May 18, 2018

6 Easy Ways To Rest Easier at Bedtime

For a while I was having trouble falling asleep at night. I'm sure you've been there a time or two...your mind races, you're anxious, and you lay there staring at the ceiling. So...what do you do?
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There's a few things that have helped put my mind at ease and calmed my body so that I am able to get some rest.
1. I swear by this Lavender Vanilla Pillow Mist from Bath and Body Works.  I use it almost every night, especially when I'm feeling stressed or anxious. I has a wonderful light fragrance so it doesn't overpower which is great since I can be sensitive to smells sometimes. The spray is made from a blend of essential oils so you may be able to even make your own at home. I finally ordered some oils from Young Living, and can't wait for them to get here so I can play around with them.

2. A huge one for me is taking a late shower right before bed to unwind and let all the stress and craziness of the day roll off my back. I like to sleep until the last possible minute in the morning- probably not the best, but it works for I shower at night. That or a relaxing bath, I've become a huge fan of bath bombs. I didn't used to be the biggest fan of baths, but I invested in a pillow for the tub and have taken a book in...if someone could just bring me endless Lush bath bombs I would be okay.

3. Could anyone else LIVE in comfy loungewear?! I found some real gems at PinkBlush that I am loving. As I get older I really go towards soft, easy clothes to sleep in and relax around the house in. Not to mention- it's even better when it's cute- looking at you Pink Blush and Victoria's Secret. Comfortable sleepwear definitely helps me relax better and get a better night's sleep in lightweight clothing. Especially when your mind is restless, it can be hard to get comfortable in bed after a hectic day,

4. In the cooler months, I like to enjoy some Sleepytime Tea as I relax on the couch and begin to unwind for the night. Some of you may like a glass of wine or something else to chill out...but taking the time to soak up the quiet really helps me end my night better.

5. I've been bad at this're to blame Amazon and Nordstrom-- but make sure electronics are off once you get in to bed. Set your alarms and check what you need to before laying in bed and going down a black hole of browsing the Internet and scrolling through Instagram and Twitter. Sometimes it's hard for me to fall asleep, so reading a book or simply laying and getting cozy in bed and talking to Chuck are ways that help me relax and sleep easier.

6. Prepare for the next day while you're making dinner or doing another nightly task. If you get in to bed with your mind racing you won't be able to relax. Pack your lunch, check your e-mails and set reminders before you even start thinking about bed. I make sure everyone's lunches are ready to go, papers for Ethan's school are signed, Bella has her bag packed for the sitter's and anything I need for the next day is in a bag by my purse so I don't forget it. When my mind is racing in bed thinking about what needs done for the next day, I don't get rest as well as I should. It also helps your day get off to a better start the next morning.

What helps you rest easier at bedtime?

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