I would like to offer you an opportunity to submit a guest post for The Warm Milk Journal. Our readership continues to grow and is now getting over 11,000 visitors from around the world a month. We have hundreds of followers on our Facebook page and at this writing, 16,461 people following us on Twitter.
I will share and market your post as much as I would my own. If your post is published here, I expect you to do the same.
A few guidelines:
1. Familiarize yourself with our site first. Our content is a bit eclectic. We welcome anything that supports living a well balanced life by day and sleeping restfully at night. Most posts are pretty short in length.
2. Sample topics may include anything to do with: insomnia, anxiety, health and wellness, journal writing, what makes us happy, how to relax and overcome stress, spirituality, meditation, poetry, travel, bedroom design and decor, etc.
3. People I would like to hear from: any person who is challenged and has solutions for above topics, people from the health and wellness industry, medical providers such as: doctors, nurses, counselors, yoga instructors, massage therapists, chiropractors, etc., hospitality industry (hotel managers or B&B owners), travel industry, mattress companies, sleep aid products, feng shui experts, etc.
4. Note, it is fine that you have a product or service but please offer content of value to our readership. I will not publish anything that is strictly a marketing piece.
5. Your submission needs to be an original post (not published on your own site or anywhere else).
6. Interested? Please email me: Debratech@msn.com. Attach your article via an editable Word document. You may include a brief bio, link to your site, and a photo you would like me to use.
This blogging journey has been a tremendously rewarding one. There is nothing like feeling passionate about something and sharing it with others. I feel very blessed to be sharing this experience with you. I am excited to see what comes of this. We are never alone and we can always learn from each other. I think it will be wonderful for you to be able to share here at The Warm Milk Journal and for our readership to enjoy new content from different voices.
Ideally, we have sufficiently exercised during the day,
not had too much caffeine or eaten too close to bedtime,
and not have subjected ourselves to violent or overly stimulating movies, news broadcasts, or video games after 6:00 pm…
When it is bedtime we want to think of things that calm us.
It helps to take a hot bath, then slip on something very comfortable.
I love my sleepwear! I have satiny pjs and night gowns, flannel pjs for the cooler nights, and my beloved plush green fleece bathrobe…
When the lights go out, I have several things that I like to think of (depending on my mood).
In no particular order, I like to focus on:
1. The color blue. It is my favorite color and it is very soothing…blue ocean waves, blue flowers, blue sky….
2. My husband John and how much I love him
3. God. When I focus on God I feel safe, loved, and very secure.
4. Focus on my breath and the comfort of my bed, blankets, pillow, and sweet husband next to me.
5. A favorite memory
7. The colors of the rainbow
8. A favorite view from nature (from on top of a a mountain, ocean, in the forest..)
9. This sounds silly but sometimes I drift off to sleep very quickly if I think of something technical such as how to change something on a website.
10. My many blessings
11. A trip or vacation that I am looking forward to.
I like to drift off to sleep with a smile on my face and in my heart knowing that I am loved, safe, and have a great life!
Not feeling well this morning because you did not get much sleep last night? There are very few things worse in life than not getting our sleep. If your insomnia is caused by a snoring partner, then you have landed at the right place.
Snoring is a tough one. Besides not getting your sleep, tension can develop between partners, not to mention the loss of intimacy if one partner has to sleep in another room. My husband and I just last year were in this position. We were newlyweds and yet due to my husband’s snoring, he was spending more and more time on the couch. I hated it.
We tried the usual things (those nasal air strips, different sleeping positions. etc). Nothing worked until John went to see an ear nose and throat specialist (same doctor who removed my daughter’s tonsils last year), and he recommended a product called Puresleep.
From the first night, it worked. I have not been woken up due to my husband’s snoring for close to a year now. It has been wonderful. It is also very nice to have my husband back in bed with me.
If you or your partner snores, do check it out with your doctor to rule out any underlying health issues that are causing the snoring. Then, do yourselves a favor and get Puresleep.
Note: I am not receiving any kind of compensation for promoting Puresleep. It is something that my husband uses for his snoring and it works! I wish the same for you.
Fortunately most nights I do pretty well. So long as I do the things we talk about regularly here at The warm Milk Journal (take care of myself, stay centered, etc.) I sleep well.
Last night was not one of those nights. Every now and then I do have a really bad night. What causes these sleepless nights? It will be different for everyone. For me, a list of reasons may include:
1. Watching a violent or overly exciting movie or TV show right before bed (my husband and I watched Men of Valor last night).
2. Active bladder
3. My husband being restless himself
4. Thinking about my work day (especially tough coming off a relaxing three day Labor Day weekend) Sigh…
5. Feeling too warm
Now, I don’t feel terrific this morning. I will be leaving for work in a little while. I know, however, I will be okay. One night of insomnia won’t kill me. I will, undoubtedly sleep well tonight.
If you have these kind of sleepless nights frequently I encourage you to get some help. Start by keeping a sleep journal or diary to see if any patterns surface as to why you are having trouble sleeping.
If you or a partner are staying awake because of snoring you will want to visit your doctor to rule out any more serious health issues (such as sleep apnea). My husband last year visited an ear nose and throat surgeon. His health was fine (thank goodness) but he was sleeping so loudly he ended up on the couch most nights. This doctor recommended a product called Pure Sleep and it worked! (*note, I am not receiving any compensation for recommending this product to you. My husband and I have experienced first hand how well it works).
If you have not been sleeping well lately, I really do feel for you. It is not fun. Please know you are not alone. Try not to stress about your insomnia (that will only cause more anxiety and make things worse). You can check out our resources section for additional support and information.
May you have a blessed day an restful night!
There are very few things worse than not getting our sleep. It’s really bad if we’ve had a rough night and then have to function the next day (at a job, taking care of our kids, etc).
If you’ve been challenged with insomnia lately, do these three things:
1. Skip your afternoon cup of tea, coffee, energy drink, or colas. Some of us are more sensitive to caffeine than others. We may be drinking more caffeine than we realize. For example, a few days ago, we had a particularly hot humid day here in North Florida. I was enjoying a wonderfully creative day at my computer, staying inside the cool AC. My husband the night before had made a pitcher of wonderful iced tea. I was mindlessly sipping on it all afternoon as I was writing. I was so jazzed and alert all day and into the evening. I barely slept!
2. If you are losing sleep because a partner snores, I strongly suggest they try PureSleep. It’s an appliance that they wear in their mouths and it works! My husband and I had stopped sleeping together because his snoring was so bad. An ear nose and throat doctor he consulted with recommended this product. It worked from the very first night he used it. That was several months ago now. He has not snored once. It’s nice to have my husband back (we are newlyweds after all). *No, I am not an affiliate or getting any kind of commission for promoting this product. They have a referral program for doctors and dentists (which I am not). I just want to pass this on to you.I have experienced first hand how this product stops snoring. It works!
3. Invest in a high quality mattress. It is worth every penny. Check out this updated Consumer Reports Mattress Buying Guide.
We need to take care of ourselves to get a good night of sleep each night.
Here are fifteen excellent habits to do regularly:
1. Eat cleanly
2. Exercise during the day
3. Spend time with people you care about
4. Work on projects that feed your passion (not just work for a paycheck).
5. Take mental breaks
7. Write in your journal
8. Drink water
9. Spend time outdoors
10. Enjoy the arts: music, art, dance, literature and poetry, live theater…
12. make love
13. try new things
14. invest in a quality mattress, pillows, and linens. You deserve and need them!
15. keep your home beautiful and clutter free (especially your bedroom)
According to Dr. Michael Breus, Ph.D., Founder of Sound Sleep Solutions, foods that are high in carbohydrates and calcium and medium to low in protein make good bedtime snacks.
Here are ten ideas:
1. apple pie and ice cream (just a very small serving I would think)
2. New York style cheesecake
3. whole-grain cereal with low fat milk
4. hazelnuts and tofu
5. oatmeal and raisin cookies with a glass of milk
6. peanut butter sandwich
7. fruit and cottage cheese
8. whole grain toast and slice of low fat cheese
9. whole wheat crackers and cheese
10. a banana with a small spoonful of peanut butter
Source: Good Night The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health, by Michael Breus,Ph.D.
I am very excited about the new advertisers you may have noticed on our website. I’ve researched and tried different options when it comes to advertising on The Warm Milk Journal.
I have a few goals in mind:
1. The Warm Milk Journal needs to support itself from different areas of revenue (advertising is one option).
2. If I put advertising on this site I do not want it to be overly distracting for you, my readers. I want your experience here to be a relaxing and supportive one.
3. The ads need to be promoting products or services that I would personally enjoy and compliment our mission of living a well balanced life of our dreams by day and sleeping restfully at night.
4. To that end, I feel good about the companies whose banner ads you will see here. Organic cotton apparel and bed linens, quality personal care products, fine stationery and journal notebooks, deliciously rich chocolate and coffee, etc. are the types of merchandise I have chosen.
6. I believe in full disclosure and transparency: I have an affiliate business relationship with these companies. For my fellow bloggers and website owners out there, I highly recommend PepperJam Exchange.
Here are a few of the advertisers that I would like to introduce you to. I will showcase a few at a time in future posts.
For our journal writing needs: beautiful leather journal notebooks from Gallery Leather.
From the company:
Craftsmanship is a way of life in Maine, particularly here on the coast and islands that shape Frenchman’s Bay and serve as the gateway to Acadia National Park. For the past 30 years the Gallery Leather company has been part of that rich tradition, creating leather products of exceptional quality.
Over the years we have made leather goods for many of North America’s luxury brands. Now we offer a line of our own timeless designs: planners, journals, albums and organizers – all constructed by hand here in Maine, guaranteed to last for generations.
I think you will really like the organic cotton products for bed, bath, and baby from Coyuchi.
From the company:
Welcome, Coyuchi was founded 20 years ago in Point Reyes Station, a small, rustic town on the Northern California coast. There, surrounded by ocean and forest, beach and bluff, we created a line of home textiles rooted in nature. Our signature bedding, made from 100% certified organic cotton, soon earned a loyal following among people who nurture a connection to the natural world in their lives and in their homes.
Organic cotton bedding, bath linens and baby items are still at the heart of our collection, and we’ve added linen, cashmere and other pure, natural fibers as well. Everything we create is designed to comfort and rejuvenate – body, mind and spirit – to help you turn your home into a sanctuary.
For classic beautiful stationery products, there is Crane & Co.
From the company:
The simple elegance of cotton papers have long made them the paper of choice for fine stationery and invitations. Crane & Co. has been providing the highest quality of craftsmanship to stationery since 1801. Now in its eighth generation, our reputation for quality, innovation and integrity is unmatched. At Crane & Co. we’re proud that so many important events in history have been announced and recorded on Crane paper, now it’s your turn. Crane & Co. strives to provide its customers with the highest quality invitations and stationery to help them connect with others.
Welcome Gallery Leather, Coyuchi, and Crane & Co. to The Warm Milk Journal!
I look forward to introducing a few more sponsors in a future post.
My husband snores. It has been a very frustrating thing. We are still newlyweds (just coming on our first wedding anniversary). More and more John has been spending the night on the couch because of his snoring. We’ve tried various things: his sleeping on his side, nose strips, my wearing ear plugs,etc.
But nothing was really working. We both so wanted a good night sleep and I wanted my husband back in bed with me!
About a month ago John when to a local ear nose and throat doctor (same doctor who did my daughter’s tonsillectomy at Christmas time).
Well, he recommended something called Puresleep.
John was not real keen on doing surgery so he ordered this product.
What is it? It’s a plastic mouth appliance you wear at night, kind of similar to what people who suffer from tmj wear.
How does it work?
From PureSleep’s website:
The principle of PureSleep is simple: it moves your lower jaw forward, opening the airway enough so that air moves through unobstructed. No vibration, no snoring!
John has been using Puresleep for over three weeks now and he has not snored once!
It is really quite amazing. He complained of his jaw hurting at first but he seems to be getting used to it. He is sleeping quietly, we are both getting our sleep, and most importantly: my husband is back in the bed with me!
I am not getting paid by Puresleep to endorse their product. I am experiencing first hand that it works and want to pass this on to you.
Puresleep’s website: http:/www.Puresleep.com
I wish for all of you a good night sleep and having your sweetie right up next you to to cuddle with!
Debra : )
(yep, that’s me and my man. We are now sleeping much happier together. Yes!)