Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat

Stay Cool While You Sleep An Unbearable Heat Wave Heat can sometimes be extreme, such as in the 2003 European Heat Wave, which caused thousands of deaths, especially among the more vulnerable – the elderly, those with impaired health, and those too poor to afford air...
The Essential by Casper Sleep

The Essential by Casper Sleep

Casper Sleep’s Economy Model Economy Models A few of us may remember when the Volkswagen Beetle became popular, when Ford introduced the Pinto, then the Maverick, Chevrolet brought out the Luv pickup, and Ford the Courier. These were economy model vehicles, sharing...
The Casper Mattress

The Casper Mattress

Also known as “The Disrupter” The Disrupters When The Casper Mattress and Yogabed were put on the market in 2014, “The Disrupters” soon became a nickname for these upstarts. They joined Tuft & Needle (T&N) and BedInABox (BIAB) as online only mattresses,...
Do Smart Beds Really Help Us Sleep Better?

Do Smart Beds Really Help Us Sleep Better?

The Cyber Sleep Era We should have expected this, since so many other areas of life are being digitized. Cyber monitoring and management of business and industry has been extended to our vehicles and our phones, and it has been coming into our homes. They all can be...
Inflatable Beds for Guests

Inflatable Beds for Guests

From the Tent to the House The original air mattresses (also called “air pads’ or “sleeping pads”) had two basic uses. The first was as mattresses for camping. The second was as toppers for hospital beds to relieve or prevent pressure sores. It didn’t take long for...
Boyd Sleep

Boyd Sleep

From Waterbeds to a Diversified Product Line A Student’s Project In 1977, waterbeds were popular, and they were gaining market share at the expense of innerspring mattresses.  A college business student named Dennis “Denny” Boyd devised a business model for one of his...
Air-Pedic Adjustable Airbeds

Air-Pedic Adjustable Airbeds

Air-Pedic Beds After two years of testing, Selectabed (the mattress subsidiary of Relief-Mart) launched its own adjustable airbed, the Air-Pedic, in 2014. Two of the early models, the Air-Pedic 200 and Air-Pedic 300, were 2-chamber dual comfort beds. They have since...
Side Sleeping – Part 3

Side Sleeping – Part 3

Is Side Sleeping the Best Position? This is Part 3. Click here for Part 1 or Part 2. Beds for Side Sleepers Each sleeping position has its own benefits and disadvantages. For side sleepers and the others, the bed and the pillows can mitigate the disadvantages for a...
Side Sleeping – Part 1

Side Sleeping – Part 1

Is Side Sleeping the Best Position? This is Part 1. Click here for Part 2 or Part 3 A Variety of Sleeping Positions “How do you sleep?” seems like a simple question at first – that is until you ask “What does ‘how’ mean?” It can mean: “How well do you sleep?” “How can...
Amerisleep Americana Bed

Amerisleep Americana Bed

The Firmest Model The Americana Bed was the second firmest memory foam mattress by Amerisleep (8 on a scale of 10) until they discontinued the Columbus Bed (9). In 2017, Amerisleep revised its mattresses, with a change in the texture of the covers and new names. The...