This post is sponsored by Buffy.
Historically speaking, I am a terrible sleeper. I am not an insomniac, but my sleep patterns are hardly consistent. I have worked to change this as I’ve gotten older. It started with me identifying my problem areas and trying to rectify my own issues. I talk a lot about style and motherhood, but truly, being creative starts with good sleep–and unfortunately, I’m in the negative on that from time-to-time. According to Daniel Freeman, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oxford on Live Science, “If you can sort out your sleep, you could also be taking a significant step forward in tackling a wide range of psychological and emotional problems.” Creating a routine that fits into my life with few distractions; plants; a diffuser; a minimally designed room; along with bedding that I can rely on: these are keys to good sleep for me. And good sleep means a quieter mind and a body ready to work more efficiently.
I recently started sleeping on a Buffy. Have you heard of it? I have never ever slept in something more comfortable! It feels like silk on my skin–a big deal, considering I have been exclusively sleeping on silk pillowcases for my hair. The outside shell is 100% eucalyptus fiber, a unique material that’s softer than cotton and naturally soothes skin. The Buffy is produced in a nontoxic, closed-loop system that reuses 99% of solvents and creates little waste. It’s breathable, absorbs more moisture than cotton, and resists common allergens and bacteria. In the winter, I tend to have dry and irritable legs, no matter how much oil I rub on them post-bath, and the Buffy has been a welcomed relief this fall so far.When it comes to sleep, I haven’t always put it first. Babies and kids have made it tough over the years. Then when work got busier, I couldn’t stop my mind from thinking about it at night. From these stressors, I lost sleep; or maybe I was stressed because of a lack of rest! I don’t think the cause or effect really matters when it comes down to it–healthy habits work at a solution regardless. So’ I’ve gotten better at putting sleep first now, realizing how important it is for my mental health and physical well-being.
Here are 5 ways I’ve been sleeping well (which results in feeling well):
+ Shower or bathe to kick things off. Every single night well before I am ready to lay down, I need to take a shower or bath. Just like my children, a hot shower or bath relaxes me and mentally prepares me for rest.
+ Invest in bedding. Sounds silly? It isn’t in the slightest. While paying the price for bedding can feel great (because, yay, self investment!), knowing that the inside of Buffy is 100% Recycled Plastic feels even better. I’ve been making progress towards a more thoughtful and sustainable life every chance I get, and knowing Buffy diverts BPA-free plastic water bottle from landfills and transform them into fluffy fill makes me feel and sleep so much better. It’s also antimicrobial, which keeps my bed fresh.
+ A Power Nap between 3:00 and 4:00 for 20 minutes. Yes, a power nap. A nap does wonders for your mental health. It resets your nervous system, which is great if you have a few more hours of work, or you’re swapping into parent mode soon. I have noticed an incredible difference in my anxiety when I make my power naps a priority.
+ No late eating or drinking. For years, I ate late or drank late, especially when I worked late. I didn’t realize that this had so much to do with my poor sleeping patterns. Whenever possible, I try my best to eat with kids or right before I start their dinner.
+ Meditation before sleep and after waking up from sleep. Sounds like a lot? Not really! I just use the Headspace app and meditations can be as little as five minutes or as long as 30. It is incredibly convenient and often ensures a sound sleep for me.
What about you? I‘d love to hear how your sleep is going these days!
(This post is sponsored by Buffy, a brand I believe in and that I can thank for many delicious sleeps as of late.)
Sleep and Mental health facts via Harvard Health and Live Science