April 25th is National Arbor Day

Arbor Day Tree

Arbor Day is a day in which individuals, businesses, community groups, church groups, schools, and other organizations are encouraged to plant and care for trees. The practice began on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska City, Nebraska, and is an endearing part of our national culture. Arbor Day is also observed in similar fashion in cultures throughout the world. In the United States, Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April.

Not only can you buy and plant trees yourself, but you can also gift trees to other people, groups, and organizations so they can plant them as well.

Does Sleeping in on the Weekend Make Up for Sleep Deprivation During the Work Week?

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According to Harvard Medical School, most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep daily on average in order to experience optimal health and performance. Unfortunately, most people squeak through the workweek falling far short of the nightly sleep goals with plans to make that sleep up on the weekend. New evidence suggests that might not be as simple of a proposition as it was once believed to be.

Mattress Recycling 101  

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As we begin to take notice of the impact we have on the planet, more and more Americans are looking for new ways to reduce carbon footprints, reuse resources whenever possible, and recycle the things that remain.

It’s a great policy — especially when it comes to mattresses. According to Earth911.com, “Each year in the U.S., 40 million mattresses are disposed of, and a mattress can take up as much as 40 cubic feet in a landfill.” Unfortunately, mattresses have traditionally been difficult for the average consumer to recycle.

Sleep Texting: New Sleep Disorder on the Increase

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In today’s digital world, sleepwalking and sleep talking are old news. Today, a new disorder, called sleep texting, is on the rise. Medical experts believe there are roughly 70 sleep disorders, and sleep texting is one of the newest on the list.

FTC Overhauls Its Green Guides

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The Federal Trade Commission exists to protect consumers from unfair or deceptive practices in marketing, without hampering legitimate marketing efforts. One area of marketing that’s needed additional oversight in recent years is marketing related to “green living” or environmentally friendly products.

Meeting the Mattress Needs of the Baby Boomer Population

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Baby Boomers — those born between 1946 and 1964 — are beginning to retire in record numbers. If you’re one of them, you’re might be playing harder than ever before. At the end of the day, what you need is a good night’s sleep so you can get up tomorrow and start all over again. That’s why it’s important to choose a mattress that offers the perfect combination of support and comfort to meet all your sleep needs.

Best Plants for the Bedroom

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Plants are an excellent way to truly “go green” in your bedroom. They help improve indoor air quality and bring a little bit of Mother Nature’s splendor into your bedroom. The following plants are perfect to add a hint of green without dominating the landscape of your private sanctuary.

The Results Are In: 2014 Annual Sleep in America Poll

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The 2014 Annual Sleep America Poll, commissioned by the National Sleep Foundation, focused on families with children between the ages of 6 and 17 to gain perspective on the sleep practices and beliefs of the modern family. Among the many ways the poll is useful is identifying the challenges American families face when it comes to getting a proper amount of sleep.

This year’s survey reveals that American families aren’t getting nearly enough sleep, and much of this sleep deficit is the result of highly scheduled lives that are largely technologically driven.

The Best Mattress for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

multiple chemical sensitivity

The United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, describes Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MSC) as “an adverse physical reaction to low levels of many common chemicals.”

5 Natural Ways to Sleep Better

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Sleep. People often take it for granted. If you struggle to get an adequate amount of sleep night after night like so many other people around the world, there are natural solutions available to help you get the rest your body requires. Try these five natural methods for sleeping better and see for yourself how well they do the trick.