Getting a Good Nights Sleep: A Work in Progress

I like to think that I’m a pretty easy-going sleeper and can fall asleep just about anywhere….until recently. The strange part is that I didn’t use to have trouble with sleep, and I don’t usually have trouble falling asleep. Over the years, however, I have found that work, stress, diet….life have had a serious impact on catching zzz’s.

This year, I’ve been on a mission to find a “bedtime routine” which is typically the number one thing that I’ve been read and been told can help. While I should sleep with my phone across the room, that will probably never happen. The first thing I did sometime last year was set an automatic timer for the “Night Shift” mode on my iPhone around the time that I am typically in bed until after my alarm goes off. In short, the blue light your cell phone, computer, etc. emits can disrupt your brains ability to produce the correct “nighttime” hormones. This helps to calm your eyes and brain while putting less stress on your eyes.

I am also working on unplugging from all electronic devices at least 20 minutes before I go to sleep. And trust me, this is hard, I mean really hard, especially when you want to check that one last Instagram account of make sure you’re all caught up on work emails. But again, this goes back to letting your brain relax and prepare for sleep.

A few other things I’ve picked up along this journey to discover a routine are pillow spray, candles, sleep aid, and essential oils. I’m liking these two candles (this one and this one) at the moment, and it doesn’t hurt that they’re cheap (as far as candles go). I find these natural scents and the soft light that emits from them help me get to that sleepy-zone.

I’m a sucker for anything that smells calming and relaxes you i.e. pilow spray. Essential oils are something I have been intrigued by for a long time but only took the plunge on a few years back. While I am far from an expert or avid user, I have 3 right now, peppermint, lavender, and lemon. A drop or two of lavender on your wrists adds an extra layer of calm and spa-ness to your bedroom.

Last but not least, I’ve been taking these about 30 minutes before bed for the past three weeks. While I don’t think they’re as successful as Melatonin, ZzzQuil, or any other “sleep aid”, they have just enough of the sleepy-time ingredients (and they’re gummies…yes please) to help you doze off. Although I’m still a work in progress in the sleep department, I’ve found that doing at least one of these things at night, has helped me to sleep a bit more soundly.

 

If you’d like to buy this blanket, T got hers on Amazon from this seller. She loves it!

-E