Disclaimer: I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.
I have love hate relationship with Mr. Sandman.
While he's bringing others a dream that's the cutest they've ever seen with lips like roses and clover, he's snubbing me when I lay my head down to slumber.
It's not all his fault though; I've had issues sleeping ever since I got sick. My body seems to feel that some days it doesn't need any sleep while other days it needs all the sleeps. Seriously, my record for not sleeping is around 4 days and my record for sleeping is 3 days straight. Sadly that doesn't include the general low quality of sleep that is and has been normal for me.
I cannot even imagine if I had a 9 to 5 job to wake up for after not sleeping for several days at a time, or worse, sleeping right through my shifts!
If you're like me and can't get Mr. Sandman to give you some much needed attention, here are a few things I've tried, alone or in combination with each other, in the past that help promote getting to sleep and staying asleep:
- Melatonin-probably one of the most widely known natural sleep-aids around. Your body naturally makes melatonin in the pineal gland of your brain and small amounts of it can be found in some foods. This hormone is suppose to help control your sleep and wake cycles so when your body is deprived of it, it's understandable your sleep suffers. Melatonin supplements help your body get back what it may be lacking.
- Epsom salt baths-Epsom salt is a muscle relaxant so naturally the warm water of the bath combined with the salts will help your body relax, especially if you add a few drops of sleep-promoting essential oils to the bath. Baths are touch and go for me but when I can take them they definitely leave me feeling relaxed!
- Lavender anything-speaking of essential oils researchers have found, aside from it's lovely scent, lavender decreases heart and blood rate putting your body in a more relaxed state. It also is said to help calm anxiety. Rub a dab of lavender essential oils on your wrists, spray your pillow with lavender spray, take a relaxing salt and lavender bath as stated above; whatever floats your lavender boat.
- Music-there is all sorts of music out there so find the kind that you enjoy listening to that's relaxing enough to veg out to. Some people need white noise to sleep while others just enjoy being lulled by music. You can find all sorts of tracks and albums on iTunes, Pandora, or wherever you get your music; rain drizzling, the sound of the ocean, a Summer's evening...I personally have a CD that's soothing Celtic music. I pop that sucker in and I'm instantly lulled into relaxation.
- Exercise-most people know that exercise is good for them and has a ton of different benefits, one of which is to help with sleep. For me personally, I found that exercising boosts my mood, energy levels, and awareness so it's probably best left for morning or early afternoon for me but some people like working out in the evening before bed. Yoga is an especially relaxing workout if you find a calming flow.
- Tart cherry juice-tart cherry juice might not be the most enjoyable thing to drink, to me anyway, but it has some fantastic benefits inclusive of reducing inflammation, helping fight cancer and other diseases, and helping you stay asleep longer. The juice is a natural source of melatonin which helps regulate the body's sleep-wake cycle. Just add a tablespoon or two of the juice to an 8 oz glass of water an hour before bed and bottoms up!
- ProHealth FibroSleep with Sedapine-another sleep aid supplement with a multitude of things to not only help sleep but aid in digestion as well as muscle and nerve support.
I've tried all of these things to help the insomnia and more; some work to an extent, some don't at all, and some work but stop working after awhile of doing them. Among all those things I've tried countless sleep aid supplements that leave me less than thrilled with the outcome so you can imagine my skepticism when I was sent a bottle of ProHealth's FribroSleep with Sedapine to try.
Even on the front of the bottle it says, "Powerful sleep support for even the most challenged."
I will say while skeptical, I was thoroughly impressed by the supplement itself. As stated above not only is this supplement for sleep aid, it is also said to help digestion, muscle and nerve support, and amino support.
There are some powerful natural herbs, minerals, and amino acids contained in these seemingly small capsules; ginger, Valerian root, magnesium, peppermint, and melatonin just to name a few...
That's a lot of much needed support for a chronically ill and healthy person alike!
After thoroughly checking out that I could actually take the supplement (I have to be very careful when it comes to the supplements I choose to take) I followed the directions and popped two pills an hour before "bedtime," which as any insomniac knows is whatever time our bodies decide to go to bed.
I started taking the FibroSleep supplement on April 12th and wouldn't you know I saw a difference within days which, for me, is unbelievable! Unheard of even. I actually thought I felt a little difference the night I started taking them but I couldn't be certain because I had gotten up early that day.
It's been nearly a month of taking the FibroSleep pills and I can honestly say while I am still tired and fatigued most days and do still have some rough nights, they are far and few in between. I'm actually going to sleep earlier than I ever have been, I'm more or less sleeping through the night, and while I'm not certain, aside from helping me sleep I think it may be helping my daily and nightly pain.
TMI ALERT! I'm convinced too that it's helping me "go" on a daily basis which is also unheard of for me. From always constipated to going daily...needless to say I'm beyond thrilled!
Wouldn't you believe halfway through the month I even ordered two more bottles of the stuff? I found something that works really well, I refuse to give it up!
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