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I always say that I am like a toddler when I haven’t had enough sleep – cranky. But in reality, sleep is an important building block to health and having a better tomorrow. A few months ago, my husband started a new job, and it has been a really great move for him. He is working overnight hours, which actually suits his night-owl tendencies pretty well. The person whose sleep it has most affected has been me!
I never realized how difficult it can be to get a good night of sleep when your spouse works crazy hours, but over these past few months, I have implemented some changes that have drastically increased my quality of sleep. Even if your spouse doesn’t work crazy hours, or you don’t have a spouse at all, you will appreciate these tips.
Set a Regular Bedtime Routine
My husband works 4 10-12 hour shifts a week. That means some nights I am going to bed alone, and some nights we go to bed at the same time. When he first started working overnights, I got into the bad habit of staying up really late, then sleeping in with him the next day. I was tired, and I wasn’t being very productive because I was constantly dragging. I have gotten myself in the new habit of going to bed and waking up at the same time whether he is home or not. This has really helped to train my body that it’s time to sleep whether I am sleeping alone or my husband is home.
DIY Lavender Pillow Spray
Lavender essential oil really helps me to relax at night, so I like to use it in a diffuser in my bedroom. Now, whenever I smell lavender, my brain is trained to start winding down and relaxing. But, when my husband works overnights, the diffuser has shut off long before he gets home, so he doesn’t get to experience the benefits. I have started making this DIY lavender pillow spray that has the same effect, and the scent lingers so my husband gets to enjoy the calming effects, too.
To make this spray you will need: distilled water, 15 drops of lavender essential oil, and a small spray bottle. Carefully add the water and oil to the bottle, give it a good shake, and spray away! Essential oil is not greasy, so you can spray this on your linens without leaving any residue.
Breathe Right® Nasal Strips
On the nights when my husband is home, he is usually dead tired and trying to catch up on sleep. He deals with nasal congestion and a lot of mouth breathing, and that seriously affects my quality of sleep. I am a light sleeper, and this was creating some tension between us. We discovered that Breathe Right® Nasal Strips were the perfect drug-free solution to combat the nasal congestion and mouth breathing! They instantly open your nose up to 38% more than decongestant alone and are really easy to use. Instructions for use are included in the package, or check out this video for details on how to apply AND remove the Breathe Right® Nasal Strips.
Wash your face, and dry it well before applying. Make sure to apply the strips so that the tabs cover your nostrils where they flare, then rub gently to ensure the nasal strips adhere well. They remove easily AFTER washing your face in the morning. We picked up a couple of different varieties when we found them in Walmart.
The Extra Tan variety has the strongest adhesive and is perfect for my husband. The Extra Clear is not as strong as an adhesive, so it’s great for sensitive skin and is the best selling version at Walmart! I plan to keep these on hand for when allergies or colds affect my breathing at night.
You can get a free sample and print a $1 off coupon here!
Journal Before Bed
Sometimes it can be difficult to fall asleep because you can’t turn your mind off. I find the nights I am sleeping alone are especially bad for this! Keep a notebook or journal close to your bedside, and do some writing before bed. Not only will this encourage you to turn off the screens (which can make it hard to fall asleep anyway), it helps to get those thoughts out of your head and onto paper! I find this to be a really relaxing, cathartic habit.
Whether you have a spouse who works crazy hours or not, I hope some of these tips helps you to get a good night of sleep and have a better day tomorrow! Will Breathe Right Nasal Strips help you or your spouse to have a more restful night?