I think the one thing most every human on earth can agree on is that we all love our sleep. We all need it, we all want it. But we all don’t get the same amount or quality.
After having MacKenlee, I had to figure out how to operate on broken sleep. The lack of sleep made me a train wreck, both mentally and emotionally. Once she started sleeping through the night, the fog started to lift for me. I’ve been a night owl for as long as I can remember. I actually come by that naturally, my Mawmaw was one too. Thing is… A baby changes everything. I had to shift my normal schedule because our days started at 7am. That meant I needed to find ways to wind down and fall asleep earlier. Here are a few of my nightly rituals that help me go to sleep each night:
- Take a hot bath. I don’t take one every night, but the nights I need to wind down, I find baths to be especially helpful. I always add epsom salt or magnesium flakes to help relax my body.
- Wear pajamas. Actually wear real PJs. I mean having soft, luxurious PJs that are reserved for bedtime. That means no yoga pants and no sweats. I value my sleep so I want to have a nice pair of pajamas that I look forward to wearing. It’s like a super comfortable reward at the end of my day. Something to look forward to putting on my tired body.
- Wear blue light glasses before bed. Wearing my glasses while watching tv and looking at screens helps promote better sleep. Here’s my favorite pair of (non-prescription) glasses and a budget-friendly version here.
- Wear a sleep mask. I can’t sleep if the room isn’t dark. I started wearing sleep masks years ago and they make such a difference. This mask is my favorite when I don’t have lash extensions. This mask is best for lash extensions or protecting your natural lashes from curling/kinking up from pressing against the mask.
- Use essential oils. We use oils at bedtime in various ways. I’ll mix oils into epsom salt for a more aromatic bath experience. We diffuse different blends at bedtime. We also apply oils topically. Which oils we use depends on what we’re looking to achieve. I mix lavender, cedarwood and orange most evenings for diffusing. I apply frankincense and lavender, along with other oils every night topically. Learn more about oils in this blog post.