The next time your SO suggests staying up for a Game of Thrones marathon, make like Khaleesi and overrule him. Research suggests that women need more sleep than men but are almost twice as likely to report insomnia. We can thank changes in our hormones during our menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause, says Dr. Helen Driver, a sleep expert at Kingston General Hospital and Queen’s University. Here are six ways to ensure you get your best night's sleep.
For the app fiend: Consider S+ by ResMed. If Big Brother met Mr. Sandman, the result would be this gadget. This machine and app measure breathing, sound and light to determine which factors contribute to your best sleep. Bonus: If you need a lullaby, it will synchronize soothing sounds with your breathing so you drift off faster.
S+ by ResMed ($179.99), at bedbathandbeyond.ca.
For the gearhead: Being startled out of that Sam Heughan dream by your alarm can make you even more tired. “Waking from a deep sleep takes you longer to feel alert as you experience ‘sleep inertia,’” says Driver. “The brain has to switch from slow-wave activity to faster [wave] activity.” Try the Philips Wake-up Light. It gradually lightens the room and beeps with increasing frequency.
Philips Wake-up Light ($99.99), at amazon.ca.
For the fancy: Cancel your yearly sojourn to Saint-Tropez, chérie, and hit up a sleep retreat instead. Some hotels and resorts now run programs that make slumber (not the swim-up bar) number one. Try the Corinthia Hotel London’s “Mindful Sleep” program, which offers dream-inducing meals and spa treatments and nap time.
Corinthia Hotel London’s “Mindful Sleep” program (from $1,046), at corinthia.com.
For the beauty queen: Wake up to better-looking skin with the help of Nurse Jamie Beauty Bear Age Delay Pillow. The U-shaped satin pillow supports your head and neck to avoid wrinkle-causing sleep lines.
For the bookworm: Do you lull yourself to sleep reading your fave Nicholas Sparks novel on your e-reader? The new Kobo Aura ONE has technology that reduces blue light emissions, which are known to throw off our circadian rhythm. (Huge bonus: it’s waterproof, in case you have a MAJOR sob sesh at the end of Safe Haven.)
Kobo Aura ONE ($249.99), available Sept. 6 at kobo.com.
For the indecisive shopper: If you are pickier than the Princess and the Pea when it comes to your mattress, look no further than sleep startup Casper. The company has a 100-day guarantee on their mattresses, meaning you can trade it in easily if it does not live up to your #standards.
Casper queen sized mattress ($1175), at casper.com.