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The product is Olly Nutrition Restful Sleep Gummy Supplements ($15).
I discovered it through another editor who had gotten press samples sent to the office. Her mother had really loved them, and she offered them to me when I was complaining of insomnia. The brand makes a lot of options, with various ingredients for different ailments, but this is without a doubt my favorite.
I use it every night. I wash my face meticulously, chew up two of the gummies, and get into bed, and only minutes after my head hits the pillow, I'm out like a light—all night long. I wake up feeling rested, barely groggy, and ready to take on the day. And it's not like I'm a morning person. This is a revelation.
It smells like grape-flavored fruit snacks.
Chamomile is a flowering herb that is a member of the Asteraceae family. It helps relieve anxiety, muscle spasms, and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
It changed my life because I've gone through somewhat of a transformation over the last few months—opting to make my health a priority for the first time ever. As such, I've been really doubling down on getting consistent, restful sleep. Previously, I'd watch television until all hours of the night for no reason at all, winding up with only a handful of hours in my bed before having to pull myself up and back to work. It was really taking a toll on my productivity, my body, and, ultimately, my health. I resolved to try to get into bed each night at 10 p.m., so long as I didn't have actual plans, and get to sleep by 10:30 p.m. The thing was, I would get into bed on schedule and wouldn't be able to fall asleep for hours. I'd toss and turn in my bed, unable to quiet my mind or find a deep sleep. After trying these gummies, that has all fallen to the wayside.
They're a blend of melatonin, L-theanine, and botanicals like chamomile and lemon balm, which are meant to help boost your natural sleep hormone, encourage a calm feeling, and support a healthy sleep cycle. I take them about 30 minutes before I want to be asleep, and they work. Every single time. For the last two months, I have gotten to bed on time and slept, hard, all through the night.
I would give it to anyone who has trouble sleeping but doesn't want to get into prescription medication.
You should buy it if you have trouble falling asleep because of anxiety or a mind that often races. It isn't a hard-core medication by any means. It won't force you to sleep or make you feel groggy and weird in the morning. Instead, it's just a very calming feeling that washes over you and eases you to sleep when you're ready.
Penn State Hershey. German Chamomile. Updated March 25, 2015.