleep cool and dry, but sleep with peace of mind, knowing the wool is the finest wool gathered in the most sheep-friendly way. Organic wool is free of pollutants and harmful substances with zero chemicals used during the growing and processing. There should be wool on all six sides of the mattress.
When you look inside of a green mattress, expect to find certified natural latex. Not foam, not metal springs, just layers of 100% natural latex. 100% natural means there are no petro-chemicals, just natural rubber harvested sustainably from the rubber tree. 100% natural latex is a great green choice as it’s biodegradable and Oekotex Certified.

The wood foundation should be all natural too. Look for foundations made from FSC certified pine sustainably harvested from Ponderosa Pine forests in the western United States and Birch Forests in Western Europe.

Next, learn about the maker of the mattress; this is easy since very few companies specialize in building green mattresses.

Visit their web site to see what they have to say, and ask around to see what their customers say about their products and service. Then call the company and see how much they know about green products and what they’re like to work with.

Once you find a mattress made of quality organic materials, produced by a company with a good reputation for quality and service, find out where to purchase their bed. Most retail mattress stores do not offer all-natural mattresses so the best place to find a green mattress is online.  Buying on-line direct from the manufacturer works because you get to really sleep on the bed so you know how your body feels in the morning.  Just make certain they have a money back guarantee and will work with you to get ‘just right’.

Buying on-line can also be good for the environment. Ask if the company uses Smart Packaging to save on resources. A king size mattress and foundation can be shipped in just 4 small cartons which saves fuel and trees. And buying direct from the factory saves fuel and distribution costs.

recycle green mattress: latex, woo, cotton

Finally, you can rest easy if you know your green mattress can be recycled at the end of it’s life. Every part of a green sleep system should be 100% recyclable and biodegradable.

FloBeds was the first mattress company to use wool (and no chemicals) to pass the new Federal FR standards.

FloBeds Green Organic Mattresses: Good for you… Good for the whole world.