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Tips for a restful sleep

Are you reading this blog post at 3:00 am after spending an hour watching videos on TikTok? If so, you probably suffer from insomnia. There are many factors that can make it difficult to fall (and stay) asleep. Fortunately, there are several ways to help you avoid staying up all night so that you can feel rested and energized during the day.

Whatever method you choose, be patient and gentle: sleep will eventually come naturally. Don’t forget to wear your favorite pajamas!

Tip #1: limit light

According to a study, the 21st century man sleeps worse than his predecessors. Among the possible reasons, omnipresent lighting is one of the most likely. This artificial light that imitates daylight after sunset could harm the production of melanopsin, an essential protein in the composition of melatonin, the sleep hormone. The visual stimulus of light could also contribute to the state of insomnia.

One of the most important factors for making it to dreamland is therefore to limit exposure to light, at least two hours before bedtime. Try to pay special attention to technology-induced lighting in your surroundings. Cell phones and tablets for example, should be kept away from your bedside.

Once your room is in optimal condition, be sure to think about living disturbances that may see the night differently than we do… Cat owners, for example, should exclude their felines from bedrooms: mostly nocturnal, these animals may think your beautiful sleep sanctuary is an all-night playground.

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Tip #2 : meditation to lure sleep

Sometimes, insomnia is due to a head that is too full. A busy mind will produce a feeling of stress that will make it difficult to find rest. Meditation can be very beneficial in letting go as it can help you drift off into sleep more easily.

Meditation is less common in North America and can seem mysterious, but with a little practice, you might find it to be extremely helpful.  Thanks to Netflix, beginners can access various guided and simple meditation exercises with a more modern and accessible approach. Series like Headspace: A Guide to Sleep are great for learning how to meditate, without having to put too much effort into it. The colorful and creative illustrations, combined with a calm soundtrack and the soothing voice of the narrator make it an easy way to find sleep, if you don’t fall asleep in front of the screen!

Remember that meditation requires a certain amount of discipline to obtain its benefits, just like sports do. By gradually introducing meditation into your daily life, you might find yourself creating a new healthy habit.

Tip #3: grandma’s Tea Tip

The wisdom of grandmothers to the rescue for a restful sleep!
Although herbal teas, like meditation, may evoke esoteric imagery of black cats, flying brooms and pointy hats, the truth is that they really are an accessible remedy for insomnia.

Indeed, some plants have naturally sedative properties. Chamomile and lavender are the best known: they bring a pleasant and relaxing scent to herbal teas. It is a sure way to find sleep while contributing to the hydration of the body.

Here is a lovely recipe to enjoy in your favorite pajamas

CHAMOMILE AND LAVENDER HERBAL TEA

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. dried German chamomile
  • 1 teaspoon of dried lavender flowers
  • 1 cup (250 mL) boiling water
  • Lemon slice and honey (optional)
  • Your favorite cup

Preparation

Place the chamomile and lavender in a tea ball or in a cup that includes a strainer. Pour boiling water into the cup and let steep for 5-7 minutes before straining. Add a slice of lemon or honey if desired. Drink at least 30 minutes before bedtime. This warm and comforting beverage will help you relax and travel to dreamland.

Note:  Check with your doctor to be sure that the plants used in this recipe are suitable for you.

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Tip #4: opportunities for a night life

Sometimes your insomnia may be well established and refuses to go away. This type of episode contributes to stress that prevents sleep (including the worry of being exhausted at an important time, such as at work) and creates a loop that can only end in exhaustion. You might choose to make the most of the time you’re spending awake.

Nightlife offers a luxury we are often denied during the day (especially if you have children): a quiet and peaceful atmosphere to accomplish certain tasks without being disturbed. You can get starting on your to-do list for the next day, fold clothes, study, practice a silent art or sort buttons: the activity doesn’t matter since the goal is to transform the frustration of insomnia into a useful act that could save you a headache later. When fatigue sets in, go back to your room, turn off the lights and get comfortable. Then, you can sleep with a sense of accomplishment.

Tip #5 : discover our soothing lavender body lotion

If your sense of smell is an important part of your life, you will love this calming technique that will allow you to relax with pleasant scents, like lavender, our top choice for a calm body and mind.

Try our Lavender Soothing Body Lotion (mettre lien vers les lotions) to allow yourself a moment of self-care.  This little ritual of tranquility will immerse you in a cozy well-being by transporting you into the serene atmosphere of a lavender field.

Not a fan of lavender? You can still keep your skin well moisturized for the upcoming season! Enhance your rested complexion with the hydration provided by these products here (link to all lotions).

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Encouraging healthy oral care habits from an early age

It’s no secret that oral care habits are formed at from an early age.  If you’re a parent, you likely put a lot of effort into helping your children care for their growing smiles every day.  And that’s not always an easy task!

Healthy oral care habits are important and shouldn’t be overlooked just because your children are still small.  In fact, babies need oral care before they even start teething and toddlers should begin to floss as soon as two of their teeth are touching.  Encouraging your children to adopt healthy habits early on will ensure they learn the importance of oral care.  You can also feel good about helping them avoid unwanted issues like tooth decay and cavities.

Our mouths, gums, and tongues are direct portals to other important organs.  Following a proper oral care regimen from an early age could potentially save you from many devastating diseases and health conditions.

We know that taking care of their pearly whites may not be the most exciting part their day, but there here are a few things that can help make it more fun!

Let your child build their very own Tooth Time Toolbox

Most kids get really excited about getting involved in the process…whatever that process may be!  Ask your child to participate in creating their very own Tooth Time Toolbox.

Letting your child choose his or her own toothbrush, rinsing cup, dental floss, and toothpaste flavours will allow them to choose items they love and that they’ll want to keep using again and again.

Once each item has been carefully selected, your child can get creative by customizing their toolbox.  Think about allowing your child to repurpose one of your many toiletry bags or purses.  An old trinket box can make a great toolbox and can even double up as a fun arts and crafts activity!  Your child will love inventing on his own tooth time design with some paint, stickers, or stencils.

Timing is everything

We all know that dentists recommend brushing two to three times a day for a full two minutes each timeIsn’t that just about the same length as your child’s favourite song? Challenge your youngster to brush along to their favourite tune and chances are, they might even brush for a little longer…

Make it a family activity

In your child’s eyes, nothing is greater than the things you do together.  If your schedules align, plan to make morning or bedtime oral care a family activity.

You can tie-in your child’s favourite song as mentioned above or challenge other members of your family to a dance off while the others floss (have you ever met a kid who doesn’t love the floss dance?).

Educate, but don’t be boring!

Naming off each tooth’s scientific name and purpose probably doesn’t fall into the category of urgent things to teach your kids. However, some boring information is important to share with your little ones and can help illustrate how their actions will help their teeth stay healthy and strong!

Keep it simple by sharing these 3 important lessons

1. What lives in your mouth?

Billions of bacteria live in our mouths, some good and some bad. The bad bacteria can be very sneaky, hiding behind your teeth and between those little bumps you see on your tongue. It’s important to brush regularly to get rid of these bad bacteria and to keep them from hurting our teeth and gums.

2. Your toothbrush is your friend

Remember those bad bacteria you’ve been brushing away? Sometimes, they can continue to live on your toothbrush!

It’s important to take good care of your toothbrush and here’s what you can do to help:

Rinse your toothbrush before and after use.

Doing this will help remove any bacteria before you even start to brush.

Store your toothbrush in an upright position.

Letting your toothbrush airdry in this way will help keep any new bacteria from accumulating.

Treat yourself to a new toothbrush every 3 months.

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3. The dentist is your friend

We visit the dentist regularly because he is the expert, and he makes sure our teeth are growing properly. The dental office is a safe place where everyone’s on a mission to help your smile shine bright. Sometimes, you might even get a special surprise at the end of your appointment!

An important note about Fluoride

Most of us grew up hearing about the benefits of fluoride, so why don’t our toothpastes contain this ingredient?

In fact, Health Canada cautions children, under the age of 6 years, not to swallow toothpaste with fluoride.  Furthermore, Health Canada recommends calling a poison control center in the event your child swallows their fluoride toothpaste.

We have developed a natural anti-cavity toothpaste without fluoride that is safe for kids to swallow. That’s why you’ll see the word xylitol listed on our toothpastes, instead of fluoride.

Xylitol is a natural sweetener found in plants, including fruits and vegetable.  Studies have proven that xylitol can help to prevent cavities.

Fun fact: Our fluoride-free toothpastes are the only anti-cavity natural toothpastes approved by Health Canada and are safe to swallow!

100% natural and available in tasty flavours, like bubblegum and strawberry here.