I’ve had sleep problems since my mid 30s, when I’d pop up in the wee hours of the morning and toss and turn, unable to get back to bed.
In an effort to deal with my wakefulness, I’ve tried all sorts of plans and potions, from getting up to work at 3 a.m., to the prescription drug Ambien, to over-the-counter liquid melatonin. Ambien knocked me out pretty quickly, but made my sleep fitful, filled my head with weird dreams (weirder than usual!) and left me feeling groggy in the morning. Melatonin takes hours to start working, so you’re out of luck if you don’t remember to take it until you’re ready to retire.
I finally went cold turkey a few years ago, to see if I could fall asleep easily, and remain asleep, without drugs or synthetic hormones. Besides, neither of those is recommended for long-term use. Although I do occasionally enjoy six or even eight hours of uninterrupted sleep these days, without the benefit of sleep aids, they’re (sadly) the exception, rather than the rule.
So, when the folks at Sambrosa Care asked if I’d try their nighttime syrup, Sambrosa Sweet Dreams, I was game.
Successfully selling throughout Europe, Australia and Canada, it’s now being launched in the United States. “Many of our European customers who are experiencing menopause benefit from the syrup,” said a company spokesman.
Created in 2007 by a Dutch homoeopathist with a pharmaceutical background, to help her customers get a good night’s sleep, the syrup includes a combination of:
Natural Honey: Besides tasting great, honey is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants, as well as helps you get to sleep.
Thyme: Can be soothing to the nerves and have a sedative action); California poppy
(excellent for the nervous system and reportedly a calming remedy in times of stress
Hops: Believed to benefit conditions such as anxiety and insomnia
Aniseed oil: Has relaxing and tranquilizing effects
Passionflower: The ancient Aztecs used it as a sedative and pain reliever; now it’s used for anxiety, insomnia and restlessness.
It also is free of GMOs (genetically modified organisms). The antihistamine Doxylamine is another key ingredient, reported to be the most effective over-the-counter sedative on the market. It’s important to know, however, that the modest amount of Doxylamine in the syrup (9.75 mg, compared to some over-the-counter tablets that have 25 mg) makes it extremely effective, yet does not have any adverse affect on your body.
I have been taking the recommended 5 ml dose of Sambrosa every night for a week, and have definitely been sleeping more soundly.
Although I woke in the middle of the night on two occasions, I returned to sleep pretty quickly, and felt good in the morning. I never experience the groggy morning feeling I had after taking Ambien. The syrup has a pleasant taste and can easily be swallowed without water.
Sambrosa is available on amazon.com and many reviewers on the site agree with me. “This is amazing stuff. Sweet Dreams allows me to get to sleep quickly and to sleep soundly. I used to get it from a Canadian friend. Thank you for bringing it to the American market,” wrote Roberta Kipper.
“I suffer from insomnia – sometimes I have a hard time falling asleep, and sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep, but this product helps me with both. I take it 30 minutes prior to going to bed and start to feel sleepy within a half an hour. I haven’t found it to be addictive, as I only take it when I feel like I need it. I highly recommend it! Great product!” commented Jackie Alston.
Sambrosa Care wants to give 15 FOFs the chance the win a bottle of its dreamy syrup and get a great night’s sleep. To enter to win, fill out the form below. After you’ve entered, tell us what you think is keeping you up at night in the comments section!
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15 FOFs will win. (See official rules, here.) Contest closes October 14, 2015 at midnight E.S.T. Contest limited to residents of the continental U.S.