When I finally started sleeping well again and the idea of writing a post about it came to my mind, I laughed at myself a little bit.
I’m not one of those people who does well on just a few hours of sleep. I need REAL sleep! Otherwise, I’m cranky, probably bitchy and my productivity, creativity and motivation are pretty much zero. It isn’t good for anyone.
Clint and I talk about this all the time and we say that Dylan is a pretty good sleeper when you compare him to babies his age, in general. However, Jackson was a phenomenal sleeper (we’re talking from 7:00 PM – 10:00 AM on a regular basis when he was the same age), so in comparison to him, we say Dylan is just an okay sleeper. We got really spoiled with Jackson, so this time it took a little bit more work to get into a good routine and get Dylan sleeping well.
Now, Dylan goes to bed at around 6:30 – 7:00 PM and wakes up at about 6:30 – 7:00 AM (after waking up at 5 and “chatting” for a little while before falling back to sleep). So, we have learned that we need to go to bed at a pretty decent time every night to get our sleep in. We’re also waking up early for workouts so that’s even more motivation to call it an early night most nights.
It has been YEARS since we have had new pillows, but when I started to get what I’ve been calling “old lady neck pain,” it was seriously time to upgrade. We had purchased a Tuft & Needle mattress for Jackson’s bed when he got a big boy room and we’ve been so impressed with it! It’s really comfortable and supportive, so I immediately thought of trying their pillows for us.
The pillows are just as comfortable as the mattress! They’re very supportive and the foam core is soft and cozy – it also stays really cool too, which is nice. I actually stack two of the pillows because I like to sleep propped up a bit. The extra support has been super helpful for my neck and it has gotten SO much better!
On that same note, getting cozy in comfortable pajamas is another key to sleep. I know this is weird, but I feel better when I’m actually in nice looking, coordinated pajamas. I was getting into a “sleeping in my husband’s t-shirt” rut and, while that’s pretty darn comfortable, it had to stop. I got to feeling frumpy and just blah. PJs and underwear are always low on my “to buy” list but they really need to get bumped up. Things you wear every day need to be things that you love and so maybe a little rearranging of priorities is in order.
So where else did I look but Maison du Soir? They make THE BEST sleep and loungewear I have ever had. I wish I had drawers full of MDS sleepwear, and I’m going to get on my way to building that collection. I’m wearing the Melbourne dress here (which is on sale!) and it is so light, cute and comfortable. Next up on my “to buy” list is this cute “Oui” tee with Peony shorts, and also this beautiful embroidered top and shorts.
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I’ve been taking OLLY Vitamins for a while now but when I wasn’t sleeping well, I found out that they had a “Restful Sleep” supplement that I wanted to try. The Restful Sleep wellness boost has melatonin, L-Theanine and botanicals to help your body naturally calm and fall asleep. I liked this one because it wasn’t like taking Tylenol PM or NyQuil where you end up practically dropping asleep and then wake up feeling hungover in the morning. It’s just sort of slowly relaxing and it helps me stay asleep. That being said, I’m easily woken up if Dylan needs something and I don’t get any weird after-effects like that “hangover” feeling. I don’t take this every night, but I will if I’m feeling a little anxious or just because sometimes. It’s been really helpful for me!
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Photos thanks to Tosha Cole Photography