If you’re looking for a better sleep support supplement, look no further!
Posted by the Senior Editor at SleepSupportSupplements.com
According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 35% of adults in America aren’t getting enough sleep, and sleeping less than seven hours a night is associated with serious health consequences: obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and frequent mental stress.13
Needless to say, sleep is vital to your overall health and mental health, so any interruptions in your normal sleep schedule should be taken seriously.*
The most common sleep disorder is sleeplessness, which is when you’re unable to fall asleep or remain asleep, and it’s usually the main reason people look for sleep support supplements. Unfortunately, this sleep disorder is extremely common, many American adults experience it at some point in their lives.*
There are a variety of causes, but some of the most common are:
Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: These can be two of the most common causes of chronic sleeplessness. Stress, anger, worry, anxiousness, and negative thoughts can have a dramatic effect on sleep quality.*
Stimulants: Excessive use of caffeine, such as energy drinks and coffee, can be one of the most common causes of intermittent and transient sleeplessness. This is sleeplessness that occurs periodically or only for a few nights at a time.*
Medications: Some medications can interfere with sleep, such as antidepressants, ADHD medication, corticosteroids, thyroid hormone, high blood pressure medication, some contraceptives, pain relievers that contain caffeine, diuretics, and diet pills.*
Allergies and Respiratory Problems: Colds, sinus infections, and upper respiratory problems can make it hard to breathe at night which can cause sleeping difficulties.*
Nocturia: Frequent urination and constantly getting up in the middle of the night to use the restroom can cause sleep disturbances.*
Chronic Pain: A variety of conditions that cause chronic pain can also disrupt sleep, such as: arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel disease, headaches, lower back pain.*
The most common problem people have is falling asleep and staying asleep. For serious sleep disorders, a doctor may advise a prescription drug to be taken nightly.*
Selective Gamma-aminobutyric acid medications: These prescription medications target the GABA receptors in the brain. GABA is the neurotransmitter that reduces alertness and promotes relaxation. 14
Unfortunately, this medication may cause side effects like hallucinations, memory disturbances, and “black-outs” wherein people report sleepwalking, sleep-eating, and even sleep-driving.*
Benzodiazepines: Typically prescribed for anxiety, these prescription drugs activate the GABA receptors in the brain and cause sedation and relaxation. They can be considered extremely addictive with very difficult withdrawal symptoms, and can cause a similar “black-out” effect with users.15
Antihistamines: These over-the-counter antihistamines are a common alternative for people who don’t want to take prescription drugs. The most common side effects of antihistamines are dryness, constipation, upset stomach, and feeling groggy the next day.16
Recently, a COMMON ingredient in sleep aids has been associated with an increased risk of dementia and various forms of MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment).1
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With any condition, there will inevitably be a line of herbal dietary supplements created to help support symptoms and build a path towards remission and health. Judging by the number of customers these companies have year after year, the volume of verified testimonials, and the support some of their ingredients have from the medical community, they must be doing something right.*
These herbal dietary supplements are often used in order to avoid the cost, inconvenience, and side effects of prescription drugs and invasive treatments.* Among so many choices, we have to ask:
We have a passion for herbal health and many of us have suffered from sleeplessness and sleep issues ourselves. That’s why we went out and compared some of the top herbal sleeplessness support supplements to see which ones really worked and which ones we can throw in the garbage.
With years of experience, our research team dove into stacks of medical journals and consumer reports and studied exactly how certain vitamins and herbs can promote relaxation and deep, restful sleep. We narrowed the list to 4 ESSENTIAL ingredients that no effective Sleep Support Supplement would be without:
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This is a ‘no-brianer’ for any sleep formula. Melatonin is the hormone made by your pineal gland that controls your sleep and wake cycles. Light affects melatonin production, and your body will naturally release more melatonin at night, which is why indoor lighting, TVs, and your cell-phone’s brightness can disrupt sleep.17
Melatonin may cause drowsiness, lowers body temperature, and puts the body into sleep mode.*
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This is one of the most vital minerals when it comes to relaxation, sleep, and mental health. A magnesium deficiency can cause anxiety, sleep disorders, irritability, and abnormal heart rhythms. The relaxing, sleep-boosting properties of magnesium are well known. One study shows that magnesium improved subjective measures of sleeplessness, sleep efficiency, sleep time and sleep onset.*
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This amino acid promotes a sense of calm and has many observable anti-anxiety properties, and this happens quickly, usually within 20minutes. By reducing anxiety and stress, theanine helps ‘quiet’ the mind before sleep. Studies note that theanine improved overall sleep quality.2
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Valerian Root: Valerian Root supports the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain, which brings about relaxation and calm. In one study, 44% reported perfect sleep and 89% reported improved sleep with Valerian Root.3
Passionflower: Passionflower is actually listed as a tranquilizing herb in Germany and its calming, sleep inducing effects have been known for a long time. It has a similar effect on anxiousness, too, so in combination with Valerian Root, it’s a perfect way to slip into deep, restful sleep.4,5
Lemon Balm: Lemon Balm is well studied. It encourages deeper and more restful sleep, as shown in a German sleep study. Additionally, it’s an excellent antioxidant for the liver and has mood supporting properties as well.6,7
Hops: It’s not just for beer. Studies show that those who drank non-alcoholic beer with hops actually had improved sleep quality and reduced levels of anxiousness. Hops have a lot in common with Valerian Root as far as its relaxing, calm-promoting effects, which makes the two a perfect combination.8,9
Chamomile: Chamomile is a sleep support supplement as old as time. It’s most commonly consumed in the form of tea, and its health benefits are incredible: it helps with digestive issues, helps with skin irritation, helps soothe a sore throat, and of course, is an excellent sleep support supplement.10
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We gave heavy favoritism to liquid extracts, and it was for good reason. Pills and capsules have to be digested, liquids do not. Liquids are formulated for optimal bioavailability, and their ingredients can get to work fast. Liquids are also portable, require no water, they’re easy to digest, and they’re easy on the stomach.
Furthermore, capsules have to travel through the stomach and liver before their ingredients are even available to the body, while 87% of the liquid extract is absorbed in the first 20-30 seconds.11,12
Strength of Money-Back Policy: A Money-Back Policy shows the manufacturer is so confident in the product that they’re willing to put their money where their mouth is. There’s simply no reason to trust a product that doesn’t offer a money-back policy.
24 Hour Customer Support: A 24-hour customer-support service shows a manufacturer’s commitment to their customers, because 24-hour support isn’t cheap. With any support supplement, you’re likely to have questions, and those questions can arise at any time of the day or night; 24-hour customer service offers a peace-of-mind knowing the answers are only a phone call away.
There are tons and tons of sleep formulas out there, and unfortunately, most seem to be merely copy-cats of other sleep formulas, as if they’re all buying the same product from one pill manufacturer and slapping on a different label and price.
However, some formulas did attempt to separate themselves from their competition. And for us, there was a clear winner:
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