Canada craves more sleep.

Sleep is precious. But too many Canadians don’t get enough of it. In fact, our findings show that Canadians are desperate for more sleep. Dairy Farmers of Canada wants to help. That’s why we’ve created Project Sleep. Because we believe a well-rested Canada is a healthier Canada.

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We’ve done our homework on sleep. And it doesn’t look good.

Read our sleep study done in partnership with Dr. Morehouse and a panel of sleep experts.

59% of Canadians aren’t getting enough sleep.

That’s well over 15 million people — a staggering number. We’re getting dangerously close to becoming a zombie nation.

Source: Canadian Sleep Review 2016

40% of Canadians have sleep disorders.

Insomnia, sleepwalking, sleep talking, nightmares, sleep apnea, and bruxism (teeth grinding) are top of the list, which is pretty long.

Source (downloadable PDF)

1 in 4 people call in sick to catch up on sleep.

And over a year, the average employee loses 11 days of productivity to insomnia. It’s a good thing we sleep well. If we didn’t, Canadians would be eating a lot of dry cereal for breakfast.


We get 20% less sleep than our grandparents did.

That may not sound like much, but cutting down on your sleep by 1.5 hours a night can reduce your daytime alertness by a whopping 32%. Imagine if we didn’t hook up the milking machines properly – an udder mess.


Sleep is kind to your waistline.

People who sleep less than 6 hours a night are 30% more likely to become obese than someone who sleeps 7 to 9 hours a night. Speaking of bellies, that’s what cows sleep on.

Source (downloadable PDF)

As you get older, you need less sleep.

Newborns need 16 to 18 hours, babies need 15 hours, toddlers 12, children 11, teenagers 9, adults 7 to 8, and anyone over 65 needs 6 hours. Cows only need 4 hours (in case you were wondering).


No sleep kills you faster than no food.

For a human to die, it takes 14 days without food, and 10 days without sleep.


Now for what really matters — tips to help you get a better night’s sleep.

You can find more recommendations on the website of the Canadian Sleep Society:

No screen time 30 minutes before bed.

Your brain associates blueish-greenish light (like the one on all your devices) with daytime, keeping you awake and alert.


Turn down your thermostat.

A hot room can turn your sleep into a hot mess. Keep your bedroom cool. Anywhere between 16°C and 19°C should do the trick.

Source (downloadable PDF)

Seek out natural light during the day.

Access to natural light at work increases the amount you sleep at night. People have reported sleeping an extra 45 minutes a night. We certainly do. It’s one of our job perks.

Source: Prevention Magazine, April 2016

Exercise. Exercise. Exercise.

There’s proof that if you exercise 150 minutes a week, you’ll improve your sleep quality by 65%. We count hosing down the milk shed and doing field work as part of our workout.

Source (downloadable PDF)

Make your bed.

Seriously. People who make their beds often enjoy a better night’s sleep. We always make our beds.


The right ritual for rest.

Remember your grandma giving you a glass of warm milk before bed? Your sleep cycle likes a pattern. So keep your bed and wake-up times the same. And do the same thing before sleep, like reading, to tell your body it’s time to shut down.


Try counting cows.

Counting sheep is so passé.

Source: Popular culture

Thanks for visiting. Hope you get a good night’s sleep tonight.