I’ve recently been having a hard time falling asleep. It’s not for lack of tired, that’s for sure. I’m a taxi driver and food preparer all day! So, tired is something in which I’m very familiar. Lately, I just can’t fall asleep. I toss, I turn, I move my body pillow, I shove covers off, I pull them on. I.just.can’t.get.comfortable. My mind is racing with all of the things I
need to do want to do. And, sometimes, my girls have a hard time falling asleep, too. Here are 8 things to help you fall asleep and stay asleep faster that are helping me and my girls and hopefully will help you, too.
Wouldn’t it be great to sleep like this?
The thing is, I totally know what I need to be doing to get to that happy and relaxed sleepy place. And, I’ve started doing some of them again, but I haven’t committed all the way.
How to catch that sleep
1. Relaxation Breathing
This breathing really helped me relax during pregnancy and during labor. One slow breath in through the nose for a count of 4, and out for a count of 8 with the mouth relaxed and tongue to the roof of your mouth.
Thirty minutes of exercise everyday (not right before bed) will help with the body’s natural sleep cycle. I have to get back to this. Not just for my sleep, but for my health, too.
3. Noise Machine or Fan
We have three noise machines in our house. The white noise is great for babies, but it also helps adults, too. It blocks out all of the other house noises, or people noises and makes for a nice “quiet” environment.
4. Lavender Essential Oil
The scent of lavender is naturally relaxing. I have lavender oil diffusing in our room and use it in my girls’ rooms as well in the evening to help relax and calm. You can also spray it on your sheets, in your room, or even find laundry detergent with lavender added.
5. Cool, dark room
Have you ever tried to sleep in a brightly lit, hot room? Yeah, it’s pretty impossible. We’ve got our air set much lower than I ever imagined (I’m sure it’s going to cost us a pretty penny). We also have black-out curtains. It’s nice and dark and cool.
6. Stick to the same bedtime and wake up time
Um. Guilty of not following this one. I know, this is the best thing for our bodies and I need to get better. I’m guilty of the “just one more thing” statement at 10:30pm and before I know it, it’s 1:00am!
7. Get off the computer/iPhone/tablet/
Did you know that the light coming from those screens actually activates your brain. This is probably one of the biggest reasons I have a hard time going to bed. I need to break up with my computer and phone earlier in the evening. Is there an app that will shut down my phone after a certain time? Because I might need that!
8. Have a good bed setup – Mattress, pillows and more
Mattress: Make sure you have a nice mattress that you like and works well for the way you sleep. Is it cool enough or does it keep you hot? Is it cozy for a side sleeper, or better for a back sleeper. Or, get a mattress that works for all sleep positions like the Dream Cloud (read my full Dream Cloud review here).
Pillows: Next is your pillows. Have you ever been to a hotel or a guest at a person’s house and realize just how much your miss your pillows from home? Maybe that’s just me! I’m all about my neck relief ergonomic cervical pillow. I like it to cradle my head and stretch my neck. I also feel like these are best for helping me to relax my jaw when I sleep.
However, Mr. Serious sleeps on a more generic pillow that is the best pillow for all sleep positions. It turns out he moves a lot more in his sleep and is also less picky about the type of pillow he sleeps on. Thankfully, The Cushion Lab has options for all different types of sleepers and even for people that like to have a pillow between their legs while they sleep (also me!).
Weighted Blanket: A weighted blanket is kind of like a hug in a blanket. This weighted blanket is made of 300 thread count 100% breathable cotton. We were sent a sample of the CO-Z weighted blanket to test out. It is skin-friendly, more comfortable and cooler for children. The filling glass beads create a weighted effect that will simulate being held and hugged, with ideally no more tossing and turning.
Hopefully, your child will fall asleep much faster and longer. It comes in three weights and sizes so you can get just what your child needs. Want 20% off on your weighted blanket for kids? Use the weighted blanket coupon code KWB20INF2 to get 20% off your weighted blanket.
Obviously, I know what I need to do, so I need to act on it. I’m no good to my family if I’m cranky because I can’t sleep or haven’t slept. Kids and adults alike need to get good sleep. So make sure they are getting good sleep and we are mom-ing ourselves and getting good sleep, too.