One thing that I wanted to make sure and add to my blog is honest product reviews. My hope is that someone will comment their thoughts on each product and even tell us about others that they feel work better. After all we are all here to help each other right? I figured I would start with something that I feel is useful. For years, and I mean about ten, I have suffered with insomnia. And let me tell you for those of you that have no trouble sleeping for hours on end, insomnia sucks!!! I live with a precious man who can crawl in to bed and within 5 minutes he’s in lala land and snoring like a giant grizzly. I’m so jealous of his sleeping ability. You’ve probably noticed that a lot of my blogs are posted at night. Well my darlings, this is because I can’t sleep. It’s my best time to work.
So here is where those of you who aren’t use to my “weird” will start shaking your heads. I don’t necessarily agree with taking “medication”. And before you go nuts, I do take over the counter medications if I absolutely need it but, I would prefer to try to “fix” health issues by eating correctly, exercising, and using the correct vitamins and herbs. I keep Tylenol, Benadryl, and Ibuprofen in my cabinet just in case.
Insomnia had decided to become my little best friend. After realizing that not getting sleep was making me so sluggish, causing horrible brain fog, and killing my immune system, I decided to try to take something to help. First I tried a magnesium supplement. Sorry but this did absolutely nothing. It is very good for your heart and nervous system so I continued to take it but, no help with the insomnia. Next I tried valerian root (have you ever smelled that stuff? It smells like dirty feet! GAG). Now this seemed to help me “get sleepy” so maybe for others it would work well. I however; had a side effect. Not only were my dreams completely nuts (whew let’s not talk about those) but, it gave me a terrible headache. I then resorted to taking a Benadryl every night for a very long time. This works fine except I sometimes need that Benadryl for true allergies. If you continue to take it every day it will not work as well when you really do need it. Also, taking it for a long period of time can cause your heart to flutter. Mine did! Not to mention the hang over every morning.
Now to my product review. A few weeks ago I broke down and bought something after receiving advise from a pharmacist whom knows that I do not “like medication”. The product is called “Sleep” by OLLY. It is a mixture of melatonin (3 mg), L-Theanine (100 mg) and chamomile, passionflower, and lemon balm extract. They are gummies and you can eat one or two. I eat two. Y’all, it works! I usually eat the gummies about 40 minutes before I am ready to go to bed. It helps my mind to stop turning like a hamster in its wheel. Now, I still only stay asleep for 5 – 6 hours but, it is good solid sleep. I do not feel hung over the next morning. In fact I feel so much more rested in the mornings that I have been able to get up before work to get in a spin class.
Now before you go grab a bottle make sure it is okay with your doctor or pharmacist. I take no other medications so there is no chance of it mixing badly with anything else. All I know is that it is working for me. Hope that helps someone. Have a wonderful evening and happy sleeping. ❤️ Always