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 […]

Finding virtual balance

Finding virtual balance

In each issue of BedTimes, I’m usually struck by the number of articles that apply to my work life and sometimes my home life, too.   This month, there’s much to learn, such as how to use the principles of improv to increase open-mindedness and flexibility at work, why having pets in the bedroom isn’t […]

Running hot and cold

Running hot and cold

Ah, October In my home state of North Carolina, October is such a changeable month. One day it can be warm and the next will have you reaching for your jacket. You never know if you should keep the AC on or switch it off until spring. Thank goodness our bodies adjust, right? Did you know […]

5S philosophy hits home

5S philosophy hits home

BY BETH ENGLISH At least once or twice a year, I hear these dreaded words: “We really need to clean the garage.” We clean it. We really do. But, inevitably, because it’s a little used space, things seem to pile up—boxes of Christmas decorations, gardening tools, buckets to wash the car and so on. And […]

Reflections on legacy

Reflections on legacy

BY MARY BEST Happy Birthday BedTimes! It’s not every year or even decade that an editorial team has the opportunity to publish the centennial edition of a magazine. But this month, the BedTimes staff has that distinct honor. To mark the 100th anniversary of BedTimes magazine, we have combed through the magazine’s more than 1,200 […]

A Little Something Extra at Interzum Cologne 2017

A Little Something Extra at Interzum Cologne 2017

BY BETH ENGLISH Walking through the various halls at Interzum Cologne 2017 May 16-19 in Cologne, Germany, was a treat for the senses. Everywhere you looked, there was something to admire. As a first-time attendee, I enjoyed so much about this international show. All around us, conversations ebbed and flowed in various languages—some lilting, some […]