If you aren’t familiar with Influenster or haven’t seen my previous reviews of their VoxBoxes, I’ll start out by saying that I’m a huge fan of this company. If you get picked to receive a VoxBox, the products are usually catered to you, (based on the snaps you answer, reviews you post and preliminary VoxBox survey answers) like the curly hair shampoo and conditioner I received a few months ago. It’s a great way to try products for free before you commit to spending the cash on something. I have found products I love through Influenster and also found products that don’t work for me. I’ve even found things that I wouldn’t use but my friends definitely would – like a volumizing spray that really serves no purpose to me considering my hair is already gigantic, but my straight-haired friend loved. Even when you don’t get picked for a box, the website/app is incredibly useful for reading real reviews on products. I’m never afraid the reviews are paid for or done by employees of a company like you can run into on a website like Amazon.
I’m also hopelessly addicted to skin care, makeup and hair products so I obviously love the chance to get free products in the mail that feel like early Christmas gifts. But, my most recent VoxBox experience was a little different. I have to admit, I was surprised when I opened my email and saw that I was receiving a sample of ZzzQuil – the sleep aid from the makers of trusted medicines NyQuil and DayQuil. When I have a cold I turn to their products to help me power through the day and sleep through the night, so why wouldn’t I try their non-habit forming, strictly for sleeping pills (no pain medicine or otherwise sickness-relieving medicine included)?
I recently got a new job and the hours have been a little crazy. I work mornings/afternoons for a couple days, nights for a couple days and sometimes have to do turnarounds like getting home at 11:30 p.m. on Friday and getting to work at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday – entry-level life, am I right? That is a recipe for a weird sleep schedule. As someone who really feels it when I don’t get my eight hours, I have been struggling with the adjustment. So after one 11 o’clock shift I decided to try out ZzzQuil in hopes that I would sleep like a baby and wake up the next day feeling fully rested for the first time in a week or so.
The VoxBox only included one dose (two tiny purple gel caps), so I cannot be 100% certain if the product didn’t work or if it was just a bad night, but here is my honest review anyway. About 20 minutes after taking it, I could feel my whole body getting tired the same way that it happens when you take any other nighttime medicine, like a wave of sleepiness sweeps over you. I was so excited to finally sleep, and then … I tossed and turned for hours. I didn’t fall into a deep sleep the way I do when I take NyQuil or Benydryl and I woke up the next day feeling even more exhausted. In the few nights after taking it, I haven’t slept much better. I don’t think the following nights had anything to do with taking ZzzQuil (at least I’d sure hope not), but I certainly don’t feel refreshed. I think I would definitely benefit from a day off where I can sleep as late as I need to (Thursday, where are you?) to make up for the unusual schedule, and even though I can’t say for sure that ZzzQuil doesn’t work, I don’t think I’ll be purchasing the product to try again.