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Do you want to know a big secret? Do you promise not to tell? My husband becomes a mouth breather when he sleeps! Thankfully the noise isn’t freight train crashing through your house loud but loud enough. You would think after 14 years of marriage (this October), I would have had devised a built in a switch that blocks that sound out of my head. Unfortunately, I have not.
I totally understand what my grandfather loves about being able to turn off his hearing aids. You don’t ALWAYS need to hear. At the flip of a switch, he gets peace and quiet, which sounds pretty nice sometimes. I’m not quite at the hearing aid stage of my life just yet but I have learned some tricks on how to sleep great along the way. A good night’s sleep tonight helps ensure tomorrow is a good day for everyone! Trust me, no one wants to see a cranky mommy.
Stop The Noise Before It Starts
When my husband is making a racket over on his side of the bed that’s ALL I can hear. I completely zone into that noise and can’t sleep. I just keep hearing it. To make him stop I have to either kick him and tell him to turn over or stop the noise BEFORE it starts. To do this I have him put on the Breathe Right® Nasal Strips I purchased at my local Walmart before he goes to sleep.
These nasal strips are designed to instantly relieve nasal congestion by gently opening nasal passages with a spring-like band. This gives you better airflow allowing you to breathe better so you can sleep better. It totally does the job!
I also love how they are completely drug-free and safe to use with any medication. This means they are great to use with colds and allergies, too. Breathe Right Nasal Strips instantly open your nose up to 38% more than using just cold or allergy medicines.
Applying Breathe Right Nasal Strips is Easy
- Wash and Dry your nose.
- Remove the liner and place on your nose. Not too high or too low. Right above the flare of your nostrils.
- Press down the ends and gently rub to secure.
- Simply remove in the morning when washing your face or taking a shower. Slowly loosen/lift the strip from both sides.
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The Kid Factor
Some kind of switch goes off when you tell kids it’s bedtime. All of a sudden they are hungry and thirsty or forgot about a homework assignment. Whatever it is, it’s there to stall bedtime. One would think this would end once everyone is in bed, but not always. Sometimes you have little ones coming in your room right when you are about to fall asleep because their favorite stuffed animal is downstairs or just to ask if you can check on them.
The key to stopping kids from interrupting your sleep is to make sure they go to bed much earlier than you do. I recommend at least 30 minutes to an hour earlier or however long it takes them to fall asleep. This helps keep interruptions to a minimum.
The Bedtime Trick
If you partner is a mouth breather like mine, you always could go to bed at different times. I’ve noticed once I’m asleep his noise doesn’t bother me, but if I’m awake, that’s a different story. So sometimes I lay with our son until my husband is ready to go to bed. By the time he comes and gets me, I immediately pass out in our bed and don’t have time to enjoy the sounds of the night. What a shame!
Sometimes we can’t sleep because we are too wound and our brains are going a mile a minute. Something that helps me relax are essential oils like lavender and chamomile. I personally use a sleep blend for my children and I. I start my diffuser about an hour before bedtime, and within 30 minutes, we are out cold.
Not Too Hot Not Too Cold
The temperature plays an important role in my sleep. If I am too hot, I sleep awful, yet if I am too cold I just toss the whole night. Finding the perfect temperature will help you sleep. I personally like being tucked in covers with cooler air around me. That way if I get too hot I can just stick a foot out, and equalize my temperature. Works like a charm!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.