Hotel Quality Sheets a Great Choice for Your Home

Here’s What Makes Luxury Hotel Bed Sheets So Comfortable

Breakfast tray in bed on luxury hotel bed sheets with pillows

We all look forward to a leisurely stay in a luxury hotel. It may be the room service, or being pampered by an attentive housekeeping staff. Or it’s the chance to kick back and enjoy a resort environment. But, one memory that really sticks with many of us long after we’ve left the hotel is the incredible comfort and luxurious feel of the hotel sheets and bedding. Quality hotels and resorts make sure to provide their guests with the best linens and bed coverings, taking care to pamper them with a great night’s sleep along with their daytime guest experience.  Don’t you want to take that feeling home with you?

Well, you don’t have to wait for your next vacation to enjoy a luxuriously comfortable bed and a great night’s sleep.  You may have slept on a soft Sobel Westex pillow, stretched out on Sobel Westex top quality bed sheets, or perhaps wrapped yourself in a luxurious Sobel Westex spa robe during your last luxury hotel experience. After all, Sobel Westex has been selling hotel linens to high-end hotels and luxury resorts around the world for more than 35 years.  Now we’ve made these luxury hotel sheets and other linens available to the public through Sobel at Home, our online shopping portal.

So what makes Sobel Westex sheets so comfortable, anyway? We thought we’d share some of our buyers’ secrets with you so you can see that choosing hotel sheets really is a step up into high quality and true luxury.

What Makes Hotel Bed Sheets Better?

Sahara nights luxury bed sheet set with alpaca blanket by Sobel Westex

Luxury hotels know that an exceptional guest experience and the hotel’s reputation rest on its ability to deliver an inviting and relaxing room experience. A great night’s sleep is of course a key part of the hotel or resort stay. So what do hotel owners look for when they shop for luxury hotel sheets?

The first qualities a hotel bedding buyer will look for are use of the best materials and exceptional manufacturing quality. They will look for items with allure that, at first touch, convey a luxurious look and feel. The sheets feel substantial and smooth. They are attractive to look at, with a finish that is both distinctive and neutral enough to fit a variety of room decor and styles. Since these items will be laundered frequently and need to be easy to handle, the buyer will look for quality, durable construction, and check that the sheets have simple laundering requirements. The sheets should be wrinkle free for no ironing, and easy to open, fold and tuck.

How to Select Top Quality Hotel Sheets

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Here are the basic elements a hotel buyer might use for selecting top quality hotel sheets:

  • Thread Count – Commonly defined as the number of individual yarn fabric strands per square inch, thread count is probably the most misunderstood element of sheet manufacture and design. For years, consumers have been relying on sheet thread counts as the sole determining factor of overall quality. While it is true that sheets with higher thread counts generally tend to be softer than those with lower thread counts, other factors can be even more important. Consumers should also keep in mind that sheets can only pack so many threads into a square inch. Take cotton sheets, for example. After reaching a cotton thread count of several hundred, customers will feel very little or no discernable difference when threat counts go higher.
  • Fabric – When it comes to bed sheets, most people agree that cotton is simply softer. Consumers choosing cotton bedding must then decide on a particular weave. For example, closely woven Percale sheets, which have a lighter, cooler feel, will stand up great against the wear and tear of multiple washes.  Sateen sheets recreate the feel of satin for a much softer sleeping experience.
  • Fiber Quality – Check to determine if the sheets contain long or short cotton fibers. This can make a tremendous difference in overall satisfaction. While sheets made from shorter fibers may sport a high thread count, these fibers will more readily break over time to produce lint and pilling that ultimately reduces surface softness. Egyptian cotton, for example, is a variety of cotton that is hand-picked so the fibers are unbroken and longer.  Longer and stronger fibers can be woven into higher thread count sheets, making them more durable and resistant to stress and tearing. Egyptian cotton sheets are also more porous, so they feel slightly cooler to sleep on.

Sobel Westex Quality in all our Luxury Hotel Bed Sheet Sets

Sobel Westex works closely with our mills to select the best cotton and other materials for our luxury hotel sheets and pillow cases.  We hold to the highest raw material and weaving standards in the industry with the result that all of our linen products are of the highest quality and comfort, both durable and beautiful for use in any setting. We have some of the most demanding customers in the world, and we know it. Our carefully selected and designed products have been created not only to provide a wonderful experience to hotel guests, but also to be durable, reliable and versatile, to please a variety of tastes and decors. We offer a variety of the same quality choices that have long pleased our resort customers guests, available for home shoppers and shipped to your door. Whichever Sobel Westex bed sheet set you choose, we know you will feel and experience the difference of a high quality hotel sheet over ordinary linens. Visit Sobel at Home for all the choices in quality hotel sheets, and every night’s sleep will feel like a vacation.

Give Dad Luxury Hotel Robe or Bedding for Father’s Day

Help Dad Celebrate Father’s Day in Style with Sobel at Home

Dad and baby boy at homeSince the first Father’s Day celebration was held in June 1910 by proud daughter Sonora Smart Dodd in Spokane, Washington’s YMCA to honor her dad, a single parent of six and civil war veteran, William Jackson Smart, American families have celebrated the important role that fathers play in our lives. Dads may not express it the same way as Moms, but having a warm, loving family and home to return to every day is just as important to them.

Give Dad the Best of our Warm and Cuddly Hotel Linens Collection

Sure we know dads are supposed to be tough and outdoorsy, but nothing says you love him like having comfort and luxury when he’s relaxing at home. With Sobel at Home’s line of luxury hotel robes, pillows and linens, you can pamper Dad whether he’s in the bath, in bed, or just lounging around the house. You might even be able to help Dad relive a great luxury hotel experience where the softest pillows and most luxurious bedding helped him sleep like a baby.

Here are a few of our luxury hotel products that will totally pamper your favorite dad on Father’s Day:

Help Dad Relax with a Hotel Quality Robe

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Let Dad experience his down time in a super soft and luxurious hotel quality robe. Choose from Sobel at Home’s selection of timeless resort spa bath robes, all made of high quality, absorbent materials for warmth, comfort and durability.

Our extra soft Five Star bath robe features a classic v-neck and 14-oz terry velour, perfect for drying off from an outing in the pool or hot tub, or for wrapping up after a shower.

The Calm Urbana Robe is made from sensuous 100% microfiber, elegantly highlighted with satin piping and extra deep pockets, available in eggshell and sage and perfect for lounging and relaxing at home.

The Perfect Fit Luxury Hotel Pillow

Does Dad toss and turn?  Maybe he snores at night?  Or maybe he wakes up a bit achy or cranky. Did you ever think maybe it’s his pillow? Having the right pillow for your sleep style is important to a good night’s sleep. Sobel Westex, parent of Sobel at Home, knows pillows well because we’ve been making top quality luxury hotel and resort pillows for our clients around the world for over 35 years.

Sobella pillows from Sobel Westex

Find the perfect pillow for Dad’s sleep style – side sleeper, back sleeper or stomach sleeper – firmness preference and pillow size among our selection of hotel quality pillows. Durable and made of only top quality materials, you will find the right style and feel to put Dad to sleep in no time and help him wake up refreshed. Our pillows range from 100% cotton to down or feather/down combination. Some styles, like Dolce Notte and Bellazure Duo, feature silpure antimicrobial finish to help keep the pillow fresh and minimize odors. Choose a brushed microfiber finish or cotton. Or, for environmentally-conscious dads, go eco-friendly with our comfortable PET siliconized fiber-filled (made from recycled plastic bottles) Dolce Vita Eco pillow.

Pamper Dad with Top Quality Hotel Bedding

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Does Dad’s bed looked slept in even after he makes it?  Maybe it’s time to spruce up his bedroom with a fine, durable and easy care bed sheet set and a new splash of color with a warm blanket from our hotel bedding collection.

Sobel Westex Alpaca blanket

Nothing says a good night’s sleep like an inviting bed with soft yet sturdy and durable hotel quality sheets. This Ni Nights bed set adds an executive flair to Dad’s bedroom with 300-thread count sheets, for stylish satin-striped comfort.

Dad will love an alpaca or chenille blanket to top his new bed set, adding warmth, sophistication and style. Perfect for snuggling, our ultra-soft alpaca wool blanket sports a decorative fringe and comes in eight colors to help you match it to dad’s favorite arm chair, sofa, bedroom set, or even his man cave decor.

chenille blankets four colors from Sobel Westex

Our stylish chenille blanket comes in four colors and is a great added layer of warmth in bed. Chenille’s exposed linear seams add texture and an inviting, relaxed look and feel.

Find many more hotel collection items in the Sobel at Home online store. And remember, Father’s Day will come and go next week, but Dad will remember his Sobel at Home gift and the gift giver all year long, every time he enjoys the quality and comfort it provides.

How to choose a good bed pillow

Choosing a good bed pillow is key to a good night’s sleep

Every year, millions of people around the globe do not get enough sleep. While there are lots of reasons for this, the right sleeping environment can make a big difference in the quality of our sleep. Maybe because it is a big purchase that will be around a long time, many people spend a great deal of time looking for the perfect mattress. But, when it comes to choosing a pillow, most of us don’t really think a lot about it.

Because it supports your head and neck, the lowly pillow actually plays a big role in the quality of your sleep experience. It’s worth understanding the pillow’s role in getting more and better quality sleep, and how to choose the right pillow for your individual needs.

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There are two things that a pillow is meant to provide, comfort and a correct sleeping posture. When you are uncomfortable, falling asleep can be difficult. Correct sleeping posture ensures that your head and neck remain in a supported and relaxed position, which prevents muscle pain as well as stiffness in the shoulders, head, neck and back. Without proper support, an ill-fitting pillow can cause (or worsen) headaches and numbness in the arms.

Is it time for a new pillow?

The average lifespan of a pillow varies greatly. However, you can determine your pillow’s effectiveness by performing the simple, quick test below.

Pillow test:

  1. Place your pillow flat.
  2. Now, fold it in half.
  3. Let go.

If your pillow does not return to its original position, it is time to start looking for a replacement.

Regardless of its age, if you feel upper body aches and pains when you wake, or wake up with a headache that eases as you walk around, you should look for a new pillow. Maybe you simply can’t get comfortable enough to quickly fall asleep – you may have the wrong pillow. And, because pillows can house dust mites and mold, many people prefer to replace their pillows every few years.

What is your sleep style?

Your pillow needs to keep your head in what is referred to as ‘neutral alignment.’ When your head is neutrally aligned, it does not rest too far forward or too far back; instead, your head rests evenly on your shoulders (just as it does when you practice good posture while standing).

Pillow for Side Sleepers

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Sobella Pillow

A side sleeper needs a medium or firm pillow and can also benefit from an extra-wide gusset. Whereas some pillows just have a top panel and bottom panel that are sewn together, a gusseted pillow has panels along all four sides to increase its thickness. This increased thickness works well to bridge the distance between your shoulder and your ear. In addition, if you are a side sleeper, consider placing a pillow between your knees to help align your spine. Instead of placing your shoulder at a 90-degree angle, reduce the stress on your trapezius muscle, neck and shoulder blades by positioning your shoulder slightly forward.

Pillow for Back Sleepers

If you prefer to sleep on your back, you should consider a thinner pillow; otherwise, your neck may sit too far forward, which will put excessive pressure on your C2 and C3 vertebrae. Choose a thinner pillow with extra loft to cradle your neck (loft refers to the amount of lift a pillow has). When there is extra loft at the bottom, it will be slightly thicker in this area. Many back-sleepers choose memory foam pillows because they mold to the shape of the head and neck. If you want to alleviate some of the pressure on your lower back, place a pillow beneath your knees.

Stomach Sleepers

Stomach sleepers should use the thinnest pillow available – or no pillow at all. If you sleep on your stomach, you are placing undue stress on your lower back. Sleeping on your side with a side-sleeping pillow is a better option. If you sleep on your stomach because you prefer to feel something pressing against your abdomen, try hugging a body pillow.

Choosing a Pillow Filling

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Dolce Notte II

Innovative materials available today have made some manufactured fibers just as comfortable as natural fibers, but more durable and often hypoallergenic. For the best of both worlds, some people choose pillows that contain a combination of natural and synthetic fillers, or they may use a firmer memory-foam pillow placed on top of a feather pillow.

Cotton-filled pillows are comfortable and are ideal if you have allergies to synthetic fillings or down. However, cotton pillows may lose their springiness and loft quicker than other types of fillings; therefore, you may need to replace a cotton-filled pillow more often.

Sahara Nights cotton pillow
Sahara Nights pillow

Down pillows provide good support with a soft and silky feel. Feather pillows contain larger feathers than down pillows do; thus, they may not be as comfortable as their down feather counterparts. A pillow with a combination filler that consists of feathers and down may be a good choice if you want the comfort of down at an affordable price. Some people may experience allergies to feathers and down.

Rice, flax seed and buckwheat hulls are natural pillow fillings that easily conform to the shape of your body. These pillows are rather heavy. When you move, the seeds make a rustling noise, which some people find quite soothing.

Memory foam pillows are made with a material that can retain its shape repeatedly. When you press down on it, the foam conforms to the contour of the weight; once the weight is removed, the foam springs back into its original shape. A memory foam pillow never loses its resilience.

Just like the memory foam, a water pillow contours around your head and neck. However, this pillow may be somewhat noisy when you change position.

Guide to Pillow Fillings and Support Levels

  • Polyester and cotton: medium to soft support
  • Wool medium to soft support: good thermal regulator
  • Down: medium support
  • Feather: firm
  • Memory foam: firm, molds to shape of your head and neck
  • Buckwheat: medium to firm support, noisy
  • Water: adjustable by altering the level of water

Roadmap to Better Sleep

Put your current pillow through the pillow test. Do you know what kind of pillow it is? Now, spend a few nights observing your own sleeping style – do you sleep primarily on your back? Side? Stomach? Pay attention to how you feel in the morning. Are you rested, or still feeling fatigued? Do you notice morning neck, shoulder or other pain? Then, use the guidelines above to help select your next pillow. With the right pillow, you may be surprised at how well you sleep and how refreshed you feel upon waking.

Bellazure Duo down and feather pillow
Bellazure Duo pillow

Quality Bed Pillows for Everyone Who Sleeps

As an experienced provider of luxury bedding for hotels worldwide, Sobel Westex has created a line of luxury pillows that offer something for every sleep style and preference. Our carefully selected and hotel-tested pillows are now available to everyone from our online boutique, Sobel at Home. Choose from a number of styles to find the pillow that provides just the firmness and support you need. Available in 100% cotton, down or advanced synthetic fiber, Sobel’s pillows also feature high thread count and attractive, durable design.  Let Sobel at Home help match your bed pillow to your sleep style and enjoy a good night’s sleep again.

New Year’s Resolution? Hint: It Should be Better Sleep

It’s a new year, and that means hope for another incredible season in your life. It’s inspiring to set forth goals and to see how hard work (or even simple changes in habits) can make them a reality.

We know you’ve got some big plans for you and your family, and that’s why we believe that the number one resolution on everyone’s list should be: getting consistent quality sleep.

We see a lot of the same New Year’s resolutions: from getting a promotion, to fitness and weight loss, to more outdoor adventures, to getting glowing and youthful skin. Having a good night’s rest more than just a couple times a week will make achieving these goals that much easier.

You’ve probably noticed that more and more studies are supporting the benefits of getting good zzz’s. It’s more than just the number of hours you need per night but truly getting the restorative sleep your body needs to replenish your energy reserves and getting rid of the toxins out of your system.

Sleep is when our bodies heal. The more rested you are, the more energy and mental faculties you’ll have to tackle life’s daily challenges.

So what’s the first step?

Optimizing your bed is the number one improvement you can make. Make your bed a sanctuary that brings comfort whenever you lay upon or even glance at it. Having a good quality mattress, pillow, and bedding will prime your body and mind for deep, restorative sleep. There is no one-size-fits-all. Customization is an important part of creating the dreamiest bed.

Some questions to ask yourself:

  1. Are you a side sleeper or a back sleeper?

  2. Do you prefer a firmer pillow or one that molds to your head and neck?

  3. Do you like your bed warmer or cooler? (Tip: cooler temp is optimum, get breathable linen to prevent sweating)

 

Customization is available for your mattress and pillows. But unlike a mattress, upgrading your pillows and linen are easier on the wallet. Whether you have an older or newer mattress, be sure to get a mattress pad to protect your investment.

 

For more ideas, check out our tips to improving the quality of sleep. Have a toddler? Here are some simple tips to wrangle them into bed.

Sobel’s Dreamy Winter-Inspired Bedroom: Gray, Ivory, Blush, & Gold

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Create the dreamiest bedroom this holiday season with a trend that will surely carry on to the new year. Our favorite palette (and perfect for winter) is gray, ivory, blush, and gold.

You’ve probably seen this trending palette everywhere on Pinterest, and we absolutely love it. If you’re looking to recreate a similar look and feel, just follow the links below, plus some tips and alternate inspiration to fill in the rest of your room’s decor.

  1. Bedding: Choose an ivory base like Sobel’s Ni Nights Bed Set in Ivory
  2. Comforter: Upgrade your lighter duvet for a warmer duvet insert like Sobella’s Duvet.
  3. Blanket: Finish the look with our newest Alpaca Blanket in velvety gray, perfect for chilly nights, and pups who love to snuggle.

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Final Touches

  1. Pillows: There are so many options and this is one area where you can infuse your personal flare and taste. Stack at least three pillows deep for an ultra-cozy feel. Get European-size pillows and place them closest to the headboard, and finish up with throw pillows and a lumbar pillow for added dimension. For the best look, go dramatic and have one black throw pillow, others in blush with ivory/gold, and one with an eye-catching pattern. 
  2. Gold Geo Terrarium: Add dimension and texture with geometrical designs in gold. (I personally keep mine empty of plants and filled with white sand because I don’t have the greenest thumbs.) Place them on your nightstand or hang them from the ceiling.
  3. Frames: Have space above your headboard? Do a collage of varied frames in three colors: Gold, White, and Black. Give your nightstand a personal touch by adding a vintage ivory-colored frame with your favorite romantic photo.

What better way to inspire your seasonal style than a bedroom update that will not only be easy on your wallet and but easy on the eyes!

We hope you enjoy decorating your cozy, winter oasis this season. We’d love to see what you come up with; tag us on Instagram @sobelathome or #sobelstyle.

Bring Home Style with Sobel’s Alpaca Blanket

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We wanted to highlight all the love we’ve been receiving from our #Sobellites for our newly released Alpaca Blankets. We hope they give you as much warmth and inspiration as they have given us!

From the dining table to the couch, and bed, my Alpaca Blanket is my go-to. It’s lightweight, durable, incredibly soft, and resistant to odors (trust me, if you have cats, dogs, or little ones, this a huge plus!). Working from home has never been this cozy.

So why is Alpaca wool the number one choice for families? 

There are plenty of options when it comes to natural fibers, but nothing comes close to the versatility, warmth, and softness of Alpaca wool. Considered one of the most luxurious fabrics in the world’ Alpaca wool is naturally hypoallergenic, stain-resistant, and is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. What’s more is that it does not contain lanolin, unlike other fibers, which require special chemical treatment during processing. 

Now, let’s check out some of the most stylish IG maven’s, staying warm and decorating with our beloved Alpaca Blankets. 

I haven't quite started decorating for #christmas yet, but I did receive this beautiful alpaca & wool blend throw from @sobelathome a couple days ago. Along with it a code for my followers to receive 20% off site wide: SOBELLITE 💛 . . Sobelathome.com has bedding, pillows, blankets, and linens for bedroom and bath. I can personally vouch for their amazing bed pillows!!! . . Link will be in my profile today in case you want to do some #holiday shopping with the coupon code 👍🏻 . . Does anyone else store their seasonal pillows under the sofa? 😂 Also a reminder to post today for #thursdaytrays 🌿 . #sobelstyle #thursdaythrows #throwpillowthursday #brightwhitewednesday #holidaylovinhome #thursdaythrowpillows

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The recent master bedroom mirror makeover has really changed the room already. I'm not quite ready to paint my furniture (though I've had the itch), so instead I'm restyling other spaces- like this cute little corner that needed some love. I added a gorgeous fringed throw and it instantly Fall-ized (is that a word, because it should be) the chair and made it all cozy. I love a good neutral accessory that I can move around all year long. I'm sure this will get quite a bit of use this winter in front of the fireplace. Jump on over to @sobelathome and grab one for yourself for 20% off with the code "Sobellite" at checkout. . . . #operationprettyhouse #house #home #homedecor #instadecor #homesweethome #pretty #makehomeyours #myhautehome #interior #interiordesign #design #decor #decoration #farmhousestyle #myprettyproject #cozyhometuesday #textiletuesday #textilesontuesday #lightandbrighttuesday #mytargettuesday #tuftedtuesdays #neutralhomedecor #neutral . . @socraftycreative @justalittlesparkle_ @urban.farm.girl @socalpvhome @angieswreathsandmore @thegraycottage @meadowfarmhouse @gracegreydesigns, @everythingsolovely, @iheartdecorating, @downshilohroad @living5eleven @gracegreydesigns, @everythingsolovely, @iheartdecorating, @downshilohroad

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How to Keep Your Stress Levels Low this Holiday Season

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Stressors during the holidays come in all forms. From the kids and their holiday school activities, endless shopping, to office parties for you or your spouse, and plenty of family get-togethers. There’s a lot of out-of-the-norm activities that will require extra planning and preparation. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy rather than stress during one of the most wonderful times of the year.

Get Lots of Sunlight

With the change in daylight savings and shorter days, it’s more important than ever to get adequate sunlight. Without enough sunlight exposure, your serotonin levels can dip to low levels and contribute to feeling the blues, leaving you with less energy and enthusiasm to tackle the work ahead. With so much to be excited for, keep your mental health at optimum by getting enough sunlight.

Don’t Overschedule

It’s important to know your limits. Be mindful of where your threshold lies when it comes to scheduling your days and weeks. Give yourself enough time in advance to get things done, and spread out the work over the course of days and weeks, rather than lumping all your tasks into one day or one weekend.

Start Early & Pace Yourself

Similar to the tip above, this is a lifesaver. Get your holiday gift shopping done early and online wherever possible. With the development of online shopping services, it’s never been easier to purchase from the comfort of your home and pick up what you need or have it delivered to your home. From groceries to home goods, take advantage of shopping and delivery apps like Instacart and Curbside.

Eat Well & Maintain Regular Exercise

I’m sure you’ve heard this year after year, but busy days mean less time for exercise and proper nutrition (in truth, it’s more challenging to adhere to when we’re feeling stressed, rather than not having enough time). The simple answer is that we often let our diets go wayside during the holidays because there is an abundance of delicious food and events that make it hard to stick to a healthy meal plan, and we, of course, want to partake in all the fun. That’s what makes the holidays great. But to keep up with the holiday tasks ahead, you need the energy. If you’re feeling exhausted, funny enough, exercise and meal portions will do the trick!

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Make Time for Your Favorite Past Times

From reading to daily outdoor walks, Netflix marathons, meditation, or catching up on your favorite YouTube video tutorials, don’t forgo your past times just because things are hectic. Keep your regularly scheduled activities, or simply cushion time at the end of your day to continue these happy rituals. They’re your go-to for when the stress gets unbearable and will help you unwind and decompress.

Breathe in Your Favorite Holiday Scents

Cinnamon, hot cocoa, wintergreen, pine, and more. One of the easiest ways to soothe the mind is through relaxing, centering scents. Get your favorite holiday candle and fill the house with the smell of joy and festivities. Remind yourself that this is what all your work is about–the celebration of family.

Focus on Family

At the end of the day, regardless of whether plans work out or not, or disagreements arise because everyone is tired and exhausted, remember to focus on family. We don’t know what the new year will bring, but the holidays are moments in time we will cherish forever. The laughter, the joy, even the disappointments. Nothing good comes without a little bad. But that’s what makes it memorable. It’s okay to feel happy and sad, especially during this time of the year, just recenter and remember who you’re doing all this wonderful work for: for yourself and for your beautiful family.

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Trick-or-Treat! Halloween Safety Tips for 2016

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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is only a couple days away. We want you to have the best time with the kiddos, and that’s why we’re excited to share some safety tips. These small considerations and preparations are sure to keep the terror goblins from ruining the memorable candy hunting adventure with your little Doctor’s, Superheroes, Zombies, Princesses, and more.

Tip #1: Routes Matter!

  • Always trick-or-treat with your kids or assign another trusted parent who is watching over a small group. Trick-or-treating is the most fun as a group, but that can mean less attention for each Halloweener. A good ratio is 3 kids to 1 parent.
  • Plan a familiar route, preferably in your neighborhood, where you’re more likely to recognize and know your neighbors.
  • Choose well-lit paths, and avoid isolated homes or areas that are lacking in Halloween activity.
  • Be sure to pack a flashlight. You can also purchase mini flashlights that can easily be worn on a child’s wrist.

Tip #2: Have the Safety Talk

  • From younger children to teens, give them the safety talk: practicing their “No!” loudly, and remembering the “Stranger Danger” tips you’ve discussed before. For teens, remind them to have their phones ready, to be mindful of their surroundings, and to never be talked into going somewhere.
  • Give them whistles they can wear around their neck or wrists and use if needed.
  • For younger children who can sometimes stray, it doesn’t hurt to give them a bracelet or necklace with your phone number. You can also teach them to call 911 in an emergency or in case of separation.

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  • Glow sticks are super fun, and also a great way to keep your kids from blending in with the crowd. It can be hard to spot them in disguise, especially in a crowd full of other costumed children.
  • Another option is to fasten reflective tape onto costumes or bags to ensure drivers can easily spot them on the road.

Tip #4: Dress Comfortably

  • Chilly nights can lead to runny noses that could easily turn into a cold. Be sure to dress for the weather! Before heading out, check the temperature and weather conditions. Bundle up if needed, or bring an umbrella if rain is likely.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. As cute as those Princess heels can be, they are sure to end the night early when their feet gets too sore. Bring along extra pairs of comfortable shoes.

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  • Bags full of candy and treats can lead to tummy aches. Having a hearty dinner will not only ensure they have the energy for an evening of adventuring but can prevent them from overeating sweets.
  • As thoughtful as homemade treats can be, unless you know who gave the treat, we recommend avoiding them altogether. Only eat goodies wrapped in commercial packaging.

We hope you have a safe and wonderful Halloween, filled with laughter and fun, galavanting with other ghouls and Superheros.

October Family Fun: Gingerbread Haunted House!

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We’re back with another fun activity for you and the family.

Halloween is the perfect time to let the kids’ creativity run wild; and along the way, build traditions they can look forward to year after year. It’s family time that will leave you just as excited as the kids—nieces and nephews included!

Today, we’re building a Gingerbread Haunted House. We know what your kids are going to say when they see you pulling out the goodies for your Haunted Gingerbread House, “But aren’t gingerbread houses for Christmas?”

This is a spin on a family favorite. The best part is that you can make it as spooky as you like, and then watch a creepy-good Halloween movie. Our short-list of our favorites includes Hocus Pocus, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Monster House, and Nightmare Before Christmas. Then see if your Haunted Gingerbread House is just as spooky.

We’d love to see your creations, just tag us on Instagram @sobelathome!

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Now, here’s some tips and inspiration to get you started:

  1. Expand the spookiness by adding a lawn for your gingerbread house
  2. Make soil by crumbling up a bag of Oreo Cookies (separating the middle)
  3. Cookie headstones: they sure look deliciously edible!
  4. Get a small bag of Halloween hard candy and pick out the bones, and mini-ghouls and skulls to decorate!
  5. Check out Pinterest for more fun ideas!

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Best Family Activities to do in October

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October is a busy month! It’s the month that truly kicks off the fall season; the first in a slew of holiday festivities. The kids have been at school for a month now, and everyone is back into a predictable schedule. So many fun opportunities to spend time with our family and give the kids meaningful traditions that they’ll back on with fond memories.

We’ve broken it down by outdoor and indoor activities. We’ll be exploring the indoor activities more indepth, so be sure to tune back in!

For the outdoor activities, make sure to check your local paper (or online) for a full calendar of activities. Most cities aim to build a sense of community with their residents and are sure to have events lined up for the whole family to enjoy!

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Outdoors:

  1. Pumpkin picking
  2. County Fair
  3. Festivals – Harvest, Books, Arts & Crafts, Wine & Beer
  4. Haunted Happenings
  5. Halloween Movies – have a weekly movie night or go to the theaters to watch the latest Halloween movie
  6. Neighborhood walks – let the kids go hunting for the perfect autumn leaves

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Indoors:

  1. Bake your favorite fall treats
  2. Pumpkin Carving + Arts & Crafts
  3. Decorate indoors or the lawn with spooky ghouls and more!
  4. Halloween Party! Throw a party for your friends (yes, adults can have parties just for themselves) or throw one for the kids and their friends.
  5. Family photos (Indoor & Outdoor)
  6. Share a pumpkin-spiced milkshake (or pumpkin pie and pumpkin ice cream!)

 

 

2016 Fall Decor Trends

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Looking for fall decor inspiration? Here are four of the top fall decor trends so you can kick off the coziest season of the year in style!

 

  1. Neutral but spicy

This year, fall decor is exploring fifty shades of neutrals. Not a bad way to start the season. Neutrals are perfect for integrating festive decor into the original design without being too bold or loud (if that’s what you’re going for). The colors are soothing and inviting, they help fill in space without looking too cluttered. Not only that, but neutral fall decor helps extend the season into winter.

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  1. Layered Rugs

This is an interesting trend. What’s great about this option is that you can add dimension to your floors. Pair patterned rugs over large neutral area rugs. It’s a great way to highlight the season, without making it a permanent staple in your home’s interior design.

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  1. Metallics

We’re loving the metallics this season! From glass and metallic pumpkins, to vases, and more, shiny is in. Mix and match from matte metallics to glossy and reflective.

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  1. Faux Furs

Nothing is cosier this time of the year than faux fur blankets and pillows. We’re seeing faux fur pillows on everything from couches to beds, and entryway benches. They sure are making a fun and super cozy splash.

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5 Ideas for an Instantly Cozier Bedroom

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Candles

Nothing says cozy and warm like the gentle flicker of a candlelight. Forgo the harsh lamplights and give your room a softer glow that’s easier on the eyes. We love these heavenly candles; the internationally-inspired fragrances are pure bliss. But if you’re sensitive to fragrance, go with any fragrance-free candle. The goal isn’t the fragrance so much as it is the “mood lighting.” Forgo the harsh lamplights and give your room a calming glow.

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Faux Fur

Nothing shouts cozy than those luxurious faux fur blankets. Throw it across your bed, or angled across the foot of your bed for an instant cozy feel. Amp up the look and get a small faux fur pillow to accent.

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Accent Pillows

Speaking of accenting…there are so many ways to dress up your bed; one of the best ways is with extra plush pillows. You can go for a more elegant look by having everything color coordinated, or go for a more bohemian style with a mish mash of textures and designs.

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Extra Fluffy Duvet Inserts

Jump into a bed of clouds with a supremely fluffy duvet insert. Nothing says cozy like a blanket you can get lost in. The kids (pets included) are going to have a blast in on these duvets! They’re perfect for those cold nights—you might even be able to nix the heater all together.

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Breakfast in bed

Now that your bedroom is ultra cozy, feel free to spend a little more time snuggled in. Make a light breakfast or snack, serve on a tray, and share with the spouse and kids. Let the early morning light in by pulling your curtains back or opening your blinds, and enjoy the bliss of being in your perfect sanctuary.cozy-bedroom-breakfastinbed

 

Top 5 Beauty Rituals Before Bedtime!

Arguably more important than our morning beauty routine is our evening routine.

Our skin encounters a lot of stressors throughout the day, from sun exposure, to bacteria, to city grime and sweat, these environmental factors can give us tired-looking skin, and accelerate signs of aging, which include an increase in fine lines, dark spots, and less elasticity.

If you want to combat these stressors and wake up with fresh, glowing skin, then keep reading!top-5-beauty-rituals1

 

Step 1: Cleanse

 

Your morning routine likely includes moisturizer, SPF, and some amount of makeup. It’s surprising just how all of that can protect and beautify and yet, if left unwashed before bedtime, can quickly clog pores. Whether your skin is acne prone, or you’ve been blessed with blissfully accommodating skin, don’t go a night without cleansing. Pick a gentle cleanser. One that is soothing and doesn’t strip your face of essential oils.

Get an even deeper cleanse with a clay mask.

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Step 2: Moisturize

 

Okay, so I just told you to take it all off…and now I want you to put it back on?

 

Yes! If you want dewy skin in the morning, pack on an ultra-dense night cream. Bedtime is the best time to nourish and heal. Pick moisturizers with lots of vitamins: A, E, and C.

 

Also, consider one of those ultra-hydrating wet masks. I like to use them after a clay mask to quickly pack the moisture back.

 

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Step 3: Touch

 

Our skin is our biggest organ and deserves just as much attention (as our face). Even if you don’t suffer from dry skin, you’ll benefit from lathering on moisturizer. While you’re at it, massage away any muscle aches. Even better, have your partner (or your little one) do it. Studies show that we feel happy when we’re touched. Hugs and massages before bed? Yes, please!

 

Step 4: Put Away the Screens

 

Moving quickly from highly stimulating activities such as working on your laptop or browsing your phone, and then expecting our bodies to fall asleep quickly and deeply is unlikely. Find a routine that properly unwinds you and prepares your body to ease into a comfortable, soothing sleep. Studies show that it’s beneficial to unplug from any blue light-emitting devices 30 minutes before bedtime. Take this time before bed to sit still, meditate, or read a book.

 

Step 5: Give Your Scalp Some Love

 

Who doesn’t want to have long or superbly thick locks? Stimulate your scalp using your fingers or one of those metal prong-like massagers. Not only does it feel amazing (my face gets goosebumps every time!), but it’s a great way to activate the roots and stimulate hair growth. It’s also a great relaxation technique. Massage your scalp with essential oils to get an added boost.

 

Try these tips at home, and don’t forget to check back in for more!

2016 Color of the Year: Alabaster

If you didn’t know it yet, Alabaster was announced as Sherwin Williams, 2016’s Color of the Year. You’ve probably seen Pinterest and Instagram filled with alluring interior design splashing white on white schemes. From farmhouse, to cottage, and coastal, Alabaster is a natural white that complements not only these rustic themes, but is also inclusive of contemporary and modern styles.

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Alabaster is a color that will be popular for years to come. It’s the perfect clean canvas to work with and incredibly versatile. The kind of neutral color that most of us aren’t afraid of starting with.

 

Paint an entire room, or color all but one wall (we hear taupe is the next season’s favorite, and would make the perfect accent wall). Alabaster invites mindfulness and creates a sense of serenity. It takes us back to simpler times before electronic gadgets and the non-stop noise of social and tech media.

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Of all the colors, white bounces the most light. It’s perfect for small spaces that need help to bring more depth into a room. Not only does it give the illusion of space, but it’s an essential element to lifting mood and creating a sense of calmness, peace, and tranquility.

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This natural shade of white is inviting and welcoming of all styles. It’s the perfect finish for a guest bedroom as well as a master bedroom, and complements every seasonal change. Just imagine earthy colors, from rich browns, greens, and oranges, to cooler shades of gray and navy. You can refresh your room as often as the seasons change, and with little effort!

Healthy Sleep Tips for Your Toddler

Did you know that toddlers need about 11-14 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period? It’s kind of a blessing, isn’t it? Because moms and dads themselves, need a little extra time to unwind and get quality sleep.

But if your little one is experiencing sleep troubles, there are a couple of common contributing factors. According to National Sleep Foundation: resisting going to bed, nighttime awakenings, and nightmares are the likely culprit. So here are a couple tips to make bedtime less of a battle!

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Tip #1 Schedule & Routine

Much like our own body’s need for schedule and routine to signal our readiness for sleep, it’s incredibly important for toddlers. One of the best ways to avoid sleep issues is by sticking to a predictable routine, and a consistent bedtime. The earlier the better as the growth hormone is produced only in the fourth stage of sleep. Sleeping earlier gives them more time in the fourth stage of sleep to produce this hormone, which can seriously affect their growth.

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Tip #2 Bedroom Environment

The less changes in their bedroom, the less likely they’ll be distracted and can focus on sleep. Try to maintain their bedroom environment, and keep it the same every night. Keep the room at a cool and comfortable temperature, and minimize any possible distractions.

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Tip #3 Setting Limits

On top of having a consistent schedule and a consistent bedroom environment, having a cool-down from stimulants such as TV, iPads, and other e-screens is an important part of quieting the busy mind. For both adults and children alike, cutting off exposure to blue light as well as reducing distractions can help to ease the mind into better sleep.

Hope these tips help! And if you haven’t done so already, sign up and join us on the next post for more tips like these.

 

Back to School Confidence

This is an important time of the year. Say farewell to the carefree summer days and hello to the academic grind! There is a lot to plan for, from shopping for the kids’ supplies and school wardrobe, to scheduling after school activities, we know that you’ve got a lot on your plate.

For many Pre-K & elementary parents, bedwetting may still be a battle. If that’s the case, we want to do our part in supporting you. With hectic schedules and new routines, you need all the energy you can get. Getting the quality sleep to kick-start the new school year is a must.

Give your mattress added protection and extend its life by purchasing a water-resistant mattress pad. Whether you have young children or pets who love to cuddle in your bed, accidents are bound to happen. Some smells need a good wash only a machine can give; having a mattress pad will come to your rescue time and time again. Save yourself (and your bank account) a trip to the mattress store by protecting your investment.

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With shorter days and lots of schedules to cater to, getting consistent, quality sleep has never been more important. It all starts with your bed. Studies show that our bodies naturally cool off when we fall asleep, and helping your body get to that lower temperature can encourage deeper, more restful sleep. Look for quality, breathable linen that wicks away moisture and keeps your body cool.

We hope you’ve had a blast this summer and start the school year rested and motivated!

 

3 Simple Tips to Improve Your Sleep

Did you know that routines help to signal your brain that sleep is coming soon? The body loves routines. It struggles when we don’t have one or when we can’t stick to a schedule.

Here are three easy improvements you can make today to help you get the best night’s sleep!

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Tip #1 Timing

Reduce your anxiety and stress by creating a predictable schedule. Try as much as possible to go to bed at the same time every night. The same goes for waking up. Even on weekends, the closer you stick to the same sleep schedule, the less tossing and turning you’ll do.

Tip #2 Turn off your Gadgets

From your TV to your phones, computers, and tablets. Studies show that the artificial “blue” light emitted by electronic screens triggers your body to produce more daytime hormones (such as cortisol). Start by turning them off at least one hour before bedtime. If that seems too hard, start with thirty minutes, and go from there.

Tip #3 Block the light!

Did you know that your skin has receptors that pick up light? We sleep better in a dark environment. Light sources, especially those bright flood lights from our backyards or streetlights can be disruptive. Get “blackout” curtains to block the amount of light in your bedroom. If that’s not enough, get a sleep mask. There are some on the market that block more than 98% percent of light!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope these simple ideas help you. We’ve got plenty more, so join us again on the next post to get the latest promotions, plus tips, ideas and more, and start your journey to a healthier, more rested you!

3 Reasons to Pamper Yourself

We know exactly how you feel. It’s been a long week. Whether the hours were grueling or the kind of work you do is mentally and creatively draining, it’s important to take time to care for yourself. Pampering doesn’t have to be a splurge, simply taking time out of your day to be present and in the moment is shown to be just as effective.

Pampering is more than just self-indulging, it’s an important aspect of healthy living. Here are three reasons why dedicating time to pampering yourself is a must!

#1 Boost Your Immunity 

Studies show that people who know how to comfort themselves have a better immune response to stress. From having less body-wide inflammation, to better immunity, taking the time to care for yourself is shown to have great health benefits.

#2 Your Skin Deserves It

Environmental stressors can definitely affect our skin. From outside exposures (like sun damage) to lack of sleep, your skin can be an indicator of your age (i.e. lack of care can make you look older), so take some years off by nourishing and soothing your skin.

#3 Relieve Tension

Your muscles carry tension, especially if you experience day-to-day stress. Massages can break down knots and help to detoxify your body. Get your partner or friend to swap massages, or set aside a monthly allowance for a much-needed full body massage.

Start on the road to healthy living by practicing the art of pampering!

A Healthier, More Rested You

sobelpin05It’s incredible how much time we spend sleeping. It equates to about a third of our lives, making it a cornerstone of our health. Sleep is what gives us more energy, more stamina, and greater access to our creativity.

Unfortunately, not all sleep is created equal. That’s why your bedding is one of the most valuable investments you can make. These materials come in direct contact with your skin for long hours at a time, and can absolutely influence the quality of your sleep. It’s not a luxury so much as it is a necessity. From your linen, to your pillows, blankets and more, every part is essential to getting the rejuvenating sleep you need so you can conquer the day ahead.

At Sobel, we’re committed to giving you the best night’s sleep. Update your entire bed, or upgrade one piece at a time. We recommend starting with your pillows. That’s why we’re extending our pillow sale. Extended until Sunday, July 31st, take advantage of our best-selling pillows and get 30% off. Go ahead! You deserve the best night’s sleep.

Don’t forget to sign up for our email list, so you can get the latest promotions and start your journey to a healthier, more rested you.

Pillow Talk & The Quest for Sleep

It’s been a long day. You are tucking your child into bed and they have that look in their eyes: alert and somewhat pleading. It’s the look that says they still have energy and they’re not ready for sleep.

Sound familiar?

Reading them a book could work. Perhaps a glass of warm milk. But you’re ready to try something different.

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It’s time for a little Pillow Talk. Start by dimming the lights and turning on the fan or A/C. Get the room nice and cool. Fluff their favorite Sobel pillow, and tuck them in tight. With a low voice, ask a series of questions that are sure to get some interesting answers. Make it fun for you by following the thoughts wherever they lead. Let them do the work by doing most of the talking. All you have to do is listen and hear the very heart of their thoughts. The task is sure to get them drowsy.

As you wind down, use their answers to encourage them to think about tomorrow, and how tomorrow will be here the quicker they fall asleep…

Here are some fun questions you can ask:

  • What do you like most about your best friend?
  • What are you most proud of yourself for?
  • If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
  • If you saw a dragon, what would it look like? How would it behave?
  • Who is the kindest person you know? Tell me more about them.
  • What is the best compliment you have ever received?
  • Who would you give that same compliment to?
  • If you could make up your own animal, what would it look like?
  • What is something you would like to try tomorrow?
  • What is something you would like to learn or get better at?
  • Tell me about your favorite story and why?
  • Tell me about your favorite teacher and why?
  • If you could invent a game, what kind of game would it be?
  • What is one good thing you wish for your friend?

Beach Essentials

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Find your perfect pool towel

With many more long days ahead of us, summer is far from over. Whether you’ve been beachside or poolside these last few weekends, or are finally making time to do so, we’ve got you covered!

Our list of beach and pool essentials will ensure you make the most of your day in the sun–and looking fabulous while you’re at it! We’ve listed out this summer’s hottest products. From sunscreen, to the best summer reads, to your new favorite beach towel: Sobel’s extra large pink and white block-striped towel. This super-soft and ultra-absorbent cotton towel doubles as a blanket. Get one for you and your bestie and you’ll be lounging comfortably and stylishly for hours.
 

Summer is all about making memories and modeling your inner sun goddess, but don’t forget to stay hydrated and reapply sunscreen every few hours. Everyone wants a great tan, but it’s important to do it safely, and fight the early signs of aging. Just in case the heat is extra dry, bring a couple water bottles, plus a travel sized face mist to keep your skin from losing too much moisture.

 

Now, get your tote bag, bikini, sandals, sunglasses, and phone (or one of those cute mini polaroid cameras) and make a splash!

 

Want That Pillow From Your Hotel?

What was it about that last hotel stay that you can’t quite put your finger on? There was something about the hotel room. What was it? All you remember is that you slept well. Really well. It was perhaps the best night’s sleep you’ve had in a long time. You woke up relaxed, renewed, and ready for the day. It must have been the bed and those dreamy pillows. Oh right! The pillows. They were perfectly plush and just the right amount of cushion. Now you’re thinking, “I want that pillow!”

 

Recreate that perfect night’s sleep with your own luxury hotel bed pillow. Soft and guaranteed to never fall flat, Sobel’s premium signature hotel pillows are designed for comfort and elegance. Available in eco-friendly, gel fiber, feather and down, soft, medium, and firm. Pair it with our zippered pillow protector for extended optimal care. With our 100% money back guarantee, it’s time to get the restorative night’s sleep you deserve.

Rest Well with Sobel Pillows

 

What are you resting on? It’s important to ask yourself if you are taking care of your body during the rejuvenating and repair stages as your sleep.

What you rest on can either enhance or deter your body’s natural response to muscle repair and memory consolidation. When you take into consideration your sleep’s architecture and provide yourself with quality material, your body can maximize the time it has to repair s
ore muscles and renew your energy for all of life’s activities you have planned. You must have heard it said many times, that you spend over 1/3 of your life sleeping and laying on your bed and pillows. Make sure it’s the right ones.

You can look forward to a sweet escape, knowing the you can jump into bed and rest easy. Our pillows cradle your head and supports your neck as you sleep, alleviating and preventing many forms of shoulder, back, or neck pain.  How well you sleep affects your health, both mentally and physically.

John Steinbeck once said that, “it is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.” Let your pillow be your committee and all the aches and pains of your day be refreshed by morning!

Make sure you give yourself the best possible rest you can, so you can the very best version of yourself in the morning. You have a life to live and we want to help you live it well rested!

Click here to find your pillows for the best nights of sleep ever!