NC – We, Canadians spend one-third of our lives asleep, yet too many of us sleep on older, unsuitable mattresses, either because we’re putting off buying a new one, or because we just don’t think about it. We toss and turn all night or wake up with aches and pains, feeling tired and uncomfortable, when we should be refreshed and energetic. We accommodate bad sleep and its effects as “normal”.
Psychologist and life coach Dr. Jim Gavin of Concordia University says it’s time to stop undervaluing sleep.
“People today are chronically sleep deprived. The result is they’re tired and stressed out more than they need to be. The goal is to achieve better balance by finding ways to build sleep into your schedule and by setting up the right conditions and environment to sleep well.”
According to Dormez-vous, everyone has his own style of sleeping, and his own unique requirements for support, temperature and comfort. Add a sleeping partner to the mix and the sleep situation becomes quite complex. The good news is that there are options to address people’s sleep issues and deliver a better night’s sleep for all.
Hot or cold sleepers: On a cold night we tend to bundle up with blankets, but our bodies burn calories through the night and can start to overheat. Mattress and pillow technologies have evolved to regulate temperature and wick away moisture. With the right mattress and pillow, hot and cold sleepers can stay asleep longer without the restlessness that comes with temperature fluctuations.
Restless partner: Research shows couples suffer 50 percent more sleep disturbances if they share a bed. But some relief is in sight. Mattresses with pocket coils or memory foam absorb movement from a restless partner, enabling you both to sleep more soundly.
Aches and pains: For those suffering from pain, it’s important to consult with a health professional. In many cases, part of the solution is to look for a mattress with the right supportive structure to cradle your body and keep it in perfect alignment. Don’t forget the pillows. Look for the right pillow to support your neck. There are pillows specifically designed for back, stomach and side sleepers.
“Sleep is a very personal thing, but it’s an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Too many people suffer with the wrong mattress and pillows when they don’t have to,” said Lynn Martel, Vice President of Dormez-vous Canada.
Over the last 20 years in the business, Martel says mattresses and pillows have evolved to suit the needs of all sleeping styles. The sleep experts at Dormez-vous ask qualifying questions to identify your sleep needs and help recommend the right bed for the way you sleep.
“The right bed can make a huge difference to the quality of your life, your work and your health,” Martel added.
Have a sleep issue or question? Visit the Sleep Experts section online at www.dormezvous.com.