Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Power of Power Naps

If you find yourself not getting a full night’s sleep that your body needs to rejuvenate, a power nap can be a great weapon in combating fatigue.  Naps during the day to help fight sleep deprivation and give you the burst of alertness and increased motor performance needed to complete the day.  The length of the nap and type of sleep you get can help determine the brain boosting benefits. The 20 minute power nap, sometimes called the stage 2 naps, is good for alertness and motor learning skills like typing and playing the piano.

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What if you want to take longer naps? Research has shown that longer naps help boost memory and enhance creativity. 30-60 minute naps are good for decision making skills such as memorizing vocabulary or recalling directions. Getting rapid eye movement or REM sleep, usually 60-90 minutes of napping, plays a role in making new connections in the brain and solving creative problems. What about coffee? Caffeine can decrease memory performance. The caffeine can definitely help get you wired but you are also prone to making more mistakes. To get the most out of a power snooze, follow these quick tips:

Be consistent– Keep a regular nap schedule. Prime napping time falls in the middle of the day between 1 and 3.

Make it quick- Set your cell phone alarm for 30 minutes or less if you don’t want to wake up groggy.

Go dark- Nap in a dark room or wear an eye mask. Blocking out light helps you fall asleep faster.

Stay Warm and comfortable– Stash a blanket and pillow nearby to put over you because your body temp can drop while you sleep. A comfortable pillow can help you fall asleep faster.

 

Blog author: Jesse, Customer service

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Company Hike: Grays and Torreys Peak

On Thursday, August 22, we had a company outing to hike two 14er peaks (each over 14,000 ft).  There were six of us total that went on this company adventure: Craig (Owner), Matt (Operations Manager), Heidi (Amazon Manager), Jesse (Customer Service/Content), Bentley (Warehouse Assistant), and myself (Chelsea-Director of Marketing).  This was the first 14er for  Jesse, Heidi, Bentley, and myself; we were all excited but also a little nervous.
We started the day off by meeting at our office in Denver at 4:30am! Our owner, Craig, is a morning person, so he had no problem with the early start but I could tell that a few of us were wishing that we were still tucked in our warm beds with our favorite pillows.  It only took us about an hour and a half to drive to the trail head, so we were on the trail by 6 am. It’s important to get an early start when hiking a 14er so that you can avoid the potential afternoon lightning storms.
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The trail head starts at 11,280 ft and the elevation gain is 3,000 ft! Right off the bat I started feeling the elevation. It was definitely hard to fully catch your breathe, yet I felt like I still had a lot of energy and I was fully motivated to make it up that mountain!
We made it up to to the summit of Grays Peak around 9am which was great timing considering the hike is 4 miles one-way.  We took a lot of pictures at the top and a few of us ate our lunch. I was shocked at how many people were at the top. There were at least 20 people at the top and everyone was so friendly. I met one man who has hiked every single 14er (that’s 54 total!) He was drinking a beer at the top, so I assumed that he must have been very confident in his ability to hike Grays 🙂
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All of us on the top of Grays Peak
Torreys Peak is only about a quarter of a mile away from Grays Peak, so three of us (Craig, Matt, and myself) decided to hike to the top. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I realized later that while Grays is a class 1 in difficulty, Torreys is a class 2. The ascent looked intimidating, but I thought that about Grays too and Grays wasn’t as bad as it looked. Torreys was a very steep incline, yet much shorter. Craig, being a Marine and avid marathoner, ran up Torreys but Matt and I decided that running just wasn’t in our hiking plan.
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on the top of Torreys Peak….Weeee!
The hike back down was adventurous complete with a thunderstorm. I had to run down the mountain since I didn’t bring a rain jacket with me. Of course, by the time I reached the parking lot the rain had stopped and it was sunny and beautiful!
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Scary rain clouds!
The 14er hike was one of the most physically challenging days I’ve had in a while, but I felt so accomplished and loved sharing this experience with my amazing coworkers.
 Blog Author: Chelsea, Director of Marketing

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Technogel ® Sleeping Pillows Review

One of the perks of working for a bedding retailer is that you get to sleep drive products from new vendors. Technogel ®  was generous enough to send us samples of their pillows that 4 of our staff members “tested”. We all loved the pillows and are extremely excited to carry these quality pillows in our store! Here is a product review that our channel manager, Jesse, wrote up. Check out the selection of Technogel ® Pillows: http://www.pillows.com/technogel-sleeping.html

Product Review: Technogel ® Pillows

                The new Technogel ® pillows are in and boy are they comfy! Technogel’s mission focuses on offering a product that make the world more comfortable, even luxurious. You might be asking “what makes these pillows different from others?”  Well, these pillows are a unique ‘soft solid’ material that joins together the 3D deformation of a fluid and the memory shape of a solid. The Gel is completely non-toxic and has a stable polyurethane substance that is made without oils or plasticizers. This gel was first created for the medical field like for the use of joint pains known as Dr. Scholl’s shoe insoles. Technogel has collaborated with Dr. Scholl’s in making a new sleeping experience thus forming the Technogel ® pillows we now carry!

Technogel ® pillow is manufactured in Italy with particular care and attention to details. These pillows are made for a higher comfort performance. Technnogel ® offers key benefits with these pillows which I have listed below.

  • 3D Deformation- Technogel ® has an unsurpassed 3-dimensional material for sleeping. The Technogel layer, joined with the memory foam, adjusts in a gradual way adapting to each individual’s shape.
  • Pressure Relief- Thanks to its slow memory return, Technogel ® is an extraordinary pressure relieving material that helps to reduce pain and discomfort improving blood circulation and oxygenation of skin tissues.
  • Ergonomic Support- the Technogel ® pillow range has been designed to grant an excellent ergonomic support, for a perfect support of the head and neck, keeping an optimum spine alignment.
  • Enjoyable Cool Feeling- Technogel’s good thermal conductivity favors heat dispersion, helping to low skin temperature and offering a pleasant cool feeling.
  • Textile Covers- original protective jersey covers have been selected for their high quality and hygienic characteristic, assured by a special treatment name Sanitized. The second zipped cover, included in the Technogel ® box, assures a perfect feeling for your new pillow and can be easily washed (following the care instructions included).
  • Hypo-Allergenic- Technogel ®, its protection film, and the entire textile used are hypo-allergenic and assure a hygienic surface where to rest your head.

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Technogel ® is the leading gel product in the business. The ability to mold itself to each individual and reduce pressure is perhaps the greatest aspect in providing a great night’s sleep. This leads to an improvement in blood circulation and consequently, to a clear reduction in the number of movements, which often interrupts sleep. Experience Technogel ® and experience the best support to allow a deep, uninterrupted, and truly restful sleep.

 

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