Sleepy Time Haiku

Blog Post #346

I’m tired and the thought of my comfy bed is uppermost in my mind — so why am I still sitting here ostensibly writing a blog post, but browsing through my Pinterest feed instead?

Could that Café Verona I slurped down at 5:00 pm be keeping my brain buzzing with a million whirling thoughts? Or am I a crazy person too stubborn to call it a day and relax into the sweet peacefulness of sleep?


Sleep is beckoning
stumble to my bed yawning
sweet dreams are waiting



Dream a Little Dream

Blog Post #267

It’s Sunday night — and time for bed.

I am tired tonight so I’m sure that I will be fast asleep moments after my head hits the pillow. A good night’s rest and pleasant dreams are all I need to be ready to face the day.

As I was contemplating what to write for this post, I remembered a poem from my childhood.

The Land of Nod

From Breakfast on through all the day
At home among my friends I stay,
But every night I go abroad
Afar into the land of Nod.

All by myself I have to go,
With none to tell me what to do–
All alone beside the streams
And up the mountain-sides of dreams.

The strangest things are there for me,
Both things to eat and things to see,
And many frightening sights abroad
Till morning in the land of Nod.

Try as I like to find the way,
I never can get back by day,
Nor can remember plain and clear
The curious music that I hear.

Robert Louis Stevenson

sleeping photo

Goodnight, dear ones!


Shh! Do Not Disturb

Blog Post #188

Okay, okay, I admit it — I am exhausted — I thought I had caught up on some much needed sleep, but it seems like I need a little more uninterrupted shut-eye. Sooooo, I’m in my jammies, I just finished a soothing cup of Sleepytime tea and I’m ready for sleep! I’m turning out the lights, now, and hitting the hay!

Good night ~ sweet dreams!

sleeping image



[Yawn!] It’s Time For Sleep — Goodnight!

Blog Post #169

I’m exhausted and it’s time for sleep. Running around and catching up on housework and all the mundane errands that can’t be done during the week is soooooo tiring!! Of course, staying up and watching a movie didn’t help either!! So, it’s off to get a good night’s rest for me!

I thought I would share a quote from one of my favourite poets/philosophers, Ralph Waldo Emerson, before climb into my cozy, comfy bed.


“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good night — sweet dreams!



To Sleep, Perchance to Dream? 7 Tips For a Great Night’s Sleep

Blog Post #26

Are you stifling yawns in the middle of the day? Everyone suffers from sleepiness and fatigue from time to time. If you are having trouble catching up on your ZZZZ’s, I’ve got 7 tips to send you off to dreamland for a good night’s rest.


Go outside every day. Sunshine and fresh air help to keep you wide awake during the day. Enjoying the great outdoors, even if it’s just a short walk around the block, will also help you feel happy, less stressed and ready for sleep come bedtime.

Get moving. Regular exercise improves the quality of your sleep, but refrain from vigorous workouts within 4 hours of bedtime, as your sleep will be inhibited by your elevated body temperature.

Need a nap? Napping during the day can prevent you from getting the sleep you need at night. If you do have a nap, try to limit it to 20 minutes or less.

Tip: Try drinking a glass of cold water for a quick energy zap instead of catching 40 winks .

Cut out that Starbucks coffee in the late afternoon. Caffeine can remain in your system for up to 7 hours, so eliminate any caffeinated beverages after 2pm.

Feeling peckish? Try having a bedtime snack that includes carbohydrates and something that contains tryptophan (an amino acid) about an hour before you climb into bed. These foods will help boost your serotonin levels keeping you calm and relaxed so that you can easily drift off to sleep. Try toasted whole grain toast with peanut butter and banana, or a bowl of cereal with milk.

Establish a sleep schedule. Experts say that going to bed and getting up at the same time every day (including weekends) will help you fall asleep easily and wake up refreshed in the morning. Including a nighttime ritual can help, too. Take a bath or shower, do some gentle yoga poses, snuggle into your jammies and read a chapter or two every night will signal your brain that it’s time to sleep.

Create a relaxing environment. Keep your bedroom cool, a temperature between 16 and 18°C is optimum for a good night’s sleep. Spritz a little lavender or ylang-ylang or other sleep-inducing scent on your pillow — add a few drops of essential oil to some water in a spray bottle. This will help you relax and fall asleep more readily.

Tip: Try a regular meditation practice every night. Even 10 minutes of quiet reflection can be calming.

Sweet dreams!

Do you have your own trick for falling asleep? Share your tips with below in the comments section!


Brynne’s Daily Drawing #26




Lullaby and Good Night

Today I saw a mother cradling her baby and humming softly to calm her tears. It was a beautiful sight. The baby nestled snugly in her arms and calming quickly with the notes of the lullaby her mother was gently singing.

I was reminded of when my daughters were babies and were tired and fighting sleep. I would clasp them in my arms and gently rock while singing a special lullaby to soothe them on their way to dreamland. I made up the words one day out of desperation, when my first born (never a good sleeper!) would not settle for anything else. I borrowed the tune from Johanne Brahm’s famous lullaby. The verse I made up, not remembering  the lyrics to the Cradle Song (more widely known as Brahm’s Lullaby).

My daughters both remember this little song and I am sure they will sing it (or a version of it) to their children some day. I hum it sometimes when I am feeling nostalgic and I remember their warm, sweet-smelling heaviness in my arms and their soft, even breaths as they fell asleep while I sang these words:

Go to sleep, go to sleep
Go to sleep little baby
Go to sleep little pumpkin pie
Dream of armadillos that fly
Callou – Callai**
It’s going to be a frabjous** day
Callou – Callai
It’s going to be a frabjous day

(sung to the tune of Brahm’s lullaby and repeated as necessary)
*word created by Bruce Johnston, **word created by Lewis Carol

Listen to the lullaby here:


Good night and sweet dreams!



“Sleep is the best meditation.” ~ Dalai Lama

It’s eleven o’clock and my eyes are growing heavy. I’m watching an episode of  “The Mentalist” with my husband and my daughter. I’m yawning and I’m finding it difficult to stay focused on the show.

My bed is calling me, I can hear sleep’s sweet song, beckoning me to slip under the covers and close my eyes…and just drift, drift into beautiful, rejuvenating slumber.

I love to climb into my bed, when there are clean, fresh, sweet-smelling sheets waiting  to envelop me in sublime comfort, a soft pillow for my head, a warm comforter to snuggle under. I love lying cozy under the covers, feeling the heaviness of my bone-tired body sink into my bed’s welcome embrace, letting my mind’s thoughts waft aimlessly toward a dream. Smiling as the welcome, blissful, wash of quiet wraps me in the wispy mist of gentle sleep…