It is a well-known fact that life nowadays is not what it used to be. With the working hours being longer than ever and so many other things to do, sometimes it seems to us that there aren’t enough hours in a day. These stressful circumstances affect every aspect of our lives, and the first thing to suffer is our sleep.
If you, too, suffer from this ‘modern man syndrome,’ we suggest you try out some of these options to get your sleep (and with it your body) back on track.
|Editor’s Choice||Best Chewables||Best Natural Relaxant||Best Drink||Best for Children|
|Product||Cortisol Manager — Integrative Therapeutics||Olly Restful Sleep Gummy Supplement||Dee Cee Labs Formula 303||Natural Vitality Natural Calm Calmful Sleep||Zarbee’s naturals children’s sleep|
|Efficiency (based on reviews)||high||mixed reviews|
(moderate to no effect)
|very high||very high||high|
|Possible side effects||migraines, increased heart rate, chest tightness, shortness of breath, night sweats, morning ‘’fog’’; nausea and dizziness with vitamin B sensitivity||none||product build-up that causes a mellow state||none||fatigue and drugged like state; melatonin usage side effects|
Cortisol Manager — Integrative Therapeutics
Cortisol is, as we well know, a hormone that increases in response to stress. This product was made for cortisol management and has left many consumers very satisfied. It is usually prescribed for people who have to deal with stress daily. When used correctly, it has a positive effect on both our sleep quality and general state of mind.
When it comes to sleeping, it’s important to say that the product doesn’t sedate. That means that it doesn’t put us to sleep, but rather tones down all the racing thoughts and apprehension that usually prevent us from falling asleep. In the morning, we feel relaxed and well-rested, rather than tired and even more exhausted.
It has also proven highly effective in fighting anxiety. Since it lowers our cortisol level, we feel calmer, more focused, and ready to deal with stress.
Additionally, it improved and in some cases wholly removed the PMDD symptoms, mainly dysphoria and stress-induced skin conditions.
It’s important to say that it doesn’t cause addiction.
But, like all the supplements, it can have adverse effects as well. Most common ones are migraines, increased heart rate, chest tightness, shortness of breath, night sweats and morning ‘fog.’ But since all bodies are different, such effects could be the consequence of taking a more massive dose. Besides this, people with vitamin B sensitivity should take the supplement after their meals, because it can cause nausea and dizziness.
Olly Restful Sleep Gummy Supplement
This supplement comes in a convenient form of fruity flavored gummies. They’re the perfect solution for occasional sleeping difficulties (for example, long trips or insomnia caused by jet lag).
Among the ingredients are melatonin, L-theanine, chamomile, lemon balm, and passionflower, all well known for their calming effects. L-theanine is an amino acid from the tea leaf, often used for treating anxiety without causing drowsiness. Chamomile is traditionally used for relaxation, while passionflower prevents seizures, irregular heartbeat, and muscle spasms. Finally, lemon balm can treat restlessness, as well as ADHD and high blood pressure.
Primarily, they should boost our sleep hormone and calmness, and help support our regular sleeping schedule. When taken in the recommended dose, sleeping gummies usually start working after 30 minutes. They offer consistent, peaceful sleep without later grogginess.
Because of the low dose of melatonin, sleeping gummies can’t treat insomnia or any other anxiety-related severe condition.
It might be essential to know that the Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated this supplement. And while the blend of melatonin and L-theanine has no adverse effects, we should only take the recommended amount of 1–2 gummies before sleep.
This product has mixed reviews. Some consumers found it very helpful, while others didn’t feel any effects of it at all. In theory, those who find it useful could build up a tolerance to the supplement with continuous use.
Best Natural Relaxant
Dee Cee Labs Formula 303 Maximum Strength
This product is a winner in the natural relaxant category. Its main ingredient is valerian, a plant traditionally known for its calming effects.Aside from that, the plant has a distinct smell that is present even in this formula, which some users might find unpleasant.
Chiropractors and other alternative medicine practitioners usually recommend these tablets as a muscle relaxer. Whether our problems lie in our age, work or sports injuries, this formula should be able to help. Unlike some prescription meds that have contraindications for older people, this formula is safe to use.
The product’s main target are spasms, tightness, stiffness, pain and other problems with the muscular system. Aside from being a solution to a problem, it can be a preventive measure as well. These tablets are also useful in neutralizing intense sciatic pain and fibromyalgia.
Besides all this, since it is a relaxer, it can also treat anxiety and sleeping issues. Just like some other products on the list, it puts us in a relaxing state needed for achieving quality sleep.
When it comes to the (potential) negative sides, this natural supplement doesn’t have many. One thing that could be considered harmful is that the treatment asks for a lot of tablets. The recommendation says to take 2 of them every two-three hours. We should be careful: after a while, it tends to build up and keep us in a mellow state. So, to function normally, we should adjust the number of tablets to our needs.
Best Relaxing Nutrient Drink
Natural Vitality Natural Calm Calmful Sleep
Natural Vitality’s Natural Calm is yet another product in the ‘’natural’’ labeled department. It comes in powder form and makes anexcellentwildberry flavor drink.
The purpose of this product is to put our minds and bodies in restorative mode through relaxed, natural sleep, that has been damaged by our stressful lifestyle. That should have positive effects on our mental and physical functions, immune system and with them our overall well-being.
The list of ingredients says the product contains magnesium in two forms: magnesium citrate and magnesium glycinate, as well as GABA, Suntheanine L-theanine, and melatonin.
While magnesium glycinate’s role is to help our body naturally produce more melatonin, GABA (an inhibitory neurotransmitter) has proven relaxing powers. L-theanine is excellent for reducing anxiety and blocking the worry sensor in our brain. The amount of melatonin in the product isn’t very high — 5mg, which is considered a therapeutic dose. All these ingredients combined make a highly concentrated cocktail that will put us to sleep in no time.
Because it can put a person in adeep sleep, we advise using it in moderation, as well as speaking to a doctor beforehand. Additionally, it shouldn’t be used with anti-depressants and other medication, since it can interfere with some of their ingredients.
Since research claims that over-the-counter synthetic sleeping medications are harmful and create a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, this product might be one of the best natural alternatives.
Best for Children
As the title suggests, this gummy supplement is for children.
Some parents go through a lot with their overly active children, especially during the night. Whether the child doesn’t want to go to sleep, can’t sleep, or has an irregular sleeping cycle, some pediatricians recommend this product as a quick and efficient solution. Besides that, it can be helpful during the time of transition from crib to bed when some children tend to be fussy.
The recommended dosage is two gummies 30 minutes before bedtime. However, we should be cautious about it, since it might be too much for the child depending on its age. Some consumers found that their toddlers easily fall asleep even with ½ or even ¼ of a gummy. It should be said, though, that it is an aid that helps the child fall asleep, but not keep it asleep throughout the night.
This product is quite efficient in normalizing the child’s sleeping cycle. When given at the same time during several nights, the child should start falling asleep quickly without it. There are no adverse side effects in the form of morning grogginess or grouchiness.
There is one problem, though: melatonin. In 2015, researchers from the Australian University of Adelaide warned the medical public about the negative side effects melatonin can have on children. They say that the supplement can cause changes in their psychological, cardiovascular, immune, reproductive and metabolic systems. Since there haven’t been many thorough, rigorous studies about the effects of melatonin on children and adolescents, using this type of product should be a personal decision.
Besides that, some consumers have reported that the supplement made their children very tired and relaxed as if drugged, which makes people wonder whether there’s an ingredient in it that isn’t advertised.