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Meet Mary: The Early Riser

October 31, 2017

Meet our Early Riser’s and Night Owl’s this is a series launched by thisopenspace where we sit down with the most talented community members in Toronto. We asked them to share with us everything to do with why they love to sleep.

Mary Young, the founder, and designer of her namesake lifestyle lingerie and loungewear clothing line. Mary is a jill of all trades, who loves a good challenge, whether that’s completing a thousand piece puzzle or more recently, running her very first half marathon. She is a dedicated friend with a knack to make people laugh, almost as much as she likes to make herself laugh. Overall, Mary is full of love and energy to make this world a better place and to make each and every day count. Mary is a ritual Early Riser whose sleep routine and emphasis on goodnight’s rest drives her the success of her daily hustle. Let’s meet Mary! 

Are you a Night Owl or Early Riser? And Why? 

I’m an early riser, and this is something I’ve learned over time. One the off day I’m a night owl as I find myself more creative into the early morning hours but for the majority of my life, I’m an early riser. I find getting up early is the only way to fit in everything I want to in a day, so I’ve decided to make the most of my mornings.

How does being an Early Riser impact your daily hustle? 

Being an early riser has allowed me to structure my day to balance out both work and personal life. I often try to get in my workout first thing in the morning, that way I start with a shot of endorphins and am fully awake to start working. This also allows me to set aside evenings for work-related events, whether it’s the opening of a new store or a talk I’m giving, and if it’s not work related something at night, then it’s catching up with a friend or enjoying a nice dinner in. One of my favourite parts of being an early riser is starting the day when the city is quiet, there’s a sense of peace walking through the city when half of the people are still sleeping. I also love to grab a matcha latte at Tokyo Smoke before it gets busy and chat with the barista or other people in the community, rather than grabbing my drink and rushing to work, I can enjoy these simple moments and interactions allowing my day to start on a positive note.

Tell us about your daily sleep ritual (give us all the details)?

Sleep is a vital part of my life. As in, I used to have a terrible sleeping schedule and have recently been able to master it – to some extent. I used to find myself taking near an hour to fall asleep and often tossing and turning all night. After paying attention to my thoughts and working on calming down before sleeping, often with a book, I find I’m able to sleep much better. I also cut out caffeine a year and a half ago which has improved my sleeping significantly. My best ritual for sleep is sticking to a schedule, I normally curl into bed by 10:30/11pm and either read a book or watch one short 20min episode on Netflix, then lights out, phone on do not disturb and off to sleep I go. 

Currently, what can we find on your bedside table? 

I recently moved so my bedside table doesn’t have a lot on it, I’m working on keeping things in their own place. I have a few books more for decor purposes, along with a water bottle, candle, lip chap and my daily vitamins so I don’t forget to take them. 

What is your favourite sleep-related product? 

My favourite sleep-related product would have to be my Endy pillows. Not only are they the comfiest pillows I’ve had to date but the biggest feature is you can take out stuffing to make sure it’s the right thickness for you. I used my extra stuffing to create a travel pillow so wherever I go I can get a good sleep!

Rapid Fires: 

Long Shower or Bubble Bath? 

Long shower

AM or PM Exercise Class? 

AM exercise

How can we find your bedroom – hot or cold?

Cool so I can curl up on my duvet

PJ’s or Au Naturale? 

Au Naturale

Mary strives to rest easy and she does this through sticking to her routine and evening regiment which helps her rise early. Where does she get her favourite sleep products? She curates her ritual with essential items from Sleepover the first experience-driven retail store by thisopenspace curated with 35+ brands to help you rest easy. Check it out at 950 Queen Street West and and grab that find out exactly what helps Mary jumpstart her day.


Are you interested in learning more about how to curate your sleep ritual, sleep better and rest easy? Check out our upcoming community events at Sleepover right here