Want to Sleep Deeper? Keep These Things Out of the Bedroom!

Sleeping for 8 hours is tough. But if you have distractions in your bedroom, it’s just about impossible to sleep that long. There are obvious things to do to maximize your sleep like putting your phone to bed before entering the bedroom, as well as avoiding heavy meals right before bedtime. Other items that keep you up are less obvious, however!

Read the article below to learn what items to avoid having in your bedroom, thinking about in your bedroom, or even dreaming about in your bedroom.

 

OBVIOUS ONES

            Loud or Bright Devices

Oh boy, this will be a tough one, but it is extremely important. On top of being attractive for you to grab and send late-night texts, phones are also classic sleep killers because of notifications. Even if you turn them off, they always still somehow find a way to light up your phone and of course, wake you up!

 

           Pets

Don’t do it! Just don’t do it. No matter how hard your significant other tries to convince you, don’t let your dog, cat, iguana, or any other pet you have in your bedroom. It’s always best that they sleep in their own beds.

 

            Work Anxiety

Self-explanatory. Don’t think about work, it’ll keep you up. Every time.

 

LESS OBVIOUS, BUT STILL IMPORTANT ONES

            The Tube

Every one loves falling asleep watching their favorite show, we get it, but it’s detrimental to your sleep. You may think you’re falling asleep because of the tv, but in fact you’re falling asleep because your body is so tired of watching.

 

            Crazy Temperature

The excessive temperature in the bedroom is a terrible idea. Whether very hot or very cold, they are not good for your sleeping patterns. Try sleeping in a cool, dark environment, it’ll change your world if you haven’t been doing so!

 

GOOD PRACTICES FOR A GREAT SLEEPER

             Excess Stuff

Your bedroom should be your sanctuary, and sanctuaries should not be cluttered, dirty or excessively crowded. Keep your bedroom dignified to help your body decompress at night.

 

            Alarms

Waking up naturally is best, but if you do have to have an alarm clock, put it in the other room so that you don’t get thrown off by the light.

 

           Bad Bedding & Children

Buying nice, comfortable bedding is important not only to how your bedroom looks and feels but also to how you sleep. On top of great bedding, make sure to encourage your children to sleep in their own rooms if possible. Just like how pets wake you up, children will do the same if giving the opportunity!

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada. Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.

What’s Keeping You Up at Night?

There a ton of reasons why many of us don’t get as much sleep as we’d like. But at the end of the day, whatever you’re dealing with, you’re simply not getting enough sleep. In this article, we’re going to look at the many factors that keep us up at night and how you can best deal with them.

 

                Who’s Sleeping Best & Worst

Young females are generally getting the worst sleep, while retired males are getting the most sleep. When analyzed both of these findings make a lot of sense. First, young females often have children to deal with, meaning they’re up until all hours of the night dealing with their little ones. Conversely, retired males (and females to a large extent) have little cares in the world that keeps them up at night.

 

The Four Elements that Keep Us Up

These four elements aren’t the only things keeping us up at night, but they are the most common.

 

Stress

Stress is well-known as the main cause of stress, and while it’s great to know what’s keeping you up, it’s tough to deal with the root cause of stress, which is why it continues to be such a big factor for so many people. People who rated their sleep as poor were nearly four times more likely to have been stressed in the two weeks prior to the survey. Interestingly enough, and perhaps counter to what we’d think, women seem to be more affected by stress than men.

 

Pain

Physical pain is experienced by every one of us every day, but those of us who experience it at night often don’t sleep well. Dealing with this issue is often easier than dealing with stress because it’s a cut & dry problem.

 

Personal Finances

Just like stress, personal finances keep many of us at night because it makes us feel inferior and ultimately stressed out because we’re not sure we’ll be able to cover our expenses. Combating personal finance stress is easier than you might think though! All you need to do is take a breath and shift your perspective from one that is wanting to one that is appreciative of what you have.

Another way to combat this type of sleep issue is to start saving for retirement or unforeseen medical expenses. People who do this are two times more likely to rate their sleep as excellent.

 

Isolation/Loneliness

This last major cause of sleep deprivation is less thought about than the others. Many of us worry about being alone and being isolated from our friends and family. This can be, again, combated by shifting one’s perspective.

 

What Helps Us Sleep

Enough of the negatives, here are the things that help us sleep!

The most common causes of great sleep are good financial management, meaningful relationships, and a positive mindset. These causes, of course, do not include the pharmaceutical or natural equivalents.

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada. Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.

Should we let our pets sleep in our bed?

Sleeping with your pets happens, that’s just the truth. So often owners have the best intentions of not allowing their pets on the bed, but for one reason or another, the bed is usually where they end up sleeping.

So how do you decide if bed privileges are the right choice for your canine pal? There are a number of things to take into consideration.

 

The Bed is your Domain

Everything else aside, if you, OR YOUR PARTNER, doesn’t want the pet to be on the bed, they should be sleeping on the floor. This is an important decision that shouldn’t be made in a rushed manner, keep in mind that pets don’t NEED to sleep on the bed. They may be attached to you, but they still don’t need to sleep on a bed. You may need to work on both the dog and your partner if there’s a disagreement, so be ready for that conversation/work.

 

Why do you let them in the Bedroom to Start?

For many owners, having the pet in the bedroom is out of the question altogether, and this is fine too! If you’re worried about dander or allergies, keeping a pet outside the bedroom is a great idea. If your worry is more about noise and getting a full night’s sleep, but you feel bad about having your pet outside the bedroom, try a white noise machine or an air cleanser to reduce both noise and dander. There are always alternatives!

 

Prevent them from Acting Up

Pets can be annoying, especially in the bedroom. If you’re running into behaviors like chewing or constant movement throughout the night, try crating your dog. This will help them learn house manners.

If you run into aggressive behaviors in or around your bedroom, it’s important to knock your pet down a few pegs. When pets get aggressive it’s often a dominance issue, which means you need to do some behavior control work. The first step in this process is reducing how often your pet is allowed both on the bed, as well as anywhere that’s high enough for them to look down upon you.

It’s important to remember that removing a dog from your bedroom is the end-all-be-all in behavior modification. This step really only stops the dog from practicing dominant or aggressive behavior. Some owners are fine with management alone, while others are committed to modifying the behavior in the hopes of reinstating the dog’s bed privileges.

 

Revoking Bed Privileges & Changing their Behaviors

Had enough? If it reaches this point, and be ready for it to reach this point, sometimes you’ll have to move your pet from your bed to his crate can present its own challenges. Crating an animal, no matter size, breed, or gender is tough, even tougher if you haven’t done so before.

It’s smart to use toys or treats to get your pet into the crating routine at night, but for the day, try leaving them in there for as long as possible to teach them.

During this whole process, keep in-mind whose house it is and don’t let your animal dominate the roost. It’s not healthy for you, and it’s certainly not healthy for them!

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada. Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.

 

What to know about Sleep Apnea, and why you (or your partner) probably doesn’t have it?

Sleep apnea is a hot topic these days. As soon as someone snores just a little, everyone around them gives them anxiety that they might be suffering from the potentially very harmful disorder.

Although the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has noted that the rising prevalence of sleep apnea was posing a public health threat to the United States, fewer people have it than you might think. As awareness continues to grow, it’s important for people to really understand and be able to identify the signs and symptoms.

For serious sufferers, a CPAP machine can be a literal lifesaver, but for those who have anxiety and might think they have it, it will have little to no effect because they are actually struggling with sleep because of a number of many reasons. Understanding the complexities of sleep apnea is important to dispel the false notions of what sleep apnea is.

 

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are three primary types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea, and it most often happens when the throat muscles relax during the night, narrowing or closing your airway as you breathe in. Because of this, your breath can be choked away entirely.

This is where sleep apnea really plays with your body because as soon as your brain recognizes that you aren’t breathing well, it then wakes you up briefly so that you can reopen your airway. Because this awakening is so short, you will usually have no memory of it in the morning, but throughout the night you’ll be choking and waking, choking and waking, and so on.

The other two types of sleep apnea are Central Sleep apnea and Complex Sleep apnea, both are less common but still dangerous. With Central Sleep apnea, the brain isn’t sending the proper signals to your breathing muscles during the night resulting in similar symptoms to the Obstructive Sleep apnea. With Complex Sleep apnea you suffer from elements of both obstructive and central sleep apnea and is the least prevalent type of the disorder.

 

Causes

The causes of these sleep apnea symptoms are numerous and varied, read below to find out which ones maybe, or maybe not, affecting you.

  • Excess weight
  • Thicker neck circumference
  • A narrowed airway
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol or sedatives
  • Consistent nasal congestion

 

On top of this, heart disorders, stroke, and the use of narcotic pain medications can all increase your risk.

 

Is my Problem Sleep Apnea?

Although tough to diagnose, your partner or friends may be the best people to help you understand why you’re constantly waking up tired. The closest people to you will be able to tell you if you’re waking up gasping, or if you’re just getting crappy nights of sleep for another reason.

There are some other symptoms that may be easier to pinpoint on your own, including waking up with a dry mouth or a morning headache, difficulty staying asleep, excessive daytime sleepiness and difficulty paying attention while awake.

It’s important to remember: even if you know you’re a big-time scorer, there’s no need to immediately jump to the conclusion that you have sleep apnea. While it’s true that almost everyone with the disorder does snore, that doesn’t mean that everyone who snores has sleep apnea.

 

How to Treat this Problem?

A lot of people think that the only solution to sleep apnea is an ugly mask. This isn’t correct, even though most sufferers wear a CPAP mask at night. For some suffering with obstructive sleep apnea, lifestyle changes help the most. For some that could mean losing weight or avoiding alcohol and sedatives before bed, while for others, the solution is to sleep on an adjustable bed base. Another idea is to try a set of allergen-free sheets or perhaps a new body pillow as that will train yourself to sleep on your side rather than your back, which improves your breathing.

While the reality of having sleep apnea may seem extremely frustrating, finding the correct solution to it could be the key to finally getting the sleep you need to live your best life.

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada. Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.

To Cuddle or Not to Cuddle: Which is Better for Our Sleep?

Some of us can’t help but crave and adore some cuddling time, but others need their space. No matter which camp of the two you are in, everyone can agree on one thing: we all want the best night’s rest. Does cuddling provide a better night’s sleep? We are going to dive right into that subject to decipher if indeed some bonding time can send us off to dreamland.

 

The Sleep Process

What do our bodies need in order to fall asleep? Darkness, serenity, a great pillow? Yes to all of those, but what our body needs more than anything is to be able to do its natural process. Sleep begins at a molecular level: neurotransmitters send signals to the brain that it is time for the body to fall asleep. There are four stages of sleep the brain cycles through, and disrupting even one of them can set you up for a tired next day.

REM Sleep

The fourth and final stage of sleep is called Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and it is when dreams occur, also when our bodies are in their most profound stage of rest. Muscle paralysis, changes in temperature, and sometimes even heart rate changes can all manifest during this stage. Despite all of the work the body is doing, in reality, we are getting the best rest possible during this stage. It is the aim of the body to reach REM sleep every time it falls asleep. Unfortunately, if your cuddle partner decides to shift position and awakens your during this stage, it can throw off your entire night of rest.

 The Effects of Cuddling

Social bonding releases the precious hormone oxytocin: from playing with your dog to cuddling up with your lover, the hormone is there to make you feel good. For people who suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders, finding natural ways to replicate hormones like this can be tricky. Generally, cuddling is thought to be a positive thing, and when oxytocin is released the body perceives it as such. But how does it affect sleep? Is it something beneficial or perhaps something you want to stay away from?

 

Oxytocin’s Effect on Sleep

Oxytocin affects sleep positively, as it likely has similar effects on the body when it is awake. Enjoyment of social contact and interaction puts the body at rest; it relaxes the body in such a way that it allows it to get a better night’s sleep. Oxytocin is an important driver in cuddling, but it is responsible for more than that as it excites and relaxes us at the same time.

 

The Counterargument  

The counterargument, of course, is that some people need their space to sleep and that cuddling actually produces more anxiety than relaxation. This is not necessarily difficult to diagnose, and if an individual feels like they need their space to sleep better, then, by all means, they should sleep with ample space. Even though your brain might be releasing oxytocin that is making you sleepy, these products can quickly fade when you eventually drift apart from one another and actually start keeping each other awake. Although it seems that cuddling while falling sleep can be nothing but a positive thing, this may not be the case for everyone.

 

To Cuddle or Not to Cuddle?

Research certainly leans toward the conclusion that cuddling helps people sleep better. However, oxytocin affects people differently, so it can be difficult to predict in individual cases whether or not cuddling will help someone sleep better. The only foolproof way to determine if cuddling is for you is to test it out. It could be the worst night’s sleep ever, but it also could lead to a wonderful new way of resting.

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada.

Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.

Want a Promotion? Prioritize your Sleep & Watch as your Performance Improves!

Getting a promotion takes a lot of hard work, some luck, and a particular combination of keen awareness & perception. But how can you get noticed by your boss sooner rather than later?

The answer is… more sleep!

There are many myths about how successful people forego sleep and that helps them become more successful. This is absolutely wrong! Sleep instead is one of the most powerful currencies that we all traffic in. The relationship between sleep and career success is more symbiotic than many people would make you think.

A recent study showed that sleep helps us all regenerate our creativity and many other valuable business traits. Learn more about how sleep can help supercharge your career in the points below.

 

Sleep Helps Us Cognitively

Sleep boosts the brain’s cognitive capabilities, strengthening its ability to learn and analyze new information, and enhances long-term and working memory. Basically, anything you need to be a great worker is regenerated by sleep. Sleep also strengthens the brain’s associative networks, opening up the entrepreneurial mind’s ability for insight, and to combine individual pieces of information in fresh, novel ways.

 

Creative? You’d Be More Creative if you were Rested!

One of the best ways to show your worth to your company is by conceiving new ideas, and to see new potential in technology and products that already exist, an ability to imagine doing things differently, whether by introducing entirely new products or by re-imagining how existing tools might be used in new ways.

 

Workplace Attentiveness = $$$

Recognizing opportunities is a big part of becoming a bigger part of your business. There’s an abundant amount research showing that lack of sleep significantly impairs the brain’s attentional capabilities; poor sleep makes us distracted, and less apt to notice details that may signal promising opportunities.

 

Risks that come with Restlessness

Lack of high-quality sleep compromises the brain’s ability to effectively assess risk. That’s true broadly, and it’s also true specifically for entrepreneurial risk. Studies show sleep lowers inhibition, increases both aggressiveness about seeking gains and expectations about what those gains will be. Not getting enough sleep makes us less risk averse, and more likely to pursue short-term gains even at the expense of longer-term advantages. Long hours of work broken up by a handful of hours of sleep doesn’t deliver the brain the rest and rejuvenation it needs from longer, deeper stretches of rest.

 

Lack of Sleep, Lack of Ideas

In one experiment, researchers had employees from around the world spend two weeks keeping daily diaries of their sleep. The less sleep they reported, the less able they were to spot the ideas that seemed superficially promising, but had structural vulnerabilities. On the other hand, the more sleep they logged, the more likely they were to give lower ratings to those ideas that looked superficially attractive. That’s a pretty essential, specific, quantifiable benefit—or impairment—that sleep delivers. Even just one bad night of sleep will cause employees to work lower because of their cognitive impairment.

You don’t need to be a genius to recognize the tremendous benefits from sleep in this realm of sharp, analytical, creative thinking. Investing in a full night of sleep—every night—pays big-time dividends to your cognitive performance, no matter what you do.

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada.

Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.

Going Back to School: How-to Optimize your Sleep Habits to Achieve Great Grades

Summer is coming to a close, and aside from going cloth and school supply shopping, now’s the time to get your children back into good sleeping habits.

As a key part in the success of your child’s school year, sleep can either inhibit progress & good grades or help them achieve amazing results. While having a busy schedule is great for childhood growth, it’s important to not ask your children to take on too much at the expense of sleep.

Proper sleep is truly the foundation for a successful back-to-school. And as you read further, you’ll learn some tips to make the transition to a school sleep schedule easier.

 

Take a Breath

From September to June and especially during the back-to-school period, time is always at a premium. Your busy, your kids are busy, the only one who isn’t is the dog. And while there are only 24 hours in the day, it’s important to see sleep for what it is: a stress buster.

Instead of trying to deal with stress by piling your plate with a ton of stuff, try utilizing sleep to remedy all of those life stresses that get heaped upon you. Sleep is proven to help with emotional regulation, so everyone can better deal with new challenges. Plus, it is a powerful mood regulator. A full night’s rest can do wonders also for your memory, concentration, attention, even creativity – key ingredients of a good school and work performance.

 

A Routine You’ll Stick to is Key

Routines, routines, routines. Many will say they are how you achieve success in life. Unfortunately, just like many New Year’s Resolutions, a routine is only worth as much as you put into it. To get your kids into a sleep routine for the school year, try to make one that is reasonable, and perhaps fun.

Our brains love predictability, so make it easy by helping them know what to expect next. There is no magic routine that fits every family, but you know your family best.

 

Know your Kids & Adjust Slowly

Every child is different, but if you start the routine early enough, you should be able to help even the stubbornest child adapt. A couple of weeks before school starts, begin to adjust your sleep schedule. Instead of making a non-negotiable bedtime, begin with a set a wake-up time that will work for the school year. Allow enough time for your morning routine – taking into account personal preferences and how quickly (or painfully slowly) your family gets ready.

 

Bath Time Anyone?

A warm bath seems counter-intuitive if you’re trying to cool your body down, but it works very well because once out of the bath your body cools rapidly, which translates to a drowsy sensation sweeping over you.

 

This time of year is full of excitement and dread, so be patient and try your best to make it fun for your little ones. Good sleeping to all, and to all a good night!

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada.

Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.

 

Sleeping in a Heatwave: 5 Tips for Weathering the Warmth

As temperatures soar in Canada, especially on the West Coast, it’s becoming more and more difficult to get a good night’s sleep. And lest you think that heat doesn’t affect your body and sleep, when you’re hot at night, your body can encounter many issues such as dehydration, overheating, exhaustion, and even heatstroke.

To solve these issues, try drinking more water throughout the day, enough water to make sure you replace what is lost through urination, sweating and breathing. Also, keeping your feet cool is a key part of enjoying a cool night’s sleep.

Here are some more things you can do to beat the heatwave.

 

  1. Avoid Napping

Hot weather can make you feel a bit lethargic during the day. That’s because we’re using more energy to regulate our internal temperature. But if your sleep is disturbed at night, try to avoid napping during the day.

 

  1. Keep the Basics

Take steps to make sure your bedroom is as cool as it can be at night. During the day, draw the curtains or blinds to keep the sun out. Make sure you close the windows on the sunny side of your home, to keep hot air out. Open all the windows before you go to bed, to get a through breeze. Plus, hot weather can encourage you to change your habits. Try not to! Try to keep to your usual bedtime and routines. 

 

  1. Thinner Sheets is Key

This one is a no-brainer! Thinner sheets make for a more comfortable sleep because they both don’t heat your body up as much, as well as absorb excess moisture. Consider buying a summer set of sheets that you can swap in for 3 or 4 months a year.

 

  1. Chill your Toes

Cooling your feet lowers the overall temperature of your skin and body. Using even a small fan can be sensible in hot weather, especially when it’s humid. It encourages the evaporation of sweat and makes it easier for your body to regulate your internal temperature. Alternatively, you can try to cool your socks in the fridge and put those on before bed.

 

  1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

This one is a bit confusion because although it’s very important to hydrate throughout the day, it’s also important not to drink too much right before bed so that you don’t have to pee all-night long. Also, be careful about soft drinks. Many contain large amounts of caffeine, which stimulates the central nervous system and makes us feel more awake. Avoid drinking too much alcohol as well. Many people drink more when the weather is hot, as they’re going along to more social occasions.

 

  1. Calm Down

Taking some deep breaths before bed is important because it calms down your system. If this doesn’t work, calm down even more by limiting exercise for about 2 hours before bed.

 

Sleeping through the heat is made much easier when you just think a little bit and make a few small adjustments. 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada.

Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.

Front Sleeper Mattress Tips

After a long day of work, 16% of the population prefer to come home and fall asleep on their stomach. That number might not seem very high by with 7 billion on the planet, stomach sleepers make up a lot of people!

If you are a stomach sleeper, or know someone who is, it’s important to note that you or they are at risk for both back and shoulder pain, as this forward-facing position pushes the spine out of its natural, neutral curve. Those who sleep on their stomach also add unnecessary pressure to their hips, abdomen, and neck in turning their head to one side.

 

Tips for Front Sleepers

Stomach sleeping, although comfortable for a lot of people, may actually do more harm than good. 80% of front sleepers report back pain in their lives. Stomach sleepers will also build up pressure on the neck and shoulder muscles.

 

  1. Shift Your Position

The simple answer to this is to try to change positions whenever you can. Changing your sleeping style will help your body and potentially provide you with a more comfortable and deep sleep. If you notice yourself waking up back on your stomach, simply correct it until it becomes second nature.

 

  1. Keep Both Legs Equal and Flat

If you can only sleep on your stomach, make sure that both your legs are equal and flat. If they’re not, and you’re lifting one leg or putting it on a pillow, for example, it will twist your spine.

 

  1. Utilize a Stretching Program

Stretching is a great way to alleviate the pain you might have incurred in sleeping. It’s also a great way to rejuvenate your body and increase flexibility once you wake up. For stomach sleepers, some of the best exercises will be ones that push your pelvis back.

 

  1. Become Aligned Before Bed

Before you fall asleep, focus on your body position. If you have to sleep on your stomach, then make sure your hips are straight, back is not curved, spine is not twisted, and hands are by your sides. Although this position is not perfect, it’s more ideal than being twisted or off-center.

 

  1. Put a Pillow under your Pelvis & Forehead

Those who sleep on their stomach actually push their pelvis down into the mattress and damage their necks by turning them to the side. This uneven weight distribution can cause pressure to multiple areas. If possible, put a flat pillow under your pelvis to lift your spine and keep the curve. Also, by adding a pillow on your forehead when you’re lying face down you can open the breathing passage and elevate your head enough so that you aren’t forced to turn your neck one way or another.

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada.

Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.

Side Sleeper Mattress Tips

Are you a side sleeper? Are you struggling to sleep? If so, you’re in the right place!

Before we get into the tips themselves, did you know that 74 percent of the population sleeps on their side? It’s true! Plus, did you know that sleeping on your side can reduce pressure on your stomach and digestive tract, or help improve circulation and the drainage of toxins from the body?

Below is a list we’ve created to help you snooze more soundly as a side sleeper.

 

Try to Sleep on your Left Side as Much as Possible

When sleeping on your side, be mindful of your anatomy! That’s because the side you prefer can impact the amount of pressure placed on your internal organs. By sleeping on your left side, instead of your right, you can reduce pressure on your stomach and digestive tract as well as promote healthier blood flow throughout the body and help alleviate acid reflux/heartburn & help boost digestion throughout the night. Although everyone moves around when they sleep, try starting to sleep on your left side.

 

Opt for a Firm, Supportive Pillow

Sleeping on your side puts extra pressure on your neck and head. If you sleep on your side, make sure you have a firmer pillow that lifts your head, helping to align with your neck and back more naturally. The ideal pillow for side sleepers is latex foam. They combine responsiveness with natural contouring for plenty of support.

 

Sleep with a Pillow Between your Legs & Knees

Side sleepers often run into pressure point pains. To alleviate this, you can use a softer pillow between your knees to maintain spinal alignment and to reduce pressure on your hips and legs. This activity helps reduce the chances of lower back pain and joint soreness.

 

Go for a Soft or Medium Mattress

Although bed firmness preference often depends on your height, weight and unique sleep needs it also depends on your sleep position as well. For side sleepers of average height and weight, a soft to medium firmness level is recommended. If you’re a side sleeper who is above average in height and weight, or you suffer from chronic back pain, a perfect solution is tougher to come by, but a mattress that’s too soft will cause trouble with your spinal alignment.

 

Consider a Zoned Mattress

Zoned mattresses are created specifically for side sleepers, delivering exactly the right amount of support where you need it most: the center of your bed. Because the majority of your body weight is shifted to the lumbar and hip regions when you sleep on your side, a firmer middle provides much needed spinal support. Natural latex is one of the most desirable sleep materials because it delivers a unique buoyant quality that relaxes muscles and relieves tension, lifting away the pressures of the day while you sleep.

 

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