Category: Natural & Organic

05 Jan

Sleep & Health

Sleeping Your Way to Better Health

 

 4 good reasons to get a good night’s sleep

 

 Snooze News from SleepSavvy Magazine:
New Scientific research continues to unmask the effects of chronic sleeplessness, and the results are enough to keep you up at night!  Here are four of the most devastating effects, courtesy of the American Heart Association:

 

1) Sleep Loss can lead to diabetes.  A  recent study shows that “people who sleep less than six hours a night appear to have a higher risk of developing impaired fasting glucose — a condition that can precede type 2 diabetes.”

2) Sleep Loss can reaise your blood pressure. Another recent study found that a lost hour of sleep — one hour less than the recommended eight — increased the odds of developing high blood pressure and average of 37% over five years; skipping two hours raised the blood pressure risk 86%.  this condition can lead to heart attack, stroke or kidney failure.

3) Sleep loss can make you fat.  Several recent studies have confirmed that there is 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; and those with only two to four hours of sleep per night were 67% more likely to become obese.

4) Sleep loss can make you vulnerable to cancer.  Yet another recent study showed that even when people take preventative actions that have been proven to lower cancer risks (such as exercising and eating right), inadequate sleep seems to counteract those benefits.
More research is underway on these and other health risks associated with cheating on sleep.  Meanwhile, you might want to alert your family, friends and neighbors:  Don’t shirk on the shut-eye.

If you sleep on a FloBed Latex Mattress , you’ll:

*Feel Better

*Live Longer

*Be Healthier

Insufficient sleep will slow down your metabolism.

In addition, not getting enough sleep will cause excessive eating and weight gain. A lack of sleep will increase ghrelin (hunger hormone) levels and decreases levels of leptin (the hormone that signals fullness). “Research has showed that when study participants didn’t get enough sleep for five days, they consumed more carbohydrates and gained nearly 2 pounds in that time.” USA Today

So stop sabotaging your healthy diet and rigid workout routine. Make sure you get some sleep so you can reach your goals. Think about a latex mattress if your not comfortable in bed.

Sleep is Important

We know that sleep is important, it is something that we were taught at a young age.  But have you ever asked why is sleep so important? Here are some  critical things that happen while you are asleep:

  • Brain- the cerebral spinal fluid whisks away the waste that the brain cells create. This allows you to wake up the next day with a clean slate.
  • Heart- it gets a break while you are sleeping. During non-REM sleep your heart gets to rest, which reduces your heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Muscles- growth hormones rebuild your muscles and joints. The more sleep you get the easier it is for your body to repair it’s self.

Make sure that you prioritize sleep so that you can think straight, give your heart a break, and grow nice and tall.

Did you know a good night’s sleep can help avoid stomach fat?

I just read that two studies published in the journal Sleep build a strong case for the relationship between too much body fat and too little sleep. Researchers found that women who slept less than 5 hours a night showed a 32% weight gain in abdominal fat over a five year period compared to a 13% gain among those who slept 6 or 7 hours.
How can that be?  Well, according to Jenny Theorell-Haglow, one of the sleep study authors, it’s because, “Short sleep duration, short dream sleep and short deep sleep disturb the production of cortisol and growth hormones in a way that can contribute to driving body weight upwards.”
So remember, spending at least 6 or 7 hours a day on a FloBed sleep system is good for your waistline.

Sleep ‘cleans’ the brain of toxins

By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News

The brain uses sleep to wash away the waste toxins built up during a hard day’s thinking, researchers have shown.

The US team believe the “waste removal system” is one of the fundamental reasons for sleep.

Their study, in the journal Science, showed brain cells shrink during sleep to open up the gaps between neurons and allow fluid to wash the brain clean.

They also suggest that failing to clear away some toxic proteins may play a role in brain disorders.

One big question for sleep researchers is why do animals sleep at all when it leaves them vulnerable to predators?

It has been shown to have a big role in the fixing of memories in the brain and learning, but a team at the University of Rochester Medical Centre believe that “housework” may be one of the primary reasons for sleep.

“The brain only has limited energy at its disposal and it appears that it must choose between two different functional states – awake and aware or asleep and cleaning up,” said researcher Dr Maiken Nedergaard.

“You can think of it like having a house party. You can either entertain the guests or clean up the house, but you can’t really do both at the same time.”Plumbing

Their findings build on last year’s discovery of the brain’s own network of plumbing pipes – known as the glymphatic system – which carry waste material out of the brain.

Scientists, who imaged the brains of mice, showed that the glymphatic system became 10-times more active when the mice were asleep.

Cells in the brain, probably the glial cells which keep nerve cells alive, shrink during sleep. This increases the size of the interstitial space, the gaps between brain tissue, allowing more fluid to be pumped in and wash the toxins away.

Dr Nedergaard said this was a “vital” function for staying alive, but did not appear to be possible while the mind was awake.

She told the BBC: “This is purely speculation, but it looks like the brain is losing a lot of energy when pumping water across the brain and that is probably incompatible with processing information.”

She added that the true significance of the findings would be known only after human studies, but doing similar experiments in an MRI machine would be relatively easy.

Commenting on the research Dr Neil Stanley, an independent sleep expert, said: “This is a very interesting study that shows sleep is essential downtime to do some housekeeping to flush out neurotoxins.

“There is good data on memory and learning, the psychological reason for sleep. But this is the actual physical and chemical reason for sleep, something is happening which is important.”

Dr Raphaelle Winsky-Sommerer, a lecturer in sleep at Surrey University, said: “It’s not surprising, our whole physiology is changing during sleep.

“The novelty is the role of the interstitial space, but I think it’s an added piece of the puzzle not the whole mechanism.

“The significance is that, yet again, it shows sleep may contribute to the restoration of brain cell function and may have protective effects.”

Many conditions which lead to the loss of brain cells such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease are characterized by the build-up of damaged proteins in the brain.

The researchers suggest that problems with the brain’s cleaning mechanism may contribute to such diseases, but caution more research is needed.

The charity Alzheimer’s Research UK said more research would be needed to see whether damage to the brain’s waste clearance system could lead to diseases like dementia, but the findings offered a “potential new avenue for investigation”.

02 Aug

Care of your Organic Cotton & Wool Mattress cover

Organic Wool - Comfort and Fire Resistant, Naturally

FloBed Covers

You can’t judge a mattress by its cover…
but it’s a good place to start!

FloBeds cares what you surround yourself in. That’s why we use the best materials we can procure in our Latex Mattress Line.

Organic Cotton Euro Knit quilted to one inch Pure Wool

cotton and wool - the best cover we know how to make

Cotton Euro Knit quilted to Wool on all 6 sides… Top, Bottom and 4 sides

Pure Wool is quilted into every FloBeds Latex Mattress.
You can’t see it, but you will appreciate it.

A cover should be durable, breathable and of quality fibers. Our covers are made of Organic Cotton European Stretch Knits quilted to Organic Natural Wool, a bedding wonder. Wool breathes well and on a hot night and will wick away a third its weight in moisture. Dust mites don’t like wool. Wool springs back to its natural shape. We don’t use any poly-foam in our covers because it breaks down in 4 or 5 years, it sucks in dust and moisture, and it doesn’t breath. We don’t use a pillow-top in our beds.  The cover should not interfere with the pressure relief and core support of the components beneath.

What to look for in your mattress cover:

  • Organic Cotton surface.
  • Stretch knit to allow mattress to conform to your body
  • Top of cover should not be pulled tight, creating “hamock effect”
  • Natural Wool to provide air circulation
  • Natural Wool to wick away moisture (we all throw off water water when we sleep)
  • Chemical Free (most companies use chemicals to meet Federal Fire standards… FloBeds was the first to use only wool!)
  • Quality… Your cover should fit snug and be well tailored

cotton is so nice
Patrick and his sheep

01 Aug

Certified Pure, Chemical Free Mattress

Mattresses so pure, you can rest assured!

You spend a third of your life in bed… consider what you’re sleeping on. FloBeds has. We were the first to use wool to pass the federal fire standards for mattresses. Organic Cotton is obvious… but we even wash it before quilting it to our organic wool. Solid Ponderosa Pine builds up our slat foundations, FCS certified of course. You deserve the best in your latex mattress.

Milk from Rubber Tree for Pure Latex Rubber

Natural Latex

made from the milk of the Rubber Tree… 100% natural.
Certification – Oeko-Tex Natural Talalay
Our Talalay latex mattress is baby-safe, buoyant, and breathable.

Organic Cotton Euro Stretch Knit Cover

Organic Cotton

Luxurious Euro Stretch Knit. And even then, since it is next to your body, we even wash it before quilting it to our organic wool.
GOTS Organic Cotton Certificate

Organic Wool from Healthy Sheep raised outdoors

Organic Wool

healthy sheep Plein-Air raised outdoors… organically. Wool is how we pass the Federal Open Flame Test (most companies use chemicals or artificial components).
GOTS Organic Wool Certificate

Ponderosa Pine FSC supports FloBeds

FSC Pine

We use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified Ponderosa Pine in our foundations.
FSC Certification

Oeko-Tex Certified

Oeko-Tex Flag Certificates of purity:
See our Oeko-Tex Certificates
. Find out more about Oeko-Tex. The organization is looked to world-wide for assuring the human ecological safety in regards to textile related products.
Find also our Organic Certifications on this page.

30 Jul

Vegan Mattress by FloBeds Chemical Free Natural Latex with Organic Cotton

Vegan Mattress: Organic Cotton Natural Latex


100% Organic CottonOrganic 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 with out chemicals. Our cover is a luxurious soft 2-ply Organic Cotton Euro Knit quilted to more organic cotton for breathability. This is our Vegan latex line.

In our Vegan Line, we take our natural latex mattress and have eliminated the wool in our cover which we use to meet Federal Fire Resistant standards. Our Vegan customers will need to have a doctors prescription so we can make your mattresses with out the wool.
Good for you… Good for the whole world.
natural latex under organic cotton and wool
FloBeds Natural Latex is certified pure. No petrochemicals. Just natural rubber harvested sustainably from the rubber tree. Conforms to your body naturally. Caressing every curve. Supporting where you need support. The FloBeds Organic Cotton Natural Latex mattress is personalized for your body… and your partner’s. Each side can be personalized from soft to extra firm. FloBeds 100% Natural Latex is biodegradable and it is Oekotex Certified
Good for you… Good for the whole world.Forest Sustainability Councilsustainable pine and birch in foundation
FloBeds foundations are made from FSC certified pine sustainably harvested from Ponderosa Pine forests in the western United States and Birch Forests in Western Europe.
Latex Mattress ships in 2 Boxes
Smart Packaging saves on resources. A King Size FloBed Mattress ships in two UPS cartons. Mattress and Foundation ships via UPS in just 4 cartons. Save fuel and trees. The FloBeds Factory-Direct-to-You business model further saves fuel and distribution costs.
2 latex cores and cover coming out of boxrecycle green mattress: latex, woo, cotton
Easy to recycle. Every part of a Green FloBeds Mattress and Foundation is 100% recyclable and biodegradable (Cotton, Latex and Pine). And if you choose our wood legs, the entire bed is made of natural compostable materials.
FloBeds Green Mattresses: Good for you… Good for the whole world.Organic Cotton, Organic Wool, Natural Latex

Follow this link to see our line of:

Vegan Natural Mattresses

12 Oct

3 Ways To Make Your Bedroom Natural

Here are 3 easy tips that will help  you sleep in a natural environment:

  1. Sleep on our 100% Natural Talalay Latex Mattress. Derived from the hevea brasiliensis, or rubber tree, latex has natural qualities that simply make it the PERFECT MATTRESS MATERIAL. 100% Natural Latex provides the best comfort and support for your individual sleep needs AND consumer peace-of-mind. Good for you…good for the our environment!
  2. Use our 100% Natural Twice Fluffed Latex Pillows
  3. Make sure your mattress is on our foundation. It all starts with a good foundation. Our Euro Slat, Fir Slat and Pine Slat Foundations take the place of a traditional box spring set, but are built like a house. Natural wood, no harmful chemicals.
09 Aug

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

custom crafted talalay mattress

Tool Belt

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 liftingSoft Blended19 ILD
Soft Natural22 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)
 
vZone

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.
HorseHair

 
Swedish Steel Pocket Coils

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.
 
coir and convolute

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.

02 Aug

Okeo-Tex

Okeo-Tex for your assurance of purity.

Oeko-Tex

World leader in testing for human safety in textiles.
People spend about a third of their lives in bed. We take pride in our Natural Talalay Latex Mattress. We want to make sure that third of your life is not only comfortable but chemical free.

Oeko-Tex Natural Talalay Latex Certificate

Oeko-Tex Wool Certificate

Oeko-Tex Certificates of FloBeds Components lets you rest assured

If you don’t see the most current certificate you can click here if you would like to check with Oeko-Tex to verify that a certificate is current and valid.
oeko-tex-smart-safe-pure

Product

Certificate#

Organic Wool

95.0.2251

Natural Talalay Latex

11-24246

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Because you spend 1/3 your life in bed, your bedding should be colorfast and perspiration-fast. It must demonstrate a skin-friendly pH-value. When it comes to bedding, such as pillows and blankets, covers and filling, it must pose no threat to health in order to guarantee a restful sleep. That’s why Oeko-Tex® always tests all product components thoroughly.
Top-to-Bottom: Natural Talalay Latex Certified by Oeko_Tex.
Side-to-Side: Organic Plein-Air Wool, Certified by Oeko_Tex
Head-to-Toe: Organic Cotton, pre washed for extra security.
15 Jul

Priceless

Our Customers Are Great

Thank you to all of our amazing customers who have written reviews for FloBeds. Your reviews help other people understand just how important a great mattress is for a better night’s sleep.

4-Star–I purchased two organic FloBeds last October. Every night I get into bed and say “I love my bed”. I am so thankful for the team of experts at FloBed. They customized our beds perfectly. I also purchased the cotton sheets, wool mattress covers and the contoured neck pillow. All are wonderful. The neck pillow is perfect. It is a wonderful feeling knowing that you are doing everything possible to protect your health from chemicals and EMF’s while you are sleeping. Organic latex and no metal in the mattresses or the bed frame keep me confident and peaceful. My teenage son would probably sleep all day in his FloBed if he could. Thank you so very much. A great nights sleep is priceless. Vicki Leesburg, FL
If you have not reviewed your FloBeds purchase yet please take a minute to let us know what you think. You can review your purchase on FloBeds.com or Yelp,

02 Aug

The Today Show And Matt Lauer On The Eco Mattress

Organic Cotton, organic wool and natural Talalay

Look who found our Natural Mattress…

Today Show and Matt Lauer on the Eco Mattress

Several years ago The Today Show had an interview about healthy mattresses. We were pleasantly surprised to see Matt talking about a chemical free mattress made with a cotton and wool naturally fire-resistant cover surrounding natural latex.

we've been making beds for yearsBack then we were the first… but today we continue to strive to make the healthiest and most comfortable mattress in the world. Our cotton and wool are organic. We use only natural Talalay latex cores. We still offer each of you your personalized firmness: Soft, Medium, Firm, Extra Firm or SuperFirm. We have added the vZone: zones (head, shoulder, lumbar, hip, knees and feet) that can be changed to fit your body. This ability to adjust the layers of firmness deep in the FloBed along with our unique vZone results in the most popular latex mattress in America. All Natural. Good for you… Good for the whole world.

Organic Cotton, EcoWool, 100% Natural LatexClick here to find out more about FloBeds Green EcoMattress
31 May

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

Cradle to Cradle

Years ago we read “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things”. It made so much sense. We began applying the cradle-to-cradle philosophy to FloBeds and we never looked back. The concept is simple yet powerful. We are pleased to report that our Talalay Latex Mattress uses 100% Natural Talalay.

When you design products Cradle to Cradle, you develop them for eternity. That is why the patent pending Vita Talalay Natural latex is so special. It is made so pure that it did not contain any harmful materials during the making, nor does it contain anything bad that can offgas in your bedroom. And another nice thing: when it served its life as a mattress it can easily and harmlessly be recycled or even reused into a new product like a underfloor or a car tire.
The Cradle to Cradle standard is a multi-attribute, continuous improvement methodology that provides a path to manufacturing healthy and sustainable products for our world. We source every component that goes into our Natural FloBed line to be sure they are:
1) serviceable, adjustable and reusable
2) all natural and as chemical free as possible
3) biodegradable (note: the rubber sap is biodegradable, all foams are not!)
4) sustainably produced
cradle to cradle
vita talalay - cradle to cradle gold pure

Link to: Vita Talalay
Cradle to Cradle – What is it
and why is it so important?

Cradle to Cradle Gold for Vita Talalay
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