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Weight loss and anti-aging while you sleep?!?

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If you missed it on MSN’s homepage recently, number one on the list of 10 ways to lose 10 pounds in 10 days is….SLEEP!  The very next day, number 22 on the list of 27 best anti-aging tips of all time…SLEEP!  We don’t necessarily agree that anyone should try to lose 10 pounds in 10 days.  But we absolutely agree that sleep is an underrated tool in your health and wellness arsenal. 

When you don’t get enough sleep, your body regulates appetite differently and you tend to crave more food.  The fatigue brought on by sleep deprivation makes it easy to blow off your scheduled work out and lean on unhealthy energy-boosting foods, high in fat and carbs.  Believe it or not, your body will actually store more body fat when you’re tired, as it tries to conserve energy.

As for anti-aging benefits, it’s pretty simple.  When you sleep, your body goes into recovery and regeneration mode.  This includes your skin.  One reason so many skin care products are designed to be used overnight. 

All of this is just another reminder.  Don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep.  Your bed and bedding really can positively impact your health.  We’d love to show you how.  You can find more information on our website.  In person is even better. Stop by our Fremont or Bellevue showrooms to browse, chat and even take a quick nap.  We look forward to seeing you.

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!

We're Celebrating our Roots. Futons!

Soaring Heart Natural Beds Founders Day Sale

It’s Founders Day at Soaring Heart Natural Beds. We’ve been around for 34 years! And we’re still committed to the same beliefs and natural, sustainable business practices that helped us open the doors back in 1982. So we’re celebrating our roots; going back to the beginning with our signature product. FUTONS! This month, we would like to offer you a FREE Soaring Heart organic cotton futon cover with your purchase of an organic, handcrafted futon! If you don't need a futon cover, we'll take the monetary value of the cover off of your futon. This is a $120 value! In addition, we are offering FREE SHIPPING on Tatami Mats & Bed Frames!

Soaring Heart Natural Beds Tatami Frame

Futons have been around since the 13th century, but didn’t gain mainstream popularity in the U.S. until the early 80’s. Now, with the move to smaller living spaces, double duty rooms and the introduction of pod apartments, futons are even more relevant today. At Soaring Heart, we love the modern futon as a simple and transformative piece to solve space issues as well as quality of sleep issues. This is a life changer!

Soaring Heart Natural Beds Futon

 

 

You’re having flashbacks at this very moment about the lumpy, stiff, scratchy futon that your buddy had in his dorm room. That’s not the way we do it. There’s nothing “old school” about a Soaring Heart futon.

  • We’ve added a layer of durable, organic latex that naturally forms to your body.
  • We also developed a custom layering formula of alternating cotton and wool. These fibers compact less when layered against one another, increasing comfort and longevity.
  • The average mattress lifespan is about 7 years. (This is the part where you cringe, thinking about how long you’ve had your mattress). Not only do Soaring Heart futons last for years, we also offer a revitalization program. Futons will naturally compact over time. Bring it back every 5-10 years and we can revive the layers. No need to add to the landfill or make life more difficult than it needs to be. We’ve got this covered.
  • Speaking of covers, we’ve modernized the futon cover as well. We only use 100% USDA and Global Organic Textile Standard certified natural fibers. And let’s not forget the best part. Every cover is FREE with your futon purchase this month.

These are not the futons of the past. They are the perfect solution for your space, comfort and style needs today. Our website is full of great information on the sleep benefits of a futon and the health benefits of our natural, organic materials. Take a look and then come by our Fremont or Bellevue showrooms to test them out. Take a nap, roll around on a 100% organic cotton cover or challenge the sales team to see who can beat your record for fastest transition from bed to sofa. We look forward to seeing you!

What's happening at Soaring Heart Natural Beds?

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There’s a lot going on at Soaring Heart Natural Beds. We’re winning awards, improving a showroom and helping shape the landscape of green business. And we want to share the news with you.

First, a humble brag; Soaring Heart has been invited to be a featured speaker at the GoGreen Seattle conference in March. We are honored to sit alongside organizations who, like Soaring Heart, have made conscientious, sustainable, environmentally-friendly business practices the cornerstone of their work.

 

GSoaring Heart Natural Beds GoGreenoGreen empowers businesses with strategies, tools and connections to green their organizations with profitability in mind. Soaring Heart President/CEO Mike Schaefer, will be participating in the “Urban Manufacturers Fueling the Innovation Economy” panel on March 30th. If there are any business owners or decision makers in our Soaring Heart family that are interested in learning more about green business practices, we encourage you to attend the event. And be sure to stop by and say hi to Mike.

Be on the lookout for a new monthly feature on sleep wellness! Our products give you physical tools. We also want to help you develop the mental, emotional and environmental tools to reap the full benefits of proper, healthful sleep. We’ll share research, recommendations and simple tips you can incorporate into your daily routine. We hope you’ll share your own thoughts and experiences on our blog and Facebook pages, as well as sharing our tips with friends and family. Imagine the positive impact we could have on our community if we all simply slept better.

Soaring Heart Natural Beds Organic Shikibutons

We are in the midst of redesigning our Fremont showroom and hope to have the space finished soon. If you need a little incentive to stop by and take a look, we are also bringing in new furniture lines, beautifully crafted from sustainably harvested hardwoods. And we are offering some great savings for February. 10% off adjustable foundations & organic Shikibutons!

Lastly, we are extremely proud to have won the City Beat News Spectrum Award for excellence in customer care. We know that we’re nothing without our loyal customers. We sincerely thank you for the positive comments, posts and reviews that helped Soaring Heart win this acknowledgement.

Don't Delay, the White Sale Ends Soon!

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All month long Soaring Heart Natural Beds is offering incredible savings on some of our most popular organic bedding during the January White Sale. Don't miss your chance to start the year off right with healthy, restorative sleep.

Coyuchi

10% off Coyuchi Organic Linens
If you've had your eye on Coyuchi, snap up your organic linens today or tomorrow to save! Manufactured to Global Organic Textile Standards on the Northern California Coast, Coyuchi has a loyal following. Sheet sets, duvet covers, shams and crib sheets—both in stock and special order—are on sale through tomorrow, January 24. Use the code WHITESALE at checkout.

Aspen collection

$200 - $500 off Aspen Innerspring Mattresses
As part of our Ultimate Sleep Collection, the Aspen includes our Organic Aspen Innerspring Mattress, Deluxe Organic Wool Topper and Organic Wool Mattress Pad. The Aspen Innerspring Mattress is hand-crafted from all organic materials to provide the most supportive and restorative night’s rest you’ve ever experienced. Now through January 31, Aspen Innerspring Mattresses are $500 off King, $400 off Queen, $300 off full and $200 off twin.

Mattress pads

$50 off all Soaring Heart Mattress Pads
Acting as a barrier, a mattress pad can double the life of your mattress. Our natural, organic mattress pads repel and wick away moisture for a cooler, more comfortable sleep. Save on mattress pads now through January 31.

Save Today
If a better, healthier night’s sleep is on your list of resolutions, visit Soaring Heart Natural Beds online or visit our Fremont or Bellevue showroom.

Starting Today, Save on Coyuchi Organic Linens!

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We’ve added another must-have to the January White Sale at Soaring Heart Natural Beds. You can still take advantage of incredible savings on Aspen Innerspring Mattresses and our entire selection of natural, organic mattress pads. And beginning today, Coyuchi organic linens are 10% off!  Use the code WHITESALE at checkout.

 

10% off Coyuchi Organic Linens

Soaring Heart Natural Beds Coyuchi
Manufactured to Global Organic Textile Standards on the Northern California Coast, Coyuchi has a loyal following. Sheet sets, duvet covers, shams and crib sheets—both in stock and special order—are on sale from January 10-24.

$200 - $500 off Aspen Innerspring Mattresses

Soaring Heart Natural Beds Aspen Collection
As part of our Ultimate Sleep Collection, the Aspen includes our Organic Aspen Innerspring Mattress, Deluxe Organic Wool Topper and Organic Wool Mattress Pad. The Aspen Innerspring Mattress is hand-crafted from all organic materials to provide the most supportive and restorative night’s rest you’ve ever experienced. Now through January 31, Aspen Innerspring Mattresses are $500 off King, $400 off Queen, $300 off full and $200 off twin.

$50 off all Soaring Heart Mattress Pads

Soaring Heart Natural Beds mattress pads
Acting as a barrier, a mattress pad can double the life of your mattress. Our natural, organic mattress pads repel and wick away moisture for a cooler, more comfortable sleep. Save on mattress pads now through January 31.

Save Today
If a better, healthier night’s sleep is on your list of resolutions, visit Soaring Heart Natural Beds online or visit our Fremont and Bellevue showrooms to learn more about the benefits of supportive, chemical-free sleep.