Menopause hit me with both barrels, and once I made it through the hot flashes and the mood swings I was left with TWO issues once I became post-menopausal.
- An extra 20 lbs
- The inability to fall asleep
My sleep difficulties not only meant that I wasn’t living my best life because I was too tired, but it also affected my ability to lose weight. I was just too tired to get to the gym and found I ate more to try to get an extra burst of energy during the day. My lack of sleep created a vicious cycle that I just couldn’t get out of. I asked my family doctor for a solution and he suggested a few things, including:
- Warm milk – I’m lactose intolerant. Tried it anyway and it didn’t work
- Get more exercise – I don’t think he was listening to my conundrum
Other things I’d tried
- Lowering the temperature – Result? Higher electric bills and shivering
- Shutting off all electronics before bed – I’d tried that many times before. I’ve unplugged the clock, put my phone in another room, and more but it did nothing except create anxiety about waking up on time
- Reduce my caffeine intake – This was the toughest thing I tried because I really need that boost. It turns out that with caffeine vs. no caffeine, I still couldn’t sleep
Keeping my mind off it
I live a pretty exciting lifestyle. I travel a LOT, I entertain guests and I do some pretty awesome stuff, but obsessing about my sleep has definitely cut into the fun. That’s the part that I don’t normally talk about here on Champagne Living. I want you to see the happy me, the smiling me, the energetic me….but inside I’m worried that I won’t be able to keep up because…well, I’m BEAT.
I thought I’d exhausted (sic) all options
But, I’m open to try anything that could possibly help. While I’d tried melatonin a long time ago (it worked, but I had nightmares), I wasn’t certain that I was taking the correct dosage or if I needed to take it in combination with other with other supplement, or even other relation techniques. That’s where Vicks® ZzzQuil™ PURE Zzzs™ Melatonin Gummies in combination with Vicks PURE Zzzs Soothing Aromatherapy Balm came in. I paired up this dynamic duo (I believe in a one-two punch when dealing with my bedtime habits) and…
WHAT DO YOU KNOW? THEY WORKED!
Holy cow. One (or two) of these delicious Wildberry Vanilla Gummies before bed helped me get my first good night’s sleep in ages. I fell asleep naturally and the best part is, I know that they are made with natural ingredients and contain an optimal level of melatonin with no next-day grogginess.* The gummies are vegan, gluten- and dairy-free, and offer JUST the right amount of melatonin that I need with lavender, chamomile, valerian root and lemon balm (I think THAT’S the combo I was missing). When I’m winding down for the night, I have also started massaging the Vicks PURE Zzzs Soothing Aromatherapy Balm , which has aromatic lavender and chamomile essential oils, onto my chest and back. PLUS, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the soothing and relaxing scent of the balm. I love it so much, that I’ve been using it on its own when I just need to chill out.
My sleep patterns are not perfect
But, if I can get 6 hours with no interruption, I’m good. Thanks to ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs Melatonin Gummies and Vicks PURE Zzzs Soothing Aromatherapy Balm I can finally function the way that I like…. rested and ready to GO!