Some time ago, my family and I went shopping for a new mattress at Sleep Country Canada. We decided to go with the the iComfort® Sleep System by Serta® with Cool Action™ Gel Memory Foam.
But wait! We weren’t done yet! Our lovely salesperson, Steven, had us try several pillows too – because sleep isn’t just about the mattress, apparently! Good neck support is also important to a good night’s sleep.
There are a variety of pillows to choose from, from Back Sleeper, Stomach Sleeper, Side Sleeper, to a Variable Sleeper. Sleep Country Canada also has the best selection of mattress pads, sheets, pillow protectors, duvets, bed frames and headboards.
Our new bed has been very comfortable. The first week or two did take some adjusting – I wasn’t used to the feel of the memory foam mattress and my body temperature had to adjust. It also took me a little time to figure out which pillow was best for me.
Are we getting better sleep? Most definitely, thanks to our new mattress, pillows and sheets from Sleep Country Canada! I don’t wake up sore and stiff any more and am sleeping through the night without waking up. It’s often difficult to get out of bed in the morning.
The mattress and pillows helped me to have a better sleep – here are 5 ways to get a better sleep:
5 Ways to Get a Better Sleep
1. Create a bedtime routine
No this is not for your baby or toddler, although you can get some good ideas from their routines! You want a relaxing non-stimulating evening ritual like taking a warm bath, drinking a cup of camomile tea, reading a book or listening to soft music. Relaxing activities can promote better sleep by easing the transition between wakefulness and drowsiness.
But be careful with watching TV or using electronic devices – they can interfere with sleep. If you go to bed and wake up the same time every day, even on weekends and holidays, you’ll be getting your body on a sleep-wake schedule… much like your child!
2. Watch your food/drink
Limit how much you drink before bed so you’re not waking to use the bathroom during the night. Watch your caffeine intake too – that 3pm coffee could still be keeping you up at night. I hate to tell you but those last night snacks might be interfering with your sleep. Stop eating at least three hours before your scheduled bedtime. If you must snack on something, keep it small and healthy like a glass of milk or an apple.
3. Create a bedroom retreat
Create a bedroom that’s relaxing and comfortable, a retreat after a long hard day. A cook, dark and quiet room can help sleep as well. Have some soft lighting, comfortable bedding and relaxing music rather than a loud, blaring TV or radio. Also don’t have a clock staring at you when you’re trying to sleep.
A good mattress can also help you have a more restful and peaceful sleep. Comfortable pillows for your sleep position and bedding can also help keep you from tossing and turning all night.
Regular exercise can promote better sleep, helping you to fall asleep faster and to enjoy deeper sleep. But don’t work out too close to bedtime, you might be too energized to fall into dreamland!
5. Manage your Stress
We all have stressful lives which can take a toll on our sleep. Schedule some time to de-stress – and really stick to a bedtime routine to get you relaxed for the night. Yoga and meditation can also help decrease stress and improve sleep. A study showed that daily 30- to 45-minute yoga sessions significantly improved symptoms for those suffering from chronic insomnia.
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Disclosure: I received a new mattress and accessories from Sleep Country Canada in exchange for sharing my experience.