Today I have decided to make a post on SLEEP. Sleep is so important and something I value so much. Working shift work means that my sleep schedule is always really messed up, so I make it a priority to maximize good quality sleep as often as possible. I truly have a routine that I try to stick to every night, but some nights it is a challenge.
For a long time, specifically during school I had major sleep insomnia. I took melatonin pretty much every night and would be constantly tossing and turning all night. I think a big part of getting good, regular sleep is managing your stress during the day so you don’t carry it into your dreams (literally). Below I have listed a ton of things that I am currently doing to make sure I get a good nights rest. I hope you find these tips beneficial! If you have any recommendations for me, I’d love to hear. I’m always looking for new ways to improve my sleep!
Something that always makes me relax and unwind is a lovely bath. Lavender is my absolute favorite scent for baths and I have been using this Loccitaine bubble bath for as long as I can remember. It is a bit more pricey but you don’t need much to get your bubbles. I will either do this, or use a Lush bath bomb. Personally, I don’t like the crazy sparkle/colourful ones so I opt to use ones with less harsh ingredients. I also light a candle during my baths, to really give that spa effect. My favorite candles are made my Voluspa. If I don’t have time for a full on bath, I will have a warm shower before bed. I always sleep so much better when I am clean.
I got the Saje pocket pharmacy as a gift this past Christmas and I am literally obsessed. I think it is my most used gift. I love that it comes with five different oils you can use topically. I use the peppermint halo and stress release pretty much every night. I find it makes such a difference in relaxing my muscles. I would highly suggest getting a set for for yourself. You can shop it here. Something else I do occasionally is add lavender to my pillows. When my head hits my pillow, I feel so relaxed and can fall asleep instantly. I’d choose to do one or the other of the above, doing both in one night might be a bit overkill.
A product that I started using in January is CALM. It is a magnesium supplement that is sweetened with stevia. I originally started taking this for headaches when trying to fall asleep, but quickly added it to my routine every night. You can have it either warm or cold, I prefer cold. It has helped me fall asleep so much quicker, and has kicked my headaches. I know some people take it for anxiety and also for gut motility. I have tried orange, flavourless, and lemon-rasberry and the lemon raspberry is my favourite. I also have got Josh hooked on it.
PJS! ~ It might seem silly but, this makes all the difference for me. My favorite part of the day is when I get home from work, or after a workout and get to throw on my jammies. If I have no reason to leave my house for the rest of the day, I will happily throw my PJs on at 4pm. I don’t even hang out in sweats anymore, because my PJ game is so strong haha. My favorites are the Victoria Secret Sleeping shirts, I have short sleeve for summer and long sleeve for winter. But my new favorite, have been the GabBody line. Their Pj pants are so comfy. Highly, highly recommend. Also, my cozy socks are from Indigo. Is anyone else just as obsessed with their stuff as I am?
I try to keep my room as clean, and as minimalistic as possible. Personally I find the cleanliness helps me sleep. I enjoy having specific candles in my room, which I often light before bed as I am winding down. Other things I make sure to do are clean my sheets regularly, and use new pillow cases after a few sleeps. This will also help your skin if you have any skin problems. I make my bed in the morning before work, because there is nothing better than coming home at the end of the day with your bed ready for you. I make sure I have a clean face, and never miss washing my face before bed.
I measure my sleep by using my Fitbit. I got this for Christmas this year, and it has made all the difference in my lifestyle. I love getting my weekly update showing me that I have achieved all my workout goals for the week, and that I have hit 10,000 steps every day. It also gives you a breakdown of your sleep. I have my sleep goals set to 8 hours, which for me, is enough sleep to function optimally. It also shows me when I am not restful in my sleep. Another game changer for me, is the alarm clock on the Fitbit. It wakes you up by motion on your wrist. I find this much easier to wake up to than an alarm. I have also heard great things about the Philips alarm clock lights, and would love to know if anyone has used one.
I hope this is helpful to all the other fellow nurses out there, or people who are just sleepy! I’d love to know if you try some of these tips and what you think. As always, thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read. If you have any questions, please let me know!
Hope you have a good sleep!!