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Nighttime Beauty Tips

Simmons Mattress Gallery wants you to look and feel as beautiful as possible. We strongly believe that your nightly bedtime ritual can help you reach that potential. This week we have compiled seven beauty tips for preparing your body for sleep:

7. Off With Your Face

Never, ever, go to bed without a full facial scrub. Ladies who wear makeup, you know what your pillow looks like when you don’t remove your applied products before bed. You also probably know how cosmetic products clog your pores. Removing all your makeup lets your face breathe. It also reduces the buildup of natural oils that collect on your face. Even if you don’t use cosmetics, a good facial scrub will keep you acne free and looking young. That means you too men!

6. Pillow Exchange

Even after a good scrub, your face still tends to smear a considerable amount of natural oils on your pillowcase. This oil, along with daily bacteria, builds up and creates a petri dish of a headrest. Change your pillowcase weekly to reduce the deposits.

5. Full Body Moisturizer

Makeup removal products can leave your face feeling dry and irritated. Try a facial moisturizer to hydrate your pores. Use a full-body moisturizer for the rest of your skin.

4. Time Sensitive

Be careful not to moisturize just before turning in. Start your beauty routine half-an-hour before bed. This will give your skin ample time to absorb the products so your skin can reap the rewards while you sleep. Try reading a book or decompress the day in silent meditation.

3. Elevate to Exfoliate

Let’s face it (pun intended), your physiognomy defines you. Keeping your face looking healthy and beautiful is a top priority when it comes to outward beauty. Our secret tip: prop your head up. The higher your head, the more it will drain. Too much fluid in your face leaves it looking puffy. This tip is especially important for those who have tied-one-on the night before.

2. Atmospheric Mist

Humidifiers may seem like a childhood tool, but they are actually fantastic for keeping your skin hydrated. You don’t need to turn your room into the Amazon, but a little mist goes a long way.

1. Mattress Miracles

An undisturbed sleep is the best gift you can give your body. A luxury Vancouver mattress can provide you with the rest your body craves. With over 800 individual pocket coils in our standard Beautyrest mattress, the Simmons difference produces instant results. Sleep through the night in comfort and reap the rewards the next morning.

Vancouver’s Ambitious Goal to Become The Greenest City

Vancouver is hoping to become the ‘Greenest City‘ by 2020. This ambitious goal is something that we can all strive towards. It will be a hard designation to gauge and it definitely won’t solely come down to the number of bike lanes we have. We all have to do our part to keep Vancouver a sustainable and environmentally progressive city.

In the mattress world, this means recycling. Mattresses have a life cycle and when their 8-10 year term comes to an end, they need to be disposed of by a green method.

Vancouver currently has a number of options for environmentally friendly mattress disposal. You can take your old mattress to a Transfer Station where they charge $15 per item or you can take them directly to a mattress recycler.

MattressRecycling.ca is one of your private recycling options. This company just received an award for ‘Best Green Business’ by the Small Business BC Awards. They charge $12.50 for residential mattresses and box springs. They also take metal bed frames free of charge.

A third option is to call an independent junk removal company. Companies like 1-800-GOT-JUNK will come to your home for mattress removal, saving you from an awkward transportation trip.

For more information on mattress disposal and for finding a luxury replacement mattress, talk to the professionals 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.

Sleeping Cities

Jawbone, the makers of the ‘UP’, a self-tracking system you wear on your wrist, has published an interesting data survey that shows the sleeping patterns of different cities around the world.

The UP system helps you make personal alterations to your daily routine in the pursuit of leading a healthier life.

With the permission of their users, the creators profiled a sample of 5,000 participants per city and used the data to create a worldwide comparison of sleep schedules.

The findings showed that Melbourne was the most well rested city, with the average participant sleeping six hours and fifty-eight minutes a night. The least amount of sleep award went to users in Tokyo, Japan.

UP wearers in Brisbane were the first to go to bed, with the average being 10:57 p.m. The night owl designation went to Moscow, wear the average user sought out their luxury mattress at 12:46 a.m. Coincidentally, Moscow recorded the latest average rising time with 8:08 in the morning. The data would seem to indicate that the Russians sleep the most, but the UP instruments showed that even with the extended hours spent on the mattress, Moscow participants spend a large amount of time awake on their beds. This could be due to a healthy sex life or a plethora of uncomfortable mattresses.

Data from Vancouver was not featured in the chart, but Simmons Beautyrest owners would probably bring our average up to the Melbourne benchmark.

To sleep like an Australian, visit Simmons Mattress Gallery at 1001 West Broadway.

Voice Conditioning

Like athletes, professional singers need to be mindful of their rest. Sleep helps to restore muscles, but it also helps to protect your voice.

Getting eight hours of rest reduces the time you spend communicating. This limits the use of your vocal chords for purposes other than singing. Resting your voice, like resting almost all of your body parts, reduces your likelihood of developing strain related injury.

Sleep also wards off infection and the chance of developing throat related bacterial diseases, like strep throat. Infections can be crippling for professionals who rely heavily on their body’s performance. A cancelled tour or a poor concert can be career ending, especially with advances in social media, where millions can share their feelings instantly.

Keep hydrated and maintain a tight sleep schedule and you can extend the life of your oratory pipes. Your career will benefit from your healthy ways and hopefully so will your pocketbook.

For singers, or anyone for that matter suffering from vocal strain, don’t freak out; the condition is reversible. Limit your conversations, drink as much H2O as possible, sleep on a comfortable mattress and the signs of vocal fatigue will fade with time.

To get the best rest possible, sleep on a Simmons. Simmons is one of the top three mattress brands in North America. Talk to a professional at Simmons Mattress Gallery in Vancouver and keep hitting the high notes.

Vancouver Pride

Pride week is underway in Vancouver and the rainbow flag is flying high.

At City Hall, the flag has been up since Monday, with the city council addressing the specific steps Vancouver is taking to make the city a safe home for those who identify as LGBTQ. Mayor Gregor Robertson raised the multi-coloured flag and read the official proclamation on the North Lawn. Later that day, the mayor sat in as a guest DJ at Celebrities Nightclub.

Just west of Vancouver’s largest gay nightclub, the Sandman Hotel was celebrating their newly painted rooftop rainbow flag. The permanent flag is 17 metres long and is painted on a rooftop extension. The flag echoes the permanent colours painted on the Davie and Bute crosswalk for last year’s pride festival.

The weekend promises a whole host of colourful events. Here is a list of this year’s celebrations:

August 1 – Davie Street Block Party

There will be an all-ages show and dance floor at the rainbow crosswalk and a 19+ zone with a main stage between Burrard and Thurlow. The 19+ zone has a $10 entry fee.

August 2 – Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast

Independent Grocer’s is donating the breakfast supplies for this memorial meal for one of Vancouver’s Pride founders.

August 2 – Vancouver Dyke March

The party moves to Commercial Drive with a parade and party at Grandview Park.

August 3 – 36th Annual Pride Parade

Brave the crowds and come see one of the biggest pride parades in the world. The parade starts on Robson Street, ducks down Denman and finishes along Beach Avenue, just above Sunset Beach.

August 3 – Pride Festival

After the parade, the party continues at Sunset Beach with live music, a market, a family zone and a beer garden with a DJ stage.

Happy Pride Week!

Death of a High School Hero

Riverdale’s ‘average Joe hero’ will meet his demise this week, when Archie Andrews dies in issue 36 of the comic book “Life with Archie.”

For those of you not following the series, the writers have created two parallel storylines, one where Archie marries Veronica Lodge and one where Archie marries Betty Cooper. Both possible fates come together in the latest offering when the freckled-faced do-gooder jumps in front of a bullet intended for his openly gay friend, senator Kevin Keller.

The recent mini series has delved into a number of mature topics, including themes of racism, homosexuality and infidelity. Some have compared it to a soap opera, with melodramatic plot lines, while still attempting to tackle issues that would not have been suitable for younger audiences. The new storyline will conclude with issue 37. The final comic will be set one year after the death of it’s title character.

The world has enjoyed over 70 years of Archie comics. This is the first time a lead character has been killed off in the Archie series, but not the first for comic heroes. Marvel and DC comics are famous for killing their superheroes and then resurrecting them in subsequent editions of their comic books. The most notable was Superman, who died at the hands of Doomsday in 1992. His death spawned a host of new characters, with Superman finally returning in the series Reign of the Supermen, this time with long hair. Oooohhh…

While Archie may not be brought back to life through a complicated regeneration matrix like his super counterpart, his character will live on in the high school adventure/romance series we all grew up on. He’ll be back tormenting Mr. Weatherbee and sharing soda pops with his two favourite gals before you can say: “Archie Andrews, where are you?”

Urban Beekeeping

Hives for Humanity is offering free beekeeping lessons every Monday night at the Milross Gardens in Chinatown. The non-profit organization will host weekly workshops from 5 pm to 6:30 pm until the end of the summer. The workshops are open to anyone and include gardening tips, beekeeping care and the opportunity to taste honey fresh from the comb.

The Milross Gardens are located at 989 Main Street, just off of Milross Avenue. The site contains two hives that thrive beside a 6,000 square foot community garden. The garden has 130 raised garden boxes, of which 40 are designated as pollinators. The rest of the boxes are available for lease by Vancouver residents. Two of these are set aside for composting.

While the bees may be attracted to the adjacent flowers, their range can include a radius of 6.5 kilometers. If you live in the Chinatown or Strathcona neighbourhoods, the nectar from your garden could be contributing to the honey being produced in the Milross Gardens.

If your interest lies more in the garden and less on the bees, stop by between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm on Mondays to talk to the garden’s local horticulturalist.

For more information on the Milross Gardens, visit: http://www.milrossgardensonmain.com.

For more info on Hives for Humanity, visit: http://hivesforhumanity.com

Raonic’s Napping Results in Aces

The Canadians are through!

Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard have both advanced to the fourth round of Wimbledon with impressive wins on a rain soaked world stage.

Bouchard defeated Andrea Petkovic with 6-3, 6-4 set wins. Adding to her delight was the knowledge that she would not have to square off against Serena Williams. Alize Cornet, Bouchard’s next opponent, upset Williams, a five-time champion at Wimbledon.

On the men’s side, Raonic took it to Lukasz Kubot, serving up 30 aces, with an average serve speed of 190 km/h. Yikes!

Heavy rains forced a number of delays in the match. Raonic was afforded enough time to actually catch a few z’s between serves. “There was one point where I sort of said, ‘I don’t think there is going to be any play today’, and I was able to take a nap in the massage room and just stay calm and wait it out,” said Raonic.

The nap must have been just what the coach ordered, because eighth seeded Canadian was able to dismantle his competitor in 7-6, 7-4, 6-2 sets, losing only just nine points on serve.

That proves it: Sleep does wonders. Find yours on a luxury mattress from Simmons Mattress Gallery.

Latin Flavour

The World Cup has brought a lot of attention to Latin America these past few weeks and that interest is only going to increase with the start of the 6th Annual Latin America Week here in Vancouver.

From June 28th to July 6th, Latin Americans will be showcasing their colourful culture at events around the city.

The official Latin America House will be hosted at Edgewater Casino with an 18 foot high HD screen for World Cup viewing. There will be drink and food specials and music to move to.

On Canada Day, the party will take to a float that will feature folk dancers from Mexico, Peru and El Salvador. On Thursday, the party moves back indoors with Carnaval de Sol Fiesta at FanClub on Granville Street. Expect this to be a long night…

For family fun, visit the final days of the festival for a two-day street party on Granville. There will be 400 performers, three stages, a marketplace and a street soccer tournament. The festival focus for the weekend will be arts and culture.

Wondering what to expect? Well, by now we’ve all seen how the Brazilians can party. Let’s hope they make it past the Quarters.

A Beaver Named Suárez

A local conservation group, Friendz of Beaver Lake, is putting forth a petition to change the name of one of the beavers that lives in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. The beaver at the heart of the issue is currently named Big Country, after the legendary Vancouver Grizzlies star centre Byrant ‘Big Country’ Reeves. FBL are hoping to rename the busy builder, Suárez, after the famous Uruguayan striker, Luis Suárez.

Suárez was involved in an incident on Tuesday, June 24th, during the Group Stage match of the World Cup. Uruguay was facing Italy, when Suárez bit down on the shoulder of Italian defender, Giorgio Chiellini. Suárez has been adamant that the bite was unintentional, but replays clearly show the striker deliberately chomping the Italian.

This is the third biting incident for Suárez who has been banned from nine international matches and four months of club football by the regulatory body FIFA.

Friendz of Beaver Lake see the humour in the incident and hope Vancouverites do as well.

Suárez the beaver will be far busier over the summer months than his Uruguayan namesake. The beavers are constantly working to dam the headwaters of Beaver Creek, much to the frustration of Parks Board staff.

Beaver Creek is one of the few creeks in the Vancouver Lower Mainland that has an active salmon run. The beavers’ work limits the fresh water that flows down the short creek and out of the park to Burrard Inlet.  Park staff have to work hard to keep up with the busy beavers, deconstructing their woody blockade every other day.

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.

Coupland’s ‘Gumhead’

The Vancouver Art Gallery is bringing a new public art feature to the Robson Square Plaza that relies on public ‘chewing’ interaction. Created by local artist, Douglas Coupland, the piece features a 7-foot tall self-portrait bust of the artist. Temporarily titled ‘gumhead,’ the artwork encourages the public to add their chewing material to the sculpture. The hope being, that in a matter of months, Coupland’s face will be completely covered with a patchwork layer of saliva infused sweet bubble cud.

The gallery has described the piece as “a gum-based, crowd-sourced, publicly interactive, social-sculpture self-portrait.” It is one of fifteen works commissioned by the VAG as part of NEXT: A Series of Artist Projects from the Pacific Rim.

The bust is being installed this week on the grassy knoll of the southeast corner of Robson plaza. The official unveiling will occur on May 31st. The bust will remain at this location until September 1st.

The gumhead will be part of the plaza’s summer theme: Urban Reef. The reef project is the latest winner in the Robson Redux design competition, a contest open to local and foreign designers for re-imagining the public space outside of the VAG, between Hornby and Howe street.

Coupland’s work may have been inspired by other public ‘gum’ works. Anyone who has visited Seattle’s Pike Place Market has probably witnessed the Market Theatre Gum Wall. The wall, located in an alley just behind the market, is a kaleidoscope of used gum that has become an Instagram staple for visitors to the Emerald City. Another public gum work can be found in Berlin, on one of the wall sections from the now dismantled Berlin Wall.

For those hoping to be a part of the project, we suggest a multicoloured, HubbaBubba style, chewing addition. It’ll standout and add a bit of flare to the standard spearmint Dentyne swabs.

Always Room For Improvement

A number of our articles focus on people who are having trouble sleeping: new parents, over-stretched business professionals, shift workers, insomniacs. But what about that other huge demographic, the folks that believe they are receiving a great night’s sleep each and every night?

We firmly believe a new mattress can improve everyone’s quest for the perfect sleep, even if you are comfortable with your current sleeping arrangement.

It’s all about potential. If you are heading to bed at reasonable hour, have adjusted your bedroom to an ideal sleeping atmosphere and have found a way to eliminate sleep anxiety, well, you’re ahead of the game. But is there room for further improvement?

We believe there is.

The pocket coil innovation in a Simmons Beautyrest limits almost all motion transfer between two partners. Small disturbances that may subtly affect your sleep are removed. It’s as if you had the whole bed to yourself. The result: an extended period of uninterrupted rest, the perfect formula for increasing your potential energy for the following day.

Sleeping alone? A new Simmons mattress provides sleepers with the highest levels of comfort through plush fabric toppers, memory foam cushioning and pocket coil support. It is a pampered sleep experience; a five-star combination of luxury and practical innovation.

Give us the chance to take your nights to the next level. Visit our Broadway location to sleep-test a new Simmons mattress.

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