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Casper Mattress? Buy a Mattress Online?

So you’re interested in a Casper Mattress? Maybe you simply want to buy a mattress online? Maybe you live 10,000 kilometers from the nearest mattress store and don’t have a lot of choices except ordering online? Perhaps you perceive that the best “deals” or “value” is found online?

Or maybe you shudder when you think about dealing with your prototypical mattress salesman, or sales lady…?

Whatever the reason, people are buying mattresses online now like never before! Let’s take a look at the options out there, and the most important factors to consider when purchasing a mattress online.

Most people have heard about the “bed in a box” phenomenon, where a mattress comes in a box, shipped to your door. It sounds pretty appealing, but we believe there are compromises.

Mattress Reviews

There was some controversy relating to mattress reviews and a relationship Casper had with Sleepopolis  – a mattress review site. And if you go on Casper’s website, wow – you’d think there was nothing BUT 5 star reviews…with an average of 4.5 / 5.0 from the graphic below.

Casper Mattress Reviews

 

 

But wait a minute….then we went on Consumer Reports, and checked the reviews there. A full 57% of Casper Mattress reviews are less than 5 stars on Consumer Reports. 

Casper mattress Reviews Consumer Reports

We wonder what the disparity is? Casper has almost as mayn 1 & 2 star reviews as it does 5 star reviews?

One thing we know for certain, is that (currently) Fawcett is running 34/34 5 Star Google Reviews and also 100% 5 star reviews on Facebook.  Alas, we know this streak won’t hold forever. But, we sure are proud of the what our clients are saying about us and our product.fawcett mattress reviews

 

What the heck are these things made of?

There are various foams that go into most mattresses. Memory foam has become trendy and popular. It comes in various forms, and levels of toxicity. (We won’t touch it, never mind sleep on it)

Ultimately when you buy a mattress that contains memory foam as wikipedia defines it, you will end up sleeping on polyurethane which contains additional chemicals increasing its viscosity and density. It is often referred to as “viscoelastic” polyurethane foam.

It seems that Casper polyurethane foam is one of the cleaner petroleum based foams from a review of their site.

It’s debatable and whether or not these foams can be harmful. However, we’d rather sleep on the natural latex that Fawcett uses. It’s natural rubber, tapped from a Havea-Brasiliensis rubber tree. The tree is ‘tapped’ in a similar manner as how maple syrup is harvested from trees. It is widely accepted that 100% Natural Latex doesn’t off-gas.

However, be aware there some mattress may contain a blend of synthetic and natural latex. This means that this combination would include synthetic petroleum based products. Fawcett utilizes only 100% natural latex in its mattresses.

What about a Warranty?

Casper mattress offers a 100 night free trial. While this may seem desirable – what’s there to lose? …it’s no feat to make a mattress that lasts 100 nights. In fact, a one star Casper mattress review we read, said their mattress was “comfortable for 4 months”. They also have a 10 year ‘limited warranty’.

This is where the “devil is in the details”. If you have an issue, you must ship your mattress back to Casper. In our experience, without a rolling and mattress packing machine, you will likely pay between $250 and $500 to ship your mattress back to Casper in the hope that they may agree with you about an observed defect. Now who’s going to do that? In our view, probably 1 / 10,000 people.

The Fawcett Warranty is simple and transparent. Most mattress companies have complicated warranties that are full of small print and confusing legal jargon, but we want to keep it simple: if your Fawcett mattress fails at any time within two years of the original invoice date, we will repair or replace it at no cost to the original purchaser.

Mattress failures include but are not limited to: visible impressions of 3 cm or more in any given area, seam failures and faulty springs. If your mattress fails after the first two years, it is covered by a 12%/year prorated warranty for up to ten years.

We will even provide complimentary pickup and return delivery for any mattress requiring warranty work within 30km of Victoria BC.

What about price?

Casper mattress has 3 levels of mattresses. They start at $675, $1175 and $2500 for Queen size. They have different petroleum based polyurethane foams and layers of such foams.

Fawcett sells direct to consumer as well. There is no middleman. But we put high quality, long lasting components into our mattresses – that cost a premium for us to obtain. We use local tradespeople to cut, assemble and sew the components of the mattress together.

The result? An incredibly comfortable, long lasting, made in Victoria, Canada – mattress made from the most sustainable and natural materials available. Our Queen size mattresses start at $1299.

What about Free Delivery?

Casper mattress offers free delivery – in most areas.

What about Fawcett? We offer free delivery in Victoria BC. However, we didn’t design our business model around a certain number of mattresses being returned and free shipping.

Instead, we utilize the best components available, like Joma Wool, Organic Cotton and as mentioned, 100% Natural Talalay Latex. Outside of Victoria? We’ll work to find the best price on shipping and pass that on.

So, you still want to buy a mattress online? Well, we’ve got an app for that.

What we mean, is you can purchase a Fawcett Mattress online! In fact, a number of people have.

You can even choose off-line payment, and we’ll contact you to ensure the details of desired firmness are correct – along with any other customizations.

 

Can Vitamin B6 Help Recall Dreams Move Vividly?

Can Vitamin B6 Help Recall Dreams Move Vividly? A study, just released on April 18 2018, explores the relationship and effects of vitamin B6 and a B complex on dreaming and sleep. Apparently there’s been anecdotal evidence of  improved dream recall by taking moderate to high doses of vitamin B6. Before you rush out and by enormous quantities of B6, please consult with your Physician before pursuing any radical dietary or supplementary changes! …Damn it Jim, we’re mattress makers not doctors…

The study, conducted by scientists in Australia, involved 100 participants utilizing randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled testing, found that “vitamin B6 significantly increased the amount of dream content participants recalled but did not significantly affect dream vividness, bizarreness, or color, nor did it significantly affect other sleep-related variables.”

The participants ingested 240 mg vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride).

So, perhaps we should just take our Vitamin B Complex before bed, and we’ll be good? Not so fast. Participants in the B complex group actually showed significantly lower self-rated sleep quality and significantly higher tiredness on waking!

Can Vitamin B6 Help Recall Dreams Move Vividly

So, you want to be a more lucid dreamer? An article in Medical News Today, outlines a few methods that could work:

  • Reality testing. This “involves examining one’s surroundings multiple times throughout the day, questioning whether one is awake or dreaming.” Two reliable techniques are rereading written text — as text continuously shifts in dreams — and the “inhalation test,” which involves inhaling air with one’s lips closed.
  •  Wake back to bed (WBTB). This technique involves going to bed, waking up after 5 to 6 hours, staying awake for between 10 minutes and an hour, and then going back to sleep. It is meant to “launch” the dreamer directly into the rapid eye movement (REM) phase of sleep, which lends itself more often to lucid dreaming.

  •  Mnemonic induction of lucid dreams (MILD). This is often combined with the WBTB technique, but before going to bed, the dreamer must repeat a phrase such as “next time I’m dreaming, I will remember that I’m dreaming.” This is meant to establish intention, which will make it more likely that that person is able to attain lucidity within their dream.

We can’t guarantee better dream recall with our Fawcett Mattresses. But being well rested with a good night sleep can’t hurt!

 

 

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

Ready to pull the proverbial trigger? Wait no longer, and purchase your awesome pillow online, or instore @ Fawcett: 408 John Street in Victoria BC. For a limited time, use this coupon for 7% off a Pillow FAW7ACC

natural talalay latex pillow

 

 

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?

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.

 

 

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.  😉

3 considerations when buying a mattress

If you’re like me, the only thing I really thought mattered with a mattress was price – and to a lesser degree comfort. Then I discovered Fawcett. It turns out there are a whole lot of other important factors to consider.

Comfort #1

If you’re not comfortable, you can’t sleep. If you can’t sleep you get sick and die. No, really this isn’t dramatic! There’s a mountain of research linking sleep deprivation with serious and fatal diseases. But how do you ensure a mattress is comfortable? Firmness levels. Generally speaking larger, heavier people need a firmer mattress than a smaller lighter person. However, back-sleepers in general need a firmer mattress than side-sleepers. Here’s where many mattress fail. What happens if you weigh 280lbs and your spouse weighs in at 95lbs? Who has to sacrifice? At Fawcett – no one! Our mattresses are able to be customized side-to-side. You can have firm one side, and soft on the other – for no additional fee.

 

Materials #2

This may not seem important at first glance. I was relatively uninformed about the materials that go into a mattress. But think for a moment. We spent approximately 1/3 of our lives in bed. You’ve got that mattress about 2 inches away from your breathing apparatus – your mouth. And your skin is virtually pressed against the mattress material. Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and it’s able to absorb things that touch it. So when you look at how much time we spending bed and that we are constantly pressed against the mattress, it makes perfect sense that you need a mattress that doesn’t emit toxic materials that you may inhale or absorb through your skin. Natural materials do cost more. But your health and well being is worth it! Need justification? If you amortize a better quality, higher priced mattress over 10 years, the difference is pennies a day.

Warranty #3

What happens if your mattress fails? What happens if your mattress is too firm? Too soft? All mattress companies offer warranties, but when you read the fine print, most of them are next to impossible to actually make a claim. At Fawcett, we tried to create a transparent warranty, that was simple and easy to understand. Check it out here. Most mattress manufacturers do not have any ability to “edit” your mattress after you’ve bought it and slept on it. However, at Fawcett, this is one of the things that makes us unique. If your mattress turns out to be too firm or too soft after you’ve slept on it for a few weeks, you can have it edited, or changed, by our team of craftsmen. They can replace the foam component with softer or firmer foam, all for a small fee just to cover our costs.

What’s the best mattress for a great night sleep?

There’s no easy answer to this question. There are scientific reasons related to why some mattresses are uncomfortable for you, but others say they are fine. Doctors in a WebMD article say:

“When you lie on any part of your body for an extended period of time, the weight of it reduces the flow of blood through those blood vessels, which deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients,” Decker says. This causes nerve cells and pain sensors in your skin to send a message to your brain for you to roll over. Rolling over restores blood flow to the area, but it also briefly interrupts your sleep. Ideally, a mattress that reduces the pressure points on your body should give you a better night’s sleep, Decker says. Yet the ideal mattress is different for each person.”

That makes sense. However, some people prefer a firm mattresses and some like a soft one. If you’re single, you may have luck in finding a mattress that matches your body type.  However, for couples, what about if your spouse prefers a firm bed, and you like a bed that is more forgiving and soft. Or more accurately, you need a different mattress firmness to ensure proper sleep patterns. Generally, one of you would have to sacrifice, or maybe both of you – by meeting in the middle somewhere regarding firmness.

This all-to-common compromise is something we at Fawcett Mattress set out to solve – and have. With a Fawcett Mattress, you can custom order each side of the bed to a specific firmness and custom comfort, that’s right for you, and your partner. Perhaps the best part? This customization is simply part of the way we build mattresses at Fawcett. Without compromise. There’s no additional charge or fee to create the perfect mattress for you and your family.

Restlessness and irritation replaced by comfort and tranquility…

We had a female client come into Our mattress showroom looking for a mattress that would work for her very particular mother.

She lamented that her mom was terribly uncomfortable in her existing mattress, which as it turns out, was only one year old!

She went on to explain that it was a memory foam type mattress and her mom not only slept very hot, she had strangely, constantly itchy lower legs.

I suggested that she may be having a reaction to the petroleum based memory foam in her mattress. We knew that memory foam (Viscoelastic) was a hot product to sleep on.

This client was very interested in the information that I gave her on our Natural Botanical Talalay latex mattresses, covered in Joma wool quilted Organic cotton ticking. She specially liked that this earth based, non off gassing, hypo-allergenic product was available in 5 firmnesses.

She felt confident enough in my explanation of this wonderful natural product and was so impressed with the comfort of our floor models, that she ordered one on the spot, as she felt it would be a mattress that may work for her mother. This client was extremely pleased to find a Victoria based mattress manufacturer with such a thoughtful product, that would be made locally and specifically for her….

We made this client a Model One, medium firmness, Queen size natural latex mattress and delivered it free of charge to her mother, who I did not meet through this process.

Jump ahead just over a month….and one of my staff came into the back and told me there was a client in the showroom who wanted to speak with me.

I came out to the showroom to be greeted by my client, whom I immediately recognized. I instantly said, “Hi there, nice to see you, how is your mom doing?” She was beaming and said..” She is well. She is out in the car and wants to meet you”. I said, “certainly is everything OK?” To which she replied, “Oh yes!” 

I walked out to her vehicle and was greeted by her smiling, elderly mother. This lovely lady said, “I just wanted to meet and personally thank the person that has made my life so very much better!” 

elderly-woman

She went on to explain that she has never slept better in her life. Her leg irritation had been completely eliminated and she slept for blissful, comfortable hours on end. She insisted on hugging me, which I found very touching. She also said that an odor that she had come to live with, had disappeared with her new Fawcett mattress. She felt so grateful for the comfort and tranquility that she was now feeling, that she brought me some natural hand made soap that she really liked. Both her and her daughter said that they wished that they had found us sooner and that they were telling all of their friends about Fawcett Mattress co. 

She hugged me one more time, patted me on my chest and climbed back into their vehicle.

We said our goodbyes and I walked back into our work shop feeling even more confident of the difference we can make in peoples lives, with our thoughtful, natural, locally hand built mattresses.

Duane Franklin, Fawcett Partner

I’m no Princess!

Yes, I’m in the mattress business..

But, cleanliness aside, I have never considered myself to be a princess when it comes to what I am sleeping on. I travel a fair bit and when I do, you never know what you’re going to be sleeping on and I don’t remember ever thinking “This mattress is killing me!”

Until about four weeks ago when some good friends who live part time here in Victoria BC offered us their place for several months while we renovate our home.

I literally woke up the first morning with neck, back and shoulder pain like you wouldn’t believe. So bad in fact that I really had no idea what had caused it. I was trying to think of what I might have done on the previous day. I never in my wildest….dreams..imagined that this was caused by the mattress I was sleeping on.

So, on to night two, three and four.

It must have been around the fifth morning that it started to occur to me how directly the pain was related to the pressure points where my body was contacting the mattress. It was getting worse by the night. When I started to analyze the situation, I realized that their mattress had mountains and valleys in the sleep zones and the padding in the pillow top mattress was unevenly compressed.

 


What should I do?

Well, I immediately texted them to see how they would feel about me sending their mattress off to be recycled and offered to replace it with a brand new model nine mattress as “rent” for using their home. Apparently, they aren’t too attached to that mattress..

So, I got Duane to build a medium/firm model nine and had it delivered within the week. 

One night and I was on the mend and by the third night, I was literally back to normal.

If this didn’t happen myself. I would literally not believe it.

I have a whole new perspective on chronic pain. We see a lot of clients at Fawcett who are dealing with all sorts of issues and this was as close to that as I can imagine I will ever come.

Will a good mattress fix you?

I think the answer is likely no. 

But, what I now realize is that a bad mattress can do a lot of damage and by the time most people start looking to replace their old mattress, I have no doubt in my mind that it is long past overdue..

Part of the reason that this happens is because so many people dread the thought of shopping for a mattress. I read recently that in most peoples mind, the experience is right up there with buying a used car.

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