Counting Sheep – Getting to Sleep

Counting Sheep to Get to Sleep

As long as there have been people who could not sleep, ways of getting to sleep have been suggested. According to Wikipedia, for over four hundred years a solution has been to count sheep. Identical sheep pass by, climbing over the low spot in a fence or wall. The insomniac counts each one, one-at-a-time.

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Latex – from Bouncing Balls to Bouncy Mattresses

Liquid Latex in Cup

Latex from some plants, such as dandelions and members of the Hevea genus, contains isoprenes, which naturally polymerize as the latex congeals, forming a water-resistant material. Using heat to dry the latex increases the polymerization. In 1839, Charles Goodyear discovered that adding sulfur while curing latex made the final product more durable.

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Mattress America

Mattress America logo

Mattress America, located in West Jordan, Utah, should not be confused with several Mattress America stores – not all related to each other – around the country. The stores sell mostly major brand mattresses locally, while the firm in Utah is a manufacturer and online retailer of mattresses.

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eco-INSTITUT

eco-INSTITUT logo

eco-INSTITUT, based in Cologne, Germany, started in 1988. It is an independent testing and verification firm which has gained a reputation for testing above and beyond standards set by governmental agencies in the European Union, Canada, and the United States. The focus of their testing is safety of materials in regards to content and emissions.

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Blissful Nights

South Bay International has commendable design innovations in the Wedge Edge and the Air Channel Support Base, joining many other developments since the development of memory foam and the introduction of memory foam mattresses. However, the use of 3-lb. memory foam compromises the durability of the mattress.

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Classic Brands

Classic Brands logo

Classic Corporation began making waterbeds in 1971. This was 20 years before the introduction of memory foam mattresses. Classic Corp. rode the wave to the top as the leading producer of fluid support for sleep. The peak of the wave was in 1987, when 22% of mattress sales in the United States were waterbeds. Waterbed sales, including Classic’s, was still a sizable portion of the American mattress market in 1992, when Sweden’s Fagerdala World Foams established Tempur-Pedic in Lexington, KY to market tempur (memory foam) mattresses in North America. By the end of the decade, sales of waterbeds had declined significantly.

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Lucid Mattresses

Lucid Logo

Lucid is still a Linenspa brand, but the current trend is for manufacturers to give key brands websites of their own.

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PlushBeds

PlushBeds logo

Michael Hughes founded PlushBeds in 2007 in California. It was incorporated in 2015. It is one of the senior companies when it comes to making and selling boxed mattresses online.
In an interview with Joe Auer of review site Mattress Clarity, Michael Hughes of PlushBeds said he and his wife had trouble finding an environmentally friendly mattress in local stores, so they looked up mattresses online. Very few websites, like those of Tempur-Pedic and other established brands, were well done with good information (but high-priced). Lesser-known brands were inconsistent, unreliable, and not original.

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GOLS

The goal of establishing the Global Organic Latex Standard was to have one certification for verifying claims by manufacturers and marketers that their latex products were “organic” or “natural” or from “sustainable” sources.

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