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The Disabled Diva’s Review of Earthley Good Night Lotion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do leg cramps or muscle spasms wake you up in the middle of the night?  *Yep!

Do restless legs prevent you from falling asleep? *Raises hand!

Weather changes like heatwaves or the pressure pushing in storms have always caused my legs to cramp and spasm.  However, prior to using topical CBD lotions and oils, leg cramps and spasms were an every day and night occurrence.

When I saw that Earthley had a lotion to help with restless legs, I just had to try it!!!

Although CBD lotions and topical oils are fantastic for restless legs, cramps, and spasms, they are also expensive!!! My first thought was how great would this be if it worked, because it would give those who couldn’t afford a quality topical CBD product an affordable option.

Wondering if Good Night Lotion from Earthley works?  Keep reading…….

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups. I am not a medical professional and am not issuing medical advice.

Love at first night

OMG!! I was skeptical, as I am with every product that claims to help reduce pain or symptoms from my chronic illnesses. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

As you know, I have a long list of chronic illnesses.  They include, but are not limited to: fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, degenerative disc disease, coccydynia, and abdominal adhesions (result of endometriosis and surgical scarring).  They all have a role in the pain that I experience throughout my body.  Each night, even after I have treated my abdomen all day with PEMF therapy and have vaped my evening dose of cannabis, I still struggle to get my legs, lower back muscles, and abdominal muscles to relax.

On that first night, I rubbed Good Night Lotion on hips, lower back, legs, and feet. At first I felt nothing different, but the label did say to do it 10-15 minutes before going to bed making me think that maybe there is a slight delay in effect.

I was right!! Soon after I crawled under my blankets and arranged my pillows, I felt the areas that I had applied the lotion melt.  Seriously, it felt like they had turned into melted butter.  Of course now the tension in my neck, shoulders, wrists, and abdominal muscles was more noticeable, so I applied the lotion to those areas as well.  I had the best sleep ever!!! And the best part was waking up without my muscles feeling tight or sore.

To put this product to the test, I continued to do the same night after night for an entire week.  I picked an amazing week to do so, as it was a stormy one!!  And guess what? I wasn’t woken up with leg cramps or spasms, nor did my legs feel restless like they would normally during that type of weather.

To further my test of the product, I discontinued use the following week, also a stormy week.  Can you guess what happened?  I experienced horrific spasms.  Seriously, knots so bad that I would wake up crying and screaming.

As you may have guessed, I quickly resumed use of Good Night Lotion.

I want to note that I am not stingy in my use of the product.  I don’t use a smidgen, I use a lot!  However, my body has always been deficient in magnesium which may be why I need more than what is suggested on the packaging.  But so far so good… I haven’t had any unpleasant or unwanted side effects from this product like I have from any other magnesium supplement I have tried in the past.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The best part about this product, aside from it working better than I expected it to, is that even with the amounts that I use each night, it won’t bankrupt me!

It is available in two forms, one with lavender essential oils and unscented.  I am using the lavender one and haven’t had a problem.  And I am someone who has to buy almost everything unscented or for sensitive skin. Both cost the same amount and are available in 4 and 8oz jars.

As you may have noticed in the picture above, Good Night Lotion is on SALE!  Use promo code GOODNIGHTS to save 20% through Friday 2/22/2019 11:59pm PST. Click here to order!

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Magnesium chloride promotes normal sleep cycles to help you stay asleep longer, while lavender promotes a restful sleep. This product is make with 100% clean, mostly organic ingredients, and is always free of parabens, fragrances, common allergens, and is now vegan.

Ingredients:

Good Night Lotion:
apricot oil
organic shea butter
organic mango butter
magnesium chloride flakes
candelilla wax
lavender essential oil

Good Night Lotion Sensitive:
apricot oil
organic mango butter
kokum butter
magnesium chloride flakes
candelilla wax

If you are hesitant to try CBD products or just can’t afford them, this option is just as good, if not better than many CBD topical products available.

Click here to learn more about Good Night Lotion and/or to order a jar today!

 

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Natural and Alternative Sleep Tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you tired of being tired?

I was!

Want to fall asleep faster?

I did!

Does sleeping through the night sound like a fairytale?

There was a time when I believed that chronic pain from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, degenerative disc disease, coccydynia, and abdominal adhesions would never allow me to sleep through the night.

I tried every sleeping pill out there…. Unfortunately, I am one of those freaks who either suffers from the worst possible side effects or experiences the complete opposite effect of pharmaceutical medications.  With that said, you may have guessed that instead of inducing sleepiness, sleeping pills, both prescription and over the counter, kept me wide awake.

My only hope of sleeping was to take high dosages of opioids and valium.  This was a dangerous cocktail as I risked overdosing and those pills were also causing more health issues.

In 2012 I made the decision to stop addressing symptoms with pharmaceutical medications and to start experimenting with natural and alternative methods.  I am so glad that I did, because the results have been phenomenal.

I went from someone who often couldn’t sleep for more than 20 minutes and felt lucky to get 2-4 hours of sleep per night, to sleeping 7-10 hours every night.

And here is how I achieved it:

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups. I am not a medical professional and am not issuing medical advice. 

Cannabis

I began with cannabis, specifically edibles. The reason I chose edibles in the beginning is that the pain relieving effect lasts longer than when I smoke or vape marijuana.  Edibles provided the all-night relief my body desperately needed.

PEMF Therapy

There are reports of how PEMF therapy can help with sleep disorders.  Click here to read some.  Whether it can or not, I don’t know… What I do know is this, PEMF therapy significantly reduces the pain and inflammation I experience from my chronic illnesses.  Less pain makes it easier to fall and stay asleep.  Click here to discover all the ways that PEMF therapy has improved my chronic life and then visit Oska Wellness to find out why it was able to help me.  (Shhh don’t tell anyone, okay, who am I kidding, please shout it from the rooftops, that everyone can save $55 with my discount code DIVA.)

CBD

CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid.  It provides muscle relaxation, calms anxiety, helps with depression, and provides pain relief.  And for those who don’t like the high that accompanies cannabis, CBD is the perfect alternative.  It provides much of the same relief without the high.

What form I use varies night to night.  Depending on how tightly wound my muscles are I may vape it or when I need a stronger dosage I will place 25-30mgs of a CBD isolate under my tongue.  Sometimes I unwind by putting the isolate into a cup of hot chocolate or tea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Night Lotion

Each night as I am getting ready for bed (10-15 minutes before) I rub my legs, feet, belly, shoulders, and neck with Earthley’s Good Night Lotion.  It is a magnesium body lotion that promotes restful sleep, helps with leg cramps, occasional headaches, and constipation.  With all the storms that southern California has been hit with recently, I began having nightly leg cramps.  Eating a banana a day wasn’t cutting it, so I tried this lotion.

I have been using it nightly for the past two weeks and although the weather has yet to stabilize, I am no longer suffering from leg cramps.  Because of the turmoil that abdominal adhesions are causing within my belly, I have been experiencing horrendous muscle spasms throughout the area.  That is until I began rubbing my belly with this lotion.  Click here to learn more about it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow the leader

If you are like me and do not work outside your home or don’t have to follow a rigid schedule, listen to your body.  When there is a shift in seasons or a major weather upset, my sleep pattern gets thrown for a loop.  This often results in my living like a vampire for a week or two.  In the past I have tried fighting it, but that only induced a higher level of fatigue.  By giving in and allowing my body to sleep when it wants my body and mind get the 7-10 hours they need to function.  Eventually, my body gets back on track and I return to a normal schedule.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journal

Have problems letting go of the day’s events?  Try journaling.  Release your thoughts by putting them down on paper.  Journaling isn’t just therapeutic, it can also shed light to ways you can improve your life when you reflect on your entries.

What helps you fall and stay asleep?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How much do you know about CBD?

I am sure by now you have heard of CBD.  You may have heard how it has helped someone with their chronic pain, nausea, depression, anxiety, seizures, etc., but nothing from your doctors.  Your doctor may have never mentioned it or dismissed it when you asked about it. I and others who have benefitted from medicating with CBD, could talk until we were blue in the face about CBD and how it helped us and  you would still have unanswered questions.  So where does one turn to get those questions answered?

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Thankfully my good friends at Green Flower Media have put together a guide to CBD.  Click here to learn more about CBD and its amazing health benefits.  Since not everyone has access to a medical marijuana dispensary where high quality CBD is usually sold, I am sharing my top three favorite CBD products that can be purchased online.

Bio CBD+

Bio CBD+ is one of my favorite CBD companies for several reasons.  The first is that their products work!! The second is that because they are so strong, stronger than other CBD products available online, a little goes a long way. I share more reasons in my product reviews.

Click here to read my reviews of their topical oil, capsules, and vape and find out all of the reasons I love this CBD company!

Click here to visit Bio CBD+

Triniti CBD

Triniti CBD addresses an issue many have with CBD oils; the taste!!! Not everyone likes the taste of CBD oils, to be honest I couldn’t stand the taste when I began using them.  Over time I got used to it, but not everyone does.  For those who really want to utilize CBD for its amazing health benefits, but just can’t put one more awful tasting drop into their mouths, Triniti offers flavors!!

Click here to read my review.

Click here to visit Triniti CBD

NuLeaf

Most CBD manufactures only offer their tinctures in one size.  Not NuLeaf!  They offer theirs in various sizes to fit your budget and needs.  I am in the process of writing a review for this awesome company and will insert it when it is done.  For now I will say this, it works wonderfully for anxiety and depression.  Same goes for their pet version! My anxious Chihuahua was calm and relaxed the last time my neighbors decided to set off fireworks!

Click here to visit NuLeaf

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Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life

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Make Pain Your Bitch

Has your chronic illness stolen the life you had? 

Have you put your dreams on hold?

Does having to spend days, weeks, or months recovering from an outing make you feel like a prisoner in your own home/body?

Are you ready to make pain your bitch?

What are you waiting for?

In my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life  I share the areas of my life that I needed to take ownership over and the changes that had to be made.  My book won’t cure you, but it will help you recognize what changes you need to make. Throughout the book I prompt you to examine your life, then I challenge you to make changes.

I haven’t been healed. Fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, and endometriosis are NOT curable.  However, my daily pain continues to decrease, as does how often I flare, and the severity of my flares.  I have gone from leaving the house once or twice a month in a wheelchair and having to ride lying down in the back seat, because of pain that was so intense I couldn’t sit, stand, or walk for more than 5 minutes without wanting to pass out from it to living the life I live now.  What is that life?  I no longer need a wheelchair! I still use a walker for all day outings, but how often I need to use it continues to decrease.  I can drive myself anywhere I want!! I am no longer a prisoner of pain!! These improvements were unexpected.  They also weren’t necessary for me to begin living passionately and purposefully as I began thriving long before I regained my physical independence and you can too!

Chronic illnesses are not death sentences.  There is hope and it is possible to live a fulfilling and pleasurable life with less pain.  I began winning my battle with chronic pain six years ago and continue to improve. With that said, all of my physical improvements could disappear tomorrow and I would still love my life.  Why? Because I have learned to live passionately and purposefully no matter what my body throws at me.  I have learned to work with my diseases, instead of constantly battling them.

Do you want to dominate your chronic life?

Click here to download your copy today!

Share this post with your friends and family so we can all live purposefully and passionately despite our chronic pain!

 

How My Chronic Illness Turned Me into a Vampire

How My Chronic Illness Turned Me into a Vampire

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I used to think that I suffered from insomnia. However, insomnia or painsomnia, as many of us who suffer from chronic pain like to refer to it wasn’t to blame. Insomnia is not being able to sleep. Painsomnia is when pain prevents someone from sleeping. After an experiment I discovered that neither were really my problem.

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Five years ago I discovered that my body had its own opinion in regards to when sleeping was possible. Weather changes, mainly pressure from storm fronts or heatwaves are mostly to blame for my nights and days getting mixed up. I used to fight them by medicating heavier than I typically did, but that only made me feel worse when I woke up. Or I would just lie wide awake in bed all night long waiting to fall asleep. When I would finally fall asleep I didn’t make adjustments to get the hours I needed, instead I would force myself to wake up when I had planned. Since that wasn’t working I decided to start listening to my body and to give it what it wanted.

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I didn’t work outside of my home. There was no reason for me to be awake during certain hours of the day except for my wanting to keep a “normal” schedule. But it was that “normal” schedule that causing my exhaustion. Without an excuse I decided to begin an experiment. Instead of fighting my body I chose to work with it. This meant not forcing my body to go to bed or wake up before it was ready. It also meant accepting that there would be times when my “night’s” sleep would actually occur during the day.
When I began following its lead my body rewarded me with 6-10 hours of sleep at a time. During the hours that I was awake my brain wasn’t foggy nor did I feel sluggish. Once I accepted my natural sleep cycle I learned how to make the most of it. Instead of lying in bed waiting to fall asleep or trying to numb myself to sleep with medication I use those hours the same as I would if I were awake during the day. I use that time to cook for my family so they will have something to eat while I am sleeping the next day. I also use that time to work and catch up on household chores.

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Going to bed when the sun rises and waking up before sunset isn’t my first choice, but I’d rather live like a vampire several times a year than live everyday like a zombie. Thankfully the current heatwave in southern California is nearing an end and my sleep schedule will soon revert back to its regular pattern. But until then I will continue to soak up moon beams and be thankful that I can sleep, even if the hours aren’t ideal.

Do you suffer from insomnia or painsomnia?  Or could it be that you just haven’t discovered your sleep pattern?  To be clear I am not discounting or saying that insomnia and painsomnia isn’t real, because they are.  They just weren’t my problem.  For me it was truly an issue of not working with or around my illnesses.

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No matter when I sleep, Oska Pulse helps me achieve the restorative level of sleep needed to function.  Click here to visit Oska Wellness and use promo code DIVA to save $55 if you choose to give it a try.  Join Facebook group The Disabled Diva’s Alternative Chronic Pain Fighting Forum to learn more about this drug-free pain relief device and other alternative ways to combat pain from your chronic illness!

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Painsomnia, like insomnia but worse

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all know what insomnia is, but what is painsomnia? Painsomnia is when your pain(s) keep you from falling asleep or from reaching a restorative sleep level.  With normal insomnia I would just get up and make good use of the time that should have been spent sleeping.  Unfortunately that isn’t an option with painsomnia. With painsomnia I am in too much pain to get out of bed and do anything.

Long ago when this first started I would fill what should have been my sleeping hours with activities that didn’t require physical strength and that would distract my brain from the pain that I was experiencing.  I would binge watch TV series, do crossword and wordsearch puzzles, and spend time on social media.  Over time my sleepless nights increased.  During this time I was medicating with pharmaceutical medications and was lucky to get four hours of sleep on a good night.  Since ditching the pills and switching to MMJ (medical marijuana), I now receive a good eight hours of sleep most every night.  I still suffer from a few painsomnia nights, especially if I hadn’t medicated heavy enough on a severe pain day.  While still annoyed, I am beyond thankful that I no longer spend night after night soaking my pillow with tears.

Weather plays a huge role in my painsomnia.  If our lows are above 65 degrees I am most likely not going to catch some zzzzzz’s.  Warm nights cause an increase of nerve, muscle, and joint pain.  I feel like I am being electrocuted and my muscles spasm terribly. I struggle to sleep on those nights no matter how heavy I medicate.  Thankfully I don’t have to suffer through too many of these types of evenings where I live as I only experience a handful of nights where the temp doesn’t drop below 65.  I don’t know how I survived all the years that I lived in Arizona where summer nights never go under 70 degrees, it’s no wonder I was so miserable while living there.

The most frustrating part of painsomnia is that I while I am totally exhausted, I am also in too much pain to do anything productive.  Forget trying to write or draw during those hours as my hands usually hurt too much and my brain acts like it is shorting out.

How do you get through your pain induced sleepless nights?

Update: December 28, 2018: I haven’t suffered from painsomnia since spring of 2017 after I added PEMF therapy to my daily pain management plan.  Click here to learn more.

 

 

 

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