Ontario Residents: Canada's Best Sleepers

People surveyed in Ontario reported getting the most sleep

According to the Canadian Sleep Society, adults have one "major episode" of sleep each night. This lasts for approximately seven to eight hours. The times at which individuals fall asleep shifts across the course of a lifetime. Adolescents require slightly more sleep, clocking in at about nine hours, while older adults mostly require less sleep.

Of course, different people like to sleep different amounts. Many Canadians can feel well on the average amount of sleep, but some people feel the need to sleep more, others less. It is all up to personal preferences.

Lack of sleep in Canada?
However, many Canadians don't get enough sleep. It seems to be a widespread issue, due to the fact that people are busier. More individuals find themselves not getting the recommended amount of sleep thanks to working longer hours, spending time online with devices, or simply having a "to do" list that never ends. A recent sleep study by Douglas Bed of Canada took a closer look at the more recent sleep habits of Canadians. According to the survey results, those who live in Ontario report getting eight hours or more of sleep per night: over 17{7cd91e504e29d1036c1992e6eb8fa52e7802f251f2133da8a44bf71c2a063426} of respondents indicated as such. Respondents from across Canada revealed that British Columbia residents came in at a close second. !6{7cd91e504e29d1036c1992e6eb8fa52e7802f251f2133da8a44bf71c2a063426} of those surveyed from this province indicated that they enjoyed eight or more hours of sleep per night.
Sleep health is important. While a person is asleep at night, the brain and body both relax and rejuvenate. 

Comfort is key
It is also important to feel comfortable in the bed you choose. Some people prefer harder surfaces, others like the sensation of being held in a memory-foam mattress. It is important to change sheets on a regular basis; this can help people feel more relaxed and soothed. Interestingly, the survey also looked at what it describes as the "sleep hygiene" of Canadians. Most respondents from Ontario admitted to changing the sheets on their bed on a weekly basis.

The Canadian Sleep Society estimates that 10{7cd91e504e29d1036c1992e6eb8fa52e7802f251f2133da8a44bf71c2a063426} of Canadians suffer from insomnia. Some may find that changing linens more frequently or finding a more suitable mattress and sleeping situation may help with insomnia. However, often this does not work. Many people cannot sleep well or for long enough due to stress, anxiety and other factors. Thus, a cycle begins when people feel stressed about not sleeping, then have a hard time falling asleep because they worry about not sleeping, and so on and so forth.

For people who have a hard time falling asleep, the Society suggests taking time to relax. This may take the form of yoga, meditation or even just reading. Those who suffer from insomnia can also try giving themselves about an hour to "unwind" from the day before bed. If all else fails, don't go to bed until actually feeling sleepy, otherwise there is the temptation to toss and turn for hours, which only makes the sleep anxiety worse. Some people find that nighttime rituals can prepare the mind and body for bed; this can involve a warm bath, aromatherapy, or even time reading in a quiet room.
Eventually, seek advice from a professional if insomnia becomes problematic, otherwise it can pass as people are able to go through phases.