When Fortune Magazine quotes the World Health Organization with regards to the developed world's sleep deficiency and calls it a public health epidemic, you should slow down and take pause. Sleep has become an elusive luxury, and it is a problem that is completely of our own making. Our on-the-go society ignores sleep and glorifies busy-ness and it is increasingly harder to achieve a wonderfully deep and refreshing sleep.
What is Great Sleep?
Science defines sleep as eight unbroken hours of multiple sleep cycles, although at this point in our society, it seems that sleeping, itself has become the luxury. With the Monday to Friday career path augmented with a side hustle or two, being able to get eight hours seems unattainable.
Two months ago, our west coast editor, Helen Siwak met with Jamie at Sleep Country on West Broadway in Vancouver, BC, to find out more about how to achieve an elevated sleep experience.
Within a 30-minute consult, Jamie had put together a package that would work within a set budget and took into account a lifestyle of excessive computer work, chronic neck and shoulder problems, and being prone to light sleeping. The Bloom Cloud Mattress offers advanced gel memory and latex foam that conform to the body, a washable organic cover, and has air cut channels that help regular body temperature to ensure a cool sleep.
With the mattress chosen, Jamie explained that creating the ideal sleep conditions, requires more than just a great mattress; everything above the mattress is also important.
According to Sleep Country, the five points to consider when choosing a mattress are:
Comfort: Relax and try several mattresses in your normal sleep position. Wear comfortable clothing and if possible, bring your partner.
Size: Ensure your mattress gives you plenty of room to move. Can you stretch, roll-over, and move your arms and legs?
Support: Your new mattress should gently conform to your body while keeping your spine in a relaxed, neutral position.
Durability: The foundation for a good night's rest is consistent support and enhancement of the sleeping experience.
Price: Getting a good night's rest is vital to your health. What price are you comfortable with?
Add-On's to Create A Luxury Sleep Experience
Choosing the elements to finish your bed refines the sleeping experience. Jamie explained the importance of a mattress topper and recommended the Tempur-pedic Protex-It with a 12-year replacement warranty. It is treated with Aegis, which is anti-everything - bacteria, dust, and mould, that lasts wash after wash. The triple layer coating of polyurethane makes the mattress waterproof, and 100% cotton at the surface absorbs moisture and provides breathability.
Choosing sustainably-produced bamboo sheets was important. The Bamboo Nights sheets have a 300-thread count and suitable no matter the level of skin sensitivity. Made from 100% rayon derived from bamboo, the set is stylish with piped hem finish on the top sheet and pillowcases. It is a bonus that they are completely machine washable and quite quick to dry.
For someone with chronic neck problems due to continuous mousing, Siwak chose the set of Tempur-pedic Adapt Pillows. The Tempur technology precisely adapts to the head, neck, and shoulders for all-night comfort. The pillow cover is made with a cooling premium knit fabric that is cool-to-touch. As a back-sleeper, having the neck support of this pillow made all the difference between waking up still achy and waking up moving smoothly to the coffee maker.
The Big Box with Wheels
When the delivery day arrived, the big blue Bloom Cloud box rolled in and was easily positioned for unpacking. Sleep Country offers the removal of your old mattress and the delivery persons will also set-up your new mattress - all these extras are included the cost, as is the shipping.
After 45-days on the Bloom Cloud, Siwak shared the whole experience; from decision making to delivery to experiencing a deeper sleep, was easier than expected and completely worthwhile. While it did take about a week to get comfortable on the Bloom Cloud, she noted that each night, sleep came a little quicker and was deeper than the previous night. The Tempur-pedic Adapt pillow also helped with the transition from stomach sleeper to the much preferred side-sleep position.
Helping Canadians get a great night's sleep for over 20 years, Sleep Country's sleep obsessed experts dialed into their years of experience to create the original Bloom Cloud in 2017. The Bloom Cloud has quickly become one of Sleep Country's top performing mattresses. Bloom Cloud is available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, and King sizes with an exclusive 100 Night Comfort Guarantee and a 10-year warranty.
This post was sponsored by SleepCountry Canada.