Spotter Up Review of MTN OPS Slumber
I typically don’t sleep well. It is a culmination of years of abuse on my physical being and traumatic experiences throughout my life. If I’m going to be honest about a product, I have to be completely honest about why I was interested in it right? I was having a conversation with a friend of mine (who happens to be affiliated with MTN OPS) about this very issue and he suggested that I give Slumber from MTN OPS a shot. I told him that I would document my experience with it and see how it worked up against some of the issues associated with post-traumatic stress.
Slumber comes in a 16 oz. bag, which yields (according to the bag) 30 servings and retails at $39.95. The directions instruct the user to mix it with water and consume it 30-60 minutes prior to bed. The instructions state that while the mixture can be consumed cold, it’s best used with hot water. I have found that mixing Slumber with hot water has definitely yielded a more relaxing experience. On that topic, I have mix Slumber the old fashioned way, with a spoon as well as in a blender cup. I have found that neither really changes its consistency or flavor. Slumber blends just fine with a spoon and a little bit of time, dissolving completely into a pleasant tasting elixir.
Slumber comes in one flavor, Sleepy Chai. The chai tea that I have sampled previous to Slumber has always been cold. This being my first exposure to it warm, I find it very flavorful and enjoyable. Following the directions, I noticed that about twenty minutes after consuming it, I began to feel relaxed. This feeling is likely due to the magnesium in Slumber. There is some scientific literature that says that when you take magnesium a neurotransmitter inhibitor within your brain is activated and actually reduces your brain activity. Reduced brain activity = relaxation. I have really enjoyed this feature of Slumber, as it has increased my awareness of what my counselor refers to as “Sleep hygiene”. Essentially, he has recommended that I reduce the amount of mentally stimulating activity I partake in prior to bed. He has also recommended some relaxation techniques and minimization of my blue light exposure. Blue light is believed to prevent deeper sleep cycles by inhibiting the body’s ability to create melatonin. This is another ingredient found within Slumber!
I thought it appropriate to create a new paragraph to talk about my experience with Slumber on the melatonin front. To be one hundred percent honest, the first two nights that I took Slumber were downright terrifying. I have given it a second chance and been more mindful of my sleep hygiene. As a result, my subsequent experiences have been be far more enjoyable and quality sleep producing. The terrifying experience I’m referring to were two nights of nightmares. I’m not talking about the kind where you fall off a building and wake just prior to a swan dive into the concrete; I’m talking about legitimate night terrors. Research into why I experienced Slumber this way points at melatonin as the culprit. Melatonin has a tendency to launch us into our rapid eye movement (REM) sleep cycle far more quickly than when we don’t supplement with it. The REM cycle is the area of our sleep patterns than tends to yield more vivid dreams. The longer you spend in the REM cycle, the more likely you are to experience dreams. If you are prone to crazy dreams as a result of trauma or any other reason, using melatonin boosts your odds of experiencing a crazy dream simply because you spend your time in the REM cycle. I have spoken to several friends who have had experiences very similar to mine through the use of melatonin alone. After becoming more cognizant of my activity prior to bed, I have not experienced what I did the first two times I used Slumber.
One consistent that I have experienced in my use of Slumber from the first time, until last night is enhanced recovery. I have a tendency to go hard in the weight room. That makes for ensuing days of soreness, consistently. The recovery side of Slumber has made for marked improvement in my muscles ability to rebound and far less soreness than I am used to. This is enjoyable but to the foolhardy could make them want to push themselves harder. So it’s important remember that when you take a supplement to aid in your recovery process, just because you are less sore doesn’t mean that you aren’t still working hard in the gym.
What I appreciate most about my experience with MTN OPS Slumber is that it has forced me to pay more attention to my sleep hygiene. It’s caused me to really focus on what I do before bed. I have limited my television viewership to zero before bed. As I go through this process of seeking restful sleep, I dial myself in to examining everything I do and what type of impact certain activities have on my much needed rest periods. I have continued my use of MTN OPS Slumber. The relaxing feeling that it provides as you drift off is extremely enjoyable. I also enjoy that it causes periods of very deep sleep. It’s just important to remember that if you want to have restful sleep, you have to have a holistic approach to rest.
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Let’s rank it!
Effectiveness – Sleep: 4/5
Effectiveness – Recovery: 5/5
I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.
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