Saturday mornings are my favorite. Ian get’s Cove out of bed, and the two of them come in and wake me up after letting me sleep in just a little bit. It’s one of those things I honestly dreamed about before having babies, slow Saturday mornings with my family, and I absolutely look forward to them all week long. These pictures are from last Saturday (our first slow Saturday morning in a while) and Cove and I hanging out in bed for a bit before we got ready for the day.
When it comes to sleep, I simply cannot do without it. I have tried hard to be one of those people who can run off 4-5 hours every night, and it’s not me. Overall, if I get a good nights rest, I am better at functioning and feel healthier long term. Once I had Cove, I realized the newborn stage didn’t really allow for much consistent sleeping. Actually, with postpartum, I found it hard to sleep at all without melatonin or Benadryl. Soon, that good better, and once we got into a routine, I realized I had to improve some things myself, breaking some bad habits to make other things work. I wanted to share five things that have helped both Ian and I start sleeping better at night.
1. A Regular Routine
I was really great about going to bed and waking up at the same time when I worked consistent office hours. When I started to work from home, I got in a terrible habit of never going to bed at the same time. I would binge watch on Netflix, eat meals too late and just never really made an effort to get to bed at a reasonable time. When it started to catch up with me, I did a sleep test and found I needed a good 8 hours every night to really hustle the next day.
Now, I am usually in bed by 10:00 – 10:30 pm and up around 7:00 – 7:30 am. Even waking up at the same time dramatically helps. If I sleep in too late, I am extremely lazy and have a hard time getting motivated. Ian needs less sleep than me, but still sticks to a routine. He is usually in bed by 11:00 – 11:30 pm and up by 6:00 – 6:30 am. We both eat dinner relatively early and then a non-carb snack before 9 pm like apples or fruit.
2. A Comfortable Bed and Bedding
One of the things I told Ian when we were registering during our engagement was that I didn’t care about nice china, but I wanted bedding that made me feel amazing every night and morning. You spend half your life or more in a bed, so it should be something you absolutely love. We really invested in our mattress and nice sheets early on. We also recently received an incredibly warm, yet breathable, comforter from Tomorrow that we both love.
I am cold natured and love lots of layers, and Ian gets really hot at night, always with his feet outside the sheets. It’s really been perfect for both of us. It’s ideal for all seasons, hypoallergenic, and just super light for how warm it keeps you. We also received some bedding for Cove’s new room from Tomorrow and I am so impressed with their sheet set and memory foam gel pillows. I may have to invest in some for our bed they were so great. (More on his big boy bed to come. They have the best hybrid mattress) While you’re checking out tomorrow, be sure to use this code TRUNK150 at checkout. This will work for $150 off any $500 purchase (expires 12/31/17).
Anyways, bedding is key to getting a good nights rest. A good mattress (Like a great memory foam hybrid mattress). Super soft sheets. And something to keep you at a good temperature all night.
3. A Relaxing Atmosphere
Similar to bedding, atmosphere sets the tone for rest. We try to make sure our bedroom is kept up without a lot of stuff everywhere, so it’s peaceful when we go to bed. We don’t do much in our bedroom beside reading and sleeping, so it doesn’t feel like a work environment. We also took our TV out about 3 years ago and I think that makes a big difference too.
We have a diffuser and have been using oils for a little over a year now. I am not joking when I tell you lavender significantly helps bring me peace every night. My favorite nighttime blend, besides just lavender, is Peace from DoTerra and Ian loves to diffuse Onguard, especially when it’s cold out. They really set the mood for a peaceful night and keep our bedroom smelling nice.
4. Soft Lighting
Ian is big on lighting. By big, I mean he really doesn’t like overhead lighting or bright lights on in the house whatsoever. He loves natural light and warm lamps, just not overhead lighting. You will rarely find any of those lights on in our home.
We have lamps that dim and a nice amount of natural light in the day through our windows, with curtains and blinds that keep it dark in the mornings for early sunrises. We also try to keep the screen and blue light to a minimum before bed. I have found not being on my phone in bed helps me fall asleep way faster and keeps me from staying up an extra hour trying to control my thoughts.
5. Clearing Your Mind
This is one of the biggest struggles for me, and from what people tell me, women in general. I can’t even tell you how tired I am when my head hits the pillow some nights, but I end up laying there awake two hours later wondering why I can’t fall asleep. Some things that have helped me are memorizing scripture and repeating it over and over, reading a book instead of being on my phone at night, and praying or counting my blessings over and over.
Most of the reasons I stay awake is for worry or anxiety, so I don’t check my emails after a certain time and stay off social media so that I’m focused on winding down and praying over my family. Ian’s also trying to convince me to meditate before bed to clear my mind, but I haven’t made the plunge yet.
What are some of the ways you sleep better? Are you a night owl or early bird?
Either way, I hope you have sweet dreams tonight! xx
*This post was written after conversations with Tomorrow Sleep. All opinons are my own.