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What Does it Mean to Be an Eco-INSTITUT Tested Product?

Eco INSTITUT certification

The Eco Institute, located in Cologne, Germany is a highly respected organization responsible for testing products to determine their pollutants and emissions. The institute has more than 25 years of experience testing products for trace amounts and even residues of hazardous chemicals as well as the testing of emissions or outgassing created by the products.

Is a Blood Test for Narcolepsy on the Forefront?

Narcolepsy, the rare and long-term sleep disorder, may have a new way to be diagnosed — with the help of a unique type of blood test. The findings come from Alberto De la Herran-Arita who published a paper after discovering distinctions in the blood of people who have narcolepsy. The Huffington Post reported that his team of researchers found that autoimmune diseases may be linked to narcolepsy and that in the future, a simple blood test might indicate narcolepsy for that individual.

How to Get Better REM (Rapid Eye Movement) Sleep

Most people associate Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep with a period of sleep in which dreams are most vivid. While this is often the case, there is much more to REM sleep than dreams.

The Best Memory Foam Mattress for Morning Aches and Pains

PlushBeds memory foam mattress

Memory foam mattresses have gained a great deal of popularity over the years due to their many benefits. Part of the reason they’ve been so popular is because they are constructed in many layers of varying density. These layers respond to weight and temperature in order to mold to the shape of the individual bodies sleeping on them.

Benefits of Egyptian Cotton Sheets

When it comes to luxurious cotton sheets, Egyptian cotton is the gold standard. Some refer to it as the perfect combination of comfort and luxury you can find in bed linens. These are just a few benefits Egyptian cotton sheets deliver.

Survey Results: Couples Who Sleep Closer Together are Happier

The closer you sleep to your significant other, the closer you are as a couple. At least this is the case according to a number of studies, including a recent sleep study from the University of Hertfordshire. The Edinburgh International Science Festival conducted a survey that discovered partners who sleep further than 30 inches apart weren’t as happy in their relationships as those who slept much closer.

What’s In Your Mattress?

There are all kinds of things lurking inside of traditional mattresses. With today’s infographic, we focus on 4 of the main types of harmful substances that may even be hiding inside of your own mattress (hint: it’s extremely likely!). It’s enough to make you want to wear a gas mask and hazmat suit to bed at night. But wait, you don’t have to! There are healthy alternatives. That’s what PlushBeds is all about – a healthier, natural alternative to the toxic cuboid that you may be lying down on at night and breathing in fumes from. So, if the following infographic grosses you out (it should), consider an all-natural latex mattress. With no further ado, let’s put the safety gear on, and get ready to enter a regular, everyday bedroom.

What's in Your Mattress

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3 Great Green Social Networks

social media

Social networks are more than a new-found fad. They’ve become embedded into our lives. While there are some names that seem to roll off tongues around the world, and even make it into the new lexicon with terms like tweeting and Facebooking, and Instagramming, there are other social networks that are lesser known. Yet, in their own way, these smaller social networks are making a powerful mark on the world – at least in the case of these three.

What is the Caffeine Nap?

Taking a micro nap shortly after having a cup of coffee might seem like the worst possible way to become better rested, but recent studies beg to differ. In fact, a study performed by scientists at Loughborough University in the UK found that this technique, also called a caffeine nap, has excellent benefits. The caffeine nap helped drivers be more alert, have better performance, and even reduce the occurrence of the infamous afternoon crash.

ARPICO’s Premium Latex

ARPICO

ARPICO mattress cores are 100 percent natural mattresses made from latex foam developed on the famous ARPICO rubber-tree plantation. This plantation is home to 5.5 million rubber trees and is GOLS certified by the Control Union, the largest organic regulator in Europe.