Naturepedic Blog

Welcome to our blog, we hope you learn something about #SafeHealthySleep

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Are You Being Tricked or Treated by Your Mattress?
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Don’t Let Bad Dreams Become Bad Sleep
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A Short History of Sleep: Now & Then
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Say Hello to Halcyon
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How To Get a Bad Sleep Schedule Back on Track
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Let’s Talk Breathability For Baby
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To Coffee or Not to Coffee
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Flame Retardants: Friends or Foes?
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The Benefits of Making Your Bed
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Mattress Label: The Accurate Labeling Act

Are You Being Tricked or Treated by Your Mattress?

People always talk about the monsters under your bed, but what about the spooky things hiding in your mattress? At Naturepedic we want to treat you to your best night’s sleep, so we aren’t going to trick you with false claims or promises. This Halloween, we explain how we treat you with our certified organic mattresses and how other mattresses may be tricking you. Are you being tricked or treated by your mattress? Find out if it’s time to upgrade to a new mattress.

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Don’t Let Bad Dreams Become Bad Sleep

Have a scary dream? A nightmare so terrifying it wakes you up in the middle of the night? That’s right, not only kids suffer from bad dreams. You had an adult nightmare. Don’t be ashamed, most of us do! But before you shrug it off and ignore it, pay attention as to why it happened and how often you are having these sleep-interrupting imaginations. It could be more than just a nightmare, and furthermore, it could be negatively affecting your sleep schedule. When do nightmares occur? You can thank your REM sleep cycle, the period of sleep associated with dreaming, for your nightmares. About an hour and a half in is when you hit this state and dreams, good or bad, may occur. Scary dreams do occur during other times for adults, especially if you find yourself particularly nervous or stressed out, but for the most part your typical nightmare will occur during REM. How do you know if it’s[…]

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A Short History of Sleep: Now & Then

It’s always fun to sit back and look at how things have changed over the years, isn’t it? We get so caught up in the daily grind that we don’t usually make time to reflect on how things used to be. Do you remember life before the internet? Life before GPS? Did you ever have to wait until 7pm to get your local news on TV? Reminiscing can be fun, and it can be a reminder of how far we have come. We’re taking a stroll down memory lane to explore the history of sleep and see how far we have come when understanding sleep patterns, studying changes in sleep, and interesting sleep facts. Fun Fact: Did you know that as recent as the 19th century, physicians believed that sleep was caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain? A lot of discoveries have been made in a relatively short time. Keep reading to find out more. The[…]

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Say Hello to Halcyon

We mastered the art of creating an organic mattress that looks as good as it feels, and we are so excited to share the results with you. So without further ado, we’re proud to introduce our new luxury line: Halcyon. A perfect combination of elegance and comfort, the Halcyon collection was designed to provide safe, healthy sleep in style. This collection features three organic options: Azure, Arcadia, and Elysium. Each option features the finest organic cotton and latex, a luxury wool blend, and encased support coils to provide unparalleled comfort. So what makes this combination of materials so special? Let’s take a look at what’s inside each mattress. Organic Cotton – This means there are absolutely no harmful chemicals. Organic cotton is the purest form of cotton and a healthier alternative to synthetic fabrics and foams. Naturepedic uses only U.S. grown and certified organic cotton as filling for its mattresses and buys directly from USDA certified sources. This increases purity,[…]

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How To Get a Bad Sleep Schedule Back on Track

One night of breaking your regular sleep schedule seems like no big deal. One night may not be an issue, that is true, but the more you disrupt your sleep schedule, the harder it is to get back on track. Are you doomed for a lifetime of bad sleep if you slip-up a few times? Not necessarily. You can get back to a restful night sleeps and sweet dreams with these tips! Manipulate Your Lighting…Day and Night Your lighting, or lack of lighting, can be your strongest partner in resetting your sleep schedule. You need to manipulate your lighting both in the morning and night to actually fix your sleep. Reset your internal clock by shining a bright light in the morning. Open the shade, take a walk outside, whatever it takes to get your sleep schedule back on track. As for the evenings, make sure your lights are dim and electronics are off. Even if you haven’t been going[…]

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Let’s Talk Breathability For Baby

The Naturepedic story began when a grandpa & Board Certified Engineer, our co-founder Barry Cik, wanted a safer crib mattress for his first grandson. So when we say that we take safety seriously, you know that we mean it. There are many things to consider when creating a safe place for babies to sleep, and we go the extra mile to make sure it’s done correctly. Unlike some crib mattresses, Naturepedic designs a breathable baby mattress the right way. There are two ways to make a breathable mattress. One way is to remove the waterproofing and to have baby breathe into the interior of the mattress. The problem with this approach is that urine, bigger messes, vomit, and even just spilled milk will also go through the non-waterproof surface and get into the interior. The baby will be breathing into this contaminated space. The better design is to have a breathable pad that’s fully breathable for the baby but where[…]

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To Coffee or Not to Coffee

Ahh, coffee. Even the smell of a fresh pot brewing first thing in the morning can turn a rough morning into a cheery one. That first cup can keep us alert during a long commute to work. It can keep us from dozing off during a Monday morning meeting. For some, a midday cup revitalizes for a productive afternoon. But isn’t this bitter, caffeinated beverage the enemy of sleep? Not necessarily! It’s less a question of “to coffee or not to coffee” and more a question of HOW to coffee Be Wise About WHEN You Drink Coffee Morning is the most typical time to imbibe coffee, but for those who are caffeine fanatics, coffee drinking can continue on throughout the entire day. It may temporarily perk you up in the late afternoon and evening, but drink it too late, and it becomes counterproductive. The later you drink it, the more you can disrupt your sleep, and the more tired you[…]

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Flame Retardants: Friends or Foes?

Once upon a time, furniture and textiles were made using natural materials. Couches, mattresses, rugs, curtains—they all consisted of materials found in nature. “When you walked into a house back then, almost everything was natural,”  says Barry Cik, environmental engineer and co-founder of Naturepedic. “But now? Nothing is natural.” What changed? Where did we go wrong? Why did companies stop using natural materials? If you’re into pointing fingers or placing blame, you can (fairly) point towards petroleum and money. “Companies started adding petroleum to almost everything. Natural fibers aren’t nearly as flammable, but petroleum is much cheaper.” Check out this video to see the difference between a modern home fire with petroleum-based furnishings and a legacy home fire with more natural furnishings: Petroleum can be found in TV cabinets, plastic wood, detergents, paint, toilet seats, furniture, etc. (Click here for a list of more petroleum-based products that may shock you.) Because it is common in so many products, America saw[…]

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The Benefits of Making Your Bed

Growing up, many of us had “make the bed” as the first item on our chore list, and many of us resented it. You were just going to get back in it at the end of the day, why did it matter? Who was even going to see your room? Turns out that your parents weren’t just trying to torture you first thing in the morning by making you do work. Fostering this habit was meant to help you develop healthy habits in the long-term. But how does neatly tucking in your sheets make a positive impact on your day, and why should you continue completing this morning chore every day? 1. It Encourages Better Decisions All Day Long Some refer to making the bed as the easiest success-driven decision you can make. Making the bed sets you up to make better choices throughout the course of the day. Whether it’s being productive at work, being more motivated to hit[…]

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Mattress Label: The Accurate Labeling Act

We understand our consumers. Most of the people who love the Naturepedic brand are health-conscious and appreciate transparency, especially when it comes to making purchases and our own mattress label. When we find information that could help our friends make the best possible decisions for their own families, we feel that it is our responsibility to share that information. It has been brought to our attention that a new bill will soon be voted on—The Accurate Labels Act (H.R. 6022.) The Accurate Labels Act is introduced and sponsored by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R) – Ill. The Overview of the proposed bill states: To amend the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act to require that Federal and State mandated information declarations and labeling requirements applicable to the chemical composition of, and radiation emitted by, consumer products meet minimum scientific standards to deliver accurate and clear information, and for other purposes. At a time when consumers are demanding more transparency when it comes[…]

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