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Top Ten Things That Come In a Pocket

10. Change

With the loss of the penny, our change has become more manageable.

9. Polly

Throwback! Polly pocket was the envy of every little boy. I mean a virtual world in a clamshell. How come they never made a He-Man pocket toy?!?!

8. Lint

Most of the time it ends up in the lint trap, but lint is the ultimate fire starter. If you are ever stuck out in the woods without dry kindling, dig deep in your pocket.

7. Protectors

Keeping nerds safe from their pens since 1947.

6. Knife

The Swiss were ahead of the curve on this one. The pocketknife is the go-to-tool for Dads around the world. Just make sure you remove it before going through airport security. Seriously.

5. Manifesto

The key physical attribute for any manifesto is size. If you can’t stuff it in your pocket, you may miss out on that brilliant idea on your way to the gym. Marx and Engels were able to share the weight; four pockets – one world changing political document.

4. Keys to a new car

RIP Rod Roddy.

3. Phones

New for 2014: Apple’s bendable version.

2. Pizza

The perfect doughy vehicle for pepperoni, cheese and sauce.

1. Coils

Simmons patented non-flip pocket coils. We took the normal spring mattress and flipped it. For good.

Our pocket coils offer an undisturbed sleep with the ultimate level of comfort. Try one at Simmons Mattress Gallery.

Ten Reasons to Surprise Your Spouse With a New Mattress

10. Distraction Purchase

Your new shoes cost close to what you paid for your first car. Distract your spouse by coming home with a bed you can ‘both’ enjoy for years to come.

9. Back Pain

Assume a sympathetic position and present a luxury mattress designed to eliminate back pain to your hubby. You’ll look like the hero.

8. Ten Year Anniversary

Unlike wine, mattresses do not get better with age. If you’ve had your mattress for over a decade, it needs to go.

7. Promoted

The perfect gift for a new promotion. They will need all the rest they can get in the coming months.

6. Hazardous Material

That bowl of cereal you spilt and forgot to cleanup turned your last mattress into a HAZMAT zone. No amour of Glade Pug-Ins could ever defeat that odour.

5.Random Act of Kindness

It’s Tuesday. Do you really need a reason?

4. Puppy Love

A new pet can be a wonderful surprise, but not everyone is ready for the responsibility. A new bed provides all the comfort with none of the maintenance.

3. Birthday Make-Up

We don’t want to bring up bad memories, but forgetting a birthday… Smooth it over with a new bed and a lot of cuddling.

2. Bargain Prices

Everyone love a bargain. Impress your significant other with your savvy shopping skills. Simmons Mattress Gallery is currently having a Beautyrest sale with beds up to 75% off.

1. Declaration of Love

Your partner deserves the best. Go with a World Class Beautyrest Mattress.

Unplug Your Child

The evidence that exposure to video games disrupts children’s sleep is mounting. With one in ten children in North America having sleep difficulties, there is now more reason then ever to unplug your youngster before their sleep quality begins to affect their cognitive development.

Video games may supply educational scenarios and advanced problem solving queries, but they also increase your child’s heart rate and blood pressure. Even hours after gaming, a child’s heart can still be reeling from the effects of digital interaction. It is no wonder that when it’s time to go to bed, many children are too wired from gameplay to fall asleep properly. As a result, their restorative sleep suffers.

Compounded with the stimulation factor, is the ability of brightly lit screens to reduce melatonin levels. For all humans, no matter their age, a bright screen creates an unnatural light that the eye absorbs. A message is sent to the brain to halt production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. The artificial light convinces the eye that the body needs to stay alert. Instead of preparing for sleep, the brain is on full alert mode.

Even if a child is able to sleep eight to ten hours, the sleep they are getting is less than optimal. The body’s ability to move into deep sleep mode is stunted when overly stimulated. As a result, the restorative sleep cycle is cut short. This gives the brain less time to recharge. Children wake with their bodies rested but their minds still wired.

Parents can stop the vicious cycle of sleep depravation by limiting or reducing all exposure to electronic games. Children may complain at first, but their overall mood, concentration and mental potential will improve drastically. They will also engage in more creative and meaningful play without their devices.

Vancouver Full Moon Party

UBC students be warned: The RCMP are on Facebook too.

The Mounted Police, that service the area around the province’s largest university, have announced publicly that they will be blocking all entrances to Wreck Beach on the night of June 13th.

Wreck Beach is the proposed site for a full moon party hosted by DJ Bjorn on the date mentioned above. The party’s Facebook page already has 7,000 ‘confirmed’ guests.

RCMP officials are concerned the party could get out of hand. They are also worried about the possibility of thousands of party revelers traversing the precarious steps that lead down to Wreck Beach.

The secret (but completely transparent) plan to host the party at the beach is in direct violation of Metro Vancouver’s regional district parks bylaw that permits anyone from being on a beach after sunset. Obviously this is a loose law that is often overlooked, but when 7,000 people break it simultaneously, well…arrests could be made.

The RCMP have already started cracking down on the illegal sale of drugs and alcohol that the beach is famous for.

Our recommendation: Give the kids an alternative site for their party. We are worried that the partiers will be losing sleep, but youth will be youth. Let them have their night in a safe environment. YOLO!

Birds of a Feather

The City of Vancouver recently ran an election to determine the City’s official bird for 2015.

The voting was conducted online with almost 700,000 ballots received. In the running were six local feathered friends: the Northern Flicker, the Pileated Woodpecker, the Pacific Wren, the Varied Thrush, the Black-capped Chickadee and Anna’s Hummingbird.

The winner, with a decisive 277,924 votes was the Black-capped Chickadee.

This curious bird is found throughout Canada and the northern states of America. The Chickadee has a large head with white cheeks, a black bib and grey wings and back. They associate in flocks and fly in a bouncy flight pattern.

In Vancouver, the Chickadee trill is often heard during the winter months.

The current official bird for the City of Vancouver is the Northwestern Crow.

Apparently, Vancouverites favours birds of a muted colour, which are widely accessible.

Coming in second, with 202,791 votes, was the Varied Thrush.

Personally, we had our support behind the Anna’s Hummingbird. Maybe next year, with a new lobbying team, we can bring the hummingbird to power.

Crazy Chickadee Facts:

-Chickadees hide seeds for the winter in secret one-item stashes. They can remember the location of thousands of stashes, even with their tiny brain.

-To make room for more information, the chickadee brain allows old neurons to die each fall.

-Chickadee flocks use a hierarchy dominance system for establishing rank.

-A chickadee trill is actually a complex, language-like form of communication. The more ‘dee’ notes, the higher the threat level. Other bird species observe and react to chickadee threats.

Liquid Beauty

After a poor night’s sleep your face can look like a Lindsay Lohan mugshot, with red swollen eyes, dark bags and a total absence of colour in your cheeks. It is probably your least attractive state.

Keeping your beauty up means getting a proper 7-8 hours of rest a night, along with all those other measures you partake in. Unfortunately, no amount of concealer can hide the damage of an all-nighter.

But why does a lack of sleep do so much aesthetic destruction on your face. Apparently it comes down to water retention.

The upper and lower eyelids have the thinnest layer of skin on your body. When you are low on fluids, the eyes are the first area on your body to reflect your dehydration.

Being the windows to your soul, your peepers are one of the first features that strangers look to. When they look like hell, your previous night’s dispersions are obvious to all.

A night of heavy drinking will almost assuredly disrupt your sleep. Both of these will leave your body craving liquid.

To keep your face looking its best, moderate your alcohol intake and head to your Vancouver mattress at a reasonable hour.

Ten Sleep Quotes We Wish We Wrote (And One We Did)

This week we came across a list in the Huffington Post of the top sleep quotes. We narrowed the list to ten and added a few comments of our own:

10. “People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one.” – Leo J. Burke

9. “There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled.” – Ovid

  • We didn’t know Ovid was such a fan of the wobbly-pops. But we definitely agree with his statement. When given the option of retiring to your bed, or staying up for one more nightcap, always go with the latter. You’ll thank us in the morning.

8. “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man [or woman] healthy, wealthy, and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin

  • It’s been consistently proven that a solid sleep schedule improves your health, your potential at work and your cerebral processing.

7. “Never waste any time you can spend sleeping.” -Frank H. Knight

  • We’re looking at you, Late Night Talk Shows.

6. “Eat Healthily, sleep well, breathe deeply, move harmoniously.” – Jean-Pierre Barral

  • Pretty sure the first three are the pillars of a happy life. The last one, well, why not. Who doesn’t like to skip down the sidewalk.

5. “There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.” - Homer

  • Said the man whose prose ran on for days…

4. “Sleep is the best meditation.” – Dalai Lama

3. “It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterward.” -Baltasar Gracian

  • This had us slightly confused at first, but after a short nap, it made total sense.

2. “[Sleep is] the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” – Thomas Dekker

  • ‘Gold’ seems to be a theme this week. A big shout out to all the Olympians who participated in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

1. “Renew your estranged relationship with sleep – you will be more productive, more effective, more creative, and more likely to enjoy your life.” – Arianna Huffington

  • A nod of the cap to the Huffington Post for their inspiring list.

And one bonus line:

“At Simmons Mattress Gallery, we’re here to help you sleep better.”

Olympic Jet Lag

We are fully into the Olympic madness in Vancouver and it is becoming obvious to us all, that the time change is playing a distractive role in our sleep schedules.

With a full 12 hour difference between us and Sochi, the majority of the 3,417 events that will take place in the wee hours of the morning. Our options: stay up late and burn the midnight oil watching the skeleton athletes hurl themselves headfirst down the track or get up early and catch Canada’s Men’s Hockey Team pulverizing the Swedes. One thing is for sure, both will mess with your sleep and ultimately your daily performance.

The stay-up option and the get-up-early option both reduce the number of hours you have with your mattress. Unfortunately, the reduction in hours impedes the time your body spends in REM sleep. REM is the last stage of the five separate stages your body goes through when you sleep. Your body spends about 90 minutes in each stage. The fifth stage, REM, is the stage that concerns your mental restoration process.

When we reduce or skip this stage our brain processing suffers. Our bodies might be physically restored, but our minds lag.

If we continue this cycle, the body also starts to weaken. Our immune system loses its capability to ward off unwanted viruses and our cardiovascular system starts to fail.

So how do we watch the games with the least amount of impact to our health?

Enlist the mighty powers of technology. Your PVR has now become your new best friend. Spend some time with the Olympic schedule, figure out the events you want to watch and set the record button. The trick is staying away from your social media circles, so as not to accidentally spoil your programming.

If you absolutely have to watch the events live, try to stock up on sleep during the nights leading up to your must-see competitions. You can also try adding a nap to your daily routine. A little extra shut-eye goes a long way. Just make sure you keep it to under an hour. Any longer and you will disrupt your regular sleep hours.

Good luck. And Go Canada Go!!!

From Russia With Love

The Canadian Men’s Hockey team is full of high profile players that will be representing Canada on the Olympic ice in Sochi over the next few weeks. In the Olympic Village, they will probably be some of the most recognizable athletes. Along with their fellow NHLers they will also be some of the most highly paid individuals participating in the games. But when it comes to accommodations, the premier hockey players will be living in the same cramped quarters as the rest of the winter athletes.

Last Tuesday, the media was given a tour of the rooms the Canadian competitors will be staying in  – As one reporter put it, the athletes will be trading ‘luxury for community.’

The rooms are for three single occupants to live. They have four walls and the bare essentials. The most bizarre feature: the bed arrangements.

Each room holds three twin beds, lined up in a row, with just over a foot of space between. Tight, too say the least.

Shannon Szabados, of the Woman’s Hockey Team said her roommates were already making adjustments. “We arranged our beds so they weren’t side-by-side,” she said. “I think mine’s in the kitchen right now.”

One of the only NHLers to receive a sliver of special treatment was Zdeno Chara, the flag-bearer for Slovakia. Chara received an extra foot-and-a-half extension on his bed to fit his 6′9″ frame.

No word if all three Canadian Men’s Hockey goalies will be sharing a room together.

It will certainly be a change from Roberto Luongo’s lavish Yaletown digs. Maybe he will send a family member over to Simmons Mattress Gallery and we could send him a Beautyrest World Class mattress. We’ve heard there’s room in the lounge…

Rent or Own? That Is the Question.

The ‘buy or rent’ debate is a hot topic in Vancouver. The rule has traditionally been buy if you can afford it, but with the current Vancouver housing market, who can afford it? Renting is now becoming a viable option for young families and single professionals.

If you do find yourself pondering this question, take the time and do the math. Can you realistically afford your mortgage payments? What will you be left with after paying the bank? Is this enough to afford the lifestyle you have chosen?

Make sure to factor in homeowner expenses on top of your mortgage payments. Things will wear, as the age of your home increases. These costs will need to be paid to maintain the quality of your investment. Then there’s also the property taxes, that increase as the value of your home improves.

A renter is free from these additional fees. They have their monthly rent, their utilities and their tenant insurance. They can utilize more money for additional investments. With their money diversified, they are not tied a single market.

But where does that rent money go? To pay someone else’s mortgage. That can be a hard pill to swallow.

You will never see your rental payments again. You are unable to build home equity. And you live at the whims of your homeowner.

This takes us back to what can you afford.

If you are a homeowner and your mortgage payments are too high, you won’t be able to enjoy the present. You may have secured a long-term investment, but are you willing to sacrifice your current standard of living?

Some owners fall into the trap of using credit to pay off their mortgage payments. A huge mistake. In this situation you are paying double the interest on a single investment.

Defaulting on your payments can ruin your credit altogether.

Young families need to think long and hard before they commit.

Our advice: if you are just starting out, stick with the rental option. Focus on improving your standard of life, before you worry about a massive investment.

Rent and you can afford items like a new bed. This in turn will improve your health, your relationship with your partner and your general mood.

Make sure the necessities like a healthy sleep are attainable before surrendering a massive down payment.

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