Why Technology and Your Sealy Posturepedic Should Always Stay Separate

How does blue light affects your sleep

Do you tend to lull yourself to sleep with your smartphone in hand? Do you like to check your messages right as you greet the day, before even getting out of bed?

If so, you’re not alone. Some surveys have shown that up to 95 percent of adults use electronics within an hour of trying to fall asleep, and nearly 80 percent grab their phones and start scrolling again within 15 minutes of waking. But before you get too comfortable thinking of your smartphone as an extension of your arm, you should know that all that screen time could be seriously damaging your sleep.

Here at our store, we’re all about getting you the best sleep possible, but even our best Sealy Posturepedic mattresses can’t do you much good if you’re glued to your phone all night! Tech can do a lot of damage to your nightly sleep, and keeping the two as far apart as possible can help you avoid a major case of screen-somnia.

How Technology Affects Sleep

In today’s fast-paced world, slowing down and setting aside the constant stimulation you get from smartphones and computers can seem like an impossible task. Checking emails, keeping up to date on the news, and scrolling through pictures of friends feels like an all-hours responsibility for lots of people, but the benefits of setting that aside around bedtime are worth the initial separation anxiety.

The problem comes down to the type of light your screens all emit. Blue light comes from every screen you use, from your flat screen TV down to your smartphone, and it’s been known to inhibit the production of melatonin, the hormone that helps you sleep. Enough screen time before bed, and you’ll be wide awake long after you put your devices away, wondering what went wrong.

This blue light can also lead to interrupted sleep. That means that even if you’ve invested in the right Sealy Posturepedic mattress, the right bed frame, the right everything you need for the perfect night of sleep, too much screen time will have you waking up groggy every morning.

Letting technology invade bedtime can also have a major psychological impact. That feeling of having to be on top of work and communication all the time creates an ever-present tension that’s hard to shake, even after you set your devices aside. You might start to stay up late stressing about all the things you should be doing online or worrying about missing a phone call or important email. All that stress keeps you from enjoying time with your partner in the evening and truly unwinding at the end of your day. So start breaking those bad habits, and learn to let go of round-the-clock mental stimulation — trust us, your brain will thank you.

Technologies affect your sleep

How to Keep Sleep and Tech Apart

The first thing you should do is keep large screens far, far away from your bedroom. Televisions, tablets, and laptops should find a home in the living room or office, where you can’t be tempted to keep working from bed or to fall asleep with your favourite shows running in the background.

Cell phones are a little trickier — many people use their cell phones as an alarm clock or like to have them nearby in case there’s an emergency at work. But unless you’re literally an emergency responder, chances are that most work crises can wait until the morning. Your time at home should be yours, and you won’t be able to work at full capacity while you’re at the job if you haven’t had time to decompress at home. If you can, swap out your cell phone for an old-school alarm clock without any lights and leave your cell phone plugged in across the room, or in the living room if possible. That way you can resist the temptation to start working as soon as you open your eyes, and you’ll start your day off with unnecessary stress.

If you really can’t avoid keeping your cell phone near your bed, be firm about setting it aside in a drawer, or with the screen turned completely off. An eye mask is another great way to block out any ambient light from cell phones or other electronics you keep in your room. But if you can, we recommend making your bedroom, or at least the bed itself, a totally tech-free zone.

If you’ve been tossing and turning, try taking the screen-free bedtime challenge! You won’t believe the difference you’ll feel after a full, restful, smartphone-free sleep. But if you’re still not feeling as rested as you could be, the problem might run deeper than blue light — it might be deep in your mattress itself! Your sleep is important to us, so if this sounds like you, we’re here to help! Stop by and ask our associates how a new Sealy Posturepedic mattress can improve your sleep or give us a call for even more info on how to get the best out of your nightly rest.

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

Sick and Bored in Your Beautyrest? Have Fun with These Ideas

Sick and Bored in Your Beautyrest Have Fun with These Ideas

When you’re stuck at home and feeling miserably sick, there’s no one that will be there for you quite like your Beautyrest mattress. And sometimes it may take hours and hours of sleep for you to start feeling like yourself again. But, when you’re on the cusp of feeling pretty good, but still not completely 100 percent, that’s when the boredom starts to take hold. Lying in bed, just waiting to get better, can feel like a lifetime of wasting away.

The only way to get through this awkward healing process is a supportive mattress and a couple fun distractions. Luckily, you can find the right Beautyrest for you and your sick days at our store! And when you’re struggling to get well soon, try out these fun ideas to keep you company during your bed-ridden time.

1. Watch a Movie Trilogy

If there’s a movie series that you’ve missed out on in your life, there is really no better time to catch up than when you’re sick in bed. Not only will you be entertained for hours, you’ll never have to hear your friends’ shocked and disappointed comments, “You’ve NEVER seen THIS amazing film in your life?!? Have you been living under a rock this whole time?” Avoid another one of these awkward encounters by getting started on your trilogy watching journey when you’re sick.

A few good films that could be viewed during your sick time include “Back to the Future,” “Lord of the Rings,” “The Matrix,” “The Hunger Games,” or “The GodFather.” But, if you’re looking for something a little lighter on the action and drama, you can always watch “Toy Story” 1-3, or even the ridiculous yet loveable “Austin Powers” trilogy.

No matter what you watch, you’ll want to be comfortable, so find a Beautyrest mattress from our store to make your tv watching experience the comfiest it can be.

2. Colour Your Heart Out

Whoever says colouring is for little kids has never coloured a colouring book for adults. These intricate colouring books were made for grown-ups looking for a creative outlet, and even for those coping with stress.

All you need for this little project is a colouring book and some coloured pencils, crayons, or vibrant permanent markers. One of our firm mattresses would be perfect for this occasion! Be warned though, these colouring books aren’t always easy! They are made to take some time to finish, so get cozy in your Beautyrest and have some fun!

things to do when you are sick - colouring as an adult

3. Plan an Event

Be productive during your time in bed and plan a fun event for when you get better! Have you been wanting to take a road trip? Now’s the time to do the research and figure out the financials! Maybe you’ve been wanting to throw a birthday party for yourself in a couple months. Now’s the time to get a theme set and start building around that. With an adjustable bed base and a Beautyrest mattress from our store, you’ll be able to sit up in bed and plan away all the details to your next event with comfort.

It’s up to you how elaborate you want to plan but sitting in bed with nothing to do is the perfect time to pull your ideas together and come up with something exciting.

When you’re fighting a cold, there’s not really much that you want other than a bed that comforts you. If your mattress is doing more hurting than comforting, come on down to our store to find the one that will be perfect for those sick days in bed. And when that’s all said and done, be sure to try out one or all of these ideas to help keep you occupied during your best rest.

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

6 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for a Better Sleep

6 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for a Better Sleep

Flowers and chocolates are so yesterday’s gift but don’t get me wrong, they’re great to receive just the same. They just lack that, you know, WOW factor! So, what do mom’s really, really want on Mother’s Day? Well, you would be surprised at just some of the gifts moms really appreciate. Yes, getting more sleep is surely one of them! But how does one go about getting mom a better and more improved sleep experience and quality of life? With a little serious effort, this Mother’s Day will be one for the books!

Here is our preferred list of Mother’s Day gifts to help her feel extra special all year long:

1) New Bedroom Décor

If Mom’s bedroom hasn’t benefited from an update since you were in kindergarten, then perhaps it’s time to send her off for the day and turn it into an oasis she deserves. A splash of new paint will go very far or perhaps new bedding and sheets you know she will love are all gifts she will appreciate for many years to come. You can find some great ideas in our following  blog article: Tasteful Master Bedrooms.

2) New Pillow

Has your mom been complaining of neck pain in the morning? If so, determine the type of sleeper she is, that is side, back or stomach and you can easily find the perfect pillow for her needs. Consider moisture-wicking fabrics and firmness levels she will appreciate. Want to surprise her even more? Give her a pillow infused with essential oils to provide her with a pampered sleep and wellness experience.

6 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for a Better Sleep

3) New Mattress

Bed-in-a-Box and adjustable foundations are all the rage because of their exceptional support and comfort. Giving mom a new mattress will really surprise her and give her many years of great quality sleep! With a typical 90-day guarantee, mom can always switch it up if she needs to!

4) Luxury Sheets

You know your mom is practical and always buys easy to wash sheets; cool comfort for those summer nights or toasty microfibre for the colder nights of winter. What about a luxurious Egyptian cotton sheet set? You know she’ll never buy them, but she will surely appreciate the feel of luxury on her skin when she tries them! If you need some help in deciding, read our blog on the subject: Thread Count, Fibers and Weaves! What’s in Your Bed Sheets – Part 1.

5) Sleep Mask

This may seem like a luxury item to most moms but once she discovers the healing benefits of a lavender filled mask or its ability to cut out any light coming through her curtains, she will be forever grateful for improving her sleep experience!

6 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for a Better Sleep

6) Weekend Retreat

For something a little different, consider a weekend get-away! She has been taking a more holistic approach to her wellness routine and has joined a meditation and yoga centre. Give her a Mother’s Day to remember with a weekend wellness retreat! Encourage her journey.

If it’s a new bed, pillow, sheets or mattress you are looking for, then visit your local BrandSource retailer and begin the planning stages to give your Mom a day to remember! Any way you slice it, Mother’s Day this year will be like the richest buttercream icing over her favourite carrot cake that she can enjoy over and over again!

Gerry, Your Sleep Expert

Sleeping Together: Tips for Couples to Sleep in Peace

Couples having problems sleeping together

Partners in life occasionally need their space. It’s important for the health of the relationship that we individually take time to address our own personal needs – especially when it comes to sleep.

Whether together for many years or just a few weeks, spending time together is very important for the health of the relationship. I would argue, however, don’t mess with my sleep or else!

Cuddlers and snugglers, spooners and holders hopefully can meet their match otherwise, one of them will not be too pleased!

The Snugglers

If you’ve always snuggled with a stuffed bear right into your college days, there will be a good chance that you enjoy the closeness that cuddling and spooning bring. It is important to have that conversation early in the relationship to avoid any issues. Disrupted sleep over time can bring out the bear in anyone!

The Sheet Hogger

If you or your significant other keeps grabbing the lion’s share of the sheets, there are two options to consider and have everyone singing “Hakuna Matata” in no time! Adjustable beds can resolve many issues for couples where they would each have their own set of sheets and still remain close! If that is not a viable solution, purchasing a king-sized comforter for a queen or double bed may seem excessive but no one will be left out in the cold!

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The Starfish Sleeper

If you have a partner who is a mattress real estate snatcher leaving you on the edge of a cliff night after night, it’s time to consider a larger bed. King size beds will offer enough space for two people, and a pet, to sleep comfortably and undisturbed. This type of sleeper will usually take all the space they have available, so if possible, having separate bedrooms is an option!

The Snorer

If there is a deep sleeper and snorer coupled with a light sleeper, I’m sorry to hear that! Kidding aside, solutions include playing white noise, wearing earplugs, or, what seems to be a real trend, sleeping in different rooms. Studies show that couples can still retain intimacy and build a strong relationship while choosing to sleep in separate rooms. Some even find it very civilized!

You’re Sub-Zero and They’re Tropical

Bedroom temperatures have started more arguments than when choosing pizza toppings! Experts recommend that the best sleeping temperatures be around 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) but that may be a bit too chilly for some. To avoid overheating or chills, partners need to meet halfway. Keeping the sheets to a crisp cotton rather than microfibre or fleece is a better choice as you can add layers to suit your needs. Those who prefer tropical temps, can wear cozy socks and flannel sleepwear with an extra blanket on their side of the bed. It’s much easier to add to your comfort needs than to take away.

Besides sleeping in separate rooms which is becoming a veritable option these days, partners can easily find creative ways to stay close while keeping their personal sleep preferences intact.

Consult with your sleep experts at your local mattress retailer, they will help find the best sleeping solution for you and your significant other.

Gerry, Your Sleep Expert

The Best Home Remedies to Stop Snoring on a Tempur-Pedic Mattress

The Best Home Remedies to Stop Snoring on a Tempur-Pedic Mattress

Snoring. It’s a fact of life—though your sleeping partner probably wishes it wasn’t. You toss and you turn and no matter how early you go to bed, your nightly snorting and wheezing leaves you waking up exhausted every morning. Is there any way to beat the beast that lives in your nose?

It turns out, there are a few great ways to take back your nightly sleep. Getting a Tempur-Pedic mattress is a great place to start—the right mattress can do wonders for realigning a body that’s out of whack and getting your breathing back on track! But if you’re already trying (and failing) to get a better night’s sleep on a Tempur-Pedic, you might want to try these tips to help you stop snoring and breathe easy.

Don’t Sleep on Your Back

Try switching up your sleeping position. Often, snoring is caused by your tongue falling back into the throat and partially obstructing your airway in the night. By rolling onto your side, you can easily kick this particular cause to the curb.

Tempur-Pedic mattresses are great for side sleeping because they conform to your body and alleviate pressure on the hips and shoulders. If you’re having trouble staying on your side through the night, try taping a tennis ball to your back before bed, or even better, invest in a power motion bed base that lets you sit upright while you rest.

Don’t Drink Before Bed

There’s nothing quite like a glass of wine or a beer at the end of a long day. But if you’re struggling with snoring issues, you might want to put down that bottle. Alcohol and other sedatives can relax the throat muscles, causing your throat to swell and making your snoring worse.

Tidy Up

Simple allergens can do a lot of damage to your sinuses and have been found to be a major cause of snoring. Change out your sheets, dust your shelves, and sweep out all that junk under the bed and see how much better you sleep. You’d be surprised by how often a serious case of snoring is solved by cleaning out the cat dander trapped in your room!

Sleep better with humidity increase in your bedroom

Increase Humidity

Moist air can bring down the swelling in your nasal tissues and make breathing less difficult. Dry air tends to irritate the sinuses and nasal passages, so keeping your humidifier running through the night can be a big help. Be sure to change out your water often, to avoid any issues with allergens.

Try an Anti-Snoring Apparatus

There are plenty of devices on the market that claim to improve or eliminate snoring. If you aren’t seeing any improvements from these changes in your nightly routine, these methods are worth a try. Anti-snoring breathing strips and nose vents are popular and cheap, and you can also find pillows that help stop snoring in its tracks.

Throat Exercises

It might sound weird, but working out your throat and tongue can actually help you stop snoring. Building up those muscles makes it less likely that your tongue will slide backward in the night. Press your tongue against the roof of your mouth and slide it backward twenty times. Repeat each vowel out loud for three minutes straight. Say “aah” like you’re at the doctor’s office about twenty times. There are plenty of these to try, so keep searching until you find one that works for you.

If your snoring is still keeping you up after trying all these tips, you should talk to a doctor and make sure your nightly inconvenience isn’t a sign of something more serious. Otherwise, with these tricks up your sleeve, you should be back to getting a peaceful night’s rest on your Tempur-Pedic mattress in no time!

If you have any questions regarding how a Tempur-Pedic mattress can improve your sleep, stop by our store today! Our sales associates are always eager to help. Happy sleeping!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

4 Bedtime Routines You’ll Want to Try with Your Concept Zzz Mattress

4 Bedtime routines you'll want to try with your Concept Zzz mattress

Do you have trouble nodding off to dreamland every night? Who knew you could be so tired yet unable to fall asleep at the same time! This could be a number of things wrecking your beauty sleep: an uncomfortable mattress or even a lack of a bedtime routine, to name a few.

If you’re struggling to sleep, no need to worry just yet! We recommend creating a healthy nightly routine to help refresh your sleep-deprived state and also testing out our Concept Zzz mattresses. Attempt a good night’s rest with these structured habits and you too may be able to get an ideal amount of sleep for once.

1. Create a Schedule

If you go to bed when you want and wake up when you want, that’s a red flag right there. Creating a schedule helps your body’s internal clock find consistency, which means it will naturally get tired at the same time every night and help you wake up at the same time every day. It’s a rather helpful tool when trying to fall asleep at a decent time.

2. Watch What and When You Eat and Drink

Everything you consume affects your sleep. From nicotine to caffeine, to even sugar and alcohol, your snoozing may have to wait while the effects of these wear off. To prevent yourself from staying up until the wee hours in the morning, or just having an awful and disruptive sleep, try to consume very little of these, or do it earlier in the day.

Not to mention, if you drink a lot of ANY liquid before sleep, you’ll just end up waking up and booking it to the bathroom. So, moral of the story: plan what you eat and drink accordingly.

3. Make Your Space Relaxing

You’ve all heard that “Cleanliness is next to godliness,” so cleaning your room should help you sleep like an angel, right? Well, sort of.

Keeping your room clean and organized can help immensely when it comes to you getting some good shut-eye. Unless you love living in chaos, most people don’t like being surrounded by piles of clothes on their Concept Zzz mattress or crowded bedside tables. Most of the time these messes stress people out, making it hard to sleep well.

The solution would be to not only clean up your room, but to also make it a soothing place to sleep. Get curtains or shades that block the morning light from coming in, and make sure your room stays a cooler or warmer temperature depending on your preference. Whatever you do, make your room a place that leaves you feeling calm and relaxed.

4. Be a Creature of Habit

Just like your body needs consistency to help it fall asleep at the same time every night, creating rituals before bed will help. It could be as simple as lighting a candle and reading a book, listening to calming music, or another way that helps your body know that it’s time to chill out.

Try to stay away from watching TV before bed because that has a tendency to keep you awake. The goal is to settle down, not get hyped up by watching your favourite action flick on Netflix. Create a habit that helps you get into the sleepy mindset so your body will be ready to pass out as soon as it hits the sheets.

We want you to get a good night’s rest, and sometimes that takes more than adding a couple sleep habits to your routine. Sometimes it means purchasing a new mattress because your current one is just not fitting your body right anymore. Stop by our store to check out our Concept Zzz mattresses today, and we’ll help guide you to the one that’ll get you snoozing in no time!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

How to Keep Your Beautyrest Mattress Empty of Bed Bugs

How to Keep Your Beautyrest Mattress Empty of Bed Bugs

Worrying about bugs being in your bed is an awful feeling. Your sleeping time should be relaxing and healing, but if you’re too busy being concerned with bed bugs, it’s rather stressful. Your health can be affected and get worse due to the lack of sleep and even the bed bug bites. Keeping bed bugs out of your bed is the easy part, but once you have them, they’re a lot more difficult to remove. Don’t let your sleep space get to that point and follow these steps to ensure you never, ever, have to think about bed bugs taking over your Beautyrest mattress.

1. Cover Your Power Outlets

Bed bugs are small, and they use this to their advantage. They tend to fit into small crevices, such as power outlets as a safe way to get around. It’s a good idea to cover your power outlets so bed bugs don’t have the ability to travel throughout your house. If you happen to get some of these nocturnal nasties in one room and your outlets aren’t covered, there’s a good chance they’ve already made their way to other rooms in the house through the power outlets. Get your outlets covered, and you can at least prevent an outbreak from occurring in other rooms in your home.

2. Sweep and Vacuum

Simply cleaning your house could be the best way to prevent bed bugs from being in your home. Bed bugs are scavengers by nature. They go after crumbs, messes, other dead bugs, and basically anything they can get their little insect hands on. If you sweep, vacuum, and mop your house, leaving little on the ground, bed bugs are less likely to be interested in your things. Be sure to keep your house squeaky clean, and you’ll probably be very successful at avoiding the swarms.

3. Forget the Clutter

If you tend to be a bit of a hoarder, bed bugs are going to love you. Just like cockroaches, bed bugs like to find small crevices, where they can hide, keep warm, and lay their eggs. When there are boxes or piles of clothes everywhere, it’s like a bed bug’s dream. Beat the clutter by reorganizing or getting rid of some things.

4. Identify Bed Bug Bites Early

The sooner you know you have bed bugs, the sooner you can act on getting rid of them. While you can do all that you can to prevent them from even entering your house, it’s always a good idea to at least know what it looks like when an epidemic may be on your hands. Check your body for bites, which will look like little red bumps that tend to be in a line. They’ll be a little itchy and act a lot like a mosquito bite. As soon as you see this occur, call an exterminator to nip this infestation in the bud.

The earlier you try and actively prevent bed bugs from getting on your mattress, the better your chances at avoiding them altogether. Sometimes bed bugs are just attracted to dust, sweat, and more from old mattresses, which means you may benefit from getting a new one.

Visit your local mattress store today, to find a Beautyrest mattress that will help you in your battle against the bed bugs. We’re rooting for you!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

Memory Foam on a Power Base Bed Frame: A Match Made in Heaven

Memory Foam on a Power Base Bed Frame A Match Made in Heaven

Power bases, or as some call them adjustable beds, have evolved and are no longer only found in hospital rooms. They have become a huge favourite and continue to impress with their sleep-altering experience technology. While power bases are the obvious choice for snorers, fussy sleepers and couples, what mattress type pairs well with this revolutionary technology? Memory foam is the perfect addition to the power base bed frame. Let’s review why.

They Are the Perfect Match

An adjustable base is only as effective as the mattress we place on it. While a power base bed frame can bend to your every whim, the mattress surface has to move freely as well. Memory foam mattresses offer the most versatility, flexibility, comfort, support and durability of any other mattress type.

They Have Flexibility

Memory foam has become, in recent years, an incredibly popular mattress for adjustable bases because of its flexibility and unmatched pressure relief. A memory foam mattress selectively displaces pressure along the length of the sleeper’s body and is absolutely complimented by the range of motion provided by the adjustable bed base. As the power base bends, a foam mattress will effortlessly move along with it. This makes the transition from lying down to an upright position a seamless and controlled experience.

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They Have Durability

Memory foam mattresses are sold in a variety of densities and can be personalized to match our needs. The two most important factors when considering a foam mattress’s durability are the layers and the density.

Typically, a foam mattress will have a top layer for comfort, a middle layer for support and, the base layer for durability. Price will determine how many layers there are, and the quality of the base layer ultimately determining its durability. The foam density is determined by weight so it will be easy to confirm just by lifting it if purchasing from a showroom. A high-density foam will weigh about 5lbs or more per cubic foot while a low-density 3.5lbs or less. For durability, we want to see a good strong and heavy base foam to withstand the test of time from constant adjustments on the power base bed frame.

They Have a Cooling Technology

There is this assumption floating around that memory foam mattresses let our bodies overheat as we sink into them. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Modern memory foam mattresses vent away warm air and are mostly made using moisture-wicking fabrics and gels. So as the temperature increases, a memory foam mattress will become softer, activating its cooling properties. These materials are perfect for an adjustable base as they can stretch and always return to their original shape.

If a personalized and controlled sleep experience is what you are looking for, then you should be considering the unique technologies of memory foam coupled with a great power base. These innovative products were developed at different times for different reasons but joining them is just pure genius.

Purchasing a mattress is definitely not a “one-size fits all” experience, but a very personal one. Finding that perfect fit in a memory foam mattress, considering layers, type of foam and density factor can be a match made in heaven.

Gerry, Your Sleep Expert

Wool or Cotton Pyjama, Which One Is Best for a Good’s Night Sleep

Wool or Cotton Pyjama, Which One Is Best for a Good’s Night Sleep

Whether we sleep in the buff, only socks, only bottoms or something in between, pyjamas continue to be a constant giftable item. For Christmas and birthdays, the easy go-to gifts are the PJs, whether made with sexy silk or cool cotton, they are the popular gift because, well everyone sleeps, right?

Researchers have discovered that there is a “thermal comfort zone” which is most conducive to sleep and the fabric that will get us there. You will never guess that whether you live in a climate that is 40 degrees below zero or 40 above, wool is the unmatched winner! Although that may seem counter-intuitive especially on those hot nights, wool has a way of regulating our body temperature as it normally drops at sleep-time.

A recent study conducted in Australia researching young and old subjects, showed that wearing wool pyjamas adds 15 minutes to our sleep time. Younger subjects fell asleep 4 minutes faster and slept an average of 7 minutes longer while wearing pyjamas made with merino wool. The older subjects had the highest results with an added 20 to 27 minutes of extra sleep time! Although these tests were conducted in rooms with temperatures of 17 degrees Celsius, the results are still quite outstanding.

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The study is not suggesting that we wear our large woollen sweaters to bed as the fibres could potentially keep us awake. The merino wool recommended is spun into a soft jersey-like fabric so irritation on sensitive skin should not occur. Before the industrialized revolution, the two most commonly used fabrics were wool and cotton. Enter synthetics, and everyone has forgotten about the benefits of natural fabrics. Science is bringing them back for consideration as we return to more natural and sustainable living.

Sleep.org, however, points out the benefits of using other fabrics for sleep. Wool may not be suitable for everyone and if we have sensitive skin or suffer from night sweats, ultimately wool may not be best. We should also keep in mind that Australia has the world’s second-largest sheep population behind China, so the study could be slightly biased.

Despite what benefits the Australian study show in wearing wool for sleep, it may cause the opposite results in some. Cotton, in cooler climates, may also be uncomfortable unless we use layers of blankets and it does a poor job in wicking away moisture. Fabrics made from bamboo and silk or going “au naturel” are still worthwhile considerations and ultimately vary with people’s preferences despite the studies.

In summary, the Australian study shows remarkable data when wearing wool pyjamas for sleep with the highest benefits for seniors. Clearly, this group has the most to profit from the fabric. In medical terms, the thermal comfort zone can vary from 15 degrees to 25 degrees Celsius depending on the individual, pregnancy, menopause and other medical issues. Considering wool if you never thought of it before, could potentially yield the results you are seeking.

Gerry, Your Sleep Expert

World Sleep Day: Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging

World Sleep Day Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging

World Sleep Day is a celebration of all things “sleep” as well as a time that brings awareness to sleep disorders and advancements made in the field. This internationally recognized event is organized by the World Sleep Society whose goal is to bring awareness to sleep-related issues and promote sleep health through organized events both worldwide and locally.

The 12th annual World Sleep Day’s slogan is “Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging,” and will highlight the importance that sleep has on our health at any age. It is a well-known fact that sleep, as one of the main pillars of good health along with nutrition and exercise, is directly related to our overall physical, mental and emotional wellness. Quality sleep also affects how young we look and feel!

Participating in this event includes reviewing our own sleep hygiene habits and where we can make improvements that will ultimately affect our health and how we age!

We Are Career-oriented with Little Sleep

If we are the ambitious type who believes sleep is for the weak, we are not helping our career one little bit. Quality restorative sleep is essential to rest the mind and body so that it can continuously function and help us be productive.

Trying to climb the corporate ladder on little to no sleep will keep us at the lower rung. Our minds can’t fire-up on all cylinders to stay sharp and competitive. Remember, we should ‘sleep our way to the top’!

We Are a Couple Finding Balance

New couples seem to have the same complaints. One is a snorer, the other a light sleeper. One likes the mattress firm, the other soft. One likes the bedroom cool while the other warm. Couples who can ultimately sleep together in peace will truly find harmony in their relationship. With advancements in sleep technology and many resources on the topic, couples can find their perfect solutions.

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We Are Parents with Young Children

Studies show that parents with infants get approximately 4 hours of sleep daily. That is about 50% of what we should be getting to function properly. This clearly affects us on a mental, emotional and physical level when we need to be the most alert. Recognizing that we need help during the first year of parenthood is the first step to getting what we need. Asking for that help is essential. Arranging sitters for a few hours a day so that we can get some rest is the best thing we can do for ourselves, and for our baby.

We Are Suffering from Chronic Pain

Many of us get caught in that cycle of less sleep brings more pain and more pain brings less sleep. This unrelenting cycle should be recognized early after an injury or chronic illness. Natural remedies, physiotherapists and alternative techniques are all worthwhile to consider as we help our bodies heal so that we can sleep.

Sleep is the best remedy for everything. Sleep helps us recover from injury and illness, even grief. Sleep is essential for our brains to function at optimum speed and efficiency. Sleep balances our moods that can affect our weight and how our bodies age. So, let’s circle March 15th on our calendars and take some time to review our sleep habits and enjoy the benefits of “Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging”!

Gerry, Your Sleep Expert