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 […]

Take Time to Plan a Summer Vacation; You’ll Be Glad You Did

Take Time to Plan a Summer Vacation; You’ll Be Glad You Did

BY BETH ENGLISH Ah, June. Those of you with school-age children might understand my glee when the calendar finally flips to June. The long winter is behind us, sunshine is a daily friend, and the grinding schedule of getting children to school on time and helping with seemingly endless homework questions is almost finished. Bring […]

Cool Facts About Natural Rubber Latex

Cool Facts About Natural Rubber Latex

Some fascinating facts from the Vita Talalay SleepBlog post on 100% natural rubber latex Christopher Columbus is credited with “discovering” natural rubber latex in 1493 while in Haiti, where he noticed people bouncing a rubber ball made from the milky sap of a native tree, Hevea brasiliensis. Columbus brought rubber tree specimens back to Europe, and eventually the tree was […]

Finding Firsts, Having Fun at Mattress Industry’s ISPA EXPO 2016

Finding Firsts, Having Fun at Mattress Industry’s ISPA EXPO 2016

BY BETH ENGLISH From what I had heard, I knew my first ISPA EXPO, held March 9-12 in Orlando, Florida, was going to be big, maybe the biggest one yet. The early predictions proved correct in every way—more space (137,000 square feet), more exhibitors (242 total—73 new and 10 returning after a hiatus), more attendees […]

When Leadership Is Not Lost in Translation

When Leadership Is Not Lost in Translation

BY BARBARA T. NELLES For this month’s Profile, I had an in-person interview with the head of a burgeoning mattress maker from across the globe. During the Winter Las Vegas Market, Ryan Trainer, president of the International Sleep Products Association, and I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jeffri Massie, president director of Massindo […]

Travel Broadens Horizons In More Ways Than One

Travel Broadens Horizons In More Ways Than One

We had been forewarned and had made the requisite run to the grocery store for supplies. On Friday, we woke to large, puffy flakes falling softly. An icy, sleety mess started a short time later. We drank our hot chocolate and hunkered down. By the time the storm was spent, we were left with only […]

Next up: ISPA EXPO 2016

Next up: ISPA EXPO 2016

BY MARY BEST When I attended my first ISPA EXPO in 2012, then BedTimes Editor in Chief Julie A. Palm—with a very straight face—set me loose on the showroom floor in search of hog rings. Surely, the flight to Indianapolis had jolted her brain, I thought, and then I pictured myself wandering around the Indiana […]