hi friends! today, in partnership with brooklinen, i’m sharing a little peek into our bedroom in our new apartment, and 5 tips i have found to really help to create a peaceful environment so you can take control of getting all the rest you need, even if it comes in four hour shifts because #KIDS. ;)
while we’re still getting set up and unpacked and situated in our new apartment, i knew during the process that i needed to have one tiny home base in my bedroom where i could feel settled and at peace. the rest of the apartment can be unorganized and crazy for a bit longer! but give me just a little room where i know where everything is, that’s tidy and clean and situated! we’re still not entirely finished decorating our bedroom, but i did paint one accent wall (it looks black in these photos but it’s actually a dark blue!) and organized it as best i could in the meantime. i love it. it’s such a comfortable and peaceful spot in the apartment. and definitely up there in the running for my favorite spot in all of the apartment!
something i’ve learned the hard way over the past several years is how important sleep is in order for me to function properly. as a mother of three who is trying to juggle it with everything else, it’s absolutely necessary. even if it comes in doses and might not be that prescribed 8 hour sleep cycle the doctor orders. to make the most of the sleep i am able to get, i’ve found little tricks or methods that help relax my energized brain and body so i can take full advantage of whatever time i do have to rest, and it helps a lot! i’d love to share these tips with you, and hear any others you might have in the comments below!
5 tips for creating a peaceful environment to get the most out of your sleep:
1. that technology situation
it’s amazing how connected we can be at all times because of technology these days, and having tablets and gadgets that do literally everything (including act as alarm clocks) is a blessing and a curse. i’ve been working hard over the last several months to not bring my phone into my bedroom at night and charge it in another room instead. i’ve been trying to make my bedroom a “tech free” zone entirely actually, and bought an old fashioned clock for my night stand to use as an alarm clock so i don’t rely on anything else in there. this way, getting into bed is really about relaxing and sleeping, not scrolling through my phone or browsing the internet. i have a few books beside my bed and have been getting back into the routine of reading an actual book in the evenings instead of reading them on my phone, which is what i’ve been doing over the past few years. having the physical copy in my hands for a few minutes in the evening is a really nice feeling.
2. having bed and bedding you love
it’s so important that you love the feel of your bed and your bedding, so when you are finally get to crawl in that bed at night, it feels welcoming and like the most comfortable place ever! we spend so much time in our beds and sleep is so important, so we have always tried to invest in making the best of it. when brooklinen reached out a few months ago to see if we’d like to give their luxe hardcore bundle a try, i was intrigued, because they have literally thousands of 5 star reviews online and i was like, but how good can they really be? the thing is, josh and i are very very loyal to the mattress we’ve owned for the last 7 or 8 years of our marriage as well as to my foam pillow i am obsessed with and much of our bedding. we’re in such a fortunate position because of our line of work to be pitched a lot of products in these sorts of areas quite frequently, but we’ve never been able to entertain the idea of trying something new like a mattress because we just feel rather loyal and still very much in love with our current set up these past several years. but we tried out the luxe hardcore bundle (as well as the classic bundle) over the summer before working with brooklinen and they really are the dreamiest sheets. what i love about them are the way they feel, super luxurious and soft, which is everything to me. i also love that the company started on kickstarter and works hard focusing on all the little details of how to make their bedding the very best.
3. all the light and all the black out curtains
lighting is one of the most important things for getting the best out of any situation. i try to find as much natural light in my day, but in the evenings as we’re winding down for bed, i try to have dimmer lighting, something that helps signal to your brain it’s time to wind down, which really works really well for me. you can find light bulbs that have different settings for this very purpose, which we use all throughout our apartment and love. it also always helps the kids wind down during dinner and bedtime prep to have the proper lighting to get their little bodies and brains ready for their sleep cycle. we also use black out curtains while we sleep so that early morning sunrise doesn’t mess with our rest.
4. the atmosphere…. keeping it tidy, keeping it clean
this is a hard one for me, because somehow my clothes always end up on the bed or floor in the process of the day and i’m like, “who keeps doing this!?” (it’s me, you guys. it’s always me.) but having the room in a somewhat tidy state helps me feel happy, and more relaxed. i also love having fresh flowers or a candle nearby so i always keep one on my dresser or nightstand. and while josh wishes my candles and their incredible scents would have somehow gotten lost in the move, they make me really happy. (side note: i actually don’t light them when josh is also in the room because i want him to feel relaxed and comfortable in his bedroom as well. and since he swears he can’t breathe when they are going (side eye), i just light them when he’s out.
5. making a happy list or giving a prayer of gratitude
as i drift off to sleep each night, one of the best ways i’ve found to turn off my brain or stop thinking about anything i need to get done, is going over what i’m thankful for, and what i feel so blessed to have in my life. i love ending the day on a positive note, and focusing on the good in my life is a really nice way to close the last chapter of the day before falling asleep.
any specific things you have found to help create a peaceful environment to get the most out of your sleep at night? please share with all of us in the comments! also, use the code LOVETAZA20 to $20 off + free shipping on your next brooklinen order.