I had the best sleep last night and I have Gingie to thank for that. I told him that I’ve been having some trouble falling asleep (and staying asleep) at night, so he recommended I drink this tea before bed. Perhaps it was the placebo effect but I swear, I haven’t had such a restful sleep in weeks!
Thanks Dr. Gingie
I woke up feeling refreshed, energized, and hungry.
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1 cup coconut milk
- cinnamon and vanilla extract
- drizzle of honey
- vanilla chobani
- sprinkled with flaxseed.
an array of berries and TJ’s cinnamon grahams with Teddie’s peanut butter. This was my last graham and potentially the last one I’ll be eating for a very long time, but I’ll explain that later
Coffee, naturally. Do we love the new cup and saucer set? Because I love the new cup and saucer set.
For some reason this breakfast reminded me of summer time – though the recent snowfall unfortunately snaps me back to reality. Ew.
**Do you ever have trouble sleeping? Any good tips to help fall asleep?** I know for me a huge reason why I can’t fall asleep at night is because I start thinking about what I want to eat for breakfast the next morning. Forget all the work I have to do or how much I miss Gingie and my mom….oatmeal or pancakes – these are the things that keep me up at night.
I found this list of 10 tips for better sleep, which kind of explains why I may have such a difficult time falling catching some z’s at night.
- Go to bed and get up at about the same time every day, even on the weekends. I’m in college – this is not happening.
- Don’t eat or drink large amounts before bedtime: I usually eat my last “meal” about 2 hours before bed, so I don’t think this should have an effect on my sleepage.
- Avoid nicotine, caffeine and alcohol in the evening: Check (for the most part)
- Exercise regularly. Check
- Make your bedroom cool, dark, quiet and comfortable. Hmm, cool (check) dark (check) comfortable (check) quiet, not so much. I live in an apartment with primarily college students. I also live 1/2 a block away from a fire station so trucks and sirens are always going off at night.
- Sleep primarily at night. Check. I can’t nap if I try. Once I’m up – I’m up for good.
- Choose a comfortable mattress and pillow. Check! Last year my family and I took a trip to Boston and I told my dad how obsessed I was with the pillows at the Weston hotel so for my birthday my dad actually called the hotel and asked which pillows they used and he bought me one. I love him. It’s like sleeping on a cloud.
- Start a relaxing bedtime routine. I think I just started one last night! A cup of chamomile about 1/2 an hour before bed while “winding down” with computer browsing or trash TV.
- Go to bed when you’re tired and turn out the lights. This is my problem – I’m rarely ever “tired” for some reason, so I have to force myself in to bed. Then I get discouraged when I can’t fall asleep and it’s game over. I get really anxious and feel so alone… like I’m the only person on earth who’s still awake. It’s a weird feeling.
- Use sleeping pills only as a last resort. Don’t use ‘em.
Looks like I have some work to do!
Alright kiddos, I’m off to start the day (and week!). My room has gotten out of control so I’m dedicating my morning to cleaning, working out, and and catching up on some homework before class at 2. Enjoy the day!
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