A little while ago I took The Restored’s health quiz and the results showed that I needed to work on my sleep. My sleep has suffered since my son was born over 12 years ago: he often used to wake through the night and for many years after we’d solved that issue, he still got up really early. Now he’s approaching teenage years that’s no longer an issue, but my sleep habits were still stuck in the time when I needed to get up really early to look after him. The quiz, developed by a team of experts from The Restored, has been designed to help you identify one foundation of health that you can restore – the one that could make you feel significantly different. You need to have a good baseline in all foundations: sleep, nutrition, movement and mindset. They are so deeply interlinked that if one foundation flounders, the others can suffer too. If that happens, you don’t have a solid base on which to build or restore good health.
To address my sleep deficit and sleep problems I’ve been taking The Restored Advanced Sleep Aid for the last few weeks. I started taking one capsule a day to begin with and took it a little while before lights out, but during my bedtime routine. The capsules are easy to swallow and I’ve found them easy to use. All of The Restored’s products are GMO free and, to ensure consistent high quality, are made in the UK to GMP standards.
I usually get ready for bed and then read for a quite a while in bed, plus I try to avoid using my phone or other electronics close to bedtime. It’s a very cosy way to end the day and I look forward to reading a chapter or two of my book. In fact I’ve made more time for reading because I’ve extended my bedtime routine, so I do have a chance to wind down properly. Alongside that I’ve also tried to make the room a little darker through the night by using blinds and blackout curtains because there was a lot of light because of a street light opposite.
It took just a few days for the sleep aid to take effect and to become part of my routine, but over the last few weeks I’ve noticed that I’ve been sleeping longer. In fact, I’ve even had to start setting an alarm for days when I need to get up at a specific time. I’ve been so accustomed to being an early riser that hasn’t been necessary before. When I have woken up a bit too early, I’ve often been able to drop back off to sleep again, which previously would have been difficult after about 4am.
Sleeping well has such an effect on my whole quality of life. I find it much easier to find the energy I need for my daily routine. It helps me as I exercise, as I work, as I think. It does impact on everything I do.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.