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.