Getting a Good Night's Sleep by practicing good sleep hygiene - Sweet Bunny


I had insomnia for the longest time, being unable to sleep; staring at the ceiling until my day began was how I spent most of my evenings. Being a caregiver at night while working full-time during the day sort of messed up my internal clock when my caregiving duties ended with a loved one passing. I struggled to get in the biological clock in order.

                                   


My friend was very kind. She bought me a lavender pillow for my birthday. It did help a little comfort-wise, but I was still unable to sleep; what really made a difference was completely drawing the curtains and being in total darkness helped the pineal gland to start producing melatonin while light causes that production to stop. I never knew that and mostly had the practice of keeping the curtains open through the night while I slept. Amazingly, the simplest things such as reducing the amount of light in a room could help get you better sleep; knowing this earlier could have prevented me from taking a supplement that was only a temporary fix to my sleep problem, withstanding the side effect the next day was no walk in the park either.

Practising good sleep hygiene contributes to a better night’s sleep and a good night’s sleep gives you the energy for a productive day. I am guilty of having poor sleep hygiene; I had to pay for that during the day when I was usually exhausted, unfocused, and just eager to get back to bed for a good nap.

Inspired, I drew some sheep and started creating a sleep tracker to keep my sleep patterns in check.

How to Track Your Sleep with a Sleep Log/ Tracker - A printable sleep tracker to track my sleep patterns and to collect details such as the number of hours, how energized I feel the next day, as well as other notes such as dreams that disrupted your sleep or too much caffeine, can be written under notes. Knowing your patterns will enable you to change the habits that are causing you precious winks of sleep.

How a sleep tracker works – The Happy Sheep Sleep Tracker I created is to record your sleep pattern for the month up to 31 Days. Start by Shading the month and indicating the time you went to bed on the alarm clock. I enjoyed shading the sheep and find it appropriate for any age group, the sheep with numbers indicated on them to show the number of hours slept. In the printable, there are up to 18 sheep representing 18 hours, not that an adult would need that much sleep but to create the flexibility of use of the tracker, it can be used for new-borns, which requires from 14-17 hours of sleep recommended by the National Sleep Foundation, pre-schooler 10 to 13 hours including naps. 6 to 12-year olds require 9 to 12 hours. 13 to 18 years 8 to 10 hours and finally adults, which need 7 to 8 hours, sleep. 

Fill in the notes section with any details you would like to add about your sleep. 

Under the I need to section, icons are rremindto sleep earlier, have less screen time before bed, have less caffeine, and relax before bedtime. There are two empty icons for you to draw or write what else you should do to improve your sleep quality. At the end of the month, you can rate your sleep quality for the month by shading the sheep at the bottom.

                                   

Keeping track of your sleeping habits is a great way to highlight lousy sleep hygiene and keep you on track for a good rest and a productive day ahead. Keeping track of my sleep has helped me get a good’s night rest, and I eliminated having caffeine after 5pm, which I realized was keeping me up at night. Also, limiting the number of hours I watch videos before bedtime also helped.

The printables are available in sizes A4, A5, Letter, and Half-Letter. Do remember to adjust your printer properties before printing. The best part about printables is you can print as many as you like. It is yours forever. If you are interested in purchasing this tracking, it is available on Etsy and my Payhip page. I will also give out bonus items, 2 colouring pages of a girl sleeping with a blindfold and one without a blindfold.  



Thanks for taking the time to read my post. Stay tuned for more printables. 

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The Benefits of a Coffee Table On Wheels- Sweet Bunny

The coffee table, I would have to say, is a piece of furniture that holds many memories for me. Before I was married, my family and I had dinner on a rather sizeable square-shaped glass coffee table in front of the television rather than at the dining table; our relatives would jest that we were eating in Japanese or Korean-style home. I would do my homework or assessments while my late father watched television or corrected my work.


As most apartments in Singapore are getting smaller and smaller… we have to adjust the way we do the space planning of our homes. The living room is also my family room where most activities such as exercise, watching a movie together or an evening of gaming take place. Having a permanent fixture in the centre of our living room would limit the number of activities we can use.


The solution… A coffee table with wheels, about 2 years ago, right after my renovations were done, I moved into my new home, and most of the furniture was bought. There weren’t many tables with wheels in the market. My only choice was the TINGBY Side table on castors from Ikea. I liked the side table for its size and practicality but not so much for the design, but it still works well as a coffee table.

                                  ikea side table with wheels


Advantages of the table on wheels - Mobility is one of the top benefits of having a table on wheels. It gives you the flexibility of shifting the table around at ease. Being able to change the table quickly to any place in our home makes enjoying a cuppa, snack or even a meal when one is alone at home a treat; just prop a bean bag next to it, and you would be good to go.


The shape of tables on wheels - The tables that I have seen available in Singapore are mostly square or rectangular shaped; not much of a variety to choose from, but online there are many choices from all over the globe, but I worry about the shipping fees, assembly and quality of the products, what you see might not be what you get another option is getting a customised table on a wheel designed and manufactured locally, but that can be on the pricey side. A feature that you would consider having for a table on wheels has a locking feature; young children tend to lean on the tables or use it to support their weight as they wobble unstably at home. Locking the table would prevent mishaps from happening.


coffee table on wheels
trolley table from forty two


In conclusion, I would say that having a table on the wheel is an excellent addition to a home, some may even consider adding wheels to a small dining table when you live in a small space, and with a bit of creativity and innovation, you can design a room that is both comfortable and multi-functional.