I know what you are thinking. Don’t think – just read…
What does a good night’s sleep mean to you?
I was horribly sleep deprived when I was younger. I remember when my kids were middle school age, driving to the beach – 7 hour trip – and having to drink Red Bull after Red Bull chased with a Starbucks Double Shot or two to get through the trip. It was rough and it was certainly dangerous. I didn’t know why – I thought I slept fine, but I was always tired. I could fall asleep anywhere / anytime / any place.
Life was something like this – without the pranksters:
Funny? Yes and no.
I had to undergo a sleep study and found out I had sleep apnea, and have been using a CPAP unit for years. Yes it’s a bit like sleeping with Darth Vader, but it’s better than the snoring which you could hear on the other side of the house. I also ditched my cheap mattress this past summer and bought a high quality set. It was a financial struggle, but I knew I needed to do it. When health and safety are the concern, no price is too much. Trust me. It took me years to figure it out, but I sleep better now at 50 than I did at 30. Hot flashes and all.
You know the saying “nap when the kids nap”? I was totally down with that.
The Better Sleep Council is running a campaign “Stop Sleeping Around” to bring awareness around taking control of your nights and sleeping better. Their Facebook page is a great place to share our stories, funny photos like this and videos of you or your family “Sleeping Around”. Stop by! I’ll be hosting a FB chat on the 24th too, so put it on your calendar. We’ll be chatting about that old mattress of yours.
Now I have something for you – something to help you sleep. Thanks to the Better Sleep Council I’m giving away a Sleep Sanctuary Kit and a $100 Visa Gift Card you can maybe put toward the purchase of a new mattress. Not Red Bull….
You’ll receive in addition to the $100 Visa GC:
o (1)Sleep Sounds CD – to help your mind relax as you fall asleep to soothing sounds
o (2) Mineral Bath Salts – which have been shown to induce calmness and promote relaxation
o (1)Lavender Oil Reed Diffuser – to provide a little aromatherapy to help relax and calm the mind.
o (1) Sleep Mask – to block out distracting light
o (1) Package of Ear Plugs – to block out any distracting noises
o (1) Better Sleep Guide – to provide additional tips on creating your personal sleep sanctuary and getting a full night’s rest
To enter you must both:
- Go to my facebook page and enter the contest here: http://on.fb.me/IOrxfE
- Leave a comment here letting me know what your biggest sleep challenge is.
PLUS –You can get an extra entry by attending our Twitter Party on the 17th and leaving another comment after the party with your Twitter Handle. Use the hashtag #stopsleepingaround.
Contest ends May 25, 2011 at midnight. Good luck to all who enter!
This is a sponsored post and campaign with the Better Sleep Council and the Stop Sleeping Around Campaign.