3 weeks ago I went through a sleep deprivation. A whole week of groggy, cruddy sleep. Knowing general rules of how to get one’s self into a good sleep I decided to take the easy road and swallow a sleeping pill mid-way through my sleep crisis week. I’m not against sleep aids, especially if I have to get up 4 hours earlier than my normal sleeping schedule or have a 15 hour flight. However, if I’m trying to have a normal, productive and motivated week sleep aids do not work for me. I found myself tired, grumpy, cloudy and unmotivated with a puffy face and sandbags under my eyes. Which, of course, made me more depressed. I felt hideous. I had to get sleep and I realized I had to try harder.
There are a list of do’s and don’ts by doctors for restful sleep, like; turn off all electronic devices emitting light at least a half hour before bed, don’t eat too close to bedtime, go to bed and get up at the same time everyday, don’t deal with financial problems or other stresses before bed and keep your bedroom dark and quiet. Don’t doctors realize sometimes we need sleep and we need it fast. Then I tried the fast way and it felt awful.
Resigning to work towards restful sleep, I decided no matter how painful — I was going to get up progressively earlier every day. Figuring, I would have to get tired enough eventually to get a full nights rest. Upton telling a friend my sleep woes, he suggested also trying a natural supplement called, valerian root. Which is something I’ve never heard of. Excitedly, I ran home to research said remedy hopeful for blissful sleep and a clear mind to go concurrently with my plan of action. I found valerian root to be popular with natural health guru’s. An extract from the valerian flower, valerian root is used medically to treat insomnia, mild anxiety disorders and can be used as an alternative to sedatives or muscle relaxants. Fantastic!
Well…not immediately. Getting up 45 minutes earlier for 3 days with the valerian root and I’m back on to glorious sleep. I sensed my mood getting better because I felt productive by accomplishing my daily activities earlier and the valerian root supplement made my body feel heavy and relaxed at night. Wonderful to say as well, I didn’t feel slow and cloudy anymore.
Here I am 3 weeks later with energy and a smile (look I’m even writing an article). Great sleep took a little work but I can read it all over my face. The sleepless ship has sailed because the bags under my eyes are gone.