The Open Road

The Open Road

BY BETH ENGLISH “I think I might have heard the highway call” — James Taylor, “Carolina in My Mind” We have a newly minted driver in our house. Because he’s our oldest, our son’s journey to get behind the wheel has been a source of great excitement, joy and a little (maybe more than a […]

Welcome to the Newly Redesigned BedTimes

Welcome to the Newly Redesigned BedTimes

BY MARY BEST As with mattress making, design plays a crucial role in fulfilling the mission of a magazine. It draws readers into stories and illuminates their meaning. As with mattress styles, design is not static. It constantly shifts based on consumers’ — or in our case, readers’ — needs and interests, trends, market changes, […]

Looking ahead

Looking ahead

Walking the floor at ISPA EXPO 2018 in March in Charlotte, North Carolina, and talking with producers was an eye-opening experience. Several conversations with machinery makers centered on increasing automation and making production more comfortable for the human operators of machines. In this month’s cover story, BedTimes contributor Gary James reports on a number of […]

Want some advice?

Want some advice?

BY BETH ENGLISH Have you ever read advice columns? When I was growing up, the local newspaper was a staple in our house. My brother and I would fight over the comics, especially the full-color ones in the Sunday paper. But even during the week, I found lots to enjoy in the paper. After the […]

Giving back—and getting back

Giving back—and getting back

BY BETH ENGLISH When I first started with BedTimes, I tried to get up to speed on companies and people by reading our News and Newsmakers sections. In the first magazine I picked up, I remember seeing one article that struck me in particular—it was about a brand that had donated mattresses to make a […]

We need sleep. Oh, yes. We do

We need sleep. Oh, yes. We do

BY BETH ENGLISH There was a time when I was desperate for sleep. It was last night. Even with everything I’ve learned about the importance of sleep, two nights ago I stayed up to watch the Academy Awards. I have no idea why. I had seen only one of the best picture nominees. (“The Post”—it […]

ISPA EXPO 2018: The shape of things to come

ISPA EXPO 2018: The shape of things to come

As a child, did you ever play with a *kaleidoscope? We always had one around. My mother, with her creative flair, made one with heavy copper tubing, mirrors and bits of colored glass. It was so much better than the cardboard ones from the discount store. Holding it up to the light, we would turn […]

Fresh ideas for a venerable industry

Fresh ideas for a venerable industry

BY BETH ENGLISH Every day, you see them. People hidden behind screens. Maybe it’s a man behind a laptop at the coffee shop. Maybe it’s a woman staring at her smartphone in the break room. Maybe it’s even one of your children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews, eyes glued to a tablet screen. It’s probably […]

Off to a fresh start

Off to a fresh start

BY BETH ENGLISH There’s just something about a fresh start. Every year, when Jan. 1 rolls around many of us feel invigorated. We begin the new year with resolve. This is the year we finally will give up sweets, make it to the gym five days a week and follow a budget. We will work […]

A thankful editor; a talented team

A thankful editor;  a talented team

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller As 2017 draws to a close (and what a year it’s been for the publications staff of the International Sleep Products Association and the bedding industry in general!), I would like to take this opportunity to recognize—and thank—the talented team that produces […]

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