An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Tips and Tricks for Sleeping Soundly

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tips and Tricks for Sleeping Soundly

I know I'm not the only one who suffers from poor sleep habits.

After a month of terribly restless nights and on my wits end, I decided I needed to take some steps to ensure that can actually get a decent amount of sleep. And I'm so happy to report that these tips have worked like a charm! I now only wake up to feed the baby once in the night. When we're done, I have no trouble falling right back to sleep.

Whether or not you have issues falling asleep, staying asleep, sleep quality, or perhaps you feel as though you have no issues at all - I'd suggest trying a few of these just to see if you feel better the next morning!

Here's what worked wonders for me:

1) Lavender linen spray: I bought a small spray bottle at Target, and filled it with water. Then I add about ten drops of lavender essential oil. Fifteen minutes prior to bedtime, I give a few sprays to my pillow. This way it will dry before I climb into bed, and I'll have a fresh burst of calming lavender to sooth me off to la-la land.



2) Shut down electronics at least 30 minutes before bed time: This is hard. Formerly, I put myself to sleep checking out Pinterest from my phone. But the light of the phone/laptop/TV has been proven, time and again, to awaken and rouse the brain. Have trouble "shutting your mind off" at night? Turn off your electronics. I now enjoy about 30 minutes of reading (remember books?!) before I turn off the light, and have had no problems falling asleep within ten minutes of lights-out.

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3) Develop a consistent routine: If you go to bed at different times each night, you're body can't get into a pattern. If some nights you stay up later depending who is on Jimmy Falon, cut it out and program your DVR. Whether it's 9pm or 11:30pm, try to always go to bed at a consistent time to right-set your sleeping clock, and get yourself on a solid routine.

4) White noise: Some people love it, others hate it. But they sell baby noisemakers for a reason - it's the way things were in the womb! I personally HAVE to have a fan running at night for that constant hmmmmmmmmm sound. My son prefers the heartbeat sound on his sound maker. That's a little "horror film-esque" for me, but to each their own! If you haven't tried it before, get a fan and try it for a week. The circulating air helps, too.

Nothing like the constant white noise of a fan. Zzzzz...

I hope you find these tips as helpful as I have in developing a better night's rest! Do you have any other tips or tricks to share? What helps you fall and stay asleep at night?

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  1. I really need to work on the electronics one! I put myself to sleep browsing, too. We have a fan that runs at night and that adds a nice constant "white" noise for our bedroom.

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    1. Isn't it crazy how tough it is to put the dang phone down at night?! That's been the toughest one for me. In fact, hubs busted me last night...

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  2. great tips - white noise really helps me, and the electronics one is absolutely a must otherwise when i close my eyes i see whatever game i was playing on my phone lol

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    1. I know exactly what you mean when you see what you were staring at with closed eyes! Why are electronics so addicting?!

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  3. I really think I need some more white noise in my life. My sleeping has been slacking lately... I have no idea why!!!!

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    1. Oh girl, it's not like you've had nothing going on lately to disturb your peaceful sleep! The white noise is SUPER helpful for me, so give it a try.

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  4. I've started trying to cut out all electronics 30 minutes before bed recently and I'm really enjoying it. Sometimes it doesn't QUITE work - I hear the blip of my phone and I just HAVE to check who texted me. :P But there's something so cozy and wonderful about lying in bed and reading for a bit or journaling before going to sleep. :)
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    1. I completely agree! There is something so great about being cozy in bed with a book. You know what I do? I turn my phone to silent so I don't have to hear any tempting text/tweet/social media notification noises! Works like a charm :)

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  5. Such a great post!! I was talking to my husband yesterday about how much I love sleep and I'm so sad when the night feels like it goes by too fast - you know what I mean! I've used the Lavender linen spray and it totally works!

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    1. I could pretty much bathe myself in lavender spray! In fact, I just sprayed some over my workout clothes... ;)

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  6. Found your blog via TX bloggers. :) Thanks for sharing this. I used to sleep with white noise and recently started up again. I absolutely love it. I actually sleep with my phone on an app and it is a mix of white noise, wind and beach. Best noise ever :)

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    1. Yay, thanks for stopping by Kristen! White noise is absolutely crucial for sleep, I think! It's weird when there isn't any, and all I can think is, "It's too quiet in here to sleep!"

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  7. #2 is so genius but soooo hard!! I really need to be better about putting my phone away at least 30 minutes before bed!
    This is so strange, but my hubs sleeps so much better with ear plugs! We tried different kinds of white noise, but that's what works for him!

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    1. Ha! I actually just picked us up some of those! We're starting to sleep train Henry to make it through the night, so ear plugs are necessary to block out baby cries :)

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