Coach MK is our guest author today. Once she (and her husband) tried the new Hyland's products, she asked to write up their experience. Read on for a real-life testimonial.
January 27, 2010. A date that is forever etched in my brain. I remember nothing about it, it was a totally unremarkable day. So unimportant that it would only be defined by all of the nights that came after it.
That’s the last night I peacefully slept through the night. That’s the night my soon-to-be-husband and I moved in together.
My husband served this great nation as a Naval submarine officer. A submarine is a delicate ecosystem floating at the bottom of the ocean carrying up to 250 American lives inside. Rules and procedures and checklists exist for a reason and every single one is URGENT: that big shiny thing in the back is a nuclear reactor, and it isn’t flexible. (The laws of physics SUCK like that.) Too hot and it explodes, everyone dies. Too cold and the oxygen scrubbers can’t recycle the air, everyone dies. That’s where the PTSD comes in: imagine a job where every mistake you could possibly make ends with, “…and everyone dies.”
Imagine sharing a bed with someone who has lived that way for five years. Yeah.
Nothing really prepares you for this level of sleep deprivation. Here is a short list of things that would prompt my husband to sit straight up and bellow, “WHAT HAPPENED IMAWAKE”:
- Me, rolling over in bed
- Me, joining him in bed after he’s gone to sleep
- Me, coughing
- Me, touching him in any way
- Me, getting up to go run
- Me, (insert any banal thing you do here)
- Me, turning off that blasted fan because it is loud and it is COLD in here (remember those oxygen scrubbers? The sweat? Our bedroom stays at 60 degrees. Or everyone dies.)
Short of drugs (doctors don’t like prescribing sleeping pills since most sleep disorders are considered behavioral) we have tried everything: cognitive therapy, psychotherapy, hypnosis, meditation, yoga, herbal tea, lavender oil, earplugs, sleep hygiene… nothing really worked.
Then the box arrived. It contained two simple boxes, one of Hyland's Good Morning and another of Calms Forté. My husband sheepishly asked if he could try the latter; I said sure but no pressure and come on, it’s homeopathic. How good could it be?
The next morning, August 12 2016, my 38th birthday, for the first time in our marriage we awoke in the same positions we’d settled into the night before. My husband and I looked at each other and said, “What WAS that sh*t???”
As a run coach, I talk about sleep a LOT. And I should--I have a PhD in sleep deprivation. I totally know how important sleep is and how much life sucks without it. We fumble through our days, marginally functional until we can crawl back into bed again only to find that we are just too tired to sleep.
As a rather unfiltered/profane loudmouth, my clients know I say pretty much exactly what I mean, leaving nothing for interpretation. So let me be perfectly clear: Hyland’s Calms Forté. THIS SH*T IS MAGIC.
Are you ready to have a good night and a great morning, compliments of Hyland's Good Morning (also a winner in our books!)? Eight winners will each get a box of Hyland's Good Morning and a box of Calms Forté. To enter, tell us: what's the last thing you think about before you fall asleep? School lunches? Big work project? The laundry you forgot to switch over to the dryer? Tell us in the Comments section below this blog post on our website, and you’ll be entered to win.
The details: This running giveaway sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States and Canada. Part of a series of weekly running giveaways, it begins on 8/31/16 and ends on 9/6/16. We will announce eight random winners on our Facebook page on 9/8/16, as well as notifying the winners by email. One entry per person. The value of each prize is $20. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.