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I dream of sleeping


You’d think that the cottage—with its fresh air and nature sounds and lack of work stress—would be the best place to catch some zzzs. Sorry: “Anything that shifts you away from what you’re accustomed to can disrupt sleep,” says James MacFarlane, a cottager and a clinical consultant with Canada’s MedSleep. For example: if the room is hotter or colder than your room at home; if it’s noisier or too quiet; if you get too much sun or drink too much booze or eat too much food too late at night. During sleep, your brain is constantly attending to your environment. When that environment changes, your brain is on high alert, attuned to any different sounds, smells, and temperature variations. “It’s an evolutionary survival technique,” says MacFarlane. Helpful, we assume, in some situations—like if you fall asleep while riding a bicycle. But it’s annoying the rest of the time. If you’re having trouble getting shut-eye, try these tips.—J.D.

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Cottage Life’s Fall issue brings you the magic of the season. Kick your campfire up a notch with desserts that are delicious and pure fun. Get inspired by the story of a family whose three generations pitch in to add on to their retreat—gaining hands-on skills and a love of the cottage along the way. Discover the secrets to better sleep at the lake. Build a fold-up workbench, and get the lowdown on Tesla solar roof tiles, two handy jacks, and six small problem-solving gadgets for your workshop. Choose the best water-filtration system for your family (so you can stop hauling water to the cottage!). And when it’s finally time to close up for the season, we’ve got 17 smarter ways to put your boats, docks, plumbing, and more to bed—with a lot less stress. Plus, as fish numbers drop, we asked the experts what’s going on below the surface of our lakes. Chock full of advice and inspiration, this issue offers the best of fall at the cottage.