Five things you can do to get a better night’s sleep
Canadians aren’t getting enough sleep. Whether it’s from environmental causes, medical conditions or simply due to bad habits, sleep deprivation affects one in three Canadians, according to Statistics Canada, and may be causing major mental health problems in both adults and kids. When it comes to your health, no cost is too high. Sleep Country Canada expert Neil Harding has been working to improve the quality and quantity of people’s sleep for more than 18 years.
Here are his top tips to consider for a better night’s sleep:
1. Mattress Matters
Invest in the right mattress. Purchasing the right mattress for your body type is extremely important to achieve your sleeping goals. The Bloom Cloud™ is for serious sleep enthusiasts. It’s created with advanced gel memory foam and latex foams that conform to your body and is designed with air channels and mesh sides to help regulate body temperature.
2. Pillow Power
Spruce up your pillows. Sleeping on the wrong pillow can alter the body’s alignment, causing discomfort to your neck and upper back and leading to major sleep problems. Choosing the best pillow depends largely on your sleeping pattern and whether you’re a side, back, or stomach sleeper. Gel memory foam pillows are a great option as they accommodate all sleeping styles and mold the shape of your head keeping your spine aligned.
3. Soft Sheets
Invest in softer toned sheets. Like the colour of your walls, the colour of your bedding can affect your overall mood. Calm, cool and relaxing shades such as powder blue and pale purple may help reduce restlessness and anxiety so that you can get to sleep easier.
4. Follow Your Sleep
Understand your sleeping habits. Speak with a sleep expert to pinpoint some of the reasons you might not be getting the sleep you need. Creating a bedtime routine will help signal your body’s internal clock—start by setting a sleep and wake up time and sticking to it. Consistency is key for getting a good night’s rest.
Purchase a diffuser for the bedroom. Oil diffusers are a good sleep-inducing product. While emitting aromatherapy vapours, essential oils such as lavender and frankincense provide extensive health benefits and create optimal sleep environments.
Get more sleep tips from Neil and Sleep Country at the 2018 Toronto Fall Home Show, September 28 – 30 at the Enercare Centre.