Category - Respect Your Sleep

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5 Reasons To Be Thankful For A Good Night’s Sleep
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Ask Naturepedic – What Is The Difference Between Kapok And PLA?
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5 Tips For A Sunday Reset
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How To Choose The Best Organic Mattress For You
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4 Tips to Slow Down and Rest
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5 Signs It’s Time To Go to Bed
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8 Reasons to Choose Organic Bedding
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Why Are Organic Mattresses More Expensive?
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Sleep Week Challenge
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Are Organic Mattresses Worth The Money?

5 Reasons To Be Thankful For A Good Night’s Sleep

Sleeping is considered one of life’s best luxuries, but it’s also necessary for good health! In this season of gratitude and appreciation, we’ve got a list of 5 reasons to be thankful for a good night’s sleep. Which one are you most thankful for? 1. Sleep Helps You Lose Weight: If you’re waking up at the crack of dawn for an early workout and staying up late to meal prep the next day’s healthy snacks, you may be missing a crucial component of your fitness plan: rest. Getting enough sleep is crucial for your metabolism and fat loss efforts. When you’re not sleeping enough, your body is under additional stress, which means it holds onto fat and makes exercising more difficult. 2. Sleep Helps You Learn & Focus: As you come into contact with new information each day, your brain helps you remember and learn it for long-term use. A lot of the heavy lifting on this process happens when[…]

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Ask Naturepedic – What Is The Difference Between Kapok And PLA?

At Naturepedic, we use high quality materials to create our mattresses, pillows, and other accessories. Our filling materials include organic cotton fill, organic wool, organic kapok, and non-GMO PLA batting. We’ve talked a lot about our cotton and wool, but sometimes our readers have some questions about our other filling materials! In this post, we’ll break down the differences between kapok and PLA so you know exactly what’s in your Naturepedic product. Organic Kapok Kapok, also known as “silk cotton,” is a fluffy fiber that surrounds the seeds of tropical kapok trees. It’s the lightest natural fiber in the world, nearly five times lighter than cotton. Kapok is also a hollow fiber that’s moisture resistant, so it helps to regulate temperature and wick moisture for a more comfortable sleep. At Naturepedic, we use only certified organic kapok. The organic certification ensures fair treatment of workers, environmental sustainability of tropical forests, and fibers grown without toxins, synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, or[…]

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5 Tips For A Sunday Reset

Sunday is the prime time to prepare for your upcoming week. Whether you choose a day of rest or a day of productivity, our tips will help you make the last hours of your weekend count and set you up for a happier Monday and a good week. 1. Prepare Healthy Meals: This one’s a classic. By doing some meal prep for just an hour or two on Sunday, you can eat healthier during the week and avoid emergency takeout when you’re too tired or can’t decide what to make for dinner. Packing your lunches during the workweek will also save time and money! A little bit of prep on the weekend goes a long way during the week. Kimber C. says: “I do my meal prep on Sundays to prepare for a week of eating healthy.” How to do it: Chop up veggies in advance, cook meats or soups in a crockpot, and put your rice cooker to work[…]

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How To Choose The Best Organic Mattress For You

You spend about a third of your life in bed – at least we hope so, because you probably need those 8 hours to maximize your rest and recovery for a healthier life. Assuming you do spend a third of your life on a mattress, that adds up to decades of your lifetime! It’s worth it to choose the best mattress for your needs when it comes to both health and comfort. What Is Your Mattress Made Of? It’s important to research the materials that go into mattresses. Many are made with harmful chemicals and questionable synthetics, when there are perfectly good alternatives without toxicity concerns. Mattresses are largely made with one of three main support materials: 1. Metal Springs – Whether an innerspring or individual encased coils, steel springs are a traditional support material within a mattress. You can find spring or coil mattresses in a variety of comfort levels and for a variety of budgets. An organic mattress[…]

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4 Tips to Slow Down and Rest

The world is abuzz with technology, connection, alerts, and alarms. Most people are never far from their cell phones, which means we’re all available 24/7 if anyone wants to get in touch. Sometimes these connections are welcome, and other times they’re an interruption. Even if we aren’t being bombarded with ringtones and cryptic text messages (who doesn’t flinch when mom leaves a single “call me”?), we find ourselves mindlessly scrolling the Twitter feed for the latest news or seeing what’s up with our second cousin once removed on Facebook today. There’s nothing wrong with staying connected, of course. But it can quickly become an addictive and mindless part of your day, especially once you’ve hit the refresh button four or five times to continue scrolling the same posts over and over again. If you’ve found yourself looking up from the screen wondering where the evening went, this post is for you. We’ll be outlining our top tips to slow down,[…]

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5 Signs It’s Time To Go to Bed

You’ve probably heard of the circadian rhythm, the “internal clock” that helps you know when it’s time to sleep and wake. This biological clock is controlled by part of your brain that responds to light and dark, affecting your hormone production and internal body temperature, among other bodily functions. If this rhythm is so sophisticated, why do so many people have trouble falling asleep or getting good quality sleep? Unfortunately, our modern world full of appliances, smart devices, and even electric lights can throw off the balance of our natural rhythm and require interventions like sleep medication, melatonin supplementation, and more. Let’s get back to basics! This blog post will outline five signs your body uses to signal that it’s time to go to bed. You should be able to pick up at least one tip that helps you get in touch with your body’s natural sleep cycle and rhythm. 1. You’re Nodding Off: If you can rest your eyes[…]

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8 Reasons to Choose Organic Bedding

You know all about organic food and avoiding harsh pesticides on what you eat. You might even shop organic for your skincare and cosmetic products to avoid harmful chemicals you place on your skin and body. But have you thought about the difference between organic and conventional bedding? Why organic bedding? For the same reason that you choose organic milk, organic carrots, and organic shampoo. Organic bedding is a healthier option manufactured without harmful chemicals, and organic cotton specifically is healthier for the planet. It takes less water to produce organic cotton compared to conventional, and organic cotton isn’t treated with the toxic chemical pesticides or harsh chemical cleaners and fabric treatments that conventional bedding can be exposed to. For instance, “wrinkle resistant” sheets are commonly treated with chemicals that release formaldehyde, a chemical we never use in our products. They appeal on a practical level because you don’t have to worry about folding them just right or getting them[…]

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Why Are Organic Mattresses More Expensive?

Being blunt but honest, few people would call Naturepedic organic mattresses inexpensive. While we would put the quality and comfort of our hand-assembled mattresses against luxury brands that retail in excess of $20,000 (and we’re nowhere close to that), we nonetheless acknowledge you can drop into a mattress outlet today and walk out with a Queen size adult mattress for $400 or so. Shopping by price alone, you wouldn’t go for an organic mattress. So, why choose organic over that $400 bed? What do you get for the extra money? The truth is, you get a lot, and probably more than you might realize. Cleaner Materials Naturepedic uses organic cotton, latex, and wool, and not surprisingly these materials cost more. Organic cotton, for example, only makes up a little more than 1% of the entire global cotton production (according to trade organization Textile Exchange), so the supply and demand for organic cotton increases costs. Additionally, we only use third-party certified[…]

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Sleep Week Challenge

Take the Naturepedic #RespectYourSleep Challenge Sleep Awareness Week is April 23 – 29, 2017 and we’ve put together five easy ways you can #RespectYourSleep and take advantage of better sleep habits. You can choose one each day this week or mix and match as they work for you. As you build healthier habits, you should get a better, more restful night’s sleep. While most people have a problem with not sleeping enough, don’t forget that you can also get too much of a good thing. In general, you should aim to get at least six hours of sleep, but up to nine can be normal for you depending on your sleep patterns. Read our blog about oversleeping for more information and healthy sleep tips. Today’s blog post has five simple tips you can implement right away. We hope that you can choose one or two at a minimum to get started on better sleep habits. If you do all five[…]

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Are Organic Mattresses Worth The Money?

When you first discover the world of organic mattresses, there’s a little bit of sticker shock. What could possibly be so different about organic mattresses? What are the benefits you get from the cost? And the biggest question on everyone’s mind… is an organic mattress worth the cost? Obviously, we believe that organic mattresses are well worth the money you pay, and there are several reasons why. Organic mattresses are made with higher quality materials that often come at a higher cost than cheaply made synthetics. Organic mattresses contain natural materials that smolder instead of ignite, which means they are made without toxic flame retardant chemicals. And organic mattresses don’t off-gas harmful chemicals that can impact your health. We believe organic mattresses are an investment in your health, and we hope that by the end of this blog post you’ll agree with us and learn one new thing about organic mattresses that you didn’t know before. Organic Mattresses Are Made[…]

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