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Lights Out with Shannon Whelan

Lights Out with Shannon Whelan

Sleep, wake, repeat. Read all about how our friends optimize their surroundings, unwind, and relax the mind for a good night—every night.

We sat down with Shannon Whelan, the owner and creative director of Euclid Farms, a small-scale urban flower farm and floral studio, to talk about her nightly bedtime rituals.

Double, Queen, or King?

Queen!

Why is a good night’s sleep important to you?

I have a lot on the go everyday between the farm and the shop and if I am sleepy I miss things... Isn't the best feeling waking up refreshed and ready to take on the day?

How many hours of sleep do you get a night—or at least dream of getting?

I get a lot, I am a 8-10 hour a night lady. I also find sometimes I am most productive when I get a late afternoon nap in and a shorter night time sleep. 

Are you a dreamer?

Sometimes...my dreams are usually about the things I am stressed about. I have nightmares sometimes a few days before a big event that all the flowers arrive orange instead blush and I have to hand paint them? They are never the most sensical but make excellent stories! 

What’s currently on your bedside table?

A lamp, the book I am currently reading, and my phone charging with 6 alarms set!

Do you partake in any nightly routine before settling into bed?

I usually take a bath or shower before bed instead of in the morning which helps me relax and chill out before sleep. I also have a comprehensive skin care routine and try to massage my face which is beyond relaxing.

Tell us about where the magic happens—and by magic, we mean sleep. How do you optimize your sleep environment?

My bedroom is this tiny, sloped ceiling room in the attic of the house. It is like a little cave, dark grey walls, no tv, or artwork. Just a little zen room with a big comfy bed and all white sheets and pillows. It is beyond zen.

If you feel a restless night coming on, is there anything you do to help get you through the night without waking?

No, I need some tips! The worst feeling is tossing or turning so I tend to throw on a movie on my laptop or get some work done until I can fall asleep.

What kind of pillows do you use to keep your head in the clouds?

I like pillows that aren't too thin and are not feather. I also need one under my head and one to hug.

Last but not least, what is your number one piece of can’t-sleep-without advice?

I think my best advice would be to make sure you clear your space from any clutter or distractions. A quiet, dark room, with extra blankets so you’ve got what you need to drift off the dreamland :)

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