Sleep has been alluding me. Blame it on my raging pregnancy hormones, my racing mind, or my enormous over-sized 34 week belly. I have been a bit cranky and certainly very tired. And what have I done about it? Well, like any normal person, I have continued to stay up way too late and wake up annoyingly early.
I used to sleep like a champ. Dead to the world. No siren, or street noise, no ringing phone or door slamming could wake me. Now however, it’s as if I awaken when a fly lands on a piece of paper three rooms away.
So, as I dream of someday achieving that kind of coma-like sleep again, my Favorite (Sleep) Things Friday will hopefully inspire and encourage beautiful nights followed by even more beautiful days.
Here are my Favorite (Sleep) Things:
A good way to block out that darn pesky sunlight? A sleep mask like this purple pirate one from Peet’s Shop on Etsy. I had one friend laugh at me when she heard I used a sleep mask. Well, not laugh at me but, scoff. I proudly explained that the seemingly silly item actually helps me take sweet naps. So silly aside, I love ‘em.
My Snoogle is a massive pregnancy pillow shaped like some deformed worm. My husband lovingly refers to it as my “boyfriend” since it is this pillow, not him that I snuggle up to at night. I don’t sleep much these days, but the little sleep I am granted is due very much thanks to my priceless Snoogle.
A good book to snuggle up with, like these gems from Anthropologie. They are classic titles such as Great Expectations and Wuthering Heights, but with stylish retro inspired covers. A tasty novel almost always keeps me up longer in bed but reading does help me drift off faster. I guess it’s a draw but I’ll always like a good book in bed.
White noise, I have discovered is my friend. I recently purchased a cheap $8 sound machine I found on a clearance rack. It has 6 different sounds from birds chirping to waves crashing. The thing is, the only sound that actually helps me fall asleep and stay asleep (versus fixating on the chirp of that one bird again and again) is the sound of white noise. My cheap-o sound machine sounds more like a mechanical track which throws me off sometimes. There is one from Marpac called the Sleepmate (cute name, huh?) that is suppose to be one long whoosh of wind that sounds believable…and that sounds helpful.
My husband. Yes, I really like him and not only that, but if for some reason (say he is working late) he doesn’t go to bed with me, I never sleep quite as well. Maybe it’s his sporadic yet highly erratic sleep talking that soothes me. It’s like some kind of crazy lullaby.
A delicious before bed snack like milk and cookies. That’s a bedtime snack right? Milk and cookies isn’t just for kids coming home from school? I hope not because that would be highly disappointing.
So how do you sleep? I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has trouble. I feel confident though that tonight when my head hits the pillow, I will drift off into dreamland and awaken refreshed and renewed. Or am I dreaming? I mean I do have two little people, super sonic hearing, and a large fetus kicking me all night long, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
What are you favorite things to help you sleep or do in your bedtime routine? Any sleep tips for me to get a better night’s rest? Where do you sleep best?