5 Love Languages for Mattress Shoppers!

It’s February! So we’re going to talk about LOVE.

Gary Chapman’s book The Five Love Languages breaks down the ways in which we all experience affection and communicate love differently.  By learning more about which language is primary to you and your partner, you can improve your connection. Today, I am going to show you how no matter your love language, an organic mattress will be deserving of your affections:

  1. 1. Words of Affirmation – Our mattresses are durable, safe, supportive, customizable and healthy! There is not much more reassurance you need.

2. Acts of Service – We deliver and set up your mattress for you! Also, it will continue to serve you for many years of quality sleep.

3. Receiving Gifts –  You will benefit from the gift of quality, restorative sleep and perhaps also the gift of your sleeping partner not tossing and turning all night!

4. Quality Time – You will spend a lot of quality time with your new mattress. It’s ready for an intimate, long term relationship. We can help you choose to make sure you are a perfect match!

Sleep is a Long-Term Relationship

5. Physical Touch – I don’t think I need to explain this one. The proper new organic mattress will give your body the support it needs, while providing you the equivalent comfort of a giant hug….night after night!

7 Reasons Latex is Chosen by so Many

Gone are the days of that old-fashioned, rusted out innerspring mattress –which is sure to have you sleeping in a crater of your own body indentation within several years.

Today, we find so many are choosing latex mattresses, as an alternative to all of the petroleum-filled foam mattresses that are out there.

Why are so many people opting for a latex mattress? 
  1. 1. Latex mattresses have the highest overall owner satisfaction ratings for mattresses
  2. 2. Comfort: Latex mattresses provide you with superior comfort as well as pain prevention and reduction. Many of our latex mattresses can be customized so your body’s individual needs are met and pressure points relieved. Latex provides support while relieving pressure on shoulders and hips and contouring to provide proper alignment.
  3. 3. Durability: Latex is a material with incredible longevity. A latex mattress will outlive a foam mattress and many others as well. Look for a latex mattress with at least a 10-Year Manufacturer Warranty. 
  4. 4. No Smell: What IS that smell from conventional mattresses? Often times petroleum-based foams will off-gas, releasing VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) into our homes (and yes, your lungs). Pure Latex does not have this headache to worry about, which can be a huge benefit to chemically sensitive people or those with a sensitive sense of smell. There is usually a faint, sweet-smelling smell to a new latex mattress which most people find inoffensive.

5. Reduced Motion Transfer: Ever get annoyed when your sleeping partner gets up in the middle of the night or as they are getting up from work and wakes you? Or perhaps you are the one that tosses and turns and worries about disrupting another’s beauty rest. Latex helps to reduce motion transfer and reduce the noticeability of movement. This makes for a much more restful night with less disturbances. 

6. Have it Your Way: Many latex mattresses are customizable in their firmness/softness from top to bottom. Some are even customizable on each side –ensuring that everyone gets what they need for their very best night’s sleep. Layers that are separate also help to increase the longevity of the mattress as it plays a role in the wear of the mattress itself.

7. Healthy for You and the Environment: We saved the best for last… The number one reason people choose a latex mattress is the health benefits. In addition to mold, mildew, and dust-mite-resistance, latex is also a healthier and safer choice than a conventional mattress containing petroleums, polyurethanes, and other dangerous chemical flame retardants. Latex begins as a raw material, harvested from the rubber tree and the trees can be tapped without dying, nor being chopped down. The trees provide many benefits to their local environment and eco-system and latex itself is a biodegradable material even as an end-product. 

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Take these reasons into consideration when choosing your next mattress! 

Small Changes, Big Difference

Everyone always scrambles to make resolutions for the New Year, but typically their pursuits end by February 1st and they end up spiraling down into self-aeration and giving up. One of my strategies to combat this, personally, and in business, has always been to make monthly resolutions and goals. I set goals for mental/emotional, physical, financial, and even social areas of my life each time I can see glimpses of a new month on the horizon. Over time, the small things result in BIG changes!

Here are some small changes you can make to your routines to make EVERY day of 2018 the best you can –more productive, more fulfilling, and less stressful. Resolve to try a couple out this month!

Ideas for a Better Morning:

  • Don’t look at your phone immediately upon waking up. I am GUILTY of this one! I sometimes check my email before getting out of bed. The nice emails are great to read first thing, but the not-so-nice ones can set your day off on a sour note. Email, social media, and breaking news can wait until you’re well into your first cup of coffee.
  • Before even getting out of bed, think about and visualize the day ahead and how you want it to go. What do you want to accomplish today and what would you like to see from it?
  • Do some light stretching to prepare your body for the day ahead. We love and practice these stretches at home for a happy healthy back.
  • Eat breakfast. A meal high in protein, high in fiber and low in sugar fuels a productive day
  • Get some sunshine! Exposure to natural light gives us daytime energy and helps us to sleep better at night by syncing our bodies with our natural circadian rhythms.
  • Go to the gym or workout. An AM workout will help to give you energy throughout the day

Ideas for a Better Commute:

  • Listen to an audiobook or podcast. We are obsessed with podcasts in my household! I listen to about three of them a day on my drive, and learn about all sorts of things related to politics, business, health, etc. Get into your favorite novel while you drive. Multi-tasking and hands-free!
  • Swap out your coffee for water with cucumber or lemon. Staying well-hydrated helps boost energy without the caffeine-related jitters.

Ideas for a Better Work Day:

  • Arrive on time. For me, that means, arriving 15 minutes early (or more) so that I can get organized and plan my day before anyone else is around. Give yourself time to get settled and take a deep breath.
  • Greet your co-workers with a smile and positive chit-chat. Don’t dwell on the negatives of a bad commute, or complain about someone else in the office, share a funny story or give someone a genuine compliment. It will help your mood and theirs and spread positivity throughout the office!
  • Set three MAIN goals for your workday. More than that may set you up for failure. If you get all three tasks done, you can have accomplish something else and feel even better about it!
  • Worst things first. I don’t love vacuuming, especially underneath 13 beds everyday. So I do that task first and get it out of the way (rather than doing it at night before I head home). Tackle the most important, and most daunting tasks first and then move on from there.
  • We all think we are great at multi-tasking –trust me, even I do! But in reality, humans are best at accomplishing one task at a time without the distraction of emails and Facebook running in the background. Handle just one thing at a time and feel the stress roll off.
  • Shake off the negativity. We’ve all been there, you arrive to work and the first thing you have to deal with is a customer complaint, a computer glitch, an upset boss, etc. Don’t let a bad start ruin the entire day, deal with it and move on.

Want even more?! These tips come from the following articles:

“19 Things Successful People Do in the First 10 Minutes of the Workday”

“16 Things You Should Do at the Start of Every Workday” 

‘6 Small Changes to Your Morning Routine Will Transform Your Entire Day”

The One Thing that is Everything

I love lists. To-do lists, to-be lists, to-go lists, and to-have lists. Because of my love for lists, I tend to make a lot of them. This year, I decided that no matter how many people tell you NOT to write New Year’s resolutions, I was going to do it anyway in the form of a list of goals. First, I established categories of my life in which I wanted to strive: physical, mental, social, professional, etc. Then, I came up with a few targets in each area.  I quickly realized something I forgot to add that was VITAL to success in every other area.

Can you guess what it is?

In my profession, I see a lot of overtired and overworked individuals. I see them struggling to make clear sentences and think straight. I cannot imagine trying to get that raise at work, or be a nicer and more patient person, or eat healthier and exercise more if at first I am not making SLEEP a priority.

We may not yet fully understand WHY we sleep, but we do know that sleep is an important function of the human body and one that affects us in all other areas of our life.

Achieving your goals requires energy! Often, LOTS of energy. How can we help to restore and re-energize? You guessed it, MORE SLEEP!

This is a simple blog, a simple reminder to make your sleep a priority in 2018. Make it the one thing that helps you with everything else. We are here to support your as you set out to achieve your goals and dreams this year!

One Week to Better Sleep!

It’s here! The crash course to improving your sleep. Thanks to a seven day plan with tips from the Better Sleep Council, the following article can help you improve your sleep without even leaving home!

Better Sleep Council research has found that 79% of people would feel better and be more prepared for the day if they had an extra hour of sleep.

74% of people over the age of 30 say they have difficulty concentrating and experience higher stress levels after a bad night’s sleep. In fact, 30% of people claim they are willing to pay $100 or more for an extra hour at night! Rather than charge you that, we are going to give you the suggestions you need to get the rest you crave!

Day 1: Start Good Habits

Start with the end result in mind: a good night’s sleep requires that you prioritize sleep and starting to create good sleep habits is vital to achieving this goal. If you have an appointment, it goes onto your schedule or calendar and you plan to get there on time by giving yourself adequate travel and prep time. Treat sleep the same as these appointments! Schedule your bedtime and stick to it, leave yourself enough time to prepare so you’re not late. Sometimes it can be helpful to set a bedtime “alarm” that gives you half an hour (or whatever you need) to begin your routine. That’s when you stop what you’re doing and start your evening routine. This is not the time to “check one more email” or watch one more episode, this is the time to be strict with yourself so that you can get into your bed on “schedule”. Don’t be late to your date with your mattress and pillow!

Day 2: Create a Sleep Sanctuary

Does your bedroom look like a bedroom? Or does it instead look like a office, gym, living room, playroom, and laundry room, all in one? The bedroom is for sleep and sex, nothing else! Here are some things that have to go: treadmill, television, desk, toy box. Take back the bedroom: make sure you have a comfortable mattress, amazing sheets and pillows, your bedding should offer you comfort and support. Make sure the temperature is cool when you are sleeping (between 60-67 degrees). Also make sure your pajamas are breathable and soft. Learn how to Feng shui your bedroom here.


Day 3: Quiet Your Mind

How long does it take you to fall asleep? Most of us can’t answer because when we’re in a sleepy state, we’re blissfully unaware and can’t remember actually falling asleep. But we certainly notice when it’s taking too long. “Sleep latency” is the term for the time it takes to go from a wakeful state to a sleeping state. William C. Dement, founder of the Stanford University Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Center in Palo Alto, California, studied this and came up with the Multiple Sleep Latency Test as a measuring tool. Dement discovered it typically takes about seven minutes for alpha waves to dominate the brain. In this state, we feel peaceful and hazy. After about five minutes of alpha waves, theta waves take over, and we are in the first stage of sleep. Generally, it takes a person 10 to 20 minutes to fall asleep. If it takes you less than five minutes, you’re probably overtired or sleep deprived. If it takes you longer than 20 minutes to fall asleep, you may be sleeping too much or you may not be practicing good sleep habits. The idea behind the practice of counting sheep may have a place in helping us fall asleep more quickly. The goal is to clear the mind and slow the brain waves. You can do this by meditating. The reason most meditations start with counting the breath is that within just 10 seconds of this, the brain starts synchronizing neurons in a way that mimics what takes place during sleep. It’s an easy way to get the mind to settle down. Take long slow breaths and relax any parts of your body that feel tense. I also find it helpful to count backwards (while breathing long and slow) from 100 to zero.

Day 4: Reduce Your Stress

There is a strong link between stress and sleep: The more stressed we feel, the more difficult it is for us to sleep well. And the less sleep we get, the more easily we feel stressed.

  • Stop overworking, overscheduling and overthinking. Eliminate this stress by allowing for at least one hour of downtime before bedtime. If you have a 10 p.m. bedtime, stop working at 9 p.m. Put your next day’s to-do list in writing and then set it aside, ready to be tackled in the morning. Then step away from the screens! The blue light emitted from phone, computer and TV screens keeps your brain active, which is not conducive to a good night’s sleep.
  • Reduce your “green” deficit. To balance the time we spend at school or work under unnatural light, make sure to spend some time outdoors each day. Take a walk in the morning sun or after dinner in the moonlight. A daily dose of fresh air and a little exercise go a long way in helping to achieve a restful night.
  • Cut the caffeine. Caffeinated drinks seem to be a go-to elixir for people who are stressed out, but they can do more harm than good. Caffeine can exacerbate stress levels—and negatively affect both the quantity and quality of the sleep you get. Today, start on a plan to reduce your caffeine intake to zero! Maybe you can go cold turkey or maybe you’ll have to taper off. At the very least, don’t consume any caffeine after 2 p.m. When you are caffeine-free, you’ll see how much better you sleep at night.

Day 5: Stop the Interruptions

A new baby, trips to the bathroom, outside noises—there are lots of reasons why our rest may be interrupted. Unfortunately, interrupted sleep may be as harmful to the mind and body as getting no sleep at all. One explanation for this is that sleep happens in 60- to 90-minute cycles as we progress from slow-wave sleep to REM sleep. When sleep is interrupted, the body starts the cycle all over again—we can’t just pick up where we left off. That means we miss the more restorative, deeper phases of the sleep cycle. Here are some ways to make sure your sleep isn’t interrupted:

  • Avoid heavy or spicy meals too close to bedtime. The body needs three hours to fully digest a meal. Don’t make it try to digest while it’s also trying to sleep.
  • Avoid alcohol after dinner. Many people think alcohol helps them sleep. It may help get them to sleep, but it also causes people to wake up in the middle of the night.
  • Keep children and pets out of your bedroom. Everyone needs their own bed and their own space to sleep. Children should learn to sleep in their own beds so they sleep uninterrupted, too.
  • Avoid blue and white lights in the bedroom. Such lights interfere with the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. If you need a night light or a digital alarm clock, use a low-wattage red, yellow or orange light bulb. These colored lights don’t affect melatonin production.

Day 6: Enjoy Your Sleep!

Our dreams are a great part of getting a good night’s sleep. Dreams take us on grand adventures, help us come up with creative solutions and entertain us. A lucid dream is a dream in which we become aware that we are dreaming: Our waking consciousness becomes a part of the dream. When this happens, we can direct our dreams. We can fly, time travel or explore distant lands. Did you know you can develop the skill to be lucid in your dreams when you want to be? It’s pretty simple. First, set the intention before you go to sleep that you want to be aware in your dreams. And set an intention for what you want to dream about. Write it down or say it out loud in the present tense: “I am traveling to Italy tonight!” Sometimes we become aware that we are lucid dreaming, get excited and wake up. If this happens and you want to go back to sleep, settle in and say to yourself: “I am aware I am dreaming and I choose to continue the dream.” If you want to start a new dream, imagine yourself changing the channel and stepping into a new screen.When you wake up in the morning, write down your dreams to gain some insight into what is going on in your inner world.

Day 7: Reap the Rewards

The benefits of a good night’s sleep are evident in the way we feel: happy, energetic, focused, creative, optimistic. Here are just some of the rewards that we can reap by investing in our sleep:

  • An improved memory: During sleep, the brain consolidates memories and skills so that we better synthesize all we have learned during the day.
  • A decrease in inflammation: Better rest means lower blood pressure and a lower risk of heart attack.
  • More success: Students who sleep well have better focus and earn better grades. Similarly, Stanford University studies show that well-rested football players suffer less fatigue, have more stamina and record improved sprint times.
  • A healthy weight: Researchers at the University of Chicago found that people on diets who slept well lost more fat than those who were sleep deprived. Those who got more sleep also felt less hungry.
  • Fewer accidents: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that driving while tired accounts for the highest number of fatal single-car crashes. Lack of sleep affects a driver’s reaction time and decision-making ability.
  • More happiness: Good rest provides more emotional stability. A lack of sleep can contribute to depression.

Moving forward

Lissa CoffeyYou made it! I hope you enjoyed your seven-day sleep retreat and feel well-rested. Maintaining the habits you’ve learned will help you rest well for weeks, months and years to come. Lissa Coffey is a relationship expert, author and broadcast journalist. She writes for eight websites, including CoffeyTalk.com, WhatsYourDosha.com and the Better Sleep Council’s site, BetterSleep.org. A BSC spokeswoman, she stars in several videos that offer sleep and mattress-shopping tips for consumers.