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If you follow me on Instagram or know me in real life, you’ve probably heard me complain about my issues with sleep. For years, I’ve struggled with falling asleep or staying asleep. It was so bad that I slept every night in my parents bed until I was like 13, because being near my mom was the only way I was calm enough to fall asleep and stay out.
When we were in high school, Cole suggested that I start taking ZzzQuil which knocked me out completely! When I realized it was just Benadryl with a cute name, I bought a bottle of the little pink pills and relied on them for about two years before finding Sleepytime Tea.
I drink the Extra formulation that contains Valerian root – a mild herbal sedative. If you’re a hot tea lover already, you’ll appreciate the taste! But if you’re not really into tea or herbs, it may take a few cups to develop a taste for it.
I find that the chamomile is the most identifiable flavor and the warmth of the beverage really helps me relax. My doctor suggested that I create a bedtime routine to signal my body that it’s time to wind down and sleep. So, I brew a Sleepytime K-cup and sip it while I unwind in a hot bath.
Over the last year, I’ve gotten more control over my anxiety and slept so much better. But, since getting married and moving into the new house my inability to sleep is back. I’m used to it and can function fine the next day, but I feel so bad when Cole is home and I’m flopping all around the bed like a gasping fish.
Enter the weighted blanket from Amazon. My mom ordered this blanket/pillow combo for me and the first time I cuddled up on the couch with it to watch a movie, I was out in 15 minutes. Like I literally could not hold my eyes open. I felt like a warm little cocoon of relaxation and peace.
After my bath, I do my nightly skincare routine before climbing into bed and snuggling with my pups. Most nights, Cole isn’t home so River and I sleep right up under each other. She’s such a little baby and I live for it. Then, I set my alarm, turn the tv onto the news, and try to doze off after saying my nighttime prayers. I think it’s important to note that I absolutely cannot fall asleep without the tv on, but I’ve been wearing anti-blue light glasses to off-set some of the problems caused by electronics.
When we talked about instituting a bedtime routine, my doctor also suggested limiting my screen time. But I’m not even going to pretend that I’ve tried her recommendation. I’m a full-time student and blogger. Limited screen time is the biggest joke of 2019.
However, I do realize the damage I’m doing to my body by constantly being tuned in to a screen so I did a little research into these blue-blocking lenses. Turns out, just 2 hours of screen time is needed to reduce melatonin production by 22%. After just one week of adding the new glasses to my routine, I’m sleeping even better, and the best part is that they’re only $20.
So to recap, my nightly routine consists of tea, a bath, cuddling the pups, watching the news all snuggled up with pillows with my weighted blanket, and finally falling soundly asleep after my prayers. When I do wake up through the night tossing and turning, I try to just pray until I drift back asleep. Usually this works, but sometimes I just give up and start my day at 3 a.m. because there is always more work to do anyway!
How do you fall asleep at night?