Are you in a sleeping pickle?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

For the past few weeks I've been having difficulty sleeping and I blame coffee for it (giggle). So, in search for a cure, I recently read an article with a few handy tips for a good night sleep. I wanna share a handful of tricks that are tried and tested. So here it goes:

* Make sure that your sheets are always super fresh with a soothing scent. I add Lenor sensations softener to my washing. It has a beautifully relaxing  lavender scent. Also, instead of the softner, you can sprinkle a few drops of lavender oil onto your pillow each night.

* I swapped my regular shower gel for a baby lavender one that relaxes my muscles before bed time.

* I got this egg lamp from a friend last week. It reflects soothing star-like shapes all around your room while you're trying to fall asleep.

* Eating fresh or dried tart cherries can help, as they are very high on slumber inducer melatonin.

* Make sure that your bedroom is not too warm or stimulated by bright colours.

* Practice deep breathing excercises a few minutes before bed time - it clears your mind.

* Drink a cup of chamomile tea or a cup of hot milk with honey just before going to sleep.

Darlings, how do you sleep? Would you like to share any other tips that work for sleepless nights? I’d love to hear:) xo

(Photos by Leslie, Sean and Shawn)

29 comments:

Heba said...

great tips ,Diana
I don't sleep very well these days, so they're very helpful :)

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katie said...

excellent tips! i hope you get a better sleep! :)

Sage Crown Parker said...

my mom is like this, she spends sleepless hrs in bed:( there is a book out all about sleeping, npr had an interview with the author (sorry can't remember name) but his advice was to calm yourself before sleep, like get ready mentally for sleep so your mind starts relaxing. i find exercise helps me, good luck!

Tish said...

No caffeine after 3pm!!!

Monica from Hola!design said...

I needed this! I've quit coffee (which I love) because I have a hard falling asleep. I'm going to try lavender drops on my pillow. Thanks for the tips, Diana!

Hallie Fae said...

I haven't been sleeping well either! I'll have to try a few of these tips tonight. :)

Diana Mieczan said...

Thanks, Katie and Heba, hope some of them will help you have a good night sleep:)

Diana Mieczan said...

That is so interesting, Sage. Thanks, I'm going to look it up. And Monica, they are fantastic and make the pillow smell oh-so dreamy:)

SJ said...

i love those egg lamps, i've been wanting to get one for awhile.

i always find it's good to avoid tv just before bedtime, that way your brain has a chance to be still for a little while.

photohogger said...

You've got a good list, there Diana. Lavender, for sure...a bath before bed. How about a boring book? :)

Clara Turbay said...

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Gina said...

I have never had a sleeping problem. My head hits the pillow and I am out for hours and hours!

Ashley said...

Get a feather bed from Pottery Barn and high thread count sheets! We just got hooked up from our wedding and I'm in love with my bed. I ca not get out!!

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

This. Sounds. Lovely! I am so in need of sleep. The feather bed suggested by one of the commenters is something I need to try pronto!

Lady Grey said...

chamomile tea always works for me : )
And I think the fresh sheets are a big help too.... I always fall asleep faster with freshly cleaned sheets
: )

Healthy Mamma said...

I've been an insomniac for as long as I can remember! I've been getting a bit better, but it's hard to tell w 4 kids in the house and a 5 a.m wake up call 4 work.

I am sitting here drinking Republic of Teas 'Get Some Zzzzz's' tea which really helps me a lot! (of course your prob not supposed to be looking at the computer befor bedtime r u?

Liesl said...

I have been having the same problems and I'm also a very light sleeper...such lovely tips!

Liesl :)

Krystal said...

thanks for these links! i think to help with sleepign i can't use the computer past a certain time! the lights make your mind think it's daylight i've heard!

Diana Mieczan said...

You totally should get it, SJ. That lamp is super cool.

Diana Mieczan said...

Oh my goodness, Ashley, the feather bed from Pottery Barn and high thread count sheets sound so good. I'm going to check this out. Thanks!

Diana Mieczan said...

Ohh dear, a 5am wake up call must be pretty hard, Healthy Mamma! And the computer part made me laugh out loud.

Diana Mieczan said...

Haha..I like the boring book idea, Smita and Gina, that is so lucky:)

Amber Blue Bird said...

this was much needed!

Tsuki aka LittleGrayFox said...

i seem to fall asleep ok if i"m not too stressed out. lately my pillow has been hurting my neck. definitely time for a new one!

emmy d said...

Not sure what makes me sleep better, but last night I slept GREAT, although my boyfriends says I took over the entire bed and even laid on top of him when he tried to take some space...so maybe just being a space hog works?!

Diana Mieczan said...

Hahha..maybe, Emmy:) I should totally try that with Balazs!

Annie said...

Great great tips Diana!! I'm going to post on the ANA fb page :)

Diana Mieczan said...

That is so sweet of you! Thank you, Annie:)

Claire Kiefer said...

The egg lamp sounds like a great idea. I have always struggled with insomnia. I take melatonin sometimes, and when it gets really bad, I take Ambien. I'm willing to try pretty much anything, though!

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