I have what I like to refer to as “momsomnia”.
I have always struggled with bouts of occasional insomnia, but since becoming a parent, it has become pervasive. I knew that sleepless nights were part of the package as a new mom and as it turns out, my daughter has inherited my inability to fall into a restful slumber rather than her dad’s ability to saw logs.
They say, “Sleep when then the baby sleeps.” Well, if your baby is no Sleeping Beauty, as was mine, then what do you do? The thing is, my daughter is still rather delightful on zero sleep. I, on the other hand, am not. I survive on infusions of coffee.
Eventually, my daughter began sleeping more…but I did not. I am still the Not-So Sleeping Beauty. Somewhere along the way, as my daughter learned to sleep, I learned to un-sleep. I am plagued at night by irrational worries. I worry about everything under the sun…and probably everything above the sun, too.
“Am I a good mom?”
“Did I leave the stove on?”
“Tomorrow I have to…”
I am not a fan of taking medicine or pills. A sleep solution for me must be “all natural”. I have tried yoga and meditation. However, my internal monologue will not quiet itself for even five minutes! I lack the ability to turn off my brain. Instead, I turned to homeopathic remedies. The following are the ones I have tried and the results.
*The following reviews contain affiliate links and a sponsored post in which I received the product at a deep discount in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Neuro Sleep Water
I ordered a case of this water through Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program. The ingredients include melatonin, magnesium, and 5-HTP. I drank one bottle every night, about an hour before bed, for seven nights in a row.
I liked the flavor and it gave me a more relaxed feeling, but I did not catch any more ZZZ’s than usual. I do enjoy this brand’s anti-stress flavors, as well. It may be mental, but they do seem to mellow me out. I just wish these drinks could send me into dreamland!
Verdict: I will continue to drink the “Bliss” flavor of Neuro Water to help easy my anxiety.
Natural Vitality Natural Calm Anti-Stress Drink
One of the side effects of magnesium depletion is trouble sleeping or insomnia. As I was researching insomnia and the effects of taking a magnesium supplement, I came across this product. When I saw the words “Anti-Stress”, I figured it could not hurt to give it a try!
This drink comes in a powdered form and you can mix it with hot or cold water. The product does not claim to induce sleep, but rather help you relax and calm your nerves while restoring your magnesium levels. It has not induced sleep for me, but I do feel that it helps me unwind after a long and stressful day. It has also resolved my restless leg syndrome, which is another side effect of magnesium depletion.
Verdict: This product has definitely helped restore my magnesium levels, so I will continue to use it!
Delightful Relaxing Sleep Tea by Cuppa Magic
*I received this product at a deep discount in exchange for an honest review.
This tea is a combination of herbs, each with their own healing properties. For example, it contains ginger, which helps calm upset tummies and chamomile, which helps promote relaxation. Every herb in the tea was chosen for it’s healing or antioxidant qualities.
I love tea and drink numerous (caffeine free) cups throughout the day. Teas with a subtle or earthy flavor tend to my favorites. I have tried several different varieties of chamomile tea and I have learned that I am not a fan of the floral taste. With this product, the chamomile flavor is not in the forefront. The first flavors I notice is ginger with a hint of spearmint. It has a very mild, pleasant taste. It is also delicious with honey!
In comparison to the other two drinks, I noticed that “heavy” feeling you get before you sleep wash over me about an hour after consuming. I have been drinking a cup nightly, before bed, for the past seven days. I have been falling asleep in a more timely fashion. However, I still wake in the middle of the night and have difficulty falling back asleep.
Verdict: It is suggested by the company to drink this tea for at least fourteen days straight, so I will continue to use it, as the initial results have been promising.
5 HTP Supplement
This is a supplement that purports to increase the body’s serotonin levels. Increased serotonin levels can lead to a more positive outlook and a feeling of general relaxation. The “T” in 5 HTP stands for tryptophan, the same ingredient in your Thanksgiving turkey.
You know that feeling you get after gorging yourself on Thanksgiving? That is the tryptophan taking effect. I mean, it could also be the wine, but the tryptophan helps. Who does not feel sleepy on Thanksgiving? I figured I would give this a try.
I liked that these were quick dissolving tabs rather than a drink. I do not need another reason to get up and use the restroom in the middle of the night. The tabs do dissolve quickly and have mild flavor.
Verdict: No harm, no foul (pun intended). This product did not help me fall asleep or stay asleep, but there were no adverse side effects.
Lavender Essential Oil
All of my mom friends swear by the use of essential oils. I decided to give lavender oil a try, as I already enjoy the scent. I place a few drops of this oil on the inside of my wrists and the bottoms of my feet. My daughter loves the scent and so I do the same for her.
A friend of mine who knows more about the Doterra essential oils than I do, suggested using a combination of serenity, balance, and vetiver. She also suggested diffusing these oils rather than wearing them. I have not yet tried this combination, but it is next on my list.