When Complete Me got in touch to offer me a trial of their Sleeping Beauty supplement, designed to help provide a good night's sleep I accepted even though I generally sleep quite well. I thought I could still benefit from a boost- good quality sleep translates to better mood, more energy, clear skin and good hair.
But after posting an image of the Sleeping Beauty bottle on Instagram, someone commented that they would be very interested in how any trial went because they were suffering with sleep issues post menopause.
Peri-menopause and menopause actually can trigger problems with falling asleep and/or staying asleep. We all know how debilitating lack of sleep or even a perception of lack of sleep can be. I hate lying awake in the small hours when problems are magnified and the worry about getting enough sleep can in itself stop you from sleeping.
I happened to know the commenter so I made a decision to offer her the chance to trial the supplement, on of a range from the lovely people at Complete Me who believe that a good nutritional and wellness routine is as important as your beauty routine.
Sleeping Beauty is designed to help you relax and unwind, balance hormones and aid better sleep. It contains a carefully curated blend of magnesium, 5-HTP, zinc, chamomile, vitamins B3 and B6 and Lemon Balm.
It didn't take very long for her to send me feedback. I was so happy it seemed that the Sleeping Beauty supplements had quite quickly made a huge difference to her life.
She said: "The amazing thing is how quickly I fall asleep, within minutes. I track my sleep on my fitbit and my time in deep sleep has gone up any about half an hour each night. I am finding I wake up earlier but I wake up refreshed which is likely to be because I am getting better quality sleep."
She added: "I'll certainly be buying more when my bottle runs out!"
We agreed that the tablets are quite large but she said she found them much more palatable than other supplements she has tried in the past which smelled and tasted bad. Her top tip for people who struggle with taking tablets like this was to swallow them with room temperature water and be upright for a while to let them go down.
I am so delighted that Sleeping Beauty has worked so well and know my tester well enough that I can assure you that she would not recommend a product she didn't genuinely believe in.
You can buy Sleeping Beauty and a range of other supplements direct from Complete Me (RRP £14.99) and at time of publication the website was offering a 15% discount and free shipping for those who buy three or more bottles of Sleeping Beauty.