7 Better Night’s Sleep Reminders if You Are Stressed

Since I have been up since 4 a.m., it’s time to nudge myself and anyone interested in better quality sleep to become more mindful about slumber. Are you treating yourself to enough sleep and sleeping deeply these days? In uncertain times and with things being bananas globally, your mental and physical health are counting on you to be intentional about proper rest. You already know quality sleep is imperative for body, mind, and spirit in sickness and in health. Consider these 7 Better Night’s Sleep Reminders if You Are Stressed and give your body’s immune system the boost it deserves.

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7 Better Night’s Sleep Reminders if You Are Stressed

I turned to the National Sleep Foundation for reliable sleep hygiene, and here are some recommendations:

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No. 1: Improve Your Sleep Environment

The ideal temperature in the room for sleeping? 60-67 degrees, and there should be no noise or light. I’m crazy about waffle blankets, and the best quality examples I know are here:

How I Improved My Sleep: This Pillow

Here’s the scoop on my exact pillows by Honeydew:

How does it enhance sleep? These Scrumptious pillows are truly something different than others I have purchased. I love how you can easily customize the amount of fill. (I like it just the way it came!) Since we’re all unique and sleep in different positions traditional rectangular pillows aren’t designed to support our necks and shoulders perfectly.

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Not only does my Honeydew provide proper neck alignment and support, this pillow feels entirely unique. I guess that is why it is aptly named Scrumptious.

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A Pillow Designed for Better Health

Why should we care about the fill inside? Honeydew’s Scrumptious fill is the perfect consistency – doughy and soft, yet supportive. The foam component of the fill inside the pillow is 100% CertiPUR-US certified. But my favorite thing about the fill? It is always made entirely without formaldehyde or heavy metals. I am allergic to formaldehyde so this is another reason I can rest easy.

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Is the quality high? Yes, indeed. And it’s not just the superior design for support. It’s that amazing copper infused foam.

Why copper? Copper is far more effective at cooling than gel based memory foam. It has naturally antibacterial properties, which helps keep the pillow feeling fresh night after night.

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Does the fill break down over time? Guys. My pillows are still like new after two years. I thought all pillows would flatten over time, but nope. The copper is combined with a fiber that is thinner and stronger than silk so it feels incredible and stays awesome.

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This mattress was one of those ‘buy once a decade, cry once’ purchases for us when we bought this awesome, firm, mattress. We love it as much now as we did when we tested it and took the plunge. Bear in mind if you have a second floor bedroom, this is the heaviest mattress we have ever owned.

Exact Sheets on Our Bed: Nollapelli

We love these luxurious, patent-pending, impossibly soft sheets designed by a chemical engineer. They are made for beauty sleep (minimal friction to skin and hair) and are unlike any others I have bought through the years.

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Hello Lovely – Nollapelli sheets and pillowcases on our bed

Sheets to Keep You Warm

For an entirely different type of sheets – here’s a linen blend set made by Joanna & Chip’s Magnolia line. These will keep you warm, not cool, and they have a completely different feel than Nollapelli.

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Linen Blend Sheets (Hearth & Hand/Magnolia)

Economically Friendly Sheets

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No. 2: Keep it Moving

Exercise every day. It’s okay if it’s just light exercise, but make it a priority.

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Here’s a workout you can do indoors in 20 minutes.

No. 3: Be Consistent

Stick to a sleep schedule. It is tempting to switch things up on the weekend (stay up late and then sleep in), but this won’t help regulate your body’s clock, which is the goal.

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No. 4: Soothe Before Slumber

Have a bedtime ritual. It should be a soothing activity which doesn’t cause you any stress or anxiety. Read a book? Skin care regimen? Warm bath? Meditation or yoga? You’re likely to fall asleep better and to stay asleep.

Try Aromatherapy. I have arthritis, osteoporosis, and scoliosis. A few years back, I required physical therapy and weekly massage for my lower back and hip. My therapist introduced me to this amazing essential oil blend:

I add drops of it to grapeseed oil or massage cream to soothe my muscles and for reflexology treatments I give. The fragrance of orange that comes through this oil blend is relaxing and is a mini-vacation to happyland.

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No. 4: Lights Out

Manage your circadian rhythms. There should be no bright light when you sleep, and you should get sunlight in the morning.

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No. 5: Prevent Indigestion & Poor Sleep

Don’t eat dinner too late. Avoid heavy meals, and don’t eat later than 2-3 hours before you turn in for the night.

If you’re looking for good-for-you ideas for something to suppress your appetite to prevent overeating, I previously shared this staple in my pantry and these healthy food swaps.

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I collect these adorable mice who sleep in the included box…Maileg Big Brother Mouse

No. 6: When Insomnia Happens

If you can’t sleep, go to another room for a relaxing activity. It may be necessary to avoid using electronic devices since the light from the screens can activate the brain.

Do you know about blue light filtering lenses?

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Here’s the music I listen for complete relaxation – turn to it when you need some space from the intensity of anxious thoughts and any tense muscles.

BEFORE WE GET TO NO. 7 – A PAUSE FOR A FEW PRETTY THINGS.

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No. 7 Sleep is Good Medicine

Sleep & Daily Realities in the 2020s

Our bodies are counting on us to be extra gentle and mindful right now to prevent and heal from illness. Sleep can actually help us fight infectious diseases. What happens to us as we sleep?

According to Dr. Eric Olson of the Mayo Clinic, Your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you’re under stress.”

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Additionally, “Studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus…”

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If Essential Oils Bring You Comfort

Need a diffuser for your nightstand to infuse a gentle mist to soothe stress?

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We’re living through stressful days, and you need extra sleep, friends.

Each morning, I begin the day in prayer and meditation, opening my heartspace to request more grace, more healing to cover our land.

Oh, may the Spring bring us fresh mercies.

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You are so precious, so loved and chosen, and I am with you as your friend. Call on me should you long for a word, for the ear of a sister, mother, or friend.

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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14 Comments

  1. Kathy Walsh
    March 19, 2020 / 7:41 am

    Thank you for the pillow under the knees reminder! I am struggling with a bad case of sciatica. It gets so painful when I lie down to sleep. I will try the pillows tonight. Also, as always, thank you for your realism and, at the same time, your beautiful words of support! You are a gift!

    • Michele
      Author
      March 19, 2020 / 12:31 pm

      Hi Kathy! Hope this finds you well. That sciatica can be a beast at night when you’re trying to stay asleep. Another thing you might look into is reflexology. Since my husband has sciatica, I can relieve some of the pain with accupressure points on the bottoms of his feet. It always feel like a miracle to us. Let me know if you want more info. šŸ™‚

      • Kathy Walsh
        March 19, 2020 / 1:47 pm

        I would love the info!!! Thank you!!

        • Michele
          Author
          March 19, 2020 / 10:27 pm

          Okay – I’ll email you some info in the next few days. šŸ™‚

    • Linda
      March 23, 2022 / 12:28 pm

      Can you tell me where I can find the beautiful white, partly crocheted dust ruffle pictured on the bed of all these pictures? I see it in a lot of your posts.

      • Michele
        Author
        March 23, 2022 / 2:45 pm

        Hi there. I think you’re referring to my bed’s dust ruffle with crocheted edge. I bought it from Garnet Hill years ago and haven’t found one like it. But I’m also in the market for a bedskirt for a guest room, and here’s the pretty one I’m considering: https://rstyle.me/+beRGfewwtac8m9BxTS6IhQ

  2. Mary Karol
    March 23, 2021 / 8:21 am

    You are a gem. Your insight, humor, empathy, wisdom etc are such a gift. I enjoy your words so much every morning as I sip my tea. Thanks so much. We are truly all so connected and can do so much for each other in these difficult times, even though we may be spread far and wide! I truly believe that.
    I , too , deal with the pain of sciatica (UGH). Iā€™d love to know more about the Reflexology and dealing with that please.
    Peace always to you as well,
    Mary K.

    • Michele
      Author
      March 23, 2021 / 1:13 pm

      Reflexology has changed my life and given me a way to ease the pain of friends and family. It is not a foot massage but rather accupressure. If you lived near me, I would run over and give you a treatment to soothe you! I need another blog to share all the lifestyle stuff that enriches my health! šŸ™‚

  3. Mumbai
    March 23, 2021 / 9:28 am

    A good sleep depend on all the mentioned points. Just last night I had a bad one and I
    turned from one side to the other…what a terrible start in the morning. Though I do most of the things you
    recommended it happens sometimes … luckily very rare. I have also a special pillow which is a bit different but
    healthy for back and neck and I love to sleep in my white (only this color for bed) Aegyt cotton. What I must do again, and I thank you for that reminder, is to have a relaxing scent and music as my third bed companion. Have always a deep good sleep for health and happiness, dear Michele

    • Michele
      Author
      March 23, 2021 / 1:03 pm

      I’m intrigued by your comment about all white only on the bed – this is my preference too – but I haven’t thought about how color (especially energizing color) could affect sleep. So interesting! Thank you, friend. And sweet dreams tonight. šŸ™‚

  4. Sharon
    March 23, 2021 / 2:43 pm

    Just wondering what you mix the flax chia seed mixture with to keep hunger away at night?

    • Michele
      Author
      March 23, 2021 / 10:32 pm

      Fat free vanilla Greek yogurt – and it’s more common for me to eat a little homemade granola which contains the seeds. šŸ™‚

  5. March 25, 2022 / 11:56 am

    So many good tips, here Michele, and those jammies are adorable. I want some of those. Lately, I’ve been keeping the temperature much lower at night, and you’re right – it really helps. Thanks for sharing with us at TFT, and thanks, also, for your beautiful, kind comment at the party post. I keep reading it and feel encouraged each time. (And, I almost cry a little bit each time I read it, too. Feeling fragile and so grateful for the encouraging words.) Good luck with the renovations! xox

    • Michele
      Author
      March 25, 2022 / 3:23 pm

      You’re in such good company, Pam. Truly. The reason I often post encouragement is because I understand daily struggles. My life’s journey has included joy and abuse and heartbreak and loss. There has been chronic illness, an imperfect marriage, imperfect parenting, a nervous breakdown and seasons where my faith was completely absent. I don’t know much at all, but I have grown in courage. I draw strength from an inner landscape of divine beauty, and I find my peace not in answers, but in all of the wondrous mystery. I find people who are tender and fragile absolutely precious. Stunning really. Because feeling the mix of emotions deeply, all the way through, is what it is to be human. Gloriously and fully human. Hang in there, friend.

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