Last night, over martinis, pizza, and gelato (let’s be real: healthy living is all about balance) I got to discuss these issues and more with a bunch of beautiful, witty bloggers. We covered calorie counting, exercise, emotional eating, game playing, battle of control with food – and plenty of fun stuff too. But one topic that hasn’t been touched upon at all in this conference yet, and which I think is a hugely important element to healthy living, is sleep! We work hard, mentally and physically, to be excellent employees, wives, mothers, friends, and bloggers, and it’s important that we get the proper rest and rejuvenation from a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, I’m not a great sleeper. Insomnia is an on and off issue for me, and I’ve adapted my ways many times to try to improve it.
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Most recently, I heard about Nightfood, a bedtime nutrition bar formulated for better sleeping. Let’s face it: if we don’t nourish our bodies with proper, balanced nutrients throughout the day, our systems certainly won’t be able to sustain themselves for eight hours while we rest and stop feeding. Additionally, many people’s night time snacks consist of sugary treats, and these don’t really set us up for good rest. I feel like I do a pretty good (ok, really good) job of making sure I get enough food and balanced food, but, as anyone who I’m sure has struggled with sleep would agree with, I’ll try (almost) anything once. Especially something as simple and non-habit forming as a nutrition bar.
The makers of Nightbar recognized that many people’s sleep problems might be due to lack of nutrition, and designed a balanced bar with that in mind. Nightfood contains a good dose of satisfying fiber and protein, and a few “extras” to make this an extra special night time snack. Melatonin resets the body clock and promotes sleep, and Chocamine, a cocoa extract, improves relaxation and focus (great for people like me who can’t make our brains shut up!) For more details, check out the page on Nightfood nutrition. A couple other things you should know about the bars:
- They contain zero artificial sweeteners
- The current available flavor is Cookies ‘n Cream Flavor, but others are in the works (think Peanut Butter and Jelly, Lemon Poppyseed, and Chocolate Raspberry!)
- They are kosher
- You can order them online through NightFood, and receive 20% off your first order with the code “cara511″ from now through June 15th.
Now for the most important piece: Do Nightfood bars taste good, and do they work? Yes. And, yes! And you don’t have to just take my word for it; I was generous enough to share with Ben too. I will even dare to say that he liked them a little bit more than I did. (Which doesn’t mean I didn’t like the taste, they’re just not my favorite bars ever. And it’s a little funny because I tend to be much more easy to please when it comes to anything dessert-like, which these are. What I’m saying is, if he liked them that much, believe they are pretty good!) Ben doesn’t have nearly as much trouble sleeping as I do, so it would be hard to say if Nightfood helped him sleep better. I, on the other hand, slept like a babydoll with Nightfood in my belly, which made me feel oh-so-good.
So to re-cap: if you’re looking for a risk-free alternative to help you relax and sleep better, why not make it a tasty treat too? Furthermore, why not order Nightfood right now, while you can save 20% on your first order? Just let ’em know I sent you with the discount code “cara511″ from now through 6/15.