Gently spray a lavender mist (such as the one available from www.williams-sonoma.com, $12) on sheets and pillows. Guys, the scent works just as well for you--it's herbal, not sissy (for the record, lavender
is known for its ability to soothe).
Post a privacy notice on the door. Click here to download ours (pictured), or let the kids create one for you.
A toddy before bed sounds so elegant--but, frankly, alcohol disturbs your sleep cycle. Opt for an herbal tea or even milk (lactose is supposed to bring on sweet dreams).
Blackout shades tell the sun you mean business. We like the choices at Lowe's ( www.lowes.com). Cost runs around $30 per shade (type in "room darkening," then "roll up shades & blinds" to find).
If your thoughts keep you awake, try soft music or white noise. We're intrigued with the soothing sounds at www.purewhitenoise.com. You can drift off to distant thunderstorms, winds, gentle rain, ocean waves, and crickets of a summer night ($15.95 per CD). A fan can do the trick too.