I’ve never been a good sleeper. I’m a great napper but at night I toss and turn and take hours to actually fall asleep. I’ve tried almost everything you can think of to get a good night’s rest. Sleeping pills totally knock me out, making it difficult to get up in the morning. Melatonin is better, but it still leaves me groggy when I wake up. I’ve found a few options for things that help me sleep when I travel, have jet lag or just too much on my mind to settle down. The everyday sleeping is where I’m still looking for a solution.
When I heard about Zenbev I was intrigued. It’s made from pumpkin seed powder and is supposed to stimulate your natural melatonin production. Basically it’s a natural source of tryptophan. (You know, the stuff that makes you fall asleep every Thanksgiving.) You can take it during daylight hours or at night, it just produces different effects. I’m more interested in the nighttime effects. The claim is that the tryptophan in the Zenbev turns into serotonin, which then metabolizes into melatonin. So unlike when I actually take melatonin supplements, the Zenbev is helping my brain to produce the exact amount of melatonin that is required. (Which means hopefully no melatonin hangover.) It comes in lemon and chocolate flavors. You can even purchase a special starter kit which includes earplugs, a mask and a book with helpful information on dealing with insomnia.
You can mix Zenbev with any non-caffeinated beverage. The first time I tried Zenbev I mixed it with water. I was…not a fan. I drank it quickly and then got ready for bed. I fell asleep pretty quickly that night (for me) and then proceeded to sleep until about 6am. In a perfect world I’d wake up at 7am, but 6am was an improvement over the waking up at 3am and then again around 5am that I normally do.
The next night I was ready to give Zenbev another shot. I wasn’t looking forward to it but I was hoping that it would go down a little easier with milk. What a difference! (After the fact I saw on their website that they recommend milk with the chocolate Zenbev for optimal taste.) I thought that if milk was good, chocolate milk would be better. (Chocolate soy milk, to be exact.) Zenbev with chocolate milk? Practically delicious. (OK, I mean, it tastes like chocolate milk…you can’t taste the Zenbev.) Another way to enjoy your Zenbev is with an easy Zenbev smoothie. I froze chocolate soymilk in an ice cube tray. About 30 minutes before I’m ready for bed I just take a few of the ice cubes and blend them up with more chocolate soymilk and a scoop of Zenbev. It’s almost like a milkshake! After a full week of taking one scoop of Zenbev I’ve noticed a few changes. I can’t say that I’ve fallen asleep easily every night, but I have stayed asleep longer through the night. (Instead of my usual waking up multiple times throughout the night.) I’m also wide awake every morning at 6am. Still. I’m starting to think that maybe I don’t need as much sleep as I always thought I did. I just needed to sleep better. You can see more of my online shopping trip in my Google+ Album.