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Simmons Canada has developed a wonderful new tool for helping you choose your next Beautyrest mattress. With a large variety of product lines, the process of selecting a new mattress can come across as daunting. The new tool makes it easy to find the perfect bed for your lifestyle.

Simmons Mattress Gallery, on Broadway and Oak, has an experienced staff of mattress professionals to help with walk-in customers, but sometimes mattress shoppers like to do their initial browsing online. Enter the Beautyrest Product Selector.

The product selector asks a series of questions to determine which mattress in the Beautyrest line-up makes the most sense for your personal preferences. It asks a series of six simple questions where customers are given a number of choices to adequately express their desires and lifestyle regiments.

The first question is: “Why are you looking for a bed?” Below the question are five fun little cartoon circles with a brief statement. All you need to do is choose which one comes closest to your intent. Our favourite doodle is the chainsaw wielding, ‘I hate my current bed’ figure.

The other five questions concern bedroom type, comfort preference, lifestyle demographic, sleeping position and body type.

Once completed, the program offers the bed that best suits your answers, plus two other suggestions.

The results are easily printable so you can bring them with you for your next visit to Simmons Mattress Gallery in Vancouver.

Take the survey today and have the perfect mattress in your home by nightfall.

The Apple Rollout 2014

Apple has rolled out their impressive new lineup of devices for the fall season. The next must have accessory for 2014 is the new Apple Watch, a wearable device that promises to be more user friendly than the slow moving Google Glasses.

The Apple Watch will come in two sizes with a number of different bands available. For the sporty types, there is a sweat-proof strap and for the business look, an 18-karat gold version.

The watch will run on a new operating system designed specifically for the wrist device. Apple’s intent is to create a smart watch that works with their popular iPhone. The applications will enhance the ’smart’ experience, not necessarily duplicate what the iPhone already provides.

Only a few applications have been officially announced, but Mattress Vancouver hopes their is a sleep tracker similar to the program offered by Jawbone UP. This will help users monitor their nightly schedules so they can maximize their time on their luxury mattress.

Also on the Apple rollout was the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The new phones have finally introduced a screen size that is competitive with the popular Galaxy. They have also followed the market trend and shaved off a little in the width department.

But like all Apple products, they don’t come cheap. Expect to pay as much as $1000 for the 128GB edition and as ‘little’ as $749 for the basic 6 with 16GB. The pricing for the watches has not been released for Canadian markets, but Americans will be paying close to $350US for the basic watch and strap.

Proudly Brewed in Vancouver

What’s better than eight hours of sleep on a luxury Simmons Beautyrest? To be honest, not much. But a cold pint of craft beer on a summer day comes close.

Vancouver’s craft beer scene is exploding this summer, as the hipster drink of choice goes mainstream. From IPA’s, to lagers, to Belgian blondes, the hop is back in style.

One way to enjoy the bubbly beverages is to head straight to the source. A number of Vancouver’s independent breweries are furnished with tasting lounges for sampling the brewmaster’s wares. Most of these establishments also offer tours for a full-bodied, clean-sipping, in-house experience.

One of our personal favourites is Parallel 49. They produce a number of beers that have become legendary in our city, like Gypsy Tears, Hoparazzi and the ever-popular watermelon flavoured Seedspitter.

This year Parallel 49 has jumped on the bike craze and named their new summer release Tricycle. The beer is a lager infused with red grapefruit juice. The third wheel might come in handy with these infectiously tasty beverages.

For a full selection of beers brewed in VanCity, head to Craft Beer in the Olympic Village. They have over a hundred beers on tap. Like their local suppliers, they also offer tasting flutes.

As a parting note, we should add a reminder to always drink responsibly. A few too many could affect your sleep and we would never want that.

Little known fact: Beer is the third most consumed drink in the world after water and tea.

Take that milk!

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.

The Benefits of Sleep Contact

A study out of the University of Hertfordshire showed that 94 percent of couples that spent the night in contact with their partners were happy with their relationship. On the flip side, 68 percent of couples that slept the night on opposite sides of the bed showed the same feelings of happiness.

The same study found that couples that sleep touching face-to-face are far more content with their relationship than couples that sleep in the spoon position. But within the group of couples who sleep without contact, the group that slept facing the same direction was more content then the group that faced each other.

The research did not elaborate on what stage the relationships were at. From experience, we might assume that the close sleepers were probably at the initial stages of their time together.

Your comfort is important, but so is contact. Maintaining a physical bond with your partner will increase your endorphin levels and solidify your feelings for each other.

You may have a wonderful king size mattress to spread out on, but pull your sweetie close.

Natural HGH Release

Vancouver is a hyper competitive society when it comes to physical fitness. We all want to achieve an ideal muscle tone, so when the sun finally reveals itself in June, we can discard our clothes and reveal the fruits of our physical labour. Some of us dream to be billowing pillows of muscle, while the majority strive for the chiseled ‘cross-fitter’ physique. In either case, the secret to our success may not lie in our discerning diets or regimented workout schedules. The true answer to creating your desired body type is sleep.

During sleep, the body releases HGH, the human growth hormone that promotes fat breakdown and increases muscle mass. This release often takes place during your deepest sleep cycle, the first few hours spent on your mattress. In the later REM stage, your body repairs muscle tissue, restores organs and recirculates the HGH created at the start of your rest. When you interrupt your sleep or limit the time your body has to rest, these natural processes are disturbed and your body is denied the necessary hormones for growth and development.

Knowing this, can help you prioritize your time. Instead of going for a late-night run, you are probably better off getting an extra hour of sleep.

The same logic can be applied to the money you put towards fitness. Instead of spending hundreds on a personal trainer, you are far better off investing your funds in a new mattress. A new bed will limit sleep disturbances, increase your comfort and ultimately maximize your physical output.

Without sleep, time spent at the gym is wasted. Take that little nugget of truth and change your life.

Heritage Classic Festival

This Sunday the NHL is holding their annual ‘Heritage Classic‘ game at BC Place Stadium.  The ‘outdoor’ (roof open) game will feature the Ottawa Senators taking on our hometown Vancouver Canucks.

To add to the days festivities, the NHL has just announced a plan to host a pregame show at the Plaza of Nations, across the street from the stadium. The festival will celebrate hockey in a family friendly environment from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Former local superstars, Cliff Ronning and Kirk McLean will be on hand to sign autographs and relive moments from their infamous 94′ cup run.

The festival is heavy with corporate sponsorship, but some of the events sound really cool for kids.

Here’s a short list of some of the attractions that caught our eye:

  • The Upper Deck trading card company will be having a booth where your child can suit up and have their picture taken. Upper Deck will then transform this photo into a personalized hockey card.
  • Tim Hortons will be creating a mini-rink, so bring your own blades if you have them.
  • Bridgestone will be hosting a shoot out booth, where contestants will have their play called by a live play-by-play announcer.

And for the adults:

  • The Molson Canadian Hockey House will reopen for some pregame beverages. They will also be hosting a bubble hockey tournament.

Should be a fun day of hockey.

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.

Vancouver Language School

Attention Foreign Students Studying in Vancouver.

Before you move into a furnished home there are three things you should consider about the mattress you will be sleeping on for the next three to twelve months:

1. Its Condition – What is the age of the mattress? Are the springs in good condition? Does the mattress have a disturbing odour? When you remove the sheets, are there stains covering the surface?

2. Mattress Size – When you lie down on the bed, are your feet sticking out over the end? Is there enough room to stretch out? Is the bed an appropriate size for the room it’s in?

3. Bed Bugs – Is the mattress currently in a building that is on record with the Vancouver Bed Bug Registry? Did the mattress come from another location that may have had a bed bug issue? Is their evidence of bed bugs along the seams of the mattress?

If any of these questions cause you concern, discuss them with your landlord, home-stay parent or placement supervisor. If you need to buy a new bed, a Simmons Mattress Gallery professional can help recommend the perfect mattress for your Canadian lodging.

Your time abroad should be spent in comfortable setting. Consider a new mattress.

Vancouver Language School

Pink Inspiration

“Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

Is hung with bloom along the bough,

And stands about the woodland ride

Wearing white for Eastertide.”

-A.E. Housman

Pink is the colour of spring in Vancouver. It floats above our heads and flutters to our feet. It lines our streets and patches our parks. It brightens the grey skies of April and whispers in our ear, “May is not far off.”

The Cherry Blossom Festival is a unique celebration of Vancouver’s relationship with the pink flowers of the Japanese Cherry Tree. This year the festival is running from March 26th until April 22nd. On April 16th, at the VanDusen Botanical Garden, the city will distribute 3,000 new cherry trees to property owners who have paid a reduced rate of $40 per tree. The trees are being sold as part of the celebration around Vancouver’s 125th birthday. They are the pink candles on our cake.

The festival is also hosting a public bike ride on the same day as the VanDusen handout. ‘Bike the Blossoms’ will begin at 11am at Devonian Park in the West End. If you can’t make this date, you can download a PDF of different blossom bike routes for your own private viewing.

Need to express your love of the pink? Enter the Haiku Invitational poetry contest. Put your thoughts into three simple lines of 17 moras and submit your poem before the May 31st deadline. The winning submissions will be featured on Translink spaces around the Lower Mainland.

So get inspired Vancouver and enjoy the yearly offerings of the cherry blossom.

A New Year’s Dream

The New Year is almost upon us. What changes will you make in your life this year? Is it time to finally kick the smoking habit? Or maybe lose that winter weight? What about shaving the unibrow? Or at least trimming it? We kid, we kid…

No, the men and women at Simmons Mattress Gallery got together and thought long and hard about a doable resolution that any citizen living in the Lower Mainland could accomplish. So after hours (minutes) of discussion and debate, we finally settled on one action that could positively alter the daily comfort of every individual who tried it.

Yup, shoes with no laces! Velcro is an option, but we were thinking penny loafers.

Kidding, again.

We thought, that if everyone decided to go out before January 1st and purchase a new bed, this could be the year of the mattress.

Think of it, an entire population of sound sleepers. No road rage. No employees falling asleep at their computers. No seasonal affective disorder.

Coffee sales might drop dramatically, but gym memberships could sky rocket.

A whole population of content citizens. Scary.

Well, we can all dream. Some of us more comfortably than others…

Happy New Year!

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