*Yawn* Ever since being pregnant, my sleeping routine has looked a little different! I was never a night owl to START with, but now we hit the hay at literally 7:30 every night! I know it sounds kinda cray… but sleeping so early means I wake up and start the day at like 4:30 or 5, which is great because my pregnant body wakes me up around then regardless 🤰 I’ve been getting DMs asking how we fall asleep so early so I thought I’d share my top tips for getting a good night’s sleep.

1. LiquidIV Sleep

When I’m not preggo, LiquidIV Sleep has been my foolproof way of catching some zzz’s. I can’t use it right now because of my girl Stella (no melatonin for me while pregnant!), but the active ingredients are Melatonin, L-Theanine and Valerian root – all natural, baby! The packets use the same Cellular Transport Technology their daytime packets use to get the ingredients into your bloodstream quicker so that you can get to sleep sooner. Their daytime packets help you to stay extremely hydrated – you can read all about it here! You can get 25% off website + free shipping with code DANIAUSTIN 😴

2. Pillow mist

If you’re tryna attract a good night’s sleep, you gotta set the mood 😎🤣 I love using a pillow spray to create a serene environment before going to bed, but it’s more than that! I feel like having a certain scent attached to when I go to sleep sort of signals my brain that it’s time to slow down. I use this one, and when I smell it I legitimately get sleepy so much quicker, or at least I feel like I do! Maybe it’s a placebo effect… but hey, if it works than who cares?!?

3. Flip through pages, not profiles

Hey – if *I* am strong enough to put my phone down instead of scrolling through Insta, then you can be too!!! I am on my phone all day long, so it’s really important for me to honor my technology boundaries. Sure, sometimes Jordan and I get sleepy by watching a movie or show, but for the most part, I’ve been trying to spend my evenings with my nose stuck in a book. Plus, it’s scientifically proven that shutting technology down a good amount of time before bed helps you to sleep faster and better 💤

4. Write down your thoughts for the next day

I know my thoughts can keep me awake at night, so to slow my mind down, I keep a notepad by my bed and I’ll just jot down everything I need to do the next day. If I’m feeling overwhelmed or anxious or just have a lot on my mind, I’ll journal about it. It really helps me to visualize everything written out and to see that it’s really not as much as I felt like it was.

5. Get that good good white noise

Personally, I love a bit of white noise! I feel like this is similar to the scent thing – if I condition my brain to associate sleep with a certain sound, it helps me to just get into a better, more controlled sleeping routine. There are tons of apps you can use or Spotify playlists with great sounds, or if it’s safe and not too hot/cold to sleep with your window open, go for it! Nature sounds are my favorite.

I hope these help you to get a better night’s sleep! What helps you to wind down at the end of the day?