[GIVEAWAY] Syrup That Will Turn You Into A Sleeping Beauty

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.

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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.

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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.
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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!

By entering this giveaway, which is sponsored by Sambrosa, you agree to receive emails from Sambrosa and FabOverFifty.

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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.

  • lilyk

    I think stress is keeping me up at night.

  • Camille Hector

    I have severe anxiety issues so it’s hard for my brain to shut off

  • Chickie Brewer

    I think just thinking about things that are happening in my life.

  • Brittney House

    I over think things to much and it keeps me up at night.

  • Dorothy Hubbard

    I have back problems this contributes to my not getting good sleep, but my mind also tends to run like a mouse in a cage.

  • ktgonyea

    My husband’s addiction to watching TV in the bedroom keeps me up at night.

  • wanda

    I’m a very active person and can’t really seem to sleep well after a long day for to dos. I’m a single mother of two children that require lots of attention. When it comes to sleeping that just doesn’t happen for me. I toss and turn and end up sleeping maybe 4 hours a day

  • kathy pease

    I think stress and worrying keeps me from a good nights rest

  • Nicole Carter Weasley

    I think stress is keeping me up at night
    Nicole Carter

  • Shakeia Rieux

    I think too much at night and it keeps me awake.I don’t know why but i get more sleep during the day than i do at night,and it bothers me.

  • slehan

    I think some of my many problems keep me from falling asleep. Hard to shut my mind off.
    Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com

  • Laurie Emerson

    What is keeping me up all night is these awful hot flashes due to menopause. I can be exhausted but when I go to bed I just cannot get to sleep. I am either too hot or too cold. I don’t want to try any prescription meds to help me sleep but nothing else I have tried seems to work. It would be nice to finally get a good night’s sleep and feel rested the next day.

  • IntoTheMist

    Long term problems my entire life, and prescription does not work on me at all. It I like to have melatonin on hand as also noise problems are part of my environment and stress of course has affected my health. If I do not take a mixed product and low amount, I get nightmares with it though. It worries me to have few options for the future and I never tried a syrup. I feel it can be useful especially because of the mix and something I can’t get or have made for me.

  • Jannet Kwan

    The traffic noise and the ambulance siren.

  • Paula Tavernie

    Im a light sleeper so any noise keeps me awake!!

  • Karen Mayernick

    I have no idea why, but I wake up in the middle of the night, just about every night. I’ve never been a good sleeper. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • susansmoaks

    i am up at night because i have bad dreams

  • Nicole Lancaster

    I think constant thinking about the day ahead keeps me up at night.

  • Erika C

    i have tried to many remedies to try and get sleep. i’m just exhausted from being as tired ass i am

  • deanac

    I think my mind keeps me up at night.

  • Connie Hamblen Williamson

    Once I get to sleep, I sleep deep and long. The problem is, I have a terrible problem turning off my brain in order to get to sleep.

  • hofken

    Rehashing work problems keep me awake

  • Deborah Tindall Smith

    I haven’t had a decent night sleep since I started menopause. My mind races at night. I think about everything that happened during the day. Things that might or might not happen the next day. I have tried pills, drinks, oils, sprays, etc. Nothing works. I would just love to find something that can help me sleep peacefully and through the night. I love the fact that this is all natural. I would love to try this and share my results with family and friends. Thank you for this giveaway. Good luck to all!

  • tefenut

    I have no idea..been sleepless for more years than I care to recall. I have trouble both falling asleep and staying there.

  • Kimberly Flickinger

    LOVE TO TRY IT!

  • amy

    Need anything that will make me better in anyway

  • Merrill

    I have noticed a difference in my sleeping pattern since I have reached “The big M” a year ago. I just don’t seem to tire until very late and I wake up more than usual. I would LOVE to try this homeopathic syrup!

  • Rita Sheppard

    The stress from work keeps me from getting to sleep at night.

  • Raine Dawson

    I’ve never been able to sleep for more than 3-4 hours at a time, and it takes me almost an hour to fall asleep. Anxiety, insomnia, fluctuating schedule. .. I really don’t know what causes it. I’ve tried so many solutions from prescription to otc to breathing and relaxation techniques. This sounds wonderful, I’d love to get the chance to try it, I would like to know about any drug interactions, that’s definitely something I need to check.

  • Dayna

    I travel internationally, have chronic neck and back pain and have tried just about everything- nothing has worked.
    I want only natural remedies and would BE SO GRATEFUL TO TRY THIS!!

  • Thelma

    First of all, I am a very light sleeper, any slight noise keeps me awake, making it difficult to fall asleep and get a good restful night’s sleep. Even if I have had a busy day I still experience problems sleeping. I have tried teas, Melatonin, over the counter sleep aids and herbal remedies, some work for a short time or also leave me feeling tired in the morning. It would be wonderful to find something that gives me the rest I need and not groggy afterwards. It would be a blessing to finally find a remedy to calm my mind and body enough to soothe me off to dreamland and motivate me in the morning.

  • Mimzy Cat

    I have never been able to sleep at night! My days and nights have always been messed up. As a school aged child I would cry in frustration about not being able to sleep and being so tired at school. I have always had a hard time getting up to do anything before 9 am! I was fortunate to be a stay at home mom so after the kids left for school I could go back to sleep! Now retired from a part time job where they let me work 12 – 6, I go to sleep around 3-4 am and get up still tired at noon! I too have tried prescription and over the counter sleep aids with no success. I use a melatonin tablet when I need to go to bed early to get up early. Not very effective! I need to try this to become normal!

  • Linda Kish

    Dogs, the kids works schedules (get up at odd times), noises outside

  • victoria dorney

    Thanks to menopause even after exercising and doing a full 8 hour day of walking, lifting, pushing and carrying I toss and turn and can go 2 days with only 1 hour’s worth of sleep Tried the melatonin and it doesn’t work for me, refuse to do the prescription sleep aides due to the side effects. A natural and non-habit forming syrup that works would be worth all those sweet dreams!

  • micabrown

    Where do I start? 1. I keep remembering all of the things that I have to do and get up and do them .2. Laundry 3. I remember things I have to do the next day so I have to get up and write them down so as not to forget 3. Now I have to get up and tinkle just one more time, again and again 4. Did I lock the back door? 5. Maybe I should let the dog out again. I am not sleepy now!!

  • thepittsmn

    I can’t turn my brain off.

  • Brenda French

    I am a restless sleeper. And just hard to get to sleep, my mind is always going on and on. So I guess I need something to settle me down, that’s not addictive. So I’d love to try this syrup!

  • Diane Hernandez

    My doberman

  • Marilyn Montague

    Stress of day to day trying to live with ho income and the death of my husband.

    • Judy Hanks

      I am so sorry, Marilyn. I hope things improve for you.

    • Dayna

      I understand – grief is a huge stressor- since I lost 7 family members in last 3 years it has really added additional strife when trying to sleep – ?Blessings to you

      • geribrin

        I am sorry to learn about your loses, Dayna. Geri, FOF

    • Laurie Emerson

      I am so sorry to hear about your loses. My heart and prayers go out to you.

  • Jules

    Anxiety. Generalized anxiety.

  • B. Lerner

    I can’t turn off my brain.

  • Lyn Goff

    I have no idea but it’s driving me crazy.