Phytocalm and National Sleep Awareness Week
Last week was National Sleep Awareness Week so whilst I am a little late in writing this post, it’s better late than never as they say. There’s so much going on in my life at the moment that it’s difficult for me to unwind. My business is expanding, I’ve taken on a new role as editor at Simply Beautiful, my blog is getting bigger (and I’m way behind on posts), I’m working on a project on the other side of the Atlantic that I can’t say too much about but it’s going to be massive if all goes according to plan. Now, I’m not complaining about these ventures or my life, I’m very happy with the way everything is progressing. I just wish there was a little turn-off work mode button on the back of my neck.
It’s not going to sleep that I’ve ever really had issues with, it’s quite common for me to fall asleep within minutes of getting into bed, even in mid-conversation. My grief is with waking up so early and then not being able to get back to sleep even if I feel tired. Last night, for instance, I went to bed at 12:30am and didn’t set an alarm as I wanted to give my body as much time to recuperate as it needed. I normally need about seven hours sleep and my circadian rhythm is pretty constant in that I normally wake up around 7-7:30 every morning. I need seven hours sleep to feel my best and cannot sleep for longer than eight, try as I may! So this morning I woke and knew instantly that it was not my usual wake-up time as it was still dark when I removed my eye mask. I tried to go back to sleep for a while but gave up after roughly half an hour of tossing, turning and thoughts racing through my head. I then checked the time. 5:58am! Which means I had awoken two whole hours before my optimum wake up time.
This is not a daily occurrence for me. Some nights I sleep like a baby and others a bit more sporadically. My problem is remembering to self medicate. At the end of the day I am ready for bed and so despite keeping all manner of pills and potions in arm’s reach from my bed I still forget to take a remedy. When I do take them I generally find I sleep better. Perhaps this is psychosomatic, or maybe the herbal remedies continue to work for me because I don’t take them daily. Anyway, enough about me and more about Phytocalm Passion Flower Herb Capsules.
What’s in Phytocalm Passion Flower Herb Capsules?
Well, I think the clue is in the name…. Passion Flower! Or passiflora. Unlike other herbal remedies I have used to help me sleep, Phytocalm contains pure Passion Flower and nothing else (besides from the cellulose-derived capsule!) Passiflora is a plant originating from Mexico, where it was used by the ancient Aztecs for its sedative properties. It was brought to Europe by Spanish Jesuits who gave it the name “Passion Flower”.
The part of the plant used in Phytocalm is the aerial part (i.e. the part above the ground) as here you will find the flavonoids which give the beneficial action for sleeping problems. It may help insomniacs to regain a normal sleep pattern, and is not addictive or habit forming.
How I Slept with Phytocalm Passion Flower Herb Capsules
When I remember to take them, I do find that I sleep better! It is recommended that you take 2 tablets after your evening meal and the 2 more right before you go to bed. I’ve also used them on flights and I managed to get some shuteye – the plane is one plae where I usually don’t sleep at all due to the constant stimuli provided of in-flight entertainment, people-watching, red wine and most of all the excitement of being on a plane meaning I am heading to a destination!
Phytocalm is priced at £7.29 for 50 capsules and is available from health stores.