Between work stress, vacation planning stress, AND the most recent reports of police brutality it’s time for me to check out. This black girl is beyond mentally and emotionally exhausted. Luckily the good folks over at Influenster thought I could use a few extra z’s and sent over a sample of Zzzquil for me to try.
In the past I’ve struggled constantly with insomnia and restless sleep. I can’t seem to find the balance between going too early or too late. If it’s too early I’m up in the middle of the night, too late and I don’t want to get up in the morning. I’m in love with white noise apps because they help to create a calm and relaxed environment for me to fall asleep; I usually set the noise on a timer and once it goes off I wake up. See, I just can’t win!
Before researching ZzzQuil, I tried it’s natural alternative melatonin. Melatonin is a naturally produced hormone in the body that controls sleep and awake cycles. Depending on your lifestyle your melatonin production can be impacted which in turn affects sleep patterns. For me, depression and anxiety produce additional hormones that offset melatonin levels and leave me with insomnia. When I took the melatonin supplement (gummy form) it put me in an uncomfortable restless sleep cycle. I gave it three chances and had the same results so I gave up.
Since then I’ve been relying on wearing myself out during workouts to ensure a good night’s rest. In comes ZzzQuil and I finally slept like a baby! The key is ensuring that you have time for at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. I didn’t test this out on less than an 8 hour sleep cycle because I didn’t want to oversleep or miss an alarm. I woke up the next morning feeling well rested and not groggy which was another concern. Although this is considered a “non-habit” forming over the counter drug, I personally don’t plan on taking it every night because I don’t want my body to become dependent on it.
Sleep is extremely important for peace of mind, physical health, and of course beauty so we have to be sure we’re getting enough. Some of the first signs of sleep deprivation are under eye bags and dehydration, no bueno! Sleep is my escape from the trauma of the world, it’s the few hours I can get away from the news cycle, the opinions, the stress, and the load. Trust me, I’m getting as many z’s as I can.
How are you taking care of yourself these days? Any tips for an insomniac? Let’s chat in the comments below!
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