Are we a “sleep country”? Here’s what you said, Canada

Do you ever lie in bed at night trying to fall asleep and wonder to yourself how long it takes other people to drift off? Have you ever woken up at 6 AM on a weekend and thought, who are the people that sleep in until 10 AM?

We’ve partnered with the experts at Sleep Country Canada, known across our nation for their commitment to better sleep, to bring you the facts about Canadians’ sleeping habits and preferences.

In a recent survey, Sleep Country asked Canadians about how they sleep, to tie in the company’s ‘Tell Us Everything’ campaign. Tell Us Everything centres on telling their Sleep Experts everything about what keeps you up at night and which sleep issues hit home for you. Focusing on learning more about the sleep problems and patterns of their everyday customers, Sleep Country wants to know what makes for a good night’s sleep to you, so that they can create a complete sleep solution to match your needs. From how long we sleep, to who we sleep with, and even what we sleep in, the survey results revealed interesting findings that define our identity as a “sleep country”.


In reviewing the data, we found that people’s sleeping habits are quite different from our own here at ADDICTED HQ. Read on to discover if you’re part of the average, the extraordinary, or just the odd one out:


Falling Asleep


When it comes to our journey into slumber, the stats show that it takes most of us on average 15 minutes to fall asleep, but:


16% saying they fall asleep in less than 5 minutes

While 7% say they fall asleep in less than 60 minutes


Based on the above data, I’d say you’re very lucky if you fall asleep in less than 5 minutes. But let’s face it – the quality of the bed you sleep in can also play heavily into your ability to sleep well, so it may be time to upgrade.


How much are we sleeping?


Once we’ve drifted off and we move into the essential REM sleep cycle, how long are we sleeping for? If you’re anything like me, you probably think you aren’t getting enough zees.


On average, I get about 7 hours of sleep a night and it turns out I’m actually on the higher end of the scale with those getting more hours of shut-eye.


2% get less than 4 hours of sleep (I am truly feeling for you right now)

13% get 4-5 hours nightly

47% get 5-7 hours (that’s me)

36% get about 7-10 nightly

1% get more than 10 hours (I’m jealous; who doesn’t wish they could sleep that long?)


What are we sleeping in?


I’m not going to tell you what I wear to bed, because I believe some things should remain a mystery. That being said, it turns out most Canadians sleep in pyjamas. 


38% sleep in PJs

25% in undies

9% in a t-shirt

20% said they sleep naked

And 7% said other; we will just leave that there.


In a cold climate country – for at least 6 months of the year – it makes perfect sense that people conk out in their PJs so they can stay toasty. Or maybe they just love flannel…we are Canadian after all.


What are the most annoying habits of sleeping with a partner?


I’m a really light sleeper, so snoring drives me insane and I wasn’t surprised to see that half of you agreed with me. I’d also say that being a blanket hog, tossing and turning all night and being too hot or too cold also annoys many of us.


50% said snoring was the worst

18% said it would be a blanket hog

11% said it was tossing and turning

6% said it was a hot/cold situation

4% other (what are you people doing?)


I will say that if you’re trying to eliminate issues with partners affecting your sleep, it may be time to discuss some possible solutions with one of Sleep Country’s Sleep Experts. Remember, they do want us to tell them everything, after all, so share what you’re looking for, and what you need.


How many of us wake up feeling rested?


18% said always (call me, I need to know everything you’re doing)

59% said sometimes 

21% said rarely

2% said never


Now you may ask, why share all this information? Other than the fact that it was fascinating and entertaining to find out how you lay (pun intended), you can also take comfort in the fact that you aren’t alone in your habits. 


Alternatively, you might decide it’s time to make some much-needed adjustments to your sleeping habits, and that’s where the Sleep Experts at Sleep Country can be your saving grace. Just as you’d use an accountant to alleviate the pressure of doing your taxes, speaking to a Sleep Expert can help alleviate the pressure of choosing the right bed and they can help match you to a sleep solution specific to your needs.


Either way, may you fall asleep quickly, dream vibrantly, and wake up ready to conquer the day, and if you do need some help, make sure you visit to find the store nearest you or connect via Instagram and Facebook.


This is a sponsored collaboration between Sleep Country Canada and Addicted Media Inc. Data provided by Sleep Country Canada. 



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Mark Munroe is the Creator and EIC of ADDICTED. He's ADDICTED to great travel, amazing food, better grooming & probably a whole lot more!

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