The Bedding Snob

Cultivating relaxation need not leave you starving for style …

Cuddledown Life

Read about what intrigues us at Cuddledown, whether it’s the Muppets singing about Grandma’s Feather Bed, World Pillow Fight Day or our employees participating in the Dempsey Challenge to help cancer patients and their families.

The Dempsey Challenge takes place next weekend, October 12-13!

Dempsey Challenge 2012 participants

Dempsey Challenge 2012 participants

There is still time to sign up for the Dempsey Challenge, taking place during Columbus Day weekend! Celebrating its fifth year anniversary, the Dempsey Challenge is a run/walk/cycle fundraiser for the The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in Lewiston, Maine.

Founder Patrick Dempsey (of “Grey’s Anatomy” fame) created the Cancer Center for Hope & Healing after his mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The center provides counseling, integrative medicine, and support for patients, as well as resources for families and loved ones. This event is their major fundraiser, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Dempsey Center.

Cuddledown employees have participated in the Challenge since it began, and this event is one that we hold close to our heart. If you’d like to support the wonderful work of the The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing, please visit their website for more information or to make a donation. And, for anyone participating in the Challenge next weekend, good luck!!

Napping like the Red Sox – at Cuddledown!

Cuddledown naptime

Did you ever feel like you couldn’t make it through the work day without a gallon of coffee?  Start head bobbing during an excruciatingly long meeting? Well imagine how hard it’d be to stay awake if you worked at Cuddledown, a company known for our luxuriously cozy bedding?

Unlike the Red Sox, who recently let slip the news that their clubhouse now features a nap room, Cuddledown’s employees don’t have a nap room (yet…?). However, these intrepid nap-seekers are not at a loss for finding a comfy spot – from the kitchen to the office furniture, to the down bales, and even on a bed for a photo shoot!

With studies showing that short naps can energize employees to be more productive, it’s no wonder a team like the Red Sox would embrace the philosophy that naps are no longer just for toddlers! Prominent companies such as Nike, Google, Proctor and Gamble and the Huffington Post (recently featured on the Today Show) all provide special nap rooms for their employees. Ariana Huffington said, “Even a 20-minute nap in the middle of the day can make a huge difference. I grew up thinking that if you work around the clock, you are going to be more effective, and I realize that is not true.’’

As more studies continue to evaluate the benefits of daytime naps, researchers are finding that these so called “power naps” can help boost brain power for problem solving, increase reaction times (especially important for airline pilots or ER docs), improve people’s moods and stress levels, as well as have a positive impact on health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure and even weight management.

Cuddledown pillow for Red Sox nap room

Cuddledown pillow for Red Sox nap room

And finally, although Cuddledown has yet to create an official nap room, that doesn’t mean we don’t embrace the idea. We recently sent several heavenly soft pillows and custom-monogrammed, 100% cotton sateen pillowcases to the Red Sox in hopes that they’ll help the team to be well-rested for a World Series victory!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily cuteness: 14 baby panda cubs snuggling

Baby pandas at China's Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding

Baby pandas at China's Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding, photo via Huffington Post

Cuteness overload! On Monday, 14 baby pandas were brought out for a viewing at China’s Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding. These sweet cubs were born between July and September of this year and are currently being raised in two delivery rooms at the base. Click through the link for a video of these cuddly cubs in action!

Impossibly cute sea otters’ sleeping habits!

Napping sea otters As if sea otters weren’t overwhelmingly cute enough, turns out, their practical method of napping in the water is beyond adorable!

True to their name, sea otters make their home … well… in the sea! They even sleep there! They’re able to keep warm in freezing cold water because of their incredibly dense fur – up to a million hairs per square inch, which traps a layer of air against the otter’s skin.

When it’s nap time, the sea otters simply float on the water’s surface, often in duos or groups. They sometimes wrap themselves up in seaweed growing from the ocean’s floor, or, as shown in this video, clasp paws to keep from drifting off!  We would agree that snuggling is a great way to nap securely!

Show us your bed, and you could win a pillow!

Not actually my bed - here's where I stayed in Seoul, Korea!

Not actually my bed - here's where I stayed during my trip to Seoul!

It’s true! Our first-ever Instagram contest is going on now, and you could win a lofty, luxuriously soft Cuddledown pillow. To enter, simply:

1. Follow Cuddledown on Instagram (username: @cuddledown).

2. Pick one of our three contest themes – Humor, Pets, or Family – and take a picture of your bed.

3. Upload your picture to Instagram, and tag it with the hashtag #lovetocuddledown 

4. That’s all there is to it! If you don’t have a smartphone but still want to enter the contest, simply email your picture to socialmedia@cuddledown.com and include your name, email address, and home address (so we’ll know where to send your pillow if you’re selected as a winner)!

For more information on contest details and prizes, visit cuddledown.com. We can’t wait to see your photos!

“Plum Deluxe” features Cuddledown’s Ultimate Bed, PLUS win free pillows!!

10 tips for the Ultimate BedWe’re excited to be partnering with luxury blog Plum Deluxe to promote our new Ultimate Bed Collections and launching our Ultimate Bed contest on Instagram!

Go to Plum Deluxe to read our article, featuring 10 great tips for creating your ultimate bed, including everything from feng shui positioning of your bed, to “blinging” up your bed with decorative pillows, and more!

PLUS, you can win luxurious Cuddledown pillows in our Ultimate Bed contest – simply by posting an image of your bed on Instagram (or emailing us the photo), using one of three themes – humor, pets, or family. At the end of the contest (ends October 1) we’ll judge the best in each category, and best overall, for four winners!  Each winner will receive a pillow from our Ultimate Bed Collections and their image will be formatted to look like a Cuddledown catalog cover!

 

Labor Day sale at our Freeport store!

Cuddledown's Labor Day sale!

Cuddledown's Labor Day sale!

Today through Monday, September 2nd, save on comforters and pillows at our store in Freeport, Maine! All sleep pillows are up to 30% off, and all regularly priced comforters are 20% off. Plus, all other regularly priced items are 20% off! Enjoy great outlet savings on our selection of sleepwear, comfortable apparel, slippers, gifts and more. We hope to see you in Freeport this weekend, and have a wonderful Labor Day!

Happy National Dog Day!

Happy National Dog Day!

Happy National Dog Day!

We’re celebrating our furry friends today! (That’s my four-legged best friend Toby, pictured above!) Started in 2004, National Dog Day brings attention to the number of adoptable shelter pets looking for good homes. If you’re looking to adopt a pet, Petfinder.com and the ASPCA are great resources for finding shelters near you. Or, if you live in Maine, Animal Shelters in Maine has information on rescue groups around the state.

If you already have a canine companion, why not treat him or her to a little something special today? These homemade frozen treats  are a great option if it’s hot where you live. Or, why not give your pet a comfy new place to relax? All of our dog beds provide both support and comfort – and many ship free!

A summertime treat

High bush blueberries at Libby & Son U-Picks

High bush blueberries at Libby & Son U-Picks

We can hardly believe August is already half over, so we’re eagerly indulging in as many summer activities as possible. (Lobster rolls for lunch AND dinner? Yes, please!) If you’re visiting Maine, or if you’re just trying to check things off your summer bucket list, we highly recommend fitting blueberry picking into your schedule. Looking for the perfect place to go? The Bangor Daily News has compiled a wonderful list of farms across the state where you can pick your own berries. Or, if you want to bring home a few more treats, like apples or raspberries, pickyourown.org has a handy chart outlining what fruits and vegetables are in season at any given date.

For more ideas about summer activities in Maine, visit our Maine places page. We’d also love to hear what you’re squeezing in before the summer ends – share with us in the comments section below!

Cuddledown’s Annual Pillow Sale is going on now!

If you’ve been thinking of replacing your pillow, there’s no better time to do so! During our annual pillow sale, save on all plush, comfy Cuddledown pillows, with styles to suit every sleeper (check out our Pillow Picker!). Plus, the more you buy, the more you save, so it’s a great time to stock up on holiday gifts. Click on the image below to find your perfect pillow!

Cuddledown's Annual Pillow Sale!

Cuddledown's Annual Pillow Sale!

 

 

The Yarmouth Clam Festival is this weekend – July 19-21!

Yarmouth Clam Festival - July 19-21!

If you’re looking for a fun activity this coming weekend, you’re in luck! The 48th annual Yarmouth Clam Festival starts this Friday, July 19th and runs through the 21st. Established in 1965, the Yarmouth Clam Festival raises money for local non-profits and includes a parade, firefighter’s muster, and 5-mile race, among several other activities. There is even a canoe/kayak race and – of course! – a clam-shucking contest.

For more information about the Clam Festival, including a schedule of events and directions, visit the Yarmouth Clam Festival website. After the festivities, why not stop by and see us in Freeport during our Annual Tent Sale! You’ll find fabulous deals under the tent, plus savings up to 70% on select merchandise and 20% off all regularly priced merchandise. We hope to see you there!

How to get more A’s in college – get more Z’s

 

1970s dorm room

1970s dorm room

Dorm rooms haven’t changed all that much from the 1970s when Cuddledown was founded until now. Some dorms today may look more like a high-end hotel suite, and of course, students come with a wide array of technology, from iPads to flat screen TVs, and some dorms even allow coed rooms (yes, men and women sharing the same room!). But the essentials are still the same. From the hard and narrow twin-size dorm room beds, to the annoying loud parties next door (of course you never joined in!), to the roomies snoring, watching TV, or inviting friends in late at night, it’s amazing college students can even function by noon, much less get up for an early morning class.

Dorm room 2000s

Dorm room_2000s

There’s a growing awareness on college campuses that sleep plays a huge part in a student’s success at college, but only a few are acknowledging it, or providing education on the topic. In a 2012 article on the impact of sleep on college students by the Washington Times,  a health official at the University of Arizona stated that the average student is functioning with a clinical sleep disorder, averaging about 6.5 hours per night (an amount they say is over-reported, so the actual number is probably lower).  And a University of Delaware psychologist said that students who think they have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder often are just sleep-deprived, and that improving sleep is a far better option than taking medications.

Cuddledown Meribel Comforter_perfect for students

Cuddledown Meribel Comforter_perfect for students

One very simple way for college students to get more sleep is to create a better sleep environment. That can include earplugs to avoid all the noise in a typical dorm. And another is to avoid early morning classes! But the best way to get a good night’s sleep is to make your student’s dorm bed into a heavenly nest with perfectly comfy bedding. And where could one find such a thing?  Why Cuddledown of course! Keep your student happy and well-rested with our collection of comfy college bedding, including sheets, comforters, mattress pads and more in Twin or Twin XL sizes, as well as our student bedding protection kit to protect from dust mites, bedbugs and other nasties!

 

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