Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had trouble falling asleep. When I get into bed, my mind starts racing. It’s not so much to-do lists that crowd my thoughts, but rather words, ideas, and random impulses, like: Should I write an email to that college professor I haven’t spoken to in years? Maybe we should do an M Dash story about socks and heels. Why not shop for bathing suits at 11:30pm? And most frequently:Why haven’t I fallen asleep yet?
The need to shut off the noise in my head has driven me to experiment with all sorts of sleep solutions: Ambien, white noise, putting my phone in a lock box, a nightly bath—you name it, I’ve tried it. I even sought advice from Arianna Huffington (did you know she wrote a whole book about sleep?) to try to find an answer (she was the one who recommended the nightly baths). But still, I struggled. It was, and still is, exhausting.
Right now, my sleep routine involves 15mg worth of melatonin gummies at 9pm and then a Unisom soft gel right before I climb into bed, plus an eye mask, earplugs, and usually a Judith hoodie pulled up over my head. It’s working fine, but it’s a lot of crutches. So when M.M. partnered with Equilibria, the women-owned CBD brand that focuses primarily on female customers, as part of our spotlight on mental health, I eagerly raised my hand to try it out.