The average Canadian is lacking serious amounts of sleep.
In our fast paced world, taking the time to get a full eight hours seems indulgent at best. But with almost half of all Canadians (45 per cent) reporting waking up feeling tired, and one third of Canadians (36 per cent) describing sleep as a rare luxury, sleep is no longer something we should be taking for granted.
Recently, a research study was supported by Dairy Farmers of Canada as part of their goal to help build awareness of important health & social issues. You can read all about the Project Sleep initiative here but what you need to know is that prioritizing sleep makes a huge difference in everything from ageing gracefully to being more productive at work!
Here are my top three tips for getting a full night’s worth of beauty sleep! (Backed up by the data made available by #ProjectSleep of course!)
1.Set up a routine
Bedtime routines aren’t just for kids! They are the best way to train your body to get the best sleep possible. It is important to keep the same bedtime schedule regardless of whether it’s a weekday or the weekend (bonus: maintaining the same sleeping schedule will also help keep the Monday morning blues at bay!)
I'm one of those people who happen to love routine and I try to go to bed at the same time every single evening. I know I need exactly 8 hours of sleep to feel rested and if I miss an hour or more of sleep I usually wake up feeling nauseous… so not worth it!
2.Embrace your internal clock
It’s been proven that different people feel more awake during different times of the day (scientists call this different “chronotypes”). However, there’s often a lot of judgment towards people who get up later in the day. Early birds are often regarded as go-getters, (does anyone else have friends that seem to have run a marathon, baked a cake and read a book all before 8 a.m.?!?) while night owls are considered lazy.
But if you feel most energized late at night, embrace it! Plan productive late night study sessions or a pre-bedtime workout, then enjoy sleeping in past the sunrise! Working with your body’s internal clock, instead of fighting it, will make you so much happier and more productive!
3.Make your bedroom a tech-free sanctuary
I'm often guilty of bringing my work to bed. If I have a tight deadline to meet, I will sit in bed past midnight typing on my laptop while my husband sleeps beside me. But to get a proper night’s rest you need to turn off your screens 30 minutes before bedtime. Our brains are designed to associate blue/green light (like your laptop or smart phone gives off) with daylight. So checking Facebook prior to bed may be sabotaging your efforts to get a full night’s sleep.
Is your mattress causing you to not get enough sleep?! I have good news! Project Sleep is giving away a brand new Endy Sleep mattress!
Here’s how you enter:
Post a tweet on Twitter letting us know what’s keeping you up at night. Make sure to tag @100CanadianMilk and use the hashtag #ProjectSleep!
The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only (excluding those from the province of Québec). The grand prize winner will be randomly chosen from the entries to receive an Endy Sleep mattress. There will be one grand prize winner. Giveaway closes June 8th at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be announced June 9th. Prize unclaimed after 48 hours from notification is forfeited and Dairy Farmers of Canada reserves the right to select another winner. Approximate value of the grand prize is $650 - $850.
Good luck and happy sleeping!