OK, I know what you're thinking... what the heck is this stuff and why is it on a food blog?
Food for Sleep is a little bottle filled with natural ingredients that are supposed to help you get a good night's sleep. In fact, here is a complete list of ingredients:
Water, Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate, Whey Peptides (L-Tryptophan), Tart Cherry Juice Powder, Natural Cherry Pomegranate Flavor, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Stevia Extract 99%
The only one you may or may not have heard of in that list is Tryptophan... but you HAVE heard of it... it's the stuff that's in your Thanksgiving turkey that makes you all sleepy after eating it.
If you do some research about tart cherries, you will find that they contain natural melatonin which has long been used as a sleep aid by many sleep-deprived people.
That right there is why I decided to try it.
I am not a fan of using anything medicinal to aid functions that are supposed to be natural. But I am not apposed to eating or drinking things that could help me get a good night's sleep. Because Food for Sleep is a natural product, it felt natural to use it.
I tried it for 4 nights and guess what? I slept well. Truth be told, I do not know if it was the actual drink itself or the idea of it that did it, but I slept better than I had in a while after drinking Food for Sleep.
Here are some things I would recommend if you plan on using Food for Sleep:
- Check the website www.foodforsleep.com to find out more about it. Also, follow their recommendations to get yourself into a good pattern each night before going to bed.
- Talk with your doctor. Make sure using Food for Sleep is OK for you.
- Don't expect it to taste like a cherry soda. Tart cherry juice is not the same as the cherry flavored juice you may be used to. It's not bad, just not the same. Refrigerating the bottles made it easier for me to drink them.
- Shake the bottle well. It doesn't say anywhere on the bottle to do that, but I think it makes it better. There is a lot of sediment on the bottom, so shaking it up incorporates all the ingredients a bit more.
- Give yourself time to sleep. Do not try Food for Sleep on a night when you may need to be "on"... like when you have baby duty or need to wake up super early for any reason.
- Only use it for a short term. Once you start getting yourself into a good nightly sleep regimen, stop using it to see how you do. Your body produces its own melatonin, so using too much from an outside source can disrupt your body's production. Like anything else you consume, it's OK in moderation. For more information, do your own research on melatonin and all the other ingredients found in Food for Sleep.
If you are interested in trying Food for Sleep yourself, you can order it at www.foodforsleep.com. A pack of 6 2.5 ox bottles costs $24. A small price to pay for a good night's sleep, in my opinion!
If you try it, let me know how you like it!