I’ve never, ever had trouble sleeping until recently. Looking back over my life, I see an unbroken chain of curling up, night after night in my own bed, in hotel beds, on friends couches, on trains and planes and buses all around the world and being asleep literally almost as soon as my head hit the pillow. I had always known people who suffered from sleep issues: my mother and mother-in-law and one of my oldest friends. They described hellish nights, this whole other world where they live: those hours stretching on and on as they watch TV and pace the house while the whole rest of the world is asleep. I would listen to their tales of woe and realize how lucky I was. Until last year.
Suddenly, because I had entered perimenopause, it started: Once or twice a week, I would climb into bed feeling tired as usual after a long day of work and exercise, but instead of dropping off to sleep I would find myself just lying there, staring at the ceiling in the dark, totally puzzled and increasingly panicked as hour after hour slipped by. Sometimes I would finally fall asleep for an hour or so around 6 a.m., but usually I wouldn’t sleep at all, and the whole next day I would stagger around half-conscious and incompetent and really angry that my own body wasn’t functioning the way I was accustomed to.
Reading about perimenopause on the Internet and learning that sleep issues are common and can plague women for five or more years filled me with dread. I didn’t want to get started on prescription sleep medications. I didn’t want to get hooked on anything, and I didn’t want the side effects that so often accompany strong Western medicines.
Then I found Tango’s SleepCycle capsules. I’m a cynical pessimist, so imagine my joy and relief when I discovered how well these work for me. They put me to sleep promptly, and I wake up seven or eight hours later feeling rested and completely normal: no side effects, no aftereffects. At last I know I’ve found something that helps. Thank you, Tango!