In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. “Goodnight room, goodnight moon.” And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room–to the picture of the three little bears sitting in chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one–he says goodnight….Good Night Moon, Margaret Wise Brown
Good Night Moon holds a soft spot in my heart. It was one of my favorite childhood books. I would get sleepy just hearing those words repeated to me. Those were the days were they not? Washing my face and teeth at night were utterly uncomplicated activites.
It was all so simple when it came to bedtime. There was a little reading with a book of course. Then a quick flip off a light switch! I remember easily dozing off into a blissful slumber.
Flash forward many years later, and my 30s have brought on less than perfect nights of sleep. My mom will often remind me that this is one of the pesky issues that becomes a force to be reckoned with as we age. It is a cruel twist of fate indeed. The more sleep I need the harder it can be to come by. Cruel indeed.
My Nighttime Routine
I would only allow myself to look this ridiculous for The Bikini Experiment!
As a blogger and writer I am on my computer more than I would like to admit. It is not unusual for me to be working on projects at night. It is well supported that computer and phone screens are a huge pitfall when it comes to unwinding at night.
These sleep glasses I am wearing block out blue light. Melatonin product is increased when that blue light is blocked. This in turn maximizes the body’s melatonin product to improve sleep and overall health.
I try to remember to slip them on at night if I am working on blog related to-do’s or if Scott and I decide to watch a movie or TV show. The science behind these bad boys makes total sense to me. Plus, I like that I can do whatever I want or feel like doing since these glasses are fighting the good fight for me.
Last week I was bad after we got home from the Darius Rucker concert because I was totally wired from being up way past my bedtime. My nighttime routine was thrown off, and I remembered I wanted to edit a few pictures for me post the next day. This is me looking rather guilty.
I know I feel a different when I wear the low blue light glasses. I am not perfect, but I try to do my best to remember them most nights. It is recommended to wear them 2-3 hours before bedtime. I am not that disciplined. However, I try for at least an hour every night before I want to go to bed.
Natural Calm & Supplements
Since falling asleep is a huge area of concern for many people there is a lot of information out there on the big worldwide web. Through a lot of research, Scott found Natural Calm. This is a magnesium supplement that you mix with liquid since it is in powder form. We order it on Amazon and it comes in a variety of flavors.
My other supplements include:
- Vitamin C
The Vitamin C helps your body to absorb the magnesium in the natural calm more effectively. Everyone once in a while I will skip it, but it really is a big help. I even try to take a little baggie with me when I travel. I am by no means an expert, but these are the supplements I have found that seem to work well for me.
I do not read as much or as often as I would like anymore. However, I try for at least 10 minutes or so in whatever book is my current read.
I find that it still helps me unwind a little. I prefer fiction that is not too heavy. Nothing thought providing at bedtime! Falling asleep is some real serious stuff. Next up for me is The History of Love!
These are the sleep tips that are currently helping me out quite a bit. It may seem a little complicated, but it is far better than the ole toss and turn action. I am always looking for other ways to improve so please feel free to share any you might have in the comments section.
Have a wonderful Thursday, and I will see you back here with a new recipe tomorrow.
Question of the Day: What helps you fall asleep?
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