8 Ways to Sleep Better at Night
In this stage in life, sleep has never been more essential. Life is hectic with an 8-year-old and a teen. For Darasak’s and my own health and sanity, we need to get a solid eight hours of sleep or more. The baby and toddler years were tough but, no one told me that we’d be so incredibly busy the older they got!
With the constant schedule of being on the go, jobs that are physically taxing and working out to stay healthy (the older we get, the more we feel it), it can have a big effect on our bodies.
Makes you wonder, are there ways to sleep better at night?
The first thing that gives us comfort is the feeling we get when we get into bed. Especially after a long and taxing day. After all, we spend a lot of our time sleeping in our beds.
Essentially, we are sleeping for one-third of our lives. Our beds should be comfortable, familiar, and something to look forward to every night.
We know that the link between sleep and performance is undeniable. If you sleep well and comfortably, you wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day fully energized. When you wake up sore, you feel like you got hit by a truck, and your productivity will lag.
Very few mattresses are designed from the start to optimize the conditions necessary for full, restorative sleep, the Recore is. When I had the chance to try out the Recore by Novosbed, I was all over it.
The fact that the Recore is designed to aid in better sleep is the main reason that I was thrilled to give it a go. After an extended period of sleeping on this mattress and a commitment to keeping a sleep ritual, I was able to discover 8 ways to get a good night’s rest.
1. Commit Yourself to a Sleep Time Pact
Both Darasak and I decided that the only way we can work towards being healthier was getting more rest. We made a commitment to be in bed earlier and to wake up at a reasonable time every day.
2. Invest in a High-Quality Mattress
I highly recommend the Recore because it is designed to help you get the rest you need to perform the next day to your full potential. Read further below for all my thoughts about it!
3. Stick to Your Bedtime Routine
Wash your face, moisturize (yes, men’s skin care is a thing), brush your teeth, and all that jazz. Then grab your favourite book to start winding down. If you don’t read, put on some soothing sounds, grab a sleeping mask, and get those ZZZ’s.
4. Wind Down and Avoid Screen Time
While my husband swears on falling asleep watching TV, it is best to avoid it. While you’re at it, put the phone down early on in the evening. Phones and TV’s emit blue light and they will actually stimulate you instead of helping you to unwind.
5. Don’t Eat late or Work Out Before Bedtime
Try to establish a cut off time for exercise and your last meal of the day. The best bet is to avoid doing either before hitting the hay.
6. Skip the Night-Time Coffee
If you can, try to enjoy your last cup of coffee or caffeinated beverage before 4 PM. Caffeine stays in your system for a least 6 hours and can keep you up.
7. Keep Your Room Cool
I notice that when I have a hard time falling asleep, I make the room cooler and snuggle up in bed and I sleep a whole lot better. Do you remember leaving the window open and it felt like the best sleep EVER?
8. Sleep with a Fan or White Noise Machine On
Being a light sleeper, I swear by this. Much to my husband’s dismay, I can’t sleep without a fan. I find it soothing and it helps me to block out all the little noises that have the potential to wake me up.
We all know the nightmare it can be to buy a new mattress and have to arrange for delivery for an additional fee. You are at the mercy of a wait list and it can be a while until your mattress arrives. Only to have to lug it into the house and into the bedroom. It’s hard to get through doorways, staircases, and hallways.
Since the Recore comes rolled up in a box, it makes bringing it inside and to the bedroom much easier. Plus, you don’t even have to be home to accept the shipment. It’s as easy as remembering to check it as an option when you check out.
TIP: Open the plastic from one end of the bed. That way you can save and store the plastic packaging and reuse it if you ever need to return or transport the mattress.
Since Recore mattresses are made only after you place your order, the mattress expands to full shape much faster. That means that you can use your Recore mattress the same night it arrives.
Plus, shipping is free for 99% of Canadians, with a delivery fee only to remote areas.
The best part?
Novosbed has one of the longest sleep trials in Canada. You can try your new mattress from the day it arrives and for 120 days. That’s nearly four months to test it out. Grab your sheets, blankets, and pillows, get comfy and have at it.
Try it and see if it is for you with no pressure. If for some insane reason you find it isn’t, you can return it between nights 30 and 120 for a full refund.
There are no return or restocking fees, and Recore arranges for it to be picked up. Much to my delight, Novosbed is made in Canada!
All returned beds are donated to charities, so you can rest easy (see what I did there) and know that they will not end up in the landfill.
Designed for Comfort
Novosbed really did think of everything. Right down to the actual mattress cover. It is made with silver-charged thread (it is coated in SilverClearⓇ, which is principally composed of silver ions) which makes it antimicrobial. Meaning that it will stay fresh and clean longer.
The biggest draw for us is the colour, it is two-toned grey with a bright orange zipper and logo. Much different than just the plain colours that most mattresses come in. To me, it looks slick and durable and I really love the textured feel of it.
One of the support layers is a high-density base foam which is incredibly durable and gives the mattress its structure while providing surface wide support.
The transition layer is made up of Polar™ Gel Foam Gel Beads. The gel microbeads transmit heat and offer pathways between the billions of shock-absorbing air cushions. This means heat won’t be trapped within this cushioning layer for as long.
Keeps You Cool
If you’re like me, heat dispersion is something that is a deal breaker. I can’t be too hot because I know that I will not get restful sleep. The Recore uses graphite-infused foam. Graphite is a conduit and it sends heat in one direction–away from your body.
This is a huge plus for me and it has made a significant difference for me. I used to wake up really hot and sweaty and some nights, I had a hard time getting to sleep because I was super hot.
This is no longer the case!
I love that every layer of the mattress works together to ultimately give you the best night’s sleep!
Excellent Motion Transfer and Firmness
When it comes to picking a mattress, it is almost like choosing your next vehicle. It’s an investment and product that you will be in for an extended amount of time. It needs to be well-made, comfortable, and fit your lifestyle.
For my lifestyle, that means that I can’t have a mattress that is too soft that I sink in. The mattress can’t be too firm either. Both are just a recipe for disaster because I end up sleeping wrong and waking up with pain.
It has to have medium firmness for me to be comfortable.
Does It Hold Up?
I notice that the Recore springs back more easily to other mattresses I’ve tried. It has a bit more bounce and the edge support is really good. I don’t dip in when I get off the bed.
I tend to move a lot during sleep and Darasak has mentioned that he doesn’t feel it when I move.
Both Darasak and I prefer medium firmness. Especially Darasak who is on his feet for 8-12 hours a day.
Did you know that between 1 and 6 percent of the population has a latex allergy? Skin irritation or hives can occur in lighter cases. Sneezing, scratchy throats and asthma can occur in more severe cases. After an extended period of time, latex allergies can develop.
TIP: The mattress liner is machine-washable. Wash it to keep your bed clean and fresh!
The Recore is made with layers of foam and of a synthetic form of latex. It has the same natural resilience and conforming, pressure-point relieving properties as latex but, it is non-allergenic.
So, if you need a non-allergenic option–this is it!
How Much Do We Like It?
After getting past the 30 days on our new Recore mattress we have truly settled in. For the record, Recore states that it takes just over a month for a mattress to reach its intended firmness.
We have been doing small home renovations which involve a lot of painting and woodworking. After an entire weekend, that’s a lot of sore muscles!
There have been many exhausting days and being able to get into a bed that contours to our bodies, keeps us cool, and helps us to get energizing rest is invaluable.
We look forward to the comfort and familiarity of our bed and when we are all rested, we are all much happier. Darasak is a bit smitten, and let me tell you, he sleeps like a baby!
My only suggestion would be one that would apply to any mattress brand. The suggestion of adding built-in handles would be great!
Ready to WIN?
Now is your chance to get in on good sleep! Novosbed is giving away one Recore mattress to one winner in the size of their choice. From a twin to a California King! This contest is open to Canada only, and has an ARV of up to $1,079. Happy entering!
Life is hectic for everyone but, there are ways to get restful sleep that your body needs. The type of sleep that is so essential to living a productive life.
I hope these sleeping tips can help you out, they’re simple but effective.
If you’re in the market for a new mattress, consider getting a Recore.
Do you have any tips for sleeping better at night?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.