Tips for good night sleep

At the beginning of the year, little Alexander went from sleeping through the night to waking up multiple times every night! Growth spurt, sleep regression, developmental milestone...I couldn't tell you what it was - all I know is that it was frustrating and I'd never felt more tired and cranky for what felt like eternity.

During this difficult time, when quantity of sleep is compromised, it had never been more important to improve the quality of sleep. Today, I'd like to share with you some tips for a good night's sleep that I've picked up along the way.
Frankie knows good sleep
1. Have a warm bath or shower before sleep. As tempting as it is to skip the bath and shower some nights and simply jump into bed, a warm bath or shower actually helps me fall asleep faster and sleep better. I read somewhere that it is the drop in temperature from getting out of a hot shower that induces sleep. Also, I love for the long tiring day to end with a fresh, clean feeling.

2. Invest in a good mattress. Two years ago, Stu and I replaced our ten year old mattress with a brand new good quality one with a pillowtop...and I have never been more glad for it. A good firm mattress makes all the difference in the quality of sleep and it was only when we replaced the old one that we realised how soft and sagging it was! With so many different mattresses in the market, it can be a daunting task to pick the right one. Sleepmaker has a handy mattress selector to help you make the right choice for your needs.

3. Wear natural fabrics to sleep. About five years ago, I made the decision to only wear and buy clothes made of natural fabrics. Think soft cotton, airy linen, luxurious silk, cashmere or pure wool. I'm not being a snob! Let me explain to you why: natural fabrics help to regulate body temperature and draws moisture (ie. sweat) away from the body, they are also softer and therefore more comfortable and therefore will aid a good night's sleep.

4. Drink a glass of milk before bed. Don't laugh! Even though I'm a mum now, I'm still childlike in the sense that I always have a glass of milk before bed. I think it brings back fond childhood memories of when my mum used to tuck me into bed. Also it keeps me prevents me from getting hungry when feeding bub late at night.

5. Fresh bedsheets. There is nothing more pleasing than tucking into crisp, freshly cleaned sheets. Is it psychological? Probably...but it definitely works in lulling me into sleep.

Do you have any tips for a good night's sleep to share too?

22 Responses to Tips for good night sleep

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

They go through that. At what age did it change?

I LOVE your tips. Especially the bath and clean sheets.

I also like a cup of hot tea.

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

I find that keeping the bedroom on the cooler side helps us sleep better and we have a lavender scent spray which is quite soothing.

Rowena @ rolala loves

Gaby said...

I also find staying away from screens after 8pm, mad settling into bed with a book instead really helpful. Hoes he sleeping now? X

Tina Bradley said...

All great tips! We bought a really nice sheet set (800 thread count) as our Valentine gift to each other this year. A good night's sleep is truly important! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Samantha Heather said...

Fresh bed sheets after a warm bath = pure perfection!

I'm not a mummy yet but I still really needed this post. Thank you!

Jessica said...

Like Rowena stated I find that a cooler bedroom helps me sleep too. There is something just wonderful about snuggling up into blankets when the air has a little crispness to it.

Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

Anne Hill said...

fresh bed sheets always make such a difference for me too!

Ananka said...

Some good tips there! I work nightshift and find it very hard to get a good sleep most of the time :-(

Frankie looks so cute in that picture! Animals are good at getting sleeps, my cats just seem to sleep most of the time hehe. I think cats and dogs have the world figured out, especially the ones with loving owners ;-)

Anouka said...

Very good tips! I should really think about changing the mattress at some point soon. Any tip I can share: Having had a workout during the day and ensuring that you don't eat to close to sleep time. Sometimes a glass of wine can help too ;) Happy Vday!

Jane said...

these are really good suggestions. me and yangkyu want to upgrade our mattress (and pillows!) as well. i think it will really improve our sleep. i've been not getting quality sleep for such a long time. i get better sleep when i'm at a hotel!

Celyn PS said...

great tips! although for number one, I always feel like im more wide awake after taking a shower right before sleeping!

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Our Neck of the Woods said...

Those are wonderful tips! I think we need to get a new mattress soon, and I need to get some natural fiber pajamas. I always wake up so hot in the middle of the night.

Susannah sparkletwoday said...

Great tips Trishie. I can't drink milk on it's own but I like Milo, Hot Chocolate or chamomile tea. Avoiding caffeine (coffee and cola) after mid day helps too :D. Have a great weekend! sparkle2day.com

Midnight Cowgirl said...

These are all wonderful ideas!

Ellie said...

Little bits of stretching before sleep works best for me!

burntfeather said...

as someone that loves sleep I'm all for every one of these tips!

rooth said...

You're so right - clean sheets are a must

Hi! I am LiLi! said...

I read, answer Sudoko, or watch a short film before I sleep. A cup of warm beverage like chamomile tea is good too.

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

Hope your little one is sleeping better again! One tip that is working for me is using lavender. I roll a little on my chest and sleep so much more soundly! Try it and see what you think.

Leanne Lovell said...

Great tips, Trishie. I too love the feeling of clean sheets against the skin when sleeping.

Amy @ Elephant Eats said...

I usually sleep pretty well but def have my bouts of insomnia. I always take a hot shower before bed though and wonder if that's what helps. I really should get some new pjs, and I think you've encouraged me :) Love all these tips!

Kate from Clear the Way said...

***Fresh bedsheets.... So key!