What mother couldn’t use a good night’s sleep? Most of us crave quality shuteye, but can’t get the amount that we need or desire. Tamera Mowry shared 4 tips for getting to bed quicker and making the most out of the hours of sleep that we do get.
1. Step Away From the Electronics – We’re so attached to our phones and iPads that they often consume the last hours of our day, but you should give this time to your family or use them to unwind. A nice bath or picking up a physical copy of a book will calm your mind and body and allow you to fall asleep more quickly. I love reading before bed, or looking through recipes I want to try.
2. Get Comfortable – If you run hot and your partner cold it can be difficult to get the temperature in the room comfortable for both of you. It’s best to keep the room cool and pile more blankets on your half of the bed to stay warm instead of overheating you both. No one wants to wake up a sweaty mess. Temperature isn’t the only concern though. Try to make the room as dark as possible, so no glowing lights tease you awake. A pretty eye mask like this one from FeelSilk can do the trick. And smell can play a roll in how you sleep too! As a fan of essential oils, I find that burning a soothing scent like lavender or Young Living’s Peace and Calming will freshen the air and calm the nerves.
3. The Proper Bed – From firmness to the way the sheets feel, getting the best refresh and beauty rest can come down to what you’re sleeping on. You need to have a mattress with just the right firmness, and if yours doesn’t meet your needs, think about investing in a foam topper for some extra cushion. Purchasing the right mattress isn’t just a spur of the moment decision, it takes research and testing out a lot of beds before finding the right one. An ergonomic pillow or belly pillow for us preggos can help properly align our bodies so we sleep more sound and wake up with less aches come morning. Don’t forget the sheets! I enjoy a nice high thread count Egyptian cotton set for its breathability and overall soft texture.
4. Pamper Yourself – One of my favorite tips is to treat yourself and your skin right before bedtime. I already suggested a bath to wind down the day (with a glass of wine sounds so nice!), but following a nightly beauty routine helps. This will train your body to know it’s time to go to sleep and help your skin be its best. Brush your teeth, wash your face and apply a light scented serum or try a mud mask to relax the skin while hydrating. The process and alone time will ease the body and soul, giving you time to decompress and gain clarity. Even using a humidifier in the room can keep air cool and nourish your skin.