I don’t sleep well. For a myriad of reasons; hormones, anxiety, sleep apnea, a snoring husband, getting up 2-3 times a night to use the bathroom, the list goes on and on. I used to be an epic sleeper for a good 10-11 hours on my own without waking up once. But that was in my teens and 20s. Now that I’m mid-40s my sleep world is so much different.
I’ve found something recently that helps.
It all started with me cleaning out my closet and coming across a flimsy eye mask I had received from British Airlines on an international flight years ago. I had never used it but wondered if I should. So, I started using it for a few nights. It was lightweight but really didn’t block out any light.
I bought this one for $6 first but didn’t like it because I felt like it covered my entire face. I then tried this $12.95 sleep mask from Bucky. It is comfortable and I love the cut out on my nose instead of going over my nose. It is made out of latex-free molded foam similar to Neoprene and is molded around the eyes so that even with the mask on you can open your eyes and it is still dark. If you were wearing it with makeup on while napping or a plane flight it wouldn’t smudge your makeup. The strap is adjustable in the back with Velcro. You can even get it in different prints.
I’m typically only wearing it on the weekends when I want to sleep past my normal 6 a.m. wake up time and don’t want Mr. Sun waking me up. I look funny and sometimes it comes off my face in the middle of the night but I just put it back on when I get back in the bed from one of my bathroom trips.
I also like to have a pedestal fan next to my side of the bed on high. I just don’t want to pay for the A/C to be 68 degrees at night. We keep it on 73 degrees and have the ceiling fan on but I still want a fan on my side of the bed too. Remember, I said hormones earlier. But even in the winter, that fan has to be on. I find I like the white noise of it and I just face it towards the wall. My neighborhood is pretty quiet but I sleep so much better. When I go somewhere else and I stay its weird to not have my typical setup. If it is a hotel I crank the A/C down and for white noise, I use this fabulous app; Noisli. It is a mobile sound machine with a timer. I use it at work too to block out cubicle noise.
Let me know if you wear a sleep mask or what works for you to help you sleep!
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