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If you have followed me for a while, you know that I don't get enough sleep. Between my brain not wanting to shut off for the night, dogs terrified of thunderstorms, sick kids, and my husband’s horrible nighttime nasal congestion, I'm lucky to get 4 hours of sleep each night.

My husband's nasal congestion gets so bad that sometimes I will sleep in our walk-in closet on a blowup mattress! Not exactly comfortable, but at least it is quiet.

When I don't get a good night's sleep, the next day is nearly always a nightmare. Lack of sleep affects my mood and, in turn, everyone around me. I’m impatient, snippy, and I can’t concentrate. It only takes one small misunderstanding to quickly change the atmosphere from happy to WTH just happened?!? My client work suffers, too. I make mistakes, miss deadlines, forget about client phone calls. All because I didn't get enough sleep the night before.

You don’t realize how incredibly bad it is for your body to go without proper sleep.

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, sleep deprivation can lead to serious health concerns including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and high blood pressure, not to mention lack of sleep ages your skin creating fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes. On top of the negative effects sleep deprivation has on your body, it also wreaks havoc with your mind causing mood swings, memory loss, anxiety and depression.

Here are a few tips to help achieve a better night's sleep for a good tomorrow:

  • Clear your bedroom of unnecessary clutter. We moved into our home four months ago, and I still have boxes of stuff sitting in my bedroom waiting to be unpacked. It's hard for your brain to relax when you have a lot of clutter. Take the time to put things away, and get rid of things that you really don't need.clutter
  • Create a little nook in your room where you can sit and relax with a warm cup of herbal tea… but skip the sugar and use raw honey. Honey contributes to the release of melatonin—the hormone that promotes sleep—in the brain.nook
  • Use lightly scented candles or an automatic air freshener to keep the room smelling fresh. About 30 minutes before you are ready to go to sleep, light a candle, drink your tea, and listen to soft music to prepare your body for sleep. (Never leave a lit candle unattended.)
  • Play soft, relaxing music or try some binaural beat music. A client introduced me to binaural beat music last year when I was suffering from a terrible case of insomnia, and it really helped. This music is specifically designed to alter the state of mind to achieve complete relaxation. A different frequency tone is fed to each ear to achieve a harmonious binaural frequency in the brain.
  • Use an air purifier, and vacuum your floor regularly to keep the dust and pet hair/dander out of the air. These allergens enter your nose and alert your immune system to send extra blood cells to the lining of your nasal passages, making them congested.
  • Regular or compact florescent lightbulbs emit high levels of short wavelength “blue” light that suppresses melatonin. Swap those bulbs out with lightbulbs that encourage the production of melatonin. These special light-bulbs have a patented filter that reduces blue light by 50% to facilitate a better night’s sleep. Or if you don't want to spend $40 a bulb, install a dimmer switch so when your spouse needs to turn on the light in your room, it won't completely wake you up.  <–That's what I did! And it was super easy to do! See my tutorial below.
  • Pick up some Breathe Right® Nasal Strips. On my 10th trip to Walmart last week, I remembered to pick up the nasal strips to see if they will help combat my husband's nasal congestion. Breathe Right strips are a drug-free and clinically proven way to instantly lift your nasal passages and open your nose to help you breathe better, so you can sleep better. Breathe Right Nasal Strips open your nose up to 38% more than cold or allergy medicines alone* (*versus decongestant sprays alone).

How to install a dimmer switch.

Step 1

Cut the power to the switch at the fuse box. Confirm power is off by flipping the light switch on and off. Remove the wall plate and the screws mounting the switch to the wall box.

Step 2

Step 2: Gently pull the switch away from the wall. If you see a bundle of white wires in the back of the wall box, you can leave them in place. Disconnect all wires from the old switch.

Step 3

Step 3: If the house wires are bent, use a wire stripper to cut off the twisted ends. Remove ¾ inch of casing from the end of the house wires, if needed. Connect the ground wire from your dimmer to a green or bare copper wire in the wall box. Twist the ends together clockwise and cap them using a wire connector nut.

Step 4

Step 4: Connect each dimmer wire to a house wire by gripping the wire ends with a pair of pliers and twisting them together. The wires from the dimmer will typically be black. The two house wires may be black, red, or white with black marking. Tighten a wire nut over each pair of wire ends.

Step 5

Step 5: Carefully tuck the wires back into the electrical box. Tighten the screws holding the dimmer to the electrical box.

Step 6

Step 6: Replace the wall plate and turn the switch back on at the fuse box. Test the new dimmer switch to make sure it works.

After admiring the work I did on preparing our room for a better night's sleep, my husband washed his face, put on the Breathe Right Strip, rubbed it to ensure it stayed in place, and went to sleep.

Breathe Right Strip Instructions

Putting on the strip

He is one of those lucky people who can be asleep 30 seconds after his head hits the pillow. And I noticed a difference almost immediately in his nasal congestion.


Do you want to try out Breathe Right Strips and see how they can work for you? Click here to receive a $1 coupon and/or free sample. Nasal strips are a way to help relieve nasal congestion fast. Whether you have a cold, allergies, or are a mouth breather, Breathe Right Strips will help you breathe easy.  You will have a better night's sleep so you can have a good tomorrow! The strips are drug free, so they are safe to use with any cold or sleep medication.

Breathe Right Strips are a clinically proven way to instantly lift your nasal passage and open your nose to help you breathe better. At Walmart you can find a variety of Breathe Right Strips to appeal to your needs, whether it is an extra strong adhesive or more mild for sensitive skin. The Extra Tan Nasal Strips have the strongest adhesive if you have had issues with the strips coming off in the middle of the night. The Extra Clear strips are good for sensitive skin because the adhesive is not as strong, and they are the top selling version at Walmart.

Where to find Breathe Right Strips

Did you know that most people who have tried Breathe Right Strips are wearing them, and taking them off, incorrectly? In the morning, wash your face, then gently remove the nasal strip.

Check out this video to see how to apply AND remove Breathe Right strips properly.

The first night both my husband and I slept through until the morning, as opposed to waking every few hours due to nasal congestion. We both woke up well-rested and ready to attack our day.

Not every night was as successful as that first, but I can definitely tell I'm getting more sleep than before.

Stuffy nose keeping you awake? Add Breathe Right and sleep better tonight.