A BETTER NIGHT SLEEP
Who else wants a better night sleep?
(Every adult who's ever lived raises their hand)
As a kid I never wanted to go to sleep, as a teenager I could stay up all night and still function the next day, and as a college student I could coordinate my class schedule with my sleep schedule.
And now here I am, an adult who cannot fall asleep and stay asleep.
I function off of routine and consistency. I go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time everyday. Yet more and more lately I have had a difficult time falling asleep. I run through my never ending to do list in my head and think about what I could be doing instead of sleeping. Which is lead me to my latest mission, what can I do to fall asleep quicker and stay asleep? I've compiled a list of items I currently use to sleep better and items I want to try- because I will do anything to sleep through the night.
Items to try:
1. NIGHT Pillow- I feel like one of my major problems with staying asleep is not having a comfy pillow. This NIGHT pillow has been on my list for awhile and I think I'll have to bite the bullet on this one and try it!
2. NIGHT Silk Beauty Eye Mask + Cooling Gel- I've never been one for eye masks, but maybe that's because I haven't found the right one. I do sleep with black out curtains, but I feel like light still seeps into the room (that's probably because I go to bed so early though). An eye mask could totally be the answer to a better nights sleep.
3. Deep Sleep Pillow Spray- As someone who loves all things lavender this called my name. I've used other pillow sprays before but I was always bothered knowing that I was just putting my face on a pillow sprayed with chemicals all night long. This spray has great reviews and is carried by retailers I trust.
4. HoMedics Ellia Soothe Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser- I know...how have I not jumped on the diffuser movement? This is something I would definitely love on my nightstand and in my classroom. Essential oils can help with a number of things, two of which a sleep and stress. According to tick.com choosing an essential oil that promotes relaxation can help get our bodies into a restful state ready for sleep. Making essential oils part of your bedtime routine can also help train your mind to associate the specific scent with falling asleep.
5. Barefoot Dreams Blanket- I have read all about these blankets for years, I just haven't willed myself to purchase one. I'm a firm believer that if you are comfortable in bed then your sleep will be better (only makes sense right?) I have a wrap from Barefoot Dreams and the material is heavenly!
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Items I currently use:
1. Sonoma Lavender Spa Mask- I have had this mask for about two years and love it! I have also given it to several people as gifts, so I clearly trust that other people will love it as much as I do. The mask has a lavender sachet inside of it so it smells like heaven. You can also place the mask in the freezer or microwave for a short amount of time if you need cool/heat therapy (hello people who suffer from headaches).
2. Go To Sleep Bath Bomb- This was a recent purchase at one of my favorite local boutiques. Anything related to lavender I gravitate to, incase you couldn't tell by this post already. For those of you who like to take a relaxing soak this is for you! I have always been a bath person (unless I am in a hurry, then it's definitely a shower). It is one way that I decompress after a long day at work.
3. Sweet Dreams Sleep Balm- I bought this in Seattle on a summer visit last year. The store is called All Things Lavender so I made a beeline for it and bought this balm, candles, and soap. They also have an online store so I purchases can be made from afar!
4. Calm App- One of my teacher BFFs told me about this app. And from there I have been obsessed! There is the option to purchase a subscription, but it is optional- I use the free version. Sometimes I find that even if I go through all the motions where I should be relaxed enough to go to sleep, my mind does not turn off. The app has music and sleep stories, both of which have helped me fall asleep recently.