The Solution That Ended My 20-Year Struggle With Sleep (When Nothing Else Worked)*
For the past 20 years, I have struggled to get high-quality sleep. My biggest issue is a combination of difficulty falling—and staying—asleep, which these days seems harder than ever due to heightened stress about the pandemic and its effect on our world. On top of this, my husband Jason and I run mindbodygreen together and have two very young daughters, which means sleep time is sacred.
In my 20s, I tried an exhausting variety of sleep aids, both over the counter and prescribed ones from my doctor. I was never really comfortable with any of these options. Taking a medication on a regular basis for sleep didn't align with my values, nor did it address the deeper issues of why I was having trouble sleeping in the first place.
So I spent a lot of time in my 30s addressing the underlying issues of my sleep difficulties and adopting the right practices for better sleep hygiene. This strategy included learning how to deal with my stress in more productive ways, being diligent about consuming caffeine before noon, enforcing an electronic sundown, purchasing blackout shades for the bedroom, and investing in a better mattress and amazing, comfortable linens.
These things helped, but they didn't quite deliver the deep, restorative sleep I'd been hoping for.
My review of sleep support+
When mindbodygreen started developing its sleep support+ formula, it was a personal passion point for me to find a clean, science-backed solution for falling asleep, staying asleep longer, and waking up feeling rejuvenated.*
In our blend, the key ingredient is magnesium bisglycinate, a highly absorbable form of the mineral that can be taken relatively close to bedtime. Our sleep support+ formula also contains two extensively studied powerhouse ingredients for promoting sleep quality: jujube seed extract, which also helps ease stress; and PharmaGABA®, a major neurotransmitter that helps enhance sleep quality and relaxation.*
It's this symphony of thoughtful, synergistic ingredients that make sleep support+ work so well for me every time I take it—both for deep, uninterrupted sleep and well-rested, clear-minded mornings.* I love tracking my sleep with my Oura ring (yes, I am a sleep geek), and it’s great to see my overall sleep score improve, as well as the amount of deep sleep I'm getting nightly.
The easiest way to get my deepest sleep—and also benefit my body
Since Jason and I are business partners, it's hard for us to leave our work behind. Sometimes we find ourselves discussing work in bed, which is never a great way to fall asleep. These days we find ourselves talking more about what's happening in the world late into the night too, though we are careful to turn off the news before we start getting ready for sleep.
Regardless of my daily stress levels (truthfully, I can't predict if my mind will start racing the moment my head hits the pillow), I take two capsules of sleep support+ every night—at least one hour before I ideally want to fall asleep—to ensure I get my deepest sleep.*
This kind of deep sleep helps me to be more present with my family—and more productive at work. Good sleep is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, and I finally am able to feel the positive effects of being well-rested.
I've felt a profound positive impact on my sleep quality and recommend sleep support+ to all my friends and family members.* Of course, my sleep hygiene is a constant work in progress, but taking sleep support+ has had the single biggest and healthiest impact on the quality of my rest—and my life.*
Colleen Wachob is Co-Founder and Co-CEO at mindbodygreen. She graduated from Stanford University with degrees in international relations and Spanish, and spent 10 years working at Fortune 500 companies including Gap, Walmart, and Amazon. Wachob lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, mbg Founder and Co-CEO Jason Wachob and their two daughters, Ellie and Grace. Her first book, which is co-authored with mindbodygreen Founder Jason Wachob, The Joy of Well-Being, is being released on May 23, 2023.