If you have trouble sleeping through the night, for any reason--anxiety to hot flashes–I urge you to try a product I’ve been using for almost two years that has given me night after night of glorious uninterrupted sleep I could only dream of before. It even worked the few times I had a cup of coffee after dinner; it just took a little longer to get to sleep.
I learned about Sambrosa Sweet Dreams when the brand invited me to try it in the fall of 2015. Now, I order 5 bottles at a time because I NEVER want to be without it. Vann Duke, my trainer, loves Sambrosa, too, and he won’t dare put anything into his healthy body unless the ingredients get his stamp of approval!
MY NIGHTMARES BEFORE SAMBROSA
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 did occasionally enjoy six or even eight hours of uninterrupted sleep, without the benefit of sleep aids, they were (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. “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: Honey is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants; it also 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 for stress
Hops: Believed to help relieve anxiety and insomnia
Aniseed oil: Has relaxing and tranquilizing effects
Passion flower: Used as a sedative and pain reliever by the ancient Aztecs, it’s now used for anxiety, insomnia and restlessness.
Sambrosa 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.
Sambrosa never gives me the groggy morning feeling I had after taking Ambien. The syrup has a pleasant taste and can easily be swallowed without water.