As a kid, I hated sleeping. It took away from playing and just being awake. As an adult? My views have changed, I need my sleep, I love my sleep. There's nothing better than getting into a nice comfy bed and roll up like a burrito and slip into some sweet, blissful shut eye. So what's the problem?
For me, It's not that easy. I find it hard to fall asleep and with my MS, it doesn't make things any better. If anything, the 2 hours it used to take me to fall asleep has turned into 4 BUT that's okay because I have spent the last couple of months tweaking and adding things to my routine to aid in my sleep and I am going to share with you some of those things!
|| A BEDROOM MAKEOVER : Now, I know not everyone can just go and buy a bunch of new furniture with the snap of a finger but luckily we were coming around to finally getting a new bedroom set after having one that belonged to my Fiancé when he was in early high school. All our bedroom furniture was dark brown, bulky and made the room feel even smaller than it already was. I don't like to use the word hate, so I will say I strongly disliked our bedroom furniture. It never felt like ours, I never had a comfortable sleep because all I could think about is how much I disliked our bedroom set up. Yes that seems ridiculous to care so much about the aesthetics of it but it really effected my sleep. When you spend much of your day in there, you want it to be cozy, relaxing, a retreat you get to come to at the end of the day. So that is what we did, got a new bed, bedding, dresser, bedside tables and stretched and hung some art from the wall.
|| HIMALAYAN SALT LAMP : I replaced our generic side table lamps for our salt lamps. They give a much more comforting glow to them, it feels like you're always at the spa. They're a great alternative to regular side tables for some of the following reasons : Neutralizes EMF (that come from your TV and other electric appliances in your home by creating positive ions, the salt lamp produces negative ions, in turn removing it form the air. Deodorizes and cleans the air we breathe, great for those with asthma or allergies. It also Increases your mood and helps you sleep by improving the blood and oxygen that has to travel to the brain. Plus it's an environmentally friendly source of light! What's not to love?!
|| ADD SOME PLANTS : This is important because it is nice to have some greenery in your room but it's great for your health. I'm still working on more plants to be brought in the bedroom but a great one that is at the top of my list is the Aloe Vera Plant. Why? Because It produces oxygen which in turn helps you to breathe at night, plus it's great if you have any cuts, scrapes or burns to apply the gel topically.
|| ESSENTIAL OILS OR SCENTSY : This transforms your home. There is nothing better than walking into your bedroom after having your scentsy or room diffuser on and having such a wonderful smell. My favourite scent right now is Eucalyptus and here's why : it smells wonderful and it helps you breathe with ease at night. It is so soothing.
|| SLEEP APP : I downloaded an app called SleepBot and the purpose of it is to help track your movement and where you're at in your sleep cycle before it sets off the morning alarm to start your day. Something as simple as this has helped so much. It's worth it, if you have your alarm set for 7am it will go off anywhere in the 30 minute time span before the original alarm was timed for, allowing it to wake you up at the end of a cycle as opposed to in the middle of one. Even after a couple days of waking up at the right time, has improved how I felt first thing in the morning, I don't feel sluggish, which is what I struggle with daily.
|| MEDITATION OR WHITE NOISE : The last thing I am going to share with you that I do is listen to either a meditation or white noise and in some cases, both! If i've had a stressful day hectic day I listen to a calming and relaxing meditation through youtube. There are so many great free options out there on the internet. Some are meant to help me fall asleep, whereas others I listen to the full thing, sitting up on my bed with my eyes closed, comfortably of course. Then once it's completed I will turn on a white noise sound and lay down for the night.
It may seem like a lot of steps to create an oasis to be able to fall asleep in but this is the time where your body is recharging to start a new day so why wouldn't you want you body and soul to feel good?! This is not in place of medical advice from a doctor, I'm definitely not an expert but these are little things I've been doing and I've been benefitting from them ! If your sleep condition is something of concern please speak to your GP.
Sweet Dreams Friends!