Getting Much Needed Sleep with ZzzQuil
(This is a sponsored post and was written in collaboration with ZzzQuil™.)
Getting a good night’s sleep is hard to come by these days for me. After a two-week trip to Asia last month, I came back feeling sluggish and really tired. The worst part was, I had to go back to work the same week, which meant I had to get my sleep schedule back on track right away. Unfortunately, it wasn’t easy. I would be in bed at 10 pm but end up tossing and turning till 2 am and getting up for work at around 5 am. Imagine working for twelve hours with only three hours of sleep. It was absolutely dreadful! I didn’t like the fact that I would rely heavily on caffeine to help keep me up at work.
When ZzzQuil reached out to me and asked me to try their new products, I said yes without hesitation. I knew I had to get back to my regular routine at home and if that meant trying something new, I was all up for it.
Why is sleep important to me?
Before anything else, I should probably let you guys know that I love to sleep. The amount of hours I get usually predetermines the outcome of my day. Lack of sleep = grumpy Janna. Sleep is important to me because it gives me energy to get through my day. When I’m on the road, I normally fall asleep at a reasonable time due to exhaustion after a long day of exploring. The struggle starts when I get back home.
In addition to adjusting to different time zones, being at home means getting back to reality; which can be stressful sometimes. Work, blog deadlines and running my online brand are just some of the few things that keep me up at night. One of the things that help me get back on track is my nighttime routine.
I think my nighttime routine is pretty standard as far as routine goes. I usually take a shower or take a bath depending on my mood but it is imperative that I do either one before bed. After brushing my teeth, flossing and using mouthwash, I check and answer emails before settling down. On a typical night, I usually watch my tv shows and check Instagram before finally dozing off. But over the past couple of weeks, I experimented with a few products ZzzQuil sent to me, to see how it can help me find a more relaxing evening routine.
Trying the products:
I had my husband try these products with me because he also has trouble winding down. His is more frequent because he works night shifts as a nurse. We tried the items sent to us in a 2-week span.
- Vicks ZzzQuil™ PURE Zzzs™ Melatonin Gummies – is my favorite among the products sent to me. It comes in a natural wild berry flavor and contains the optimal level of melatonin with no next-day grogginess*. Not to mention it contains a blend of lavender, chamomile, valerian root and lemon balm. What I like the most about the gummies is that it doesn’t taste like medicine and they’re super easy to take (good for people who have trouble swallowing pills). I used the recommended 1 to 2 gummies 30 minutes before bedtime (during my work days) and it works like a charm!
- Vicks® PURE Zzzs™ Soothing Aromatherapy Balm – is now part of my nighttime routine because of its soothing aromas to help me relax. I love that it consists of two of my favorite essential oils: lavender and chamomile. Another plus, the balm also has a moisturizing formula of coconut oil and aloe leaf extract, which glides on smoothly to my skin leaving it moisturized and soft.
After taking Vicks ZzzQuil™ PURE Zzzs™ Melatonin Gummies for a couple of weeks, I can definitely see a difference in my sleeping pattern. It certainly helped me overcome that dreadful jet lag! I still use it every now and then when I get those sleepless nights. It just makes it easier for me to fall asleep, which in turn helps me to be productive the next day.
Just a few reminders:
- Please read the label and use products only as directed.
- Each person may have different reactions to the products I’ve mentioned. Speak to your doctor if you have any concerns about the products listed here.