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.