For many of us, getting to sleep at night is a huge issue. Then actually staying asleep, instead of waking up constantly and worrying about everything from work, money, family and friends can be another problem. Many of us toss and turn all night, then find ourselves in a vicious circle where we are cat-napping throughout the day and just never really full of energy and awake.
Kerri Beaumont, (pictured left) who is an American yoga teacher that divides her time between London and the South of France, found her body clock had been broken after having four kids in five years. She was waking up at least twice in the middle of the night, and was feeling permanently tired – long after her young children had started sleeping through until morning:
Kerri Beaumont, who is a mother of four, struggled with insomnia for several years
“I had four kids in just over five years,” Kerri tells Lumity. “I found that even though my youngest is now five years old I was continually waking up in the night. I had become so used to doing night feeds and one or other of my children wanting something that I had completely messed up my body clock.
“My cortisol levels were through the roof because I was stressed, and even though I am a yoga teacher and very aware of what I put into my body I was so tired in the mornings that I was drinking lots of black coffee to feel awake.
“So my cortisol was going up and down and I was really quite exhausted.
“A friend recommended that I take Lumity, which is an all natural, carefully balanced supplement. She said it would help me sleep but also boost my energy levels naturally. I tried it because by that stage I was continually tired but honestly didn’t think that it would help.”
After vowing to battle the insomnia monster and win, Kerri formulated a plan to regulate her body clock, and lower her cortisol and stress levels so that she would learn to sleep through the night again and awake full of energy:
She explains: “I started doing yoga every single day, plus I was strict about turning off my phone and all electrical devices for two hours each evening. I set a regular bedtime of 10pm, even if I was so tired I wanted to go to bed at 8pm, or not tired at all and having a late night burst of energy. I gave up my afternoon naps as well and removed as much food from my diet that I could that might have been causing inflammation.
“I focused on eating a rainbow each day, with as many coloured fruits and vegetables on my plates at mealtimes as possible. At 9pm I would have a long bath filled with Epsom salts, read for thirty minutes while relaxing in the bath, then I would do ten minutes of quiet meditation before bed. I would take my three night capsules and then get into bed and turn off the lights so it was pitch black.
“Within two weeks I falling asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow and sleeping deeply for the first time in years.
“I could not believe it. I was waking up with energy and didn’t feel like I needed lots of coffee to kickstart my system because I was already ready to go.
“At first I thought it couldn’t be down to a supplement, so I stopped taking them for a week to test. Sure enough, I started waking up in the night and feeling tired in the day. I’m back on Lumity now and feeling fantastic, I have so much energy, but I feel calm and happy too – sleeping well is really something that changes every aspect of your entire life.”
Dr. Robert S. Rosenberg, who is a Board Certified Sleep Medicine Physician and author of Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day, says that he has a vitamin packed smoothie before bed every night:
“About one hour before bedtime, I like to have a small smoothie. I make sure it has tart cherry juice, which in a recent study done at Louisiana University, has been shown to increase sleep, because of its melatonin content as well as phytonutrients that inhibit the breakdown of tryptophan.
“I also include a banana which contains tryptophan, magnesium, potassium and vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine). Tryptophan is converted to serotonin and melatonin. Magnesium and potassium relax muscle and nerve cells and B6 is necessary for the conversion of tryptophan into serotonin. I add some almond milk for more tryptophan and magnesium. Lastly, some flaxseed for omega 3’s that tend to be calming.”
If you liked this, here’s the actual science behind beauty sleep, plus why inflammation might be behind your insomnia, and here’s the ultimate prescription for a great night’s sleep. What tricks do you use for getting a really great night’s sleep? If you want to share your Lumity story with us, we would love to feature you in one of our articles! – get in touch!