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14 Ways To Encourage A Good Night’s Sleep

Written by Mindy White

As crazy and exhausting as the day can be for us moms, we often times find ourselves struggling to fall asleep when our head hits the pillow. Whether it’s worrying about the kids, thinking about a big work project, or planning and scheduling the days ahead, it all adds up and can take away from precious snooze time. Add to that a sleepless baby or a little one who makes it a routine to fight bedtime and you can really wear yourself thin. There are, however, things you can do to get back some much needed Z’s. We’ve made a list of our favorite ideas, from calming the senses with relaxing smells, cutting back on caffeinated drinks, and sleeping in luxurious silky pajamas. Sweet dreams!

1. Bathe the kids in a sleep-encouraging wash like Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Calming Shampoo & Wash. Its natural vanilla and lavender aroma helps calm little ones just before bed.

2. Spritz the kid’s room and linens with a natural, calming spray like Fat and the Moon Calm Kid Mist to secretly settle the little ones before bed or nap time, and your own bed and pillowcase with a soothing scent like Jo Malone Lino Nel Vento Scent Surround Linen Spray. You could also save a few bucks and make your own.

3. Smells generate a nerve impulse that travels directly to our brains. They can both heighten or lower our emotions in a matter of seconds. Light a scented candle like Diptyque Feuille de Lavander Candle to relax the mind and give a room a soft glow before hitting the hay.

4.  Oils can do wonders for the body. Try rubbing on some Om Aroma & Co. Sweet Baby Organic Oil via infant massage or use yourself after a warm bath or shower to moisturize the body and relax the senses.

5. For fussy babies and bed-protesting tots, a cuddly Cloud B Sleep Sheep is a great addition to their routine. It plays 4 different comforting sleep sounds to encourage a restful snooze, while drowning out noise.

6. Magnesium is one of the most powerful relaxation minerals available and can help improve your sleep. Thorne Research Cal-Mag Citrate is a natural, easy-to-consume, effervescent powder that you simply mix in water or juice and drink before bed. It helps improve many things from quality of sleep to restless leg syndrome.

7. For stressed, tired skin, Mun No. 1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum can soothe and improve skin while you’re dreaming, so you wake up looking refreshed and well-rested.

8. Unwind before bed with a nice warm bath. Include a calming product like Herbivore Botanicals Sea Bath Soak to soften skin and loosed up tense muscles. We suggest pouring a glass of wine before getting in to really relax.

9. Tea has been known as a key to good health and happiness for thousands of years. Aveda Comforting Tea Bags are organic, natural, caffeine-free, and can work wonders for sleep.

10. If you’re the type who falls asleep in whatever you wore before tucking the kids in, it’s time for a change. Treat yourself to a soft, silky set of pajamas. We are in love with these ones from Maison Du Soir. You’ll be ultra comfortable during slumber. Plus, you deserve it!

11. Block out any light with a comfy Satin Sleep Mask. The darkness helps promote healthy sleep habits and keeps those Z’s coming.

12. Go easy on the java. Coffee can stimulate your body for hours and keep your brain going long after bedtime. Try to have your last cup no later than the early afternoon, or switch to decaf.

13. Try a sound machine. You use one for the baby, so why not try it for yourself? There are also free sleep-promoting apps like Sleep Sounds with tons of calming noises to choose from.

14. Get some exercise. A simple walk or jog at least once daily will get your body nice and ready for rest. Same goes for the kiddos—hit the park or play center during free time to let them run all their energy out.

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