We don’t believe that the research published by Relaxium is legitimate and we don’t recommend the brand. However the supplement is still better-formulated than many supplements we’ve previously reviewed. If it’s accurately labeled, it is likely to aid with sleep, given that all of the ingredients included have been studied and shown to positively influence sleep.
We recommend testing melatonin alone as a first-line sleep aid, as this is the most cost-effective and safe option. For consumers that don’t see a benefit from melatonin, we recommend sleep supplements only from brands which publish independent testing proving the potency and purity of their products. Relaxium doesn’t do that, so we cannot recommend them.
Not all sleep medications are the same. Here’s how to find one that works for you.
Researchers are drawing attention to a rise in poisonings in children involving the sleep aid melatonin — including a big jump during the pandemic.
A review of studies on the treatment of chronic insomnia finds that cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective alternative to drug interventions.
In today’s “always on,” high-stress world, it has become commonplace to turn to over-the-counter sleep aids for a little help with drifting off into dreamland at night. However, that habit, if made a consistent one, could lead to potentially serious damage when it comes to ones mental health.
Teens don't get enough sleep and one in four cope by medicating. Less than three percent of teens get the recommended 8 or 9 hours of sleep a day, according to a recent Pediatrics study. So, robbed of slumber, a quarter of them seek relief in herbal, over-the-counter pills and prescriptions.
The benefits of slumber aren’t up for debate; science has proven that the amount of sleep we get impacts practically every aspect of the mind and body. According to the National Institute of Health, sleep plays a vital role in improving one’s memory, preventing and fighting cancer, as well as repairing heart and blood vessels. The consequences of not getting adequate sleep can be severe and in some instances, deadly.
Most over-the-counter drugs don't work, but I found one that does.
There are not strict guidelines surrounding the use of the word “natural” for supplements, and many natural supplements, such as melatonin4, tend to be synthetically derived.
Many customers prefer natural sleep supplements because they tend to have fewer side effects5 than prescription sleep medications. They also appeal to people who prefer natural products, or are concerned about the addictive potential6 of prescription sleep aids.
For me, and many patients, C.B.T. works. And as studies show, it works better than drugs. That moment with my children, a couple of years ago, was the last time I fell asleep reading to them.
These days there is a wide variety of OTC medications filling pharmacy shelves that are advertised as sleep aids for those struggling to drift off at the end of a long and stressful day. However, the active ingredient in many of these drugs is one that will be familiar to people with allergies: antihistamines. The only difference is often marketing, according to sleep medicine experts.
Simply put, sleep has never been so marketable, and while we'd say a new mattress is probably your best bet for a sound night's rest, if you're not ready to make the investment, the world of sleep supplements is also booming.
Sleep problems are the uninvited companion of the aging, and a growing number of Baby Boomers and older adults are trading their over-the-counter sleep aids for cannabis.
These days, countless sleep supplements promise to make it easier to catch some shut-eye (and all the benefits that come along with it)—but which ones actually work?