Sleep Deprived Unite!
July 29, 2019
Oh sleep. How I’ve missed you. How I wish I never took you for granted when I was younger. But those days are finally over! I’m getting you back in my life for good once and for all!
For all you light sleepers. Those whose partners snore incessantly (yep, I’m looking at you, Mr. Rondon). Those who wake up to the slightest noise in a panic & sweats. Those who find themselves craving a good night’s sleep but are unable to get it no matter how hard you try – I think I’ve finally found the solution!
In promoting a healthy lifestyle via plant-based eating, working out, meditation, etc. getting a good night’s sleep is definitely up there as one of the top places to live healthily. Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done for some of us. My husband’s head touches the pillow and he’s OUT like a light and remains that way until his alarm goes off in the morning. I wish I had such luck with sleep.
My sleep wasn’t always bad, though. I used to wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after a beautiful and restful night’s sleep until I was about 25. It all went downhill from there. I tried everything. I mean everything. I’ve retraced my steps below. Some might be satisfactory enough for you. Otherwise, the last two are my big winners!
1st: I tried these pretty standard foam earplugs in every size (including ones made for babies!). I could never get them to stay in my ears no matter how hard I tried which, therefore, meant I could still hear everything.
2nd: I did some further research and purchased a fancier version of the foam earplugs that were designed to muffle noise better but, again, no such luck. They didn’t fit my ears properly and hurt to sleep on.
3rd: I figured adding some rain noises via this app directly via flat headphones would help so I got this. It was the best option by far but not quite right. The wire would get tangled in my sleep. When I upgraded to the iPhone X, I couldn’t simultaneously charge my phone overnight and listen to rain noises at the same time. And, finally, the fleece would sometimes get a little too uncomfortable on my eyes and eyebrows (weird, I know). The rain app persisted, however, and Eddie just needed to get used to listening to rain, windshield wipers, or birds chirping in the room. Anyone seen Sex and the City? I’m Berger with the frog sleep machine…
4th: I started taking melatonin every night to help me sleep. I didn’t want to rely on sleeping pills for obvious reasons, so this was a natural way to increase the likelihood of me falling asleep and staying asleep. Whilst it worked to a degree, it definitely wasn’t the solution by any means. Meditation at night actually helped me better than melatonin.
5th: I incorporated a Philip’s Light Alarm Clock into my morning routine. This really works best with black-out curtains but it’s a much gentler way of waking up than the painful alarm clock sounds we have downloaded on our phones. This also allows me to not sleep with my phone beside me or even in the room and this has been instrumental in getting a better night’s sleep. (Listen to this podcast to get an added sense for how our phones interrupt our sleep. In fact, the podcast covers an array of topics on how to adjust your day in order to optimize your sleep).
Years of miserable sleep and failed product after failed product I was ready to up the ante. I stumbled across the product of my dreams but initially couldn’t justify the cost. At $250 a pop I didn’t want to rush into a big decision like that in case, once again, I was left with a hole in my pocket and more sleepless nights.
However, when you’re sleep deprived you become majorly desperate! I finally pulled the trigger and got these Bose Sleepbuds about a month ago. I can happily say that I now sleep through the night and don’t hear a peep! The first night I wore them, Eddie watched tv in bed, whilst working on his laptop and (according to him) making an absolute racket but I didn’t hear a sound. Not one! He jokes that I yell at him once I put them on because I’m unable to hear just how loud I’m speaking so they really really work.
This post is pretty much an unsolicited product review of the Bose Sleepbuds. I’m so damn grateful for just how much they’ve resolved my sleep issues that I had to share in case anyone else experiences chronic insomnia as well.
Special shout out to my LA friends or anyone living in a city. Having just moved from right off of Santa Monica Blvd (a very busy street), with ambulance sirens going off every few hours, and homeless men yelling at one another until 3am – I know first hand that getting sleep is a feat and a half! These Sleepbuds have genuinely been a life saver and have helped reduce my anxiety, depression, and lethargy throughout the day as a result of actually getting a full night’s rest.
Bonus: I’ve been doing “Offline48” where I digitally detox for 48 hours over the weekend. I have zero willpower to just not check social media (or my phone for that matter) so my phone is completely switched off for the whole weekend. The Bose app (needed to use the Sleepbuds) has a “device-free” mode that allows me to still use my buds without my phone! Just discovered this feature a few weeks ago and made me fall even harder in love with them!
Would highly recommend! 10/10. The price tag is 1,000% worth it – I promise.
I hope this has been helpful for anyone struggling with their sleep. Do let me know if there are other suggestions I’ve missed or if you’ve implemented any of the above and have seen an increase in your sleeping patterns.
P.S. This post is not sponsored – I merely wanted to share my experience in case it helps others!