The Bedding Snob

Cultivating relaxation need not leave you starving for style …

Snobbish Thoughts September 2012

Take a nap on the go with the Ostrich Pillow!

Have you seen the funny new pillow that makes power napping more comfortable?

The Ostrich Pillow (photo courtesy of kawamura-ganjavian)

The Ostrich Pillow (photo courtesy of kawamura-ganjavian)

Created by the U.K. design firm kawamura-ganjavian, this uniquely designed pillow fits over your head, allowing you to enjoy a comfy nap just about anywhere!  The designers wanted to create a “little private space within a public one, to relax and unwind,” so you can enjoy a nap on the bus, in the airport, or even on your desk! The Ostrich Pillow features holes on either side to keep your hands warm, plus an opening in the front for your nose and mouth.

The pillow has gained popularity through Kickstarter, allowing the design firm to reach their fundraising goal. To find out more about the Ostrich Pillow (and see a video of it in action!), check out their website.

Tell us, would you use the Ostrich Pillow? We’d love to hear what you think!

Annual Pillow Sale – Ends TODAY!

Today is your last chance to save 20-30% in the Annual Pillow Sale. All of our pillows are on sale and we have over 30 to choose from. With so many to choose from you may need a little guidance, try our Pillow Picker to narrow it down and find your perfect match. We also have a Pillow Comparison Guide to help you find the Cuddledown pillow that’s right for you.

This is what one of our customers in Brooklyn, NY had to say about our 450 Thread Count Sateen Luxury Synthetic Fill Pillow:

The pillow of a lifetime!

I am a pillow-holic, a fanatic. I have every kind of pillow you can possibly imagine. On a weekend vacation I slept on these pillows at the hotel we were staying. I quickly checked the tag when checking out, ordered these pillows the moment I got home, and they arrived a few days later. I have not stopped talking about them, I am in love!

Loving your pillow is a great feeling! It makes us happy when we hear that you’ve found the right one. Don’t miss this opportunity to save on your perfect pillow in our Annual Pillow Sale.

It’s time for Maine’s Common Ground Fair!

Colorful peppers. Common Ground Fair - by Matt Pettengill, on flickr

Colorful peppers. Common Ground Fair - by Matt Pettengill, on flickr

What better way to celebrate the arrival of fall this weekend than with a trip to the fair? Maine’s fairs are a staple of the season and one of the most popular, the Common Ground Fair, kicks off today!

This “celebration of agriculture, organic methods, livestock, crafts” and green living is put on by MOFGA, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. This year’s fair features a wide variety of events, from canning basics to making your own lip balm, as well as Q&A sessions on organic farming. Plus, there are keynote speeches from sustainable living advocates, and many other family friendly activities, like the vegetable garden parade!

For directions and a full schedule of events, visit the MOFGA website. You can also find additional information on other fairs and events on our Employee Favorites page, as well as the Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs website.

Do you have a favorite fall fair? We’d love to hear your feedback!

How often should you replace your pillows?

It’s easy to get attached to pillows. After all, when you find one you like, it can mean the difference between sleeplessness and perfect slumber. However, pillows don’t last forever, and if you can’t remember the last time you got a new one, it’s probably time for a replacement.

If you suffer from allergies, keeping pillows as clean as possible is especially important. Although washing pillowcases once a week in warm water certainly makes a difference, skin cells (and subsequently, dust mites) can still get into pillows. Experts recommend that allergy sufferers, and anyone wanting to prolong the life of their pillows, use pillow protectors. At Cuddledown, we offer pillow protectors that are specifically designed to keep out dust mites to alleviate allergies.

Even if you’re not an allergy sufferer, or you wash your pillows regularly, they tend to get lumpy after years of use. They also lose their support, thus making you susceptible to neck pain. Old pillows can even affect the alignment of your spine, causing headaches.

So, how often should you replace your pillow? Some experts recommend replacing pillows as frequently as every 1-2 years. Others advocate swapping them out every 3 years. A great way to see if your pillow should be replaced is to do the fold test, as shown in the video below. If your pillow doesn’t pass, now’s a great time to shop for a replacement. All Cuddledown pillows are on sale – but hurry, the sale ends soon!

Maine’s Open Lighthouse Day!

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse - Maine, by Dougtone on Flickr

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse - Maine, by Dougtone on Flickr

If you’re looking for a great outdoor activity in Maine this weekend, we recommend checking out Open Lighthouse Day! This annual event offers a rare chance to take an inside look at Maine’s lighthouses and view the coastline from inside the lantern room. Last year, over 15,000 people visited 24 open light stations, making this the biggest open lighthouse event in the country.

This  year’s Open Lighthouse Day takes place on Saturday, September 15th from 9am – 3pm. For additional details on specific locations, visitor hours, and other special events taking place at the lighthouses, visit www.lighthouseday.com. or http://www.facebook.com/MaineOpenLighthouseDay. For other events taking place around the state (or if you’re looking for a great place to have lunch after checking out the lighthouses!), our Employee Favorites page highlights some of Maine’s hidden gems.

Gorgeous September day in Maine

View from Cuddledown

9/11/12_View from Cuddledown's offices

“No matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away. They remain with us forever, like a touchstone.”
—Haruki Murakami (courtesy of Oprah Magazine)

Here in Maine, it’s a stunningly gorgeous, blue-skied September Day, like that day 11 years ago none of us will ever forget. Let’s take today to remember all that’s good in our lives.

 

Can you learn while you’re sleeping?

Enjoying a good night's sleep under Cuddledown's 800 Fill Power Temperature Regulating Down Comforter

Enjoying a good night's sleep under Cuddledown's 800 Fill Power Temperature Regulating Down Comforter

In a new study published in Nature Neuroscience, researchers have demonstrated that it may actually be possible for people to learn simple information while sleeping. In the study, participants wore masks while sleeping, and different scents were sprayed into these masks. When the subjects were sprayed with a pleasant scent, like perfume or shampoo, they took deeper breaths. Conversely, if the scent was foul, they breathed shallowly. The researchers also played tones while spraying the various scents. Much like Pavlov’s famous experiment, the subjects eventually took deep or shallow breaths depending on the tone that was played, regardless of whether or not it was paired with a scent.

Even after the test participants woke up, they matched their breaths to the tones that were played – and they had no recollection of smelling or hearing anything while asleep. As this is the first experiment demonstrating that people can actually learn while sleeping, the researchers are now looking for practical ways to apply their findings.

We’d love to hear what you think of this fascinating discovery; please share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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