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A Foamite Holiday Greeting: Comfort & Joy

Foamite would like to express our sincere appreciation for the part you have played in making our business what it is today – still made here since 1988!

Many a day we receive letters asking for this or that, but this note asks for nothing other than that you accept our sincere thanks for giving us the opportunity to serve you.

You have enabled us to grow. You have encouraged us to do a better job and for this we are deeply grateful. We will always do our best to justify your faith in us and in our ability to serve you with your foam or mattress requirements.

We wish you and yours a joyous holiday and look forward with you to a healthy, peaceful, and successful New Year.

Final Note

We will be closed from December 24th until January 3rd.  We do not do Boxing Week Sales. As a Factory Direct Showroom, our mattresses are always on sale!


Happy Holidays everyone and to all a good night’s sleep!


R.C. (Bob) Dimas

Be the best that you can be over the Holidays and in the New Year by doing whatever is necessary to improve the quality of your sleep!

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How To Get A Mattress Makeover

Have you bought a foam mattress that has sagged or softened prematurely? Does it look old and tired, even though it’s not that old? Then it’s time to pull yourself out of that hole and do something to fix it. Let us show you how to get a mattress makeover, for your existing mattress, rather than throwing it away and starting from scratch. Worse than that is sleeping on a mattress that no longer works just because you paid so much money for it and you’re not covered by the so-called “warranty”.

When we’re done with it, your mattress will feel new and rejuvenated. Just like the lady in the before and after pictures above. She looks old and tired in the Before picture but much more energetic in the After picture.

Whenever I go online to find out what’s happening in the mattress industry, I get pretty depressed. The mattress in a box e-tailer market is a wasteland of overpriced cheap foam mattresses that are hyped by well-paid influencers that have a loyal following.

It’s What’s Inside That Counts!

They take a basic foam mattress and hype it up with these high-end videos to make it look like the best mattress ever. It’s unfortunate but a lot of people are buying them and are learning the hard way that, “It’s what’s inside that counts!” Not only what’s inside the box, but also what’s under the cover.

We may not have high-end videos but we sure know comfort. And that’s why a lot of these mattress in a box e-tailers have talked to us at one point or another to make their mattresses for them.

Foam is the key comfort ingredient used in all mattresses. Still, that doesn’t mean that all mattress manufacturers are using top-notch foam in their mattresses. Unfortunately, even the expensive one’s sold in stores, settle for the lower quality foam to maximize profits. The onus is still on the consumer to educate themselves so that they get the best quality at the right price.

How does one go about doing that? Well for starters you must look past the social media marketing, the influence peddling, and the advertising. There is no better place to get a good education than by visiting a foam and mattress factory.

What’s Old is New Again!

Last week a few of my younger poker buddies asked me if I had heard about the “new” mattress-in-a-box technology. “Oh, grasshopper…” I said, “although it may be new to you because you just saw it on social media, it wasn’t new at all.”

This technology has been around since 1985 when I first saw it at Woodbridge Foam. As long as 35 years ago, they were compressing and rolling low-density foam mattresses for IKEA. The compressed mattresses, then sat in a warehouse, for a prolonged period of time before they were sold.

Fair warning: If you want to buy a good mattress and sleep better, you’re going to have to do some work.

This includes going back a second time and changing the core if you didn’t get it right the first time around. Very few companies offer this service, but we do.

You can also bring your mattress back to us, as many times as you want, for as long as you own your Foamite mattress. We can re-work it to suit your changing needs or preference. If you buy our Simon Adjustable Lifetime Mattress, you can do it yourself.

Instead of letting others sell you the firmness and grades that they think are best for you, why not educate yourself and buy the right mattress for your size, back condition, and preference at a great factory direct price?

Here are 11 reasons why you shouldn’t buy a mattress in a box, sight unseen:

1) They are not made with the best quality foam

The picture to the left shows the inside of one of the most popular online mattresses sold today. The bottom layers are usually filler grades and nowhere near as good as the thinner top layers.

We carry 45 different grades of foam and they are not all the same. If you want to buy a good mattress,

get to know your foam first. Mattress-in-box sellers go to a foam manufacturer and have them make a layered foam mattress for them.

2) They do not make the foam or their own mattresses

Mattress in a box marketers say that their mattresses are made in Canada, but you shouldn’t assume that they are the ones that are making them. They are not! We make the foam and the mattresses.

Over the past 5 years, we have been approached by several internet mattress marketers that have asked us to make their mattresses for them. We declined because we prefer the quality approach to business at the lowest factory direct price.

3) The price is NOT right!

Since they don’t make their own foam or mattresses, the only way they can beat a Factory Direct manufacturer is by using lower quality grades and materials.

Most of their mattress covers are one-sided. The bottom is usually finished with a liner and not the same material that is used on the top. If you want to buy a mattress like that we can make you one for much less.

4) They are not made with firm edges

When you sit on the side of the mattress it squishes all the way down to the base. It is not made with firm edges because you cannot compress them to fit in a box.

5) You can’t compress and roll-pack the firmer grades

If you are a bigger person or if you have back pain, you may need a firmer mattress core for better support and back pain relief. You cannot order one in a box because the compression and the roll-packing machine have their limitations. It cannot compress the firmer options.

6) The mattress softens up (prematurely) when they crush the foam

When you compress a 10″ mattress down to 1″ and leave it like that for an extended period of time, this will crush the cells in the foam and make the mattress softer than it was before you put it through the crushing process.

This means a medium firmness will feel like a medium soft after you crush and roll it. Once you start using that polyurethane foam mattress it will continue to soften with use. Within a few months, you will be sagging into your mattress. This is not good because you need a firmer core to maintain your spine in its natural alignment.

7) What happens after the 100-day free trial period?

You’re on your own. Many mattress in-a-box customers have come to see us for repairs and alterations after the free trial period. Consumers that have already had a bad mattress experience turn out to be some of our best customers.

If you have bought a mattress in a box and it didn’t turn out as you thought, you can bring it to us and we can re-work it (mattress makeover) so that you can continue with the same mattress for many years to come.

8) If you live in the GTA there is a better way

You may have to buy a mattress in a box if you live in a rural community far away from everything, but if you live in the Greater Toronto Area there is a better way to buy a good mattress.

Go directly to a foam and mattress manufacturer where you can go back and change the core of your mattress, as many times as you want, for as long as you own your mattress.

9) Don’t buy what they’re selling

Instead, buy what we can make for you in a manner that makes good economic sense. Shop Factory Direct and get better quality for less.

10) One mattress’s firmness does not fit all

They want you to believe that one mattress construction is good for everybody, but it’s not. If it was, we wouldn’t need 45 different grades of foam and countless combinations.

Instead, we would be carrying only 3 grades: soft, medium, and firm. Hey, what about super soft and extra firm and medium firm and lighter-weight less expensive firm and more natural green foam and long-lasting high resiliency foam and so on? Do you see what I mean?

11) Fake versus Real Comfort

“They’re promoting fake comfort”, says John who came into our showroom to replace their mattress that came rolled up in a box. “The gimmick and convenience of buying a mattress in a box draw you in. However, it’s not like you see in their advertising. We replaced our mattress after 10 months of trying to sleep on it with no success.” John L – Woodbridge, ON

Final Note

I often tell my kids, “you don’t know, what you don’t know… until you know it.” It’s unfortunate but it’s true.

Remember, if you want to buy a good mattress, get to know your foam first! The key comfort ingredient that is used in all mattresses is foam. The type of foam that you choose will improve the quality of your sleep and the longevity of your mattress, in terms of comfort, support, and durability.


R.C. (Bob) Dimas

Be the best that you can be by doing whatever is necessary to improve the quality of your sleep!

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Eco-friendly, Natural and Organic Crib Mattresses

In stores and on the Web, there are plenty of mattresses labeled organic natural or eco-friendly but little guidance about what exactly they mean, or what made any one of them better or different from the other or compared to a conventional spring mattresses.

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Most people don’t realize that most foam is made from petro-chemicals and that foam is on every mattress that you buy.

I think that people need to start paying more attention to what they’re sleeping on. They need to stop going into stores and believing everything that salespeople tell them. They need to take personal responsibility for their family’s health because nobody is regulating what you or your baby are sleeping on and all foam is not created equal.

Consumers don’t really know what to look for in sleep products. They will buy what they are sold. Therefore, the onus for better and more natural sleep lies with the sleep products manufacturers, like Foamite, to educate people and to supply them with the best and most natural options available.

A consumer can only hope, when shopping for a crib mattress or any mattress, that they deal with salespeople who are open and very candid. However, most salespeople earn a living by selling things. Thanks, Mr. Obvious. What I mean to say is that if they don’t have a particular product they will pick one, amongst those that they do have, and call it the best.

As a manufacturer, we sell organic crib mattresses with 100% natural latex that are covered with a certified organic cotton ticking. But we also sell mattresses with polyurethane foam that are made with fire retardants, for a lot less. We don’t hide the fact that it’s a poly-foam, and that it off-gasses. We give you all the options that are available in stores, at a lower factory direct price, and then we let you decide what combination or level of natural is right for you.

We would rather sell organic crib mattresses to everyone. They are better for you and the environment. However, most people cannot afford organic; especially, if it is the real McCoy and they buy it from a retail store – with outrageous mark-ups. And of course as you become more green, it becomes more expensive.

Final Word

You don’t have to be rich for your new-born baby to sleep soundly on a truly natural mattress that is certified-pure and free of any harmful chemicals and substances.

For $269, you can buy a crib mattress, factory direct from Foamite, that is made with 100% Natural Latex, a firmer certified-pure Koosh Natural core and an organic bamboo cover. The cover is made with a zipper all around it – so you can look inside. The same mattress sells in a Baby Boutique downtown for $589. Our least expensive crib mattress is $89. You will pay double that price, for a similar grade of foam, if you bought it in a store.

Sleep better to live better…

R.C. (Bob) Dimas

Boat Mattresses and Custom Replacement Boat Cushions

When it comes to boat mattresses and custom replacement boat cushions, we have discovered that there are two types of people. Some people think, well it’s only a boat, and I am only there for the weekend, so give me something as cheap as possible. No problem, we can do that.

Meanwhile, others seem to think, Well since I am going up north to relax, make me a nice mattress that will give me the best comfort and support as possible. After all, I don’t want to come back from a long weekend with an aching back.

Friends on Boat Matt

What’s The Price of a Good Boat Mattress?

It’s a personal thing and with over  45 different grades of foam, that can be cut to any shape or size, we can make you a boat mattress at a number of different price points. As a foam and mattress manufacturer, we can give you the best selection and quality at the lowest price.

Foamite has over 30 years of experience in designing the best V-Berth or custom boat mattresses available in today’s marketplace. All you have to do is bring in your old mattress or a pattern and we will walk you through your options and make you the best natural mattress at a great factory direct price.

Things You Need to Know

1. How to Prepare a Pattern
Most custom shapes do not require a pattern but if yours does, making a pattern does not need to be intimidating or complicated. Using cardboard, fabric or newspaper, that is taped together, simply trace the outline of your boat and cut the pattern. Make your pattern the exact size you require. Please indicate on your pattern which sides should be used for zipper placement. Keep in mind that most mattress covers work best with a long 3-sided zipper.

2. Beveled Edges
Many V-Berth mattresses have angled sides that take the shape of the boat’s sloped walls. In order to get the angle right, we need the old mattress as a sample or the mattress cover. It can be used as a pattern to cut the angles. If you have neither, then you will need to figure out the overall maximum width, at the desired thickness, of the new mattress.

Boat mattress example

3. Multi-Layered
A boat mattress is often restricted to between 4 and 8 in thickness. In some cases, it must serve dual purposes for sitting and sleeping. Therefore, the best performing mattress, that will provide you with both soft comfort and firm deep down support, is a layered mattress.

4. Soft Topper
You need a soft topper that is at least 2 or 3 thick. This will give you comfort by contouring to your body’s curves.

5. Firmer Core
The firm core supports your weight and maintains your spine in its natural alignment. How firm you go depends on your weight, preference and back condition.

6. Qik-Dri Base Layer
Boat interiors are frequently moist. This moisture gets trapped between your mattress and the boards below. To help avoid problems with mold or mildew you should add a 1 layer of our Qik-Dri Outdoor foam on the bottom of your mattress. It is very porous and it will help to dissipate heat and moisture much better than conventional foam.

Outdoor foam sample with v-berth mattress

Final Word

If you value your relaxation time and you want to a have comfortable night’s sleep, when you are away from home, then you should come in to see us for a custom boat mattress. 

Rest Better to Live Better


R.C. (Bob) Dimas

Be the best that you can be by doing whatever is necessary to improve the quality of your sleep!

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How to Buy a Lifetime Mattress

“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you!”
Zig Ziglar

If you want to buy a lifetime mattress, that will help you sleep better, you need to learn a thing or two about what you need to help you get there and sleep your best.

A good mattress should last 20 years. Period.

Unfortunately, a week doesn’t go by where we get someone in our showroom complaining about a competitor’s 20-year mattress that has only lasted 3 or 4 years. This applies to spring mattresses or the newest and latest brand of foam mattresses that are being sold in boxes throughout social media.

If it’s a spring mattress usually the top layers will mat down after a short period of time and before you know it, you will be sleeping directly on the springs. When you call for a warranty then you discover that the warranty only applies to the spring core of your mattress and not the comfort layers. Any sagging, up to 1.5″, is considered normal wear.

Store-bought foam mattresses are made with polyurethane foam that pre-maturely softens with use. The 10 or 15-year warranty only covers the thickness of the mattress. The softening which causes you to hammock into it is once again considered normal wear and not covered by warranty.

Simon says, sleep better on a Custom Mattress!

The Simon Adjustable Mattress is made with the most natural high resiliency comfort ingredients that are guaranteed to last. It is a modern mattress designed to give you the best comfort and support based on your wants and needs.

This revolutionary mattress construction is currently patent pending and is a disruption to the way mattresses are currently made and marketed today. The industry may want you to buy a new mattress every 6 to 8 years, but we would rather help you pursue a more sustainable approach that is good for you and the environment.

Landfills are full of old spring mattress cores that will be here long after we are all gone. Why add to the problem when instead you can be part of the solution. By replacing one or two layers, you can continue with the same mattress for 20 years. How do we know that? We know because that’s how we’ve done it for our family members for close to 35 years and now we can do the same for you.

Simon Lifetime Mattress

Real Comfort is a mattress that is made to suit your weight, preference, and back condition using High Resiliency foam that does not soften with use and that is guaranteed to last.

What kinds of people come to see us? Usually, people that have had a bad mattress experience or the ones that are sick and tired of buying a 20-year mattress that only lasts 3 or 4 years.

Here are 10 Steps of How to Buy the Best Mattress [4u+1]

  1. Come to our Factory Showroom or send an email to
  2. Either way, we will provide you with the best education on all the different comfort materials that are used in mattress construction
  3. You can look at examples and cutaways of how other mattresses are made from the inside out
  4. We can reproduce the majority of foam mattresses available in the marketplace today
  5. As part of our Sleep Analysis, we will ask you a number of questions to determine the right firmness for you and your partner
Simon Lifetime Mattress

For people that prefer the very best

It is that simple and we do it all the time; especially, for out-of-town customers that can’t find anything, we offer in their area. If you live in the GTA, there is no better way to shop for the right mattress. This may not be for everybody, but it is for people that prefer the better things in life and that want good value for their money. Educated consumers are some of our best customers.

On our specials rack you can also find high-density foam mattresses with some natural content at half the price of what you would pay in a mattress store for a similar quality of foam. These mattresses can also be folded and taken away in your vehicle. Try doing that with a spring core mattress.


R.C. (Bob) Dimas

Be the best that you can be by doing whatever is necessary to improve the quality of your sleep!

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Adjust Your Sleep for the Change in Time

Hey everybody, Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend!

It is that time of year when local standard time is about to “spring forward,” and turn into Daylight Saving Time. If you forget to turn your clocks forward, I am sure your smartphone will remind you and even do it automatically for you. Oh, how nice it would be if our body’s clock was as automatic as our smartphone.

The time change will definitely be a disruption to your sleep routine. It will be a problem; especially in the early going, but look at the bright side (of the bed) if you have been following bad sleep habits, over the fall and winter, this is your opportunity to turn it all around. Now you can adjust your body’s clock to go early to bed and early to rise.

FOAMITE recommends these tips to help you ease into Daylight Saving Time:

  1.  Go to sleep at your regular bedtime on Saturday night, when clocks move forward, and wake up at your regular time on Sunday morning. This can give you an extra hour of sleep the next morning and help to reduce your sleep debt.
  2. Block out light and keep your bedroom dark. Standard time causes the sun to rise about an hour earlier. This can impact sleep, especially for people accustomed to waking at or around sunrise.
  3. Increase the light when you wake up. Light has an alerting effect that may help you wake up. It will also help adjust your biological clock to the new sleep schedule.
  4. If you are having difficulty adjusting to the new time, try pushing back bedtime by 15 minutes for the next couple of nights.
  5. If you are sleeping later, do not fight your body’s need to go to bed an hour early, this will help you wake up earlier and to feel more rested when you do.

Sleeping on the right mattress, made with the best foam, and getting into a good sleep routine is something that we highly recommend to help you sleep better, see Better Sleep Tips. However, if you have a good sleep routine it may need some adjustment.

Shot of pretty young woman stretching after wake up in the bedroom.

Start every day with a good night’s sleep…


R.C. (Bob) Dimas

Be the best that you can be by doing whatever is necessary to improve the quality of your sleep!

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Sit Better With Replacement Foam For Sofa Cushions

A lot of upholstered furniture is not made with the best grades of foam available. There are many different grades, at various price points, and all foam is not created equal. What’s inside the cover matters and plays a very integral part to your long term comfort and to the overall look of the furniture. You should also know that just because you paid a lot of money for your furniture it does not mean that you received the best foam inside.

What’s Inside Matters

KOOSH-CHAIR-300x288Have you ever looked inside an upholstered sofa or chair? The sketch to the right shows you a cutaway of a chair. All the green parts represent Koosh Natural high resiliency foam in a number of different compressions.

The darker green represents firmer foam and the lighter green can be softer or even super soft foam. Without getting too technical one thing you should know about foam is that the firmness does not determine the quality.

You can get really firm foam that is light-weight and that sags prematurely or you can buy heavier (high-density) and softer foam that will last much longer.

How to Buy a Really Comfortable Sofa

If you are looking to buy a new sofa here is what you should know about the foam so that you can make your shopping experience as successful as possible.

In my experience as a foam supplier, to thousands of upholstery shops and furniture manufacturers over the past 28 years, I have noticed that the majority of furniture makers like to keep it simple when it comes to foam. Few take the time to learn the difference nor do they offer their customers a choice. They stock 2 or 3 different grades because its easier for them but it may not be the best thing for you. We carry 45 different grades. It’s not all the same.

One major retailer that we deal with, buys sheets of replacement foam to service the customers that complain about their seat cushions softening or sagging after just 3 months of use. They seem to think that even if they replace 3 out of 10 customer’s cushions, it is still worth it because they make more money on the majority that don’t complain than what it costs them to satisfy the few that do.

Again, It’s What’s Inside That Counts!

I know I repeated the same heading twice but that is how important it is. When it comes to extending the life of a sofa, the padding under the fabric is everything. Less-expensive sofas wear out more quickly because of a lack of padding between the fabric cover and the frame. Lighter density foam will also sag pre-maturely and cause your fabric or leather to loosen up and become very wrinkly as you continue to sit on it. (more…)

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12 Common Mattress Buying Myths

Here is a summary of some of the Biggest Myths you should know about when it’s time to buy a new mattress:

Have you checked your mattress lately? This is a good time to do it. And if you need a new one don’t buy a mattress like one of these guys. Don’t be fooled by the cover or price – #whatsINSIDEmatters!


1. Thicker is Better
Thicker is not better.  A thinner 6 or 8-inch mattress made with heavier and more natural comfort ingredients is better than a thicker mattress that is made with more air and fluff. Fluff is what they use in pillow-tops. It gives you the false impression of comfort but it’s not Real Comfort.

2. Firmer is Better
A firm mattress resists rather than conforming to the natural position of your body. Therefore, your body must constantly adjust in order to get comfortable – sometimes as much as 60 to 80 times a night. If you want to sleep better you should buy a layered mattress that allows you to sleep on the mattress, and not on it. Considering that the majority of people sleep on a mattress that is the wrong firmness, it’s no wonder why sleep experts and educated consumers alike are now using Ergocheck Testing, the latest in sleep technology, to determine what firmness is right for you on your side of the bed.

3. A Memory foam mattress is made with all memory foam
Memory foam is very soft. It comes in many different weights or densities but mostly in a super soft compression. It is used in the top 3 or 4 inches of a mattress for comfort. You need something firmer under the memory foam for support. The games begin when mattress makers use lighter, thinner or cheaper filler foams to fill some of the space and to keep the cost down. The cheapest grade of foam, that we carry, is a 1.0 lb foam – see Competitor Foam Mattress Comparison.

4. A one-inch memory foam topper works great on a spring mattress
Memory foam mattresses have been the hottest thing in bedding for the last decade. In order to capitalize on their success, spring mattress makers started putting very little memory foam (1 or 2 inches) on top of their cores (Spring Memory Foam Construction). It doesn’t work. You go right through the memory foam and sleep directly on the harder springs. In order for the memory foam to work properly, it should be layered with other grades of foam that work together as a system.

5. All foam used in mattress making is the same
Foam is the key comfort ingredient used in all mattresses. It is the fastest-growing sleep surface and the number one brand of premium mattresses that are presently sold in many countries throughout Europe and in North America. All foam grades are not created equal (see Foam Grades).

6. All Latex Rubber is 100% Natural
Hybrid Latex is 21% natural rubber that is mixed with 79% polyurethane foam. The sales staff implies natural and some customers assume that it is 100% natural (see The Original All Natural Latex Rubber).

All Natural Latex Rubber

7. Innerspring mattresses are better
Traditional spring mattresses are cheaper to produce and better for the people that are selling them. They make more profit. The original imported cores are one inch thick. When you pop the clips they spring up to eight inches. What do you think the added seven inches is made of? It is mostly air. You are paying for air!

8. The cover is the most important part of the mattress
This is not true but many people make decisions, in mattress stores, based on the look of the cover. The cover is important if it is made with natural ingredients that give you specific health benefits; otherwise, please remember “It’s What’s Inside That Counts!

9. Foam mattresses are hot
No matter what mattress you are sleeping on, you will be sleeping on foam. It is true that some memory foam mattresses are hot but new innovations in the last couple of years using cool gel, air vents in the firm edges, 3D mesh borders and dri-fit fabric for mattress covers have made memory foam mattresses cooler than ever (see Koosh ViscoGel Memory Foam)

10. Foam collapses prematurely
When we used to do Home Shows people that had a bad foam mattress experience used to walk by our booth and say, “I would never sleep on foam, it doesn’t last“. Others that slept on good foam that lasted for 20 years, would give us the thumbs up and say, “I would never sleep on anything else!” Buy your next mattress from the inside out. Buy the best foam you can directly from the factory so that you can get better quality for less.

11. A more expensive mattress is better
Believe it or not, a couple that came into our showroom actually turned to each other and said, “This memory foam mattress can’t be as good as the one we saw at the last store because it is $1,000 less”. Obviously, they did not understand the concept of shopping factory direct and how, if you go to the right source, you can get better quality for less.

12. When it comes to firmness, couples have to compromise
Usually, when couples differ greatly in size or preference one has to sacrifice and give in to the other. Or instead of going one way or the other they settle for something in between. A 250 pounder sleeping on a medium will hammock in the mattress and develop lower back problems. A 120 pounder may find the medium too firm and complain about restless tossing and turning caused by pressure points in her shoulders and hips. Our “Marriage-saver Mattress” gives you what you both need or want on your side of the bed.

Woman stretching in bed

Start every day with a good night’s sleep…


R.C. (Bob) Dimas

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10 Sleep Tips for a Better Holiday Season

Stop Waking Up Tired

The holidays are here, the holidays are here, Fa, la, la, la, la, the holidays are here!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when everyone quickly forgets their discipline, lets loose, eats too much, drinks more than usual, and gets much sleep deprivation.

The next thing you know everyone is singing, “I’m tired of waking up tired!” by the Diodes.

Here are some things you can do after the Holidays to Stop Waking Up Tired!

10 Reasons You’re Always Tired (and What You Can Do About It)

Feeling tired on a regular basis is extremely common. In fact, about one-third of healthy teens, adults and older individuals report feeling sleepy or fatigued.

Fatigue is a common symptom of several conditions and serious diseases, but in most cases it is caused by simple lifestyle factors. Fortunately, these are most often easy things to fix.

1. Consuming Too Many Refined Carbs

Consuming refined carbs can lead to unstable blood sugar levels, which can make you feel tired. Instead, choose whole foods that minimally impact your blood sugar.

2. High-Stress Levels

Excessive stress can cause fatigue and reduce your quality of life. Practicing stress-reduction techniques may help improve your energy levels

3. Not Getting Enough High-Quality Sleep

Inadequate or poor-quality sleep is a common cause of fatigue. Getting several hours of uninterrupted sleep allows your body and brain to recharge, allowing you to feel energized during the day.

4. Food Sensitivities

Food intolerances can cause fatigue or low energy levels. Following a food elimination diet may help determine which foods you are sensitive to.

5. Not Eating Enough Calories

Your body requires a minimum number of calories in order to perform daily functions. Consuming too few calories can lead to fatigue and make it difficult to meet nutrient needs.

6. Sleeping at the Wrong Time

Sleeping during the day can upset your body’s natural rhythm and lead to fatigue. Try to sleep at night or retrain your body clock.

7. Not Getting Enough Protein

Consuming adequate protein is important for keeping your metabolism up and preventing fatigue. Include a good protein source at every meal.

8. Inadequate Hydration

Even mild dehydration may reduce energy levels and alertness. Make sure to drink enough to replace fluid lost during the day.

9. Relying on Energy Drinks

Energy drinks contain caffeine and other ingredients that can provide a temporary energy boost, but often lead to rebound fatigue.

10. Living a Sedentary Lifestyle

Being sedentary can lead to fatigue in healthy people, as well as those with chronic fatigue syndrome or other health problems. Being more active can help boost energy levels.

Cheerful sporty muscular virile strong Santa in white fluffy gloves fur coat sitting on pilates ball work out ready for sale promo discount wishing merry x mas isolated on red background fun joy

Final Note

Remember, wasted days are a result of sleepless nights. Be the best that you can be by doing whatever you can to improve the quality of your sleep.

Happy Holidays everyone and to all a good night’s sleep!


R.C. (Bob) Dimas

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8 Things to Know About Afternoon Power Napping

Have you had an afternoon nap lately?

You know you want to. It’s not a sign of being lazy, in fact, it’s in your body’s chemistry. Why not try it? You may like it and its good for you.


Everybody is busy but without proper sleep, you are operating very inefficiently. It’s like bouncing a basketball that is not properly inflated. How much fun is that? After trying power napping myself, both during trips to Europe and on the couch in my office, I highly recommend them to everybody.

Here are 8 things you should know about power napping:

1. Try to nap at the same time every day, ideally 8 hours after you wake.
2. Avoid napping after 3 pm, it may throw off your body clock and make evening sleep difficult.
3. Find somewhere comfortable to nap.
4. Avoid distractions, turn off your phone, pull the curtains and turn off the lights.
5. Drink a coffee before taking a nap. The caffeine will take some time to get through your system and will help to wake you after your nap.
6. Set an alarm that will gently wake you after 25 to 30 minutes.
7. Don’t nap for more than 30 minutes. Longer naps can leave you feeling groggy and irritable. You don’t want to go into a deep sleep.
8. Get up as soon as the alarm goes off. Wash your face and expose yourself to sunlight.

power-nap-at-work-760x428It’s a view that is supported by science. A study by Nasa shows that pilots who took 24-minute naps had greatly increased mental alertness on long haul flights across the Atlantic. Scientists believe that It may be due to your body’s chemistry.

During the day, your body creates adenosine, which can make you feel sleepy. In the first 20 minutes of sleep, most adenosine breaks down just as your adrenal glands start brewing up cortisol which will make you feel more alert on waking. That’s why naps feel so wonderful – they deplete the sleepy chemicals and serve up alert ones.

It is like “Spring Cleaning” for the Brain

During our waking hours, we encounter a huge array of sensory information. We are constantly hearing, seeing, smelling, feeling and tasting. We also have thoughts and feelings about a wide range of sensory experiences. Our brain is always working and we are constantly talking to ourselves.

If we don’t filter out some of this information, our brains become overloaded. We must have a way to sort through the information we receive during the day, storing and consolidating what is important and letting the rest go. This is what Lewis calls the process of “spring cleaning” and it usually happens during sleep. This allows us to recall the salient aspects of our mornings, after a power nap, or our whole day, after a longer evening sleep day, without being overwhelmed by all the less important details.

Start every day with a good night’s sleep…


R.C. (Bob) Dimas

Be the best that you can be by doing whatever is necessary to improve the quality of your comfort time!

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Fun Facts About Daylight Saving Time

Hey everybody, Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend!

It is that time of year when days become shorter and nights become longer. And of course, since we are in the sleep business, this is the time of year we like singing, “Thank the Lord for the night time!”, by Neil Diamond. We too, thank the Lord for the night time to forget the day.

The time change will definitely be a disruption to your sleep routine. It will be a problem; especially in the early going, but look at the bright side if you have been following bad sleep habits, over the summer and early fall, this is your opportunity to turn it all around. Now you can adjust your body’s clock to go “early to bed and early to rise”.

Here are some fun facts about Daylight Saving Time

  1. It is actually “Daylight Saving (singular) Time”, and not “Daylight Savings (plural) Time.”
  2. The actual originator, of DST, was British-born New Zealand entomologist George Vernon Hudson in 1895, who wanted to gain extra daylight to collect and study bugs. Hey George, you bug us! Stop messing with our sleep. If only Social Media was around back then, no way would this happen.
  3. There is no international standard for DST, which is observed by about 70 countries, excluding China and Japan. Many countries near the equator do not adjust their clocks.
  4. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 established the system of uniform DST throughout the U.S. and Canada calling for the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October. President George W. Bush’s Energy Policy Act of 2005 extended DST (starting in 2007) from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.
  5. Two-thirds of North Americans feel that DST is not worth the hassle, according to a 2014 Rasmussen poll. See I told you.
  6. While it is commonly believed that DST saves energy use, some studies show that consumption may actually increase. More time spent on social media – phones, laptops, iPads, TVs, and other screens.
  7. Television networks love November 1st when TV viewership soars.
  8. “Falling back” isn’t as dangerous as “springing ahead,” when there is a higher risk of accidents by sleep-deprived drivers, as well as heart attacks, strokes, susceptibility to illness, seasonal depression, and poorer results by students on college entrance exams.
  9. Farmers have never welcomed DTS, as commonly believed. They fought proposals to implement it, and one agricultural lobby argued to repeal it more than 100 years ago in 1919.
  10. States can exempt themselves from participating, but Arizona and Hawaii are presently the only two that do not observe the time change. I like Hawaii. Maybe we should move there?

Now is a good time to flip or check your mattress

Sleep better through the time change

Sleeping on the right mattress, made with the best foam, and getting into a good sleep routine is something that we highly recommend to help you sleep better, see Better Sleep Tips. However, if you have a good sleep routine it may need some adjustment.

Start every day with a good night’s sleep


R.C. (Bob) Dimas

Be the best that you can be by doing whatever is necessary to improve the quality of your sleep!

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Mattress Buying: It's all about the price, isn't it?

We call them consumers, but they should be researchers, too. In fact, a Better Sleep Council survey in 2020 found that, on average, people consult three to four sources before they make a mattress purchase. Some people just base their purchase on the price alone and believe it or not this kind of comparison can work against you.

Of course, you have the people that are bargain shoppers and price checkers who buy something because it is the lowest price but, believe it or not, there are also people that pay more for something and believe they must be getting better quality because they paid so much more for it.

Two Shoppers who are willing to pay more for less!

A couple was in our factory showroom checking out our mattresses. Our showroom manager gave them a detailed Sleep Analysis and an education about the different grades of foam and how mattresses are made in the industry today.

I was on the mezzanine above the showroom working on a different project, when I heard the wife turn to her husband and say, “…. oh this mattress can’t be as good as the other one we saw at (blank) because it costs $1,000 less.

Couple Mattress Shopping

Seriously? I can’t be the only one thinking, what’s wrong with this picture? The other well-known national brand was selling at a Carpet store that also sold furniture and mattresses. Personally, I wouldn’t go to a foam and mattress factory to buy a carpet so why would you do the opposite?

We also get people that come into our showroom that have bought a 20-year mattress that only lasted 4 years. They are full of regrets and very disappointed that it only lasted that long considering that they paid over $4,000 for a Queen mattress at a national mattress chain. 

If you want to buy a good mattress, get to know your foam first!

Before you check the price and take your card out as a consumer, be a researcher first, and learn a little more about what makes a good mattress and what will provide you with long lasting comfort and support. You should also know that:

  1. Foam is the key comfort ingredient used in all mattresses, sofas and even under carpet as underlay.
  2. All foam is not the same, we carry 45 different grades, and
  3. If you want to buy a good mattress, get to know your foam first!
Mattress Buying Guide

We will educate you like no other mattress retailer will or can. And then we will leave it up to you to choose the foam or mattress that is best for you.

As a manufacturer we have supplied mattress makers with foam. You would be surprised with what some put in a mattress cover and then sew it shut so that you can’t look inside.

We wanted to show people what was inside our mattresses (all our mattress covers are made with zippers), save people money, give them a chance to change the core of their mattress as many times as they wanted and make people’s lives better in some small way – sleep better to live better!

No one that cares about their sleep should buy a brand name mattress without really knowing what they are buying – what’s inside matters! No one goes to sleep thinking about the brand of mattress that they are sleeping on. However, everyone wakes up feeling better or worse depending on what they slept on and for how long.

In over three decades of business, our best form of advertising is still satisfied customers and word-of-mouth. Ask anyone who knows us and they will tell you that there is no better alternative for mattresses or custom cut foam products.

Why buy a mattress at a mattress or carpet store when you can go to the Foamite factory for so much more?