Don’t sleep on this: Plants in the bedroom

I’ve always loved plants, but making a few cross-country moves in my life (plus living exclusively in small apartments) has meant that I’ve rarely been consistently able to maintain many plants in my home. In fact, I still think about the tiger fern I gave away to a friend before a move over a decade ago.

But now that we’re all living Extremely Indoor Lifestyles, I’ve been making the trek to my local independent garden center every few weeks to pick up a new green “friend” or two. And while I love that my living room is approaching jungle status, what I really appreciate is the bit of green I’ve been able to fit into my bedroom, which doubles as my office during the day. Having a view of something living and green from every angle brings me peace, and the ritual of daily misting and regular watering grounds me in this uncertain time.

Do you keep plants in your home? Are there daily rituals that are bringing you peace in this season?

Racial disparity is hurting our sleep

It’s easy to imagine that getting into a healthy sleep routine is just a matter of silencing our inner toddler– who’s begging for one more snack or story or show or scroll of Twitter before bed– and choosing to shut off screens and head for our pillow when our phone’s bedtime reminder tells us to. But for many Americans, there’s a bigger barrier to getting a healthy night’s sleep: racial disparities.

The sleep struggle is real for people of color

If you’ve ever checked your fitness tracker in the morning for a little validation after a night of too little or too restless sleep, you know how wrecked you can feel when you don’t get the sleep you need. The disturbing reality for many Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) in America is that this kind of bad sleep is frequently the norm.

People of color in America– particularly Black Americans– tend to get poorer quality sleep over all, and have a higher incidence of some serious sleep disorders. Studies have shown that Black Americans are five times more likely than white Americans to get short sleep, the greatest disparity of any racial or ethnic group, and Black Americans get significantly less deep sleep, which helps with memory and learning.

Researchers also find a significantly higher instance of sleep apnea among Black Americans, which is a dangerous health condition that has a huge impact on overall health and can even be deadly. On the less extreme, but still serious, end of the spectrum, poor quality sleep and under-sleeping is connected to a host of health conditions, including heart disease and serious accidents.

How racial disparities cause sleep problems for BIPOC people

The research is clear that these sleep issues aren’t due to some inherent difference between different racial and ethnic groups. Instead, the cause can be found in our society, economy and culture.

BIPOC people make up a disproportionate share of hourly and shift workers. The “essential” workers we depend on to make and deliver our food, keep our buildings and residences clean, take care of us in the hospital and staff retail stores also tend to work unconventional or unpredictable hours, or work multiple jobs, making it difficult-to-impossible to develop a healthy sleep schedule (particularly for those on the dreaded “clopening” shift). Many of these shift jobs are also low-paying, adding the kind of financial stress that keeps people up at night.

black and white image of Black woman seated on ground, leaning against a wall outside. She rests her head on her far leg while her near leg curls under her

Photo by Teddy Tavan from StockSnap

These types of jobs also frequently don’t offer health insurance, making it difficult for those experience sleep apnea or other sleep disturbances to get the medical care they need. And racial disparities in our health system overall mean BIPOC people often receive a lower standard of care– or don’t trust the healthcare system enough to seek medical care in the first place.

The way our neighborhoods are built can play a role as well. Red lining and other racist housing policies forced Black and brown neighborhoods literally to the margins of our communities– near highways and industrial areas– and into parts of our cities where bright lights and loud noise are the norm.

The stress from racism itself may also be disturbing the sleep of BIPOC Americans. Researchers speculate that the chronic stress of enduring day-to-day racial prejudice may actually keep Black Americans in particular from relaxing enough to slip into that all-important deep sleep cycle.

What can we do to make sure all of us can sleep?

Problems that come from how our society is structured can’t be solved through good habits alone, but good habits are never a bad idea. It’s good for all of us to understand the role sleep plays in our overall health, and to take steps to get the best sleep we can each night.

As we’ve seen, employers have a huge role to play in whether or not their workers can get a good night’s sleep, or can access healthcare. If you employ people, you can take a close look at your scheduling practices to make sure hours are healthy and predictable for your workers, and take an honest look at how your wages stack up against the cost of living in your community.

Two workers behind the counter at an independent coffee shop
Photo by Afta Putta Gunawan from StockSnap

As consumers, we can let businesses know that we care about their employees’ health and are factoring that into our buying decisions. Contact the manager of your favorite grocery store, coffee shop, or other retail establishment and ask if they offer predictable scheduling and living wages for all their workers.

Local, state and federal governments set wage standards and labor laws, and you don’t need to be an expert to get in touch! Use this website to find your elected representatives at any level of government, and send each of them a quick message letting them know you’re worried about the racial disparities in sleep and want to know what they’re doing about it.

Get a response from taking any of these actions? I‘d love to know what you hear!


Sources for this article include:

What’s the connection between race and sleep disorders?”

The racial inequality of sleep,” The Atlantic

Do Black Americans get less sleep than white Americans?” Medical News Today

Racial disparities in sleep: The role of neighborhood disadvantage,” Sleep Medicine

Study finds connection between race and sleep,” Washington Post

Scientists start to tease out the subtler ways racism hurts health,” NPR

Health disparities by race and ethnicity,” Center for American Progress

// Feature photo by cottonbro from Pexels // Photo illustration by Amy Clark for Sleepie Blog

The best pajama sets for fall

As the weather cools, we’re switching out our tank tops and oversized tees for pajama sets that offer a little more coverage and warmth for chilly fall nights. Read on for pajama picks in pinstripe, silk, linen, pumpkin print, and more.

Short pajamas

My favorite three-season sleepwear option is a set of short pajamas. This navy and white pinstripe set from Splendid ($78) feature top and short-shorts in wearable rayon.

Elegant Silk

If you’ve ever dreamed of swanning about your home in silk pajamas like a 1940s actress, this Washable Silk Button Down Pant Set from Lunya ($258) might be for you. Three-quarter sleeves and side-slit pants provide room for you to maximize your swan.

Cropped menswear-style

For slightly more coverage in breathable cotton, try this pink and white pinstripe set from Ralph Lauren ($68). The bracelet sleeves and cropped pants aid in temperature regulation while you snooze in style.

Halloween costume included

You’re not going out this year anyway, so why not make a cozy set of spooky jams your pick for Halloween night? See Kohl’s for this Snoopy Halloween pajama shirt and pants set in aubergine ($60; straight sizes also available).

Linen for all seasons

If you hopped on the linen bandwagon with us last month, you’ll love these Positano Linen Pajamas from Serena & Lily ($128). Mother-of-pearl buttons and piped edges make these a refined choice.

Root for (my) home team

The Seattle Seahawks play three more 10 a.m. PT starts this year. Wake up ready for your game-day brunch in this Seahawks tee shirt and plaid pants sleep set ($45). You’re welcome to look for your own team’s pajamas, but may I recommend you join the Hawks fandom instead?

Four cozy bedroom upgrades for fall

We’re about to hunker down for a long fall season. From the continued stresses of the pandemic to the election to our day-to-day concerns, we’re going to have plenty going on, and we’ll want to make sure our bedrooms are a true sanctuary and escape from the worries of the world. Here are my picks for four upgrades you can make to ensure maximum bedroom coziness.

Throw blankets

A lighter-weight cotton throw blanket is just the thing to get things extra cozy while not overheating us (the wool blends can wait for winter!). The fair trade Como throw blanket from Steven Alan ($175) features gorgeous, textured striping. Scandinavian DesignsHvaler sweater blanket ($49) is a more affordable way to add another layer of cozy to your bed. The Bloom & Duka ivory throw blanket from Made Trade (pictured, $75) is fair trade and sustainably sourced.

Lap desks

Sure, spending all day working on our beds is the path to backache. But since we’re going to do it anyway, we might as well add some convenience to the mix. This multi-tasking lap tray from Walmart ($50) has a place for all your electronics and your mouse pad, too. The Fleur Blue lap tray from TROVEHome on Etsy (pictured, $43) features an easy-clean, tile-patterned laminate top and a beanbag base for maximum comfort. And if you’re looking for a project, Jen Woodhouse has instructions for a DIY lapdesk featuring a convenient storage compartment.

Aromatherapy candles

Multiple studies have shown lavender to have a positive impact on healthy sleep, and when science tells you to buy lavender candles, you buy lavender candles. Pretty Honest Candles offers a Lavender Soy Candle (pictured, $20) featuring notes of bergamot, lemon, lavender and cedar wood. Mrs. Meyer’s petite lavender tin candle ($5) is cruelty-free and promises a twelve-hour burn. Lavender, bay laurel, lemon and cedar are the notes in this Lavender + Bay Laurel scented soy candle ($30) from Sydney Hale Co., which features a double wick for a smoother burn.

Art objects

The more time we spend in our homes, the more important it becomes to surround ourselves with beauty. The Dune vase from Signe Ceramics ($160) is the perfect vessel for a single bloom or an evergreen sprig. This extremely cute stone bear figurine from Chairish ($360) may be just the friend you need at your bedside. Hollowwork‘s made-to-order Rainbow Pattern Ware Vase (pictured, $80) features a subtle splash of color in a minimalist design.

How will you get cozy this fall?

Do you plan to make some upgrades to your bedroom this fall? Share your ideas with me!


Sources consulted for this article include:

Effect of Inhaled Lavender and Sleep Hygiene on Self-Reported Sleep Issues: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Lavender and the Nervous System, Evidence-based Complementary Alternative Medicine

This month on Sleepie Blog {October 2020}

October means cooling temperatures, shorter days and the sights and smells of fall– turning leaves, crisp air, and more than a little pumpkin spice. On the blog this month, we’ll be celebrating the changing seasons by refreshing our bedroom accessories for maximum coziness, and switching out our tanks and tees for overnight wear that’s just a bit more snuggly. We’ll review this month’s sleep news, and do what we can to heal our skin from the wind and sun we’ll be enjoying on our faces during all our fall hikes and hayrides. And we’ll take a look at some of the real systemic issues that are preventing Black Americans and other people of color from regularly getting healthy sleep.

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Don’t sleep on this: Exercise for healthier sleep

As I write this post, the Pacific Northwest is blanketed by a fog of hazardous wildfire smoke. It’s one more stress layered onto an already maximally anxiety-producing year.

After abandoning my usual exercise routine for a week to protect my lungs, I realized that no indoor exercise on top of no opportunity for a run or even a longer walk outside was contributing to some bad nights of sleep, and some overall bad feelings about… a lot of things. I got back to working out, and after just one day I saw a significant, positive improvement in my sleep: less waking, a longer period of deep sleep, and a longer sleep duration over all.

Talk to your doctor about starting any new physical activity. If you’ve been away from exercise for a while, if you’re thinking of taking up a new type of exercise, or if you’re not sure what’s safe for you due to wildfire smoke, recent illness or other reasons, check in with your doctor first.

If you don’t have health insurance or can’t afford an office visit, you can find a low-cost healthcare clinic near you here.


My favorite online fitness site right now is Fitness Blender, which offers a huge variety of workouts and a science-based approach to fitness that helps me feel like I’m in good hands. You can see any of their workout videos free on their website, and they offer workout programs that are designed to suit different needs and goals.

If yoga’s your thing, Well+Good offers tons of yoga videos, featuring a variety of trainers and intensities– hello, gentle yoga. You can also sign up for Well+Good’s newsletter here to see when new yoga videos and other healthy content are published (I may earn a small commission or other perk if you sign up using my referral link).

Does exercise help you get a healthy night’s sleep? Do you have a favorite yoga routine that helps you relax?

Beauty Night: Evening Skincare Routines for Fall

This year the transition from summer to fall has been hard on our skin. For many of us, spending time outside has been more important than ever, and we’ve got the sun damage to prove it. For those of us on the West Coast, fire season has meant spending September inside with doors and windows shut, producing either a super-humid, stuffy environment, or subjecting us to more than the ordinary amount of air-conditioned dryness. A few smart changes to our nighttime skincare routines can help us weather this stormiest of perfect storms.

Should my nighttime skincare really be different from daytime?

Let’s get one thing out of the way: there is no magic switch that flips when your head hits the pillow that causes your skin to do more repairing at night. While many body processes do slow down while we sleep– like our heart rates and digestion– there is nothing in particular that happens to our skin while we’re sleeping that indicates the use of different skincare products at night. However, since we’re not wearing makeup to sleep in (right?) or worrying about shininess while we’re asleep, we can experiment with heavier moisturizing products. And because we’re not wearing makeup or sunscreen, there are fewer things getting in the way of our skincare doing its job overnight.

What does a good nighttime skincare routine look like?

Regardless of our skin type or skincare goals, at night, we want to seal nutrients and moisture onto clean skin. That means using an appropriate cleanser, toner, serum and moisturizer (plus any treatments or other products indicated for your skin type). Check out my picks for oily/combination and dry/normal skin below.

The information in this post is drawn from my own research and understanding of proper skincare. I’m not a dermatologist and I don’t know your skin. For personalized skincare advice and recommendations about skincare products, treatments and application, consult a board-certified dermatologist.


Fall nighttime skincare routine for oily and combination skin

As humidity decreases in the transition from summer to fall, those with oily skin should be looking for ways to hydrate our skin without congesting our pores.

Cleansing step

To start off fresh, I recommend using a mousse or lightly foaming cleanser to thoroughly but gently remove oil and debris from the day. Korean brand belif offers a pump-bottle Pore Foam Cleanser ($20) formulated without harsh surfactants. (It also touts a few antioxidants, but they likely won’t stay on your skin long enough to have an effect.) Lancome‘s Mousse Radiance self-foaming cleanser ($32) skips the antioxidants but includes a light dose of chemical exfoliants that may have a minor effect on skin clarity. And my personal favorite, the fragrance-free Kadi Cleanser from Holy Snails ($26), produces an incredibly rich foam and leaves skin feeling clean and hydrated.

Toning step

Now it’s time to tone! A lot of people skip the toner step, and toners seem to have only became widely available from U.S. brands in the last few years as manufacturers have looked to Korean and other Asian skincare brands for inspiration. But toners are great for infusing skin with hydration and good-for-skin ingredients. In fact, layers of watery moisture are a great way for those of us with oilier skin to fight dryness without added oil. This Equalizing Toner from Skinceuticals ($34) includes a blend of chemical exfoliants that can help even skintone if your dermatologist approves. Estee Lauder offers this refining toning lotion ($27) for gentler exfoliation with hydration. And this TeatreatmentTM toner ($30) from Dr. Jart+ combines tea tree extracts with soothing and brightening botanicals to help even our skintone after a summer in the sun.

Serum step

The serum step in skincare provides more intensive nutrition to the skin, along with increased moisture. To infuse moisture while brightening, choose Belle Evolve‘s Niacinamide Serum ($21). This Amino Acid + B5 serum from The Ordinary ($7) promises to moisturize from deep within the skin to hydrate and rebalance. And the luxury Josie Maran Argan Smoothing Skin Resurfacing Serum ($70) blends natural moisturizing factor esters into argan oil for improved moisture retention.

Moisturizing step

Finally, it’s time to moisturize. An emulsion- or lotion-style moisturizer is a great fall pick for oily and combination skin. The Skinfix Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Peptide Face Lotion packs a ton of skin-repairing and -moisturizing ingredients into a light formulation ($38). If you’re looking for herbal ingredients with royal vibes, try The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang Essential Nourishing Emulsion ($53). And for a no-nonsense formula that soothes inflamed, acneic skin, check out the COSRX Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap ($22).

Special treat: Facial oils

For nights when our skin feels particularly dry, or if our moisturizer feels like it’s not quite getting the job done, we can add facial oils into the mix. Mix a drop or two of oil into moisturizer (in your palm, not the lotion bottle), or spread a few drops onto your face and neck as a final step. The Farmacy Honey Grail facial oil blend ($48) is noncomedogenic and features buckwheat honey. Colourpop’s Fourth Ray Beauty offers a stand-alone Rose Hip Oil ($10) to help even complexion. And Garden of Wisdom‘s Evening Primrose Oil ($7) is naturally astringent to help decrease skin oiliness.

Fall nighttime skincare routine for normal and dry skin

With less moisture in the air and more time spent inside, dry skin can get drier and normal skin can get finicky. Layers of intense moisture can help get our skin back in shape.

Cleansing step

Normal to dry skin can benefit from a creamier cleanser as we transition to fall. This Gentle Cleansing Milk from Caudalie ($28) has sweet almond oil and oat extracts to soothe and moisturize. The KORA Organics Cream Cleanser for Dry Skin ($30) includes aloe and a blend of skincare oils to moisturize and soften. Finally, the Peter Thomas Roth Cloud Cream Cleanser ($30) includes plenty of plant extracts and hyaluronic acid to soothe and moisturize as it cleanses.

Toning step

Hydrating toners that deliver other skincare benefits have an important role in a nighttime routine for normal to dry skin. The First Snow Essence ($39) from Holy Snails features herbal extracts and hydrolyzed oats in a convenient misting bottle. First Aid Beauty‘s Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner blends oat extracts, honey and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and balance. Reach for IOPE Bio Intensive Essence Skin Conditioning ($60) to hydrate and tone with a blend of fermented, brightening and skin-identical ingredients.

Serum step

The serum step is the chance for those of us with dry skin to pour on the nutrients and hydrating hyaluronic acid. Makeup Artist’s Choice offers this Peptide Serum with Botanicals ($44) for a potent combination of hydration, peptides, antioxidants and ferments that will plump, hydrate and firm normal to dry skin. The INKEY List‘s Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum ($8) offers a some of the same peptides in a simpler formula. And the POWER Recharging Night Pressed Serum from Algenist ($95) melts into skin on application to deliver nutrition from algae and antioxidant plant extracts.

Moisturizing step

Moisturizer is essential after serums, especially those with hyaluronic acid, which absorbs water the way a fire eats oxygen– if you don’t feed it water from above, it will look for water from below, in your skin. Seal in moisture with the Lotus Anti-Aging Night Moisturizer from Fresh ($48), featuring antioxidants from plant extracts in a light cream formula. The Paula’s Choice RESIST Intensive Repair Cream ($33) offers a low-strength retinol boost in a rich cream formulation. And Drunk Elephant packs a bevy of peptides and amino acids into its Polypeptide Moisturizer ($68).

Special treat: Overnight mask

Overnight masks, or sleeping masks, are truly just another moisturizer. But they include a heavy dose of occlusive ingredients that can provide an additional seal over your skincare when the air is dry or you feel your skin is working extra hard to retain moisture. Irritated skin could benefit from the Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask ($34), with its blend of shea butter and fermented yeast-boosted madecassic acid. The Algenist Replenishing Sleeping Pack ($48) blends algae and plant extracts into a pleasant-to-use water burst formula. Peptides, hyaluronic acid and tea extracts in the Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask ($92) promise to soothe, improve elasticity and draw moisture to the skin.

What’s your nighttime skincare routine?

Do you switch up your skincare when the seasons change? Do you see any of the products I shared fitting into your skincare routine this fall? Let’s talk about it!

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Sleep News Roundup {September 2020}

Every month, we take a look at the latest news in sleep and sleep health. Read on for your monthly Sleep News Roundup.

Coronavirus is impacting our sleep

It’s not surprising, but at least it might be validating: The coronavirus pandemic is causing widespread insomnia and other sleep issues. According to sleep experts interviewed by the Washington Post, chronic insomnia, poor sleep, more vivid nightmares, and prescriptions for sleep medication are all on the rise, in the U.S. and around the world. For some, that pandemic-induced poor sleep has resulted in more tooth grinding and cracked teeth, according to experts interviewed on KCRW’s Press Play podcast.

Gaining weight? Sleeping poorly could be to blame

As reported by CNN, a two-year study of health data tracked by smartphone apps showed a correlation between sleep duration, sleep pattern variability and body mass index (BMI), a controversial if convenient measure of body weight. Researchers have already determined that sleep deprivation causes a spike in ghrelin, a hormone that increases appetite, and a drop in leptin, a hormone that decreases appetite. Weight aside, if you find that you’re unusually hungry on a given day, you might be in need of a healthy night of sleep.

Sleep deprivation and emotional health

If you’ve ever had a particularly gloomy day after a night of tossing and turning, rest assured it wasn’t all in your head. According to Science Daily, researchers at the University of British Columbia have found that after a night of short sleep, we experience a “greater loss of positive emotions” when facing stressful situations. At the same time, we’re more likely to have a dulled response to positive events when we’re sleep deprived. A positive response to stressful situations can be important to both physical and mental health.

What’s your take?

What do you think of this month’s sleep news? See anything we missed? Let us know! And if any of this month’s stories have you concerned about your own sleep, physical, or mental health, consider making an appointment with your doctor today. And if you don’t have health insurance or are uncertain about your ability to pay for care, visit this website to find low-cost healthcare options near you.

Can we eat our way to healthier sleep?

Cruise through the search results for “food and sleep” and you’ll find hopeful articles about foods and beverages that just might help us kick insomnia and sleep better each night. The idea of a midnight snack doubling as a sleep cure sure is tantalizing– but is it too good to be true? Let’s see what the research has to say, and make our own plan for eating and sleeping well.

The connection between what we eat and how we sleep

Turkey salad croissant sandwich sits alone on a counter top beside a short stack of plates. Behind, a dark room.
Photo by Kristin Hardwick from StockSnap

Many sites recommend that those of us trying to improve our sleep choose foods and beverages that have chemicals, like tryptophan, that have a known connection to sleep. Tryptophan– famously found in our Thanksgiving turkeys but also present in other foods, like dairy milk– can convert into melatonin (the sleep hormone) and serotonin (a hormone thought to steady mood and improve sleep) in the body. Melatonin and serotonin are present on their own in a number of foods and could help us get to sleep, stay asleep or sleep longer. Some other vitamins and minerals, like B, D, magnesium, and folate, could help with this as well.

Unfortunately, studies on the impact of specific foods haven’t generally been replicated or large enough for us to know for certain which foods are best for sleep. Instead, it’s probably better for us to focus on diet as a whole.

How does my whole diet impact sleep?

There is some evidence that a higher carbohydrate diet can decrease the amount of time it takes us to get to sleep, as well as decreasing our light sleep and increasing our REM (rapid eye movement– the time when we’re dreaming) sleep, which help us be better-rested. On the other hand, high fat diets seem to be associated with less-efficient sleep, with more waking up and less dreaming. And we don’t know a lot of specifics yet, like if there are specific times of day we can eat certain types of food in order to increase sleep quality. But over all, the general recommendations for healthy eating (fruit and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, moderate fat, sugar, caffeine and alcohol consumption… you know the drill) line up with the recommendations for a healthy sleep diet.

So does that mean we should just… eat healthy?

Yes, sadly, it appears that there is no silver bullet— or magic almond–that’s going to help us get to sleep when we’re tossing and turning. I’m bummed, too. But while a general recommendation works for the general public, each of us as individuals have different needs. Different foods could have a positive or negative impact on our ability to get healthy sleep. It just takes a little work to figure it out.

The two-week Eat to Sleep Challenge

If you have a hunch that what you eat impacts how you sleep, you can use a food and sleep diary to look for patterns. Every day for two weeks, write down what you eat at each meal and snack, and track your sleep each night– about how many hours you slept, what sleep disturbances you had, if any, and how you felt when you woke up. To make this a little more fun, I’m calling it the Eat to Sleep Challenge.

Tracking our diet like this can make it tempting to try to “clean things up” or make us feel bad about what we ate, but keep in mind that this is supposed to be a snapshot of your real life, so just be you. Plus, you don’t know what you’ll find out– it may be that you get the sleep of your life after Cheetos and wine night, and that’s the kind of information you don’t want to miss!

After you’ve tracked your meals and sleep for two weeks, take a look and see if you can find patterns. Do you wake up extra grumpy every time you eat a late-night snack? Did a night of insomnia follow your 4 pm latte?

Once you’ve looked for patterns in your current diet, you can also experiment with adding potentially pro-sleep foods into your meals to see what happens. I recommend trying each new item on its own, every day for two weeks, to give you enough time to observe how any given food works for you.

I made you something!

Since tracking every food you eat and every wink you sleep for two weeks– or more, if you’re testing a turkey sandwich hypothesis– can be a little tedious, I made you a fun, printable Eat to Sleep Challenge log!

Okay, fine, I’ll show you the list

Alright, here it is: Foods and beverages that may– may!– contribute to a healthy night of sleep.

  • Kiwi
  • Tart cherry juice
  • Malted milk
  • Milk
  • Fatty fish
  • Nuts
  • White rice
  • Turkey
  • Chamomile tea

If you make a tasty bedtime snack out of four or more of these foods, I definitely want to hear about it!


Sources consulted for this article include:

The best foods to help you sleep.”

Foods that help or harm your sleep.” WebMD

The 9 best foods and drinks to have before bed.” Healthline

Effects of diet on sleep quality.” Advances in Nutrition

// Featured image: Photo by Burst from StockSnap // Photo illustration by Amy Clark for Sleepie Blog

Transitional bedding: Linen edition

Your best bedding for the transition between summer and fall just might be linen.

Why linen bedding?

We usually think of crisp cotton when we imagine the perfect sheet set, but it turns out that linen can offer a ton of benefits, particularly as the weather changes. In many parts of the U.S., September weather can be a bit finicky– hot one day, cool the next, and back to hot again. Linen is temperature-regulating, highly breathable, and even has anti-bacterial properties, which make it a great choice for when we’re careening between hot and sweaty and chilly over the course of just a few days.

I’ll admit that I’ve never owned linen bedding. Having only recently replaced several sets of holey, mismatched sheets with a few sets in colors and textures I actually enjoy, I’ve been reluctant to make the jump from high-thread count cotton to something even more expensive. But one look at the gorgeous, casually rumpled bed aesthetic we can achieve with linen has me thinking about saving up for a set of my own.

Show me the linen!

Today I’m sharing with you five great options for linen bedding from a range of retailers. You won’t see much of a range in price here, however. Because linen is so much more labor intensive to produce than cotton, there are no real budget options for 100% linen bedding.

The French linen sheet set from Sijo is made with stone-washed linen imported directly from its namesake country and comes with or without a flat sheet. It’s available in a range of cool earth tones. Also made from European flax are the linen sheets from Parachute. Manufactured in Portugal, this set from Parachute has an optional top sheet and comes in a similar earth-tone color range but includes a very “now” terra cotta option.

Linoto offers its 100% linen sheet sets in a wide variety of colors, including fun choices like stripes and a particularly vibrant shade of red. Linoto also offers a wide range of sizes, including split, European, and Olympic options in King and Queen.

Coyuchi’s linen sheet set takes French linen up a notch with organic flax. The color options are somewhat limited, but Coyuchi offers a couple of chambray options that highlight the natural texture and beauty of their linen fabric.

Finally, if you’re on the fence about linen, Target’s Threshold brand offers a linen-cotton blend sheet set that could give you a little more crisp sheet feel for a lot less money. Threshold sheets are affordable but not cheap, with nice additions like placement labels inside the fitted sheet.

Where do you stand on linen?

What do you think about linen bedding? If you’ve tried it in the past or are about to hit “add to cart” on any of my picks, I’d love to hear about it!