Liev Schreiber wants to end 'junk sleep' in Mattress Firm brand campaign

Push from Droga5 debuting during Olympics encourages you to get better zzz's

Published On
Jul 21, 2021

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Tired of lying in bed thinking about something you said to a coworker? If you responded to an email? Forgot to pick your child up from school? Are you just tired? Retailer Mattress Firm wants to end what it's calling your “junk sleep,” and it's tapped actor Liev Schreiber to lead the charge in its biggest national brand campaign ever. 

The new push from Droga5 depicts the “X-men” and “Scream” actor cruising down a dark city street on a motorized mattress as he moodily observes the sleep deprivation around him, like a scene from "Ray Donovan." 

"Junk sleep" is not only "what you get from a bed that isn’t right for you," he says, it's also the reason why you “keep calling Kevin Keith,” what made you leave your laptop on the bus and what “puts bags under the bags under your eyes.”  Throughout, we see junk sleep zombies roaming the streets, flinging their bodies like the  inflatable tube men at used car lots. The campaign was directed by MJZ's Steve Ayson, known for his comedic work on Old Spice’s “Mom Song” campaign, Miller Lite, Skittle and more. 

The hard stats on Americans' bad sleep drove the campaign idea. According to SleepScore Labs, Mattress Firm’s strategic partner, 68% of Americans are sleeping less than the recommended seven hours per night. That’s 74 billion hours of lost sleep per year. 

"Working in advertising, I’ve certainly had my fair share of 'junk sleep' over the years,” said Droga5 ECD Scott Bell in a statement. “It’s what happens when you drink 15 cups of coffee and then try to sleep with crushing deadlines running through your mind until 3 a.m. And then the sleep I’d finally get was garbage. Branding this subpar sleep as 'junk sleep' is a powerful way to call attention to the issue and frame it in a way that everyone can understand. And it’s a problem that Mattress Firm, with its dedicated team of Sleep Experts, is uniquely positioned to solve."

"When I read the 'Junk Sleep' scripts, I literally laughed out loud," added Schreiber. "The other highlight for me is that it brings awareness to an issue very close to my heart. Lack of sleep! Hopefully, this campaign serves as a wake-up call for the millions of workaholics, night-owls and over-thinkers who are deprioritizing sleep. The message is pretty simple: it's difficult to live a healthy life if you aren't sleeping well."

In two of the campaign’s shorter spots, the action intensifies as desk workers who replied-all or a father who left his child at school are illuminated by harsh spotlights, each time accompanied by a musical boom, like an interrogation.


In a final film, Schreiber puts a bad mattress to rest once and for all, playing bagpipes as it floats out to sea for a Viking funeral.


The campaign will premiere during the Olympic Games’ opening ceremony this Friday, July 23rd, and extended content will feature three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas giving tips on how to sleep like a winner.

Tossers and turners can post an image of their mattress with why they suffer from junk sleep to Instagram or Twitter, using hashtag “#UnJunkYourSleepGiveaway” and following Mattress Firm’s account, to win $2,000 toward a new mattress or a personal un-junking by Mattress Firm’s Un-Junk Your Sleep Truck. The truck, which will tour to New York City, Detroit and Houston, will arrive at winners’ homes to provide a personal consultation and swap out their junk mattress for a new one.

The Un-Junk Your Sleep Truck


Jul 21, 2021
Client :
Mattress Firm
Agency :
Droga5-New York
Co-Chief Creative Officer :
Tim Gordon
Co-Chief Creative Officer :
Felix Richter
Executive Creative Director :
Scott Bell
Founding Partner :
Duncan Marshall
Group Creative Director :
Andy Fergusson
Creative Director :
Matty Smith
Creative Director :
Will Lowe
Associate Creative Director :
Victor Moncluz
Senior Art Director :
Conner Tobiason
Senior Copywriter :
Craig Gerringer
Associate Creative Director :
Joel Francke
Sr. Art Director :
Jason Gold
Copywriter :
Jordan Dodson
Jr. Copywriter :
Jesse Austin
Jr. Art Director :
Sabrina Lau
Group Experience Design Director :
Craig Wong
Director of Film & Content Production :
Jesse Brihn
Executive Producer Film :
Jeremy Fox
Senior Producer Film :
Oscar Thomas
Producer Film :
Mateus DeFaria
Director of Business Affairs :
Dan Simonetti
Celeb Talent Relations & Sr. Bus. Affairs Mgr :
Whitney Vose
Senior Business Affairs Mgr. :
Paul Van Dorpe
Senior Talent Manager :
Sunny Valencia
Senior Producer Interactive :
Colin Neff
Executive Design Director :
Rich Greco
Executive Design Director :
Nate Scott
Design Director :
Fabian Grateroles
Sr. Designer :
Denzel Hill
Sr. Designer :
Alex Vitela
Designer :
Elvis Dinh
Group Strategy Director :
Will Davie
Group Strategy Director :
Nick Maschmeyer
Strategy Director :
Gideon Olshansky
Group Communications Strategy Director :
Samantha Deevy
Group Communications Strategy Director :
Leigha Baugham
Group Communications Strategy Director :
Justin Schneider
Sr Communications Strategist :
Clark Cofer
Communications Strategist :
Emily Banaszynski
Group Data Strategy Director :
Anthony Khaykin
Data Strategy Director :
Tradd Salvo
Data Strategist :
Erik Smith
Executive Group Account Director :
Frank Renwick
Account Director :
Nivie Roberts
Account Supervisor :
Melissa Pasternak
Account Manager :
Jenni Moseley
Project Manager :
Damaris Giha
Chief Executive Officer :
John Eck
Chief Marketing Officer :
Ramin Eivaz
SVP Brand Marketing :
Sam Bennett
Sr. Director Brand Marketing :
Kelly Shannon
Sr. Brand Manager :
Hannah Miller
Production Company :
Director :
Steve Ayson
Michael Gioulakis
Executive Producer :
David Zander
Executive Producer :
Emma Wilcockson
Producer :
Adriana Cebada Mora
Production Designer :
Jahmin Assa
Production Company :
Second Child
Managing Director :
Scott Chinn
Photographer :
Paul McGeiver
Editor :
Victor Hermosillo
Editor :
Elizabeth Morringello
Assistant Editor :
Andrew Davenport
Post Producer :
Juany Alduez
Post Production Coordinator :
Troy Landry
Editorial :
Mackenzie Cutler
Editor :
Gavin Cutler
Editor :
Pamela Petruski
Assistant Editor :
Megan Heard
Executive Producer :
Gina Pagano
Sound Design :
Sam Schaffer
Post Production :
Music :
Human Worldwide
EP :
James Dean Wells
Creative Lead :
Morgan Visconti
Creative Lead :
Mike Jurasits
Composer :
John Chris Barnes
Composer :
Craig Deleon
Managing Director :
Gloria Pitagorsky
Executive Producer :
Jackie James
Executive Producer :
Sasha Awn
Producer :
Andi Lewis

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