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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!

Summer-weight Wool Topper Savings!

It’s that time again. Back to School! You may have little ones needing a more natural, healthful sleep as they head off for their first day. Maybe you’re sending your young adult off to college and need a superior option to the unfortunate dorm mattress. Let’s not forget it needs to be easily transportable. And parents need a little extra love, and rest, as the school year kicks off too. Well, Soaring Heart has you covered with our Deluxe Organic Wool Topper and savings of $100 to $220 through August.

 The perfect comfort addition to any mattress, our Deluxe Organic Wool Topper is made with multiple layers of premium organic wool batting and a blend of eight breeds of sheep’s wool, hand-tufted inside a silky-soft organic cotton sateen case. Wool is naturally insulating to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, mildew and dust mite resistant and has a propensity to calmly lower heart rate. And our toppers are rolled and wrapped for easy shipping or moving. No need to strap a mattress to the top of the car.

Visit the Soaring Heart website for even more information on the benefits of natural beds and bedding. Better yet, stop by our Fremont or Bellevue showrooms and see for yourself. This extra thick mattress topper ensures a better quality, more restful, healthy sleep for kids and adults of any age. Because we all know, good days, at school and work, start with great nights

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!


Mattress Shopping? Don't Forget to Read the Label!

Michael Pollan (author of The Omnivores Dilemma) came up with 7 food related rules to follow to facilitate a healthier lifestyle.  We, at Soaring Heart, believe two of those rules also apply to healthier sleep;

1st, don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.  “When you pick up that box of portable yogurt tubes, or eat something with 15 ingredients you can’t pronounce, ask yourself, “What are those things doing there?”

2nd, don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can’t pronounce.

This is great advice when shopping for groceries, as well as mattresses.  Most folks don’t know that every mattress on display in a mattress shop is supposed to have two labels attached.  For those of you who remember the old Serta commercial with the sheep getting sent to prison for ripping the tags off of the mattress, that’s what we’re talking about!  One tag details the contents of the mattress, similar to the nutritional labels on the side of the cereal box in your pantry.  The second specifies that the mattress has actually been tested in accordance with the 1633 federal flame regulations.  Below are a few examples of tags we’ve collected as part of our mattress recycling program that detail the “ingredients” of other beds out there.

The tag on the left comes from a very expensive, luxury, European mattress that we hauled away for a nice family that replaced it with a Linden.  This specific mattress retails for what used to cover a down payment on a house in Seattle and the tag notes all of its non-organic ingredients. The tag on the right is a Soaring Heart Organic Latex mattress and details the organic materials found in all of our collections. 

Bed Tag 1          
This brings us to our modification of Michael Pollan’s first rule.  

If your grandmother wouldn’t recognize it as something you could sleep on, you probably shouldn’t sleep on it.  

We took a poll of Soaring Heart grandmas to see if any of them knew what polyester and urethane were.  Most knew polyester for clothing but not bedding.  And none knew urethane.  

Next we have a tag from a 2 year old mattress we hauled away for a family that bought an Aspen, on the left.  They were put off when they realized they were sleeping on something called an “Enduralator Pad” and called us to find a healthier innerspring mattress option.  While this mattress came in at a desirable price point, it’s an example of a mattress that breaks our modification of Pollan’s second rule; don’t sleep on anything made of 5 or more ingredients.  Having 5 or more ingredients in a mattress can prove problematic.  As the mattresses ages, different materials have different break down rates. 


As the saying goes;

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Which is why our organic innerspring mattress, above on the right, only has three ingredients; organic cotton, organic wool and the innerspring.

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things you can learn about a mattress by investigating its law tag.  Another important detail; where the mattress was actually made.  A customer came in after doing a lot of research on crib mattresses for her 3 month old.  We made her son a bassinet to sleep in for the first 3 months.  She decided to go with another company on the crib mattress, only to realize their claim of “made in America” wasn’t represented on the law tag, shown on the left.

        Additionally, because the 100% organic cotton case isn’t listed on the tag, she couldn’t even verify its materials.  According to the law tag, it’s just a shell made in China and filled in Canada with a Polyester fiber pad.  After more trouble than it was worth for a new mom, she was able to get a refund and purchased a crib mattress from Soaring Heart.  That tag is shown on the right.

The intention of this post is to empower folks to ask questions about the “ingredients” in their mattress the same way they ask what's in their Wheaties.  If a claim seems too good to be true, check the tag and remember the rules;

If your grandmother wouldn't recognize the ingredients or it has 5 or more ingredients, don't sleep on it!

Feel free to stop by our Fremont or Bellevue showrooms anytime for more tips on navigating your way to healthy, natural sleep.  We've been educating folks on the ins and outs of mattress buying since 1982.  And here’s the best part.  You get to try out the merchandise.  Take a test rest!  We encourage it!

Better sleep. What a great gift for Father's Day!

Soaring Heart Natural Beds Father's Day Promotion

It's that time of the year again! Dads work hard and deserve a little celebration on Father's Day! Let him sleep in, take him out to brunch, and then take it to the next level. Give Dad the gift of better sleep with Soaring Heart's certified organic pillows. Just use code "SUPERDAD" at checkout for $20 off of your pillow order! 


On top of that, we're taking 10% off all Holy Lamb Organic's Wool Comforters! Use code "UNDERCOVER" to save all month!

Learn more about the materials we use and the importance of natural, organic beds and bedding in the “Learn” section of our website. Better yet, stop into our Fremont or Bellevue showrooms to see for yourself.

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!

Give mom a nap for Mother's Day!

Mother's Day Sale

It's that time of the year again! Really, you should treat mom like a queen year-round, but on Mother's Day especially! Get her flowers, take her out to brunch. And to show her how much you really love her, give her the gift of luxurious comfort with Soaring Heart's certified organic pillows.

Just use code "SUPERMOM" at checkout for 20% off of your entire pillow order through May 15th.