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 […]

Night Owls, Morning Larks and Everything in Between

Night Owls, Morning Larks and Everything in Between

We’ve all heard about night owls and morning larks. Which are you? BY BETH ENGLISH On average, night owls go to bed about two hours later than their early-rising counterparts. Every now and again, a piece of research comes along that helps us understand why and how people are wired differently when it comes to […]

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 […]

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 […]