When you can't sleep at night, you'd do anything for a good night's rest. But given what we know about the dangers of most over the counter sleep aids, it's not always a good idea to rely on chemical-laden drugs to cure insomnia.
With that in mind, we set out to explore choices in natural OTC sleep aids- those that help you sleep without the risk of harmful side effects in sleep aids containing Diphenhydramine and Doxylamine Succinate, the two main ingredients in most drugstore sleep aids.
Somnapure Natural Sleep Aid
One such natural sleep aid is Somnapure. It contains only natural ingredients and claims to be safe to use. We looked at the science behind the claims, the safety, the effectiveness and the pricing/availability and this is what we found…
Ingredients in Somnapure
The first thing we noticed about Somnapure's ingredients was that there are a lot of them. The most important, of course, is melatonin.
That's what does most of the work of getting you to sleep. Produced by a gland in your brain, melatonin is a hormone that regulates your sleep cycle.
When insomnia is caused by interruptions in your nightly sleep cycle, melatonin goes to work on your rhythm: feel sleepy when the sun sets and awake when the sun rises.
That's where most natural sleep aids stop- focusing on getting your natural rhythms back in synch with melatonin. Somnapure also has several other ingredients, three of which are supported by scientific references on Somnapure's website.
These three are:
— L-Theanine. This is where herbal teas get their power to relax you.
— Valerian Exract. Ancient sleep remedy gets you to sleep faster and improves the quality of your sleep.
— Hops Extract. When combined with Valerian, reduces amount of time it takes to fall asleep.
How Safe is Somnapure?
Since the ingredients are all-natural, there are no known negative side effects. All-natural also means it's not habit-forming either. You won't have a sleep aid “hangover” when you wake up!
How Effective is Somnapure?
Here's where the science comes in- Somnapure's website cites actual studies and gives references should you want to see them for yourself. Studies cite the efficacy of valerian, hops, and melatonin, the main ingredients in Somnapure.
Pricing and Availability
It's hard t miss the fact that Somnapure is available in many familiar retail locations. The website makes it very easy to find the product at online stores like drugstore, Amazon, and from the manufacturer's website (Peak Life LLC). You can also find it at brick and mortar stores like Walgreens, CVS and Walmart.
Pricing is decent: $39.99 for 60 tablets, which will get you through a month of taking it every night. It's safe to say that most of us would gladly pay $1.33 a night to sleep well!
We loved the all-natural ingredients, and we loved the unique “formula” which gives added benefits and a better all-around good night's sleep. We did, however, question the necessity of some of the ingredients, especially those not supported by scientific studies on the website. One example would be passion flower, which seemed to be tacked on the list as an afterthought in order to impress.
Back to what we loved: it's available everywhere, the price is reasonable, and the science is there to back up the claims and the safety of Somnapure's 3 main ingredients. Aside from the seemingly erroneous ingredient or two, it's a thumbs up.