Yoga Bedtime Routine

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Having a hard time falling asleep? Don’t worry you are not alone! This time of year is difficult as we are transitioning from summer into fall. Weather will be changing soon, children are going back to school, and before you know it Thanksgiving will be upon us. Life can get hectic, but it is important to take time out of your day to slow down. An easy way to wind down after a long day is bedtime yoga.

According to the International Journal of Yoga:

“Mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, and insomnia are among the most common reasons for individuals to seek treatment with complementary therapies such as yoga. Yoga encourages one to relax, slow the breath and focus on the present, shifting the balance from the sympathetic nervous system and the flight-or-fight response to the parasympathetic system and the relaxation response.”

Here is a great 20-minute bedtime yoga routine:

Sunday Night Sleep Tips

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Here are some great tips to help make your Sunday nights a little easier:

  1. Keep the same bedtime on weekends. Staying up late two nights out of the week will throw off your sleep schedule and make it hard to wake up on Monday morning.
  2. Avoid sleeping in on weekends. Do not sleep more than one or two hours past your normal wake-up time.
  3. Enjoy your Sunday night. Plan a fun Sunday night ritual, that way you can look forward to Sunday evenings instead of dreading them.
  4. Prep for bedtime. “…pamper yourself pre-bed with a warm bath, a cup of tea, or a good book to help you relax.” –Sleep.org

If all of the above fails, its time to think about a latex mattress ;-)

Sweet Dreams Are Yours at The Albion Schoolhouse

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Photo Credit: Albion Schoolhouse

Last year we had the pleasure of working with the Albion Schoolhouse. This beautiful vacation rental on the coast of Northern California has multiple FloBeds.

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Photo Credit: Albion Schoolhouse

“Enjoy fresh air, the comforts of a fine hotel; a stage with live mics; a bounty of totally excellent board games; yoga mats; secret gardens; a big tv screen and a fully stocked kick-ass chef’s kitchen. Constructed in 1924, this grammar school served the town’s schoolchildren and community until 1995 when it was purchased by William Bottrell who spent 20 years lovingly restoring and renovating it.”

If you are looking for a getaway where you can get some peace, quiet and good sleep, look no further! It is always hard to go on vacation and leave the comfort of your FloBed Latex Mattress. A very important part of vacation is having the chance to catch up on your sleep. However, we all know what a gamble it can be when you go to a hotel and have to hope that the mattress is comfortable. Head on over The Albion Schoolhouse and you can rest assured that you will be able to catch some Z’s on a FloBed.

Sleep your way to the top!

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Arianna Huffington’s Sleep Revolution Starts at Home

By BOB MORRIS
APRIL 28, 2016

NY Times

Arianna Huffington was sitting like a very relaxed queen in her SoHo bedroom on a thronelike bergère chair covered in brocade Fortuny fabric. It was time to wind down, 8 p.m. Behind her, an embroidered throw pillow announced: “Sleep your way to the top.”

The phrase recalls a TED Talk she gave in 2010, and it isn’t about sex, thank you. It is about sleeping. “I was making a speech about sleep as a performance enhancer,” she said. “As opposed to being lazy or not engaged with life.”

One wouldn’t think that about one of the most powerful women in the world, the author of 15 books and a founder of a news site that sold to AOLfor $315 million in 2011. But of all the things on her agenda, which would exhaust most mortals, sleep is at the top.

Her new book, “The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time” (Harmony), is a call to bed. It is also inspiring a turbocharged national tour that involves “sleep fairs” at colleges and an educational “takeover” of a JetBlue flight during which she gave out books and answered questions.

“I want to rekindle our romance with sleep,” said Ms. Huffington, 65, in a lullaby voice as soothing as her floral perfume. “It’s a central part of life and a gateway to our dreams.”

If sleep is a gateway to her dreams, then her bedroom is the mother ship. It is one of four in a vast apartment she transformed a few years ago with the help of the designer Steven Gambrel.

“It was a minimalist loft,” she said. “But I wanted something that felt more lived-in and European.”

To achieve that, she hired Mr. Gambrel to add walls to break up the space, for which he also designed much of the furniture. Peter Mucek, the decorative painter, plastered the walls to emulate a golden Venetian glow.Michael S. Smith, who redecorated some rooms in the Obama White House and is a friend, suggested that she treat the loft’s concrete columns with metallic brown paint to give them an ancient bronze feel. Mr. Smith also designed some leather chairs and an ottoman. Her home now has a regal and romantic ambience that seems in perfect keeping with Ms. Huffington’s personality.

Everything in the decidedly low-tech bedroom is as carefully considered as a business move. On a bed surrounded with Fortuny curtains in a restful light blue, she sleeps on organic cotton sheets from a collection calledHuffington. The Huffington line, carried by Coco-Mat, a nearby bedding shop, was designed by her daughter Isabella Huffington, 25, an artist who shares her home. Her pillows are stuffed with soporific hops and barley. Across the room are two Gordon Parks photographs, including the bucolic“Boy With June Bug.” Over her night stand is a photograph of her other daughter, Christina, now 27, at Isabella’s christening.

“I call it a joy trigger,” Ms. Huffington said, “and I like having it right by my bed.”

Her night stand functions as a kind of altar to Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams. The books are inspirational, including works by Rumi, the 13th-century Persian poet, and Marcus Aurelius, whom Ms. Huffington admires because he was a multitasking Roman emperor and not easily ruffled. There is a simple alarm clock from Pottery Barn without any of the pesky digital lights she bans from her bedroom and from her hotel rooms. (She packs masking tape to obscure their blinking.)

Roses and peonies rest in a vase by a journal with a black cover decorated by Isabella. Next to it is a pen light. “So if I wake up in the middle of the night, I can write down my dreams without turning on the light,” she said. Dreams, of course, are welcome; business ideas, not so much.

On a desk and dresser across the room, which she can’t reach from her bed, Ms. Huffington has several china Herend Rothschild bird bowls to hold such workaday items as Post-its and manuscript clips, and a lacquered box for her packed appointment book. “I hide the whole mess to forget about it,” she said, lifting and setting down lids like a cook.

Photo CreditAlessandra Montalto/The New York Times

At bedtime, her phone and electronic devices are relegated to the foyer outside the bedroom, to recharge under a wall of family photographs. Withdrawing from her machines, she said, is part of a half-hour “transition to sleep” ritual that includes writing down the many things she is grateful for; dimming the lights; taking a warm bath in Epsom salts by flickering candlelight; and changing into a silk nightgown to greet sleep with respect.

“I used to sleep in the same thing I wore during the day,” said Ms. Huffington, whose call to rest came in 2007, when she fell down from exhaustion and broke her cheekbone. “It’s better to have special clothes for sleeping.”

It also helps to have soundproofed windows, which required a complicated and expensive installation process that made her renovated home as quiet as a church. Indeed, her cellphone rings with the sound of cathedral chimes.

“I love church bells, don’t you?” she asked in a seductive purr.

It was time for a tour of the rest of the apartment. It is one of her two homes and very different from the one she has in California.

“My other house is from the 1920s, in Brentwood, in L.A.,” she said as she swept into her living room. “When I step out the door there, it’s into a garden of entirely white flowers, where all I smell is gardenias and it feels like being in the country. Here, it’s children, dogs and people from all over the world on my street when I walk out, and my favorite shops and restaurants.”

Her spacious living area — with a custom bookcase, a gilded Louis XV desk, gilded bronze and cobalt 18th-century candelabra and a 19th-century Italian mirror above the fireplace — has the feeling of something between a papal chamber and the Oval Office.

“Isn’t this beautiful?” she asks, gesturing to a hand-painted screen by Mr. Mucek that hides a small white kitchen area, where she doesn’t concern herself with cooking. Just the same, Ms. Huffington loves to hold the many dinners that she doesn’t prepare at a hand-painted faux marble dining table.

“I know how to make a really great cheese plate,” she said. She makes tea, too.

Near the front door is a portrait of a woman by Françoise Gilot, which Ms. Gilot, who spent 10 years with Picasso, gave Ms. Huffington around the time Ms. Huffington was writing Picasso: Creator and Destroyer,published in 1988. The portrait of her daughters is by Nelson Shanks, who also painted Bill Clinton, Pope John Paul II and Diana, Princess of Wales.

“But what I love most of all are the works of my daughter Isabella,” she said.

As if on cue, Isabella emerged from an art studio next to her bedroom. (Christina has her own place.) The two put their arms around each other. The daughter, as it turns out, also respects a good night’s sleep.

“Even in college, I’d get nine hours of sleep a night,” said Isabella, who is as tall and graceful as her mother and whose pretty collages have a dark political edge. “Remember when you’d visit, and my friends were pulling all-nighters, and you’d lecture them about it?”

Her mother laughed. No need for that at home. It was 10 o’clock, and with a television appearance scheduled for early the next day, time to dim the lights and take the moment seriously.

“My sleep ritual is about to begin,” Ms. Huffington said with a beatific smile. She looked to the double doors leading to her bedroom. “My gateway calls.”

The church bells on her phone were ringing. She ignored them.

Original New York Times Article and Slide Show

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

The Best Hotels For Sleep In The U.S.

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The holiday season is beginning this week as we celebrate Halloween. That means Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. Holidays are filled with full days of family fun, so make sure you get a good night’s rest. Just because you are going to be away from your FloBed for a few nights does not mean you should toss and turn all night. As you look into hotels for your travels consider some of the best hotels for sleep:

Hotel Saint Cecilia
Austin, Texas

Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Various locations

Hilton Hotels and Resorts
Various locations

Take a look at the Huffington Post article for more details and hotel options.

FloBeds tool belt, packed with tools to help you sleep!

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When we customize a mattress for you… we think we have it “Just Right” for you. If we don’t… we will do anything we can to get it “Just Right”. That’s because we are such a nice company… but also… if we can make you happy you won’t ask for your money back. WIN-WIN!

Tools we can use
to get your firmness… “Just Right”

1) Firmness of your Support Cores

(ILD= Indentation Load Deflection)
Latex Cores do the heavy lifting 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
Hardness range measurements based on ASTM D-1055. (ILDs are production specification and may vary ± 2 ILD)
 
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2) The vZone

The vZone is the solution when your body needs extra special attention:

  • Softer where you need it softer… firmer where you need it firmer.
  • Built for your body, with the ability to change it.
  • Every vZone comes with zones you can move and manipulate.
  • Shoulders: Choose between 3 firmnesses.
  • Lumbar: Choose between 3 firmnesses.
  • Hips: Choose between 2 firmnesses.
  • In addition to flexibility of our famous Goldilocks Guarantee, we will provide replacement zones for your vZone layer as well. If you can think of a configuration that would work for you… FloBeds can probably make it.
 

3) Horsehair

Our Talalay convolute, topped with horsehair and hand-tied in an organic cotton case.
Sleep cool, with an added layer of firmness.

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4) Swedish Steel Pocketed Coils

Sometimes a bit of steel in your spine is what you need.

  • Enjoy the benefits of Swedish Steel Pocketed Coils
  • Individual response
  • Dynamic tensioning
  • We developed the specific design of our individually encased coils in cooperation with one of the best spring manufacturers in Europe.
 
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5) Rubberized Natural Coco Fiber (Coir)

  • Air Flo
  • Firmer one inch layer
 

We want to make your mattress Just Right. Don’t hesitate to ask!

We cut all of our latex to achieve the support your body needs.cut exact

Our team at the FloBeds Latex Shop use EdgeSweets equipment to make sure every piece of latex in our mattresses meets our exacting specifications, so we can make sure our beds meet your demanding needs.

Fun Fact Friday

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If you have called FloBeds you have probably spoken to Dewey Turner. Dewey started at FloBeds 12 years ago! His fondest memory is when he went to Utah in 2009 to get a new Edge Sweets Latex-Foam Horizontal Saw. That saw made it possible for FloBeds to control the quality and precision of the latex layers in every latex mattress.

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Yoga Your Way Out of Pain

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Many people who work in offices sit at desks for 8 hours! This can cause back pain. The yoga instructor featured in the video below is named Jake and he says, “Back pain is an epidemic in America. And the pain is accentuated by our desk culture and the use of mobile devices.” (Yoga With Jake: 10-Minute Yoga Routine to Ease Back Pain) So if Jake was describing you, or if you are looking for a good stretch take a look at the video below.