So I decided to watch the Dr. Oz Show yesterday, and he had a whole segment about how bad sleep deprivation is and ways to curtail bad sleep habits: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/sleep-hygiene. I break all the rules of sleep etiquette (I work in my bedroom, I check my email right before bed, I have ton of appliances blinking all night in my room, and I never go to sleep at the same time). The only thing that I seem to do correctly is that I read before bed. There are three books though that I have found work better than even Tylenol PM at helping me to fall asleep. They are relaxing and comforting and help me to forget about the stresses of the day. So get in bed, turn on your reading lamp, and get cozy (just don't fall asleep with the light on).
1.) Winter Story by Jill Barklem: The most charming and beautifully illustrated bedtime story that will transport you to the cozy English countryside. In this selection from the Brambley Hedge series the mice prepare for an elegant Snow Ball in an Ice Palace. (Available on Amazon.com)
2.) Hot Drinks with recipes by Louise Pickford and photos by William Lingwood: This charming recipe book is the perfect alternative to a mug of warm milk before bed. It has gorgeous photos, and it will have you dreaming of delicious concoctions like the Turkish Delight Frothy with rosewater, cardamom, and honey, Hot Buttered Rum, and Monsieur St Disdiers' Chocolate with cinnamon and vanilla bean. (Available on Amazon.com)
3.) Jacques Torres' A Year in Chocolate: Last night instead of having anxiety dreams about my art history exam, I dreamt of luscious Pumpkin Seed Brittle and decadent chocolate bonbons. Jacques Torres will be at Chelsea Market tomorrow starting at 3:30 pm doing a book signing at Posman's.
Pleasant dreams readers!
photo credits; Amazon.com