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:

  1. Go to my facebook page and enter the contest here: http://on.fb.me/IOrxfE
  2. 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.

33 Comments on Why I Don’t Sleep Around (Giveaway)

  1. Soha Molina
    May 21, 2012 at 11:08 am (6 years ago)

    my biggest challenge is to sleep through my hubby’s snoring.

  2. Gina M Maddox
    May 20, 2012 at 9:16 am (6 years ago)

    entere on fb! “crave to save”

    My biggest challenge is my husband’s snoring! Thanks for the chance to win!
    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  3. Melissa
    May 18, 2012 at 6:11 pm (6 years ago)

    That was a fun party, my only complication with sleep is time. I am so busy I just don’t have time. I am working on a new line and the people I am working with are in London which is an awesome time differance so I spend a lot of the time I should be sleeping on the phone instead.

  4. Libby's Library
    May 17, 2012 at 11:40 pm (6 years ago)

    Attended the Twitter Party – @LibbysLibrary

  5. Libby's Library
    May 17, 2012 at 11:39 pm (6 years ago)

    OMGoodness. Your story sounds so much like mine…girl you’re preaching to the choir. Having raised 10 kids (who were night owls), having obstructive / central sleep apnea, RLS and insomnia, sleep has been an illusive commodity. My biggest problem now, is pain. I choose to take as little pain medication as I can get away with, because of the amount of other medication that I must take. At least now, I can rest more than I did before my kids were grown.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway – entered on Facebook (Elizabeth Turner Neas)

  6. tiffany c
    May 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm (6 years ago)

    Entered on FB, thanks for giving me a chance!

  7. tiffany c
    May 17, 2012 at 11:06 pm (6 years ago)

    thanks for partying w/me! I was @sweetmatcha
    Biggest challenge is putting the gadgets away and trying to sleep earlier for a change! Need to focus on resting instead of social media! = )

  8. mom4everandever
    May 17, 2012 at 11:05 pm (6 years ago)

    was at party

  9. mom4everandever
    May 17, 2012 at 11:04 pm (6 years ago)

    not enough sleep

  10. ellen
    May 17, 2012 at 11:02 pm (6 years ago)

    I was at the party as @tannawings thanks for having us! #StopSleepingAround

  11. Amiyrah
    May 17, 2012 at 10:20 pm (6 years ago)

    its getting enough sleep! some nights I only get 4 to 5 hours.

  12. Abbe Brown
    May 17, 2012 at 10:20 pm (6 years ago)

    Twitter partied! @abbebrown @abbebrown_jail #stopsleepingaround

  13. Shannon S
    May 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm (6 years ago)

    entered and my biggest challenge is my kids..they keep me up all night..and my pregnancy…

  14. Abbe Brown
    May 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm (6 years ago)

    Mine is quieting my mind at night.

  15. Cindy
    May 17, 2012 at 9:24 pm (6 years ago)

    Hey, I’m at the party, too! @getalonghome

  16. Cindy
    May 17, 2012 at 9:22 pm (6 years ago)

    My biggest challenge is my huge baby belly! I’m sure I’ll sleep better when I’m not pregnant anymore. :-)

  17. emma
    May 17, 2012 at 9:08 pm (6 years ago)

    My biggest sleep challenge is staying cool and staying asleep.

  18. lisa lo
    May 17, 2012 at 11:50 am (6 years ago)

    Another person in the same house with a bad attitude, very irritating.

  19. Erica Mueller
    May 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Dude. My 9 month old is still waking up several times a night. My mattress is crap. I wake up feeling like a truck ran over me.

    I too need a new mattress.

  20. Rajean
    May 16, 2012 at 2:22 am (6 years ago)

    Sleep challenges: social media, the feeling there is more to do plus a quiet house makes it easier to be productive when I should shut down. Once I do give in to the sleep, snoring makes it difficult to actually get to sleep. Sadly, I know I now snore. If I am already asleep, snoring doesn’t bother me, if I’m trying to get to sleep, it does. How odd.

  21. Deanna G.
    May 15, 2012 at 11:59 pm (6 years ago)

    My biggest sleep challenge is probably my neighbors! They wake me up all the time. :(

  22. Shana D
    May 15, 2012 at 9:16 am (6 years ago)

    My biggest sleep challenge is going to bed at a decent time. I always stay up late after the kids have gone to bed just to catch up on stuff and enjoy the silence which leaves me finally going to bed around midnight.

  23. Michelle H.
    May 15, 2012 at 5:28 am (6 years ago)

    My biggest sleep challenge is working varying shifts. Most of the time I’m on afternoon shift and too wired to go to bed right when I get home. When I try, I end up staring at the clock and tossing and turning, trying to get to sleep. Consequently, I sleep late in the morning and its often interrupted by people calling who have “normal” sleep schedules and think everyone is up by 9am.

  24. ConnieFoggles
    May 14, 2012 at 10:33 pm (6 years ago)

    It’s a combination of a snoring husband and chronic pain. I have trouble sleeping because I hurt and then when I finally do get to sleep, the snores wake up.

  25. Lauralee Hensley
    May 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm (6 years ago)

    My biggest sleep challenge is I have very sensitive nerves near the skin. I feel everything, and it feels like pain. I mean if there is a single hair on the bed and my leg lays on it, it will start hurting within seconds. Wrinkles hurt too. I mean the sheets have to be tight, wrinkle free and nothing on them, not a speck. My second problem is getting my brain to turn off at night. It yacks and yacks. Okay, not literally yacks and yacks, but it goes over and over everything that happened in the day. It’s like I should have gotten this or that done and I should be doing this or that when I want to sleep. I’ve known a lot of women with yacky brains, well that’s what we call them. Sometimes I just want to tell my brain to stuff a sock in it (it’s pretend yacky mouth).

  26. Malia
    May 14, 2012 at 9:44 am (6 years ago)

    I have 2 sleeping challenges. The first is the snore-er I sleep with :) and the second is that I desperately need a new pillow. It’s quite literally a pain in the neck!

  27. Mary Happymommy
    May 14, 2012 at 8:20 am (6 years ago)

    My biggest sleep challenge is the fact that I still co-sleep with my 2 year old daughter and she sometimes talks in her sleep.

  28. Sharon Rooney
    May 14, 2012 at 6:42 am (6 years ago)

    My biggest challenge is not falling asleep it’s staying asleep. I wake up a couple of times at night and it all depends on what is going on if I can go back to sleep.

  29. ellen
    May 14, 2012 at 2:21 am (6 years ago)

    My biggest challenge is getting off of the computer… twitter and facebook call my name. Plus I read TONS of blogs!

  30. Susan in the Boonies
    May 13, 2012 at 11:46 pm (6 years ago)

    My biggest challenge is getting my mind to slow down.
    I’m so brilliant, you know, that it’s hard to calm the monkeychatter of my mind.

  31. Jennifer
    May 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm (6 years ago)

    My biggest challenge is making myself go to bed–I so enjoy the quiet “me” time when the house is quiet that I tend to stay up enjoying it far later than is healthy. It’s almost like “bingeing” on quiet.

  32. Julia
    May 13, 2012 at 10:35 pm (6 years ago)

    I just don’t get enough sleep. I have a varied work schedule, and some nights work til 9pm but the next mornings are early — out of the house by 5:30 am. I am falling asleep at the table as I type this. Off to bed…

  33. Anne (@notasupermom)
    May 13, 2012 at 10:17 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve always struggled with insomnia, but it’s recently gotten worse. My husband has suggested I should get a sleep study done.

    I probably should, but I also this the mattress we bought at a WAREHOUSE club might be part of the problem too.


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