- Almost half of Canadians surveyed (45 percent) report waking up feeling groggy or tired from a restless night’s sleep.
- In what to do to become healthier, Canadians indicate exercising more (37 percent), eating healthier (26 per cent) and getting more sleep (20 per cent).
- Millennials are most at risk: when presented with an idea that lack of sleep can increase aging and signs of aging, 71 percent say it is the first thing they sacrifice when running short of time.
- Parents are particularly diligent about sleep. A majority (76 percent) keep a regular bedtime routine for their children, a practice the expert panel say is extremely beneficial, however, parents don’t always hold themselves to the same routine.
- Women are more affected by their partner’s sleeping habits than men, with 47 percent reported that their partner’s snoring disrupts their sleep versus 26 percent of men reporting the same.
For me staying asleep is the issue. By the time 10 pm rolls around I have two kids sleeping in bed with me, two border collies snoring in unison under the bed and a cat (or 2) circling the bed looking for uncovered toes to bite.
Sleep is something all healthy Canadians need without question, and concerns of a general lack thereof are what prompted Dairy Farmers of Canada to raise awareness about the subject,” says Caroline Emond, executive director, Dairy Farmers of Canada.
“Helping Canadians gain a better understanding of their sleep requirements is a step
towards a healthier Canada. Our goal is to help foster the discussion and raise the sleep
priority.” A website, www.ProjectSleep.ca, has been created to help Canadians learn more about the awareness campaign.
Project Sleeps offers several easy to implement tips to help Canadians get a better night sleep including:
- sticking to a regular wake-up time
- to determining your own chronotype
- eliminating all screens from the bedroom
- make sleep a priority, but avoid putting too much pressure on themselves regarding specific amounts of sleep
You can follow the Dairy Farmers of Canada on Twitter on the @100CanadianMilk handle, on Facebook at 100% Canadian Milk or by following the #ProjectSleep hashtag.
My ultimate sleep goal is to instill in my children the importance of calling it a night when their bodies are tired. You can check out the website, www.ProjectSleep.ca, for more information about #ProjectSleep.
Wishing you sweet dreams!