Sleep is when every person is at their most comfortable, unguarded, and emotionally raw. People tend not to say much during sleep, but your physical position when at rest can reveal enough about your personality. Without any conscious effort to mask sentiments or traits, people show their true selves when sleeping. Curious to see what your sleeping position says about you?
In the dead of night, your rought exterior sheds as you curl up into a cute cat-like ball. Despite being somewhat standoffish or nervous when awake, your sleeping position reveals your sensitive interior. At rest you can show your welcoming heart, because when you sleep so adorably, your just begging for a big spoon to cuddle you.
The Log (Sideways arms at sides)
Just as you are perfectly balanced on your side, those who take 'the log' sleeping position are similar well-adjusted and mild tempered. You give enough room for a partner to join you at either side, demonstrating your innate social comfort. Enjoying stability, both emotionally and socially, you tend to avoid extreme situations or intense confrontations.
The Yearner (Sideways arms outstretched)
Unlike log-people, those who sleep in the 'yearner' position are not nearly as trusting or inviting. While the two share a strong sense of rationality, yearners tend to be very guarded and do not trust others easily. You keep people at arms length, even though you wish for a strong mutual bond, and this is reflected in your subconscious physicality. When sleeping, your desire to connect is seen in your outstretched arms. Although you are guarded, you also aren't deceived easily and loathe liars.
The Corpse/Prone Position (Stomach down, head to one side)
Focused, but stubborn, those who sleep in the corpse/prone position are 'dead-set' in their beliefs. You have a precise way of doings things and feel it is the only method, often bordering on selfish. At times you can come off as sassy, but those who know you well can appreciate your inherent passion. Confident, direct, and strong-willed, you may get along great with some but hate others.
The Freefall/Royal Position (On back, arms outstretched)
Facing the world with arms open, freefall-sleepers have high self-confidence and are fully open to new experiences. Arms out, instead of to your sides, signifies your desire to help others, even ahead of yourself at times. Not wishing to be the focus of attention, you will place others first, which isn't always a good thing.
The Soldier (On back, arms at sides)
Quiet, reserved, and quite physical, soldier sleepers are named as such for a reason. Straightforward and to the point, you have a high energy and are usually pretty optimistic in your endeavours. Combined with a preoccupation for your looks, this can either be confidence or vanity. Soldier sleepers tend to place themselves at the center of attention, but are also always open to new experiences so are generally pretty fun to hang out with.
When you hear the words "self-care," what do you think of? For many, the practice is synonymous with working out, eating well, yoga and meditation. But what about a regular sleep schedule?
With the ongoing worry of a global pandemic, the strain of working from home and the fallout from a chaotic year in general, it's more important now than ever to prioritize sleep as a key pillar of health and wellbeing. A good night's sleep is important because, just like your overworked smartphone and laptop, your body needs to recharge in order to operate.
While many people can make it through a day or two of sluggishness, it's obvious that without proper sleep, no one can perform at their best. Canadian tennis star and Grand Slam champ, Bianca Andreescu, knows it and she's on a mission with Dormez-vous to "awaken Canadians to the power of sleep."
"We need to stop putting sleep on the bottom of our to-do list and instead recognize the tremendous benefits and strength that comes when we actively manage our sleep," says Bianca.
"If I don't get a good night's sleep then I can't function at my best the next day. Sleep is something I'm incredibly disciplined about - regardless of whether I'm competing or in my downtime. As an athlete, I need to be on my A-game all the time so I can continue to perform at an optimal level."
Considering that sleep is the foundation to better health and wellness, a consistent sleep schedule is essential to feeling and being your best self. There are ample mental and physical benefits you can achieve by putting the phone down and getting in more snooze time, and these are just a few.
You can't expect your body to fight off illnesses if you're not giving it what it needs. Your immune system is here to help you, so why not return the favour? Chances are, whenever you caught a cold when growing up, your parents told you to get lots of rest. They weren't exaggerating, as research has proven that sleep helps heal.
Lack of sleep actually reduces the production of antibodies and cells needed to fight infection. Getting the proper amount of sleep can strengthen your body's immune function, supplying your system with enough energy to do what it does best — fight for you.
Sharpen Your Mind
Have you ever tried focusing on a project while running on minimal hours of sleep? If so, you've probably realized it wasn't very successful.
And sleep experts agree. Poor sleep has a negative impact on thinking. Sleep helps improve your attention span, concentration and overall cognitive performance. Not only does it increase your ability to focus efficiently, but it also improves your memory.
So, the next time you insist on forcing yourself to stay up to finish work, perhaps opt for your bed instead of your desk.
If you're going to listen to anyone talk about achieving optimal performance, it should probably be a hardworking athlete. Bianca doesn't shy away in expressing the importance of championing sleep as much as she champions her sport.
"By taking a disciplined approach to my wellness and investing in my sleep regime in the same way I invest in my fitness regime, I am a higher performance athlete and a stronger, healthier, happier human being," she says.
Even if you don't have an athletic bone in your body, there's a lot to take from Bianca's mantra. Allowing your heart to rest and cells to repair will help your body recover after a long day. Full recovery of any physical exertion is like hitting the reset button on your body, both mentally and physically. You'll wake up feeling brand new, allowing you to tackle tasks with a fresh force.
Sleep is critical for optimal physical health. Unfortunately, many people suffer from sleep disorders and don't seek help for their issues. Sleep deprivation studies have revealed that not getting enough sleep each night is linked to harmful health effects such as increased blood pressure, impaired control of blood glucose and increased inflammation.
Productivity is all about energy, which leads to enhanced motivation and ambition to take on the day! It's common sense to know that lack of sufficient sleep won't assist you in being productive. When you're tired, all you want to do is plop down on your mattress and take to Netflix for the rest of the day.
Many people believe that being productive involves working day and night, but Bianca Andreescu wants to set things straight: "There are so many people that say, 'To work harder you need to work longer' and that's just not true. We need our sleep."
When it comes down to it, sleep is the catalyst to achieving optimum performance in all mental and physical aspects.
Research suggests that a single night of insufficient sleep can cause puffy eyes pesky fine lines and pale skin. When you're deep in slumber, your skin's blood flow increases, promoting collagen and repairing any unwelcome damage.
Besides giving you skin goals, sleep also helps nurture your body by managing your cortisol levels — aka the stress hormone. Have you ever taken a "stress nap"? Yeah, you're not alone. A little siesta is actually a productive way to rejuvenate.
Sleep is the fuel that powers your day and helps you feel and be your best self. And just as Bianca Andreescu prioritizes sleep in order to bring her A-game in tennis, Canadians should prioritize a good night's sleep to help them feel and be their best self.
Dormez-vous is on a mission to "awaken Canadians to the power of sleep." Their trusted and knowledgeable Sleep Experts help find personalized sleep solutions tailored to each individual's needs, ensuring every Canadian achieves their best night's sleep.
Narcity Québec spoke with sociologist Valérie Harvey to find out more about the matter and why she is campaigning for the abolition of daylight saving time in Quebec.
What effects can time change have on an individual?
Harvey claims the "yo-yo game" of time change has repercussions on many Quebecers, and it's only worse now that we're in the middle of a pandemic.
"I have the impression that the time change will hurt us a little more. We're already tired, we're already stressed, we're not sleeping so well."
Then on top of this, we end up being robbed of an hour of sleep.
Losing an hour of sleep has proven to have many negative effects on an individual. "The consequences of a lack of sleep are numerous: fatigue, irritation, stress, headaches, stomach aches," Harvey said.
What are the health impacts of daylight savings?
It seems there are quite a few.
Researchers have discovered losing an hour of sleep may result in a higher number of fatal car accidents.
"There is a link in Canada between the spring time change and an 8% increase in the number of accidents on the road, due to the loss of sleep."
Studies from Colorado, Croatia and Sweden found that the number of heart attacks increases significantly during the week following the time change in the spring. This too is said to be due to a lack of sleep.
Should Quebec continue to follow daylight savings time?
Harvey told Narcity that, "Some researchers argue that standard time is better for the body. But others say it's the constant switching that causes the most accidents."
"I, for one, am in favour of stopping changing, regardless of what our governments decide to adopt as time."
An American study found that "28 fatal accidents could be prevented yearly if the DST transition was abolished."
In November 2020, Premier Legault said that his government doesn't "expect to change" anything anytime soon when it comes to the twice-yearly time change, but was "looking at the different scenarios."
It's that time of year again. Time to think of all of the things you've been putting off all year and making plans for that magical day of January 1 where you suddenly get that boost of motivation for your long list of resolutions. But how often do you start off strong then finding your motivation falling faster than the year before?
And, the tips are for six different personality types — so you're bound to relate to at least one of them.
The Montreal-based company doesn't just want to help you out for the new year. It also makes weekly newsletters to help you stay on top of your goals all throughout the year.
The Fitness Fanatic
The Ten-Minute Rule: Doing a habit all day every day can seem daunting. But doing it for just ten minutes a day? Piece of cake!
Start Slow: A wise tortoise once said, "Slow and steady wins the race." How often have you gone from 0-100 real quick when it comes to getting back into the gym? All you need to do is start with a bit and work your way up to make sure you get from 0-100 in a realistic timeframe.
The Meditation Master
Set A Cue: We all need a reminder every now and then. If you keep forgetting to do your daily meditation, give yourself a friendly reminder, like a notification on your phone or writing yourself a note.
Get It Done In The Morning: What's better than ticking something off of your daily checklist first thing in the morning? One thing that's already done in your already busy day.
The Book Worm
Idle Time: The day may seem to get away from you and it can feel like there aren't enough hours in a day. But all you need is a few minutes, really. Any downtime that you have, whether it's 15, ten or even five minutes can be the perfect amount of time to pick up that book.
Stack 'Em: Habits can go as perfectly together as pancakes and maple syrup. It may feel hard to get started with a habit, like reading a book, but stacking it with another habit can help. For example, "When I finish breakfast, I'll read one chapter."
The Digital Detoxer
Use Screen Time As A Reward: Screen time is such a mundane part of our lives. But why not try to make it a little more special? Instead of mindlessly picking it up in the middle of a task, try not to let yourself check your phone or that open tab until after your task is complete. Really work for it!
Eliminate The Cue: It's no secret that if your phone is right in front of you, you'll be way more inclined to pick it up. Keep it out of sight and out of mind while you're working, or at the very least turn off those enticing notifications if you need it close by.
The Health Guru
The Golden Rule: It's not enough to eliminate, but you need to replace. In the same way that you can't go from 0-100, you can't go from 100-0 real quick. The reward still needs to be there, but it's how you get there that should be the focus.
Your Environment: Just like your phone, if that box of cookies or that bag of chips is near, it's a lot easier to cave and tuck in. Take it one step further and make your healthy alternatives accessible by stocking up on healthy items or even meal prepping.
The Early Riser
Better Sleep Habits: The truth is if you don't sleep well, you don't wake up well, either. Get into good habits for a better night's sleep to make sure that your morning routine starts with a smooth sailing out of bed.
Avoid The Snooze: Juuuuuust ten more minutes! But it's not really. Hitting that snooze button for even ten minutes can totally throw off the rest of the day. Once that alarm goes off, let's get that day started!
This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.
If any year was going to end with a bang, such as a Christmas tree fire, 2020 would be it. That's why it's very important we follow the City of Montreal's tips for celebrating the holiday season safely. After all, the last thing any of us needs right now is a trip to the hospital.
Alongside a terrifying photo, the city shared its advice for not lighting your Christmas tree on fire, among other important facets of staying safe over the holidays.
"Check out our prevention tips for your tree to help you have a memorable holiday season... for the right reasons!" reads the Facebook caption.
Here's the city's official advice:
Install the Christmas tree away from heat sources (electric baseboards, heaters, fireplaces, etc.).
Turn off the lights on your tree before going to sleep and when you leave the house.
Keep the tree outside and in the shade as long as possible to prevent it from drying out.
Cut off the base of the tree by about one centimetre before placing it in a container filled with water.
Add water daily to the base of the tree.
Candles and lights
Turn off the lights of interior and exterior decorations before going to sleep and when no one is home.
Place candles in a place out of reach of children or pets and where they are not likely to be knocked over.
Protect the flames of candles with a non-combustible container.
Extinguish all candles before leaving a room or going to sleep.
The city also recommends ensuring your home has accessible emergency exits, checking your kitchen appliances, making sure your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms are working and setting a timer when cooking.
Have a happy holiday season, everyone, and stay safe!