Facts of Sleeplessness

The average Canadian sleeps for 8 hours and 18 minutes per night. Sound surprising? You could be among the 60% of us who say they feel tired most of the time.

If you feel like you're not getting enough sleep, keep scrolling to explore the world of sleep and the factors that could be keeping you awake.

What is Sleep?

After decades of research there are many theories on the reasons and benefits of sleep. But as this explainer video shows, there is no disputing the main causes of sleeplessness.

10 Tips to Help you Sleep

Did you know something as simple as establishing a regular bed time routine can help with sleep? This is just one of many simple steps you can try to improve your nightly sleep.

Whatever the root cause of your sleeplessness, try this list of sleep tips, before scrolling down to learn more about your sleep patterns.

Darken Your Bedroom

Keep lights low, stay away from bright lights including computer screens while unwinding for bed, consider using a book light for reading so the room around you is dark.

Limit Your Afternoon Nap

Only take short naps 10-30 minutes - napping more than 30 minutes during the day may prevent you from sleeping later.

Exercise

Getting some exercise in the late afternoon 5-6 hours before bed may help - never within 3 hours before. If you're inactive, even adding 10 minutes a day of walking may help you sleep better.

Avoid Caffiene

Do not consume soda, coffee or chocolate before bed. Even a single cup of coffee may affect the sleep of sensitive individuals.

Need More Tips?

Still have problems getting to sleep? Browse through our slideshow for other useful tips to fall asleep.

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Patterns of Sleep

When you're lying awake at night you may not give much thought to the science of sleep. Yet even when you feel awake, you may be in the initial stages of the sleep cycle.

Your sleep cycle comprises of four increasingly deep stages of non-dream sleep before entering REM or dream sleep. The full sleep cycle can last from 60 to 100 minutes.

Moving through these stages is vital to healthy sleep. Now you know your sleep stages take action to protect them! Sleep fragmentation caused by pain can result in an increase in the proportion of sleep stages 1 and 2. This means it could be stopping you getting the kind of sleep considered restorative to your body's physical processes.

Sleep Routine

Even things you do during your day can impact how much sleep you can get at night. Did you know that even a quick ten minute walk could facilitate sleep?

Follow the daily life of Jenn, a fellow light sleeper, and see what changes you could make to your sleep routine.

Gadgets, Apps, and Aids

You've tried all the tips, researched your sleep patterns and you're still not sleeping? Sometimes you might need a little extra help. Fortunately there's an array of products out there to tackle the things breaking up your sleep cycle, be it noise, light, pain or discomfort.