So how are you sleeping these days? Or should I say, how are you sleeping these nights? Sleep is so important, isn’t it? And it can be so frustrating when sleep eludes us. Sleep is necessary for sharp thinking, healing, weight loss, mood regulation and general alertness, of course. And I can definitely tell when I’m not getting enough sleep. While it won’t solve all of your sleep problems anymore than counting sheep, I do think a fresh pair of pajamas or a pretty but comfortable gown can help you rest a little more easily. So today I’m sharing some great options for a late winter sleepwear refresh.
I picked up these I Heart Whales lounge pants at Vineyard Vines recently. They’re on sale, but they’re also selling out in several sizes. But these stretch cotton flannel PJ pants are definitely cozy and so fresh. I appreciate the ample leg room, the wide elasticized waist band and the true drawstring.
And this pretty pink whale pocket tee, also from Vineyard Vines and marked down, doubles as a lounge tee or sleep shirt. I’m wearing a size medium in both. And I can’t decide if I like these separates better for lounging around the house on Sunday afternoons or sleeping. Hmm. Who says they can’t pull double duty?
Yeah, so my tee says, “Happy Valentine’s Day” on the back. Hahaha! But who’s going to see that…other than my everyday Valentine?
My tips for getting the best night’s sleep:
- Lower the thermostat to a cooler temperature when you retire for the night. We set ours at 61 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter.
- Drink lots of water during the day, but stop drinking at least an hour and a half before getting in bed.
- Put aside all electronic devices an hour before sleep time. While I do personally read books on my phone, I like to opt for a “real” book at night if I really appreciate my sleep.
- Use an app like Calm or, my preference, Abide to access soothing adult bedtime stories. They turn off automatically after a set amount of time.
- Create a bedtime routine and stick with it. I make the coffee for the morning, take my vitamins, wash my face, brush my teeth and then settle into bed to read for about 30 minutes. If I follow my routine, I sleep easily and restfully.
I know we all have different preferences when it comes to sleepwear, so I found some other options for you, too. I love Soma’s Cool Nights collection. They keep you cozy and feel so soft, but they also help regulate your body temperature. They were a life saver when I was having night sweats for a while.
But during this cold winter I’ve really been enjoying the warmth of my L.L.Bean Camp PJ Set. The carbon navy set I have is sold out except for in one petite size I believe. But I absolutely love the shell pink set, too. And L.L. Bean also has some pretty springtime sleep sets with short sleeve tees and cotton pants.
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Blessed for My Day
Are you living in despair? Or do you have hope? It’s a fine line that becomes an ever-widening gulf unless we choose to lay hold of hope. To despair is to turn your back on God. We despair when we no longer see Him in the picture. We refuse to see His finger prints on the past, we believe He has abandoned us in the present and we can’t imagine a future with Him in it. That’s what it means to despair. And I’ve noticed that unless we are vigilant, our hearts will default to despair in the darkest moments of life.
But we can choose to climb out of despair and into the warming rays of hope. We choose hope when we honestly share our emotions of loss and grief with God, but then choose to focus on His character instead. We also choose hope when we look in close and acknowledge that God is there, has been there and will be there…even if we have not been able to see Him. And we live with hope when we choose to believe that God is enough…even when our hearts may cry out for more. Today let’s choose hope.
Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
the wormwood and the gall!
My soul continually remembers it
and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.” ~ Lamentations 3:19-24