Powerful people: How they do it all How do high-achieving people balance work and family? One way is by remembering the important role of sleep. Sleep deprivation can negatively impact coordination, agility, mood and energy. The right mattress purchase is essential for keeping your career on track while you cope with everything from kids to aging parents. Mom was right, you shouldn’t shirk on the shut-eye.
Don’t Skimp on Essentials: Most of us are staying home more these days; eating at home, finding entertainment at home, even vacationing at home. That makes it important to focus on items essential for good at-home experiences. Join the ranks of people who are cutting back, but recognize the importance of things that make their home more comfortable and healthy. And what could be more comfortable and healthy than the right bed for YOUR body?
Studies show Sleep is Essential: “German scientists say they have demonstrated for the first time that our sleeping brains continue working on problems that baffle us during the day, and the right answer may come more easily after 8 hours of rest.”
Sleep Loss Can Cause Weight Gain: Several recent studies have confirmed that there’s 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! Who knew? A good night’s sleep, on a good mattress, helps you stay slim and trim.
Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep: Better heart health, weight loss, more attractive appearance, and increased libido.
All About Latex Mattresses and A Good Night’s Sleep
We all need our sleep: beauty, brains, energy or just for rest and recuperation. You may have heard of the six sleep admonitions to getting a good night’s sleep:
Keep to a schedule, even on weekends.
Maintain a bedtime pattern.
Get exercise everyday, but not just before bed.
Don’t eat or drink alcohol or caffeine before bedtime.
Keep your bedroom environment conducive to sleep: cool, dark and quiet.
Give your body (spine, lumbar, shoulders and hips) the support it requires with a proper mattress.
If you can take care of items 1 – 5, we can help you get a mattress that, as Goldilocks said, is Just Right. To design a mattress that gives you spinal alignment as well as relief for your pressure points, just take a moment to tell us about your 4 basic sleep demographics:
What is your weight?
Are you male or female?
Do you predominantly sleep on your back, stomach or side?
Do you generally like your mattress softer or firmer.
is too short to compromise on proper support in your mattress. We will build your mattress to your sleep demographics. And every FloBed is adjustable. With our Goldilocks Guarantee you can make it softer or firmer for the 20 year life of the mattress. Because we manufacture every FloBed latex mattress and ship it directly to you, we can afford to put in the very best materials and provide you with unparalleled customer service. All at a price that is less than you will find in the traditional distribution cycle because you are only paying for the materials and the 10 person company that makes your FloBed. You are not paying for storefronts, wholesale and retail sales force, extra transport and all the usual cost of doing business. You get a Talalay Latex Mattress and a money back guarantee as well as a Goldilocks Guarantee allowing you to order new firmness cores at a steep discount for 20 years.
Whenever I speak at a conference, I try to catch a few of the other presentations. I tend to stand in the back and listen, observe, and get a general sense of the room.
Lately, I’ve been hearing something that disturbs me. A lot of entrepreneurs on stage have been bragging about not sleeping, telling their audiences about their 16-hour days, and making it sound like hustle-at-all-costs is the way ahead. Rest be damned, they say there’s an endless amount of work to do.
I think this message is one of the most harmful in all of business. Sustained exhaustion is not a rite of passage. It’s a mark of stupidity. Literally. Scientists have suggested that scores on IQ tests decline on each successive day you sleep less than you naturally would. It doesn’t take long before the difference is telling.
People pulling 16-hour days on a regular basis are exhausted. They’re just too tired to notice that their work has suffered because of it.
And there’s more to not getting enough sleep than compromising your own health and creativity. It affects the people around you. When you’re short on sleep, you’re short on patience. You’re ruder to people, less tolerant, less understanding. It’s harder to relate and to pay attention for sustained periods of time.
Sleep-deprived managers are terrible managers, too, not least because of the awful example they set. Why spend the time and money to recruit a brilliant staff if you’re going to drive everyone into a state of insensibility? If the point of working long hours is to get more work done, and you care about the quality of your work, how can you justify sustained lack of sleep? The only people who try to do so are tired and not thinking straight. One argument I hear a lot about working long hours is that when you’re just getting started, you have to give it everything you’ve got. I understand that feeling. And there’s certainly some truth to it.
But here’s what I see happen over and over: People don’t stop working that way. We’re creatures of habit. The things you do when you start doing something tend to be the things you continue to do. If you work long hours at the beginning, and that’s all you know, you can easily condition yourself to think this is the only way to operate. I’ve seen so many entrepreneurs burn out following this pattern.
So it’s important especially when you’re forming your habits to get a ton of sleep. You’ll start better, think better, and be a better colleague and boss.Sleep is great for creativity. Sleep is great for problem solving. Aren’t these the things you want more of, not less of, at work? Your brain is still active at night. It works through matters you can’t address during the day. Don’t you want to wake up with new solutions in your headrather than bags under your eyes?
Yes, sometimes emergencies require extra hours. And, yes, sometimes deadlines can’t be moved and you’ll need to make an extra push at the end. That happens. And that’s OK, because the exhaustion is not sustained; it’s temporary. Such cases should be the exception, not the rule. In the long run, work is not more important than sleep. If you aren’t sure how important sleep is, think about this: You’ll die faster without sleep than you will without food.
And, on balance, very few problems need to be solved at the 12th, 13th, 14th, or 15th hour of a workday. Nearly everything can wait until morning. At Basecamp we think 40-hours a week is plenty. We encourage everyone to get a full night’s sleep, every night. Good night, and sleep well!
And BTW, here’s why Aetna’s CEO pays employees up to $500 to sleep well. Science backs it up.
FloBeds in Fort Bragg, California has a solution that has worked for thousands of tired workers since 1997. Check out their Natural Latex Mattress.
Our customers love the Prodigy 2.0 Adjustable Base from Leggett & Platt. Here is what one customer said about why she decide to get an adjustable base: “I constantly struggle with pain in my sciatica. When I raise my feet and head at the same time in the adjustable bed, I feel some pressure relief in my back. Also, my husband has asthma and finds that he sleeps best when he is propped up. Instead of using all of our pillows to prop himself up, now all he has to do is raise the head on his side of the bed. It is convenient for both of us because we can adjust each side to fit our personal needs. Having the adjustable base for our FloBed natural latex mattress has made a huge difference in the quality of our sleep.” -Maria If you are interested in hearing more about our best selling adjustable base, the Prodigy 2.0, take a look at the video below:
FloBeds creates a mattress that’s better for pregnant women, while sleeping on their side.
“We received our latex bed in early October due to a recommendation of a friend. About two weeks later, we were lucky enough to find out our second kid is on the way come June 8. My wife spent her first pregnancy on a 15 year old mattress and didn’t sleep well. This pregnancy she is sleeping better and more soundly, even with our 3 year old daughter in the bed with us. It is amazing how less movement transfer there is between sides of the bed and the latex support is “awesome” for the wife. We’re looking forward to the next 20 years of sound sleeping. I’m so enamored that when the kids get old enough I might need to buy them latex beds themselves.” –KENT D WEDEMEYER FloBeds Talalay latex mattresses are great for women who are pregnant because they are adjustable . As a mother progresses through each trimester, she can switch around the layers on her side of the mattress. This will ensure that she gets the support she needs throughout her pregnancy.
Balance Sleep and work to live a healthy successful life
“You snooze you loose.” “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” It is time to change the way our culture looks at sleep. Golden State Warriors are amidst another championship run and the 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala sat down to speak with Arianna Huffington, the author of Sleep Revolution. He states that research showed, “Getting enough sleep directly affected my 3 point percentage which doubled, my free throw percentage was up 30%-40%, my turnovers were way down, I got more steals.” Andre’s Bedtime Routine is essential to getting better sleep. His routine is as follows:
10:30 settled down in bed with a book
Meditation with breathing exercises
Turning the temperature down in the room
No TV in the bedroom
Legs and head are elevated appropriately
Andrea has been able to balance sleep and work to live a healthy and successful life. Think about changes you can make to your bedtime routine to be able to lead a better life.
To learn more about the MVP’s sleeping habits watch the video featured in the Time article by clicking here.
The Sleep Revolution, written by Arianna Huffington, is a great read for anyone looking to be more successful in life. As she explains in the interview video below, there are many reasons we need to reevaluate the importance of sleep in our lives.
When you are well rested you are less likely to dwell on mistakes and more mentally capable of moving forward.
Lack of sleep has been linked to obesity, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, and Alzheimer’s.
Insufficient sleep leads suppressed immune system and sickness.
We stopped valuing sleep during the first industrial revolution. Society believed humans could work like machines, but the truth is we cannot. Tink about the role sleep plays in your life and where if falls on your priority list. It’s time to move sleep closer to the top of that list.
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 (owner of Deluxe Latex Mattress)
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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.
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.
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