Summertime and Sleep

Like my kids, I love summer. Carefree days in the sun, swimming, ice cream and staying up late just because it is warm out are all a part of the fun. But, however difficult, keeping a regular bed time for kids year-round — including during the summer — is essential.

Small_kids_Pillows1According to the Better Sleep Council, children need at least nine hours of sleep each night to be healthy, active, and able to perform their best in school, sports and other extracurricular activities. Better Sleep Council Spokesperson and Lifestyle Expert Lissa Coffey offers the following tips to help parents ensure a good night’s sleep for their children. Read more

What Pillow is Recommended by Chiropractors for Side Sleepers?

Our neighborhood Chiropractor in Palo Alto, Chuck Fulanovich, DC, FASBE (Palo Alto Chiropractic Offices) is a specialist in spinal biomechanics. We asked him to try the The Dr. Mary Dr.MarySidesleep-231x300Side Sleeper Pillow made at the Pillow Bar in our Palo Alto showroom.

In his own words:

Hi Robin, Just wanted to wish you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!!! Also, thanks for the Dr. Mary Pillow. I haven’t slept on anything else since. I really like it and recommend them for side sleepers. Stopped by twice to personally thank you, but missed both times. See you Thursday !! Chuck

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Mattress Buying Demystified

You spend over a third of your life in bed (or you should!). So it’s worth spending the time to make sure you’re choosing the right mattress and box spring for you.

106-copy-1Health and wellness professionals and sleep experts alike concur that a comfortable night’s sleep can make you feel better, have more energy and increase that spring in your step. Owning a high-quality, supportive and comfortable mattress and box spring is an essential part of getting the rest you need. With the dizzying array of bed and mattress products on the market today buying the right one can be a confusing experience.

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11 Tips for Better Fitness and Health from Dean Karnazes

In general, to stay healthy and fit move your body every day. Getting at least 20 minutes of exercise a day is a proven way to stay healthy and improve your fitness. Walk, run, ride a bike, or take a yoga class. Or run a ton of marathons like I do. It all counts.

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Here are 11 of the ways I work to achieve better health and fitness. Read more

Pillow Buying Demystified

pillows_buyingPillows are an essential element of a good night’s rest, a fact well understood by San Francisco-based luxury mattress maker McRoskey Mattress Company. McRoskey has been making mattresses and box springs in San Francisco since 1899, and also sells a full selection of luxurious, comfortable pillows.

According to McRoskey owner Robin McRoskey Azevedo, comfort is at the heart of selecting the right pillow just as it is when choosing your mattress and box spring. She explains, “The goal of the perfect sleeping pillow is to provide comfortable support while relieving stress on the neck.” Read more

Solving the Comfort Challenge with Platform Beds

Platform and slat-style beds are chosen because of their sleek look and are often designed to take a mattress only. Sleeping on a mattress without a box spring can be uncomfortable.

McRoskey Tip: Let your clients know McRoskey has a solution that reintroduces comfort: add the McRoskey Comfort Enhancer. The Comfort Enhancer, a flexible low-profile spring unit, not only restores comfort but also keeps the sleek look of the platform bed.

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Making Your Bedroom a Haven

Bedroom Design Tips from Design Pros Lonnie and Dave Hinckley

The bedroom more than ever before, should be a very special place indeed, a relaxing, quiet place where after a long and full day, it becomes the place to retreat from it all.

hinckley-bed2Design industry leaders Lonnie and Dave Hinckley, owners of San Francisco’s Hinc Showroom, offer these suggestions for making your bedroom an oasis.

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Is it Time for a New Mattress and Box Spring?

Health and wellness professionals and sleep experts alike concur that a comfortable night’s sleep makes you feel better, gives you more energy and increases that spring in your step. Sleeping on a well made, supportive and comfortable mattress and box spring is essential to getting the rest you need for good health and well being.

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Evaluating your Mattress. Is it time for a new one?

Here are a few tips to help you decide when its time to replace your mattress and box spring. Read more

Better Sleep Can Improve Your Health and Well-being

Sleep and health are closely connected and a new mattress can help with better sleep according to Oklahoma State University sleep experts. OSU research links greater sleep quality and reduced back pain, stiffness and shoulder pain to sleeping on a new mattress as compared to mattresses five years or older. According to OSU lead researcher Bert Jacobson, EdD, timely replacement and mattress quality can have a positive impact on sleep and overall quality of life. Jacobson’s latest study BertJacobson1appeared in the Journal of Ergonomics and offers fresh analysis of work published by the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine in 2006.

For more information about this study and the relationship between sleep and health go to www.bettersleep.org/OnBetterSleep/BSM/bsm08-qa.asp. Read more

Create a Bedroom Environment for Better Sleep, Comfort, Rejuvenation

Interior design ideas from Bay Area designer Lisa Staprans

I feel strongly that a bedroom has a sense of soul that reflects the people sleeping in it at a very deep level. And I love to optimize a bedroom space through interior design to create harmony and beauty that truly reflects a client’s taste. I believe that if you have a great bed and you sleep well you are a happier person.

I love McRoskey Mattress Company for several reasons. It’s local, with Palo Alto and San Francisco showrooms so my interior design clients can stop in and try out all the mattress and box spring options. I really appreciate how professional the showroom staff is and what great customer service they give. Read more