MY SLEEP ESSENTIALS
Last night I shared some things that have helped me sleep on my stories, and I was blown away by the response! I know firsthand how disruptive and frustrating lack of sleep can be. I struggle with anxiety and it tends to be much worse at night so I thought I would share a round-up of the things that have helped me the most over the past few months. I hope they will help you too!
Eye Mask - Would you believe me if I told you I’ve slept with an eye mask almost every night since middle school? Yep. I’m pretty sure first my one had a Bratz doll on it and I just wore it because I thought it was cool, but something about it stuck and I’ve used one ever since. I’ve moved on from the Bratz doll one and have tried about a million in between. Right now this Alaska Bear one is my favorite. It’s huge for my face and I probably look totally ridiculous wearing it, but it’s super soft and lightweight. It blocks out all light and has an adjustable strap. It’s the first one that actually stays on my face all night and I highly recommend it! A few of my other favorites brands are Bucky (great if you have lash extensions because it is contoured for pressure free eye comfort that allows you to blink freely) and the Slip Silk Eye Mask (super soft but a little tight in my opinion.)
CBD Honey or CBD Oil - I have been using the TruBee Hemp Honey. It looks like they’re currently sold out, but I’ll keep you guys updated if they restock! I also like these CBD Oil drops EcoDrops. Full disclaimer: they taste like potpourri but get the job done. CBD Oil is a natural remedy and I have found it to be very effective in reducing anxiety.
Calming Tea - Hot tea before bed has become such a comfort to me. My go-to tea is the Yogi Honey Lavender Stress Relief. You can find it at most grocery stores.
OLLY Nutrition Sleep Gummies - The holy grail of natural sleep aids!!! Trust me. You can find them at Target, Amazon and most grocery stores. I have tried just about every sleep aid out there, and these are by far my favorite. I don’t wake up feeling groggy and I don’t have crazy dreams when I take them. Since discovering the Sleep Aid, I have become such a fan of this brand and also recommend their other products like the Stress Relief gummies and Protein Powder. I’m also going to try their energy vitamins next and I’ll report back!
Lavender Spray - There are tons of different pillow and linen sprays, but this is the one we use. We first found it at Whole Body and have been hooked ever since! It has the most relaxing lavender scent and really helps calm my mind.
Air Humidifier - Cameron and I have one on each of our nightstands and I don’t know what we did before them. I used to always wake up with a scratchy throat in the winter from the dryness of the heat. I’ve also noticed a huge difference in my skin as well.
White Noise Sound Machine - I have slept with a sound machine beside my bed since high school. It was also super helpful in noisy college dorms and my sorority house. Cameron and I even travel with ours! Something about it is so soothing and peaceful. If you aren’t used to a sound machine, it might take a few nights to adjust.
Laneige Lip Mask - Okay maybe not an “essential” but I do use this lip mask every single night before bed. It has been super helpful in these dry winter months. It is meant to be an overnight lip mask, but I also dab it on throughout the day.
I’ve also started limiting my caffeine intake. I LOVE COFFEE so this was hard for me, but I usually only have 2 cups or one espresso drink in the morning. I also don’t drink anything with caffeine past 11 am.
While I’m discussing sleep I also feel that I owe it to you guys to share my FAVORITE SHEETS EVER. They’re made from Eucalyptus and are the softest sheets I’ve ever slept on. I will note that they take about 2-3 washes to reach their full softness. If you are looking for a a less expensive option, we also really like these on Amazon. They’re super soft and wrinkle resistant, but not quite as cooling as the Eucalyptus ones.