Wellness is definitely a priority in my life. Wellness to me means that when I am awake I have energy to get through the day without feeling like I have ants in my pants, I feel happier than I feel grouchy and I feel better than I feel sick. There are a few things that strike this balance for me: eating well (there was a big time difference in how "well" I felt after switching to a 100% gluten-free diet), regular exercise and SLEEP!
The right food, exercise and sleep are like my little wellness triangle, too much or too little of each throws the rest out of balance. And the biggest difference I can see with the food I eat and how much I'm exercising is how well I'm sleeping. Because if I do not get some quality zzz's, it is super bad times around here. I have been ordered to a nap by members of my household on more than one occasion because of how much an extra hour of the good stuff can affect my mood. And a sleepless night before work = forget it when it comes to getting things done. Sleep is my love language, and sometimes it is a torrid affair.
For someone who is so dependent on sleep for functioning, it is a precious commodity around here. Work stress, a squirmy pup sharing the bed with me, a large husband who likes to read his iPad in the middle of the night (talk about another triangle - the love one between Markus, iPad and I) and being a light sleeper in general keeps me up most nights. When Marpac asked if I wanted to try their dOHm NSF machine, the official sleep machine of the National Sleep Foundation and the original sound conditioner, I felt like I had won the blogger lottery I instagrammed it as soon as it arrived (duh) and was excited to see that I had a few friends who grew up this this machine and still use them today! The fact that these products are all Made in the USA is also huge for me and something I make an effort to look for while shopping.
There's not many things you didn't get to see on the bedroom edition of our home tour, but one is Markus' mini bedside table. That's where I put dOHm when it first got to our house. The first night we had it, we had a big thunderstorm which usually means I won't be sleeping at all. I didn't wake up once!
There are two things I absolutely love about dOHm: the sound and the size. Nothing on dOHm is prerecorded, it is just a light, rushing sound of white noise that lulls the room and cancels out smaller noises that usually wake me up like the A/C turning on and off or other "house sounds." I have tried a bunch of different white noise apps on my phone but I always end up turning them almost all the way down because after a few minutes I've memorized the sound cycle and start anticipating the next sound instead of going to sleep!
I'm used to seeing large sound machines, but dOHm is the perfect size. It doesn't take up much bedside table space and is even easy to pack in a carry on bag if you want to travel with it. For sizing reference, Markus' bedside filing cabinet is a mini version from IKEA and I'm holding it easily below...
dOHm was already a member of the family by the time we left for Fort Worth later in the week for Markus to take the PE exam, so it came along with us! I was terrified when we checked in to see that most other guests at the hotel were staying there for a Nascar event and were loading up their bellhop carts with 30 packs of beer. If Markus couldn't sleep that night because they were playing Red Solo Cup on repeat down the hall, I was going to lose it. I never heard a peep after the lights went out in our room, maybe the Nascar fans were resting up before their weekend tailgating or maybe dOHm is just that good.
Either way, it is high atop the packing list on all future overnight excursions.
So after a few weeks of use, it is true that I did indeed win the blogger lottery by getting my sweet, precious dOHm courtesy of Marpac. Do not be jealous for too long, though, as I now get to pay it forward and give away TWO dOHms, one each to two lucky friends!
To enter the dOHm giveaway:
- Leave a comment below with what keeps you up at night (snoring husband? teeny bladder? dreams of an end to mustache themed parties?) and your email address
- For one additional entry, like Pancakes and Beet Juice on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know that you did
- For two extra entries, like Marpac on Facebook (karma points if you let them know that you've come over from here) and let me know your good deeds in a comment below
If you aren't a lucky winner, I understand your tears but bring you good news. Since I met the sweet Marpac team at Blissdom, they are excited to let me share a coupon code for 10% all of their products, including the dOHm. Just shop at Marpac.com and enter BLISSDOM in the checkout box for your discount, valid through 4/16/2014.
Thanks again to Marpac for being the best in the biz, and good luck to all the giveaway participants!