Feb 16

8 Tips on How to Wake Up With the Roosters

Out here in Wyoming we get more done by 10 A.M than those right-coasters do darn near all day. We pride ourselves on a exhausting work ethic and getting the most out of our bodies from sun up to sun down. Granted, sometimes we get full as a tick the night before and up sleeping in until 7 but for the most part we have to make sure to tip-toe as to not wake up the roosters. There are a heap of benefits to being an early riser, and here’s some lessons you can take to be cracking eggs before the crack of dawn.

Use Natural Light to Your Advantage

It’s pretty easy to sleep in when you’ve converted your room to a virtual cave. Dark sashes on the windows pulled tight makes it so you might not have an idea on whether it’s high noon or quarter ’til midnight outside. One way to get on the trail to waking up early is to use the natural light of the morning to your advantage. This can be accomplished by hanging either lighter curtains or just leaving them open when you turn in for the night but either way you won’t be able to hit snooze on the bright Wyoming sun.

Work Towards a Certain Time

Just as if you were addicted to sunflower seeds, it’s hard to gold cold turkey when giving them up. The same premise exists no matter what you’re working for in life – it takes actual work. It’s dang near impossible to go from rolling out of your bedroll at 11 A.M to trying to wake up at 5:30 and if you do you’ll look like the walking dead all morning. For the best success, work your way to an earlier wake up time so your body can adjust.

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Try an App

Now personally I think today’s kids are spending way to much time on their phones, laptops, and tablet do-hickeys but it turns out those little apps can really be helpful in getting you out of bed in the A.M. There are programs to download that make you stand up before the alarm shuts off or that wake you up at the perfect time because your phone senses your optimum sleep cycle ending. Personally my dog Rusty who needs to go outside at 4:00 in the morning to go to the bathroom is the only app I need.

Have a De-Stressing Morning Activity Plan

Hunters leave the roost at about 3 in the morning because they want to get out into a good spot by daybreak. The reason their bodies let them wake up that early is because they want to not because they have to. Similarly if your first activity out of bed is to clean the house or do paperwork your brain will shut down but if it’s watching the morning news, having a cup of coffee, and reading the paper it’s easier to hop out of bed. Plan a stress free activity first thing in the morning that’s something to look forward to.

Go To Bed Earlier

It’s pretty much a no-brainer but the more sleep and rest you have the easier it will be to wake up early and you’ll function a lot better. It might be hard to go to bed too early but it’s possible if you use up more energy during the day (physical work, exercise) and clear your head at night (meditation, relaxation). Your body needs a set amount of sleep and for many of us that’s easier to compromise by going to bed earlier rather than sleeping in later in the morning.

Find the Right Alarm For Your Brain

Along the same lines of those phone apps that let force you to get on with your day are a varied amounts of alarm clocks and ringers. Depending on your body you might react better to a blaring noise that sounds like an air raid siren or a soft melodic tune that slowly shakes the cobwebs off your system. Be aware that experts say a slow, gradual greeting to the morning is often more productive (and safer) than the thundering sound of 19 bison coming through your wall but everybody reacts a little different.

Realize That the Snooze Button Is a Waste

Just like you can’t keep milking a cow after it’s empty to get more dairy product, sleeping past a certain length of time doesn’t have any additional productivity values and can actually hinder your mood. After your body has gone through it’s ideal REM sleep period you might as well just wake up. Sure you might naturally fell groggy and you still might be a little cranky but your body is going to be just as healthy either way so you might as well get on with your day.

Maintain the Schedule Through the Weekend

I’ve known plenty of people in my life that I call “5-Dayers” which means they completely shut it down on the weekend. It’s not uncommon running into them on a Monday morning and while explaining your active weekend they just respond, “I slept all weekend.” They’re not lying either as when 5-dayers head out on Friday night and say “see you Monday” they really mean they aren’t going to get out of bed for the next 50-60 hours. If you want to maintain the positive gains you’ve got in waking up early, avoid the temptation to sleep in until noon on the weekends or days off.

Understand the Benefits of Being an Early Riser

The benefits of waking up early are much more than an old wives tale. Studies show that people that associate themselves as ‘morning people’ are better planners, get better grades, are more proactive, and are more optimistic among other traits. That seems pretty easy to see why as those who get up early have resisted the urge of their body telling them to sleep and instead are doing something about it. Early morning on the ranch is definitely more peaceful and constructive and getting out of your bedroll at a decent hour simply gives you more daylight to be productive.

Granted there are some writers who would famously drink a bottle of scotch then start their workday at 7 PM to be more productive but most of us would be fear and loathing of a schedule like that. The majority benefits from an earlier wake-up so give it a shot.

Feb 14

Proper Care For Your Mattress So You Don’t Get Flea-Bitten

A fire new mattress is one of the best purchases a Wyoming citizen can make. Actually, it’s one of the most procrastinated investments many of us make as we determine our old beds have ‘another year or 5′ in them. When you do finally buck up and bed down with a new mattress, make sure you follow these steps to keep it as comfortable as possible for as long as you own it.

Regular Flipping / Rotating
Imprints from our sleep are the quickest way to wear down a mattress faster than it should – especially if a 300 pound cowboy shares the bed with a 118 pound little lady. The best way to allow the bed to wear in a uniform manner is by flipping it about every three months. Even one-sided mattresses should at least be rotate on roughly the same schedule.

Have a Solid Frame
It may be tempting to save some of your loot on a new bed set by purchasing just the mattress and not the box spring. The truth is box springs wear just as the mattresses do and keeping that sagging, old spring in place will cause the bed to conform that much faster.

Use a Pad
You wouldn’t ride a horse without a saddle and you shouldn’t fall asleep on your bed without first installing a mattress pad. The pad will absorb any accidents from the night and will prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Mold stains the mattress and it causes adverse health effects like eye irritation and sinus pain which prevents a quality sleep.

You want the ol’ flea trap to be as comfortable and relaxing as long as possible so make sure to take a few minutes of the day to preserve your investment.

Feb 12

How to Appease the Barn Sour that Won’t Leave Home

In Western terms a barn sour is a horse that won’t leave the stable or becomes stubborn on a ride. Unfortunately in life some people take on this trait as well, refusing to leave the comfort of their home or even spending most of their day in bed. While we all deserve our rest, life on the plains can pass us by if we don’t get up and move so here are some tips for turning the sour in your ranch into a sweet.

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Plan Fun Activities
When we try to get our bucky horses out of the stables we have to relate positive experiences away from their comfort zone. People who have social anxieties work in much of the same way. Even though Wyoming folk are friendly, welcoming, and talkative in some people’s minds they feel vulnerable in a public setting. Associate your spouse, children, friend with enjoyment and fun so they realize what they’re missing by being a homebody.

Give Them a Purpose
Some people are like horses, they need a little prodding to get going in the morning. While laying in bed can be comfortable give the individuals some chores they need to accomplish in the morning or make them flat up get a job. Cowboys know striking the morn’ early is the best way to get things done.

Don’t Buck Back
It may be tempting for you to crack the whip on your stubborn family member or friend but not everybody reacts to discipline. Some people you need to coddle along like a colt until they learn to gallop on their own.

Just remember that staying in bed all day is usually not a physical fault, it’s a mental one. Some people might need to see the Doc to get back on their feet but they need your support.

Feb 12

How Not All Bed Manufacturers Are The Same, Even in the Equality State

As us ranchers know, not everything is equal. Whether it’s a steadfast steer or a plate of grits some things are definitely better than others. One area that sentiment definitely extends to is the place where we lay our heads each night – on our mattresses. Now Wyoming is definitely the equality state, but beware what you’re getting in to with different bed manufacturers.

Materials
Much like a cowboy is only as good as the horse he rides on, the comfort of your mattress is only as good as the materials inside of it. One thing that sets apart quality and trustworthy mattress companies like us from our competitors is quality of materials. A fly by night bed company will give you a lot of ballyhoo about their spring count, type of material, and life expectancy of their bed but we actually stand by it.

Service
We like to treat every customer like the biggest toad in the puddle because that’s what you are. There’s a sense of brethren with our Wyoming brothers and sisters and we want to give you the best deal for your budget, not just boost our bottom line. We’ll make sure your back is not only comfortable, but your money belt as well.

Knowledge
When you’re looking for a new mattress you want to deal with somebody who has their cow sense. Not everybody can benefit from the softest bed on the market and likewise not every back is suited for a firm bedding. We know how hard you work on a daily basis and want to give you the best mattress that actually allows you some rest at sun down.

Just remember, you’re buying much more than a bed when you shop for a mattress – you’re getting a partner in the industry.

Jan 11

A nice sturdy foundation

We here in Wyoming are big fans of the open countryside.  We spend our time in the fields working, playing, and riding our horses.  We have cattle that we let roam free that we tend to with great pride.  And as a result, we are men of great brawn.  I’m nearly seven feet tall, and I feel like I’m average here in Wyoming, with many of my companions of a similar size.

We are proud of our strength, our size, and our courage.  People around the US revere Wyoming for its prize genetics and commitment to keeping the land.  However after a hard day’s work, we need to realize that our home needs to be able to take a beating like we just received in the land.  We are fought and tough people, and it’s hard to turn it off, even when walking into a home.

Sturdy bed frameThis applies to doorways, floors, kitchen appliances, and especially to bed frames.  When you lay yourself down on that bed frame after a hard day’s work, it needs to support you.  It needs to understand the toil that has been put on your body, and support you.

A study bed frame should be low to the ground, and be made of wood or steel.  Make sure that the material is thick and supportive, so that it will not bed when you jump onto it.

We know that these bed frames can be expensive, especially if you invest in a quality one.  But this is extremely important.  Imagine a bed frame breaking out from under you as you sleep – there is nothing more terrifying than that.

So find a quality bed frame manufacturer, and spend those hard earned dollars where they can make a difference in your life.  Outfit that whole bedroom with some quality furniture if you can afford it.  It’s an investment that will pay itself many times over.

We wrote about how the west was won, and we know that it was won by men with sturdy bed frames.

Nov 12

Foams don’t belong in Wyoming

If you visit fancy tempurpedic stores, they’re going to tell you the amazing benefits of this mattress.  How it will heal your back pain, stop your snoring, make you feel rested, and lead to a much better life filled with rest and relaxation.  And tempurpedic is not the only one trying to trick our Wyoming brethren.  There are endless foam companies coming into Wyoming, even Cody.  They bring with them amazing foams developed by NASA, sometimes they’re made of latex, sometimes memory foam.  All of them are good for the environment, of course, even though they’re filled with chemicals.  And naturally every one of them is sustainable, tea infused, and the like.

wyoming loves coil mattresses

Friends I’ve aid it before, and I’ll say it again; keep those foam mattresses out of Wyoming.  We don’t need them, we don’t want them, and they’re no good for us.  I hate foam mattresses because:

  1. Foam mattresses sleep hot
  2. Latex and memory foam are practically the same thing, but they try to dress them up like they’re different.  I won’t stand for that trickery.
  3. Foam does not belong in the wild west.
  4. No one that I know respects mattresses that are made of foam.  They are too cushy.
  5. They’re far too comfortable.  If a man lays down on a foam mattress, he’s likely to wake up as a woman in the morning.  That’s just a fact.
  6. Foam is terrible for the environment.  Sleeping on a memory foam mattress is like cutting down the tree in your back yard and lighting it on the fire, just to watch it burn
  7. NASA created this, and we all know that we can’t trust them.  You might as well start trusting the Eastern states as well.

Oct 01

Mattresses of Oxen hair and brush

We are creatures of comfort.  As far as humanity has existed, we have sought to be more comfortable than we currently are.  This trait presents itself in a variety of ways, but one of them certainly has related to how we sleep, and how we choose to spend our nights.

We can really see our progression as a society when we start looking at the history of the mattress, particularly in Wyoming.

We cowboys started sleeping in the dirt and the mud, naturally.  Just lay yourself down wherever you are at the time of fatigue, and we’ll see you tomorrow.

Next step is gathering together the soft stuff like twigs, leaves, and grass, and mix it in with the mud.  That must have seemed like a hug mattress upgrade back in the day, but still a long ways away from the mattress of today.

Then, the real Wyoming trick – bring in the oxen hair.  Now I to this day sleep on an oxen hair mattress, so you can tell that I really appreciate this innovation, and as far as I’m concerned that’s all that we as humans needed to do in this area.

Later on came memory foam, latex foam, tempurpedic, and all of these other fancy companies that you all know and possibly love.  But that’s where my history lesson ends, because who cares?  The oxen hair came, and now I don’t care anymore.

 

Jul 14

The West as a Vacation Destination

A lot of people on the East Coast don’t realize how spectacular the West is as a vacation destination.  In this article, I want to highlight some amazing places that you can go to on your own, with friends, or with family and have an amazing vacation.  Here are some good ideas.

Pacific Coast Highway

Westerners call this PCH, and is one of the prettiest drives you can take anywhere in the country and possibly the world.  It runs up the west coast along the ocean, has windy roads, and follow through some amazing scenery.  Every American and heck non-American too should at least make this drive once in their lives.  You can have some amazing stops along the way as well.

Yosemite

This is an unbelievably beautiful park in California.  I can’t even describe how beautiful it is, so you really just need to see it for yourself.  Whether you like rock climbing, hiking, or really any outdoor activity, this is a place you need to check out.

Yellowstone

The beauty of this national park is also unspeakable.  Go camping here and check out the amazing natural scenery and live amongst the widlife for an amazing time.

Glacier National Park

Not a lot of people think of Montana as a good vacation destination, but this national park is amazingly pretty.  You might think you are in Alaska with this scenery.  Get your outdoors on and have a transformational experience at this wonder of a park.

Portland

Portland is a really cool city and something everyone should do at least a couple of times in their lives.  They have a really unique history and really resemble more of a European city than an American one with its biking culture and extra livable nature.

Wine Country

You of course need to check out Napa Valley and Sonoma if you like wine at all.  On top of the amazing wine that you will drink, the scenery also happens to be spectacular.

San Francisco

This city is just cool.  I don’t even think I need to describe it very much.  It’s just a place everyone should check out.  Make sure to bring a light jacket, as it does get cold pretty much year-round.

Grand Canyon

This is just one of those unbelievable experiences that everyone has to go through at least once as a kid and once as an adult.  You really get an appreciation for the awe-inspiring nature of mother Earth when you go here.  It’s a must-see.

Colorado

Colorado is nature’s paradise.  The mountains are of course amazing for skiing and hiking, but there are also really cool places that not many people think of when they hear Colorado.  Boulder, for example, is one of the coolest and prettiest cities in the country, but it doesn’t get a lot of press.

Utah

Utah is also a wonderous place.  They have many national parks with unspeakable beauty.  It’s just a great place to be for outdoorsmen.

This is just a quick list of places I would highly recommend going to.  It is of course missing many other great places in the West.  Make sure to go to at least some of these places!

Jul 07

Horse beds are a treasure

The thing about horse beds is that they really are something unique in themselves. Most people think that horses don’t have beds, that maybe they sleep standing up, or maybe they don’t sleep at all. Maybe they have some sort of nest, like a bug, right? Wrong. Horses have proper beds, some even with nice frames and mattresses. If you want to see how they like it, read a nice Keetsa Mattress Review to get a better perspective.  They really are quite nice, sometimes humans like to sleep on them as well.

I can see it, you’re extremely surprised already.  Like a horse doesn’t deserve proper horse bedding.  Well that’s where you’re wrong.  These magical creatures deserve all the REMs they can get, just like humans.  I’d get them a tempurpedic mattress to go along with it if I thought it would help!

The big issue with these mattresses is the dirt.  Horses can get quite dirty, particularly if they’re been ridden that day or are not brushed regularly.  This can significantly impact the maintenance of the bed.  If you decide to get a mattress for your horse, understand that you’ll be dealing with some serious cleaning issues.  Even beyond the horse.  It’s still worth it, but the process can be frustrating.

I’d do what you can to make it absolutely perfect for these horses to sleep.  Like humans, it can be difficult for a horse to perform at its optimal level if it is fatigued.  Particularly for racing horses, you need to make sure that the horse is getting some serious rest.  Give it the proper time, a dark place, and access to a high quality bed.  If you can read Slumber Sage reviews and take it seriously, then you need to take your horse seriously as well.

Jul 02

Proper bedding for the west

The west has a very interesting climate. Depending on where in the west we are talking about, it could be very hot. It could also be pretty cold. The humidity also really varies a lot. So what is the best bedding that you should get if you live in the west? Well, it depends on a few factors. I will list out these factors here and go through them in some detail.

Temperature

The climate really matters a lot. If it is super hot out and humid, you need to make sure that you either don’t get memory foam or you get the kind of memory foam that doesn’t sleep hot. Sleeping hot is something that will definitely prevent you from getting as much sleep as you need. It will also stop you from sleeping comfortably. If you get wool comforters, you are probably making a mistake. However, if you live in a colder climate, then perhaps something like a wool comforter would be appropriate. You need to assess your climate and then adjust your bedding and mattress components accordingly.

The main point of this is that sleeping cool is the best way to go. If you are freezing, then that is not good. However, if you sleep hot, you are not going to get the night of sleep that you deserve.

Look

It helps if your bedding looks really cool. If you are a guy and you have a girl over, if your bedding doesn’t look good, then that girl is probably not going to be impressed and she will maybe even leave immediately. Therefore, you need to make sure your bedding looks badass and makes everyone else feel jealous. The best way to make yourself feel better is to have all of your friend tell you how jealous they are of you. You can do this with badass-looking bedding.

These are just a few of my thoughts. You need to do your own assessment as well.

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