How We Rate
We Evaluate Products Basted on the Following Criteria:
- Sleep Support
- Strength of Money-Back Guarantee
- Customer Service
“Are There Any NATURAL Sleep Remedies that Actually Work?”
With any condition, there will inevitably be a line of natural remedies created to help alleviate 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 natural remedies 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:
“How Do You Separate The Good Products From The Junk?”
We have a passion for natural health and many of us have suffered from insomnia and sleep issues ourselves. That’s why we went out and compared some of the top natural neuropathy remedies to see which ones really worked and which ones we can throw in the garbage.
Here’s What We Looked for in a Product:
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 remedy would be without:
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.
Melatonin causes drowsiness, lowers body temperature, and puts the body into sleep mode.
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 insomnia, sleep efficiency, sleep time and sleep onset.
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
5 Essential Herbs
Valerian Root: Valerian Root helps increase the amount of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain, which brings about relaxation and calm. Drugs like Xanax and Valium increase GABA synthetically, but Valerian is all natural and safe. 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. Several studies show it’s an effective remedy against anxiety.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, a brain booster that helps improve memory, and mood booster 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 anxiety. 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 remedy as old as time. It’s most commonly consumed in the form of tea, and its health benefits are incredible: it’s an anti-inflammatory, helps with digestive issues, helps with skin irritation, helps get rid of sore throat, and of course, is an excellent sleep remedy.10
Liquid Delivery Method
We gave a heavy favoritism to liquid extracts, and it wasn’t for no good reason. Studies show the body uses 98% of the liquid extract compared to only about 39-53% of a capsule or tablet, meaning the remainder of those ingredients and the money spent on them are just flushed down the toilet.
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
What We Looked For In A Brand:
Strength of Money-Back Guarantee: A money-back guarantee 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-guarantee.
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 remedy, 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.
What We Discovered:
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: