John Henry Belter (American, born Germany, 1804-1863). Bed, ca. 1856. Rosewood, Headboard: 65 1/2 x 58 1/2 in. (166.4 x 148.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Ernest Vietor, 39.30. Creative Commons-BY
Methought I heard a voice cry ‘Sleep no more!/ Macbeth does murder sleep’, the innocent sleep,/ Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleeve of care,/ The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath,/ Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,/ Chief nourisher in life’s feast,–Macbeth, Act II, Sc. II
No surprise that Macbeth only appreciated the physical, cognitive and emotional benefits of a good night’s sleep after his late night foray into regicide left him permanently sleep-deprived. Is Macbeth just a typical guy, not knowing what he’s got till it’s gone? Well, truth is, I only began to pay attention to my sleep habits when, beginning in my late 20s, I could no longer fall asleep easily or stay asleep for more than a few hours at a time.
Knowing that life’s thorniest problems can be solved with the right clothes, I first tackled insomnia by treating myself to beautiful nightgowns and jamies. And I do recommend our cotton, Supima® cotton and new Lyocell sleep sets and nightshirts for a comfortable and stylish stay in the Land of Nod.
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But if the right clothes just don’t cut it, here are some other sleep tips:
- Running a small fan at night creates white noise and a cooler temperature, both of which are said to aid sleep;
- Use your bed for two activities only (sleep and, should you be so lucky, sex);
- Make your bedroom a clean and clutter-free oasis of calm (that’s right, don’t keep your Amex bill on your nightstand);
- Turn off your T.V., computer, Ipad and Blackberry an hour or more before your head hits the pillow, because the screen glare and stimulation send the wrong message to your body (“Wake up! It’s daytime”);
- In that last hour before bed, try to create a bedtime routine you can stick to – a regular practice of self-care and relaxation to prepare for sleep.
Here are more sleep tips and bedtime routines from Hanky Panky staff, friends and family:
Bergamot is soothing, with a reputation for sleep inducing. In a small spray bottle, combine the essential oil with the cheapest vodka you can find and spray on your pillow before climbing into bed. If you still can’t sleep, a swig of vodka may do the trick . . . Gale, President & Creative Director, Hanky Panky
My bedtime routine usually begins with a quick but relaxing bath, followed by comfortable pajamas (usually a tank and pj pants), and a quick spritz of Givenchy’s “Tartine et Chocolat” (a children’s perfume that smells amazing but very light). After the lights are turned off around the apartment, cats’ food and water is topped off, and both daughters get one last kiss, I climb the stairs to my room and slide into bed (love all white sheets). Sometimes I read for a bit before falling asleep. Teresa, 10th grade English teacher & mother of two, Queens, NY
What works for me goes against what all the sleep experts say. I leave the TV on, with the one-hour sleep timer, preferably playing reruns of Seinfeld episodes I’ve already seen. Works like a charm. Christie, Ecommerce Associate & Customer Service Extraordinaire, Hanky Panky
I get in bed with my journal, and write about one thing I’m grateful for. This has, on occasion, been “my friend who gave me a pretty little thing from Hanky Panky today.” Janise, Badass Attorney, San Francisco, CA
I sleep with the window open a crack, even on cold nights. Cecile, Sales Associate & Customer Liason, Purveyor of Tried & True Advice, Hanky Panky
My nighttime routine is a must for boarding the ship S.S. Dreamland. First, earplugs to block out city noise and car alarms. Second, an eye mask, to block out street lights and early morning sun. Finally, the most essential step of all, call Taffy, my kitten, to share my pillow. Kathleen, Sales Associate, Hanky Panky