7 Reasons to Get More Sleep

We can think of dozens of reasons of why more sleep is better. But how about just 7 Reasons to Get More Sleep ?

  1. General Health. There are many studies about sleep and health. But what’s important are your long term habits. One night of poor sleep isn’t going to be an issue. But hundreds of nights, over a period of months and years can lead to heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes and obesity.
    7 reasons to get more sleep
  2. Weight Gain. Lack of sleep can cause our fat burning mechanisms to be less effective, make us crave food and actually changes our fat cells.
  3. More Sex? Research of 171 College age students corresponded with increased desire and 14% more likelihood in having sex the next day.
  4. Better Memory. Lack of sleep ruins our concentration, which makes it tough to read and process similar tasks. Researchers now think that both our declarative and procedural memory are negatively impacted by lack of sleep.
  5. Stronger Immune System. There’s some serious science that links a healthy functioning immune system and sleep.
  6. Increasing Human Growth Hormone Production. Hey, even if you’re grown up, HGH is important to healthy functioning of our bodies. It helps us maintain lean muscle mass and stay looking fit and young.
  7. Better Skin. Yes, even your skin benefits from sleep. In one study, good sleepers had 30% more recovery from transepidermal water loss (TEWL) which apparently helps us look better!

Our goal at Fawcett is to try to help our clients get the best night sleep possible. What are you sleeping on?

5 Ways to Keep Your Mattress Clean

So you’ve bought a very cool Fawcett Mattress. Now, here are 5 Ways to Keep Your Mattress Clean happy and healthy. Cleaning your mattress helps prevent excess build up of skin, mites and other undesirables.

St Dormier Wool Mattress Protector - bed

  1. Vacuum your mattress. We suggest about once a month. But if you’re someone who vacuums their home once a month, try for once every 3 months. Baby steps.
  2. Use baking soda. Sprinkle some on your mattress, gently rub it in with a brush, and then repeat step 1. Vacuum up the baking soda. This will help keep your mattress smelling fresh and clean.
  3. Keep liquids away from your mattress! Moisture and mattress are not a good mix.
  4. Use the hottest water setting on your washing machine when you wash your sheets every week. Use a high setting for the dryer too, so that any critters meet their demise.
  5. Get a mattress protector. It will mean you don’t have to clean your mattress as often and reduce the chance for mite infestation and body oils contamination. We recommend the Dream Serene  or the St Dormier Wool protector for the best protection.

Flipping your mattress is sensible in the event you own a flippable mattress! Generally mattresses that have a “pillow top” are not flippable. However, at Fawcett our “pillow top” (we don’t call them that…but lest I digress) mattresses are flippable.

Both our Model 9  (latex core) and Model 9S  (spring core) come with a 3 inch latex “topper” which is like a pillow top, but better.

Why? Because it’s not attached to the lower part of the mattress and can be flipped – which the lower part of the mattress can be flipped as well.

So, these type of options help ensure your mattress lasts a long time 😉 Along with keeping up with your 5 Ways to Keep Your Mattress Clean of course.

Is your Bedroom a Social Media Free Zone?

Is your Bedroom a Social Media Free Zone? In 2017 Facebook surpassed the 2 Billion monthly active users number – with over 63% of North Americans using the service each month.

So, the chances are, that you use Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Twitter or some other Social Media service. Or maybe you use all of them!? These services have real quantifiable positive impacts when properly applied to business growth or other similar endeavors such as non-profit fundraising & awareness.

Is your Bedroom a Social Media & Free Zone 2


More controversial, is Social Media’s positive, or negative impact on our personal lives. I like to take a bipartisan approach here. Social media is both good and bad. I probably would be less connected to my friends overseas, in Japan, Europe and Australia – without Social Media. I also keep in touch with people I have met only once or twice – are not close friends due to geography – but are connected to on Social media.

But more and more people are becoming what we could call “Social Media Addicted”. There’s no clinical diagnosis for this “condition”, however, most of us know what it looks like. Have you ever felt ‘anxious’  because you forgot your phone? There’s now a term for that feeling of anxiety when you are ‘sans-phone’ – it’s called Nomophobia. Remarkably, “a study, sampled 2,163 people, found that about 58% of men and 47% of women suffer from the phobia”

Some of the physical and emotional symptoms reported were:


  • anxiety
  • respiratory alterations
  • trembling
  • perspiration
  • agitation
  • disorientation
  • tachycardia

Emotional symptoms

  • depression
  • panic
  • fear
  • dependence
  • rejection
  • low self-esteem
  • loneliness

A recent report by Canadian researchers (go Canada!) found that just ONE HOUR of Social Media use can derail proper sleep.

The report found;

‘Importantly, significant associations were found when social media use exceeded one hour per day, suggesting that even this level of social media may be negatively associated with sleep duration.

‘Although females spent significantly more time using social media than males, the relationship between the use of social media and sleep duration did not differ by sex.

So we know that using social media, even in the day time may affect sleep habits. How about if you’re using your phone in bed at night? Is your Bedroom a Social Media Free Zone?

Researchers think that the blue-white light emitted by mobile phones prevents our brains from releasing melatonin. We need this hormone to sleep properly. Generally the research points to eliminating computer, tablet or mobile phone usage about an hour before bedtime. Here are three lessons learned from what happens when we do just that.

So, you may have an awesome, comfortable Fawcett Mattress. But if you’re using your phone, tablet or too much computer use close to bedtime, then you’re probably shooting yourself in the proverbial foot. We’re guilty here too, so don’t feel bad. Most of us are!

Personally I’m going to resolve to reading before sleep. And yes, from one of those old fashioned paper things. Not the phone. 😉


Sleep and Professional Sports. Does it matter?

Sleep and professional sports. Does it really matter? The Seattle Seahawks think so. The Seahawks travel longer than any other NFL team in the league due to geography.

They take their sleep science seriously. Their 40 players wear devices which track the number of hours and depth of their sleep. Sam Ramsden, the Seahawks trainer, says  “I’ve always had a belief that sleep is one of the main ways your body recovers, Some of the best players on the team are the best sleepers.”

NBA players nap. Steve Nash hails from Victoria BC Canada, and is a former SMUS student, as well as 2x MVP and 8x NBA all star! He also naps and claims napping helped him get through the season more efficiently.

Both NBA and NHL players like to nap – likely due to their hectic schedules which find them in different cities regularly, and often leaving town late at night, along with early morning practices. Sometimes they may not get in to their hotel room until 3am, and practice at 9am. We agree, who wouldn’t need a nap?

Sleep and professional sports

A Harvard study found that pulling an all-nighter could reduce reaction times by 300% and take days to recover.

Research has show proper sleep results in:

  1. Enhanced ability to capacity to cope with stress.
  2. An increase in human growth hormone and testosterone
  3. Enhancement in both recovery and performance

Speaking of sleep and professional sports performance, here’s a interactive reaction time test to see how awake you are. Enjoy.

Of course most of us are not professional athletes. But, we all want to be the best we can, at whatever we do. Maybe we want to be a better parent, teacher, lawyer, engineer, customer service provider. In order for us to be the best we can be, we need to get appropriate and quality sleep. Sleep can help our performance at work.

The next time you get grief for napping, just say you’re training like a pro.

If you are a professional athlete – cool! You need to get on one of our Model 9 mattresses.

What is the healthiest bed and mattress?

What is the healthiest bed and mattress? There are some crazy chemical baths out there. Yes. We’re talking about your mattress!

Over 90% of mattresses produced contain toxic chemicals and substances that are linked to serious health issues. Some of these chemicals are;

What is the healthiest bed and mattress

We’re really proud of using natural materials at Fawcett. Not only are our mattresses incredibly comfortable, they also are healthier. So, what’s in a Fawcett Mattress?

The components of our Fawcett mattresses are:

  • Natural Talalay Latex Foam from Global Talalay – healthy, breathable, hypoallergenic and non-off gassing.
  • Joma Wool from New Zealand – naturally fire resistant, temperature regulating and moisture wicking.
  • 100% Organic Cotton Ticking with High Thread Count This is the part of your mattress that you sleep the closest to.
  • Simalfa Adhesives. Water based, adhesive is a nasty sounding word, but it doesn’t have to be!
  • Unprocessed Cotton Felt – is a felted cotton padding used to add comfort and additional layers.
  • Pocket Coil Springs (in our M6, M7 and M9S…our M1 and M9 feature latex cores)

What is the healthiest bed and mattress? We can’t say we produce THE healthiest mattress in the world. However, we’re definitely creating the healthiest mattress that we can, with the most sustainable and natural materials available!

So, if we spend 30% of our lives on a mattress, does it make sense to invest in a quality healthy mattress? We’re talking about an investment of less than a dollar a day over the lifetime of the mattress, to ensure you’re sleeping on something to keep you healthy.

Which leads us to a question…What are you sleeping on!


Fawcett Holiday Hours

Are we open, you bet! Every day? Not really. Hey – maybe a little skiing or well, something like that. Happy Holidays!

12/24/17 Closed (Sunday)
12/25/17 Closed (Monday)
12/26/17 Closed (Tuesday)
12/31/17 Closed (Sunday)
1/1/18 Closed (Monday)

Mattress too firm ?

Mattress too firm? Are you an older person? then it may be causing sleep challenges. At least this is what research conducted by the Brazilian Association of Sleep has found. Elderly ‘subjects’ that slept on high firmness rated mattresses took an average of 67 minutes to fall asleep. When these people switched to a medium firm mattress, they took only 21 minutes to fall asleep.

Older couple walking together

As we age, we often acquire various ailments and chronic problems. These range from autoimmune, various injuries racked up along our journey in life or other diseases. In fact, 62% of adults aged 65-74 and and 81.5% of those over the age of 85 years old had two or more chronic conditions.

Given this, it means that as we age, we need to plan for these changes in our body so that we are able to get the proper amount of sleep required. Maybe you’ve liked firm mattresses through your adult life but haven’t been sleeping well…? It could be time to look at a new softer mattress.

But what if you need a softer mattress and your spouse sleeps great on the current firm one you have? At Fawcett, we have options. We’ve got something called our no compromise mattress. With our latex core models such as the M1 and M9, we can create a softer mattress on one side, and a firmer mattress on the other side. Even better, we’ll customize your mattress like this for no additional fee.

As we get older, our bodies change and what used to be comfortable, may not be now. Here are a few other tips courtesy of comfort keepers to get the best night’s sleep possible for older adults:

  • Make sure you follow a regular sleeping schedule, going to bed and rising at the same time each day.
  • Avoid taking long or frequent naps during the day.
  • Make sure you get regular exercise!
  • Sit in natural light; it regulates the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
  • Minimize caffeine and alcohol.
  • Make sure your bed is for sleeping only.  If you’re unable to fall asleep in 15 minutes, get up, move to a chair and try another activity.

What causes sunken eyes?

As we age, we often get dark circles under our eyes. Sometimes this can happen to younger people too. What causes sunken eyes? We came across a well researched article that uncovers some of the causes.

What causes sunken eyes?

A number of factors can contribute to this effect officially known as “tear trough hollows”

  • Age often plays a factor. It’s more prevalent in older adults. As we get older, our body has less collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and a lack of it makes our eyes seem sunken.
  • Nutrition & Vitamin Deficiencies
    • Deficiencies in vitamin C, K and iron can cause sunken eyes. People that suffer from general malnutrition may have sunken eyes.
  • Sleep Issues
    • Poor quality or not enough sleep can cause sunken eyes. (could be your mattress?
    • What’s good quality sleep?
      • – sleeping for much of the time in bed
      • – taking no more than 30 minutes to fall asleep
      • – waking no more than once per night
      • – not being awake for more than 20 minutes during the night
  • Dehydration
  • Weight Loss
    • People tend to get thinner in their faces first.
  • Genetics
  • Smoking
    • Try not to smoke for a number of reasons. It also causes a decrease in skin elasticity.
  • Allergies
    • Allergies can cause inflammation, causing dark circles.
  • Sinus infections
  • Trauma
    • An injury to the face or head can cause dark circles under your eyes.

So now we know what causes sunken eyes…how about some fixes?

Some home remedies?

  1. Stay hydrated! Limit things that dehydrate you – caffeinated beverages, alcohol. You know, all the fun stuff. 8 – 10 glasses of water a day will help!
  2. Good quality sleep.
  3. Almond oil. Not sure where you find this, but apparently it helps as it’s high in vitamin E.
  4. Raw potatoes on the eyes. Yes you heard that right. Apparently it’s the vitamin C, enzymes and starch.
  5. Tea bags. Let them cool after making your tea and place under your eyes for 10 minutes.
  6. Cucumber slices. This is beginning to make me hungry. Cooling and reducing swelling.
  7. Fish oil. Break open the capsule and place under your eyes. Be careful not to get in your eyes 😉
  8. Lemon oil. Often referred to as ‘nature’s bleach’ aids in dead skin removal and discoloration. Make sure you dilute, and be extra careful not to get IN your eyes.

If all else fails, you have the home remedies provide for ingredients to make a spartan meal.

Disclaimer: We didn’t come up with these ideas or concepts and have no idea if the home remedies actually work. Reader beware! Read the article in full here.

What is the best mattress? Lawsuits & Mattress Reviews

What is the best mattress? A tough question. We could easily say Fawcett Mattresses are the best mattresses! But of course that may be a little bit self serving…

But really. There’s a sea, a virtual cornucopia of information out there. Or misinformation…? There are mattress review sites to check out. Like Sleepopolis for example. So these can be trusted resources, right? Well maybe not.

Derek Hales, an entrepreneurial business degree graduate of Kansas State University, started Sleepopolis after trying a couple of mattress-in-a-box brands. He posted a video of his wife and him trying out a Casper mattress and it quickly racked up 25,000 views. Derek made deals with the mattress companies that when people clicked on his videos through to the mattress maker website, he would get an ‘affiliate payment’. Affiliate payments have been around as long as the internet and are big business. Last year $4.5 billion was paid in affiliate fees.

With the explosion of cheap mattress-in-a-box companies, Derek built Sleepopolis into a online review juggernaut. He was receiving 500,000 visitors a month and millions of views of his mattress reviews.

So that’s the end of the story? Well no…

Eventually a number of the mattress companies began to re-asses their relationship with the various mattress review sites that had sprung up. Generally the mattress companies were paying about $50 to $250  per mattress sale for referrals. Taking into account the amount of referral traffic Derek’s site was sending Casper, Leesa and other mattress companies, apparently he was making $2,000,000 a year from referring web traffic to the mattress sites.

In April of 2016, Derek’s relationship with Casper had soured. He put a note on his website that he could no longer recommend a Casper, and recommended a few other brands. “He even added a little yellow box near the top of that page, which read: “Thinking about buying a Casper? Do your homework! Check out these 4 mattress companies that Sleepopolis loves.”

This “little yellow box” was on the number one search term for Casper Mattress Review. So needless to say, Casper wasn’t too happy! Next, Casper filed a lawsuit alleging Derek and his site (as well as two other sites) were using deceptive advertising practices!

After some legal wrangling back and forth, Casper funded another mattress review site to buy Sleepopolis. Derek’s out of the picture now.

Sleepopolis Home page

What happened to the little yellow box warning readers about Casper and sending them somwhere else? It’s long gone, replaced with a green box featuring a special coupon for – you guessed it – a Casper mattress.

It’s buyer beware when reading mattress reviews. A multi-million dollar affiliate business and review sites that look independent but aren’t, mean take your online reviews with a grain of salt!

Read the whole story on Fast Company here.

We’re proud of our 28 (and counting) 100% authentic Google 5 star reviews. We almost wish someone would give us a 4 star review, to make it seem more believable. But that’s a *problem* we can live with.

Is Lack of Sleep Affecting Your Genes?

We all know how we feel when we get a lack of sleep.  Some describe lack of sleep as “feeling as if I’ve been run over by a truck”. No offence intended to those who actually may have been run over by a truck. But you get the idea. We’ve all ‘been there’ at some time or another.  Is Lack of Sleep Affecting Your Genes?

Research by Dr Simon Archer and his team in Britain was recently featured in the BBC online news. The research indicates that about 500 genes are affected from lack of sleep. “Genes associated with process like inflammation, immune response and response to stress became more active.” The Dr’s team also saw increased activity of specific genes associated with diseases like cancer and diabetes. Most importantly, the reverse happened with the volunteers added a hour of sleep, instead of subtracting one.

Is Lack of Sleep Affecting Your Genes

Further research about sleep deprivation and genes demonstrates that it takes only one night of sleep loss for the genes that control your biological clocks in your cells to be altered.

Is Lack of Sleep Affecting Your Genes in the longer term? Doctors are still trying to determine whether the genetic changes are reversed after one or a few good night sleeps, or if the changes are longer lasting. Epigenetic ‘marks’ have been found altered in shift workers and people suffering from type 2 diabetes. So this means perhaps genetic changes are longer lasting and could cause serious illnesses.

Science aside, getting a good night’s sleep makes us feel better! And that’s important for quality of life!

If we had unlimited means, we think we would choose an adjustable bed for the ultimate in sleep arrangement options. What are you sleeping on?


What’s in a Pillow?

Warning & Disclaimer: This post may sound sound like a shameless advertising plug for our products. But’s it’s not! These pillows are amazing. Really.

What’s in a pillow? Pillows are all the same, right? That’s what I thought. When I started working with Fawcett, my wife who is a physiotherapist insisted that I buy one of the Natural Talalay Latex pillows for her. I did, and she loves it! She recommends Fawcett natural latex pillows for her clients for issues with neck pain.

So one weekend when she was away, I decided to give this Fawcett Natural Talalay Latex pillow a try. I’ve never been really picky about things like pillows. I mean, how different can they be?

But, I’m converted.

After that weekend of “wow, this thing really is amazing” epiphany, I promptly bought my own matching natural talalay latex pillow. Duane, a CoFounder of Fawcett loves these pillows, but says they aren’t a “magic” solution – or going to heal all of our client’s neck issues. True, of course. However, I had already nicknamed it my “magic pillow”.

I’m now “that guy” who takes his pillow with him on travels where possible.

Some other benefits & notes about this pillow are:

  • Naturally antimicrobial, dust mite resistant & hypoallergenic
  • Durable; maintains shape and consistency
  • Sleeps cooler than a traditional or down pillow
  • Doesn’t off-gas; just like our mattresses!
  • I’ve got a Queen high-loft and am side sleeper, ave size male
  • My wife has a Queen low-loft and is a back & side sleeper, ave size female

natural talalay latex pillow



Free Local Delivery?

Yes we do. Fawcett offers free local delivery anywhere in greater Victoria BC, Canada. Generally that means within about 30km of downtown. Of course, we have been convinced to drive further. Live out of town? No problem. We offer $100 flat rate shipping to most destinations in Canada!

free local delivery - Fawcett

Bed in a Box?

So you’ve been thinking about getting a new mattress. And there are these trendy new mattresses that are called “bed in a box”. They are shipped to your residence, and you unpack them…and voila, your mattress is ready! Sounds pretty good?

And for some people, a bed in a box may suit their needs. For example…If you live a long ways from a mattress store – like thousands of kilometres, then it could save some considerable time and expense.

But we can’t help feel that the mattresses-in-a-box we see for sale online equate to “you get what you pay for”. When it comes to mattresses many people don’t differentiate between the various materials and components that go into them. Perhaps it’s because mattresses are actually fairly complex – and the materials vary widely.

So what tends to happen is that people default to convenience and price…but…

  • Is a mattress in a box convenient? Yes.
  • Is a mattress in a box inexpensive? Sometimes…in the short run.
  • Is a bed in a box comfortable? For some people, if they get lucky.


However, the materials & components that go into a mattress are not equal. The cheaper the mattress, the cheaper, and more inferior, the materials. What’s the problem with this? Inferior mattress components often mean:

  • Toxic and even carcinogenic mattress. If your mattress is making you sick, is that worth saving a few pennies a day?
  • Here are 7 signs your mattress may be making you sick.
  • A Less durable mattress. If your mattress needs replacing or has serious wear impressions after a few years, is it really less expensive?
  • Less comfortable. The higher quality materials such as high quality natural latex and springs simply provide a higher degree of comfort.
  • Lack of customization. One size fits all is the norm for most bed in a box mattresses.
  • Poor quality sleep. This one really follows less comfortable, but we think it’s an important point on its own. Poor sleep means poor health. The link between proper sleep and health are strong.

Cheaper mattresses always mean cheaper materials. We actually pay more for the raw materials that go into some of our mattress, than most toxic mattresses actually cost the consumer. Yes it’s cliche, but you get what you pay for.

Even worse, many toxic mattresses are not cheap! (especially if they need replacing in a few years) We’ve seen bed-in-a-box models priced in the same range our mattresses made with natural talalay latex, organic cotton & organic joma wool. Ours are customized for the individual and hand-made by our amazing Fawcett mattresses craftsmen What’s with that?? Hint. We’re factory direct.

So, it begs the analysis, let’s compare an amazing Fawcett mattress to a Bed-in-a-box mattress!

BrandQueen Price (CAD)Natural Latex?Sustainable Non Toxic Materials?Made in Victoria BC?Customize Firmness
Fawcett M6 Mattress$1299YESYESYESYES
Generic Mattress in a Box$1175 to $2400NONONONO

It’s an easy choice! What are you sleeping on?

Sales Position

We’re Seeking someone who can become a Fawcett Product Evangelist (watch our Chief Product Evangelist speak about our stuff)

Where? 408 John St @ Turner, near Bay St Bridge

natural products collage

Fawcett Mattress manufactures mattresses that are hand made with the most sustainable, natural materials available, right here in Victoria! We also create a variety of beds in our unique manufacturing facility which is joined to an open concept showroom where clients can see their mattresses being created while they shop.

If you’re tired of just looking for a “JOB” and are looking for a position that could grow into something much more, Fawcett could be the perfect fit for you. Here’s what we are looking for:

Our shop space lacks mirrors, and smoke. So do you! We’re looking for an enthusiastic energized individual that has a passion for sustainable materials & helping future clients make the right purchase choices for their health and personal situation.

You have retail sales experience and are great with people; including;

* Meeting and greeting prospective clients in a professional friendly manner
* Learning about the Fawcett products so that you are able to help meet the clients needs
* Collecting payments and entering client information in * Quickbooks and or a CRM system.
* Basic inventory tracking and ordering of products

Bonus if you’ve got these skills!

*Bookkeeping skills/experience
* WooCommerce and or WordPress experience to update online products
* Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are your friends; comfortable posting to social media

If this sounds interesting to you, please reply to this ad your work history or resume / CV.

***This position pays $15 – $20 / per hour & has benefits. Pay dependent on experience.***

How to apply? Simple. Just click here to apply for the position! and include your latest CV/Resume in PDF, DOC, RTF or TXT format.


Meet the Fawcett Christen Bed

Meet Fawcett Christen Bed! As it turns out, a lot of people don’t seem to know that we make…awesome beds. Sure we may be biased, but our clients love our beds too!

What makes our beds great?

Here are some details about the Christen Bed.

  • Minimalist design; modern contemporary design
  • Smaller profile for smallish spaces
  • Reasonably easy to move or disassemble
  • Customize size of headboard or rails (minor changes no extra fee)
  • Various leg options; walnut, oak, maple or metal
  • Sustainable products utilized in construction
  • Customize the fabric or leather
  • Stemma frame support
  • Excellent value for a hand-made, custom product


Why Is Sleep Important to Growing Children?

Is sleep important to growing children?Is sleep important to growing children? We recently came across a fantastic article about the effect sleep on children, and their development. The article was featured in the Positive Health Wellness Blog – which focuses on articles about diet and nutrition, recipes, fitness, beauty and aging and more. The highlights are below.

Studies have demonstrated that children who don’t receive the proper amount of sleep have many problems, such as controlling their emotions. Others act out in naughty ways because their brains need the rest. They take risks, and as they get older, they can have problems with depression and anxiety.

Sleep is related to healthy growth.
Proper sleep has been linked to Studies have shown that those who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to be obese. This is the case for both children and adults. One study specifically looked at teenagers, who got one less hour of sleep than average. They were more likely to become obese than their regular sleeping counterparts.

Fighting Infections
During sleep, children produce cytokines, a type of protein. The body needs this to be able to fight off illnesses and infections. The proteins are produced more during illnesses to help promote sleep and encourage anyone to sleep more to fight off the illness. There is a cycle that Mother Nature has created to ensure our bodies fight off infections as much as possible instead of succumbing to them.

How Much Sleep do Children Need?
Newborns will need between 16 and 18 hours of sleep a day. This isn’t going to be in one sitting. Some will sleep through the night for 12 hours without a problem and then need a few one-hour naps throughout the day. Others will have four-hour naps with periods of awake on a regular basis.

As babies reach the three-monthstage, they need around 11-15 hours of sleep daily. Between four months and a year, that time drops to between 9 and 12 hours, and most will sleep through the night and just need a few naps throughout the day.

Toddlers and preschoolers do a lot of running around and growing. They will sleep between 11 and 14 hours a day, usually in one sitting throughout the night. Between the ages of 6 and 13, children need somewhere between 9 and 11 hours of sleep, and usually not with a nap in the day. They may have a nap if they are ill.

So is sleep important to growing children? We’ll say an unequivocal yes! All in all we found this article very interesting. We know sleep is important, but it often seems neglected. We make sure our kids eat properly, that they are safe but sometimes we may overlook the role that sleep plays in their health, well being and long term development! With that, we’re going to take a nap. With our kids.

What mattress to look at? We have our 3.5 year old sleeping on a Fawcett Model 6. He loves it, and so do we. Younger children? How about the Model C(rib)

Stemma Bed Frame – Start with a Foundation

At Fawcett, we produce and manufacture our own amazing beds. Certain components we purchase, like the core base frame – a Stemma Frame, which is carefully crafted to provide proper support for your Fawcett Mattress.

The manner in which the Stemma base is constructed creates a little bit of flex to the bed. The wood slats are are also adjustable in firmness. Each side is adjustable – for couples this is a great option.

If one person prefers a firmer support base compared to their partner sleeping on the other side, simply adjust accordingly. Simply slide the torsional sleeves toward the middle and this will create a more flexible or softer base. When placed to the outside, the base is firmer.

stemma frame wood legs bed

Then, we’ll add our custom crafted bed to the frame. Featured here, is the Christian Bed.

Minimalist and slight in design and often considered for smaller rooms where space is a concern, this bed is well suited to many homes from transitional to contemporary.

All of our beds are manufactured in house using the same materials and sensibilities as our mattresses.


All of our beds are available in many fabrics from recycled content, to all natural as well as our selection of either faux leather or Wollsdorf FOC Earth vegetable dyed leather top grain leather. Featured here is a grey Tonica fabric.

Next simply add a Fawcett Mattress, and you’ve got the near perfect healthy sleeping environment! Special project? Different size bed or mattress? No problem. We’ll create almost anything to suit your needs.

Caffeine compared to climbing stairs?

What helps keep you alert? Caffeine compared to climbing stairs? We’ve all had nights where we can’t sleep. Worries, sirens, kids, or for no apparent reason at all. Perhaps it was the spicy italian sausage or a bit too much red wine. Or your mattress? Yes, your mattress…we do sell mattresses – you know? 😉

What’s the remedy? Recent research compared the effect of caffeine VS climbing stairs for 10 minutes. And the results?

“The team found that under the stair-walking condition, participants reported greater motivation to work and an increase in energy, compared with those under the caffeine condition.”

The energized feeling was temporary and the caffeine had no measurable effect.

We at Fawcett prefer a balanced approach. Don’t take our caffeine (coffee) away…never!….but combining quality java with a good walk, run, yoga at lunch time (or stairclimb) helps keep us alert and sharp on those days when you simply can’t get enough sleep.

Disclaimer: Fawcett Mattress takes no responsibility for your increased consumption of caffeinated beverages, red wine, beer or any other such fluid you may imbibe. Furthermore, any injuries resulting from increased walking, yoga, cycling, any and all exercise, as a result of this article, we shall be forever indemnified.

Ahem….However, if you wish to credit us with a better night’s sleep due to our amazing mattresses, or for any other reason, we will humbly accept.



Causes Of Lack Of Sleep

Recently we spotted an article on CBC.ca about the major causes of lack of sleep.

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We thought the article took an interesting approach, because of the way it broke down each ‘risk factor’ to the average number of minutes per night that it affected a person for lack of sleep. Individually, it’s not a big deal. But if you are at risk for multiple risk factors, it can really add up. Take a look:

The paper summarizes a few of the known risk factors associated with lack of sleep:

  • BMI — People with a body mass index considered to be overweight or obese sleep on average between about 2.5 minutes to seven minutes less per night, on average.
  • Smoking — Smokers sleep on average five minutes less every night.
  • Gender — Men sleep on average nine minutes less than women do every night.
  • Sugary drinks — Have been associated with 3.4 minutes less sleep every night.
  • Shift work — People with irregular working hours tend to get 2.7 minutes less sleep every night.
  • Commuting — People with commutes of between 30-60 minutes each way tend to get 9.2 minutes less sleep. Those with longer commutes of more than an hour fare even worse, with 16.5 minutes less sleep.
  • Exercise — People who get less than two hours of activity per week tend to get 2.6 minutes less sleep than those who exercise.
  • Mental health — People with medium to high risk of mental-health problems sleep on average 17.2 minutes less per day than those with low risk.

Some major disasters have been linked to lack of sleep. Some mentioned were Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Exxon Valdez, and the Space Shuttle Challenger. So definitely don’t mess with your nuclear reactor or spaceship if you’re sleep deprived. Read the article in its entirety here.

At Fawcett, although we sell mattresses. Really we are helping people achieve a great night’s sleep, and peace of mind. What are you sleeping on?

5 Surprising Ways Your Mattress Your Mattress Affects Sleep and Health – Huff Post

We came across this article in the Huntington Post. Even though it’s a couple of years old, we thought it was definitely worthy of a post in mattress talk.

There are some good tips in the video associated with the article, specifically the interview with Dr Robert Oexman who runs the Sleep to Live Institute. Some quick take-aways;

  • What feels good to you in the store may not be what feels right at home. Spend a bit of time laying on the mattress at the store if you can.
  • Are you allergic to the mites and items which tend to form in most mattresses? (hint, use a protector you can wash!)
  • When to get a new mattress? Even though mattresses can last 7 – 10 years, consider replacing before your mattress shows signs of wear and sagging support.
  • 92% of people say a comfortable mattress is important to a good night sleep.
  • Keep the screens out of the bedroom. The light keeps us awake and prevents proper sleep.
  • In a 2009 Study, 59 healthy men and women slept 28 nights on their regular mattress. Then they slept on a new med-firm mattress. The researchers found a significant reduction in stress.
  • If you have asthma, you may want to invest in a mattress protector and change your mattress more often. As many as 20 million Americans, and 2 million Canadians are allergic to dust mites found in beds.

We’re proud of the natural products we use at Fawcett. We utilize the most natural and sustainable materials we can source on the market.

The natural latex we use is tapped from Havea-Brasiliensis rubber trees. It also has the added benefit of being naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and is dust mite resistant. Who likes bugs? No thanks!

— Thanks Steve for sourcing this article!



Children’s Sleep and Stress

As adults, we’re (sometimes acutely) aware that stress can cause a lack of sleep for us. But what about our children? Do they actually lose sleep from worrying about things?

Unfortunately, lack of sleep due to stress isn’t exclusive to adults. 20% of kids aged 8 to 17 say they worry a lot. Anxiety can lead to a lack of sleep and higher levels of cortisol (hard on the body/system over time).


What can you do?

  • You can help your child manage stress and anxiety by spending calm, family time together.
  • Help your child manage their anxiety VS trying to eliminate it.
  • Don’t avoid things just because they cause anxiety.
  • Express positive, but realistic expectations.
  • Respect their feelings but don’t endorse them.
  • Keep it real. Don’t reinforce their fears or ask leading questions.

How about physical factors?

  • Get your kids outside. Well, at least get them exercising…which usually means getting them outside. It’s been demonstrated moderate to vigorous exercise can help protect your kids.
  • Cut back on the sugar. Sugar stresses the body and brain and causes more damaging cortisol to enter their system.
  • Choose a healthy non-toxic mattress that is comfortable for your kids. They may not complain…but that’s probably because they don’t “know any better” 😉

Mattress Shop…with some (big) distinctions!

At Fawcett, we’re a different kind of mattress shop. Let us count thy ways.

1. Customization. This is really cool. Normally you can choose a softer or firmer mattress. But at Fawcett, we actually can make one side (left or right) firmer, and one side softer. So if you like a firmer mattress, and your partner likes a softer mattress, there’s no compromise. This option is available in our M1, MV, M7, and M9 mattress options.

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No compromises. Customize mattress firmness side to side.

Generally when you buy a mattress, you may have the option of a soft, medium or firm mattress. If you’re single, this may work alright for you. However, if you have a partner that sleeps beside you, then one of you may be sacrificing.

Larger, heavier people typically tend to need a firmer mattress than smaller lighter people. More often than not, couples have a significant weight and size difference.

At Fawcett, one of the amazing things we do is customize firmness side to side. One side could be firm, one side softer. There are actually 5 choices for firmness levels at Fawcett:

Here are some general guidelines – comfort & firmness is subjective.

  • Soft – usually too soft for 95% of people. However, a good fit for elderly or lighter adults who like a very soft mattress.
  • Med Soft –  a good choice for those who like a softer mattress, often side sleepers.
  • Medium – middle of the road firmness, great for guest bedrooms, a second home,  and anyone who likes a medium mattress.
  • Medium Firm – a good fit for people that like the feel of a firmer mattress, often back sleepers.
  • Firm – recommended for larger people that like the feel of a very firm mattress.

Customizing your mattress for firmness is available in all of our mattresses to a certain degree. Our natural latex foam core models, M1, and M9 will represent the most noticeable difference in firmness compared to our inner spring models the M6, M7, and MV.

So you simply choose your preference and we’ll customize your side to your needs. Your partner can chooses the firmness they like. No compromises, happy sleeping.

Not sure which one is right for you? Come into Fawcett if you live on Vancouver Island and we can help. If you live too far away for a visit, give us a call and talk to one of our experts. They can help you make the right choice for you and we’ll ship anywhere in Canada.  😉

Google & Facebook Reviews

We are really proud of our Google & Facebook Reviews! Take a look below, and click on the links to read directly on Google or Facebook 😉

Google 5 Star ReviewBest-in-class material & artisans + locally-made = Perfect recipe for happy customers! Our recently purchased Fawcett mattress has met all our high environmental, social and comfort standards. I love knowing that my mattress has been made locally, is environmentally-friendly and is overall a healthy choice. But most importantly, it is comfortable and makes for great night’s sleep! Read more Fawcett 5 Star Google Reviews here!

Facebook Review - Fawcett MattressDoing business with old way – good service, great product, locally made with top of the line materials. Leaving a smaller footprint, delivering on your promises. Love our beds, having way better sleep, thanks! Read more Fawcett 5 Star Facebook Reviews here!

Fantastic service, fantastic products. We are lucky enough to live in Victoria, so going to their showroom was easy. Staff (Steven) at the front was very knowledgeable, describing the products, the options, and the materials used as well as the prices. We had lots of opportunity to try the different mattresses and comfort levels and all the permutations you can achieve in a Fawcett Mattress, in a very friendly, low pressure environment. I mean, what other mattress store doesn’t mind if you bring your own pillow in to try them out!! My wife and I have been through the box store experience a few times and this was so much better in every single way. And the mattresses you ask? Well, where else can you get a Canadian, handmade, organic mattress, 10 year warranty, can be either sprung, latex foam, or a combo, customized to suit you and your partners needs/preferences, for a price that is completely competitive with stores whose products don’t tick any of those boxes? Short answer: no where else that I have found!! They really are that amazing. If you are in the market for a mattress, and are in the area, do yourself a favour, visit the store. If you aren’t in the area, come visit Victoria (it is awesome), and then come check them out. Or… check out their website!! I believe they also have great shipping options so everyone should do themselves a favour, check these guys (and gals!) out first before going anywhere else. King Sized Model 9 Fawcett Mattress ; See Jeremy’s review on Google.

Great product, great service, great experience from start to finish! Read more Fawcett 5 Star reviews on Google!

Google Reviews - 5 StarI am so thrilled with my Fawcett mattress! Duane and his team provide superior service, and the beds are made with meticulous craftsmanship. After only a few nights on my new bed (the model 9), my sore hip problem disappeared. I will never buy a bed from anywhere else; I’m hooked! Read More 5 Star Google Reviews here.

Google 5 Star ReviewI had been looking into an organic mattress for months before I found Fawcett. I had narrowed my search down to an Essential or a Purple mattress, but was concerned about support and customer service after I purchased my mattress. Then a friend recommended Fawcett to me. Having been in the customer service industry all my life, I have high expectations about customer service, particularly when there is a higher price point attached to a product. Steve (the customer service rep on the floor) exceeded all expectations. Knowledgable, friendly, respectful, relatable, and sincere, Steve was able to highlight the aspects of Fawcett that were important to me in a non intimidating fashion. I ended up purchasing a mattress (vegan) on the spot. The whole process was amazing, the delivery gentlemen were great. The mattress itself is divine. I’m on my feet all day, and before my Fawcett mattress I would hobble out of bed in the morning, still sore. Now, I feel rested and refreshed, and my morning pain has disappeared. Let me tell you, I would and have recommend Fawcett to people who want to invest in a mattress that avoids offgassing, is local and can be tailored to specific needs. Further, the customer support they provide after the purchase is sincere and prompt. This is the type of company I am happy to support. Totally worth the money. A big ol thank you to Steve and the team at Fawcett for making this experience amazing!!! Read more Fawcett 5 star google reviews here!

Google 5 Star ReviewOur new bed is a dream come true…no sore back or hip first thing in the morning…what a relief! And bonus, even sleeping through the night regularly …hasn’t happened in years. We may not have been the easiest customers, but Fawcett was tireless in making sure we were happy customers!!! Thank-you, Sarah & Jim – Read more Fawcett 5 Star Google Reviews here.

Google 5 Star ReviewFirst of I must say I’m very impressed with your product. The fit and finish is second to none, really nice. As far as assembly was just a matter of putting in a few nuts and bolts. Everything else was already completed like programming the remotes, wiring and so on. Shipping a bed of this size to a somewhat remote location has been very successful. It has been a pleasure dealing with you. Thank you Peter Petersen – read more Fawcett 5 Star Google Reviews here!

Google 5 Star ReviewFawcett makes a quality product from quality materials right here in Victoria! I went in one day to check things out and Duane was very helpful and informative, and passionate about his business and product – which is all good. I didn’t feel pressured into anything and I came back two or three more times to lie on the various mattresses before I settled on the Model 7 and placed my order. In less than two weeks it was delivered to my apartment and my old mattress was taken away. Everyone I met and dealt with was wonderful and I’ve slept well for the last 5 months and never regretted my purchase! View more Fawcett 5 Star Reviews here!

Facebook Review - Fawcett MattressI recently bought 2 mattresses, a model 9 for myself and a model 6 for my son. When you look at the prices for the model 9, you may gasp and say “Oh my, who pays soo much for a mattress! I like sleep, but that’s a lot of tacos” especially if you normally buy discount mattresses but I promise you it is worth it. You support a local company, with sound environmental practices for about the same price as a regular luxury mattress and it’s soooooo comfy. Now, before you say “Sorry, I’m too attached to the tacos. Off to the Brick I go.” try the model 6. My son likes us to lay down with him for a bit while he’s going to sleep and I like his mattress almost as much as I like mine. If I didn’t know mine existed, I would think his was the best I’ve ever been on (and I liked my previous mattress a lot). I’m sure the other models are also good, but those are the 2 I have, and love. Read more Fawcett 5 Star Reviews here!

If you are considering purchasing a good quality mattress you really need to visit Fawcett.  They are a refreshing alternative to large chain mattress suppliers, and offer a far superior product with excellent no-pressure service at a fair price.  Natural materials weren’t super high on our list when we started looking, and after having “less-than-enjoyable” experiences at the usual mattress stores, one visit to the Fawcett showroom convinced us that natural was the way to go.  When you walk in, there is absolutely no off-gassing smell or chemical smell of any kind.  You can see exactly how the products are constructed.   When you lay on showroom models you feel the difference right away.  The service is excellent.  Buying a mattress can be stressful and costly  which is why it’s important to explore all your options and Fawcett should not be overlooked.  Not only are we now having fantastic supportive sleep, we were able to support a local business with a superior product.  It’s a win all around. Read more Fawcett 5 Star Google Reviews here!

For 4 years I have had bad shoulder problems, It all started when I got a new mattress from one of those big mattress stores, The pain only got worse as time went on , 2 years later I thought I better get a better mattress, that didn’t help either , so I went to the doctor and they sent me to hospital for injections in both shoulders , that didn’t help either, I thought there had be an answer to this nightmare. I went on line and found Fawcett Mattress, it sounded promising. I explained the situation , they said they would make me a bed that work for me, I was impressed, how often do you here that, (oh yeah never). anyway they did and within 1 week all my pain was gone, I can now move my shoulders, and my arms normally again, I have ordered another bed for 1 of my other bedrooms, and may get another for the third bedroom, Now that my arms function normally now, I could give these guys a big hug , but I’ll just say thank heavens they are doing what they are doing, and if were up to me I would call the store ,, (((~The Best most Comfortable, Awesomest , Wonderfull, Unbelievable, Feel like your Sleeping on a Cloud Mattress store on the Planet.~))) Keep up the good work. Read more Fawcett 5 Star Google Reviews here!

Facebook Review - Fawcett MattressWe got a new mattress a week ago. The mattress is great and we are sleeping like logs! The service, both getting info about mattresses and the installation, were excellent. We would definitely recommend a hand-made, made in Victoria, mattress from Fawcett Mattress Co! Read more Fawcett 5 Star Facebook Reviews here! 

I have described purchasing a new mattress from a regular mattress outlet such as the big brick and mortar stores, as “swimming with the sharks” that is, the salespeople have more interest in their pocket books than your health. Most of the time you will find it difficult to determine what the different materials that go into the big brand name mattress manufacturers products are. So, if you don’t know, how can you possibly make a decision as to the products durability, or more importantly, the toxic content of the mattress? With Fawcett your search is over. Thanks guys! Read more Fawcett 5 Star Google Reviews here!

Google 5 Star ReviewHighly recommend them, we are so happy with our new bed. When I realized I spend 50 hours a week asleep, I knew it was time to invest in the right mattress. I feel like it’s another rite of passage into being an adult :D, and I only wish we did it sooner! I haven’t moved much in my sleep since we got it, and nothing is sore when I wake up. Next adult step is getting nice sheets! Read more Fawcett 5 Star Google Reviews here!

Google 5 Star ReviewWhat a mattress! My wife & I have to make ourselves rise from it every morning and both look forward to returning to it that evening. As a side sleeper there is no more pressure point pain plus am now able to sleep on my back again the support is so even. The materials are top notch. The attention to detail thorough, and the staff, all of them, friendly, informative and helpful. Treat yourself. It’s an excellent investment. Read more Fawcett 5 Star Google Mattress Reviews here.

Google 5 Star ReviewBest custom mattresses on the market! Every time I need a mattress for any of my projects Fawcett is my only choice. My clients love the fact that they are locally made, a sustainable product with no off gasing, the exceptional quality in materials, the adjustable comfort level and the high attention to customer service. So excited to see a local product getting all the attention that it truly deserves. Iván Meade CGD Principal Designer Meade Design Group Inc – Read more Fawcett 5 Star Google Reviews here!

Google 5 Star ReviewLove my new mattress! Steve and the staff were wonderful and patient at helping me find the right choice. Felt very safe in making my decision because if I got it home and it didn’t work I knew they would help me fix it. Highly recommend Fawcett! Read more Fawcett 5 Star Google Reviews here!

Google 5 Star ReviewFrom the moment I walked into the store and met Steve, I knew I was in the right place to buy a bed. Steve was so patient, listened to my problems, very thoroughly explained how Fawcett makes the beds and spent a great deal of time letting me test all the beds on the floor. I just love my bed. Fawcett made my bed to my specifications. It relieves the pressure on my shoulders and back. I have not ever had such a comfortable sleep. I am also pleased to deal with a local company. May you continue to serve in Victoria for many years. Read more Fawcett 5 Star Google Reviews here!

Google 5 Star ReviewI dreaded having to go through the song and dance required to buy a new mattress and then my realtor, Jason Binab, recommended Fawcett Mattress. I was delighted to find this straight-forward, no smoke-and- mirrors mattress company. My mattress is beautifully made (locally) of all-natural materials and custom made to my specifications. Thanks! Read more Fawcett 5 Star Google Reviews here! 

Facebook Review - Fawcett MattressViv Wrote: We just got our new mattress and it is so great, not only is it incredibly comfortable it’s the fact that it was locally made, high quality, nothing at all toxic and ethically sourced. Best purchase we’ve made. Read more Fawcett 5 Star Facebook reviews here! 

Google 5 Star ReviewPurchasing a mattress and pillows from Fawcett has been one of the best investments we have made! We were in the market for an organic mattress and to find a local company that makes them on site with the best materials was a huge plus. The service was remarkable and we couldn’t be more happy with the product. We have had several guests use our mattress as well, and their first comment is always ‘where is your mattress from?!?!’ We LOVE recommending Fawcett to anyone in the market for beds, mattresses, and pillows. Read more 5 Star Fawcett Google Reviews here!

Google 5 Star ReviewExcellent service, very knowledgeable staff and most important an excellent mattress.

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Facebook Review - Fawcett MattressFawcett is a company that makes me proud of living in Victoria. We bought our mattress in August 2017 and love it. The quality and care that was taken to craft this product locally with organic products is simply beautiful! I highly recommend you visit their location. You WILL be impressed!

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