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If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram for any amount of time, you can probably tell I’m into the paleo/primal lifestyle. Along with an obsession with Crossfit, I watch carefully what I put into my body. But the one thing I have never been able to get a handle on is my sleep.

There is no time when I can recall sleeping through the night. Since I was a teenager, I’ve had difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Over the past couple of years, I have learned a lot about sleep and its importance to overall health and especially a healthy weight. According to the National Sleep Foundation, I’m supposed to be getting 7-9 hours of sleep. I’m 100% sure that’s not currently happening. I’ve tried supplements like melatonin and Natural Calm (magnesium), but I haven’t found them to completely solve the problem. Chiropractic care helps, but didn’t completely rid me of the issues. 

I even bought blue light blocking sunglasses to wear before bed, hoping to cut out the mental stimulus from late night computer/TV watching. I do find those help me fall asleep, but I’m still waking up a lot at night. Even when I am sleeping, I often wake up stiff with back pain.

Our mattress is pretty old, so we had been discussing getting a new one over the past couple of weeks actually. I feel like sometimes the universe just delivers in the most unusual ways, because the kind folks at Serta® want to let me try a new mattress from their Perfect Sleeper collection!

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When I read the list of 5 common sleep problems they target, I realized all of them apply to me, ACK!! 

  • Tossing/Turning
  • Lack of Support
  • Back Pain
  • Sleeping Hot
  • Partner Movement and Sagging/Rolling Off

I’m excited to try something new! Serta® is the only official mattress of the National Sleep Foundation, so I figure that must be a good place to start. They have many options within the Perfect Sleeper® line, including an affordable memory foam option (which is my top pick right now I think, I still need to lay on some more). I’m also super excited about this Cool Action™ feature of the foam because I am a HOT sleeper. I mean, we keep it frigid in the house at night!

So in my quest for a better night’s sleep, I will be sharing a few videos (I know, that’s new for me!). Go easy on me, as this is a HUGE barrier I am finally overcoming. I would like to post more videos, so I promise they will get better over time. But here’s video diary #1 about my sleeping, consider it the before shot.

Also, I’ll shoot in landscape next time (seriously, what is wrong with me?) Just blame it on the lack of sleep!

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