Good morning everyone! Todays post is about one of the most important things in the world to me, I am one of those people that has to have enough sleep to function during the day, and lately I haven’t been able to be on a good sleeping schedule at all so I have to try and do other things to help me sleep when Izzy does.
Before Izzy was born I NEVER had a problem sleeping. TJ and I went to bed right around 10:00 every night, and we woke up at 6:00 every morning so I was on a perfect schedule and fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. Now I am in the process of getting back on a schedule, but Izzy still wakes me up several times in the night. She never has been the best sleeper, but we really are trying our best to get her sleeping through the night, with her it’s just a slow process.
Because I’m not on a good sleeping schedule, it’s really hard for me to fall asleep when Izzy does, sometimes I lay awake for hours and by the time I start falling asleep she is waking up to eat again, so lately I have been trying a few things that have been helping me fall asleep when I need to. I hope these tips help you as much as they have helped me, there is nothing better than getting a really good nights sleep. Here is my list, if you have any other suggestions please leave me a comment and let me know!
1. Turn off TV, put away phones, iPad etc an hour before bedtime
This helped me so much, I found that when I had an hour without looking at any screens it was so much easier for my mind to shut down when I closed my eyes, and I didn’t lay awake thinking as much, or feel like my mind was racing.
2. Dim the lights, light candles, listen to soft music and get into comfy clothes
All the things you can think of that would relax you and trigger your body to start releasing melatonin before you have to go to sleep can help. When the lights are dim and I am comfortable I automatically start relaxing, and candles ad
3. Have a cup of chamomile tea
Chamomile is known for its relaxing and calming properties but a cup of any hot herbal tea helps. My favorite right now is Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Chamomile, I have it with a little honey and a splash of cashew milk (you can use any kind of milk), it’s SO good!
4. Use aroma therapy
I like to use a diffuser with a few drops of lavender oil, but there are lots of lavender sprays or lotions that work too!
5. Write it down/journal
When I lay awake at night I usually start making a mental list of everything I have to do the next day, or even the next week, and then I worry that I am going to forget something. Having a notepad and pen on my nightstand lets me write things down when I think of them, then I can let that thought go for the night knowing it will be there in the morning. I also like to journal and get all my thoughts out on paper before I even lay down for the night.
Bonus: Reading a book always helps me get to sleep, choose something light and an easy read not something that you wont want to put down. Right now I am reading Bringing Up Bébé; it’s about french parenting and I really like it so far!