I feel like I talk about sleep a lot on here, but I am going to do it again today. Why? Because sleep, or lack of sleep, is constantly on my mind. My body requires at least 10 hours of sleep and always has, but I rarely get 10 hours of sleep these days. It is not because I stay up late doing stuff or that I get up super early. It is because I cannot sleep. I have a really hard time falling asleep these days. My brain can’t shut off sometimes. Part of it is because my day doesn’t stop until about 9:30 or 10 with the girls’ activities so there is no time for down time before I get in the bed. There is no time for me to relax and unwind from the chaos of the day. Therefore, my brain is still going 90 miles a minute when I lie down. That is why sleep is always on my mind. I’m longing for it all day and then when the time comes to actually sleep, I’m wide awake. It is super frustrating. Anyway, when I do fall asleep, I sleep hard, but there are 5 things that I must have if there is any chance of me getting a good night of sleep. They are my 5 favorite sleep aids.
1. Super Soft Sheets (Amazon)
My husband and I are both really picky about our sheets. They have to be silky soft. For some reason, sheets that aren’t silky soft make me hot. I don’t know why, but the rougher the sheets are, the hotter I get. Sheets made from jersey fabric or that are flannel are definitely out of the question. I feel like I am dying of heat when sleeping on those types of fabrics. I also don’t like textured sheets because they make me feel hot too. Our favorite brand of sheets is Boll & Branch. They are on the high-end cost wise, but this is one area that we will splurge. We think they are worth the cost. These sheets hold up well so they last for a long time. They are made with pure organic cotton, are lightweight, and are super soft. I personally do not recommend the striped ones they have because they are textured and too hot for me.
2. Sound Machine (Amazon)
When my husband and I were first married, we got an air purifying machine to help with my allergies. I got accustomed the soft hum that it made. I liked the noise partly because it was soothing, but the main reason was that it blocked out other noises. With my husband deployed a lot, I would have trouble sleeping when he was gone and I was home alone because every little noise I heard during the night would scare me. That machine helped drown out all those little noises. We had that machine for years. I don’t think that it really worked as an air purifier, but we kept it just for the noise. It got to the point that we had to buy a little sound machine to take with us when we traveled because we couldn’t sleep in the quiet. When we moved, we decided that it was time to get rid of that big air purifier and opted to just use a sound machine instead that made white noise. We cannot sleep without it. My youngest daughter took over the small travel one we had and we purchased a new one for our bedroom. It came with a variety of sounds that you could choose from like waves crashing on the shore, rain, nature sound, and more. We prefer just the white noise to anything else. The sound machine is a MUST HAVE for a good night’s sleep in our house.
3. Leg Pillow (Amazon)
The leg pillow is another MUST HAVE for my husband and me. We have been using them for years. We are both side sleepers, and the leg pillow fits perfectly right between your knees. It helps to keep your spine aligned and your body in a more comfortable position. It helps with lower back and hip discomfort. These also travel with us everywhere. The ones we have, we have had for years and are similar to the one linked above, but I am considering getting one like this, to see if the cooling pads in it help to keep me from getting so hot while I am sleeping.
4. Sleep Innovations 2 in 1 Pillow (Amazon)
Just like I am particular about my sheets, I am also super particular about my pillow. I cannot tell you how many pillows my husband and I have bought over the years trying to find the perfect one. Let’s just say that the number would be obscene! Anyway a few years ago, I stumbled upon this pillow at and I was immediately hooked. I love that it has the memory foam on one side and the microfiber on the other side. I don’t think I will ever try another kind of pillow. I love this one so much. I will just keep replacing it every few years for a new one just like it.
5. Carmex (Amazon)
I know you are thinking that I am crazy, but I have to have Carmex to sleep. I have said for years that I am addicted to Carmex. I used to have to have one with me all the time, but I have worked hard to break that habit and think I am much better. While I may not need it with me 24/7 anymore, I still HAVE to have it at night. It is the last thing I do before I lay down. I have to put on my Carmex or I can’t stand it and won’t sleep.
Those are my top 5 MUST HAVE favorites for a good night of sleep. I have a hard enough time falling to sleep on a nightly basis that I will use all the tools I can to make the sleep come faster and longer. What are your MUST HAVES for sleeping?
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