We had the good fortune of connecting with Carl Larsson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carl, what are you most proud of in terms of your business?
I believe life is about serving and inspring other people. It’s a giving process. At Hästens we have the chance to change peoples life by providing them with the worlds best sleep. At our Hästens Sleep Spa:s in Los Angeles and New York we have created a relaxed environment for people to educate themselves about sleep and comfort. The best thing with this business is that the more generous you are, the more that comes back to you. It is a win win for everyone.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
a Hästens bed actually does something very different—it creates a supportive environment where you nestle in, creating a space that’s perfectly fit for you. If a mattress is truly supporting your body, it will force your body into what we call ‘sleep posture. A phrase coined by The Sleep Doctor, Dr Michael Breus. When you stand up straight and your posture is great during the day, you feel energetic and ready to rock and roll. If you’re slumped over, you don’t breathe well. Similarly, I would argue that the same holds true for sleep—but while you’re sleeping, nobody’s telling you to stand up straight! It’s really important that your bed supports you—and there’s a very particular way that should be. The magic is that the Hästens bed does it for you. Over time, your position naturally ends up changing to a more neutral position.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Favorite spot in the city is The Sleep Spa on Tuesdays at 6pm when we are doing our weekly Soundbath in bed. It is a gathering of our clients and friends where we meditate together to the tones of singing crystal bowls and other magical instruments while laying on the best beds in the world. Except The Sleep Spa in West Hollywood we also have a Sleep Spa in Santa Monica and I live in Venice and I like to start my day with a 3 mile run at the beach and if I run fast I usually squeeze in a meditation and a coffee before I meet up with the Dream Team at one of our 3 Sleep Spas.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My business partner Linus Adolfsson who started The Sleep Spa ten years ago and who has been promoting sleep and a good mattress as a health initiative for the world. He has helped so many people by upgrading there sleep and he is the foundation of our Sleep revolution. On top of that he is an amazing networker, a true inspiration with the biggest heart and the hardest working man I know. I would also say The Sleep Doctor, Dr Michael Breus is a true hero of mine. No one in the world knows more about sleep than him. He also loves Hästens and just said in an article with Forbes: “I had back pain before sleeping on this bed and I don’t have any now. I’m a doctor and I was shocked!
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