Finally Goodnight! Better Sleep is Within Reach!

We all know I’m a massively anxious person. That’s no where near a secret at this point. I run on nervous energy and somehow manage to survive. A few years back, I found myself living with next to no sleep. I was okay for a little, and then my health fell through the floor. It took this all happening to realize that I needed better sleep. Who would have known. People aren’t meant to run on 2 hours of sleep a night!

To everyone around me, this was painfully obvious, but sleep was eluding me, which probably helped in making me think that this was a normal and okay way to live. Cover up the dark circles with a heavy concealer and dealt with it.

After a couple months of wresting with my routine, I found the things that WORKED to get me to actually sleep. Then I saw that it is so common to struggle with sleep because of stress, work, or anything else. So, I figured I would share my tips and tricks, products that help, and my opinions.

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Products for Better Sleep

The first step to getting that much needed rest is blocking out the light that might be disrupting your sleep schedule. You can block out the light as best as you can, but I prefer a sleep mask to help truly block out the light. You can check out this travel sleep mask as well!

Better Sleep

I received these two masks at a discount in exchange for my review! I totally recommend these to help you get those extra zzz’s! They’re both silk, so they’re soft against your skin and cool to the touch. I wish they came in more colors though, because I would love a bright pink or pastel purple one for my bedside stand!

Another thing that I live for when trying to sleep is some white noise. White noise comes in a wide variety, and helps to relax you while you’re getting to sleep. That being said, having a speaker to play it through makes it more comfortable than sleeping with headphones in. Plus, if you sleep with a partner, they may also like the white noise too! I find it super relaxing personally, and love it, especially when I travel.

Ancord has been super sweet in sending me one their speakers to try! I have used ancord’s speakers for the last few months and have been blown away by the quality that you get for the tiny price.

This orange speaker is perfect for white noise, then tossing in your bag and using all day long. It’s waterproof, so you can take it to the pool or on a bike ride with you! There is a strap attached so you can hang it anywhere. Like I said, the sound is pretty amazing for what you pay.

Another speaker I love is also from Ancord! This tiny gold speaker is perfect for travel, and would be so helpful for white noise in a hotel room. Sleep gets so difficult when you travel, and this can help to drown out all those strange sounds. 

Aromatherapy is another way to get some extra relaxation in and help you sleep more soundly. Specifically, lavender is a scent that helps so many people get to sleep!

I use an aromatherapy spray on my pillow and sheets before settling in. This spray on amazon has great reviews and would be perfect for cuddling in at night. A few spritz here and there, and you’ll feel more relaxed and ready to get some much needed rest.

Tips & Tricks for Better Sleep

As painful as it may be, parting with your phone a bit before sleep is a great way to settle. The blue light that your phone gives off helps to KEEP you awake, even when you want to sleep!

Also, a great weighted blanket makes a WORLD of difference. The weight on your body helps you to relax and feel more secure (just like a hug!). There are loads of shops on etsy that sell customized blankets just for your height and weight. I would HIGHLY suggest checking them out and supporting a small business in the mean time!

You can also try guided meditation before sleep. My sister is obsessed with guided meditation and there are tons of apps to help you meditate. Headspace is a big favorite!

Do you have any tricks to help your sleep? Share in the comments below!

XOXO

Em

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Apartment Essentials – Touches to Make Your Space Truly Yours!

After a year of living in my school apartment, I would consider myself a connoisseur of sorts of home decor (big joke there!). However, I DID get a handle on the things that made my apartment feel more like my space. Therefore, MY apartment essentials. And trust me, they’re probably not the same as everyones. My personal style is some sort of mix of strange, retro, pink, and cute. It makes no sense, but that’s what makes the space my own.

In honor of moving back to my little corner of the world next month, I wanted to share my apartment essentials that help to make my space my own. These are little pieces that won’t break a budget, but do bring a little personality to a space. I live in an apartment that I can’t paint, so style has to come from other places!

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Living Space Apartment Essentials

Ah, my living space. My theme for my living space last year was video games and super heroes, but these little choices helped to bring my space back to normal so I didn’t seem like a totally strange person. Not sure how much it worked (lol!), but the space really was what I wanted it to be.
First thing a space needs is a good rug if you don’t have carpeting. Even if you do, a fluffy rug can help to make the space more comfortable and warm. I love my little carpets because I have linoleum flooring, which gets chilly during the winter. Plus, you can get carpets in fun colors and prints, which helps you to personalize your space more, especially when you can’t paint.

Next, you need lighting! I love “fairy lights” or string lights to help bring some soft light in. My apartment has lighting already, but it can be a bit dark once the sun goes down. I run mine along the the wall near the ceiling, and plug them in once I’m settling in for the night.

The next item is an adorable moon lamp! I was lucky enough to receive this guy at a discount for my review, but seriously, its so cute! I love all the tiny details, the fact that it lights up different colors, and is just a very sweet touch to add to a room. For me, extra light is everything, especially when you live in a space as dim as mine.

The lamp gives off a gentle glow, which would go perfectly with some string lights. While it isn’t strong enough to light up an entire space, it would also be great as a nightlight for a child or a cute conversation piece for a living space. Mine will take its place of honor right next to my bed.

Kitchen Apartment Essentials

Having my own kitchen and place to cook at school, finally, is such a treat. I lived for two years at school on dining plans, and now getting to grocery shop and cook my own meals is perfection.
I have to say, I love my pyrex more than anything. Storing food in glass is so much healthier than plastic, easier to clean, and can help you cut down on waste! I like to use these in my lunch box to substitute for plastic bags, since they are single use and then thrown away. They’re good for literally everything, and, super affordable. If you take good care of them, they’ll last pretty much forever too!

An awesome blender is the best addition! A good blender makes for yummy breakfasts, snacks, and more! I make tons of smoothies in mine, which is a great way to get in your fruits and veg in a flash! Cut up your fruit ahead of time, freeze in individual bags, and just grab one when you feel like having a smoothie! Frozen fruit is also inexpensive in my area, so you can try out different ready made blends!

This is the #1 lifesaver that I had in my apartment. Getting an electric grill helps me to make so many healthy meals with quick clean up. Plus, you can make ahead grilled chicken or other meat ahead of time, and just warm up the next day for a simple and easy meal! I love anything that makes my life easier, so this is a no brainer.

Bathroom Apartment Essentials

Finally, my own bathroom! Sharing a bathroom with tons of strangers and other students is DIFFICULT, but now that I have my own space, I can decorate to my hearts content.

I have this cute shower curtain, and it helps dress up the space so much! A curtain is an easy way to bring your personality to a bathroom, even if you can’t paint! They come in all colors, patterns, pretty much whatever you want.

No boring soap dispensers allowed! There are tons of dispensers to match any color palette or design! I love this cute cute strawberry one, because its just so sweet. Plus, you can fill them with whatever soap you like!

Do you have anything that is an essential for your living space? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Sunday!

XOXO Em