As many of you know, Your Life After 25 is in the midst of a “better sleep series”. I thought it was important because the way we sleep sets the tone for the rest of our day and truly effects your health in many ways. In the first post of our better sleep series “50 Shades of Sleep“, we discussed just a few ways your health is being harmed from lack of sleep. This week I would like to talk a bit about my life as what I like to call a “recovering insomniac”. I’ll also tell you a bit more about my journey towards Deep Healing Sleep.
According to the National Sleep Foundation insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so. A person’s level of insomnia can be classified into 2 categories; acute or chronic. Your level of insomnia is determined by the amount of time you experience sleep disruption. For an acute insomniac it’s usually brief and something you may experience due to things going on in your life, often stressful situations. For a chronic insomniac your unhealthy sleep habits are of course a bit more severe, and occur at least 3 times a week.
I’ve been a chronic insomniac most of my life. I can recall having a ton of trouble sleeping starting as early as 9 or 10 years old. As I grew older I learned how to function on little sleep but I can’t say it was good for my health. People would say “you’re always sick”, etc… I knew it was because my body wasn’t getting enough sleep but I also didn’t know how to get more sleep. There was even a time in my life where I would go for 2 weeks at a time on 1 hour of sleep per day, I was like a zombie, and then I would crash. I remember crying sometimes because I couldn’t sleep no matter how much I tried. It was recommended that I take medicine to regulate my sleep patterns, but I didn’t want to rely on taking a drug to sleep for the rest of my life. Chronic insomnia can often be caused by change in environment, I’ve moved around most of my life so it may have been a contributing factor to my disruption of sleep. Anyway, since I was set on not taking medicine, I worked hard to find ways to “recover from my insomnia” or just forcing my body to rest. I found myself working out more, changing my tea to decaf, watching foods I eat, trying out natural options like melatonin and much more. However, it wasn’t until I slept in one of the best hotel beds of my life that I realized my bed could also be a key to my issue.
When I was approached about this partnership with intelliBED (this post will contain affiliate links), I jumped at the chance to get a brand new bed and see how it may help with my sleep patterns. The first time I slept on my intelliBED mattress was supposed to be a quick 30 minute nap before my tv shows lol… all I know is I woke up about 3 hours later feeling like I had experienced some of the best sleep of my life. As I’ve continued to sleep on my intelliBED Mattress I’ve noticed a few things.
1. I can sleep on my bed comfortably without even needing pillows.
2. I went from sleeping 2-4 hours at a time at night to sleeping 4-6 hours straight
3. I woke up with less soreness on my body, because I didn’t have springs digging into my side
4. While firm, the bed is also very soft and the gel truly forms to your body.
5. I also noticed that there is a good amount of bounce to it, if you’re concerned about your bed for other purposes LOL.
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