Gaia Herbs Sound Sleep
Gaia Herbs Sound Sleep is particularly designed to assist with the falling asleep stage of the sleep cycle. The formula manufactured by Gaia Herbs is advertised to help make the transition from wakefulness to sleep easy and quick, while promoting calmness and relaxation throughout the body. Gaia Herbs offers a wide range of herbal supplements and claims to use exclusively organically grown herbs. The company has a market experience of over 20 years and owns its own plant farm.
The manufacturer advises that the formula is used for a maximum 1 month period. Gaia Herbs Sound Sleep contains Kava Kava. The FDA advises that supplements containing Kava Kava have a potential of rare but severe liver damage. This is why pregnant and nursing women, people suffering from liver conditions, drinking alcohol or under any other medication should use the formula with caution.
Gaia Herbs Sound Sleep Ingredients
Gaia Herbs Sound Sleep includes the following ingredients: Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis), Proprietary Synergistic Extract Blend: Passionflower flowering vine (Passiflora incarnata), Kava Kava root (Piper methysticum), American Skullcap fresh herb (Scutellaria Lateriflora), California Poppy herb and root (Eschscholzia californica), Blue Vervain herb (Verbena Hastata), Hops strobile (Humulus lupulus), Gotu Kola leaf (Centella Asiatica), vegetable glycerin, and capsule (vegetable cellulose).
The Valerian root extract is commonly used in alternative medicine to bring relief from sleep disorders symptoms and to treat anxiety disorders and stress symptoms. The plant has been extensively researched in relation to ailments such as PMS, obsessive compulsive disorder or ADHD. So far, evidence is promising, although large scale human studies are needed. Side effects of Valerian are rare and may include dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, and headache.
Passionflower has been traditionally used for its sedative effects. It supports sleep, relaxation and tropho-restoration. Herbal medicine practitioners often prescribe it alone or in combination with other plants to treat symptoms associated with ADHD, and anxiety disorders including panic attacks, social anxiety or stress. Additionally, the herb has anti-spasmodic effects which make it useful in alleviating symptoms associated with hysteria, Parkinson’s disease, and seizures. Although human clinical trials and scientific research are scarce, it remains a popular choice of traditional herbalists. The plant is safe if used for a short period of time (less than 1 month). Side effects reported include dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, altered consciousness, nausea, vomiting, rapid heart rate, etc.
The manufacturer warns against the use of Gaia Herbs Sound Sleep for certain categories of people, including those with liver problems, pregnant women, etc. Also, it advises that if side effects usually associated to Kava Kava occur (nausea, vomiting, light colored stools, tiredness, stomach or abdominal pain, weakness, and loss of appetite) the use of the formula is interrupted and a doctor is consulted. For optimum results, you should use 2-3 capsules 1 hour before bedtime. Consumer reviews are mixed; some reporting increased effectiveness while others claim the formula has no effect and even causes certain side effects.
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- 100% vegetarian formulation
- Organically grown herbal ingredients, meaning the formula is free of pesticides and contaminants
- Popular herbal ingredients, historically used for their sedative effects
- FDA warns that Kava Kava may rarely cause serious liver damage
- The product received mixed reviews
- Gaia Herbs Sound Sleep can be used in periods for up to one month
Gaia Herbs Sound Sleep is advertised as a sleep remedy; particularly it facilitates the falling asleep stage of the sleep cycle. The formula contains a mixture of herbal ingredient known to support relaxation and to have sedative effects. Consumer reviews however are mixed, some saying the formula achieves its purpose and advertised benefits, while others claim it has no effect whatsoever. The product contains Kava Kava, an herb which may cause serious liver damage, especially if certain underlying conditions exist. We recommend that you carefully read the label before using the formula and talk to a healthcare provider for extra safety.