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.

 

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.

Buy your Mattress with Confidence: Tips for Mattress Shopping

It’s smart to consider mattress shopping similar to car shopping. For 10 to 15 to 20 years, you’ll be sleeping on your mattress, so it’s important to not only consider your needs are today, but also things you may need years down the line. Whether it’s a firmness level, size, or one of numerous other elements that make up a mattress, you need to consider possible life changes and other items at least 5 years down the line.

Aside from this, here are a few other items to consider when purchasing a mattress.

 

Have No Shame

When shopping for a mattress, don’t be bashful about lying down on a mattress for an extended period of time. Often times the salesperson will tell you to, but if they don’t and you feel rushed in the store, it’s likely best not to buy from that person or store because the salesperson is hiding something. Don’t feel self-conscious or let any mattress salesperson hurry you along!

A mattress is a big, life purchase, and if you don’t try it for at least 15 minutes you’re not going to get a real feel for it, which means you won’t know what you’re buying. Also, remember that couples should test out the mattress together when buying.

 

Consider your Health

If you have a health condition, whether big or small, talk to your doctor or physical therapist about what he or she recommends in your next mattress. They may not have any recommendations, but there’s a chance they’ll be able to suggest a certain type of mattress for you.

Keep in mind that doctors are not mattress experts, but they know your medical condition and their advice should be heeded very seriously.

 

Be Wary of Gimmicks

When you’re out looking for your next mattress, watch out for labels such as “orthopedic” or “medically-approved,” if you see this, ask about the certification and make sure to listen closely to the salesperson. Sometimes mattress brands will advertise medical-benefits that aren’t in-fact legitimate. You may even see orthopedic-friendly features, but no medical group has verified this.

 

Consider an Adjustable Base

Adjustable bases for mattresses are the most popular new product in the mattress industry. In fact, if you find that you are more comfortable sitting in a recliner than you are lying down, try an adjustable bed! They’ll help you sleep, plus they’ll make your bed into a much more flexible and versatile household furniture item.

A major health benefit of adjustable mattress bases is that they relieve pressure on the lower back.

 

Watch for a Warranty

A good mattress will have a minimum of a 10-year full replacement or non-prorated warranty. This is non-negotiable, so you must watch out for it.

 

When you’re shopping, remember, it’s your mattress, your back, and your money, so it’s worth the time to research it and get the best mattress possible. Keep an eye out for specials and sales, and always try to negotiate delivery charges.

 

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.

Top 10 Fun Restwell Facts

We’ll admit that mattresses aren’t the most interesting topics, but there are interesting parts of them! In fact, after reading this blog post, I think you’ll be much more interested in the block of springs and foam that you sleep on.

Here are 10 fun facts about mattresses that will make you embrace your inner mattress geek.

 

10. The Word Mattress Means “Throw” in Arabic

In the old days, bedding was awful — it often consisted of a bunch of straw tied together with coarse binding. It wasn’t until the Crusaders went to the middle east that they discovered the joy of a comfortable mattress. The Arab world had already been sleeping on cushions. 

 

9. Water Beds are 5000 Years Old & Used to be Made of Goat Skin

The water bed was invented in 3600 BCE by the Persians. They used goatskins filled with water to create a mattress for royalty to sleep on. Unfortunately, this model of mattress has lost popularity in recent years, so it’s unlikely you’ll find one kicking around your friend’s house.

 

8. Mattress Components Used to be Part of Chairs

The first steel coil springs were invented for chair seats in 1857, but it wasn’t used in bed design until 1865, which was probably the second most impactful event of 1865 (the first being the end of the civil war). However, it wouldn’t be until the 1930s that innerspring mattresses would become popular.


7. Your Mattress is Full of Dust Mites (Up to 10 Million in-fact)

Interested in learning something gross? Your mattress is likely full of creepy crawlies unless it’s made with anti-microbial fabrics. This often happens because traditional innerspring mattresses have a lot of space for these microscopic critters to roam and reproduce. Although gross, dust mites don’t cause any problems, unless you are allergic, then they cause massive issues. 


6. Mattresses Weigh Much More at the End of Their Lives then they do at the Start

Mattresses can sometimes double their own weight over the course of ten years. That’s because they acquire a buildup of dust mites, sweat, and dead skin cells. 


5. Old & Low-Quality Mattresses Cause Lower Back Issues

As one of the largest contributors to lower back pains, old & low-quality mattresses have become an epidemic for owners.

 

4. In Washington, You Can’t Buy Mattresses on Sunday

Although we don’t sell into the US, even if we did, you wouldn’t be able to buy one in Washington on Sunday! What a crazy law.


3. Fitted Sheets were Invented Recently

Invented in 1958 by a woman named Berta Berman, fitted sheets have become one of the most important sleeping inventions in the world. It’s incredible that they were invented so recently!


2. “Sleep Tight” Came from when Mattresses were Tied to Ropes

Mattresses used to have ropes tied around them to keep the bed from sagging. So, “sleep tight,” actually meant tightening the ropes. Who knew this cute goodnight phrase was actually a functional reminder for better sleep?


1. Your Mattress is Easy to Recycle

Mattresses, like any other major home furnishing, is tough to recycle, but you still can! It’s important to do so because mattresses take up a lot of space in the landfill needlessly. If you’re interested in learning more about this Canadian program, check out this website!

 

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.

Dispelling the Firm Mattress Myth

Finding the perfect mattress for you is tough, but worth every second of it once you find the perfect model. There are so many things to consider beyond just if you’re comfortable in the moment. For example, you need to consider if you will be comfortable throughout the night? Will you wake up with a sore back? For those with back conditions, mattress shopping can be very stressful since the wrong choice might mean daily discomfort.

For someone trying to decide whether or not a firm mattress will hurt their back, it’s important to read below, as the myth about firm mattresses is largely untrue.

 

The Firm Myth

The main misconception surrounding firmer mattresses is that they provide a lot of support. People assume these because firm mattresses feel stiff and strong, giving us the impression that we’re being supported. This isn’t necessarily true; however, a very firm mattress might be very comfortable for someone who sleeps on his back, but a side sleeper would likely find that same mattress extremely uncomfortable.

Side sleepers require a mattress that conforms to the curves of the body, so naturally, a very firm mattress wouldn’t be the best choice. Stomach sleepers require something in between, because a hard surface would probably be uncomfortable but sinking into a soft mattress can lead to overextension of the lower back. It’s important to note that if you take two mattresses from the same collection, whether their comfort level is very firm or very soft, they likely have the same coil system.

 

                Contoured Support

Contouring can be equally important for preventing back pain. Usually, back pain isn’t caused by a sleeping surface that is too hard, per se, but rather by improper support that causes the spine to rest in an unnatural position. When asleep, you want your spine to be in a naturally comfortable and relatively straight position.

A mattress that is too soft or too firm for how you sleep can cause dips and gaps in support, focusing pressure or bending segments of your spine. This is often the cause of waking with a sore back, so be sure your mattress provides both the support AND contouring your body needs to keep your spine straight and supported.

 

 

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.

Why Social Responsibility is so Important to Us?

From the start, Restwell has focused on being a socially responsible company that doesn’t just preach caring but rather acts upon these values in the community. As part of this commitment, we’ve adopted many things to help the environment and our community, including but not limited to our Forests for Tomorrow initiative, office recycling programs, and a belief that our manufacturing process can be fully sustainable.

We are also a proud and active supporter of the Better Sleep Council. With concern for the global environment, Restwell has created product lines to minimize our carbon footprint.

 

Why We’ve Adopted This

Restwell embraced green & sustainable business practices for no other reason than we felt we needed to. We felt we needed to because of our feeling of responsibility to help the community and world that has given us the ability to run our business.

Plus, adopting these programs was really quite easy, and it gives us something to talk about with our customers when they’re looking at one of our mattresses.

 

                Pursuing Sustainability in Everything We Do

Increasingly, businesses are expected to find ways to be part of the solution to the world’s environmental and social problems. And although we know we can’t solve all of the problems the world has, Restwell has always felt that doing its part is important. As part of this, within everything we do, we focus on doing it in a way that causes the least harm to the environment, as well as those around us. Whether we do this in our office, or in our plant on a larger scale, every activity we do is prefaced by an understanding that we’re going to do it in a sustainable and responsible manner.

 

                Making a Difference

Our sustainability programs are making a difference!

How we’re doing our part to be environmentally-friendly:

  • 100% of our scrap wood is given to an outside company to be recycled and reused
  • 100% of our scrap quilting is given to an outside company to be recycled and reused
  • 100% of our scrap foam is given to an outside company to be recycled and reused
  • 100% of our scrap packing plastic is given to an outside company to be recycled and reused

And we’re now looking at more ways to be even more environmentally friendly!

 

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.

Shipping & Logistics Services

Think Restwell Sleep Products only does mattresses? Think again! We’re also skilled logistics people who offer shipping solutions to cities all over BC and Alberta. Born out of pure necessity, we had to find a way to promptly and effectively service our dealers throughout Western Canada, the Restwell logistics services team averages 1000 deliveries to over 90 cities EACH MONTH!

We’re a great team to work with because we’re small enough that we still care about each of our individual customers, but also large & experienced enough that you can trust us to get the job done right every time!

Elements that separate us from the competition:

                We’re Adaptable

We have a diverse fleet of trucks that includes:

  • 4x Highway Volvo Tractors
  • 2x Day Cab Tractors
  • 7x International 5 Ton
  • 1x Ford F-150 1 Ton
  • 12x 53ft Trailers
  • 2x 30ft Trailers
  • 1x 48ft Trailers

PLEASE NOTE, all of our trailers are tandem dry vans.

This means that we can handle almost any size of shipment that you can throw at us. Plus, we’re already making monthly, if not weekly, trips across Western Canada, so it’s easy for us to accommodate you!

 

Low ‘Per-Skid’ Prices

Our prices are incredibly competitive! Simply put, our aim is to maximize the use of our trucks in their deliveries to offset the costs associated with operating a fleet and at the same time offer great prices and freight service to businesses within our routes and deliveries.

 

We’re Great People to Work with

Of course, any company can claim this, but we can prove it! We have been in business since 1990, and as part of our mattress business, we service hundreds of small independent retailers across the province. Working with them has helped us become acutely aware of what it takes to provide excellent customer service and keep all of our diverse customers happy!

 

For an online copy of the Restwell logistics brochure please visit:

https://www.restwell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Logistics-Solutions-Brochure-2.pdf

 

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 Western 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.