My Sleep Essentials

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

I've struggled with bad insomnia since I was a kid. I would lay in bed for hours, unable to sleep. I was briefly on Ambien in college, which helped a bit, but it also made me groggier than usual in the morning. I tried melatonin a few years ago, but it didn't really work for me.

Thankfully, I've found a combination of things that seems to be my sleep sweet spot. Now when I don't get enough sleep, it's just because I've been up too late watching Netflix or researching genealogy.

So how do I achieve my best sleep? With these three things:

A Weighted Blanket

This is the most recent addition to my routine. Tom got me this weighted blanket for Valentine's Day (he noticed I had been extra stressed, and thought it would help), and I've definitely noticed an improvement in my sleep. Though part of this is may be that I no longer wake up cold in the middle of the night because he's ripped the blankets off me, lol. But I really am sleeping through the night much better, usually only waking up if Tom is moving around or I need to pee (side note: I totally get why couples used to sleep in separate beds now!).

Essential Oils

Diffusing a calming blend or applying a sleep roller before bed also helps me to sleep more soundly. My favorite sleep oils are a combination of lavender, orange, cedarwood, and vetiver; it's ridiculously relaxing, and I love the smell (I'm also a big fan of the KidScents SleepyIze oil -- that'll knock you out like nobody's business). Oils are a part of my daily routine in many different ways, and bedtime is no exception!

Tracks to Relax sleep meditation podcast

It may sound silly, but I think this has honestly made the biggest difference in me being able to sleep. I have always been the kind of person who needs to listen to something when going to sleep. As a kid, I always listened to the radio. As a young adult, I would just play movies all night until I slept. Both of these helped, but were also distracting. Several years ago, I switched to relaxing music on Pandora, but I was getting distracted by that. A couple of years ago, I started listening to podcasts while I slept, but then I'd have to try to find the spot where I fell asleep in order to finish the podcast.

Sometime last year, it occurred to me -- there has to be some sort of podcast meant for sleeping! So I looked them up, and I found Tracks to Relax, and I am not exaggerating when I say this has been a huge game changer for me. I never seem to stay awake long enough to make it through an entire episode, which is a huge deal for me. Whenever I turn one on, I'm usually fast asleep within 15 minutes. If you're someone who has trouble sleeping, I HIGHLY recommend this podcast!

What helps you sleep?

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  1. Essential oils is also apart of my night routine. I haven't tried a weighted blanket yet but definitely going to look into it.

    1. I hadn't really ever considered getting a weighted blanket for myself (though I had thought about it for my son), but it really has made a difference!



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