Somnatrol is a dietary supplement marketed as an alternative to prescription medications for the treatment of sleep disorders, stress reduction and central nervous system (CNS) relaxation. The product promotes natural feelings of drowsiness and is supposed to enhance both sleep duration and quality.
The manufacturer is Sterling Grant, a company committed to developing best-in-class nutraceutical products that will help people live healthier, more active lives.
According to the producer, the supplement alleviates sleeping disturbances in a 2-stage process: stage 1 is a general relaxation stage, whereas in stage 2 the body enters a restful deep sleep stage. Somnatrol also claims to be 100% natural and safe.
It is worth mentioning that the manufacturer brings no evidence (empirical or scientific) towards supporting the claims made.
Somnatrol includes the following ingredients: Vitamin B6, Melatonin, Valerian Root, Lavender, L-Theanine, Serotonin Extract, GABA, Passion Flower, and Chamomile Flower, Gelatin, dicalcium phosphate, magnesium stearate and silica.
Somnatrol contains natural herbs, vitamins, hormones, and other amino acids in a trademark combination called Somnazide. Valerian, Chamomile, Passion Flower and Lavander are herbal ingredients traditionally used as remedies for their claming, sedative effects for thousands of years. However many have not been clinically demonstrated to directly treat or alleviate insomnia and other sleep related disorders.
5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) is a naturally occurring amino acid. Various clinical tests has proven it to be effective in treating disorders such as chronic headache, anxiety, depression, obesity, and insomnia. Another key ingredient is melantonin, a hormone which plays an important role in regulating the natural sleep cycle.
The supplement may potentially prove to be effective, however there is no research provided to support the benefit claims. The product has generally received good reviews from consumers.
The recommended daily dosage is 2 capsules taken 30-60 minutes before bedtime.
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- A mixture of ingredients known to have sedative effects or to play a part in the sleep process
- Mostly positive consumer reviews
- The supplement is not clinically tested
- Potential harmful side effects for different ingredients (which may lead to unpredictable results)
- The FDA did not evaluate the supplement
Undoubtedly Somnatrol is a combination of ingredients (herbal, amino-acids and hormones) which have been used, proven or linked to treate various sleep related disorders. Also, consumer reviews are generally positive.
still you should keep in mind that the causes of insomnia and sleep disorders in general are so varied and complex (ranging from stress to chronic conditions) that an effective treatment should probably start by considering (and later treating) each one in particular. Putting together a number of ingredients that might work may not be an effective solution.
Also, some of the ingredients may have harmful side effects, not mentioned by the manufacturer. It is therefore our strong recommendation that a medical investigation for correctly identifying the causes and a general health evaluation of the patient is made prior to starting treatment.