Hacking a Good Night's Sleep

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A COMFORTABLE MATTRESS

The next thing we did was order a new bed. Not everyone can just click and buy a new bed, but if you are in the market for one I highly highly recommend The Casper Mattress (if you click this link, you will save $50 off your order!). We have been hearing about the mattress from friends, podcasts, and after we realized it was time to upgrade not only the quality, but the size, we went for a king. I am not exaggerating when I say it is the most comfortable, cool, bed I have ever been privileged to sleep on. Every time we travel, I feel a little sad to leave our bed! And after our most recent weekend trip, I could feel my husband toss and turn on the hotel beds, which I never feel at home with our Casper. There is so much more I could go on about this bed...! 

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ELIMINATE NOISE

Whenever there is noise beyond our control, we always reach for a white noise app we discovered when our daughter was born called Sound Sleeper App. It has sounds of rain, a fan, the ocean, even fire crackling. The free version will allow 30 minute intervals of white noise sounds at a time, while the paid version allows continuous play overnight. This has been especially helpful when we were in a hotel in Massachusetts and wanted to watch action movies while our little one was asleep in the same room, or most recently, when we stayed in a hotel that also had a (very loud) wedding band playing during bedtime. 

LEARNING MORE  

Sleep is how our our whole body-mind-soul restores every night, and insomnia is so common. I still struggle with it, especially after lots of travel or during a stressful moment. I hope some of these tips can help you and your family get more rest! We all know that when we sleep we are so much more patient, understanding, and joyful. 

Some other resources you may want to check out is a book called The Power of When by Dr. Michael BreusArianna Huffington's Sleep Revolution, and either the Sleep Cycle app or if you have the iOs 10 update, the new alarm clock has a sleep cycle alarm you could try out. I also try to limit screen time by not checking my phone after my nighttime shower, drinking a warm cup of tea. According to Dr. Michael Breus, a hot shower cools the inner body temperature, making the body ready for sleep, so nighttime showers have coincidentally been very relaxing for me, and now I know why! 

Have you ever struggled with insomnia? What is your nighttime routine for a restful sleep? 

Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.