Each month, the National Sleep Foundation is partnering with select bloggers and digital influencers for a new iteration of the #GoodNights challenge. We’ll explore new ways to get a good night’s rest by showcasing real life examples of how a good night’s sleep can positively impact your body, mind and spirit. We know that many of our readers want real life tips for sleeping better, so follow along and share your own #GoodNights stories by using hashtag across social media channels like Twitter and Instagram.
During our recent Sleep Awareness Week, we asked Caitlin Kruse of cult favorite lifestyle blog The Glitter Guide to utilize the National Sleep Foundation’s healthy bedroom tips to help craft the perfect sleep environment.
For nearly a week, Caitlin, her husband and baby-to-be Kruse used the National Sleep Foundation’s healthy sleep tips — here’s what she had to say in our exclusive Q&A:
Describe your sleeping habits, both before and after taking the #GoodNights challenge. Would you say you are/were a “good sleeper”? Are you a better sleeper now?
I typically have a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep but noticed a big difference once I actually paid attention to what I was doing to set my self up for a good night’s rest. Usually I try to read in bed for a little bit before dozing off and definitely spend time on my phone right before bed. Now I don’t look at my phone at all in bed anymore – it’s a new rule!
During the #GoodNights challenge, did you make any changes to your sleep routine?
Waking up a the same time has made a big difference in my sleep and my daily routine — also using a sleep machine and black out curtains created a huge difference in our sleeping environment and really help me to fall asleep quicker now.
What was the best part about the #GoodNights challenge?
Taking the time to make an effort to change my sleep habits for the better. Setting a routine, exercising more, relaxing before bed and really “unplugging” form work have all been great changes in my daily life.
Did you have any problems with the challenge? For example, did you find it tough to avoid electronics before bed, or did you have trouble cutting out caffeine in the afternoons?
It’s very hard for me to avoid electronics before bed but once I made the change I don’t think I’ll ever go back. It’s so nice to just power down and focus on other more enjoyable things like reading or having a conversation with my husband.
Did you feel that your sleep improved throughout the challenge? Did your partner’s sleep change, or that of your family?
Yes, for sure! My husband and I both noticed a difference in our sleep – and he really loved using a sound machine to drown out other noises in our neighborhood. I also noticed increased energy throughout the day.
Check out The Glitter Guide today for their views on our #GoodNights challenge, and check out a special look inside Caitlin’s made over bedroom, below!