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

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.

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.

Vancouver's Famous Cherry Blossoms

How do we know spring is here in British Columbia?

The rain is incessant, the cherry blossoms are out and we are forced to lose an hour of sleep to daylight savings.

That hour missed could still be haunting you five days later and often it is a week before our body catches up with the lost time.

It is a similar experience to jet-lag, when we make the ‘unnatural’ motion to cross the globe in an airplane and touchdown in a different time zone. We often feel groggy and out of touch for at least two or three days.

There have actually been studies done that show a spike in traffic accidents the Monday after daylight savings.

So how do we get back on schedule?

The most direct way is to go to sleep an hour earlier, for at least the first two days.

Another method is to improve your sleeping conditions for the week after daylight savings. This could be as simple as limiting your morning sleep distractions. One way to accomplish this is by ensuring that the blinds or curtains in your bedroom block out the most amount of morning sunlight.

If you’re getting up before dawn, try to set your clock at the maximum snooze count, so you receive the most undisturbed rest possible.

Still not satisfied?

Maybe it’s time for a new mattress.

Spring is all about starting fresh. Rid yourself of your old bed and discover the comfort of a Simmons mattress.

A Simmons can’t give you your hour back, but it can offer you the finest in pocket-coil technology.

Try one today at Simmons Mattress Gallery and feel the ‘spring’ return to your step.

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.

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.

If you haven’t had a chance to pick up a new mattress at up to 60% off, then you had better hurry, the final days are upon us.

Come on down to Simmons Mattress Gallery at our Broadway, Coquitlam or Victoria locations to take advantage of this fantastic offer.

Ends Sunday March 14th

After a four and a half year relationship, your man finally popped the question. It took you less than five seconds (he’ll say it was more like the longest minute of his life) to give him an answer.

Now you’ve set the date, you’ve widdled down the guest list, you’ve hired a wedding planner and you rented the hall.

Your next task is creating a gift list.

Our recommendation, “Suggest a new bed.” It will be the most useful gift you receive.

The truth is, you’ve slept on your tired out mattress for too many years. A new marriage is a fresh start to a relationship. Ditch the old has been and embrace a sleeping foundation that will provide years of comfort, fun, pain relief and hours, upon hours of undisturbed sleep.

Your intimate moments are poised to climb to new levels, so enjoy them in comfort. You also may be expecting a little one in the not-so-distant future. Finding significant rest will now become priority number one.

And finally, we probably don’t need to mention it, but just in case-choose the largest size mattress that fits comfortably into your bedroom. There is nothing romantic about squeezing onto a twin. You both need your space. Trust us.

So go with the mattress professionals and suggest Simmons Mattress Gallery. Feel free to visit us beforehand and test-drive the models you are considering. It will be a nice break from licking envelopes.

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.

The mighty Vancouver Canucks are now two games away from completing the longest road trip in NHL history. It all started with a 5-3 win over the dismal Toronto Maple Leafs on the 30th of January. Since then, the club has been able to hold on to an impressive road-trip record, slightly over 500.

The 14 games away have been spread out over 40 days and three different months. That’s more than 39 nights that the boys have been away from their beds. They have probably slept in over ten different hotels.

This Wednesday, they return to Vancouver after their final road game against Phoenix. They are leading their division and looked poised for a strong stretch run.

But come Wednesday night, I doubt the Canucks will be thinking about their impressive record or the resurgence of Kyle Wellwood. No, the boys will have one thing on their mind: sleep.

It’s what every athlete requires to perform at a top level and for over a month the Canucks have been asked to find their rest in foreign settings.

On Wednesday, each player will sink into his bed after arriving on the red-eye from Phoenix.  There may be a short physical moment with their significant other, but then it’s lights out.

“Congratulations team on an excellent road-trip. You don’t work again till Saturday, so enjoy your rest. Hopefully you’re finding it on a Simmons, the ultimate mattress for comfort and an undisturbed sleep.”

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.

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!

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.”

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.

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.

“‘. . . and clover, over and over / Crimson and clover, over and over. . .’

The sweet melody of Tommy James and the Shondells suddenly fills my bedroom. It’s 6:45 and it’s time to rise and shine. Well, at least rise.

There will be no visible shine until after a shower and two cups of coffee. And even then it will be more of flicker than a shine.

My clock radio has been performing its duties since the mid 90’s, a solid timepiece with a speaker as scratchy as an apartment intercom. But it’s not the sound quality that saves it from the trash; it’s the little clock’s reliability.

It’s never failed me. Not once. I may have forgotten to set it and for that I take full responsibility. But when I have punched my desired digits, it’s executed its task beautifully.

Some of you may rely on a significant other for a morning nudge. But I warn you, be careful, human error is unavoidable. She may promise you that she’ll pull off the sheets right at 7:00, but if her sister calls from New York and they get chatting, you might become an afterthought. Try explaining to your boss how Liza’s new man made you miss the performance meeting.

Then there are those of you who sleep with the curtains open to the east, ready for the sunrise to wake you softly from your slumber. This method is fairly inefficient, especially in the cloud cave of Vancouver. But if your granola can wait, who am I to tell you to abandon your faith in Ra.

And then there are the ‘lucky’ few of you who are able to wake naturally, right at the desired time. To you, I offer my condolences. For you, my friend, are the product of unconscious stress. Your body releases a hormone called adrenocorticotropin, as a product of your anxiety. You may feel privileged to be free of an alarm, but your nervous nature has your internal clock in a full mount. Try releasing some of that stress to free you from subconscious submission.

No, the best way, I figure, is to partner with a simple bedside box. You set it and forget about it; confident it will perform its task in the morning.

Just remember to add a nine-volt battery in case the power fails.”

Old Faithful

“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.

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.

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.

The PVR changed the way we watch television. The I-pod changed the way we collected music. The slapchop changed the way we… cut up vegetables. And memory foam changed the possibilities for a comfortable sleep.

But like a number of inventions of its time, memory foam was not originally designed for the purpose we now use it for.

Memory foam was first produced by NASA, in 1966, under the label ‘Temper Foam.’ This foam was designed specifically for the seat cushions in space shuttles. The purpose of the foam was to add a shock layer for the astronaut’s posteriors during take-off and landing.

Since then, a number of companies have adopted the foam to add comfort and safety to their products. Originally too expensive for consumer use, the foam has now shown up in helmets, in veterinary clinics, in wheel chair padding and most importantly, on the top of our beds.

Two reasons for memory foam’s widespread use are its ability to eliminate pressure points and its ability to increase blood circulation. These two features make it an ideal surface for sleeping on.

The medical world was one of the first fields to use the foam on top of a mattress. Patients with mobility issues are supplied the foam to prevent issues that arise from sleeping on a firm mattress; like stiffness and pressure sores.

By reacting to body warmth and weight, the foam also offers a cushioning that dissipates heat. This is excellent for individuals who are easily disturbed by temperature increase.

With new improvements to the foam’s composition, recovery time has increased, resulting in quicker adjustments to your natural movements in the night. Your body’s contours are consistently supported with a comfort level that only the best astronauts are accustomed to.

With NASA’s technology, Simmons Mattress Gallery offers memory foam as a luxury feature for some of our finest mattresses. Using Visco and Latex foam, our Beautyrest line is enhanced beyond the comfort supplied by our innovative pocket coil design.

Come try our Beautyrest Black series or our Beautyrest NxG mattresses and experience all the benefits of memory foam with added support right to the edge of your bed.

We may not be able to take you to the moon, but we can top your bed with the finest foam in the business.

Visit a Simmons Mattress Gallery near you to feel the difference memory foam provides.

Ask your friends what their number one advice is for relationships. Half of them will tell you: “Don’t go to bed in the middle of a fight.”

It’s good advice, for a number of reasons.

First, going to bed without a resolution prolongs the argument. The problems are still there in the morning. Your bed, no matter the make, is not a magic pad that eliminates the issues of your disagreement.

Secondly, going to bed angry means neither of you will get the rest you deserve. Sleep is intended to give your body time to recuperate from the day’s activities and mental stimuli. If you are both upset about what has been said, your body and mind will not be able to relax. You will wake up just as tired as when your head hit the pillow. Tired people are cranky and are often unwilling to discuss issues in rational terms. The morning after a restless sleep is not an appropriate climate for discussion.

Thirdly, you are on a mattress. Why not resolve the argument so you can enjoy the other activity that mattresses supply the setting for.

At Simmons Mattress Gallery we want you to enjoy our product. There is no enjoyment in sharing a mattress with someone you are fighting with. So listen to the advice of your friends. Spend the extra time before you fall asleep resolving the issues of your argument. You will thank us.

Stress and exhaustion are a difficult cocktail mix to swallow. Turning off your brain for a full eight hours of sleep may at times seem nearly impossible. The easy answer to this problem may come in the form of a capsule or pill, a small, easily accessible drug to knock you out.

But before you start popping pills to induce sleep, you should be made aware of the possible problems with prescription and non-prescription sleeping aids.

The most serious concern is developing a dependency to an artificial stimulant. The more you use a drug to fall asleep, the more your body will crave that easy answer.

As well, over time, the effectiveness of any drug wears off. This will force you to increase the amount your body needs to achieve the initial results that the pill offered.

Another concern is having prescription or non-prescription drugs lying around your house. Sleep medication can be deadly for children who might mistake the pills for candy. Keeping your pills locked in a medicine cabinet is imperative. If you do not have a safe place to store the drugs then you should not be bringing them into your house.

If you are still planning on using a chemical stimulant to induce sleep there are a few guidelines you should remember:

1. Always follow the directions supplied by the manufacturer or pharmacist.

2. Make sure your doctor and a family member or partner is aware of the drugs you are taking.

3. Never mix sleeping pills with other pills or beverages such as alcohol that slow the nervous system.

4. Never operate machinery or drive a vehicle after taking a sleeping pill.

Finding alternatives to prescription and non-prescription drugs may be the best option for your body and your family. Simple products like chamomile tea have long been known to induce sleep. Reading before bed can also help your mind slow down to a pace that is ready for rest.

Another great option is a quick yoga stretch. Yoga works on both your mind and your body. Prolonged stretches help create a state of relaxation appropriate for sleeping.

But the best alternative is comfort. If you are not comfortable when you lie down after a hard day, then you will never receive the rest you need. A new mattress may be the key ingredient to fixing your sleep anxiety.

At Simmons Mattress Gallery, we will work with you to find a mattress that provides you with the most amount of natural comfort possible. This will put your body and mind in a state appropriate for extended sleep.

Don’t become dependent on a pill for your rest. Fall asleep on a Simmons with no added side effects and wake up refreshed.

Your sleep is our business and if you or your partner is not receiving adequate rest, we want to help.

We would like to think that a new mattress from Simmons Mattress Gallery would solve all your problems, but sometimes your lack of sleep can be linked to a sleeping disorder that you may or may not be aware of.

One of the most common sleep disorders is ‘bruxism,’ a term used to describe the practice of grinding one’s teeth during sleep. This often genetic disorder regularly goes undiagnosed. The two individuals most likely to inform you of your condition are your sleeping partner or your dentist.

There are many suspected causes for bruxism. The two major ones are stress and or a misaligned bite. Other contributing factors are smoking, heavy drinking and high caffeine intake.

Bruxim can cause morning headaches or earaches from your constant grinding during the night. It can also entice jaw, shoulder and back pain, as your muscles and bones react negatively to the stress.

Your partner may feel one of the most irritating side effects, as the sound of the disorder often acts as a disruption for the person sleeping next to you.

A visit to your family doctor or dentist is recommended.  If not yourself, for your sleep deprived significant other.

Treatments of bruxism may include wearing a mouth guard, but often simple acts like changing your sleeping position, altering your diet to softer foods, reducing the stress in your life or having your partner wake you during your gnashing bouts can help reduce the effects of this disorder.

Our doctors also recommend a possible mattress change. But they are on the payroll.

Your Semi-final Men’s Hockey tickets arrived in the mail and even with the excitement of the Olympics, you are still wondering if they will be worth the exuberant price you had to pay. But of course, you promised your two sons you would take them and it will be a night they will never forget – the stars of the NHL playing for national pride.

But now money is short and your youngest needs a new bed. You thought it could wait another month, but the other night, as you read him a bedtime story, you discovered just how uncomfortable his current mattress is.

It needs to be replaced, but you do not have the resources to purchase an expensive mattress?


At Simmons Mattress Gallery you have affordable options. The Deep Sleep line is intended for customers with a tighter budget, but who are still looking for a quality mattress.

One review, on the consumer website Viewpoints.com, stated: “I’ve had this mattress for a long time and it is still comfortable. I would recommend it to someone who doesn’t want to spend the extra money for one of the newer brand(s).”

The DeepSleep line utilizes Slim Flex coil technology over the Beautyrest Pocket Coils. SlimFlex coils are fastened together to form an interactive support system when compressed. Like the Beautyrest line, the Deep Sleep mattresses are non-flip.

The comfort on a DeepSleep is maintained with the SuperSoft Knit and Damask Fabric top. This silky cover is also incredibly lightweight, for easy transport.

If you are looking to add additional features to your DeepSleep, inquire about adding Bountyfill quilting or a SlimGard upholstery layer.

Tight budgets are hard to work with, but at Simmons Mattress Gallery we have solutions. Keep the tickets and buy a DeepSleep.

Go Canada Go

“There are three red bites on your neck and your sheets are spotted with copper marks.

During the day you quiver at the very thought of returning to your bed.

Your friends avoid you and your family stops calling.

The night brings no rest.

Eventually the stress consumes you.

You look for answers from the most unlikely sources.

You’ve heard stories of their carnivorous lifestyle, but doubt their existence.

Has Twilight become reality?

No. There is no denying, you, have bed bugs.”

Bed bugs are now considered an epidemic in Vancouver’s West End. A problem for years in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the bugs have migrated west, proving that expensive cluster living is just as at risk as the poorest housing project.

The bugs have three main methods of travel. The first, and most common method is through luggage or daypacks. The bag may be dropped for a few minutes or stored for a few days in an infected area. When the article moves, the bugs move with it. This is easily done at a hotel, where unsuspecting guests leave their luggage open. The bugs are attracted by the human scent and dead skin. They make their way into the bag and are eventually transported to another location.

The second method is through clothing and or bedding. The bugs do not live on humans like lice; they prefer to make their homes away from the host. They establish themselves in an area and then return to the body to feed.

The last method of travel is through wiring. The bugs can move through apartment complexes using the electrical wires that connect each unit. Shockingly, they can also follow the wires outside to a neighbouring complex.

While the bugs do feed on the blood of humans, they are not considered a health risk and are incapable of spreading disease. They do, however, propose a danger for people living with immune deficiency. Early detection is key. Here is what to look for:

1. Bed Bugs (the actual insect) – oval shaped, with a flattened red body the size of a lady bug

2. Dark Spots on your sheets

3. Copper Stains on your mattress or bedding

4. Bite marks that come in threes

Once infected, you can try and contain the problem yourself, but your best option is to hire a professional. Vancouver Bed Bug Control Inc. is one of the companies working in Vancouver that specializes in bed bug removal. In the past they used beagles to sniff out the unwanted insects for early detection, but they have now switched to a cimex case baited with human pheromone.

If you are set on doing the work yourself, make sure you have a powerful vacuum, the tools to dismantle your furniture, and the will to throw away infected items such as children’s toys and pillows. Start with the vacuuming, then wash all your clothes and bedding, then vacuum again, inspect all your furniture, vacuum again and then use a spray product on areas that you have discovered to be infected. Then vacuum again. Good luck.

If you are renting, the fees surrounding the treatment of these pests may be subsidized or paid in full by your landlord.

If you are merely concerned about infection, here are some preventative measures you can take:

1. Inspect your luggage after a trip abroad before bringing it into your house.

2. Do not drop your day bag on the floor or furniture of another residence.

3. Do not buy second hand furniture or mattresses.

4. Repair holes or cracks in your drywall.

5. Purchase a bed bug mattress cover package that includes a box spring cover, a mattress cover and multiple pillow covers.

Vampires may only exist in teenage-romance novels, but bed bugs are very real. Stay informed. Here are some helpful websites:

The Bed Bug Registry

http://bedbugregistry.com/location/BC/V6E/Vancouver/1100-Jervis-St/

Health Link BC

http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile95.stm

Vancouver Bed Bug Control

http://www.vancouverbedbugcontrol.com/

For complete peace of mind, consider purchasing a brand new mattress set from Simmons Mattress Gallery. We can outfit you with all the components you need to start fresh. Come stop by our locations in Vancouver, Victoria, or Coquitlam. Or visit us online at simmonsmattressgallery.ca.

The mattress event of the year is taking place right now as Simmons Mattress Gallery hosts its first and last “Clearance Sale.” All mattresses are being reduced by 60%. Every design, every product, the entire store is being given a clearance price. It sounds crazy, but it’s true.

Our complete collection is available to you. Our entire Beautyrest line, our ComforPedic memory foam beds, our power foundations, it is all being sold at 60% off.

You could upgrade every bed in your house for next to nothing. The master bedroom, the kids’ rooms, the guest room, they can all be re-equipped with Simmons signature mattresses.

So take advantage of this amazing opportunity and head down to our Blanshard location today. This is a mattress sale like no other, and it won’t ever happen again.

In Victoria: 3510 Blanshard Street

Other Simmons Mattress Gallery locations:

1001 West Broadway, Vancouver

101 Schoolhouse Street, Coquitlam

Getting a decent amount of rest each night is important for everyone.

In the professional world, an 8-hour, undisturbed sleep, allows us to work to our full potential. It keeps us alert and focused. It also increases our ability to work longer hours. For some of us, coffee might have the same affect, but the healthy choice is obvious: more sleep equals better productivity.

The same principal applies to our children.

As competition grows for Post-Secondary entrance, more and more young people are neglecting healthy sleep over hours spent studying. It is important to remind our children that sleep deprivation is much more detrimental to their learning potential then they realize.

On average, teenagers need approximately 10 hours of sleep each night. Younger children need even more.

One way to help your child receive the rest they need is to encourage a sleep schedule.

If, once they are in bed, they have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, the problem could be the mattress they are lying on.

Often children are given mattresses that are passed down and have worn out springs. These mattresses might look like an easy way to save money, but they may be hurting your child’s potential. The money you spent on a tutor could be going to waste if your child is not able to maintain concentration, due to a lack of rest.

A smart investment would be a new mattress from Simmons Mattress Gallery. Simmons has a huge selection of mattresses for every person in your household. Come browse our store with the whole family. Your children will thank you.

Simmons Mattress Gallery in Victoria, is closing its doors for good. But before we board everything up, we are having a massive closeout sale. Every product in the store is being sold at 70% off. This is an unbelievable offer for anyone interested in purchasing a new mattress.

Products like our Beauty Rest, World Class mattress, are being sold at a huge reduction. These mattresses offer excellent motion separation with our patented evolution, Non-Flip® pocket coils. They are also built with a triple edge support system for the outer rim of your mattress. The World Class model is finished with a luxurious top of natural fibres to give you a plush sleeping surface.

Even our top Beauty Rest line, Exceptionale, is being reduced to clear. This line of mattresses includes two story, coil on coil construction, for unprecedented support. The Exceptionale line also has a 360° foam encasement, that heightens the sleeping comfort at the edge of your bed.

The Exceptionale Series

There is nothing comparable to an undisturbed, ultra-comfort sleep on a Simmons mattress. And with 70% off, this is the time to buy one. We are looking forward to showing you all of the Simmons possibilities when you visit us. So hurry, this sale won’t last long.

Simmons Mattress Gallery Locations near you:

Victoria: 3150 Blanshard Street

Vancouver: 1001 West Broadway

Coquitlam: 101 Schoolhouse Street

5. Noise from your neighbours

4. Sirens from passing Emergency Vehicles

3. The phone ringing at an ungodly hour

2. Your baby crying

1.Your partner

The first four disruptions are out of our control, but we can help with the final one. Sleeping with a partner on a Simmons is like having the comfort of two separate beds with the intimacy of one. Our patented pocket coil mattresses minimize motion transfer to your loved one. The coils also conform to the exact shape of your body, offering you unparalleled comfort levels.

Pocket Coils

To learn more about Simmons mattresses visit www.simmonscanada.com or head straight to the source and purchase a new mattress with us, Simmons Mattress Gallery. Your partner will thank us.

(For the first four disruptions, try earplugs)

How does Simmons build on its unique pocket coil technology? On top!

The NXG series combines pocket coil construction with advanced memory foam for a firm, yet responsive sleep. The coils ensure undisturbed rest and individual attention. The memory foam creates a smooth top layer that has an aesthetic appeal. The foam also dissipates heat and recovers quickly to your movements in the night. The combination of these two features supplies unparalleled comfort, style and responsiveness. Try it yourself today, at a Simmons Mattress Gallery.

The NXG Mattress

Locations:

Vancouver – 1001 West Broadway

Victoria – 110-3510 Blanshard Street

Coquitlam – 101 Schoolhouse Street

1. A pet (usually involves a lot of house training)

2. Groceries (they won’t cook themselves)

3. A video (should have downloaded)

4. A friend (awkward at work on Monday)

5. A new mattress (zzzzzzzzzzzz……… Ahhh, a great night’s sleep)

Come down to the Simmons Mattress Gallery and pick out a bed that fits perfectly into your life. Take your time while you shop and try out a variety of mattresses before you make your decision.

Choosing a mattress is like shopping for a new pair of shoes. You could go to a discount shoe store and buy cheap replica runners that will have your feet blistered by the end of the first day, or you could pick out a pair with added support, stylish contours and name brand you can trust.

Mattress shopping is similar. If you decide to go with a cheap knock-off, you will feel the difference the first night; and every night after. When you choose a Simmons mattress you know you are buying a quality product with a history of satisfied sleepers.

Simmons Beautyrest Mattress

Our unique pocket technology ensures your comfort through coils that compress independently. This allows for minimal disruption when sleeping with a partner. Only the coils underneath your body are affected by your position on the bed.

Choose comfort and reliability when shopping for a new mattress. Choose a Simmons.

Try watching TV without a remote. It’s harder than you think. With the remote in our hand we have power, the same power we strive for in our relationships, at work, even in the kitchen.

That power is now available in the bedroom, with Simmons Adjustable Beds. Whether you are watching TV, reading a book or just relaxing, you have control of your bed’s contours.

There are three unique Power Foundation models:

  1. The Basic Model features a ‘one touch flat’ bed function.
  2. The Deluxe Power Foundation has the ‘one touch,’ a massage option and a cordless remote.
  3. The Wallhugger Power Foundation has the same features as the Deluxe with an added component that maintains your proximity to your headboard.

Pair your choice of Simmons mattress with one of these Power Foundation options and enjoy the relaxation you deserve, with the power you strive for.

The Simmons Power Foundation

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Q. When should I buy a new mattress?

A. Every eight to ten years. If your bed is stained, torn, or sagging, it’s time to start looking for something new.

Q. How do I comparison shop when the model names differ from store to store?

A. Look for benefits. If you know how to get the features you need from the construction of the mattress, that is the most important thing. When you shop, look for your comfort preference.

Q. How do I know which firmness I need?

A. It’s a personal choice. A firm bed does not always offer the most support. The best is one that evenly distributes your weight.

Q. My partner moves around a lot in the night, which mattress can help with this?

A. First off, make sure your mattress is big enough for both of you. Then, look into a mattress specifically designed for motion transfer, such as a Beautyrest or BackCare.

Q. How can I enhance the lifetime of my mattress?

A. Invest in a good quality mattress with a foundation, cover and mattress pad.

A comfortable night's sleep.

A comfortable night's sleep.

DOs

1. Use a metal base frame for Full, Queen and King sized beds. Make sure it has a horizontal or vertical rigid centre rail, or metal/iron cross rails with a centre leg. A proper frame is important to not damage your product.

2. Use the matching foundation for your bed. Like star-crossed lovers, they are designed to be together.

3. Shop with your partner.

4. Look for value,not price. Find the bed that offers the benefits you seek.

5. Buy like you mean it. Your sleep is not a place to scrimp and save. Buy the mattress you can afford.

6. It’s all about you. Buy what feels good for you, not anyone else.

DON’Ts

1. Don’t just test your mattress by pressing on the side. Lay down, relax, roll around, and close your eyes. Imagine what it would be like to sleep on this mattress.

2. Don’t just look at coil count. It’s all about feel.

3. Don’t forget to check the warranty before you leave the store.

4. Don’t shop just anywhere. Shop at a reputable mattress store.

The perfect bed is bliss indeed.

The perfect bed is bliss indeed.

Here are three things to keep in mind when shopping for a better mattress.

1. Notice how well the bed conforms to the shape of your body. The higher the conformability, the less you will toss and turn.

2. Pay attention to weight distribution. Proper support is important for your spine, and the quality of your sleep.

3. Take note of the plushness and cushioning. The layers of foam, felt and natural materials and the coil construction will all affect your sleeping experience.

A perfect sleep is within reach.

A perfect sleep is within reach.

Simmons mattresses feature the finest in coil technology. Here are a few of the things that let you sleep better at night.

1. 8″ coils. We use coils that are taller than the pockets themselves. All of the coils are pre-compressed to fit in the patented pockets. This ensures greater comfort, stability and support.

2. NON-FLIP, you never need to flip your mattress again.

3. Tapered shape – for a smaller conformability surface. This is more responsive, and contours better to your body.

4. A broad stability base – to minimize motion transfer.

5. A wider comfort contour, to guarantee the highest degree of cradling.

Find the 8″ Hi-Profile Evolution NON-FLIP Pocket Coil in all Simmons Beautyrest and Backcare mattresses. The 7″ Evolution NON-FLIP Pocket Coil is featured in all BackCare and Dreamscapes mattresses.

Patented Pocket Coils

Patented Pocket Coils

1. Pay attention to your body. How much sleep do you seem to need? If your body gets tired too easily during the day, then adjust, sleep more, or less, until you have reached your premium performance, and then sleep that much every night.

2. Have a regular schedule. Go to bed at the same time, and wake up at the same time, every day. Even on weekends.

3. Be continuous. Sleeping in one solid block is better for the body and mind.

4. Exercise. Stay fit.

5. Reduce stress.

6. Don’t smoke.

7. Have a proper diet. (Lots of fruits and vegetables.)

8. Reduce your caffeine.

9. Keep mentally stimulated throughout the day.

10. Take a warm bath before bed.

11. Establish a bedtime ritual.

12. Maintain a relaxing atmosphere in the bedroom.

13. Avoid alcohol.

Some golden sleep tips.

Some golden sleep tips.

42% of North Americans have insomnia.

Most people need one more hour of sleep. The average person gets seven hours, while 32% get less than six.

Sleep disorders are the #1 health concern in North America.

The lightbulb is the biggest enemy of sleep. Before it, people used to sleep 10 hours a day.

Half of all highway fatalities are a result of sleepy drivers.

31% of all drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel at least once in their lifetime.

Sleep deprivation costs $100 billion annually due to lost productivity, industrial accidents and high medical bills.

50% of all road fatalities are caused by sleepy drivers.

50% of all road fatalities are caused by sleepy drivers.

A good night’s sleep is important for mood, productivity, general health and even proper communication. The average person needs a minimum of 8 hours of sleep a night. If you find that you fall asleep instantly, or that you need an alarm clock to wake up, then you are one of the 63 million North Americans that is not getting a proper sleep.

To be mentally sharp, creative, energetic and happy all day long, you need a proper sleep. A third of your life is spent sleeping.

You are still working at night. It doesn’t seem like it, as those clothes are still unfolded in the morning, but your mind is working overtime on a subconscious level to ensure that your life is organized on a mental level. Sleep is important! No wonder people who lack sleep are often confused and chaotic in their waking life.

Sleep can help you organize your life.

Sleep can help you organize your life.


It is one thing to have a comfortable bed, and a whole other thing to have  comfortable shopping experience. Buying a bed should be a pleasant, enjoyable experience. You can get some Simmons mattresses in other stores, but only Simmons Mattress Gallery has the full breadth of selection, and the relaxing environment to make your shopping experience an enjoyable one.

Beautyrest Black

Beautyrest Black

The Beautyrest Black has chartered new territory. By inventing a pocket coil that is 8” long, it is able to offer greater comfort, stability and support than ever before by ensuring that it is pre-compressed, to offer precise contouring to every inch of your body, all the while reducing ‘motion transfer’ from your partner. To top it off, the pocket coils are joined together, to guarantee you a great night’s sleep.

8" pocket coil

8" pocket coil


Simmons has been making quality mattresses since 1925, when it introduced the first Beautyrest mattress, featuring the patented pocket coil. It immediately became one of the most popular mattresses of all time.

The secret is in the pocket coils. No other mattress can compare to the patented technology. Three coils are woven together for increased strength and durability. Nestled within individual pockets, they ensure that there is never any motion transfer between partners.

After all, the good life should continue for 24 hours a day.

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The most indulgent mattress that money can buy is the premium Beautyrest Black. When you lay back and shut your eyes you will wonder how you ever slept before.

This opulent sensation is a treat to sleep on. It is unparalleled in comfort, and offers and eloquent design unmatched in the world of mattresses today.

You will feel completely rested (and even a little bit spoiled) every new waking day.

Some of the luxurious fabrics include all-natural modal yarn and cashmere, abundant layers of comfortable memory and natural latex foam. Additionally there is soft and enveloping PillowTops and 8” patented Advanced Evolution NON-FLIP Pocket Coils to minimize motion transfer between partners.

The Beautyrest Black does more than lull you into the perfect sleep, it pampers all your desires to dream.

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If you are looking to buy a mattress in Vancouver, you should be sure to talk to the mattress professionals. Some mattress stores will try to get you on just about any mattress, but we believe that there is the perfect bed out there for you, and it is just a matter of you finding it.

For seven years in a row Simmons Mattress Gallery has won the Consumers’ Choice Award for Best Mattress Store in Vancouver. It is little wonder, therefore, that we know a thing or two about making the customer (you) happy. Our staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and our locations are spacious and relaxing – to ensure that you have the best possible Vancouver mattress shopping experience.

Come visit us today – we would love to see you, and get you into a cozy bed.

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