25-Year-Old Mother of Four
I have chronically struggled with exhaustion and fatigue since reaching puberty at about age 13. I remember day after day after day in my teens, opening my eyes in the morning and feeling a wave of exhaustion, unready to start the day by even getting out of bed.
Yes, like most teens I did frequently stay up late. But even in periods when I did sleep well, still this exhaustion dogged me.
Even after marriage, I still struggled with fatigue. My husband would get up early in the morning and I felt like I physically could not handle getting up at the same time. I needed more sleep to even function on a minimal level. In the early months of my first pregnancy I was sleeping probably 14-15 hours a day. And still I felt wiped out.
It was majorly discouraging, going to bed exhausted, and waking up only marginally less exhausted. I dragged through every day. If I did anything “big”, like grocery shopping, or scrubbing the kitchen floor, it would take a day or more of taking it easy and extra rest and sleep to recover my energy. I would feel physically drained, a bone deep weariness that I could not shake. These symptoms only worsened when pregnant, to the point that getting food on the table and laundry done each day were major hurdles.
My sleep, and energy levels, began improving a month or so after I began taking MePA. Although pregnant, I had enough energy to take it upon myself to do our family’s biweekly grocery shopping (alone with kids in tow), and amazingly I did not have to rest the entire next day just to recover my energy. I slept more deeply than I had prior to supplementation, and although tired, I could function on a half hour nap a day instead of the normal hour+ I would historically have to have to survive.
Shortly after I began taking MePiA (in addition to MePA), I noticed that I felt able to get out of bed easily in the morning. Gone was the historical 10-60 minute long struggle to talk myself into getting up and starting into my day. When I woke up, I felt renewed, and refreshed, instead of feeling like I ran marathons all night long. My husband can corroborate that I have never been a morning person, but suddenly I was up before him, making him coffee and enjoying some quiet before the family awoke! And loving it! One morning I rose early and thought for the first time in over ten years that, “maybe I am a morning person after all”. I would wake up as early as 4 in the morning and feel ready to start my day!
The initial energetic exuberance has faded, and yes I still feel tired at times. Especially when my sleep is disturbed by small children several nights in a row, I desire a nap and look forward to bedtime. But my current state is light-years ahead of where I was just a couple years ago. I generally wake up feeling rested. I wake up feeling like my sleep has accomplished something, that it actually rejuvenated and replenished my energy instead of being the historical fruitless waste of time it seemed to be. I wake up generally able to get up right away in the morning, generally able to jump into my day’s activities, and work hard all day…and then do it again the next morning. I generally have enough energy left at the end of the day to wash the dishes instead of sighing and leaving them til the next morning. I generally am not completely wiped out by even major tasks, and feel much more able to handle big organizing and cleaning jobs that previously would have been much more formidable.
For example, recently one day after our family’s once a month big grocery shopping trip in the morning, I set out to entirely reorganize and clean my kitchen in the afternoon. After beginning the project I thought, “here we go, I am going to get 1/3 of the way through and have to give up and not do anything else but lie down the rest of the day”…because that would be typical of me. But I was surprised that I was able to completely finish with the kitchen, and then tidy the entire rest of the house before continuing on with the normal routine. Yes I was tired afterward…but a day that busy would literally not have been possible for me a year or two ago.
So, to sum up…the vitamins haven’t been a total sleep/energy miracle cure for me. I have experienced a phase or two of an overabundance of energy. I have also experienced a phase or two of feeling like I needed to sleep more than normal. I still get tired. I still sleep poorly at times. Energy and sleep are very complicated and affected by many factors. But overall, compared to my historical chronic state before supplementation with the anti-aging vitamins, I have seen dramatic, encouraging improvement in my ability to function in day to day life. Words don’t do justice to the difference it has made to my personal life experience; life is so much more enjoyable when it doesn’t take everything I have to do just the small things.