Are you struggling to get a good night’s rest? I tend to struggle when my mind is going 100 miles per hour thinking of things that need done for my home, work, family, even for fun. Holidays don’t make it any easier. There are many other things that affect sleep, and when you are tired, life in general just seems harder.
So the first factor is lack of sleep and the second factor is that I avoid medicine and chemical ingredients as much as I can. No sleeping pills for me. That leaves all the usual tips that I’ve read in many magazines and blog posts.
Here are some of those tips from Food For Sleep:
- Set a bedtime. Figure out when you need to get up, and then figure when you need to go to bed to feel rested.
- No stressful activity close to bedtime. Years ago I started trying to squeeze in exercise before bedtime, and it didn’t take long to figure out that was not a good idea.
- Stay away from electronic screens before bedtime. As much as I hate to admit it, there is scientific proof that screens give off a light that confuses our eyes and body and makes it not want to sleep.
- Keep your bedroom temperature a bit on the cool side. Not your attitude; the actual air temperature. My husband introduced this to me when we first married; he always prefers to sleep with the air a bit cooler. It does help.
- Don’t have alcohol or caffeine close to bedtime. I’d like to add that you should be careful of what you eat and how much you eat of anything before bedtime.
Those sound relatively simple, right? However, when I am already tired and stressed avoiding chocolate and my computer are the last things I want to do. Then I become more stressed and tired and the days just do not go well.
Enter Food For Sleep Natural Drink.
Frankly, when I first heard of a drink to help me sleep I mentally shrugged it off because I thought it would be chemicals. Then I thought, “Wait. That blogger friend is very careful with her diet and chemical products in her life. Maybe I should check this out.” To my delight it really is natural ingredients. It works with tryptophan [like in turkey] and cherry juice to amplify the tryptophan plus other metabolic processes, gland triggers, and a lot of other science stuff that you can read about on their website.
I agreed to do a review, and shortly after that some 2½ oz. bottles of Food For Sleep arrived at my house. They also sent a little manual that includes tips, instructions, and a sleep diary. Fun! Since it is always harder to sleep when my husband is away overnight I picked one of those nights to try it out. I read the instructions and drank one approx. 30 minutes before bedtime.
First Impressions of Food For Sleep
They had warned me that it would be tart due to the cherry juice so I braced myself, but I’m pretty sure I still made a pretty awful face. They aren’t joking when they say it is tart! My first thought was a flashback to nasty medicine I took as a child. My second thought was that I had to swallow the rest; it took me two gulps to get it down.
They advised me to shake it – which I did; but not enough. There was still some bits of cherries left in the bottom of the first bottle. They really mean it when they say “shake vigorously.”
The next morning I did wake up feeling refreshed. I didn’t notice that I fell asleep any faster the first time I tried it; but I felt like I had slept better and deeper [if that makes sense].
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I decided to try drinking the next one cold instead of room temperature. I put a bottle in the fridge and promptly forgot about it. I’m being totally real here. My kids asked lots of questions about it, and if they could drink it. While that was pretty tempting, I did say no. Finally remembered on another night when my husband was away.
It seemed a bit better to me when it was cold; and I shook it quite vigorously before swallowing the whole bottle. Each time I take it I become more accustomed to the taste.
I was being good and reading a book for a little before turning out my light, when my husband asked to video chat. After a couple minutes of chatting I couldn’t keep my eyes open – even though I was in front of the screen. I explained to him that I had taken a Food For Sleep, and apologized that I was so sluggish with my replies. We talked a little more and he asked, “How long ago did you take that?” It had been 40 minutes since I swallowed it and I definitely noticed my body just shutting down for the night. We said good-bye and I was asleep right away. I woke up fine at my normal time the next morning.
I did not notice any adverse effects and am quite willing to drink Food For Sleep again when needed. I think that it would be good for nights I’m not home and sleeping in my own bed.
Do you have any tips that help you get better sleep? Ever try Food For Sleep?
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