At the start of this year, I made a goal to Master the Art of Sleep. I was honest about my struggle with sleep and it actually surprised a lot of people. Friends and readers from all over sent messages asking if everything was ok, I am totally fine! I just am not the best sleeper! This explains ALL the coffee I drink during the day.
I could make a list of a million goals for the year but I figured having just one was enough and I could really focus on it. Since it is June 1, I thought I would share my progress and YES there is progress.
I suffer from migraines and one of my triggers is when I disrupt my sleep pattern. I get made fun of my sleep schedule but keeping a consistent sleep schedule even on the weekends has been key. I typically climb into bed around 10:30 and wake up around 6ish (my alarm is set for 7 am)
Before I go to bed, there are a few things I do around the house. I fill up my Brita water filter with a full amount and make sure there is water in my Nespresso. The first thing I do in the morning is drink water and coffee so this is pretty important.
I have a long beauty routine of lotions and serums and I make sure to floss and brush before bed. (my water flosser may be one of my favorite things I own)
As I go through my nightly routine, I try to unwind with a cup of tea. I am addicted to the rooibis tea from Palais des Thés. There is no caffeine and it tastes so good. I put a splash of almond milk if I have it in the house.
What I Wear to Bed
This is something pretty new I discovered and to be honest, I didn't think it would make a difference but it really has. Instead of pants to bed which I always used to wear, I started wearing pajama shorts. I am not too hot in the middle of the night and this helps. My family totally makes fun of me but I can't sleep without a sleep mask. It is my comfort and usually puts me right to sleep. I keep one at my sister's house, one in my travel bag, and a few on my night stand. They seem to go missing like a loose sock in the dryer. My niece even found one recently and put it on so she could be like me.
I really wanted to get a new bed at the start of this year as so many of you mentioned this might be the problem. I still have the same bed but I made a little upgrade. I currently have Boll and Branch sheets, which I absolutely love for the soft cotton. I recently purchased this Boll and Branch blanket and I swear it is a game changer. The texture is amazing and it is so soft. I literally can't wait to climb into bed every night. You have to wash it before using, I use this Laundress detergent on my whites. The smell is heavenly and there is nothing like crawling into freshly washed sheets. You will thank me, I promise!
There are two things that really help with sleep once I am in bed. My alarm is on so I put it in airplane mode until I wake up. This way if texts come in during the middle of the night (which they do) they won't wake me. I love to read before bed. Right now I am reading "The Lost Vintage" I have a stack of books on my night stand. Writing my to do list for the next day really helps if I am overwhelmed. I can let go what is on my mind and do a mental prep for the morning. (you can read my productivity tips here)
If I am struggling with sleep or need to quiet my mind and I am not there yet, I will put on a podcast. I LOVE "How I Built This" on NPR. I hope one day I am on the show. For whatever reason, this puts me right to sleep. If you have other favorite podcasts I would love to know since I am running out of episodes.
I can't say I have mastered the art of sleep, but I am on my way to mastering it! It is always going to be a process and a big focus. If I get enough sleep, I feel I can do just about anything. Having a routine and knowing what works has really helped in the whole process.
I would love to know what things you can't sleep without. I hope this helps some of you who are mastering sleep just like me.
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