Is anyone else dragging today?
After several tough years of spotty sleep, my 32-weeker finally regulated at about age four. When her little sister, my 31-weeker, came along a year later, we were elated that she slept 10 and 12 hour nights from an early age.
However, in the last six weeks, now at age two and a half, that has dramatically shifted to her waking one to three times a night. Exhausted, I’m falling back to bad habits of pulling her into my bed so we can all get some shut eye.
I’m working on a better strategy starting this week. In the meantime, my exhaustion has inspired this week’s Links We Love.
In my bleary-eyed state this morning I came across this Fast Company article on how to calm your overactive brain for a good night’s sleep. I identified some habits I need to break (glass of wine or a snack to wind down, anyone?) and several I look forward to adding, like a warm bath with lavender essential oil drops while sipping some almond milk. I hope some of these tips help you, too.
I saw Danielle Walker, blogger and author of the Against All Grain blog and cookbooks, mention these Honest Hazel eye gel soothers with Vitamin C and Vitamin E today on Instagram and they’re all I can think about. My puffy under eyes are the first thing to give away my lack of sleep. Most mornings I feel like I have fluid-filled weights tucked under my eyeballs so I can’t wait to see if they live up to their promises to reduce puffiness, brighten dark circles, firm fine lines and hydrate skin. I’m ordering this three-pack to give them a try.
On extra rough days, I rely on my favorite cheek tint, Glossier’s Cloud Paint in Puff, for a pop of pink on my cheeks to add brightness. A little dab goes a long way to take you from “Are you ok?” to “What’s different about you?”—in the best way possible. For an even more wakeful look, I add their Haoloscope highlighter and Boy Brow eyebrow gel for bold, yet natural definition to my otherwise super blonde eyebrows. If you find something you like you can use my link to get 10% off your first purchase and if you buy any two items, shipping is free. Please know I receive a small store credit if you choose to make a purchase.
If you need more than warm baths and beauty products to help conquer your sleepless nights, how about some professional help? Tara Hess from Tulsa Pediatric Sleep Solutions hosts a free weekly Sunday night Facebook chat where you can ask her any of your kiddo sleep questions–FOR FREE. We worked with Tara when my oldest had sleep issues—priceless! After evaluating our schedule, a few tweaks plus using a gentle sleep training technique, we went from our daughter in our bed each night to her sleeping through the night in five days! Tara is based in Oklahoma but works with clients nationwide via phone, email and video chat consulting. Plus, anyone can participate in the Sunday night chats. Watch for a post full of tips from Tara this week on the blog!
Hope you get a good night’s sleep!
***As usual, these are my opinions and I am not being compensated to endorse these brands. I do get a small credit if you choose to use my Glossier friend link.
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