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The con­nec­tion be­tween sleep and over­all brain health is un­de­ni­able. In fact, widely pub­lished re­search tells us it’s the gate­way to our en­tire well-be­ing. Sleep is also meant to be restora­tive. A good night’s sleep al­lows you to start each day rested and re­freshed, so you’re the very best ver­sion of you. Poor sleep, on the other hand, makes IT MORE DIF­fi­CULT TO FACE OR EVEN MAKE it through the day. And night­time sleep­less­ness is not un­com­mon, with Sta­tis­tics Canada reporting that up to 35 per cent of women and 25 per cent OF MEN EX­PE­RI­ENCE DIF­fi­CULTY FALL­ING OR stay­ing asleep. The con­se­quences of poor sleep can spill over into the day­time. Be­yond the ob­vi­ous of just feel­ing tired, the like­li­hood of ir­ri­tabil­ity and even de­pres­sion can in­crease with not enough sleep. Poor sleep can also af­fect mem­ory, and make it more DIF­fi­CULT TO CON­CEN­TRATE, MAKE DE­CI­SIONS and fo­cus on tasks, and it can in­crease the risk of ac­ci­den­tal in­juries. More alarm­ingly, lack of sleep can also be as­so­ci­ated with high blood pres­sure, weight gain, di­a­betes and a weaker im­mune sys­tem. In fact, the Na­tional Sleep Foun­da­tion rec­om­mends adults get seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Ac­cord­ing to the Mayo Foun­da­tion for Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search, hav­ing a night free of dis­rup­tion is con­sid­ered es­sen­tial to get­ting all the hours of sleep you need. The rea­sons for sleep prob­lems among Cana­di­ans vary greatly; ex­po­sure to caf­feine, bright lights, work stress and elec­tronic de­vices be­fore bed can all af­fect your abil­ity to sleep. Other night­time in­ter­rup­tions such as TEM­PER­A­TURE flUC­TU­A­TIONS OR THE NEED TO visit the bath­room are at the top of the list of sleep dis­rup­tors. In fact, ac­cord­ing to the Cana­dian Con­ti­nence Foun­da­tion, more than 3.3 mil­lion Cana­di­ans have some de­gree of blad­der leak­age, which is known to dis­turb sleep.


In a re­cent sur­vey, CARP mem­bers with blad­der leak­age de­scribed the ways in which their con­di­tion in­ter­fered with their sleep. Al­though many re­spon­dents de­scribed their con­di­tion as “not that se­ri­ous,” there were re­cur­ring com­plaints of not sleep­ing com­fort­ably due to wet sheets or the fear an ac­ci­dent would hap­pen near their part­ners. Re­spon­dents were fre­quently wo­ken up with the sud­den urge to go the bath­room, and if they weren’t wear­ing pro­tec­tion, they of­ten ex­pe­ri­enced leaks be­fore get­ting to the toi­let, re­sult­ing in hav­ing to change their sheets or cloth­ing in the mid­dle of the night. As a re­sult of dis­rupted sleep caused by blad­der leak­age, the re­spon­dents shared a com­mon state of feel­ing fre­quently tired, un­mo­ti­vated and lack­ing en­ergy. No mat­ter your rea­son for in­ad­e­quate sleep, there are many ex­pertre-com­mended strate­gies that can im­prove your sleep qual­ity and over­all health and well-be­ing.

• Es­tab­lish a re­lax­ing bed­time rou­tine, such as read­ing a book or tak­ing a bath • Fol­low a con­sis­tent sleep sched­ule – set your alarm for the same time ev­ery morn­ing and try to sleep around the same time ev­ery even­ing • Choose pil­lows and a mat­tress that feel com­fort­able to you • Make sure your room is dark and the tem­per­a­ture is cool (ide­ally be­tween 60 - 76°F / 15 - 20°C) • Avoid bright light and elec­tronic gad­gets be­fore bed­time • Limit liq­uid con­sump­tion – es­pe­cially caf­feinated and al­co­holic bev­er­ages – as they can ir­ri­tate the blad­der • Don’t eat a large meal right be­fore bed If you do have blad­der leak­age, a dis­creet prod­uct of­fer­ing su­pe­rior pro­tec­tion may ease your mind and al­low you to sleep more soundly. You can max­i­mize your com­fort and peace of mind with a blad­der leak­age prod­uct like De­pend ® Night De­fense ® for Women ($19.99), a light­weight, heavy-pro­tec­tion un­der­wear with more cov­er­age area that is de­signed SPECIF­I­CALLY FOR NIGHT­TIME USE. The snug, com­fort­able and su­per­ab­sorbent core pro­tects against leaks and odours so you can sleep soundly through­out the night in any po­si­tion. An­other ef­fec­tive op­tion is the Poise ®

Overnight Pads ($19.99) for women who ex­pe­ri­ence light blad­der leak­age. Its unique shape is de­signed with a 75% wider back, pro­vid­ing more cov­er­age to help pro­tect you from leaks while ly­ing down. For men, De­pend ® Real-Fit ® Briefs

($19.99) are an ex­cel­lent op­tion. They have an ad­vanced ab­sorbent de­sign that quickly wicks away liq­uid and turns it into gel, help­ing pre­vent leaks and lock­ing in odours. Their pre­mium cot­ton-like, breath­able fab­ric stretches to move with you, of­fer­ing a close-to-body, more se­cure UN­DER­WEAR-LIKE fiT, SO YOU CAN FEEL com­fort­able and pro­tected at all times. Us­ing prod­ucts that are uniquely de­signed for night­time blad­der leak­age PRO­TEC­TION CAN HAVE ADDITIONAL BEN­E­fiTS be­yond im­prov­ing sleep qual­ity. For ex­am­ple, if blad­der leak­age has caused you to cur­tail ac­tiv­i­ties you en­joy, such as stay­ing away overnight at friends’ or rel­a­tives’ homes, shar­ing a va­ca­tion rental with friends or stay­ing in a place with only one bath­room, a dis­creet overnight prod­uct can give you the CON­fi­DENCE YOU NEED TO TAKE YOUR LIFE (and your sleep) back. By re­duc­ing night­time in­ter­rup­tions and im­prov­ing the qual­ity of your sleep – and your wak­ing hours – you’re im­prov­ing your over­all well-be­ing.

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