Category: Health Benefits

23 Apr

Another 5 Star Review: Creating Balance

Another 5 Star Review: Creating Balance

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

23 Apr

Meditate Before Bed

Quiet Mind for A Good Night

Meditation is a great solution to getting a racing mind to slow down at bedtime. Although meditation is great at any point during the day, it is great for fighting fatigue and insomnia. Meditation is the practice of quieting the voice in your head and this, “creates physiological changes that are similar to those that happen in your body during the early phases of sleep.” There are guided meditations that would really help during this process. Take a look at the app Headspace to get started with guided meditation. Quiet your mind, relax, and fall asleep faster with meditation.

23 Apr

What is Your Child Sleeping On? | FloBeds

A chemical free sleeping environment, recommended for you and your loved ones.  You spend a third of your life in bed, make it non-toxic.

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Do you know what your child is sleeping on? Well if your child is sleeping on a FloBeds Kids Beds: Crib Mattress – Student Mattress here is what you can expect:
Your child is sleeping on

  1. Organic Cotton where it counts most…next to your body. You spend all day in a harsh world. Retreat to a natural bed covered with organic cotton for a true safe haven. Cotton, the original sustainable fabric, grown and processed without chemicals.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

When you want to make sure your baby is sleeping on pure nature: Organic Cotton quilted to Organic Wool surrounding 100% Natural Latex.  Our Student Mattress is the ultimate in good stewardship. Good for your student…good for our environment!
Here’s when Mackenzie grew out of her custom Moses basket FloBed, and had to move into her FloBed Crib mattress!

23 Apr

You Can Become a Morning Person | FloBeds

Jump Start your day, by becoming a morning person. Good sleep required.

 

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Here are three simple changes you can make in your life to become a morning person:
15 Minute Bed Time Move
Try to set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier every day until you reach your desired wake-up time.
Dim the Lights at Night
“Once upon a time, people knew that it was time to go to sleep simply because the sun went down.”  Your body needs natural sleep signals to understand it is bedtime and light disrupt those signals. All lights should be off 1 hour before bedtime.
Let the Natural Light Shine
As the lights go down melatonin goes up, which causes a sleepy feeling. As the lights turn on melatonin goes down, so you will feel less sleepy. Let the sunrise bring up your melatonin levels and wake naturally.

19 Mar

FloBeds Family | FloBeds

FloBeds, how this family business found themselves selling beds all across the country!

 

In 1996, Dave Turner had just patented an idea for a hospital bed that he was sure was going to change the way people slept, rested, and healed forever. But he had two problems: the first was that he had just relocated to Fort Bragg, California-a little town in Northern California on the Mendocino Coast, hours away from any urban hub of industry. The second was that he was the stay-at-home dad for four kids-effectively ruling out any long business trips to trade shows. Hungry to gain traction, Dave decided to take a chance on another revolutionary idea: the World Wide Web. He taught himself how to build a website, and then he waited for the calls to come in. And, sure enough, they did. But not for his hospital beds.
“The first call was from a man in Germany. He wanted a waterbed and wondered if I could ship it to him, and I thought, ‘why not?'” So while every other business of the 90’s was trying to think outside the box, Dave began to figure out how he could adapt his business to fit inside the box.
Twenty years later, Dave’s ingenious FloBed Latex Mattress is so unique that UPS published a case study: “Fitting a Bed in a Box.” And the World Wide Web has done the business well: over $2 million yearly in sales come from FloBeds.com. Despite the fact that they are shipped all over the world, every single FloBed remains handcrafted in Fort Bragg, California, where Dave’s “dream team” works to make sure every customer’s mattress is “Just Right.” Specializing in customization, FloBeds come with personalized levels of firmness for each side of the bed. And the “Goldilocks Guarantee” means that your bed will always be just right-if you need to adjust your firmness, just give the dream team a call.
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FloBeds uses 100% natural Talalay latex, the best material for conforming to and supporting the human body. Their best-selling mattress is completely natural, using no harmful chemicals-so you can rest easy.
Morning on the Fort Bragg Coast
The best bed for dreamers. For thinking outside and inside the box. Dreamt up, drawn up, crafted, shipped and adjusted from Fort Bragg, California-where the redwoods meet the Pacific Ocean (oops, a little Fort Bragg Mayor Dave slipped in).

19 Mar

Customer Review

FloBeds customers sleeping on latex, “just enjoy, staying in bed”

 

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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

06 Mar

Spring Cleaning | FloBeds

Spring is near, how to spring clean your FloBed Latex mattress.

As we are heading into spring, it is a great time to sun your FloBeds Mattress Cover. Unlike other mattress covers, our FloBeds cover can be zipped offed and removed. You never want to put your cover in the washing machine since it will shrink, however, it is a great idea to hang your mattress in the sun.
We suggest sunning your mattress-top a couple of times a year. Sunning will kill dust mites. Latex and visco-elastic are both dust mite resistant. If you suffer from severe allergies, with the top off, you can vacuum the inside top of your mattress components to remove allergens. That, combined with your sunned mattress top will provide you with cleanest and most comfortable mattress possible.
Your mattress cover may be spot washed with cold water and mild soap. It should be line dried.

22 Feb

The Ideal Temperature for Deep Sleep

The Best Temperature for a Good Night’s Sleep

Light and time aren’t as important as temperature, new research shows

By SUMATHI REDDY

Feb. 22, 2016 1:42 p.m. ET

To get a good night’s sleep, many people should set their thermostat a few degrees lower, experts say.

The role of temperature has gotten increased attention after a study published last year found sleep may be more tightly regulated by temperature than by light. What’s more, core body temperature, which tends to fluctuate by a few degrees over the course of the day, needs to drop to help initiate sleep.

Setting the thermostat to around 65 degrees Fahrenheit is good for sleep, studies have found. Research has also found that room temperatures as low as 60.8 degrees are best when people pile on the blankets.

Sleep is one of the most frustrating activities in many people’s lives. Not getting enough affects mood and has long-term health consequences. Such concerns have spawned big industries of products and techniques to enhance sleep, from specialized mattresses to noise reducers and aromatherapy.

Temperature is a big point of debate for couples. Women tend to raise the thermostat while men want to lower it. While researchers haven’t focused on such differences, many companies have with products from mattress that promise zoned temperatures to apps that let you control heating.

Setting the thermostat to around 65 degrees Fahrenheit may help people fall asleep more easily and wake up refreshed, some experts say. Other research has found that room temperatures as low as 60.8 degrees are best when you pile on the blankets. Setting the thermostat to around 65 degrees Fahrenheit may help people fall asleep more easily and wake up refreshed, some experts say. Other research has found that room temperatures as low as 60.8 degrees are best when you pile on the blankets. “People tend to set their ambient house or bedroom temperature a little higher than is actually optimal for sleep,” says Matthew Walker, a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.

The body’s core temperature needs to drop by about 2 to 3 degrees Fahrenheit to initiate sleep, Dr. Walker says. “If our core temperature is too high the brain cannot easily make the switch from being awake to being asleep, or create the best quality sleep.”

Core body temperature is the temperature of our heat-producing core, which is the brain and abdominal cavity. As the ambient temperature drops, so too does our core temperature. It usually reaches the lowest level in the early morning hours, before awakening.

When treating insomnia patients, sleep experts will often ask about room temperature and advise patients who set their thermostat to 70 or 72 degrees to drop it, Dr. Walker says. For people who live in hot climates and don’t have air conditioning he recommends minimal bed clothes, a light bed cover and open windows.

During sleep, people’s bodies naturally try to lose heat from the hands and feet, says Michael Gradisar, an associate professor and clinical psychologist at Flinders University in Australia. Put on socks if your feet are too cold, he suggests. And if you’re too hot, try sticking your hands and feet out from under the covers.

feet cold in bed If your feet are cold, putting on socks keeps the body from losing heat. But if you’re too hot, try sticking your hands and feet out from under the covers. People’s bodies naturally try to lose heat from the extremities during sleep. If your feet are cold, putting on socks keeps the body from losing heat. But if you’re too hot, try sticking your hands and feet out from under the covers. People’s bodies naturally try to lose heat from the extremities during sleep. A study published in October in the journal Current Biology that examined sleep patterns of pre-industrial societies found temperature played a critical role. The 94-person study suggested “the daily cycle of temperature change, largely eliminated from modern sleep environments, may be a potent natural regulator of sleep,” says Jerry Siegel, a professor of psychiatry at University of California, Los Angeles, and senior researcher on the study. The study looked at three groups living in tropical, natural environments.

Dr. Siegel says the researchers were surprised to find that none of the study participants went to sleep near sunset or woke up at sunrise. On average they fell asleep three hours and two minutes after sunset and woke up before sunrise. They slept about one more hour in the winter than in summer.

After gathering temperature information, Dr. Siegel realized the sleep period in the Hadza people of Tanzania occurred during the coldest part of the night. In follow-up studies involving groups in Namibia and Bolivia, he found the participants consistently woke up when the early-morning temperature stopped falling.

“Temperature may have a much greater role in helping promote normal sleep than we previously thought,” says John Peever, a professor in the department of cell and systems biology at the University of Toronto. He says specific brain cells located in a region called the hypothalamus sense temperature changes to control sleep.

In a 2008 study in the journal Brain, a group of researchers in the Netherlands put 24 people in a thermo suit that allowed them to manipulate temperature by running water through the veins of the suit. They found that a 0.4-degree-Celsius (or 0.72-degree-Fahrenheit) increase in skin temperature, €”which allows the body to release more heat, this €”led to fewer wake-ups and more slow-wave, or deep, sleep.

Taking a hot bath before bed can improve and maintain sleep. ‘When you get out of the bath you cool down more quickly, which is what the body wants to do at bed time,’ says James Horne, a neuroscience professor at Loughborough University in England. Taking a hot bath before bed can improve and maintain sleep. ‘When you get out of the bath you cool down more quickly, which is what the body wants to do at bed time,’ says James Horne, a neuroscience professor at Loughborough University in England. “By dialing down the temperature of the body, the participants in the experiment fell asleep quicker, and they also obtain significantly deeper quality of sleep,” says Dr. Walker, who wasn’t involved in the study.

Other experiments that varied the ambient temperature,  €”decreasing it early in the night and increasing it in the morning, €”have shown similar benefits for improving and maintaining sleep.

Taking a hot bath before bed has a similar effect. The hot water brings the circulating blood to the surface of the body, which is one of the quickest ways to drop core body temperature.

bath before bed“When you get out of the bath you cool down more quickly, which is what the body wants to do at bed time,” says James Horne, a neuroscience professor at Loughborough University in England. His research has found that young, healthy people have about 10% more slow-wave sleep when they take a warm bath before bedtime. He says soaking in water that is about 102 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes in the early evening will improve sleep. A shower won’t have the same effect, he says.

The nonprofit National Sleep Foundation typically recommends room temperatures for sleep of between 60 and 67 degrees, says Natalie Dautovich, a professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University who consults for the foundation. “We know that a cool bedroom is conducive to better sleep,” she says.

The group’s 2014 poll of families found 18% of children and 35% of parents reported difficulty sleeping at least once over the past week due to a temperature issue. It is best to wear light, breathable clothing to bed, such as cotton, Dr. Dautovich says. And layers of bedding that can be easily removed are ideal.

“Sometimes there are individual differences so if you sleep with someone else it can be helpful to have two different sets of bedding,” she says.

A New York City-based company, Eight, expects to have its Eight Sleep Tracker €”in the form of a mattress cover which allows couples to manage the temperature of the mattress separately through an app later this spring, says Massimo Andreasi Bassi, co-founder and chief technology officer of the company. A queen-size mattress cover, which uses sensors to track various sleep-related measures, will cost $249.

Write to Sumathi Reddy at sumathi.reddy@wsj.com

21 Feb

Tips for Back, Side and Stomach Sleepers

Back, Side and Stomach Sleepers

Did you know that sleeping posture is just as important as sitting posture? It is very vital that you protect your back while you sleep. You put the least amount of pressure on it by sleeping on your back or side. Side sleepers should sleep with a pillow between their knees to keep proper spine alignment. Stomach sleepers specifically should use a smaller pillow to keep your head aligned while sleeping. When purchasing and customizing your FloBeds mattress make sure you keep in mind that stomach sleepers need a firmer mattress than back or side sleepers. If you have more questions please give us a call at 1-800-356-2337 and one of our firmness experts can give you more information on which mattress configuration fits your sleeping position.

16 Feb

3 Important Spring Cleaning Tips

3 Important Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring is right around the corner, which means it is almost time for the big spring cleaning week. Although this can seem like a daunting task, it can feel very rewarding after everything is done. Here are some tips if you are determined to spring forward with a nice clean slate.
Tip 1
Have a checklist- this is important so you can keep track of your progress and make sure you don’t forget any that may slip your mind during this busy week. Click here for a great example from Martha Stuart.
Tip 2
Have a specific project for each day- that way you can focus and complete each project thoroughly. When there is a lot to do, it can get overwhelming and discouraging if you do not break up your tasks. Every day you will have a small win.
Tip 3
Have all of your cleaning supplies ready- once you look through the checklist, make a list of the items you will need to complete your tasks. Go to the store ahead of time to collect everything you need so you are ready to go before your spring cleaning week.

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