Soaking Up the Sun and Good Ideas in Florida

Soaking Up the Sun and Good Ideas in Florida

Visiting the Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Florida, March 8-9 for the International Sleep Products Association’s 2017 Industry Conference was everything I’d hoped it would be—blue skies, sparkling water, lush greenery, thought-provoking speakers and lots of fun. As a person who works from a home office, I enjoy opportunities to see […]

Mattress Purchasing—A View from the Other Side

Mattress Purchasing—A View from the Other Side

Ever since I joined the BedTimes and Sleep Savvy publications team, I’ve been learning all that I can about mattresses. The components. The foams. The springs. The ticking. The foundations. At each market, there’s some fresh twist, something new to learn. A few months ago, it was time to put all that education to good […]

Consumer Reports Sheds Light—and Dark—on Mattresses

Consumer Reports Sheds Light—and Dark—on Mattresses

When Consumer Reports talks, people listen. So while we usually don’t write about other magazine stories in this column, we felt the publication’s February cover story, “Secrets to a Great Night’s Sleep,” warrants review. BY MARY BEST & BARBARA T. NELLES The 14-page feature opens with the results of a survey of 62,000 Consumer Reports […]

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

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

Like BedTimes editors before me, I periodically like to use this column to acknowledge and thank the members of the publications staff of the International Sleep Products Association. What better time than the holidays—a time of remembering the blessings in our lives—to say thank you for their commitment, hard work and can-do attitude every day […]

Enjoying the Most Colorful Time of the Year

Enjoying the Most Colorful Time of the Year

  BY BETH ENGLISH One of the best things about autumn—aside from the milder temperatures—is the vividness of the season. By late October and early November, everything near my home in central North Carolina shines. The sky seems bluer and the trees come into all their glory. I enjoy soaking in color, from serene blues […]

Of Jet Lag, Red-eye Flights and Adjusting to East Coast Time

Of Jet Lag, Red-eye Flights and Adjusting to East Coast Time

BY BETH ENGLISH Some might say I did something foolish. Heck, even I think I did something that wasn’t so smart—I booked a red-eye flight home from the Las Vegas Market in early August. I thought it wouldn’t be too bad. Certainly sleeping on the flight from Las Vegas to Charlotte, North Carolina, would make […]

Infographic: Tired Workers Pose Workplace Risk

Infographic: Tired Workers Pose Workplace Risk

According to this infographic published by the Safety Management online degree program at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, U.S. employees are short on sleep and it’s affecting their performance on the job, and causing more workplace injuries than ever before. Studies show that American workers are sleeping one to two hours less per day than […]

Short and Sweet: View These Las Vegas Market Twitter Videos From Mattress Showrooms

Short and Sweet: View These Las Vegas Market Twitter Videos From Mattress Showrooms

BY BARBARA T. NELLES As we walked the Summer Las Vegas Market last week, the editors of BedTimes and Sleep Savvy persuaded and cajoled some bedding and mattress showroom exhibitors to describe their product introductions and updates–in 30 seconds or less–for a Twitter video! Thanks to all who consented 🙂 In no particular order and for […]

Treat Gen X Well, and They’ll Treat You Well in Return

Treat Gen X Well, and They’ll Treat You Well in Return

It’s not fun to feel like the forgotten middle child. I get it; I really do BY BETH ENGLISH Baby boomers, numbering 74.9 million in the United States, have been a powerhouse in purchasing for years. Now the number of millennials (75.4 million) has surpassed the boomers, and they’re taking center stage in marketers’ minds. But […]