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2014 Grey Cup Weekend

The BC Lions have been eliminated from the CFL Playoffs, but the buildup to the 102nd Grey Cup is just starting to build. Vancouver is hosting the national event at BC Place Stadium. Organizers have planned a full weekend of events to entertain the many football fans that will be flooding into our fair city. The game itself will be played on November 30th, with a kickoff of 3 p.m.

Here is a full list of the events planned for the days leading up to the Grey Cup:

Thursday, November 27th

Telus Street Festival

This a family friendly event at Canada Place that is free of charge. Gates open at 11 a.m. The festival will continue each day until kickoff.

Red Truck Tailgate Concert Series

Doors open at 5 pm at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Three bands will be featured: Hey Ocean!, Family of the Year and Gay Nineties. Base tickets are selling for $35. Hey Ocean! will be headlining and plan to take the stage around 10:30 p.m.

CFL Awards

The 2014 CFL Awards will be handed out at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with the cheapest tickets going for $70. Full VIP experience passes are available for this event.

Friday, November 28th

Blakes CFL Alumni Legends Luncheon

The three-course lunch kicks off at 11 a.m. at the Vancouver Convention Centre. A silent auction is planned along with live entertainment and Q&A session with CFL greats. Tickets are a little steep for this event, with a starting price of $150.

Red Truck Tailgate Concert Series

Doors open at 4 p.m. at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Friday’s theme is country music, with One More Girl, Tebey and Tim Hicks preforming. Cowboy boots recommended, but not required.

Hall of Fame Night

The 2015 inductees to the CFL Hall of Fame will be announced at this event. The festivities will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel with doors opening at 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 29th

Athletes in Action Breakfast

Start the day off with a hearty breakfast at the Vancouver Convention Centre and rub elbows with CFL players and their wives.

Festival Parade

Starting at 10 a.m., the parade will begin at Smithe and Hornby and will head west to Burrard, then turn North making its way to Dunsmuir, then East to Granville Street. The Grey Cup trophy will be on display as well as floats, marching bands and past and present CFL stars.

Red Truck Tailgate Concert Series

The final night of this event features Trooper, 54-40 and Sass Jordan. Doors ope at 12 p.m. for all the keeners.

Scotiabank Rock and Roar Gala

This is the premier event of the lead up events to the Grey Cup. It will take place in the Vancouver Convention Centre West ballroom. Unfortunately this event is already sold out.

Sunday, November 30th

Fan March

Before the big game, the CFL has organized an event that celebrates the game’s loyal fans. The march will start at Jack Poole Plaza at 12:30 p.m. and will finish at BC Place Stadium.

Hope everyone has an unforgettable Grey Cup weekend!

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.

Recycle. Reuse. Recharge.

The push is on for humans across the planet to improve their utilization of their resources. We should no longer consider our manufactured goods or natural commodities disposable. We need to make the most of what we have now.

In natural resource terms this means developing technology that taps into the unutilized energy sources that our planet provides. Solar, wind and tide power must replace our dependency on a diminishing level of oil. Using these three to their maximum capacity will reduce pollution and tighten our bond with the mighty forces already at work that heat, cool and stir our dynamic planet.

In product terms, the push towards better utilization mean investing in technologies that create lasting products that can be used for years rather than throwaway, snap-together items of leisure. This means understanding our needs and developing the best possible solution to meet those needs long term.

In terms of of our bodies, we now understand that modern makeovers are not the answer. We need to properly care for the body we are given. This means eating well, exercising and most importantly, finding time to sleep.

Recharging our organs through pure, undisturbed sleep can do more for our health and beauty than any surgeon.

Start with what you can control and move outwards. Recharge your body naturally and your soul will be better prepared for the necessary changes needed to improve our way of thinking about the rest of the planet.

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.

Turning the World on Its Head: The Vancouver Aquarium Expansion is Complete

The Vancouver Aquarium unveiled its first phase of expansion at an official ceremony on Friday. The $45 million project is the most significant addition to the Aquarium since its doors opened, 58 years ago.

The new, 55,000-square-foot addition includes a new entrance gallery and courtyard, with a 360-degree digital screen and a massive four metre plus diameter globe. The globe is turned on its head to bring more significance to the Polar Regions and Canada. The flipped view is especially visible for the wee ones.

Other new exhibits include a school of cichlids from Lake Malawi in Africa, a Red Sea coral reef and a Jamaican fruit bat exhibit (keep those necklines covered).

The Aquarium has also focused their attention on local habitats, such as the Gulf Islands. The Pacific coast exhibit now features a school of coho salmon.

Additional plans promise expansion of the beluga and dolphin tanks.

John Nightingale, the Aquarium’s CEO, is especially proud of the new project. He hopes that the new educational opportunities will out shine the negative press that the aquarium is receiving over captivity issues. “Our aim is to reach and inspire more visitors to engage with issues affecting our aquatic and ocean environments and to take personal action that will help save our ecosystems and the wildlife that depend on them,” says Nightingale.

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.

Travel Layout

If your sleep history was a coffee table book, that unfolded with glossy pages of the beds that you had spent your night’s on, the most interesting layouts would probably be from your time spent travelling.

Sleep is often a luxury when travelling abroad, especially on a budget. A mattress that you would never even consider using at home, might be an oasis after an overnight bus ride to Luang Prabang. But that’s what makes travelling such an adventure – the unknown. Your Beautyrest will always be there to cradle your tired body when you return home. But sleeping next to a chicken cage and a family of eight, that’s priceless.

Here are a few colourful suggestions for travellers looking to enhance their personal sleep pages:

-Under the Grecian Skies

The overnight ferry from Athens to Crete without a sleeper cabin is an experience. Save the money and make yourself comfortable on the deck. Beware of drunks and seabirds.

-Human Sardines

Any overnight train in India will offer you an experience you will never forget. You will almost undoubtedly arrive to find your seat, bench or private car occupied. Don’t fight it. Embrace it. Claim your spot, but don’t be surprised to wake-up to a total stranger using your thigh as a pillow.

-Sand for Springs

You’ve spent a few dollars on a beach side hut in Thailand and packed it with your fellow travellers. Let them snore each other to sleep. Try the sand for a night.

-Sleeping With Strangers

Preface: Always wear protection. That being said, befriending a local can save you money on accommodation and present some of the most unique sleeping experiences you will encounter. The comfort of a stranger is sometimes oddly compelling.

-’Yurt’le The Domed Turtle

Leave the tent behind on your next backpacking adventure and spend a few night’s sleeping in one of the world’s most basic, yet satisfying sleeping structures: the yurt.

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.

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.

Misrepresentation

Nelson Mandela’s memorial service has now become an embarrassing fumble for the South African organizers, as reports show that the lead sign language interpreter had no previous credentials. Thamsanga Jantile stood beside some of the most powerful men and women in the world and gestured a language that can only be described as gibberish.

Millions watching around the world witnessed Jantile’s clumsy attempt at transcribing heartfelt and emotional tributes to one of the twentieth centuries greatest leaders.

Jantile’s expressionless face should have been the first cue that something was awry. Signing relies heavily on facial expressions and Jantile’s was a blank canvas. Deaf viewers have claimed that Jantile only had command over a handful of common signs, the rest he made up.

But this was not the first time Jantile had been caught misrepresenting his skills as an interpreter. A year prior, Jantile had been working for another event where the South African President, Jacob Zuma, spoke. One attendee has so horrified by the signing that they videotaped his work and later submitted it to a deaf organization in South Africa. This organization then submitted a formal complaint to the African National Congress.

Unfortunately, no action was taken.

Reducing Teenage Angst with Sleep Supervision

Teenagers crave freedom. They want their own space, they want to cultivate their own opinions and they want to constantly express their individuality. As parents, we need to grant them the room they need to develop, but we also need to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle, one that lets them exercise their full potential.

A study done by the University of Cincinnati and published in the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour, suggests that teenagers whose parents monitor their behaviour, were far more likely to practice healthier sleeping patterns than adolescents who were not monitored.

Sleep is central to a healthy lifestyle and teenagers need more sleep than any of us. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 9 1/4 hours a night for teenagers. This helps their concentration at school and increases their energy for extracurricular activities. It also improves their mood, which we all know is prone to heavy pendulum swings.

Tracking their sleep schedules is difficult, but important. A simple nightly visit to their bedroom will show you are still keeping a watchful eye on their habits. You can also include a general conversation about the benefits of sleep. Here are a few general talking points for encouraging an earlier bedtime:

Your teen may also have troubles getting up in the morning. This is natural and part of their biological development. Instead of getting mad at them for missing their alarm, poke your head in their room and offer a gentle reminder.

The Cincinnati survey also found that girls were far more likely to have sleep issues than boys.

If you find that after all your encouragement, your teenager is still not following a healthy sleep schedule, spend the money and improve their mattress Vancouver adolescents will love the gesture. It shows you care and that’s what really matters.

Lowering the Blinds

Question for everyone: Do you close your bedroom blinds at night, or do you leave them open?

Your answer probably depends on a few things: What time you go to bed; If your bedroom points east for the morning sun; What the evening’s agenda is.

If you tend to head to bed before ten, especially in the summer, you probably close them. Just a guess. Better to block out the light.

If the morning sun has a direct path to your pillow, you probably close them as well.

And, if you plan to get a little frisky with your loved one, you probably shut them before the birthday suits come out.

But, if you love fresh air, natural light and the occasional voyeur, chances are they stay raised or open. At this time of year, the morning light works better than an alarm clock. And it’s definitely less grading…

It probably also depends on where you live. Urban dwellers, especially those folks living downtown tend to shut theirs. Folks in the country have less to worry about with fewer neighbours to peek in.

Another variable is your mattress. For those sleeping on a Simmons, a mattress Vancouver has fallen in love with, sleep comes instantly. It doesn’t matter if the sun is still up when you head to bed, if the morning rays are pouring in at 7am or if your neighbours are gathering in the backyard. With a Simmons Beautyrest, sleep is your only concern.

Open your mind. Invite a Simmons mattress into your home and let the light shine in.

Too Racy for Public Transit

The Telus World of Science is currently hosting an exhibit on the Science of Sexuality. The exhibit has been open since May, but a recent ad campaign has earned the show some free media coverage.

Two billboard photo ads have been removed from Translink bus stops around the city when they were deemed too sexy for public consumption. The ads are part of a trilogy that were used for promoting the exhibit on bus shelters and online. Science World will continue to use the images online and will use one of the less edgy ads for transit purposes.

The ads in question both use humour to suggest that sex has medical benefits.

In one ad, a suggested female patient with broken legs is having sex on what appears to be a hospital bed. The tagline: Orgasms can kill pain. The other ad features an image of a number of scrunched up tissues and a tissue box. The caption: Ejaculation fights colds. The suggestion is that frequent masturbation can help you stay healthy.

The ads were created, pro bono, by the Canadian ad agency Rethink. Rethink took on the project as an opportunity for free publicity. Looks like their gamble paid off.

As purveyors of mattresses, we know a thing or two about the questions around sex. You wouldn’t believe some of the doozies we’ve fielded. But questions are important and if not addressed, the public, young people especially, can come up with their own, seemingly, implausible answers.

Talking about sex, leads to responsible decision making. Even if the ads were pulled, they still created a dialogue and that’s a win for us all.

Wish Upon A Star

Since 1998, St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver has been creating a public light display to raise funds for various projects and causes connected with the hospital.

This year, the ‘Lights of Hope’ display intends to raise $1.9 million in corporate and private donations. The St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation has already raised a total of $16 million since the conception of the light show.

The set-up for the lights began on November 5th, when a 100 volunteers helped erect the carefully planned display. It is estimated that the lights would span 10 kms, if attached as a single line. That would be quite the sight.

If you would like to donate, visit the charity’s website: http://www.helpstpauls.com The site suggest many creative ways to give, from security stock, to a mention in the will, to a monthly donation. Whatever you can afford to give, they’ll use.

The projects that the hospital wishes to fund are: the purchase of a new CT scanner, two 3D-capable echocardiography machines, bronchoscopy equipment, for the detection of lung disease and the completion of the Diagnostic Treatment Unit.

The official opening of this year’s Lights of Hope display will be on Thursday, November 24th.

Light Up the Stars Tonight

Mattress Time Machine

Let’s take a look back at the beds that defined you:

The Wooden Prison – Your crib provided you with a confined space to for those short periods of sleep between epic crying bouts. The upside: you never had to get up to go to the washroom in the middle of the night. The downside: lack of freedom.

The Layer Cake – All of your friends were envious of your bunk bed, but sharing a bedroom with your older brother quickly lost its novelty. You dreamed of the top bunk, but sadly were forced to settle for the lower class bottom bunk for eight long years.

Puberty Plank – Pimples, emerging hair and voice crackles were manageable, but your Grade Ten growth spurt put your feet off the end of your twin mattress; it left you with 3/4’s of a comfortable night’s rest.

College Daze – If your dorm room mattresses could speak, we’re sure it would utter something along the lines of Kurtz’s final words; “The horror….the horror.”

Young Professional - Independent enough to buy your first bed – too poor to shop anywhere but IKEA.

Marriage Bed – She insisted on going to a proper mattress store. Together, you picked out a Beautyrest. Everything up to that point was…history.

Bunk Beds: Family Caste System

Comedy West

An uninterrupted sleep can dramatically increase your daily health. There – we said it! But the next best thing is laughter.

We’re not 100% sure of the science, but we do know a good laugh is a great way to relieve anxiety. Forget the scented candles and bubble bath, grab a friend and find a local comedy club or check the events calendar for local comics coming to town. Then take a night-off from work/kids/bridge and laugh your way back to health.

This month, Paul F. Tompkins will be visiting the city and performing at the Rio Theatre, only a few km’s from our Broadway location. Tompkins’ humour is a little quirky, but if you have ever listened to his podcast or his appearances on Comedy Bang Bang, you wouldn’t miss this night for your Grandmother’s funeral. Tompkins will be taking to the stage on November 30th. For a little taste of his style, listen to the audio clip below:

http://audioboo.fm/boos/510900-new-dads-paul-f-tompkins

Never been to the Rio Theater? You are in for a treat. Be forewarned, this is an adults only show and as a result, beer will be served. And yes, you may take your cans of PBR into the Theatre.

Another great venue for traveling comedians, as opposed to the community kind, is the River Rock Theatre. Last year, legendary comics Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld performed at the Rock.

If a smaller, more casual setting is more to your taste, check out the Comedy Mix in the Century Plaza Hotel downtown.

Out in the burbs? Try LaffLines in New Westminster. Tracy MacDonold, a fine Canadian comic, will be performing on November 4th and 5th.

Get out there and get your laugh on!

Paul F. Tompkins

“Heart of the City”

Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is an area of the city that many of us choose to avoid. The poverty level scares us, the open drug market makes us nervous and the prostitution reminds us of the dangerous hold of addiction. So we divert our travel routes, choose alternative venues and leave the issues for the community to deal with on their own. It’s a coping mechanism that most of us subscribe to.

One thing we can’t forget, even if we choose to turn our backs, is that the DES is full of people. People who have a past, present and future. People who value the community they live in. People who are artistic, creative and passionate.

As a part of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Celebration, the DES community will be celebrating the ‘Heart of the City Festival.’ The festival will showcase the talents of many of the area’s current citizens, as well as document some of the rich stories from the neighbourhood’s past.

Events are running all week. For more details check the festival website:

http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com/

‘Big Ride’

Amateur and pro cycling enthusiasts around the Lower Mainland have been training, tuning and timing for months in preparation for this weekend’s Gran Fondo ride from Vancouver to Whistler. The ride is 120 km, along one of the most beautiful highways on the planet. Take part or encourage a friend or family member as they climb towards Whistler Village.

This is the second year of the mass cycling event in Canada, a phenomenon that was born in Europe and given the Italian name of Gran Fondo – roughly translated as ‘Big Ride.’ The event is not a race, but awards are given to the top finishers. It features riders from a variety of skill levels and backgrounds. This year’s amateur category is sold out, but the pro category still has room for last minute entries.

The race will start at Thurlow and West Georgia at 7:00 am, with amateur riders staggered back to Seymour Street. The race will finish in Whistler Village, with the finish line closing at 4:00 pm. There will also be a celebration event afterwards, featuring the music of 54-40.

Canadian Gran Fondo

Napping to Victory: Napoleon’s Little Secret

“If you wish to be a success in this world, promise everything, deliver nothing.”

-Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon was a man of infinite energy who made alliances with those he needed and crushed those he didn’t. The ‘Little Corporal’ was a terrier when it came to diplomacy, constantly hustling, solidifying his power in the name of Revolutionary France. His battle strategies are still being studied in military academies around the world for the innovation.

But where did all this energy come from? The answer: naps.

Napoleon could fall asleep anywhere, in any condition; some attribute this ability to be linked to his over the top self-confidence. A quick catnap and the pint-sized leader could be up and ordering troops within minutes. During battle, his naps allowed him to go days without a full night’s sleep. At the end of a siege, Napoleon could sleep up to eighteen hours to bring himself back up to speed.

Would this be considered a healthy lifestyle? No. But it does illustrate the power of a quick bit of shut-eye.

In our modern world, napping is a curious topic. We often partake in naps to make-up for the sleep we missed the night before. A short nap can give us the energy we need to finish our day’s work. A longer nap can cause us to be anxious and interfere with our regular sleep schedule.

Using naps to the degree Napoleon did is ill advised. Using a nap instead of an afternoon coffee, is much more reasonable.

The Napping Emperor

Start With a List

Simmons Mattress Gallery professionals are always being asked the same age-old question: “How do I fall asleep at night when my body won’t turn off?”

Are answer always starts with a question: “What kind of mattress are you sleeping on?” After suggesting a switch to an ultra-comfortable Beautyrest, we widen our advice to include a few tips that have been passed down to us from our many satisfied customers.

One tip is specifically formulated for those nights when you have an important business meeting or presentation the following day.

Our anxious nature occasionally inhibits our mind from slipping into a state of unconsciousness. For those nights when we are consumed by the pressure of our work, we offer this tip:

  • Don’t lie in bed trying in vain to fall asleep. Get off your mattress, go to your desk or kitchen table and take out a pen and paper. Do not work on the computer; that will just add more distractions. Write out everything you will be doing the following day. Include all the details you can think of. If need be, include a timeline.
  • With that done, return to bed and switch your brain from logical functioning to creative. Imagine a picture or scene and place yourself in it. Let your mind relax and drift away.

You’re welcome.

Write It Down

California King Bed

The Queen of pop, Rihanna, has released a brand new video on a subject close to our hearts. Rihanna’s new single, “California King Bed,” details the relationship between two lovers who, even though they share a bed, are separated by an emotional distance.

The red-haired singer laments, “It feels like more than distance between us / In this California king bed / We’re 10,000 miles apart.”

In the video, directed by Anthony Mandler, Rihanna is seen lying in bed with a muscular model. As the song progresses, the bed widens and a physical separation appears between the couple.

Ironically, a California King, the largest mattress in the Simmons Beautyrest line, is four inches longer, not wider, than a regular king size mattress. Our Simmons’ mattress professionals recommend this mattress for individuals taller than 6’’.

The Barbados pop star measures in at 5′9”, a height that probably does not require the extra four inches in length. Our suggestion for Rihanna, go with a Queen size. It will bring you and your significant other closer and still allow for extended, after-hours play.

We understand her choice though, as ‘California king’ works more effectively as a symbol for her conflict and her lover.

The official video was released on Monday, May 9th. The single, we’re sure, will be the radio hit of the summer, adding to the list of hits that Rhianna’s Loud album has already generated.

Vancouverites will be able to see the singer live when she performs two sold out shows in June. We already have our tickets. Fingers crossed she encores with “California King Bed.”

The Perfect Anniversary Gift

It’s your parent’s anniversary. Thirty-five years of marriage and they are still sleeping on that old mattress they bought just after you were born.

Surprise them with an anniversary gift they will cherish through their golden years. Buy them a Beautyrest mattress from Simmons Mattress Gallery, Vancouver’s mattress store.

They deserve it. They’ve been through a lot, but they stuck together and always supported you. Now is your chance to repay them.

You will look like the golden child. Those memories of when you wrote-off the family car will be magically erased. In its place will blossom years of ‘thank you’s’.

You can purchase their new mattress at our Broadway location in Vancouver or at our Schoolhouse store in Coquitlam.

Not sure what mattress to choose. Make an event out of the gift. Tell them you need their help picking out a new hardwood floor. Drive them to either of our locations and have them spend an afternoon trying out our beds.

We guarantee they will leave with a smile and a spring in their step.

Twin Mattress in Vancouver

What’s the hottest team in Vancouver right now? Ok, the Whitecaps have won one game and yes it was impressive, but the hottest team is definitely the Vancouver Canucks.

With a 105 points, our boys are leading the league in points. THE LEAGUE!!! And who’s guiding that ship? Our very own Swedish twins, Henrik and Daniel.

The twins are hotter than a Cajun cookout. Henrik, last years Hart and Art Ross trophy winner, is leading the league in assists by a hefty margin. Our captain is also third in the NHL in points. Daniel is the league’s top offensive producer with 95 points. He is also second in goals behind Steven Stamkos. Never have two brothers dominated the league in such a manner. Thank god they play for us.

But with all the talk centering on Henrik and Daniel, we here at Simmons think another set of twins should get their fair share of time in the spotlight. Can you guess what we’re going to say next? Yes, exactly, twin mattresses. Twins are perfect for small college dorm rooms, spare rooms and couples that may need separate beds to receive a full nights rest. Spatially, they are amazing. Comfort wise, they offer the patented Beautyrest, non-flip pocket coils, that make every Simmons mattress a dream to sleep on. They also come at a considerably lower price than a king or a queen size mattress.

They may not originate in Sweden, but a Simmons twin is just as remarkable. When the playoffs start in April, rest up for the big games on your own twin. Head into a Simmons Mattress Gallery location to pick up your twin today.

Tack Tack!

Twin Love

Shopping Cart Art

One of the most alluring aspects of Vancouver is our dedication to the Arts. All around our city, there are indoor and outdoor installations featuring the work of local artists. From the public statues erected for the Olympic year, to small galleries on Granville Island, to the always-inspiring work of Bill Reid at the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver is proud to display the talents of Canadian artists.

One of the smaller galleries that is making a name for itself for its historical and cultural exhibits is The Pendulum Gallery. The Pendulum is located at the base of the HSBC tower. It is a seven story, glass-covered atrium, created with the help of the City of Vancouver to promote cultural and historical exhibitions.

Last month, the Pendulum showed a photography exhibit titled “Swedes in B.C.,” which documented the life of Swedish immigrants.

This month, the gallery will be showing the work of Taizo Yamamoto. Yamamoto has produced an exhibition of intricate drawings titled “Shopping Carts and Recent Drawings.” The works present artifacts and single subject sketches of downtown life. The shopping carts are presented as still lifes, a vehicle holding the possessions and survival instruments of absent figures. The detail is truly amazing and worth the trip downtown.

So come out and support the work of local artists. You will walk away with a new appreciation for your own community and the projects it inspires.

Yamamoto’s work will be shown until March 5th.

Much More Than a Receptacle For Groceries

Vancouver International Dance Festival

Were you enamored by Kurt Warner’s dance moves away from the huddle? Does Marry Murphy’s scream move you to tears? Maybe it’s time to take in the real thing.

The Vancouver International Dance Festival begins on Tuesday and runs until the 19th of March. Professionals from all over the world will be strutting their stuff on the Roundhouse Stage and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

There will be daily performances and Artist Talks where fans can interact with the performers and learn more about their craft.

This year’s line-up includes:

EDAM (Vancouver)

Yvonne Pouget (Germany)

Trial & Eros / Deborah Dunn (Montreal)

SiNS Dance (Halifax)

Cruceta Flamenco (Spain)

Marc Boivin / Ichigo-Ichieh (Montreal / Nelson)

Kokoro Dance / Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Vancouver)

battery opera (Vancouver)

The Source (Vancouver)

Arts Umbrella (Vancouver)

Khambatta Dance Company (USA)

T42 (Swizerland / Japan)

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Festival Website. A number of the performances are free with the $3 VIDF annual membership card.

The festival has been in operation since 2000, with performances and workshops being offered around Vancouver.

Enjoy.

battery opera

Vancouver: Still the Number One Place to Live in the World!

For the fifth year in a row, Vancouver has been voted the most livable city in the world! The poll was conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The group uses three broad categories to make its decision: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Vancouver received a perfect rating of 100 in the categories of healthcare, education and culture and environment.

The second place finisher, just 2.3 percentage points below Vancouver, was Auckland New Zealand.

But what would Vancouverites say when asked ‘what makes us the best’? They would probably mention the cleanliness of our city, the mild weather, the security (you can basically walk down any street and feel comfortable), the dining options, the Olympics, the proximity to the mountains, the transit and bike lanes, the parks (Stanley being the jewel) and the people.

There is an infinite number of reasons why Vancouver is such an amazing place to live, but we like to think it’s the mattress shopping. Simmons Mattress Gallery has been providing quality beds and professional advice to Lower Mainland residents for years. This service has sent thousands of citizens off to work well rested and happy with their lives. We’re not saying we did it all, but we certainly played a part.

Congratulations Vancouver, this truly is the best place to live.

Sunset Beach

Vacation Advice From Simmons

Every night you enjoy the comfort of your Beautyrest NxG series mattress. Its advanced memory foam crowns the already cushioning cradle of non-flip pocket coils. With an ultra 360° foam encasement, it has a surface sleeping area that goes right to the edge of your bed. It is a mattress to come home to. A mattress to wake up on. A mattress that inspires each new day.

But while the NxG can guarantee you an undisturbed sleep, sometimes your schedule does not allow you to spend the optimal 8 hours in its comfortable womb.

Yes, we know you’ve been working rather hard these last few months. But thank goodness you have those two vacation weeks coming up. An all-inclusive resort in Jamaica?!? You’ll be sure to catch up on your sleep there.

Or will you?

Our advice. Be pro-active. Call ahead and find out what sort of mattress you will be spending your vacation nights on. Ask to speak to the hotel manager and find out what brands they use and how old the beds are. If you’re not happy with the answers, it may not be too late to change hotels. If rebooking is not an option, explain to the manager that your nocturnal comfort is extremely important. You might want to name drop the bed you lie on every night. That will get his attention. If all else fails, and you’re up for a little white lie, tell him you work for Trip Advisor.

We want you coming back rested and ready for the spring. So call today and make sure you will be sleeping on a Simmons.

Do Your Mattress Research.

Office Hours

Simmons Mattress Gallery has written more than one blog about the need to separate your working hours from your personal life. When there is no division between work and home, your working mind never gets a chance to rest. This affects your sleeping patterns, has the potential to damage family relations and needlessly increases your daily blood pressure.

We're sure his drool will do wonders for his keyboard.

You need a break. You need that separation.

Apparently, this message is lost on many of the political representatives from the country directly below us.

In a new study by the broadcast station CBS, a fifth of the newly elected members to the House of Representatives are spending their nights sleeping in their Washington D.C. offices. 19 of the 87 new Republicans and 2 of the 9 new Democrats have admitted to living in their place of work. Many of the representatives are from out of state and don’t see the need of spending an extra $20,000 renting an apartment in America’s capital. Instead, the politicians are choosing to spend their nights on cots, couches, air mattresses and rollaway beds.

Many of the polled representatives believe that by sleeping in their offices, they are showing their constituents that even though they are working in Washington, their home is in their elected State.

Seriously. Bite the bullet and rent a bachelor suite. These men and women are doing a disservice to the folk who elected them. By sacrificing a comfortable sleep on a proper bed set for a pullout couch, the Representatives are compromising their mental capabilities. Their symbolic stand comes at a cost far more valuable then the price of rent.

Don’t follow their lead. The office is for work hours only. If you work out of the home, make sure to make a physical separation between your work and sleeping space. Your body and your professional decision-making will be better off.

The Jitterbug

As a society, we are so hooked on caffeine that we are constantly finding new products to add it to. Some of the most bizarre caffeinated products currently on the market are:

Soap – Products like “Bath Buzz” contain 2400mg of caffeine in every bar. We guess this product is intended for those people who don’t have enough time to brew a morning cup. But mixing it with soap? What next? Morning caffeine toothpaste?

Oatmeal - Answering the question above, Sturm Foods has produced an warm breakfast cereal with a cup of coffee’s worth of caffeine. “Energy Instant Oatmeal” comes in three heart-racing flavours: cranberry apple, mixed berry and peach cobbler.

Inhaler – Yes, they’ve done it. Why bother drinking a mug of Columbian, when you can puff it back in less than a second. Buzzaire has created a puffer to blast 150mg of caffeine into your system with each depression. The manufacturer warns that no more than four doses are suggested in a 24-hour period.

But we’ve saved the best for last….

Pantyhose – Slim Fit 20 has a line of tights with sewn in caffeine microcapsules that release with body heat. The really alarming fact about this product is that the developers are trying to sell it as a weight-loss inducer. Somehow injecting caffeine into your legs will increase metabolism.

We Dare You To Keep Your Leg Still!

Our suggestion, avoid them all. The ONLY reason people need caffeine is to artificially stimulate wakefulness with increased adrenaline production. The only natural answer to daytime drowsiness is increased sleep at night. For those of you running on five hours each night, you are doing your body a daily disservice. Find the rest you need on a mattress from Simmons Mattress Gallery.

Stand Up and Be Judged

And when we are standing at the gates, who will judge us?

Apparently Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.

The two aging megastars will be joining Randy Jackson on the three person American Idol panel. The judges will be critiquing the talent of the lucky few who make it past the initial screening process. Ultimately, they decide who will continue in the competition, until it is left up to the voting public.

Both Tyler and Lopez are expected to show a softer degree of criticism. The plan is to move away from the opinionated bullying often shown by judges from earlier seasons. Tyler and J. Lo are hoping to provide encouragement and career advice to the young up-and-comers. So look forward to a more cheerful production.

Gone from this years judging line-up are Simon ‘Always Negative’ Cowell and Paula ‘Fully Crazy’ Abdul. Both Cowell and Abdul are moving on to promote and star in their own televised talent shows. Cowell will be working on his own version of Idol in the U.K. The show is known as “X-Factor” and follows relatively the same format as Idol. Abdul is producing and starring in “Live to Dance.”

The first episode of this season’s American Idol will air Wednesday, January 19.

American Idol Panel (Plus Ryan Seacrest)

Oh and Ryan Seacrest is back… Was there even a doubt?

Stellar Cinema From 2010

There were many great stories in 2010. The Wikileaks escapade saw the world’s dirty laundry aired out for all the masses to read. Tiger Woods got busted without the help of Julian Assange. BP sprung a leak. Sabres were rattled in Korea. Miners were freed in Chile. And the Olympics were a huge success here at home, with Canada winning Hockey Gold.

But what about the movies? Simmons Mattress Gallery would like to spend a little time this week looking at the shining celluloid moments of 2010. Here are some of our favourite films from the year that was:

1. Inception

Christopher Nolan comes through again. Following his Blockbuster achievement with the Dark Knight, Nolan wrote and directed a sci-fi movie about dreams that had all the ingredients of a masterpiece. Like the Matrix, it pushed the limits of CGI while offering an engaging hypothetical storyline that was believable from its first ‘inception.’ If you haven’t seen this film, cross your fingers that they release it on the big screen. Our hat is off to you Mr. Nolan. The only question is: What will your next trick be?

2. The Social Network

A movie about a website that has become more addictive than cigarettes for its more than 500 million users. The film concerns the story of Mark Zuckerberg, ‘one’ of the handful of college students who helped create Facebook. It documents the many lawsuits that followed the websites release, when the world recognized the genius of a social networking tool that lets you stay updated with friends and associates from around the world. The movie has an excellent pace, intriguing characters and most importantly a heart. Even though Zuckerberg comes across as a total narcissistic —hole, he still, like all of us, just wants to be accepted for who he is.

[Friend Request Received]

3. Black Swan

From the director of ∏ and Requiem for a Dream, comes a movie that delves into the heart of madness. Natalie Portman is a ballerina who is vying for the lead role in Swan Lake. Perfectly suited for the white swan role, Portman must examine her darker side to come to an understanding of the black swan. There will be no question as to who will receive the best actress nod on Oscar night. It almost makes us forget those terrible scenes from Star Wars. Almost…

Feel free to comment and add your own review of a movie that moved you in 2010.

iPhone Fail

“Oh my god! What time is it?!?!?”

This was probably the comment made by many iPhone customers who failed to wake-up on time for work this past weekend. Apparently, a glitch in the iPhone’s iOS 4.0 operating system caused the alarm feature on the phone to malfunction. The single wake-up feature did not work on the phones after midnight on December 31st. If customers had set their phones for a certain alarm time, the gadget, that claims to make everyone’s lives easier, would not have responded.

Many customers, mostly young people who use the phone for organizing their hectic lives, rely on the alarm feature instead of a traditional alarm clock.

This is the second issue with the new iPhone’s alarm that has occurred in less than two months. The first was an issue with the daylight savings time change on November 7th.

iPhone customers took to the web to voice their grievances.

“Stupid iPhone alarm clock went off an hour late. What a great start to the week.” Messages like these were all over the social networking website known as Twitter.

Apple claimed to have fixed the problem by Monday, January 3rd.

Our advice. If you have a highly unsympathetic boss or an important meeting to attend, always use a back up. Alarm clocks cost less than twenty dollars and can be equipped with a battery incase of a power outage.

We know you love your sleep, but keeping your job is even more important.

Employ a Back-Up

Taking Care of Your Bed Partner

You take your car in every six months for an oil change to keep it running smoothly.

You defrag your desktop every week to clear out all those unnecessary files.

You check in with your children’s teachers every term to make sure they’re on the right track.

You pop vitamins every morning to maintain your health.

But what do you do to maintain the life of your mattress?

Simmons Mattress gallery suggests vacuuming your mattress at least once every two months. We won’t get into the details of what you need to vacuum up, but lets just say the largest organ in your body tends to shed.

A Quick Vacuum Only Takes A Few Minutes

If your mattress is not a Simmons, you may have to flip it every year. Simmons owners will know that their beds are made of advanced non-flip pocket coils that maintain their support year after year.

If you accidently spill a liquid that you fear might stain the bed, pull off the mattress pad and wash it on its own. If the spill made it through, use a mild soap and rub lightly. Do not soak your mattress.

During your bimonthly vacuuming, check the mattress for signs of wear. If you do notice a problem, consult your warranty. If your mattress is more than five years old it may be time to look for another.

Simmons Mattress Gallery is your best option in the Lower Mainland for quality mattresses at moderate prices. Come see what you’ve been missing in comfort. Take home a Beautyrest this week before you go back to work.

Just remember to maintain it.

Public Lights

Looking for holiday events for the whole family?

A great, relatively cheap, activity this holiday season is a Christmas light tour.

Once you finish dinner, pack the kids in the car, put on a CD of Christmas classics and drive through the city on a treasure hunt

Document your adventure with a digital camera.

Have a ballot sheet, where your kids can vote on the most creative, the most absurd, the most classic.

A great starting or ending point is the tree at English Bay. Park the car and take a walk underneath the strings of lights.

If you’re looking for a longer walk, take the family to the Vandusen Garden’s Festival of Lights. The light display will run from December 10th till January 2nd. The lights turn on at 4:30 and shut off at 9. The family rate, for two parents and their children is $29.75.

Time a factor?

Try going for a walk in your own neighbourhood. Check out all the displays and appreciate the effort that went into the many multicoloured mosaics of light.

Just remember to get home at reasonable time.

Wouldn’t want the young one’s to lose any sleep.

Happy hunting.

St. Paul's Hospital (Downtown Vancouver)

Sleeping With The Groceries

Tired of your partner bringing snacks to bed?

The annoying cookie crumbs, the red wine stain on the sheets, the pastrami under your pillow, with all the culinary clutter it’s hard to enjoy your amazing new Beautyrest properly.

Maybe it’s time you stood up and said something.

You could confront the issue head on, banning all edible items from the bedroom. You could collect articles on how food attracts bugs and decreases the sanitary level of your sleeping quarters.

Or… you could plan a quiet vacation to Germany with a casual stop at The Food Hotel.

The Food Hotel in Neuwied, Germany

It seems counter-productive, but after spending a night in a room totally devoted to food, your partner could be scared straight.

The Food Hotel offers thirty-six rooms devoted to thirty-six different household food companies. Each sponsor had free reign to design a room that featured products from their own line of food and drinks. The cost of sponsorship included paying for the room’s furnishings and contributing towards the construction costs of the building itself.

One of the hotel’s highlights is a room produced by Chio, a German chip manufacturer. The room features a rotating mirror ball, strobe lights and an integrated sound system. Who knew potato chips were the life of the party?

The hotel also has its own private supermarket.

So buy all the crumbly items you can, choose a product theme and send your partner over the edge.

Hopefully they will come out of the experience with a renewed belief that food belongs in the kitchen, not in the bedroom.

If that doesn’t work…

There’s always the threat of abstinence.

Recommended Reading

Even with the age of personal electronics in hyper-drive, it is still nice to relax before bed with a good book. The paper bound kind.

This week Simmons Mattress Gallery would like to post a few of our favourite reads to inspire this timeless nightly ritual.

1. The Millennium Series – This Swedish crime series has won fans all over the world. All three books are essential reading for literary lovers. Stieg Larsson has crafted a trilogy that throws you directly into a world of family intrigue, sexual exploitation and modern investigative practices. The strong female protagonist, Lisabeth Salander, is part Nikita, part Sherlock Holmes. Avoid the temptation to watch the films first.

2. Stanley Park – Nominated for the Giller Prize in 2001, this is the first novel by local writer Timothy Taylor. Set in Vancouver, the novel revolves around the factual unsolved murder of two children in Stanley Park. It has wonderful descriptive culinary passages, as the main character is a chef. You may also notice a strong resemblance between the novel’s description of the fictitious coffee company Inferno and the Northwest based barista house, Starbucks.

3. Mister Pip – This is an understated novel by New Zealand author Lloyd Jones. Set on an unnamed Pacific island in the midst of a civil war, “Mister Pip” details the power of a single piece of literature to educate, inspire and mystify. Mr. Watts, the only white man in a community of islanders, uses Charles Dickens’ classic, work, “Great Expectations,” to teach a schoolhouse full of forgotten children the value of life and the written word.

We would love to hear your own suggestions for essential bedtime reading.

Vacation Netting

The Island Way of Life

The Hammock: A sling of suspended bliss for lounging with a cold drink and an island breeze.

First introduced to Western civilization by Christopher Columbus, on his return to Spain after visiting the Bahamas, hammocks were adopted by seamen who needed a compact, mobile sleeping contraption.

Their original function was similar, an easily stored, portable apparatus that kept the occupant above the ground and away from potentially dangerous animals and insects.

These days’ hammocks are more often connected with the island way of life. Nothing else spells relaxation quite like the gentle swing of a hammock.

But really, does it even come close to the level of comfort offered by a Beautyrest?

And what about the danger of falling during your sleep? Sure it may only be a few feet, but in the middle of the night…

If you’re looking for a serious sleeping structure, look no further than Simmons Mattress Gallery. We have beds that will make you feel like every night is a holiday.

Leave your suspended vacation slumber on the islands; find your mattress choice at Simmons Mattress Gallery.

Mattress Gold

Simmons Mattress Gallery has been sharing blog entries with our readers for over a year now. We have written on a variety of topics ranging from our showroom mattresses, to events around town, to the local sport’s stories. We have given you useful information about sleeping disorders, bedbugs and relationship advice. We have had a lot of fun writing and researching our articles. I hope you have enjoyed reading them.

For a quick look back at some of our posts, here is a thematic listing:

Sleep Disorders:

Grinding in the Night - ‘Bruxism’ is a term used to describe the practice of grinding one’s teeth during sleep

The Phantom Leg – This article talks about the neurological disorder, restless leg syndrome.

Mattress Guilt - For older readers, this article concerns sleepers who unknowingly engage in sexual activity while asleep.

Breathless at Night – Sleep apnea causes some individuals to pause their breathing during sleep.

“You’re getting very sleepy…” - This article talks about hypnosis as a cure for sleep disorders.

Wide Awake and Writing – This is a review of Patricia Morrisroe’s book “Wide Awake: A Memoir of Insomnia.”

Mattress Buying 101:

A Lesson in Mattress Shopping – Six tips for mattress buying.

The Simmons Brand – The history of our brand and the innovative non-flip pocket coil mattress.

The Simmons Difference – Comfort, motion separation and professional advice.

There Are No Silly Questions; Well, Maybe a Few – Some questions that caught us off guard.

Kid Friendly – Simmons Mattress Gallery also sells classic wood cribs.

Humourous Tales:

WordPress Crashes on Mattress – A little April Fools humour.

Sleeping With a Legend – The Japanese think of everything.

The Sweet Sounds of “Mattress Music” - A fictitious soundtrack inspired by our favourite topic.

Tales of the Absurd – The bizarre world of competitive eating.

The Smell of Victory – A play-by-play description of ‘giving a dutch oven.’

Hold Back That Yawn… You Can’t! – Just try to. Once you start there is no stopping.

Life is Precious! - The story of a feline who got caught up in a move.

The Royal Mattress Stack - The retelling of an old fairy tale.

Family and Relationships:

Putting the Kids to Bed – Addressing the sleep issue with every member in the family.

Relationship Advice From the Mattress Professionals – Our number one piece of relationship advice: “Don’t go to bed in the middle of a fight.”

Mattress Romance – A little message from the baby with heart tipped arrows.

The Marriage Bed – Buying the right bed to start your new life together.

Sex Differential - Yes, we are different.

Missing the Moment - Be there for all your children’s firsts.

Canadians Need to Leave Work at Work and Enjoy Their Leisure Time - Title says it all.

Survey Says: Parents Need Help With Sleepless Infants - Finding solutions to sleepless nights.

Back-To-School Sleep Ideas – Plan for the transition between holidays and school.

Blowing Off The Dust

Home Equity Loans

You decided to go big with your home renovations last spring. You chose granite over tile, upgraded all your fixtures to brass and added a jacuzzi in the en-suite of the master bedroom.

Now, six months after signing off on a private contractor, you are struggling to pay your bills. You already took a loan from the bank to pay for the initial reno payment and the bank has refused to lend you any more cash. So what are your options?

You could ask your family if you could borrow money.

You could apply for a second job.

You could look into prospecting as a fun new hobby.

But before you rush into any of these, Simmons Mattress Gallery would recommend you talk to Alpine Credits about receiving a home equity loan. This would let you borrow against the money you have already put towards paying off your house.

Your home is an investment. Let Alpine Credits supply you with the funds needed to finance your home renovations.

This is what ‘Yes’ feels like!

Just remember to put aside a small amount for that new mattress in your bedroom. It will complete the room and your reno project.

"This Is What Yes Feels Like!"

Parade of Lost Souls

If you find yourself wandering aimlessly this Saturday night, all dressed up in costume with no where to go, join The Secret Souls Walk. Formerly known as The Parade of Lost Souls, this interactive social gathering of artists, performers and creepy characters traditionally takes place on Commercial Drive.

In years past, the Souls Walk received permission to shut down Commercial for an all-engaging street party. This year, things are a little more subversive.

The parade route will not be announced publicly until the day of the event. Business owners and private homeowners who have buildings along the route have been contacted ahead of time. These folk have been encouraged to participate in the set decor of the evening’s events. The non-profit group Public Dreams has offered to lend props and supplies to anyone along the route.

Workshops have also been offered for those interested in building shrines, working with puppetry and or choreographed or individual zombie dancing. (Think Thriller meets Hipster)

The night will begin at Britannia Community Centre, between 5pm and 9pm. From this location, the damaged souls will be entertained with an interactive celebration of mysticism. They will then be given the deadly coordinates to navigate the parade route.

The main creative power behind this year’s movement is the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret. They have been working hard to revive the Soul Walk, which was cancelled in 2009 due to lack of funding and organization.

So wander down to East Van this Saturday and take in a grassroots spectacle of bone-chilling entertainment.

The Secret Souls Walk

Monumental Movement

Simmons Mattress Gallery has a long and proud history with the City of Vancouver. It is not only where our business is located, it is also the city we call home. When issues arise concerning the identity of our community, we naturally have an opinion.

This week, Simmons would like to touch on PavCo’s decision to remove the Terry Fox Memorial Monument in front of BC Place.

The Terry Fox Monument Outside of B.C. Place

PavCo is financing the 563 million dollar renovation to Vancouver’s 55,000 seat stadium.

To rebuild the roof, PavCo needs to place a crane on the site of Franklin Allen’s monument to the late Canadian hero, Terry Fox. Instead of moving the piece to another location, PavCo has decided to dismantle the monument.

Current public feeling, concerning the fate of the monument is mixed, as it was when it was originally erected in 1983. Many feel that the piece, a postmodern take on the Roman triumphant archway, is unreflective of Fox’s humble character. Others believe that Allen’s work is a strong representation of the triumphant spirit shown by thousands of Canadians who battle cancer on a daily basis.

PavCo has contacted local artist and writer, Douglas Copland, to create a modern day monument to Fox. Copland is responsible for the Lego Orca, now on display in the courtyard of Vancouver’s new Convention Center.  Copland’s piece will replace Allen’s as a monument inside Terry Fox Plaza.

Simmons would like to see the arch moved to another location, somewhere on the stadium site. While we recognize the need for change, we understand that many in the Vancouver community feel connected to Allen’s work through their own struggle with cancer.

That being said, we are sure Copland will create an excellent piece, one that honours the young Canadian who showed such amazing courage in the fight against cancer.

Resting Up

With rain sputtering against your windshield, terrible rush-hour DJ’s on the radio and traffic lined-up farther than you can see, it’s nice to know, that after that long drive home from work, there are 800 perfectly designed pocket coils waiting to cradle your tired body to sleep; that is, if you own a Simmons Beautyrest mattress.

Simmons is the leader in providing a full night of undisturbed sleep.

We know you work hard. And we want to help you manage the precious time you have at home to naturally recharge your body’s internal battery.

Our patented non-flip pocket coils minimize the motion transfer between you and your partner. If one of you moves during the night, the independent coils react and cushion at impact, allowing little to no transfer to the opposite side of the mattress.

Sleep for a full eight hours and wake up ready to take on whatever crap assignment your boss throws at you.

And remember, the weekend is only days away. Make sure you have enough energy to enjoy it.

Sleep well. Sleep on a Simmons.

Bedside Reading

“I was the giant great and still

That sits upon the pillow-hill,

And sees before him, dale and plain,

The pleasant land of counterpane.”

-Robert Louis Stevenson, The Land of Counterpane

by Robert Louis Stevenson

The twenty minutes or so it takes to put your kids to bed each night, can contain some of the most important parent-child moments in the day.

Taking time to read and talk with your children in a setting void of distracting stimuli is paramount for making strong connections that last a lifetime.

Part of this process is providing calming entertainment that doesn’t involve an on-off switch; we’re talking about bedtime stories.

Some of our staff favourites are:

For the little ones: Goodnight Moon

For the more poetic: Robert Louis Stevenson’s collection of poems, A Child’s Garden of Verses (The Land of Counterpane)

For a humerous poetic spin: Anything by Shel Silverstein

For a simple read: Beatrix Potter’s Tales (The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher)

For a chapter book: Anything by Roald Dahl (make sure your children hear the words first and create their own visuals before seeing the movies)

For the older ones: Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling’s books are dipped in the magic she loves to write about it)

But if you have even an ounce of creative juice in your body, try, at times, to come up with an original work. You can personalize the story for your children and create characters that they will never forget. Try it.

Good luck and Goodnight.

Proudly Pink

October is breast cancer awareness month and Simmons Mattress Gallery would like to share some encouraging information on the ongoing fight against breast cancer.

"Find A Cure"

-British Columbia is at the top of the world for breast cancer research innovation. Work that is being done in our province is being shared and used around the globe.

-New rapid access breast clinics are drastically reducing the amount of time it takes for doctors to diagnose new patients.

-B.C.’s Screening Mammography Program is the largest in North America and one of the best in the world

-The five-year survival rate after treatment for localized breast cancer is 93%.

-B.C. has the lowest death rate for breast cancer in Canada

-Last Sunday’s ‘Run for the Cure’ raised over 1.7 million for breast cancer research in B.C.

-What used to be a virtual death sentence is now a 75% survival rate.

-New alternative education programs are being established around the province. One Vancouver Company, InspireHealth, offers a variety of shared learning experiences, including yoga, meditation classes and non-traditional complementary medicine.

For more information, visit the BC Cancer Agency: http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/PPI/TypesofCancer/Breast/default.htm

Kid Friendly

The Simmons mattress brand has been making quality-sleeping products since 1891. Known worldwide for their mattresses, the Simmons Company is also keenly devoted to creating superior products for the young ones in your household.

Since 1969, when the Simmons Company purchased McGraw-Edison, Simmons has been operating a Juvenile Furniture line.

In 2006, the furniture division was renamed Simmons Kids Furniture.

Today, they offer a wide range of wooden cribs, chests and armoires for your toddler’s nursery.

Simmons Mattress Gallery in Coquitlam, is proud to sell the Simmons Kids crib line. We believe in selling only the finest sleeping products and Simmons Kids Furniture is no exception.

Sausalito Crib N More

All of the items in our showroom have received the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association certification. This means they have been thoroughly tested for safety and quality. To indicate our standards, each approved item bares a gold seal with the acronym JPMA. Viewing this seal, on any product in our store, communicates one thing: “Rest easy. It is a Simmons.”

So next time you’re in need of a new sleeping platform, shop for the whole family, at Simmons Mattress Gallery, where quality, craftsmanship and competitive pricing go hand-in-hand.

The Curtain Rises

In Foreign Waters

Find cineophile heaven at the 29th annual Vancouver International Film Festival.  The opening gala, held last night, featured Barney’s Version, a film based on one of Mordecai Richler’s most adored novels starring Dustin Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and Minnie Driver. The closing gala, on October 15,th features the Illusionist, an animated French film about a magician who brings his magic to an orphan girl he encounters on a trip to Edinburgh.

In between, there are 359 films from 80 countries. Most of these are films that would not be shown at your local multiplex theatre. They are pictures without a heavyweight distributor. By showing at the festival, the producers hope to create a buzz and catch the attention of a larger studio.

One smaller film that looks intriguing is The Desert of Forbidden Art, playing October 9, 10 and 14. This film is the remarkable story of Igor Savitsky, who garnered a collection of suppressed Russian avant-garde art on the edge of a desert in Uzbekistan. He dedicated his life to seek out works by artists who had ignored Stalin’s artistic mandate of happy peasants and heroic workers. Many of the artists whose work Savitsky saved, were eventually sent to prison or executed.

The festival’s schedule is at www.viff.org.

Viewers must be 18 years or older and buy a $2 membership card.

The fun begins today, so enjoy the weekend at the movies.

Childhood Sleepwalking

Up At Night

Rob will always remember the night his family stayed at the Red Cedar Inn when he was twelve years old.

It had been a full day of driving and his parents, instead of pitching a tent in the local campsite, had decided to splurge on a hotel. It had been a week since Rob had been in a proper bed and his anticipation for sleep was more than a twelve year old should ever have.

His parents booked two rooms, one for them and one for Rob and his brother Alex.

They were side-by-side, with a gap of five metres between the doors.

After watching some local TV, the two brothers turned their lights out at around 10:30. They were sharing a bed, but it wasn’t a Thermarest, so Rob has happy.

Then around 1:30 am, Rob heard a noise at the door.

He woke to see his younger brother turning the door handle. The room was cut open with light from the hallway, as young Alex proceeded to slowly move out of the room and down the hall.

Rob called after him in a groggy voice, but his brother said nothing.

Jumping out of bed Rob ran to the open door way. Alex was already halfway down the hall. Rob called again, softly, but with intent. Alex turned, but only a quarter. Then he started to open the door to another room. Rob stood in amazement as the door swung open and Alex entered another suite.

Then the scream came and Rob sprinted down the hall. It was a lady’s voice and it kept coming in a high pitch siren tone.

Arriving at the door, Rob saw Alex staring at a young couple on their mattress.

Slowly Alex turned and Rob saw a small tear in his eye.

“What are you doing?” Rob yelled.

“I don’t know was the answer.”

“Well, get back in bed.”

The boys quickly shuffled out the door and met their Father in the hallway.

Alex walked straight past his Dad and back into the boy’s room.

Rob shrugged at his Father with his hands gestured outwards and followed his brother back to bed.

The next morning Alex remembered nothing.

Fact: one in three children sleep walk. It’s not weird, it happens. But it does provide ammunition for embarrassing wedding stories. Like the one told here. It turns out that the couple Alex walked in on was on their Honeymoon. Guess they weren’t expecting kids that early.

Swedish Sense

When you think storage accessories, what is the first store that comes to mind: IKEA.

They seem to have a two-fisted lock on the cabinet, shelving and drawer industry. But then there are their other endeavors, like the Sultan mattress line.

The IKEA Mattress Showroom

Swede’s may know a thing or two about saving space and organizing the family home, but when it comes to mattresses, wouldn’t you rather shop at a store that deals specifically with securing you a restful night’s sleep each and every night.

Simmons Mattress Gallery is that store. We don’t spend our time worrying about all the other nooks and crannies in your house. We’re really not that interested in your bathroom set. And we don’t need to know any details about what you’re hiding in your closet. No, our only concern is your bed.

We want to improve your sleep. That’s all. And we can accomplish this task by outfitting your bedroom with the perfect mattress for your comfort rating, budget and aesthetic preference.

Our sales staff is all trained mattress professionals. This means that they can address all the questions you have with educated answers. They can listen to your needs and suggest beds that will fill them. They can explain the motion separation offered by our patented pocket coils, while you lounge on the actual item.

We may not serve a $1.99 breakfast and there is no ball room, but we can offer you the best mattresses in the industry.

So find your skubbs (that’s a fancy Swedish word for shoebox) at IKEA, but receive a peaceful nights sleep from Simmons Mattress Gallery.

We’re here to help you sleep better.

“You’re getting very sleepy…”

Here at the Simmons Mattress Blog, we have talked a lot about the topic of insomnia. We’ve discussed sleeping pills, reviewed a book on insomnia and presented the cold hard facts (42% of North Americans suffer from it).

Our advice has always been to start with a new mattress. It’s practical, comforting both for your mental and physical state and it offers no creepy side effects.

But for those of you looking for an alternative cure, we thought we could do a short analysis on the practice of hypnotherapy, as solution to your restless nights.

Hypnosis has been used as a treatment for sleep disorders for the last eighty years. It involves the help of a trained hypnotherapist to induce a trance-like state. From this state, the patient and therapist can explore the problems and issues surrounding the patient’s inability to receive adequate amounts of rest.

Since the patient may be vulnerable during the procedure, it is important that both parties agree on what topics and procedures will be covered during the patient’s trance.

A common part of the therapy is creating effective sleep patterns that the patient can then use at home.

These sleep patterns can also take the form of self-hypnosis.

Self-hypnosis involves regulated breathing, positive statements and occasionally, imaginary or factual settings where the patient can escape to.

Most routines start with a slow, calculated release of body tension. Each part of the body is focused on and tension is released during a conditioned exhale. In practice, this should allow the patient to reach a state similar to one prompted by a therapist.

At this point, the patient repeats affirmative statements that express a desire to sleep. An example is: “My body is now ready to sleep. My body is now ready to sleep. My body…” This involves short countdowns as well.

For this method to work at home, the patient must eliminate all distracting stimuli from the sleeping environment. This allows for better focus.

To improve this focus, Simmons would like to repeat our suggestion of a new mattress. Although, lying on a Simmons, you may not get through the body part portion before you’re lost in sleep. We guess that’s a good thing.

The Neglected Room

The summer renovations are all completed. You finally finished the kitchen, the deck has been re-stained and the children’s rooms have all been repainted. The house is finally ready.

But wait. You may have neglected one room that often gets overlooked: the spare room.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up faster than you would like to acknowledge, the time is coming for guests to enjoy all the hard work you put in improving your house.

But they will need a room to sleep in while they visit.

It may be too late to repaint and the carpet will have to wait till next year, but you could improve their sleeping surface with a brand new mattress from Simmons Mattress Gallery.

Let’s be honest, the mattress in there now is the saggy one you abandoned three years ago, when you upgraded your bedroom.

Why let Auntie Louise suffer? She doesn’t deserve it. And a rest-deprived houseguest is an irritable companion.

So throw out the droopy dud that’s currently in there and head to one of Simmons Mattress Gallery’s two convenient locations.

Louise will appreciate your purchase for years to come.

Louise's New Mattress

Avoiding Jet Lag

Proactive Tips For Travel Adjustment

When business or pleasure calls you overseas, it is important to do all you can to minimize the effects of jet lag. This allows you to make the most of your time and enjoy the moment.

To help you with this process, Simmons Mattress Gallery has prepared a list of dos and don’ts.

1. Before traveling, start adjusting your sleeping schedule. If you are flying east, go to bed and wake up one hour earlier. If you are heading west, do the reverse. As your flight gets closer, try to increase the time difference in your regular sleep time.

2. Set your watch to the time in your destination as soon as you board the plane.

3. If possible, bring your own food on board. Do not eat with the rest of the passengers. The flight attendants will be serving food according to the departure cities time. Eat as if you were already at your destination with a breakfast lunch and dinner.

3. Do not consume caffeine or alcohol on the plane. This will only increase your body’s confusion.

4. Drink lots of water.

5. It may look silly, but bring earplugs and an eye mask. These will help you secure the rest you need.

6. Once you arrive at your destination, seek out as much outdoor light as you can. The more exposure to sunlight the better. It will help with your brains adjustment to the new time zone.

7. On the return trip, call ahead and make sure your Simmons is waiting for you at the other end, preferably uncluttered and draped in clean sheets.

Indulge in the Freaky!

Prepare for the bizarre! The Fringe Fest is back in Vancouver!

From September 8th to the 19th.

Hosted in a variety of venues all over town, the festival will feature 82 performance groups in 617 shows. Thirty of these shows will be BYOV (Bring Your Own Venue). These performances will feature artists presenting their works in untraditional settings such as the back of bicycles and fire escapes.

There is a one time, five-dollar membership fee for attending the festival. The tickets themselves will only cost you $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends.

Since there are so many shows, all performances will start exactly on time. No latecomers will be admitted. (They seem to be fairly strict about this.)

Some of the shows that are already creating a buzz are:

7 (X1) Samurai – A wordless show based on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai film by mime and clowning expert David Gaines.

Freud vs. his Ego – Another one-man project about the most famous psychoanalyst of our time.

Miracle in Rwanda – Leslie Lewsis takes on the role of up to seven Rwandan genocide survivors who hide in a bathroom for 91 days to avoid being captured.

After each performance, the audience will be asked to rate the show. These reports will be used to select the Public Market Pick of the Fringe.

The festival will run until the 19th of September.

The Sleep Doctor

Regular season hockey is just over a month away and Vancouver sports fans couldn’t be any happier. It has been a dreadful summer for the 1-7 B.C. Lions, as Wally Buono continues to tinker with a team that just can’t seem to get it done.

Mike Gillis Addressing the Media

Across town, Mike Gillis is assembling his crack squad of sports professionals for another successful regular season run (we won’t talk about the playoffs).  Part of that mix includes a specialist, whose job it is to analyze the schedule and make important decisions regarding the team’s movement.

This specialist, whose name we cannot print, is known as the ‘sleep doctor.’

The sleep doctor is a Gillis addition to the player management team. His/Her job is to determine whether it is better for the players to leave a city the night of the game or fly out the morning after.

These decisions are made using data collected from previous games. The Canuck players are asked to wear ’sleep bands’ which monitor the wearer’s sleep patterns, the length of their rest and the quality. The science behind the monitoring is referred to as ‘actigraphy.’

Cross-referencing the individual player data helps the sleep doctor determine the team’s optimal resting time.

It is then the sleep doctor who decides what time the team boards the jet for the next game.

Simmons Mattress Gallery hasn’t been able to reach the mystery man or woman, but we are sure the boys’ sleep could only be improved with a restful night on a Simmons mattress.

Buono, if you are reading this, the same applies for the Lions.

The Royal Mattress Stack

Beatirce had to think fast on her feet. The Gatekeeper was demanding a reason why he should let her enter, even though the torrential rain seemed to be the obvious answer.

“I’m a princess,” she said coldly, mustering a stare that demanded attention.

Half an hour later, her ruse had her inside the gates and heading to the castle. The king had apparently set aside a special room for her to sleep in.

Once inside, she was lead to a tower and asked politely to climb a long staircase. After five minutes of climbing, she reached a stone platform with a single door. A servant swung it open and motioned her in. The room was well lit with candles and from their glow Beatrice could see that the only piece of furniture was a towering four-post bed.

The canopy of the bed was close to the ceiling and stacked, almost to the same height, was a huge pile of mattresses and feather beds.

Staring aghast, she counted twenty of each.

“This, your lady, will be your sleeping quarters.”

“You mean I am supposed to sleep on that? I don’t think so. How would I even get up there?”

“There’s a ladder my lady,” the servant explained, ” on the far side of the bed.”

“Is this any way to treat a princess,” she said, remembering her character.

“It is by the Queen’s orders,” replied the servant, shutting the door.

Beatrice stared back at the mattress stack and whispered under her breath, “Are they serious?”

Mattress Stack

Early the next morning there was a loud banging at the door. Beatrice climbed down from the mountain of beds and opened it, still half asleep.

As she did, a small crowd of royal dignitaries burst into the room, staring intently at her.

The Queen pushed to the front of the pack and addressed Beatrice: “So young lady, how was your sleep?” The others in the room leaned closer, as if Beatrice’s answer would change their lives forever.

“Not so great, now that you ask,” replied Beatrice.

A cheer erupted from the crowd at the back of the room, but was quickly hushed by the Queen. “And why would that be.”

Beatrice stared at the tower she had slept on and thought for moment. “Well, you may have stacked twenty mattresses and twenty feather beds on top of one another, but I don’t see a single Simmons in the bunch.”

Tap Dance Showdown

If you are a dance enthusiast, who is staying in-town over the long weekend, you will not want to miss out on the annual Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival.

The festival runs from September 3rd to the 5th and features such talented international stars as Jason Samuels Smith, Dianne Walker and Harold Cromer.

Jason Samuels Smith

The Vancouver portion of the festival will open with a three hour Harbour Cruise on the Queen of Diamonds. The cruise will feature a tap jam and a buffet dinner. One lucky table will also be given the privilege of dining with a surprise ‘tap master.’

Saturday, the VITDF will host a collaborative performance by leading tap artists at the Norman Rothstein Theatre. Harold Cromer will showcase his talents along with Jeff Hyslop, who will perform a portion of his original presentation “On Tap.”

The festival will wrap up on Sunday with the Hot-Feet Showcase and Cutting Contest. The cutting contest will feature a battle of the feet, where young dancers will face-off and compete in front of a panel of judges. The final night will be hosted by Jason Samuels Smith.

There will also be a number of workshops held throughout the weekend for a variety of skill levels.

For more information and ticket info, check out the online brochure.

Back-To-School Sleep Ideas

As summer winds down and the days slowly become shorter, the family focus shifts from summer activities, to prepping for back-to-school. The kids maybe dreading it, but your countdown to Labour Day has probably already begun.

One important part of getting your children ready to start school is establishing formal sleep routines.

Back-To-School Sleep Patterns

Here are a few tips from Simmons Mattress Gallery:

1. Start putting the kids to bed at a set time each night. Try for 8:00. It will probably still be light out, but if you model the behaviour yourself, the kids will mimic your habits. Once they’ve fallen asleep, you can enjoy the last light of summer with a nice glass of wine on the patio.

2. Begin to limit television and video game use, at least before bed. Start a regular pattern of reading before bedtime. This will get them back into school mode and excited for new literature.

3. Remove distracting elements from their bedrooms. Slowly start moving their toys to another area of the house and away from their sleeping sanctuary.

4. Prepare dinner earlier so that their stomachs have more time to digest their food before the earlier bedtime. Also limit their junk food intake, especially the amount of pop and candy they are eating. It is suggested that children should not be given caffeine within six hours of their bedtime.

5. Establish weekday patterns. Let them stay up a few hours later on Friday and Saturday, but return to the scheduled bedtime on Sunday.

Good Luck and Goodnight!

100 Years of Fun

The Pacific National Exhibition is celebrating a 100 years of West Coast fun and entertainment. The party begins this Friday with the PNE parade at English Bay. The fair will officially open the following day, Saturday, August 21st. It will run for two weeks, concluding on the Labour Day holiday.

This year’s concert series includes Bryan Adams, Spirit of the West, Cyndi Lauper, Trooper, Little River Band and a can’t miss performance by the punk priestess herself, Joan Jett. Admission to the evening’s musical performances is free with your PNE day ticket.

The classics will be back as well, including the 4-H agricultural festival, the West Coast Lumberjack Show and of course, the Superdogs!

Nightly fireworks will be supplied by KABOOM!: A Pyro Musical Spectacular. The music selected for the ariel bombardment includes a wide spectrum of artists from the last century. The sky will be set ablaze each night at 10:15.

The PNE gate pass will be sold for $20.00 on site or $16.80 online. For a combination Fair/Playland Ride Pass, the price is $42.75.

For more information check out the PNE website: http://www.pne.ca/index.html.

Stay For the Nightly Concerts

Hold Back That Yawn… You Can’t!

Here’s a little test for you. Simmons Mattress Gallery would like you to tell a friend everything you know about yawning for one minute. If you’re lacking a friend, try and think of three times you were caught yawning in public.

We’ll wait……….

Woman Yawning

Now how many times did you yawn talking to your friend or thinking about your experiences? We bet it was at least once. Did your friend yawn as well? Probably. But why?

The answer lies in our ability to empathize with others. When we talk about yawning or see another person yawning our brain triggers our body to act out the action. This helps us connect and identify with others, an evolutionary survival skill that we perform subconsciously. Individuals who have trouble empathizing with others, like those suffering from autism or schizophrenia, are much less likely to be affected by the contagious yawn.

There is also a common myth that yawning is the bodies attempt to take in more oxygen. This has been proven completely false; mainly on the basis that entirely different body processes control yawning and breathing.

Some scientists believe the yawning phenomenon has to do with regulating our brains body temperature. When we are fatigued our brain’s temperature spikes. When we yawn, our heart rate speeds up, increasing blood flow, which cools our brain.

But is this theory the definitive answer? No. The simple truth is we still haven’t figured out the exact reason why we yawn. All we really know is it feels good, it usually occurs when we’re tired and if we see someone else doing it, chances are we’re going to perform the same act ourselves.

The Simmons Difference

Consumers choose to purchase mattresses from Simmons Mattress Gallery for three major reasons: the comfort a Simmons can provide, the unparalleled motion separation offered by our unique pocket coil design and the professional help Simmons Mattress Gallery staff deliver to their customers.

This week we would like to look at these three features in a little more detail.

1. The Comfort Factor

-Many mattress makers promise a comfortable night’s sleep, but very few can provide the sustained level of comfort that a Simmons offers night after night. A Simmons mattress is essentially comprised of three layers. There is the foundation layer, which is specific to each mattress, the support layer, which cushions the weight of your body and the comfort layer, the top layer that provides you with a surface on which to spread your body. The Simmons comfort layer is made of plush fabrics that yield a soft but strong immediate sleeping surface. The option for visco memory foam adds another dimension of comfort to an already perfect design.

2. Motion Separation

-Each Simmons mattress is made with 800 individual pocket coils to provide the least amount of motion transfer between you and your partner. If you made the poor choice of having three day-old chinese food less than half-an-hour before bed, your partner won’t have to feel the effects of your indigestion as you toss and turn.

3. Professional Advice

-Simmons Mattress Gallery staff are trained to provide the absolute best customer service possible. Their knowledge of the Simmons brand helps them recommend beds that are perfectly suited to the comfort and support levels you describe. In a non-rushed atmosphere they will happily explain the benefits of every mattress in the showroom. Take advantage of their expertise; come with questions and leave with answers.

Visit one of our two Simmons Mattress Gallery locations in either Coquitlam or Vancouver.

Air Quality Concerns

Just before dozing off on your Simmons, you may have noticed an odd sight on the skyline, these last couple of nights. A giant orange-red ball has replaced the sinking sun in the westward sky.

Red Sky at Night

No, smog levels have not risen to apocalyptic proportions. And no, it’s not a harvest moon (wrong side of the horizon).

The reason for the burning ball: the forest fires in B.C. are sending so much ash into the atmosphere that they are affecting the way we view the fading sun.

There are now over 400 active forest fires blazing in our province.

This may be a staggering number, but in reality, the figure is close to par for this time of the year.

What is concerning is the rate at which these fires have sprung up. The average number of new fires per day is currently about 55.

Fire crews are working around the clock to contain the blazes, but with so many fresh burns, its a wonder the whole province isn’t a sea of flames.

And while Lower Mainland residents may not see the fires firsthand, we are experiencing the effects.

The sun’s peculiar disguise is a sign that air quality has deteriorated to a dangerous level. Metro Vancouver posted an advisory warning residents to avoid strenuous activity and to limit outdoor exposure for infants and the elderly.

Showers could come as early as Saturday, but till then, enjoy the new occupant of the evening sky and remember to take care of your lungs. If you’re feeling any new discomfort you should definitely contact your doctor immediately.

Breathless at Night

Sleep Apnea is One of the Most Common Sleep Disorders

Are you consistently waking up in the morning feeling unrested? Do you suffer from unwarranted fatigue issues during the course of the day? Do you wake up more than five times a night?

If you have answered yes to all three of these questions you may be suffering from the chronic sleep disorder known as sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a disorder where the patient has short pauses in their breath during periods of sleep.

These pauses in breath cause oxygen levels to drop and slow blood circulation. Sufferers usually return to a normal breathing pattern after a loud snort or choking sound.

Because of this interruption, patients move from a deep sleep into a lighter sleep. During this light sleep they can be easily awakened. This decreases the quality of sleep received.

While the daily symptom of fatigue may not be overly troubling, chronic sleep apnea can cause serious problems such as brain injury, premature aging, a narrowed airway and reduced muscle tone.

People suffering from weight problems may be more likely to be affected by sleep apnea.

Simple solutions to minor sleep apnea include changing your sleeping position, using nasal strips and for those of you willing, singing therapy.

There is also a device known as a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP, which acts as a splint to open the patient’s airway during sleep. This device includes a facial mask and an electric bedside breathing machine.

More drastic measures include nasal or throat surgery.

If you believe you may be suffering from this disorder, you should contact your family doctor.

This is East Van!

Commercial Drive? The Clutch Theatre? The Foundation? Trout Lake? Strathcona Park? The Main Street Hipsters? Vancouver Specials?

What do you think embodies East Vancouver?

Is it the people who live between Main and Boundary and the Fraser and Burrard Inlet? Is it the hippie gardens and the multi suite character homes? Is it simply a feeling or a colour?

Now is your chance to share it with the world.

This is East Van: A Community Photography Project, is looking for submissions for any photographic work that highlights what it means to live in East Vancouver.

The photographs that are chosen will be published in a book. The publishers are hoping to showcase a broad scope of what life is like in East Vancouver right NOW!

Contributors will not be paid for their submissions, but they will be credited and each photo that is chosen will receive a full page spread. There will also be the option for up and coming photographers to include their contact information at the back index.

So pull out your old SLR or charge up your digital equivalent and hit the streets.

All entries can be sent to: submissions@thisiseastvan.com.

The deadline for submissions is August 15th.

No Words Needed

Test Your Canadian Knowledge

With Canada Day just a day away, Simmons Mattress Gallery thought it would be fun to put together a small quiz to test your knowledge of the land and country you hold so dear. So without further ado, here are the questions:

  1. What native artist designed the sculptures on the $20 dollar bill?
  2. What is the highest mountain in Canada?
  3. What is the capital city of Nunavut?
  4. What year was “O Canada” proclaimed as Canada’s national anthem?
  5. Who was the first team to win the Stanley Cup?
  6. How many yards is a CFL field?
  7. How many time zones are there in Canada?
  8. Which province in Canada is officially declared bilingual?
  9. Who was the longest serving Canadian Prime Minister?
  10. What is the longest river in Canada?
  11. Who is the author of Anne of Green Gables
  12. What was Fredrick Banting and J.J.R. Macleod credited for creating?
  13. What organization has the motto “maintien le droit” (uphold the right)?
  14. What is the name of the schooner on the ten-cent coin?
  15. What sport did James Naismith invent?

Answers

  1. Bill Reid
  2. Mount Logan
  3. Iqaluit
  4. 1980
  5. Montreal Hockey Club
  6. 110 yards
  7. Six time zones
  8. New Brunswick
  9. Mackenzie King
  10. Mackenzie River (coincidence???)
  11. Lucy Maud Montgomery
  12. Creating insulin
  13. RCMP
  14. Bluenose
  15. Basketball

14 Grinds in One Day!

Completing the Grouse Grind is a Vancouver merit badge that is mandatory for every active citizen living in our beautiful city.

It is 3 kms of hard, stair climbing cardio that rewards every finisher with a spectacular view of the city.

For some, the Grind is an annual tradition, for others, a weekly activity and still others do the Grind almost daily (during the months it’s open).

The last two groups are more likely to be registered for the timer program, an electronic database that keeps track of your performance and posts it on screens in the gondola chalet at the top of Grouse. These are the keeners who look to improve their performance on every outing.

Then there are the fanatics.

Sebastian Albrecht belongs to this group.

On Monday, Albrecht accomplished a feat that no other grinder has ever managed to do; he climbed the Grind 14 times in one day!

He began at 6:30 in the morning and finished his last trek up at 11:12 at night.

Albrecht and another climber, Vicki Mann, shared the previous record, of 13 assents in one day.

Albrecht was raising money and awareness for the charity, The Royal Le Page Shelter Foundation.

After the climb, Albrecht admitted to being “pretty exhausted. I mean, it just takes every ounce of mental and physical strength that you have, so I’m in need of recovery.”

Simmons Mattress Gallery hopes, for Albrecht’s sake, that the grinder was able to come home and pass out on a mattress worthy of his accomplishment. The only mattress that we could think of that even comes close is the Simmons Beautyrest Black; a rectangular layer cake of comfort and luxury.

“Indulge Sebastian. You deserve it.”

Vancouver’s Introduction to the Modern Woman

This summer, Vancouver will be treated to a beautiful collection of French paintings focusing on ‘The Modern Woman.’

The Vancouver Art Gallery is proud to display some of the finest drawings, from the 19th Century, contained in the Musée d’Orsay.

Featured artists will be: Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Édouard Manet.

The exhibition focuses on the changing role of women in society, during the 19th Century. This change is expressed in the forms, roles and portrayal of the female character by some of the most famous artists of that time period.

One of the common themes that arises from viewing these works is ‘independence.’ The modern woman is not bound to a domestic environment. She is not a figure to be romanticized or idealized. She is the central character in her own world. She is free to gaze on her audience, to enjoy her own pursuits and to occupy the canvas without a male companion.

This independence is a huge departure from the saintly, maternal figures portrayed in European art before the 19th Century. The significance of this artistic shift is a direct reflection of the modernization of social thought.

To view all of the works offered at the exhibition, plan a trip to the Vancouver Art Gallery before September 6th.

The lineups will be long, so plan to wait.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, with an extended closing of 9 pm on Tuesdays.

The adult charge is $19.50, while students are $13.

One of Degas' Ballerinas

Bard on the Beach Will Unwrap an Egyptian Tragedy

Ambition, Desire, Temptation...

“That time? O times / I laughed him out of patience; and that night / I laugh’d him into patience; and next morn, / Ere the ninth hour, I drunk him to his bed.”

-Cleopatra (Anthony and Cleopatra Act II, Scene 5)

This summer, under the peppermint tents, Ancient Egypt will come alive through the words of the world’s most famous playwright; William Shakespeare. Vancouverites will bare witness to Julius Ceasar’s greatest soldier falling from grace and Egypt’s last Pharaoh surrendering her once mighty kingdom to Roman rule. The tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra runs from June 17th to September 24th, at the annual Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in Vanier Park.

Accompanying this play will be three other productions all penned by the Immortal Bard: Much Ado About Nothing, Falstaff and Henry V. Falstaff, named after the clowning companion of Prince Hal, is a combination of Henry IV Part I and II, a definite bang for your buck.

The season begins with Much Ado About Nothing, on June 10th.

Included in this year’s program are the traditional Bard-B-Q (clever) & Fireworks night, Chatterbox Tuesdays and a Lecture Series.

Tickets can be purchased on line through the Bard on the Beach website:

http://www.bardonthebeach.org/

Simmons Mattress Gallery suggests reading the plays before hand, or at least studying the short synopsis supplied on-line. You will take away much more of Shakespeare’s beautiful imagery and cunning word play if you already have a conceptual analysis of how the events will unfold. Just a tip.

So enjoy this summer’s offering of historical drama in one of the most beautiful theatrical settings in the world. And remember to bring your blanket.

Mattresses Needed For MMA Fighters

Vancouver's First UFC Event

There may be a few more tired bodies hitting the mattresses in Vancouver this month, as the UFC makes it’s inaugural debut in Western Canada on June 12th.

Already cited in town, Chuck Liddell has been training for his bout with Rich Franklin. The two veteran warriors will be the main event next Saturday. Liddell’s original opponent was Tito Ortiz. Unfortunately, Ortiz was forced to back out after undergoing surgery on his neck.

Ortiz and Liddell were the coaches for the latest installment of the “Ultimate Fighter” reality show.

The undercard will feature Mirko Cro Cop vs. Pat Barry, Paul Thiago vs. Martin Kamomann and eight other bouts.

The athletes competing will need to get all the rest they possibly can before heading into the Octagon.

Let’s hope they’re getting their rest on a Simmons Beautyrest.

They will certainly appreciate all the individual pocket coils the night after their fight.

Putting your body through that kind of punishment deserves a reward and no other mattress can supply the comfort levels offered by a Simmons.

Try one for yourself at a Simmons Mattress Gallery.

You may not have the muscle tone or grappling skills to compete in the UFC, but you can still enjoy a Simmons.

Vancouver Welcomes Summer With Open Arms

Well it looks like summer may finally be coming to the west coast.

After a wet spring, that we would all probably like to forget, the sun is finally starting to poke through. The beaches around Vancouver are starting to fill, the tennis courts have line-ups until dusk and with June being ‘Bike Month,’ more and more people are hitting the road with two wheels rather than four.

But with all this activity comes a price: fatigue. Our bodies are still on winter time. We may have only hit the gym once a week in the last eight months, but now, with the extra daylight and activities to enjoy, our bodies are seeing a lot more action.

So how do we compensate? Well, the correct answer would be to get more rest.

With the longer summer nights, we tend to forget that our bodies need a minimum of eight hours of sleep. This is especially true for an active lifestyle, which most of us are lucky enough to enjoy through the summer months.

Going to bed at a reasonable hour is essential.

If you are having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep with the added hours of daylight, maybe it’s time you looked into a mattress upgrade.

Simmons Mattress Gallery has a huge selection of mattresses to choose from. Come in and lay around our showroom. We want you to be comfortable enough to fall asleep in any condition, at any hour. A Beautyrest will provide that.

Pick yours out today and start prepping for a summer full of fun!

English Bay

Does Sex Decrease Athletic Performance?

Orders from the top: ‘Access to girlfriends and wives will be limited to one day after each game during the World Cup.’

These are the restrictions being imposed by Fabio Capello, manager for the U.K.’s 2010 World Cup squad.

Without saying it directly, Capello has sided with an old belief that sex before sport can drain a male’s natural urge to compete. This was the position held by athletic managers back in the time of Ancient Greece.

But maybe Capello needs to get with the times. New research shows that sex before sport has no effect on performance. In fact, sex often encourages and improves sleep quality. So having sex the night before a big game might help Capello’s squad get the rest they need.

Alain Vigneault was asked about the topic during Vancouver’s short-lived playoff run last month.

A health reporter asked if players would be advised to alter or maintain their routine of training, recovery, diet, sex and other daily activities.

Vigneault’s response: “We do sex every day? I’m missing out on something!”

While Vigneault may not be interfering with the personal lives of his players on a level similar to Capello, he did go to great lengths this season to ensure that his team was receiving adequate rest. This included staying behind in away cities for an additional night, at the conclusion of a road trip. This way his players weren’t flying home on a red-eye flight and then playing a day later.

Respect your body’s natural urge to rest for eight hours every night.

And if you’re having trouble falling asleep, maybe whisper a soft message in your partner’s ear; even if you do have racquetball the next morning.

Fabio Capello - UK Football Manager

iPhone Mattress Technology

Wondering about how much time you spend tossing and turning at night?

Need to monitor and track your sleeping hours?

Are you tired of your alarm clock jolting you from your dream of winning a Nobel Prize?

Well, as the saying goes: “There’s an app for that.”

The Sleep Cycle Graph

LexWare Labs has developed an app for Apple’s iPhone that tracks your body’s nighttime movements.

The app is entitled The Sleep Cycle. It uses the iPhones accelerometer to monitor the motion on your mattress.

Accelerometers are often found in video game controllers, such as the ones available for the Wii.  They measure an object’s experienced acceleration relative to freefall.

The instructions for sleep monitoring include tucking your phone into your fitted sleep before you head to bed. As you move in the night, Sleep Cycle records and graphs your activity. The graph shows when you are dreaming, when you are in a deep sleep state and when you are awake. It provides daily statistics that can be added together over a week to produce a readout of your average sleep pattern.

The developers suggest using the app to monitor changes in your bedtime schedule. If you read a book before bed one night, compare your readout to another night when you watch a movie just before sleeping.

The Sleep Cycle also comes with an alarm clock that is custom designed to wake you gently during a period when your body is naturally moving. This will remove the jolting experience and will lessen the likelihood of having a dream interrupted.

The price of the Sleep Cycle app is $0.99.

Although the Sleep Cycle does sound amazing, it can’t promise you a better nights sleep.  That can only be provided with a new mattress.

Simmons Mattress Gallery has an app for that.

Come in, bring your phone and try out a new mattress today.

Sleeping With a Legend

Simmons Mattress Gallery is always on the lookout for bizarre tales of a sleep related nature. This week we found the Holy Grail.

It has been reported, that an exhibition in Tokyo, Japan, that features former possessions of the late pop star Michael Jackson, will be hosting a one-time sleepover event where fans will get to spend the night with various Michael Jackson memorabilia.

The exhibition is on display at the Tokyo Tower, where it has already had 300,000 visitors.

Titled the Neverland Collection, the exhibition contains costumes from Michael’s “Thriller” video, a 1967 Rolls Royce, an antique piano and many other artifacts owned by the ‘King of Pop.’

The sleepover will be held on June 25th, the one year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death.

Apparently, in Japanese culture, spending time with the possessions of a loved one on the one-year anniversary of their death is an important ritual.

The sleepover will commence at 10:30 and will conclude at 8:00 in the morning the following day.

Fans will be able to purchase tickets for a lottery that will be held to determine the lucky few who will be given the privilege to spend the night amongst Michael’s . . . stuff.

It is not known where or what the ‘winners’ will be sleeping on.

We hope they are supplied with mattresses worthy of the former pop star; something from the Simmons Beautyrest NXG series would be appropriate.

The Phantom Leg

Simmons Mattress Gallery would like to take a closer look at sleep disorders affecting Canadians. This week’s topic: restless leg syndrome.

Restless leg syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes abnormal sensations in the limbs of the people it affects. These sensations can cause individuals to feel like their limbs are burning or being tugged on. Individuals diagnosed with this disorder tend to need to move around and are often labeled restless.

Sufferers are most affected by the disorder when they are attempting to relax their body. Symptoms may include insomnia and daytime exhaustion.

The disorder occurs in both genders and usually worsens with age.

Restless leg syndrome is also commonly diagnosed with periodic limb movement disorder. This disorder is specific to involuntary limb movement while asleep. If you suffer from both of these ailments, it might be your sleeping partner who is the most disturbed by your condition. In severe cases, separate beds may be the only option for saving the relationship.

Lifestyle may be a contributing factor to the severity of this disorder. Reducing caffeine and alcohol intake and eliminating tobacco can help.

For treatment, doctors may prescribe dopaminergic agents (often prescribed to Parkinson patients), benzodiazepines, opioids or anticonvulsants.

Looking After the Fallen

The 2010 Vancouver Sun Run

The 26th annual Sun Run was held last Sunday, with 51, 419 runners, walkers and wheelers taking part in the 10km race from Burrard and Georgia to B.C. Place.

The weather was perfect, the crowds were great and the organization was, as always, impeccable.

And like any mass event, everyone who took part had a story.

One of these stories involved an elderly man who had the unfortunate luck of falling face first into the pavement.

The participant, Gerry DaSilva, was running with his daughter and three grandchildren.

The fall occurred at the last leg of the race, before B.C. place.

DaSilva had been running ahead of his daughter when he tripped and caught his face on the curb.

To DaSilva’s good fortune, one of the first runners to come upon the scene was an off-duty paramedic. Another woman, who also stopped, accompanied the first runner. While the paramedic, a male, checked for serious damage, the woman removed her shirt to help address the bleeding.

The two stayed with DaSilva until the race paramedics arrived.

Scenes like these are just another example of the kindness so often shown by Vancouverites to random strangers.

We all sleep easier at night when we take the time to help our fellow citizens. This seems to be a trend on the west coast. We must be receiving the most sleep of any Canadians!

But I guess that also has to do with having the number one mattress store, Simmons Mattress Gallery, at our backdoor.

Your conscience is free and clear. Enjoy your well-earned sleep on a Simmons.

The Scary Reality of Losing Sleep

Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in North America and a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology has it linked to a lack of sleep in overworked, undernourished adults.

The findings, produced by the Leiden University Medical Center, show that the loss of a single night’s sleep has a large impact on the bodies ability to use insulin to process sugar.

The scientists involved in the study examined nine seemingly healthy test subjects and evaluated their insulin sensitivity after a full nights rest and again after only four hours of sleep. The latter resulted in a sensitivity loss of 19 to 25 per cent.

Insulin resistance is the direct cause of diabetes, a condition that affects over 180 million people worldwide.

While a healthy diet, regular physical activity, moderate alcohol consumption and not smoking has always been the recommended lifestyle for avoiding diabetes, doctors can now suggest an adequate amount of sleep, preferably 8 hours.

Securing a healthy dose of rest can come down to one single factor, your mattress.

If your mattress is not the most comfortable piece of furniture you own, maybe it’s time you invested in a new one.

Simmons Mattress Gallery has all your mattress needs.

We want you to live the healthiest life possible. Start that trend with a new mattress and put yourself in the running to reduce your risk of living with diabetes.

Missing the Moment

Parents everywhere look forward to those many ‘firsts’ that all children experience as they grow from drooling infants to self-empowered teenagers.

One of the big ones, that shows up on most parent’s top ten, is the first time their child rides a two-wheeled bicycle.

Letting go of that back seat and watching your child balance their way down the alley is a moment of both exhilaration, at their step towards independence and sadness, at the thought of their diminishing need for support.

Lately, however, parents have been handing over that precious moment to young professionals, in the form of bike lessons.

Local companies like the upstart Pedalheads Bike Camp, are teaching children as young as three how to ride a bicycle in a safe and controlled manner.

The company offers lessons at eight different levels, so children can continue to improve their riding and build on their awareness of safety issues.

The Pedalheads camps have been so successful that founder, Claudia Sjöberg, has now opened camps in Victoria, Calgary and Edmonton.

Sadly, this success means that more and more parents will miss one of those important firsts.

The reasons for outsourcing this moment are probably time, or lack there of. With less leisure time to spend with their kids, parents are concerned that their children might miss important life skills. The Pedalheads camps provide a friendly, non-rushed atmosphere that a single parent might not have the time to afford.

With this and other firsts lost to third parties, parents should try and make the most of the precious small moments that they spend with their young ones.

Reading before bed is an excellent activity to reclaim some of that lost time.

Simmons Mattress Gallery would like to offer our support figuratively and literally to this nighttime activity.

All children love to be read to and we would like to make that experience as comfortable as possible.

Stop by a Simmons Mattress Gallery to view some of the finest beds available. We want you and your child to share some quality time on a bed that echoes the care and love you provide everyday for your children.

Do not miss out. Make time and enjoy these earlier years and all the firsts that come with it.

Paper Books vs the iPad

One of the hottest gadgets on the market right now is Apple’s iPad. We all have a friend who has made the trek across the border to buy one of the devices before they go on sale in Canada. The buzz is huge and it seems Apple’s new gizmo is living up to the hype.

With web, email, photo, video abilities and a multi-touch screen, the iPad is the, all in one, portable device.

And, unlike your iPod, where the text is more suitable for squinting at than reading, the iPad has a 9.7 inch LED-backlit screen for browsing and indulging in e-books.

This has inspired many owners to replace their bedside ritual of reading a book before bed with scrolling through pages of the latest best seller on their new iPad.

The lamp may be off, your partner may be asleep, but you’re still able to enjoy “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” without a flashlight.

But this medium switch has some sleep scientists worried.

If we were reading a book the light from a lamp would be from behind us onto a page. With the iPad, the light is intensely direct. This light can disrupt the natural melatonin levels produced by the pineal gland. This gland regulates the sleep-wake cycle in our bodies. Artificial light delays the production of melatonin and makes it harder for our bodies to begin a restful state.

Reading a book before bed has also been considered a passive activity, suitable for winding down the day. The iPad experience is much more engaging, especially when you consider the options for surfing the net, checking your email and playing music.

All these extra activities have the potential to increase our anxiety, the last thing we want before sleeping.

Simmons Mattress Gallery knows that sleep is essential for our well-being and that is why we would like to suggest users of the iPad to stick with bound paper before bed.

You’re body may be cradled by a Beautyrest, but your mind needs to be given a rest as well.

Turn off the screen, turn on the lamp and ease into your sleep.

Dine Out Vancouver

Are you looking to take that special someone out to a three-course meal, but you don’t feel like applying for a second mortgage? The Dine Out program is back on, with one week left to experience the fine culinary dishes offered at some of Vancouver’s top restaurants.

Usually landing sometime in February, the Dine Out program was put on hold until late April, so as not to affect businesses over the Olympics.

Some of the top eateries featured in this year’s participating restaurants are: Db Bistro, Provence Marinaside, Il Giardino and Kirin Seafood.

Diners are asked to vote on the Best Bite Awards. The categories include:

  • Best Appetizer
  • Best Entrée
  • Best Dessert
  • Best Overall Menu
  • Best Service
  • I Love My Server (Best Experience Award)

Most restaurants include a set menu with three choices for appetizer, main and dessert.

So shine up your dress shoes, brush up on your table manners and make your reservations early, because the white linen is waiting for you.

And when you and your partner have eaten your fill, come home to continue the luxury, as you fall asleep on a Simmons mattress from Simmons Mattress Gallery.

Figarooooo….

If you can’t stand the hype around the NHL playoffs and you are looking to inject a little more culture into your life, Simmons Mattress Gallery would like to suggest a trip to the Vancouver Opera’s performance of The Marriage of Figaro.

Poster by Edel Rodriguez

The Vancouver Opera is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year with four different operas. The third cultural sight and sound spectacle is now running at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

There are three performances left for The Marriage of Figaro, with the last showing on May 4th.

This opera is one of Mozart’s classics. It involves a court love triangle that turns into a twisted heptagon of lust and heartache.

The performance will include English subtitles for the Italian dialogue.

The final Opera this season will be Madama Butterfly. It will open on May 29th and run until June 10th.

For the hockey fans…well lets hope the Canucks will still be around in June. And if your loved one insists you visit the Queen E on game night, there are always pocket radios with earpieces.

But try not to fall asleep. Wait till your home. Your partner will appreciate your respect and your body will appreciate the comfort of your Simmons mattress.

For a little taste of the music featured in The Marriage of Figaro click on the link below.

http://www.vancouveropera.ca/operalive/index.html#podcast3

April 22nd is Earth Day

Are the recent earthquakes felt around the world a message from the planet we all share? Are the volcanic explosions in Iceland the result of the anguish felt by the earth’s displeasure?

We may not have the answers to these questions, but it does seem an odd coincidence that the frequency of devastating natural disasters is increasing as we increase our damage to the Earth.

April 22 is Earth Day, a day to reflect on the importance of nurturing the environment which we so often take for granted.

Simmons Mattresses Gallery would like to remind you of a few ways you can help the planet, not only on Earth Day, but throughout the year.

1. Leave the car at home.

-Walk or bike as much as possible when traveling in your local community. Your heart will thank you as well.

2. Monitor your water use.

-Try not to prolong your showers and when at all possible share. Also try and collect rain water for your garden instead of using the hose.

3. Use re-useable containers

-You may need coffee in the morning, but you don’t need that white and green paper cup from Starbucks each day. Buy a thermos cup and enjoy your java warm throughout the day.

4. Turn off your computer and other devices when not in use.

-This will ultimately help your savings as well.

5. Take an interest in your local environment.

-Look into volunteering at the local community garden. See if you can name every tree on your block; that doesn’t mean give them names like Barnaby or Jolene. Look them up.

6. Take a half hour before bed to think about the larger world we live in.

-Turn out the light and have a conversation with your loved one about the state of the earth. It doesn’t have to be depressing or overly sentimental, just a conversation about the planet we all share.

Spring Movie Suggestions

Watching movies from the comfort of your Simmons mattress is an evening luxury that few can abandon.

But spring is ushering in a whole host of new Hollywood films that have the potential to be mattress-leaving-worthy.

Simmons Mattress Gallery would like to recommend a few films that may be worth leaving the bedroom for:

1. “Robin Hood” (starring Russell Crowe)

Otherwise known as ‘Gladiator in the forest,’ Robin Hood looks to be another Ridley Scott mammoth blockbuster. It is intended as a prequel to the Robin Hood story that we are accustomed to. It follows an archer in the army of Richard Coeur de Lion who eventually becomes the hero of Nottingham. For the men, the movie has the action we expect from a Ridley Scott film and for the ladies, well Russel Crowe is pretty easy on the eyes. Cate Blanchett will be playing the role of Maid Marian.

2. “Hot Tub Time Machine

Already in theaters, this movie is for all those thirty some-things who thought the eighties were the pinnacle of high culture. You were mistaken good sir. The film has lots of laughs and a few ‘American Pie’ moments that remind you that men, as mature as we appear, are still teenage juveniles at heart.

3. “Sex in the City 2”e

If you liked the first one, and that’s probably half the population in North America, chances are you’ve already booked a date for this one. This series sells itself. Enjoy with friends.

So indulge in some popcorn, pay the extra 50 cents for butter and take in a few films on the big screen. Your mattress will be waiting for you when the credits roll.

Sex Differential

The evening is coming to a close and you and your significant other are heading for the bedroom. If you carry a Y sex chromosome, chances are your mind is turning to thoughts of physical pleasure. If your sex chromosomes contain a double X, you’re probably more likely to be concerned with the actual act of sleeping. This is according to a survey done of 2,000 Canadians by Better Sleep Council Canada.

The survey was conducted with the question of ‘how will you spend the extra hour you receive with the fall daylight savings time.’

55% of the women surveyed said they would rather spend that hour on sleep as compared to 31% of the men surveyed.

When asked about sex, 57% of the men felt that this would be an appropriate time expenditure, while only 32% of the women agreed with them.

Women, when tired, have their minds on the mattress, while men are looking to turn up the heat.

The architects behind Simmons mattresses are aware of the differences between sleeping partners. They have gone to great lengths to design beds that limit motion transfer through individual pocket coil construction.

If your husband is in one of his naughty moods again and you’re tired from the meeting that ran late, give him the look, turn off the light, and be confident that his frustrated tossing and turning will not be felt on your side of the bed.

To pick up your Simmons mattress, visit Simmons Mattress Gallery in Vancouver, Coquitlam and Victoria.

Vancouver's First Round Matchup Decided

The NHL playoffs begin this week, with the Vancouver Canucks taking on the young Los Angeles Kings.

The Canucks went 3 and 1 against the Kings this season and are looking to continue their winning ways.

Many Vancouver fans had been secretly hoping for this match-up, as an alternative to the surging Detroit Red Wings or the burly Nashville Predators.

The Kings have not made an appearance in the postseason since 2002 and the hockey world is predicting a quick exit.

But there are many reasons why Vancouver should be concerned.

The first is goaltending. Luongo has looked shaky since the Olympics, being pulled more than once for Andrew Raycroft. He will have to remind Vancouver fans why he was given the captaincy if the Canucks want to get past the first round.

There are also the injuries to the defense core. There is no date set for the return of key defender Willie Mitchell, the delicate body of Sami Salo is again in question and now Shane O’Brien, fresh from the doghouse, is struggling with a foot injury sustained from a Mikael Samuelsson slap shot.

The kings are reporting no injuries.

The action will begin this Thursday at the Garage with a 7 p.m. puck drop.

Can’t handle the wait?

Plan a little trip to your local Simmons Mattress Gallery. Located in Coquitlam on Schoolhouse St. and in Vancouver on West Broadway, Simmons Mattress Gallery has the perfect mattress for managing postseason anticipation.

Leno is Losing the War

The battle of the NBC late night super heavyweights concluded with a controversial decision that saw the arm of Jay Leno raised over the lanky Irishman, Conan O’Brien.

The NBC entanglement began when Jay Leno left “The Tonight Show” to start his own variety program last September.

This prompted the in-house promotion of Conan O’Brien to the iconic role of “Tonight Show” host.

Leno, after failing with his 10 o’clock timeslot, was handed back his late night position that he had inherited from Johnny Carson.

Conan was granted a settlement package and left the network with little fuss.

But this week, Leno announced that his bandleader, Kevin Eubanks, would be stepping down and leaving “The Tonight Show.” This is a serious blow to the longtime fans of Leno who saw Eubanks as a hipper, Ed McMahon type, character.

Apart from being Leno’s sidekick and bandleader, Eubanks was also the musical director for the show.

NBC’s late night audience, otherwise known as the mattress crowd, might very well have seen enough. This final tweak could swing viewers to the alternative, the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Simmons Mattress Gallery doesn’t mind which program you tune into. We’re just concerned with your comfortable viewing platform.

If you haven’t looked into purchasing a new Simmons Mattress, maybe it’s time you tuned into the luxury offered by a BeautyRest.

We promise not to change our timeslot or our fundamental promise to provide you with the most knowledgeable mattress service possible.

WordPress Crashes On Mattress

The open blog site WordPress unexpectedly crashed on Friday March 26th. The site experienced unprecedented traffic to one of its blog pages, swamping the server.

The blog that caused the Internet fury, was a relatively small weekly, article driven page, on mattresses.

Apparently, a submission written by the mattress author went viral at around 3:30 on Friday afternoon. The article in question concerned a recent sighting of Johnny Depp in his pajamas.

Depp was filming his new film “The Tourist,” in Venice Italy, when he was spotted running through the streets in his nightwear. The mattress author caught wind of the story and posted it on mattressvancouver.wordpress.com.

TMZ is now interested in purchasing the site and Perez Hilton has inquired about a guest editor position.

WordPress has requested the blog page be moved to a new location that is capable of handling the thousands of readers the page is currently attracting.

We are glad you found the new page.

This is just a friendly reminder that Thursday is April Fools.

Plan something big, film or document it and send your work in and we will include your story in next week’s posts.

Our thousands of readers are waiting patiently for your submission.

Bone Breaking News

There have been confirmed reports that the UFC will not be coming to Vancouver in June for the scheduled event, UFC 115.

Sadly, it looks like the Vancouver organizers were unable to receive the licensing needed to host a UFC card.

Mixed martial arts fans in Vancouver have been praying each night before bed for a local event, but it now seems like they will have to wait a little while longer.

The news broke on the sports television channel, Sportsnet, when Joe Ferraro announced that he had spoken with Dana White, the UFC’s president and public face, and White had confirmed that the UFC was looking elsewhere.

Indications are that the event will now be held in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The UFC’s bid to come to Vancouver was supported by Mayor Gregor Robertson, and received a majority vote by city council in January of this year.

While there is a slim possibility the show could go on, Dana White’s comments are not encouraging.

Two of the strongest opponents of the sport coming to Vancouver were councilors David Cadman and Ellen Woodsworth.

Their opinions, however, were not the stumbling block.

It is believed that the main reason for the cancellation was the UFC’s inability to provide a security deposit, proof of insurance and an adequate security plan. For these reasons, the Vancouver Athletic Commission was unable to sanction the planned event on time.

The next confirmed Canadian date will take place in Montreal, on May 8th.

UFC President: Dana White

College Hardcourt

The Madness of March has concluded.

Four teams remain in the NCAA college basketball tournament appropriately known as the Final Four.

With a total of three games to be played, the action will resume next Saturday, April 3rd. The final game will be played on Monday, April 5th.

The four teams remaining are the Butler Bulldogs, the Michigan State Spartans, the West Virginia Mountaineers and the three-time champions, the Duke Blue Devils.

Butler is the small town school that is on a fairy-tale run. They have won their last 24 games and only need two more wins to capture the national championship. One of the side stories of their impressive push is the facial hair of forward, Matt Howard. Howard was the only player on Butler able to grow a mustache when it was decided the team would attempt the trend as a bonding exercise at the start of the tournament. Howard’s mustache now has its own Facebook page.

Michigan State is exceeding expectations after losing their star point guard, Kalin Lucas, to an achilles injury. They are now riding the hot hand of Durrell Summers who seems to be flawless from the perimeter.

The physical play of West Virginia seems to be working, but they will have their hands full with Duke’s frontcourt offensive zone pressure. This will be a clash of two great superpowers, with the losers going home to their beds and the winners on to Monday’s main event in Indianapolis.

Enjoy the Final Four next weekend.

White Light

The White Stripes have released a new documentary chronicling their 2007 Canadian tour.

The film, entitled “Under Great White Northern Lights,” is a mixture of interviews and concert footage and is showing in limited release across Canada.

Meg and Jack White left the comfort of their own beds to travel to every province and territory in our great nation to play small intimate venues in areas where few rock acts venture. As a bonus to their fans, the Stripes played a short free show at each of the cities they stopped in. Locations ranged from a bowling alley to a fishing vessel.

These moments and more were all caught on camera by Emmett Malloy, back in 2007.

Malloy edited hours and hours of footage into an hour and a quarter length film.

The final product is a fusion of raw live material, candid commentary (mostly by Jack) and interactions with locals.

This is an absolute must if you are a fan of the White Stripes. If you are indifferent to there music, the film is still worthwhile as a showcase of Canadian culture and the landscape from which it sprung.

Enjoy with large helpings of peppermint candy.

Under Great White Northern Lights

The Diet of Sleep

A recent study, reported in “New Scientist,” is claiming that having too much or too little sleep can have a serious impact on your waistline.

Researchers at Wake Forest University conducted the study. The scientists monitored African American and Hispanic citizens, deemed to be at the highest risk for obesity, for five years.

The test groups that slept more than eight hours and less than five experienced the greatest weight gain.

In addition, after performing CAT scans, the researchers found the same individuals were more likely to have an increase in visceral fat. This is the most dangerous fat because of its attachment to internal organs.

These findings prove what many of us already knew: receiving eight hours of sleep at night is one of the most important things you can do for your body.

A good night’s sleep leaves you physically rested and mentally aware. Denying your body sleep or over indulging is a disservice to your health.

You may hit the gym more than three times a week, but if you’re not getting the rest you need, you may lose out on seeing the results.

So make the time and call it an early one. Your body will thank you.

Johnny Depp's Pajamas

What does the most stylish man in the world wear to work: the same thing he wears to bed – his blue striped pajamas.

Johnny Depp was recently spotted on the streets of Venice wearing nothing but his nightwear.

Known for his ultra-cool style, the 2009 “People” magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive,’ looked a little out of place in his pjs on the Venetian cobblestones.

Depp was shooting a scene for his new movie “The Tourist,” due out in 2011. The film stars Depp and Angelina Jolie and is directed by Florian Henckel-Donnersmarck, the German director responsible for the Academy Award winning film, “The Lives of Others.”

The scene involved Depp’s character leaping from a balcony onto a produce cart. A stuntman, in matching pajamas, was there to make the fall, but Depp quickly resumed the action once the character’s two feet were firmly on the ground.

The film is a thriller about an American tourist in Italy who has made the trip to divert his attention from a failed romance at home. Depp’s character becomes involved with an Interpol agent, Angelina, who takes an interest in the innocent American.

The two stars are rumoured to have more than one romantic scene in the film. The ladies are probably secretly hoping Depp will be revealing a little more skin than what’s visible under the full-length pajamas.

The Magic Number

I’m thinking of a number right now. Can you guess it?

Let me offer a few hints.

It’s between zero and a thousand.

Too large a range?

It’s a number that could change your morning disposition.

But it has nothing to do with coffee.

It’s a number that represents all that separates you from your tossing partner.

No, it’s not one.

It’s a number that you will never forget once you’ve come to feel its significance.

No, not that number either.

It’s the number that denotes the potential comfort you could be enjoying if you purchase a Simmons Beautyrest.

Give up?

The number is . . . (drum roll please)

800

For the 800 patented non-flip pocket coils that cradle you in each Simmons mattress. 800 individual coils that work to give you the most comfortable, undisturbed sleep possible. 800 coils that are specifically made so you will never have to flip your mattress again. 800 tiny metal hands wrapped in soft yet strong fabric to cradle you to sleep.

Idzikowski's Six Personality Sleep Positions

The way you sleep at night may speak volumes about your personality.

This is a theory put forward by Professor Chris Idzikowski, a sleep research specialist for both the US and the European Sleep Research Societies.

Of the many positions you assume in the night, Idzikowski has identified six common poses as being indicative of certain personality traits.

1. The Fetus Position (curled up with your knees towards your chest)

  • Idzikowski found that individuals who would appear tough in public, but had a softer, gentler side beneath the surface normally adopted this position. His research showed that of all the positions available, this position was favoured most by his test subjects.

2. The Log (lying on your side with your arms and legs pointing towards the end of the bed)

  • Individuals who were often easy-going assumed this position. Idzikowski also found that people who lie like logs are often successful in social settings.

3. The Soldier (lying on your back in a pose that looks like a soldier at attention)

  • The ’soldier’ sleepers were generally found to be quiet and reserved. He also noted that many of these individuals had high standards of themselves and others.

4. The Yearner (lying on your side with your arms straight out and your legs pointed down)

  • These individuals often had firm beliefs that were unlikely to change.

5. The Freefall (lying on your front, arms around your pillow, with your head to one side)

  • Idzikowski found that his subjects who struck this pose would often object to criticism. They were also wary of extreme conditions.

6. Starfish (lying on your back with your arms back behind your head holding the pillow)

  • This was the least common position adopted by Idzikowski’s volunteers. The traits that were similar with these individuals were compassionate listening and an avoidance of attention.

So take this little list and as you and your partner fall asleep on your new Simmons Beautyrest, take a second to see what position they assume. Does their personality it match their pose?

Share your answers with us and receive two free pillows with your next purchase of a Simmons mattress at Simmons Mattress Gallery.

Mattress History

Since the beginning of time, human beings have always sought out a comfortable place to sleep. This may have been the dry area of a cave or a sheltered nook under a large tree. To increase their comfort, early humans would lie on a pile of leaves, grass or straw. They often covered these materials with a layer of animal skins.

Most of these early peoples were nomadic, so their beds needed to be portable.

When farming developed and families settled in one given area, humans began to create more permanent dwellings.

The word mattress itself is actually an Arabic word meaning ‘a mat that was thrown in a certain area.

As early as 3000 B.C. humans were forming beds made of stuffed sacs. These bags were filled with straw or wool.

In ancient Egypt, your bed actually defined your social ranking.

When the first bed frames were being made, their original design consisted of rope stretched tightly across a wooden frame.

By the early 18th Century, mattress covers were developed. These were made from either linen or cotten. The mattresses themselves were then filled with either straw or wool.

In the late 1800’s iron and steel replaced the initial wooden frames and in 1871 Heinrich Westphal developed the first spring mattress.

Today, Simmons Mattresses use another revolution, the pocket coil. These individual coils produce an undisturbed sleep that offers a comfort level far beyond the early spring prototypes.

We’ve certainly come along way from straw and animal skins.

Sleeping Around (Part 2)

In an earlier post, we listed the ten most common sleeping settings, other than your own mattress. Our list outlined the deficiencies that each of these locations regrettably provided. Our conclusion was that nothing could replace the contentment provided by your own bed.

But that’s assuming your bed is a Simmons. . .

What if your bed is a less than superior brand, possibly a hand-me-down? Maybe you have been sleeping on a saggy, springy mattress for years. What if you were to spend a romantic night at a luxury hotel and were spoiled by Beautyrest NxG series mattress? How could you ever return to your old bed without an insistent longing for the comfort level that only a Simmons can provide?

It would be like traveling to a foreign city and driving a rented Lexus for a week. Upon your return, cruising in your Suzuki Swift might seem like a heinous punishment for some unknown crime.

Trust us, you don’t need to punish yourself, especially not with a tired, beat-up old mattress.

Stop into a Simmons Mattress Gallery and explore your options for a comfort-laden sleep. It won’t break your bank account and your body will be forever thankful.

We have three locations for your convenience:

  • Vancouver: 1001 West Broadway
  • Coquitlam: 101 Schoolhouse Street
  • Victoria: 3510 Blanshard Street

Hope to see you soon.

For ridding yourself of your old sleeping partner, read our blog on mattress disposal.

The Senior Sleep Myth

Have you ever gotten up to use the washroom at five in the morning and looked across the street to see your elderly neighbours making breakfast? They are both retired, but there they are, at five in the morning, preparing for a new day.

From observations like these, many people hold the misconception that senior citizens require less sleep than younger people. Sean Drummond, a sleep researcher for the University of California, recently disproved this urban myth.

Mr. Drummond conducted tests with two groups; one had an average age of 67, the other 29. His tests involved memory recall and required his subjects to remember a list of random words. The subjects were tested with varying sleep lengths and quality.

Drummond found that both age groups performed better when they were allowed to sleep longer. Interestingly, the younger group was affected more by the quality of rest. Quality did not seem to play a part in the performance of the senior group. Individuals from the senior group could have a fitful sleep, but if it were of appropriate length, there performance would not be affected.

This means that senior citizens need just as much sleep as their younger counterparts, but they also have the unusual ability to break up their sleeping schedule into smaller parts. As a result, seniors are more suited for mid-day napping, while young people need their sleep in a substantial block.

So that elderly neighbour across the street may be up at five, but chances are, they’re also down and out sometime in the afternoon for a quick siesta.

Isn’t retirement grand!

Sleeping Around (Part 1)

Everyone enjoys the comfort of his or her own bed. It’s what you long for after you’ve been away traveling. It’s what you dream about at your job when the paperwork seems never-ending. It’s the bed you picked out for yourself, with the perfect firmness and the ideal dimensions. It’s home.

But then there are those other times, when you have to sleep where you can. It is those times when you appreciate what you have.

Here is a list of ten places that may be less than ideal for catching some shuteye:

10. At a park

-It’s a beautiful summer day and you’re lying on the grass watching the clouds. Your eyes begin to shut and soon you’re asleep. You wake up with ants crawling under your shirt and a twig lodged in your back.

9. On public transit

-You’ve finished a long day at work and you are catching the bus back home. You fall asleep and wake up five stops past your destination with an old man staring at you. His drool is worse then yours.

8. At the airport

-Your flight has been delayed for a second time, but the airport staff has insured you that the flight will depart sometime that night. You can’t leave the terminal, so you attempt to sleep on the benches left over from the Spanish Inquisition.

7. At school or the office

-The professor’s monotone voice has been carrying on about statistical probability for the last hour and 43 minutes. You lasted about 18 minutes. You wake up with the lecture hall empty and a note on your binder: “You will not be passing my course. I suggest you withdraw.”

6. The beach or a tanning bed

-Sand. In everything. You also have a terrible burn. In three weeks it may resemble a one-sided tan.

5. In your car

-You’ve been locked out and it’s late. There doesn’t seem to be another option. You sit in the back seat with your legs extended diagonally to the front passenger seat. You rest your head against the cold damp window; the essence of comfort.

4. Camping

-No one sleeps well in a tent; it doesn’t matter how thick your thermarest is. There is also a soggy dampness in the morning that makes your sleeping bag feel as comforting as a cold wet mitten.

3. On the couch

-House ended three hours ago, but you still can’t find the will to get up and walk to your bedroom. You settle for infomercials and 12 minute sleep cycles.

2. On a plane

-You are in the middle isle in the middle seat. To your left is a businessman who ate Mexican before he boarded. To your right is a mother with her newborn. Silent pockets of gas are mixed with a baby’s bawling. You look to the stewardess for sympathy and she raises eight fingers. Her devilish smile makes you wish you had never heard of Tokyo.

1. At a friends

-You were invited over for dinner and after two bottles of wine and three hours of deep conversation, you’ve made the choice to stay over. Things progress and soon it looks like you have moved beyond ‘just friends.’ The physical act takes less than ten minutes and afterwards, you both find yourselves staring at the ceiling, contemplating the consequences. Add to this awkwardness a mattress that belongs in a museum. Even with the wine, there will be no rest. You yearn for your Simmons Beautyrest Black mattress and all the guilt-free comfort it offers. In the words of Dorothy Gale, “there’s no place like home.”

Mattress Disposal

You’ve been down to Simmons Mattress Gallery in Coquitlam and have picked out a perfect NxG series mattress from Beautyrest. You went with the ‘drop top‘ design. It’s been years since you’ve had a comfortable mattress and you can’t wait to try it out.

But now you are left with the dilemma of how to dispose of your lumpy old bed.

Here are a few options to consider:

1.You could donate your mattress to charity, but unfortunately most organizations, like the Salvation Army, are now refusing to accept used mattresses.

2. You could take the opportunity to clear out some other junk in your living space and package it all up for a junk removal company. 1-800-GOT-JUNK provides a free estimate and charges by volume, not by time.

3. For a greener option, you could look into the services of a mattress-recycling centre. Mattressrecycling.ca charges $14 per mattress for drop-off recycling, but adds a hefty fee for mattress pickup. They claim to repurpose 90% of the materials found in your retired mattress. These materials are then sent to local companies or secondary recyclers.

4. Lastly, you could use the ever-popular Craigslist. There are hundreds of foreign students looking for quick and cheap apartment furnishings in and around the Lower Mainland. Just make a short add describing the dimensions of your mattress, with a quick note that the offer is for pick-up only. You may also want to stress the cleanliness of the mattress and, because of the recent bed bug epidemic, you may want to quickly note that the mattress is free from creepers.

Good luck and enjoy your new bed from Simmons Mattress Gallery.

Weightless Nights

In an earlier blog, “From the Moon to Your Room,” we discussed the origins of memory foam. Memory foam was originally created by NASA to provide cushioning for high impact take-off and landings. Since then, it has been adopted by the mattress world, providing a top surface of comfort and heat dissipation.

Simmons Mattress Gallery is proud to offer memory foam as a topping layer on a number of its luxury mattress lines, passing on the innovations of NASA to the average citizen.

But you may wonder how memory foam works in a gravity free environment. Well, the foam only provides cushioning when the shuttles are entering or leaving the earth’s atmosphere.

Astronauts are not supplied with cozy Beautyrest mattresses for sleeping. Instead they use sleeping bags. Once inside the bag, the astronauts need to secure themselves to the shuttle or space station wall. If they didn’t, they could spend the night slowly bouncing around the cabin, which would result in no rest at all.

Dreaming of a Beautyrest

Increased sunlight is another factor that astronauts need to contend with while sleeping in space. The sun rises and sets approximately 16 times each day, as the shuttle or station orbits the earth. Blocking out this sunlight is important for the astronauts to receive a full eight hours of rest. This helps them maintain a 24-hour schedule.

With all the racket from the air filters and fans on board, astronauts tend to use earplugs to drown out the excessive noise. They also are encouraged to use chemical sleeping aids.

Administrators back on earth monitor the astronauts’ sleep. These individuals also wake the astronauts when their sleeping cycle is completed. They use either music, usually employed on the shuttles, or an alarm, used on the International Space Station.

And if you’re wondering if astronauts dream in space, the answer is yes.

(They probably dream of their beds back home)

So next time you are having trouble falling asleep, open the window, look up at the sky, and think of the astronauts strapping themselves in for a little shut-eye. We have it pretty good. Enjoy your sleep and be thankful for gravity.

Rain City Gallery

“Expect an increased chance of showers.”

With relatives or friends in town, you may be looking for activities around the city to fill in time between Olympic events. Unfortunately, the standard Seawall walk, Grouse Grind and trip to Kits Beach are out of the question due to the weather. As local resident and tour guide, it is now your responsibility to find engaging activities at indoor locations.

Galleries are always interesting and the Vancouver Art Gallery is one of the best art museums in the country. From the west coast Emily Carr collection, to the anatomical sketches of Leonardo da Vinci, the VAG is a must see.

The Museum of Anthropology is another great option. Located out at UBC, the museum currently has a special exhibition highlighting cultural boundaries. The exhibit is entitled Border Zones: New Art Across Cultures, and features a dialogue through art between twelve different artists. The exhibition is being presented by the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad and is the inaugural expedition for the museum’s Audain Gallery.

If there are little ones in the crowd, you might consider the H. R. MacMillan Space Centre. The centre has numerous interactive booths that will have the kids entertained for hours. The planetarium theatre, which is located above the centre, is currently screening five different programs throughout the day: “Our Vanishing Sky,” “Galileo,” “Harold’s Solar System,”  “Nightwatch,” and “Sky Stories.”

These three sites are excellent time fillers, but there is one remaining gallery that trumps them all, the Simmons Mattress Gallery. With two locations in the Lower Mainland and one in Victoria, Simmons Mattress Galleries are easy to find. Inside you will discover a showcase of the finest mattresses you will ever set your eyes on. This is an interactive exhibit, so feel free to stretch out on any of the beds. The gallery staff is especially trained to handle all your mattress questions from motion separation to power foundations.

So bundle up and bring your guests down to a Simmons Mattress Gallery for a cultural sleeping experience you can enjoy for years.

  • Simmons Mattress Gallery: www.simmonsmattressgallery.ca
  • The Vancouver Art Gallery:  www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/
  • The Museum of Anthropology Cultural Exhibit:  www.BorderZones.ca/
  • H.R. MacMillan Space Centre: www.hrmacmillanspacecentre.com/

Mattress Romance

The most romantic day of the year is upon us and Cupid has a message for you: “Flowers, candy and candles may set the mood, but it will be your mattress that supports the passion.”

When the wine is done and you’ve caught a cab back home, the action will inevitably move to the bedroom. Your bed will provide the setting for the evening’s physical activities.

We at Simmons Mattress Gallery want to make sure that you are properly equipped with a mattress suitable for fulfilling your desires.

If you intend to stage your exploits on an older mattress, you are probably neglecting you and your partner’s comfort. Worn coils make for lumpy mattresses. No one wants to lie on lumps and discomfort is an unneeded distraction. We want your head in the game, not focused on the bumps in the bed.

Buying a brand new Simmons mattress ensures comfort.  Our unique non-flip pocket coil design cradles your body’s weight. With an even surface of comfort, you will be able to roll seamlessly from one side of the bed to the other.

As well, old noisy springs are romance killers. They may seem amusing some nights, but really, besides being uncomfortable, they offer an unneeded soundtrack to your intimate moments. You want to be able to express yourself with your voice not a creak.

Finally, for the more advanced frolickers, our mattresses will supply the support needed for any position your imagination can conjure.

We may not be able to light the candles or write you a poetic verse, but we can outfit you with a mattress that will provide the comfort, silence and support needed for your bedroom adventures. Be safe and enjoy your nights on a Simmons from Simmons Mattress Gallery.

Restful Nights During the Olympics?

Helicopter fly-bys, intoxicated Russian super-fans, midnight sirens downtown, and a light show that shines right in your window; It’s hard to get a good night sleep these days. The Olympics have brought the world to our doorstep, but they have also brought a host of disruptions (we won’t even touch on the traffic).

A billion people will be watching from around the world, but here in Vancouver, life goes on as usual. You still need to be at work by eight, the dog needs to be walked at 6:30 in the morning and your boss still needs those numbers by Friday. There never seems to be enough hours in the day to get some decent rest.  Add on the maelstrom that is the Olympics and those few precious hours become more valuable than any gold medallion.

When you finally get a chance to lie down, you need a mattress that will let you sleep soundly through the night. Simmons mattresses are specifically designed to offer you maximum comfort, while eliminating movement disturbances from your significant other. Our pocket coils react individually; cradling your body, while the rest of the mattress remains unaffected. With each move in the night, the coils respond, keeping you cushioned with comfort.

Sleeping on a Simmons is always the best option for securing your rest, but with the Olympics and the chaos that accompanies it, we would implore you to invest in a mattress intended for a disturbance free sleep.

Our city’s arms are open to the world and at Simmons Mattress Gallery our doors are open to you. Come in and choose your perfect Simmons mattress today.

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