Admiral McRaven, a Navy Seal, gave a new meaning to making your bed every morning. He states that, “If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.” Watch the video below to hear more on his philosophy: if you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
When the time comes to make a purchase that you will be using every day, you might start to feel a little overwhelmed. Often times mattress shopping includes heading to a crowded mattress shop, wondering if you are getting the best deal, fending off the aggressive salesmen, and spending a few minutes testing out a mattress that you hope you will like spending 8 hrs on every night. That does not have to be your shopping experience. At FloBeds we like to make sure you don’t have to deal with crowds or haggling. You can have a great mattress shopping experience from the comfort of your own home.
Even Newsweek thinks you should try a FloBed. As mentioned in the Newsweek article, “…find a mattress you can adjust to the point of perfection. Flobeds (flobeds.com or 1-800-FLOBEDS) sells stackable latex panels that range from soft to superfirm. Stack two panels of different firmnesses for a truly customized sleep. And because each side of the mattress has separate panels, your partner can sleep on marble while you float on marshmallows.” T.E. Newsweek
Have you ever taken a second to stop and think about what you are sleeping on? If you have a FloBed you have nothing to worry about, however, not all mattresses are made with the same materials that we use. You spend a third of your life in bed… consider what you’re sleeping on. We were the first to use wool to pass the federal fire standards for mattresses, making our covers chemical free. Organic Cotton is obvious… but we even wash it before quilting it to our organic wool.
We even use solid Ponderosa Pine for our slat foundations. The Pine slat foundations are FCS certified of course.
FloBeds is Okeo-Tex certified. Okeo-Tex is the world leader in testing for human safety in textiles.
People spend about a third of their lives in bed. We want to make sure that third of your life is not only comfortable but chemical free.
Do you ever go to bed feeling very sleepy but you still have a hard time getting the quality sleep you need? Well the journal Cell Reports has found that this may be due to your circadian clock being out of whack. Getting things back in sync could be as easy as picking the right bedtime snack. Researchers have found that eating the right carbohydrate-rich snack at night could help re-set you clock. Carbs increase insulin secretion which stimulates healthy circadian patterns. Listed below are three healthy options, but remember to stick to snack size portions!
- Almond Butter on Bread- a slice of whole-grain bread with a tablespoon of almond butter
- Cherries- these have approximately 24 grams of carbs per cup
- Whole-Grain Crackers- switch chips with a few 100% whole grain crackers
So next time you find yourself reaching for a midnight snack try one of our carb loaded suggestions above.
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.
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.