*Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Splash Creative Media and Food for Sleep.
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Last week I was sent a 6-pack of Food for Sleep, a “fast-acting, 2 ½ ounce beverage made from foods that naturally promote sleep.” With a recipe of tart cherry juice, whey protein (rich in tryptophan), water, and natural flavors, Food for Sleep promises a good night’s sleep without any lingering grogginess the next morning. (For full list of ingredients and nutritional values, check out the label.)
This week has actually been the perfect time to put Food for Sleep to the test. I’ve had a number of unusual circumstances, including being a witness to a tragic accident in which someone died, and being worried and wound-up over an upcoming trip to NYC. Anxiety has been keeping me up at night, but I run a busy household and can’t afford to lose that sleep. So how did Food for Sleep work for me?
In a word: brilliantly.
The makers of Food for Sleep warn that the cherries used in the juice are, indeed, “wicked tart” (the company is based in Boston), but I haven’t had a problem with the flavor. I wouldn’t exactly call it “delicious,” but I think it’s just fine. I’ve been drinking mine at room temperature – Food for Sleep does not need to be refrigerated, but some people seem to prefer it chilled. One thing I would definitely recommend is shaking well before drinking. There is some sediment (or pulp, if you will) from the cherries, and the texture of the drink is much more pleasant when everything is mixed. Instructions say to drink Food for Sleep approximately 30 minutes before you want to fall asleep. One night, I drank the bottle, but then got caught up in something for more than an hour. I worried that I would miss some magical “window,” but when it was time for bed, I still fell right to sleep.
And that has been the magic of Food for Sleep: I have been falling right to sleep. And if I wake for any reason in the middle of the night, I’ve been able to get right back to sleep. During the worst of my anxiety this week, I used Food for Sleep for 3 consecutive nights and was so pleased with the results – I felt very calm and relaxed at bedtime, and my mental motor slowed down enough to let me fall asleep. I could definitely tell the difference in my energy levels and mood the next day from getting a good night’s sleep!
My daughter and I leave for a long-anticipated trip to NYC this week. I’m thrilled that Food for Sleep is small enough to fit in my TSA-mandated bag of liquids. I have a feeling that with all we will be seeing and doing, I might get to bed at the end of a long day and not be able to keep my wheels from spinning. I don’t want to miss one second of fun on this trip, so I will be bringing Food for Sleep to help me get my rest!
Is Food for Sleep a long-term solution for people who constantly struggle with falling asleep? I’m not sure. It is made of all food ingredients and is safe to take every night, and they have clinical proof to back that up. But for me, the better function of Food for Sleep is helping out during those times when things are just not quite right, and sleep suffers because of it. And even one “off” night can affect a person for days! So, I’m glad to have Food for Sleep as a tool for when I need a little bit of extra help – and a lot more restful sleep.
I’m sure you still have questions about this revolutionary product. Make sure to check out the Food for Sleep website for a host of information, including the science behind their recipe, as well as what others are saying.