Edit: This is so long. I’m not sorry, though. Read it if you’d like to know my story with sleep and how Progenex’s Cocoon changed my life. If not, the take-home message is this: Give Cocoon a try. For me, it’s tasty, makes me sleep, and I wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and like a morning-person. Maybe it’ll do the same for you!
For as long as I can remember I’ve had a very complicated relationship with sleep. If I wasn’t sleeping for 13+ hours, I felt exhausted. I went to private school up through the end of 8th grade, which allowed me to sleep until 8 every day, since school didn’t start until 9. When I started high school and had to wake up at 6am, my world started crumbling around me. Every morning I would wake up and throw up within an hour of being out of bed. No doctors could figure out what the hell was wrong with me. The only thing that would keep it from happening was when I could sleep until 9 or 10am. We finally gave up trying to figure out what it was, and decided that it was my body going into shock from lack of sleep. I threw up every single day of my freshman year of college. Sometimes it happened at home before leaving for school, sometimes it was out the car door on my way there, and sometimes it was in the parking lot or bathroom once I got to school. When I got my own car, more often than not I’d skip my first class and drive to the Whole Foods’ parking lot and sleep in the back of my Ford Explorer for an extra two hours. I missed a LOT of school, but somehow managed to graduate with a pretty good GPA. Woo, public school system.
Fast forward to college. I finally learned to manage my sleep schedule and get enough sleep during the week, but on the weekends I’d sleep until 2pm. Waking at noon was early for me. Even so, getting out of bed literally made me feel like I was dying. I’d cry every morning before my 8am classes because I felt so horrible. My body ached, my head hurt, and the idea of having to sit through a lecture was worse than anything else in the world. But I did it. Thankfully, this university had a very strict absence policy, where if you missed more than 4 classes (more than 15 minutes late also qualified as an absence), you failed the class. I didn’t want to waste my parents’ money, so I made it work.
Needless to say, I’ve never been a morning person. I don’t know what it feels like to get up and feel ready to start the day. I don’t know what it feels like to wake up before an alarm, or to be excited to make breakfast and have a leisurely morning getting ready to leave the house for the day. Or not snoozing alarms. Or not setting alarms for when I SHOULD get up, and back up/real alarms for the absolute latest that I CAN get up without being late to wherever I need to go.
That all changed about a month ago.
Everyone in CrossFit has at least heard the name Progenex. I’d venture to say that the majority of people who CrossFit have even tried it at some point. We’ve all watched the competitors at Regionals and the Games sport Progenex tshirts and blender bottles, and heard the announcers boom out about Progenex being a main sponsor for suchandsuch CrossFit event. I have my tried and true protein powder that I love, because it’s raw, vegan, and gluten free, and it’s never given me any dietary distress. I have two servings after working out, sometimes a third if I can’t get a good heap of more natural protein right away. Because of this, I’ve never tried any of Progenex’s supplements. My dairy allergy acts in weird ways. Some days it’s much worse than others, so I mostly avoid it. Well, that is until I read Progenex’s announcements for their new supplement, Cocoon.
As with most dietary supplements with bold, boasting claims, I was skeptical. I watched different athletes, Christmas Abbott and Ben Smith (two of my favs) included, start posting on social media about how it makes you sleep like a baby. I laughed at Progenex’s promotional instagram video, which shows how to make it, and features a dog’s paws reaching for the mug at the end. I went to their website, and the page for Cocoon, and continued to read through the “science” behind the supplement. And there actually is science behind it! Real science! Here you can see that they link to many different published articles in different scientific journals and on the NIH website. They backup their claims with real scientific findings….which is so amazing. Whether it is all completely scientifically sound, I’m not 100% sure, but the fact that they took the time to include all of this information, awesome. That wins me over to at least give it a try.
So with that, I decided to take a leap of faith and order a bag. It came, and that night I made my first mug. The directions are to mix it up cold and then warm it up. I’ve found that the sequence of water, powder, mix, and then microwave works best for me. My first thoughts on taste-a little weird. Kind of like bitter, dark-chocolate milk, warmed up. The taste has absolutely grown on me, and I find myself craving it as I’m winding down at night. It definitely gets better the more you have it, and it also tastes MUCH better warmed up. Trust me. Don’t even try it cold. Yick.
So then I drank the mug of it. Within 15 minutes I started getting these weird tingles throughout my arms and stomach, which seemed to resonate from the center of my torso. Now, I don’t know if everyone gets this, as I haven’t been in contact with anyone else, but it’s almost like excitement butterflies, but without the mental excitement aspect. It’s very strange. I also started to feel a little silly. This has decreased over the last month of use, but I still get the tingles every night.
I laid down. I put my head on the pillow, plugged in my phone on my nightstand, and set my alarms for the morning. The usual routine, except then I lay there for a few hours, checking the time periodically, and laughing at Tyler’s sleep-talking. He always falls asleep instantly and before me. Always has, and I thought he always would. I was in the middle of the thought “I wonder how long it’ll take me until I fall asleep,” and next thing I knew, I was waking up to my alarm. Holy. Shit. I then realized how awake I was. It was 8:30am, and I was ready to start my day. I was ready for CrossFit at 930, and I was ready to go crush what the day had waiting for me. Holy. Shit. There hasn’t been a day in my life that I can remember feeling like that. I felt energized and recovered from sleeping. What!!??! What even is that?! Is that real life?!?!?!?
Fast-forward to now. A month later. 30 days of taking the supplement for 30 nights in a row. My energy has increased. Morning workouts feel like the best time to workout. I am excited to face the day when I wake up. I hop right out of bed, and don’t feel groggy or like I’m absolutely no-questions-asked going to die if I get up right then. I feel freaking awesome. It’s incredible. I cannot emphasize how horrible my sleep issues were before this, and how much of a complete 180 degrees change it has made in my life. I get emotional talking about it! It’s amazing to feel like a morning person, for the first time in my life, at age 25.
Bottom line, Progenex‘s Cocoon changed my freaking life. I will unashamedly pay them $70 a month to sleep for the rest of my life. Thinking back to all of the medications and herbal “solutions” I’ve been through, and all of the doctors appointments, and all of the heartache/headache/bodyache this has caused me, I will absolutely positively 100% continue to take this supplement. Especially because I ran out a few days ago and haven’t been able to sleep since. I will also, from now on, pay more attention to how much I have left, and always order ahead (since it’s backordered now. Tears.).
Anyway, I hope anyone who is on the fence about this supplement gives it a go. If you try it and don’t like it, I’ll buy it off of you. Seriously! It is the best thing to ever happen to my sleeping life, and I can’t and won’t stop spreading good things about it. You should try it, because it just might change your life too.
BEFORE YOU COMMENT/BITCH/SHARE:
These are just my findings. They do not reflect everyone’s findings. A lot of people have said that it’s a rip-off. A lot of people have said that it does nothing for them. A lot of people have posted about other supplements that they’ve taken that work better for them/are cheaper/are more scientifically sound. BUT THAT IS THEM. This is me. I have tried so many things, and this is one of the first things that has worked for me in such a favorable way. Sure, the muscle relaxers I was prescribed worked, but I woke up feeling like I had slept like a deadman for 10 years and was just awaking for the first time in a complete hazy mental fog and sore as shit. Sure, the Ambien worked, but I also would sleep-eat, sleep-walk, and do generally really really weird things in the middle of the night. Sure, a nightcap of whiskey works, but then I’m also an alcoholic/ingesting sugars and unnecessary calories/not consuming anything worth a damn for my body I work hard to keep. And those are just three of the multitude of things that I have tried. I’ve seen doctors. I’ve been to specialists. So far, this is the only thing that has worked for ME, and I’m sticking to it, no matter the consequence, because I can sleep, and wake up, and feel like a normal functioning member of society before 9am, which is an entirely new feeling for me.
Also also, this write-up is all me. I wasn’t asked to write this, I wasn’t put up to this, I wasn’t coerced to toot their horn, I wasn’t supplied with an incentive. I just feel so passionately about it, and wanted to make it known to the world. Thanks for an awesome supplement, Progenex! I love you!