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Our CERTIFIED organic sleep options just got better!

For 35 years Soaring Heart has been committed to bringing you the best selection of all natural and organic beds and sleep products.  Not only do we believe sleeping organic makes a difference in the quality of your comfort - we go the extra mile to make sure we can prove every one of our suppliers cares as much as we do!

      

            OMI - OrganicPedic Duo                         OMI - OrganicPedic 81-Zoned Comfort

This month we're announcing a new partnership with OMI - Organicpedics.  Based in northern California, we believe OMI's "Purity Guarantee" offers you a certified range of assurances that only a large scale manufacturing factory can provide.  Their owner, Walt Bader, wrote the book on toxins in the bedroom and we're happy to be the only retailer in the northwest bringing you OMI certified products.

Consumer beware – every day we see claims from suppliers and retailers about their natural and organic products.  Given the levels of greenwashing in the market place, and the lack of truly enforceable global standards, consumers have little choice but to do extensive homework.  Our hope is companies like ours, who go the extra mile and truly want to earn and keep your trust, stand apart in your shopping experience.  We believe certifications (like GOTS and GOLS) make a big difference - and competitors who can’t get certified will say all sorts of things to confuse their shoppers.

Bottom line:  at Soaring Heart we care how you sleep.  We know comfort is the number one concern of mattress shoppers.  And we’re working hard to educate our customers on the importance and benefits of comfortable, certified organic bedding.  While we may not be the biggest mattress store in town, we are committed to offering you the best selection, the best value and the best service.  With 35 years of customer testimonials, we're confident you won't be disappointed curling up in one of our beds! Stop by or call us today.

 

 

How Sleep Affects Children

Quality sleep is important for kids. But the benefits are never more apparent than during those first few weeks of the new school year. 

Whether they’re walking into a classroom for the first time, making the intimidating transition from middle school to high school or preparing to graduate, back to school can be a stressful time for children. And good, quality sleep can have a huge impact; affecting overall mood, behavior, perceived self-image, school performance and mental development. In fact, the University of Houston recently conducted a study in which, after just two nights of poor sleep, children derived less pleasure from positive things, were less reactive to them and less likely to recall details about these positive experiences later. Candice Alfano, a clinical psychologist and associate psychology professor at the University of Houston says healthy sleep is critical for children's psychological well-being. “Parents, therefore, need to think about sleep as an essential component of overall health in the same way they do nutrition, dental hygiene and physical activity. If your child has problems waking up in the morning or is sleepy during the day, then their nighttime sleep is probably inadequate. This can result for several reasons, such as a bedtime that is too late, non-restful sleep during the night or an inconsistent sleep schedule."

So what can you do to encourage healthy, restful sleep for your children? And how can Soaring Heart help?  It boils down to two key points. First, give them enough time for sleep. We can’t really do much to help you on that one. Second, create a healthful, restful environment for sleep. Now that’s our sweet spot.

Everything we do is designed to provide you with great sleep. Each mattress, mattress topper, comforter, pillow and pad we make is handcrafted with care from the finest organic and all natural ingredients we can find. Our experts can walk you through the options and help you choose the perfect bed and bedding combination to promote the best possible night’s sleep for your little ones. Visit our website for more information on our materials and the related health benefits. Better yet, bring your kids to the showroom. Make them part of the process, trying different mattresses, toppers and pillows for themselves. Let them help create their perfect sleep space. 

 We’re in Fremont and Bellevue and we’re here to help!

Organic Bedrolls. So much better than a sleeping bag!

Organic Bedroll

Good days start with great nights, whether you’re camping out on the living room floor or under the stars! Versatility is the hallmark of our Organic Bedroll, providing a comfortable, natural sleeping surface for that summer camping trip, the kid’s sleepover, house guests, travel and more. And this month, enjoy $20-$30 off both our cotton/wool and cotton/latex/wool bedrolls! Just one of the many items we meticulously handcraft right here in Seattle, using certified organic materials.

It doesn’t stop with bedrolls. Add a pillow made from organic wool, latex, kapok or buckwheat hull and an organic cotton blanket and your travel bed could be as relaxing and healthy as your bed at home.

If you’re headed out of town this weekend, stop by our Fremont or Bellevue showrooms, grab a little comfort for the road and enjoy the holiday weekend!

 

Save Hundreds on Soaring Heart Organic Innerspring Mattresses

Soaring Heart Natural Beds Organic Innerspring Mattress

It’s the perfect time to upgrade to an organic innerspring mattress. Artisan craftsmen construct every innerspring mattress by hand, using layers of organic cotton and wool, and a unique coil system designed to flex twice as much as normal springs while reducing motion. Eyelets allow the mattress to breath, which keeps you cool and your mattress dry and clean. And the open-ended hourglass coils allow the mattress to perfectly conform to your body. Last but certainly not least, to support Soaring Heart's commitment to natural, sustainable materials, we meticulously vet our sources to ensure the highest standards are met; from the organic wool farmed from small family ranches, to the USA grown organic long-fiber cotton.

Through the end of May, we’re offering discounts on all sizes, including $500 off a queen and $750 off a king. You can find more information on the process and materials used in our organic innerspring mattresses on the Soaring Heart website. Better yet, stop into our Fremont or Bellevue showrooms and take one for a test nap. We know you’ll love it!

Would you sleep on styrofoam?

As they say - buyer beware.  This past week I had the chance to visit our local mattress recycling plant and see where crews disassemble and process 100's of used mattresses each week.  You'd think by now nothing would surprise me about mainstream, non-organic mattress manufacturing.  But check out the photo below : yes, you got it!  This high-end, individually pocketed coil mattress is encased in styrofoam!

 

Now there's nothing illegal about this.  But really, would you buy a mattress if you read the label and understood that this is what you were going to be sleeping on?

The good folks at Springback Recycling have put together a very nice display of all the components they find in mattresses.  Last year they recycled about 1 million pounds of steel (from springs), 750,000 lbs of mattress foams (typically recycled into carpet pad and insulation) and 55,000 lbs of yes, you got it - plastics.

 

At Soaring Heart we're committed to complete transparency about what's in our products and the costs to us as a community for the entire product lifecycle.  We never use plastics of any sort, and we pride ourselves on "going the extra mile" to provide you the best all organic sleep products that we can find.  It may sound simple - but thank you for helping us get the word out - it pays to read the label.

Sleep Guilt

We’ve all had it. That rare occasion when you don’t have to rush to work, the kids make their own breakfast, no one has an early soccer match, someone else feeds the dog, the planets align and somehow you manage to get an extra hour of sleep. You open your eyes, a little confused at first but well-rested and refreshed…for about 4 minutes. Then comes the guilt. You “slept in.” It’s practically a dirty word for most of us. What about work, the children, the errands? You’ve let everyone down by selfishly lazing around in bed all morning. Or at least that’s what you’re telling yourself as you rush out of the bedroom to see what havoc your indulgence has created.  

Take a minute and think about this. Feeling guilty for doing something your body is telling you it needs. We eat until we’re full. We drink when thirsty. Why the stigma around sleeping when our bodies tell us to? The goal with the first installment in our series of posts on sleep wellness is to talk you out of this thinking. Sleep is not a luxury item from a catalog. It’s not a splurge. You are not overindulging.

"We really need to look at sleep as something that's just as important to good health as diet and exercise," according to Ronald Kramer, MD, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and a specialist at the Colorado Sleep Disorders Center in Englewood, Colorado. And he should know.

“I don’t need that much sleep.”

That may not be true. Everyone’s different. There’s no magic number. But a recent Gallup poll suggests that at least 40% of Americans are getting less sleep than they need. The general recommendation for an adult is 7-9 hours a night.

Sleep Duration Recommendations

“I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”

Well, OK…but we’re not in a rush to get there. Are you? We all know the obvious side effects of a bad night’s sleep. Irritability, constant yawning, inability to focus. What about the deeper impact of sleep deprivation? According to Thomas Roth, PhD, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, "we have good data linking insufficient sleep with all sorts of problems. It's connected to poor performance at work, obesity, diabetes, excessive risk-taking behavior, and heart disease." In fact, drowsy driving is responsible for at least 100,000 car crashes every year.

“You can’t make up for lost sleep.”

There’s a lot of debate about this. Well we’re optimists here at Soaring Heart. And there is research that strongly suggests you can catch up on sleep in the short term and reverse some of the ill effects of insufficient rest. We’re talking about daytime exhaustion, levels of inflammation in the body and Cortisol levels (which effect energy and stress management). Not to mention you’ll probably be in a better mood overall when you get a little extra shut eye. “Short term” is the key here. This doesn’t mean sleep 3 hours a night all week and then spend all day Saturday playing catch up. Some of that damage just can’t be undone. So playing the sleep catch up game should be your last resort.

 “I couldn’t sleep if I wanted to.”

That just makes us sad. Everyone deserves to sleep well. If you have specific issues like allergies, heartburn or back pain that effect your ability to sleep well, stop in and talk with one of our sleep experts. They can explain how simple changes in mattress type, elevation and materials can help alleviate many common health issues.  Maybe it’s a matter of environment or lack of comfort. Again, come talk to us. This is our world and we know our stuff.

 7 Days

We could go on and on about the importance of sleep; not just because we sell things for you to sleep on and under, but because we truly believe it. Adequate sleep is just as important as food and water. Sleep better, feel better. It’s that simple. Stop feeling guilty! Create a comfortable, natural, restorative environment and settle in for the night. And remember we’re here to help when you’re ready!