For whatever reason, I have the hardest time in the world falling asleep at bedtime. Put me in front of a TV, or give me a few glasses of wine, and I’m out. I’m also an excellent napper. But when it comes to actually going to bed, I can’t sleep. My mind starts to race and I start to think about a million things… work, friends, family, blogging, shopping, arts & crafts projects… really anything. You name it, I’m thinking about it… (when I should be sleeping.)
The one (simple) thing that works is getting into bed earlier than my “target” fall-asleep time and reading a book. (Currently, I’m reading Bitter is the New Black, and it’s absolutely hysterical.)
There’s just one problem with this trick. I sleep at the boyfriend’s apartment a lot, and his room is too dark for me to read. Sometimes we’ll fall asleep with a movie, but otherwise I toss and I turn and usually end up in a terrible mood by morning.
Last night, he remedied this. It was the cutest thing in the world. He made me a nightstand by flipping over a bin, covering it with a tablecloth to make it look prettier. Then, he moved one of his lamps over to my new nightstand, and voila… just like home. I fell asleep with my book and slept fabulously.
It’s the little things… 🙂