About the Author

Mary Best

Mary Best

Editorial Director
Mary Best is the editorial director for BedTimes and Sleep Savvy magazines. She’s also the editor in chief of Sleep Savvy. She joined the ISPA publications team in 2011.Mary has worked as a magazine editor for more than 25 years. Prior to joining ISPA, she served as editor of Our State: Down Home in North Carolina, The Net: Your Cyberspace Companion and United Airlines inflight magazine. She also worked as special projects editor for Furniture/Today.Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in English and history as well as a master’s degree in American history from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is based in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The Merry Month of May

Hands down, May is my favorite month. The world...

Safety First

A couple decades ago, I lived in Oklahoma for...

A thankful editor; a talented team

“Alone we can do so little; together we can...

Consumer Reports Sheds Light—and Dark—on Mattresses

When Consumer Reports talks, people listen. So while we...

This Holiday Season, I am Thankful for the Gift of Co-workers, Readers

Like BedTimes editors before me, I periodically like to...

Next up: ISPA EXPO 2016

When I attended my first ISPA EXPO in 2012,...

The sleep-health equation

Connecting conditions with the right mattress “The mattress is...

Climate change bringing less snow, more blizzards

If climate change is heating the planet and shrinking...

2012 was warmest year ever in lower 48 states

Temperatures in the continental United States in 2012 were...

ISPA EXPO seminar: What motivates women to buy?

“Increasingly, women control how household dollars will be spent...

ISPA EXPO seminar: The wide, wide world of mattresses

A numbers-intensive presentation kicked off the educational sessions at...

Dream machines: Adjustable bases charting big sales gains

BY MARY BEST The adjustable bed category is gaining...