Better Quality Sleep – A Low Tech Way

Gadgets?

Many people try and solve life’s challenges with gadgets. There are diet calculators. There are fitbits to help us understand how much sleep and exercise we’re getting. What about a low tech method to help us get more and better quality sleep?

We’re sure there’s an “app for that”….but we’re not going there. (at least not in this post!)

A recent National Sleep Foundation poll found that 59% of sixth- through eighth-graders and 87% of high school students in the United States were getting less than the recommended 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep on school nights. Worse, more than 70% of parents believed their children were getting sufficient sleep.

sleeping teen - better quality sleep

Sleep Deprivation & Effect on Adolescents

Dr Adriana Galván of the University of California, Los Angeles conducts research in her developmental neuroscience lab about sleep deprivation and the effects it has on people.

During Dr Galván’s research, she came across an interesting and unexpected finding. Most of us probably think that the total number of hours that adolescents get was important for proper brain development.

However, the results surprised even Dr Galván and her colleagues.

Consistency was the key. For those kids whose sleep varied by as much as 2.5 hours from one night to another, they showed less development of white matter connections. White matter connections are important to help connect the various regions of the brain, and to process information efficiently.

Low Tech

Next, the Dr and her team conducted sleep related experiments on a sample of 55 adolescents aged 14 – 18 years old. It turns out, that “pillow comfort” and to a lesser degree – “satisfaction with their bedding”,  was uniquely related to better quality sleep – more than age, sex or income levels. 

It turns out, these environmental factors seem to be an important influencer to ensure proper sleep for adolescents.

So, turn the devices off. Get them to read book. Yes, really, a book.

Invest in some quality sheets & bedding, and perhaps a high quality natural latex pillow. (we LOVE ours and take them travelling with us – on car trips at least).

It’s probably less important for a child or youth to have the luxurious Fawcett Model 9 mattress to achieve high quality sleep.

As we age, our shoulders and bodies seem to be a little more “needy”. A good option? Our 4 year old boy sleeps on a Fawcett Model 6 mattress and is a great sleeper. Now we’re going to add a latex pillow.

 

How Much Sleep Do You Need?

How Much Sleep do You Need?

There’s a lot of scientific data that suggests most people need between 6.5 and 8 hours of sleep a night. The average American (Canadians are probably very close to the same) receive about 6.8 hours per night.

Professor Adrian Owen, at Western University in Canada (yeah!) recently completed the world’s largest sleep study, with more than 44,000 participants.

With that, how much sleep do you need? It turns out that between 7 and 8 hours is optimal for adults aged 18+ (see chart below for more detail)

Less than that, and things basically go off the rails. Health, work performance and basic well being suffers.

Can you Get too Much Sleep?

In fact, yes. We didn’t really see that coming. But seriously, people that exceeded the maximum recommended sleep time for their age, were equally as impaired as those who didn’t get enough sleep.

What’s the Minimum?

What’s the Optimal Sleep, for your Age?

Average Sleep Needs by Age
Age Hours Needed May be appropriate
Newborn to 3 months old 14 – 17 hrs 11 – 19 hrs
4 to 11 months old 12 – 15 hrs 10 – 18 hrs
1 to 2 years old 11 – 14 hrs 9 – 16 hrs
3 to 5 years old 10 – 13 hrs 8 – 14 hrs
6 to 13 years old 9 – 11 hrs 7 – 12 hrs
14 to 17 years old 8 – 10 hrs 7 – 11 hrs
Young adults (18 to 25 years old) 7 – 9 hrs 6 – 11 hrs
Adults (26 to 64 years old) 7 – 9 hrs 6 – 10 hrs
Older adults (65+) 7 – 8 hrs 5 – 9 hrs
Source: National Sleep Foundation

how much sleep do you need?

Can Genetics Play a Role?

We discovered an interesting story featured on the BBC online. It refers to the fact that people with a specific mutation in a gene known as DEC2.

These people only needed about 4 hours of sleep, and seemed to be as rested and healthy as those of us that need 7-9 hours a night.

In 2009, a woman came into Ying-Hui Fu’s lab at the University of California, San Francisco, complaining that she always woke up too early. At first, Fu thought the woman was an extreme morning lark – a person who goes to bed early and wakes early.

However, the woman explained that she actually went to bed around midnight and woke at 4am feeling completely alert. It was the same for several members of her family, she said. 

We’re pretty sure we don’t have the only-need-4-hours-per-night gene…

Another theory theory that researchers at the University of Utah have been exploring, features the concept that some people have “enhanced connectivity” in their brains.

Specifically, between where they process sensory information, the hippocampus, and memory.

Your Brain Cleaning & Sweeping

To help us understand exactly what’s going on when we sleep, and why it’s important, we reviewed some articles on the ‘function of sleep’. Without sleep we are tired – we all know that. But what actually is happening on a physiological basis?

It turns out that sleep’s role is to clean out toxins from the brain. Dr. Maiken Nedergaard, a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Rochester authored a study about how the brain cleans itself by sleeping.

“During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a study of mice found.”

Some have described this process to a dishwasher. There are proteins left that accumulate through the day – one such residue is called beta amyloid. This substance is a sticky plaque like material, associated with brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Randall Bateman, a neurologist who studies the diagnosis and treatments of Alzheimer’s disease says:

“Beta amyloid concentrations continue to increase while a person is awake.”  “And then after people go to sleep that concentration of beta amyloid decreases. This report provides a beautiful mechanism by which this may be happening.”

Ok, we think we understand. Sleep and it cleans your brain and may prevent harmful build up of…toxic sludge!  That’s simple.

Like we needed one more reason to sleep. Ah yes.

Brain scientists we are not. But, darn good mattress makers? Yes. Imagine getting an amazing long-lasting mattress, with healthy non-off gassing materials. For about the same prices as an inferior poly-foam, chemical laden mattress?

Imagine no longer! Buy manufacturer direct from Fawcett, and quite simply, you get a better mattress for about the same price as the big box stores sell.

Anti Aging and Telomeres

Anti Aging and Your Mattress

Will a Fawcett Mattress work as a magical anti aging device?

Yeah no. But, proper sleep may be scientifically linked to anti aging.

We were interested in the relationship between sleep and anti aging. So we explored.

What we found was interesting…at least to us.

Disclaimer. We’re not physicians or nutrition experts. We’re mattress makers. (Darn good ones mind you). But we are not qualified to give specific advice about any changes to your diet or exercise habits. Speak to your doctor for before changing any of your routines!

A Crash Course on Genetics

First, we need to understand a little bit about genetics in order to really understand how sleep may affect the way we age.

Here’s the “Coles Notes” version from Utah University; interested really getting into the topic?

anti aging genetics

“Inside the nucleus of a cell, our genes are arranged along twisted, double-stranded molecules of DNA called chromosomes. At the ends of the chromosomes are stretches of DNA called telomeres, which protect our genetic data, make it possible for cells to divide, and hold some secrets to how we age and get cancer.

Telomeres have been compared with the plastic tips on shoelaces, because they keep chromosome ends from fraying and sticking to each other, which would destroy or scramble an organism’s genetic information.

Yet, each time a cell divides, the telomeres get shorter. When they get too short, the cell can no longer divide; it becomes inactive or “senescent” or it dies. This shortening process is associated with aging, cancer, and a higher risk of death. So telomeres also have been compared with a bomb fuse.”

Five Foods that Protect your Telomeres

It’s in the Length of the Telomeres. Remember, cells last longer with longer telomeres = Anti aging. 

So, now that we’re virtual genetic experts…ahem…it seems that the research says the “length of your telomeres” is what really is important. So how do we keep our telomeres long?

One way is through a good diet. A diet oriented towards low fat foods and plant based diet is important.

  1. Flax. Specifically the Omega 3 fats found in Flax.
  2. Berries. For their natural anti oxidant qualities.
  3. Mushrooms. Because of the good quality source of Vitamin D.
  4. Oats. Prevents insulin resistance which can shorten and damage telomeres.
  5. Spinach. Rich in fiber, antioxidants & folate.

Exercise and Telomeres

Research out of Brigham Young University says that we may be able to slow down the aging process as long as we’re willing to do some high levels of exercise. What’s a high level? 30 – 40 minutes of jogging, 5 days a week.

anti aging running

Individuals who engaged in high levels of exercise, had telomeres that were significantly longer (good 😉 than those who exercised moderately, or those who were sedentary.”

On a cellular level, this gave the avid exercise group, an age advantage of on average, 9 years.  Just because you’re 40, doesn’t mean you’re 40 biologically.

Good Quality Sleep and Length of Telomeres

So we now understand that our diet and proper exercise are important to maximizing the length of our telomeres. Which, in turn, research indicates – is important to anti aging benefits on a cellular level.

So what about sleep? Does it actually have an effect on telomere length? Research seems to say yes. Both the quality and length of sleep.

People who get 7 hours or more of sleep have significantly longer telomeres than those who receive 5 hours a night.

So, that in a layman’s nutshell is it. Eat right, get plenty of exercise, and consistent good quality sleep. Hey, wait a minute …this isn’t all new information. I think we’ve heard that before.

“Telomere changing”  – a Fawcett Mattress?

We can’t guarantee that a Fawcett Mattress will help keep your telomeres long and healthy. But, if we can help you sleep better, then maybe? It sounds like a quality Mattress could help. We can say that our clients tell the world they love our Fawcett Mattresses.

Our Model 1 is the ticket for a low profile natural latex core mattress. The Model 6 an exceptionally well priced inner spring mattress with 2 inches of plush natural latex on the top. Nothing but the best and most luxurious? Check out our Model 9.

 

Insomnia ?

Do you suffer from Insomnia ?

You’re not alone. A University of Laval report in 2011 suggests that Sleep disorders affect 40% of Canadians.

Their data revealed that 40% of respondents had experienced one or more symptoms of insomnia at least three times a week in the preceding month, i.e., taking more than 30 minutes to fall asleep, being awake for periods longer than 30 minutes during the night, or waking up at least 30 minutes before they had planned. Moreover, 20% of the participants said they were unsatisfied with the quality of their sleep, and 13.4% of respondents displayed all the symptoms required to diagnose insomnia.

Are you female? Chances are you have a harder time falling asleep than a male.

A 2017 Statistics Canada Sleep study, conducted among Canadians aged 18 – 64 demonstrated that 55% women and 43% of men reported trouble falling asleep sometimes or most/all of the time.

Lack of sleep, both duration and quality, is associated with obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, injuries, death from all causes, depression, irritability and reduced well-being, the researchers said.

So, the question is, if you’re not getting enough sleep? What’s the big deal?

Most people realize that insomnia can negatively impact your health – in a serious way. There’s mountains of research about the impact of insomnia on our physical and mental health.

Insomnia - Panda Bear Sleep

What can you do about Insomnia?

We found a very thoughtful article about sleep by James Clear that provides some simple, practical strategies on how to sleep better, as well as covering the the following;

I. The Science of Sleep

II. How Sleep Works

III. How to Sleep Better

Uncomfortable in Bed? Well, hey, that’s something we may be able to help with. We’ve offer natural latex mattresses, spring units, and adjustable beds paired with a latex mattress.

Our clients consistently tell us just how darn comfortable our mattresses are.

What are you sleeping on?

We’re not sure we can cure your insomnia. But a fantastic mattress is a step in the right direction.

 

The Secret To Better Mornings

The Secret to Better Mornings?

If you want to feel refreshed and sharp, there’s one simple thing you can do to improve your chances. Go to sleep at the same time each day. Yahoo Finance recently published an article relating to a Fitbit study.

Fitbit, of course, are the small sleep bands that people wear to monitor sleep, heart rate, steps and other activities.

6 Billion Nights of Sleep Data

So, Fitbit completed a study based on the 6 billion nights of sleep it’s Fitbit users have recorded since they began tracking sleep. The data has been compiled anonymously and is a virtual treasure trove of sleep data. Who sleeps more? Men or Women? In what region do people get more sleep?

It turns out that women sleep on average 25 minutes longer than men. It’s not really known if this is due to cultural or physiological influences.

Fitbit also records what kind of sleep you’re getting; Awake, REM, Deep Sleep and Light Sleep are all recorded. Interestingly, there was virtually no difference between men and women on the percentage of various sleep phases.

Women tend to get about 10 minutes more REM sleep than men do…and this gap increases once past the age of 50.

fitbit sleep graphic better mornings

Image credit Yahoo Finance https://finance.yahoo.com/news/exclusive-fitbits-6-billion-nights-sleep-data-reveals-us-110058417.html

What about the Better Mornings?

Part of the study involved analyzing the variance in bed time for people. So the idea is, if you go to bed at exactly 10pm each night, you have ‘no variance’ in bedtime.

However, if you’re going to bed at 10pm weeknights, but weekends stay out late – say until midnight – then you would have 2 hours of variance in bedtime.

What’s the big deal?

It turns out that the wider the variance in bedtime, it’s a bit like jet-lagging yourself.

The implications? The data shows, that if your bedtime varies by 2 hours a week, you’ll get 30 minutes less sleep, per night, than another person who has only 30 minutes of variance in their bedtime.

Over time, this can lead to real consequences. Sleep deprivation leads to Decreased  Cognitive function.

So, if we understand correctly…less sleep makes us not as intelligent! Or at least temporarily less capable for problem solving and similar cognitive tasks.

bed time variation chart

Image Credit Yahoo Finance https://finance.yahoo.com/news/exclusive-fitbits-6-billion-nights-sleep-data-reveals-us-110058417.html

Some other interesting stats that came out of the study were;

  • Men: Ave hours of sleep / night 6:26
  • Women: Ave hours of sleep / night 6:50
  • Women suffer from insomnia 40% more often than men
  • 20 year olds get 30 mins more deep sleep than 70 year olds
  • East Coast sleepers go to bed an ave of 7 mins later than West Coasters

There’s a ton of other insights that can be pulled from the Fitbit sleep data. Fitbit plans on keeping this data widely available to sleep scientists.

At Fawcett, we’re not scientists. But we do like our sleep. Our amazing Fawcett clients tell us they love our Mattresses.

Many also note how good their sleep is on a Fawcett Mattress.

Where to start? If you’re near Victoria, come on down to our showroom.

If not take a look at our Mattresses and we can always do a telephone consult, make sure you’re getting the right one, and then ship to you anywhere in Canada!

Questions? Simply drop us a line @ 250.384.2558 or Email Us and we’ll be happy to help.

The Model 8 Mattress

Introducing the Fawcett Model 8 Mattress

We’re always trying to innovate and create new & improved products for our clients. With that, we’ve recently created a new mattress. The Fawcett Model 8!

The Model Eight consists of an 6″ individual pocket coil spring encapsulated in a layer of cotton felt. This offers tremendous support to 2 inches of Talalay Latex foam.

As always, the sleep surface consists of organic Joma® wool quilted through a high thread count organic cotton cover.

The Model Eight goes into our tufting machine for perfectly even finish and consistency, to keep all of the components together in perfect harmony.

fawcett model 8Specifications

• 10” Finished height
• 2” all natural Talalay latex on top and bottom
• 6” High count individual pocket-coil spring unit
• High thread count organic cotton ticking quilted with natural Joma® wool
• Available as a “No Compromise Mattress” offering side specific support within a single mattress, for sleepers of varying heights, weights and comfort preferences
• 12 Lbs per side of 100% cotton felt
• Tufted with felt and linen rosettes
• Fully reversible or ‘flippable’.

Model 8 Pricing

$1749 for Twin
$2649 for a Queen
$3389 for a King

We don’t have the Model 8 Mattress listed on our website yet, so just drop us a line @ 250.384.2558 or Email Us and we’ll be happy to help.

 

Is it Bad to Sleep with Makeup on?

This is a question most men don’t have to ask themselves. But most women that wear makeup have been told that wearing makeup to bed is a no-no. But is it really bad?

It’s not that wearing makeup to bed is worse than wearing it in the day says Fayne Frey, MD “The skin does not know the difference between wearing makeup while one is awake and upright for 16 hours versus when one is horizontal and sleeping for eight hours,” Fayne Frey, MD, FAAD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of FryFace.com, told Apartment Therapy. “There is no science that shows wearing makeup to bed is harmful, but there is a deeply ingrained cultural norm to wash the face at nighttime and a lot of speculation!”

In an apartment therapy article, Caleb Backe, a health and wellness expert for Maple Holistics, expounded on this point, telling us, “Our skin gets covered with dirt, dead skin, and all kinds of pollutants throughout the day. By not scrubbing this outer layer of gunk and dead cells away, you effectively prevent your skin from repairing itself and producing newer, healthier cells.” Included in those pollutants are free radicals, FYI, which break down collagen in your skin and accelerate aging. Read: It could lead to wrinkles.

makeup model

So, we all know it’s not a good idea. But it happens.

Katia Ameri, CEO and founder of skincare startup Mirra, suggests keeping makeup wipes beside your bed, and then following 3 steps to undo any damage.

  1. Wash your face!
  2. A double cleanse—oil-based cleanser first to break down the oils on your skin, and then follow with a gel or foam-based cleanser—so that you really clear out your pores – says Ameri.
  3. You should then consider applying a detoxifying clay mask to draw out impurities

So there you have it. Not disastrous but good to avoid. Sort of like doughnuts. Once in a while, no problem. Every day, not so great. But make sure you wash that pillowcase. Speaking of pillows. Have you checked out our natural talalay latex pillows? Absolutely fantastic.

 

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 many 1 & 2 star reviews as it does 5 star reviews?

One thing we know for certain, is that (currently) Fawcett is running 35/35 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. If you’re serious about your health and wellness and want a mattress shipped to your door, take a look at our Model 1.

 

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 somewhere 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 the Google reviews rating we have. We keep striving to exceed our client expectations, and we’re happy when they share the love. Ready to purchase a Fawcett Mattress? use this coupon code to obtain $50 off the price of any mattress or bed. FAWCETT50

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.  😉

Buying a Mattress? 3 Considerations.

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. Read our 7 reasons to get more sleep. It’s not just about avoiding disease or an early death. Good stuff happens when you get more sleep!

But how do you ensure a mattress is comfortable? Firmness levels are important. Generally speaking larger, heavier people need a firmer sleep surface 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 Model 1 and Model 9 mattresses are able to be customized side-to-side. You can have firm one side, and soft on the other – for no additional fee.

In addition to customization from side to side, Fawcett also creates our products made-to-order. So you are able to customize materials, firmness – we are only limited by our imagination.couple sleeping on mattress

Materials #2

This may not seem important at first glance.

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 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 negligible.

That said, we also have incredibly well priced products. Why? We manufacture our products and offer them direct to the consumer. So our clients are purchasing factory-direct. 

mattress material collage

Warranty #3

What happens if your mattress fails? What happens if your it is too firm? Too soft?

All our competitors 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. (there’s a small fee

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.

Getting a new mattress is great. But it isn’t a cure-all for everything. There are many reasons why people can’t sleep. Here are a few key issues to avoid if possible.

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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