I don’t sleep very well. In fact, I’m pretty sure I didn’t sleep at all last night but merely laid there pretending to sleep. I’ve tried tea, sleep depriving myself to “go to bed early” the following night, weird Jedi mind tricks, and sleeping pills. The sleeping pills, while most effective in getting me to fall asleep, weren’t too cooperative when I tried to wake up the following morning. Groggy doesn’t even sum it up. “Mostly asleep” is more like it. It was miserable. I was better off being exhausted and trying to inject caffeine into a vein.
Then I received a sample of reBloom to try through Mamapedia. reBloom is a natural concoction of herbs, hormones and amino acids known for their pro-sleep and pro-relaxation stances: Valerian root, Melatonin, L-Theanine, and chamomile to name a few. I’ve had some run-ins with valerian and melatonin, so I knew I wasn’t going to have any weird effects in store.
On my first try, I picked an evening where I felt wired. I wanted to see how reBloom would stand up against some tough insomnia. I aimed to be asleep no later than 11pm, so I cracked open a bottle at 10pm to be on the safe side. The texture of reBloom is smooth like water. I was concerned how it would smell and taste due to the valerian root. I liken the smell of valerian to stinky feet; my dad says it’s more like dirty socks. It can be off-putting, but it’s a wonderful relaxant. reBloom has covered up the smell and taste well. There is an essence of valerian root, but nothing like taking the stuff in it’s unadulterated form. I could certainly deal with it. I downed a bottle, turned on a movie and waited for sleep to come. Within 20 minutes, my eyes felt heavy and I was good to go. I stayed asleep most of the night too, but in my household that can sometimes be difficult between dogs who decide 3am is play time and people who like to inform me that they can’t sleep. When I woke up in the morning, the first thing I noticed is that I was AWAKE! No residual grogginess at all. It was wonderful. A night later, I tried another dose of reBloom and had the same wonderful results – quick to sleep, stayed mostly asleep, and awoke to no grogginess. It definitely gets this insomniac’s seal of approval.