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Why You Should Nix Sleep Aids and Use Natural Sleep Supplements Instead

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When sleep challenges hit, it can be easy to reach for the over-the-counter or prescription sleep aids—but Mother Nature has alternatives. Learn more about the natural supplements that can enhance your sleep and help you wake up refreshed. 


You got in bed at 10 PM ready and willing to get your 8 hours. Now, it’s 1:37 AM, panic is mounting, and sleep is still nowhere in sight. When bedtime challenges hit, many peoples’ first stop is over-the-counter sleep aids or even prescription sleeping pills. We get it: desperate times seem to call for desperate measures. But chemical sleep aids can come with consequences, and believe it or not, natural supplements CAN be powerful enough to do the trick. Below, we give you the PSA on the effects of chemical sleep aids, and why natural sleep supplements are the best alternative, and how to choose one.


OTC Sleep Aids

Head to the drugstore and you’ll find no shortage of sleep aids with diphenhydramine, an antihistamine. Sure, they might make you drowsy, but they can also cause dry mouth, urine 

retention, and even constipation (so not worth it). They can also cause dependency, making it so that you simply can’t fall asleep without them, and tolerance, meaning it takes more and more to help you get to sleep. The kicker: most of the time, you can end up groggy the next morning anyway, effectively defeating the purpose of a sleep aid in the first place!


Prescription Sleeping Pills

We’ve all heard stories about the dangers of sleeping pills. Aside from dependency, tolerance, and grogginess, they can also cause a laundry list of symptoms like:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea and nausea
  • Memory issues
  • Performance problems

The good news: with the powerful natural supplements available, there’s really no reason to choose chemical sleep aids. 

Natural Supplements 

Want to make the switch, but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you. Here are five powerful ingredients to look for when choosing a natural sleep supplement:


Hemp: to naturally support wellness*


Reishi: a mushroom superfood that helps to support the body’s sleep cycle and manage stress*


Magnesium: a mineral that aids the body’s ability to fall asleep by relaxing the muscles and regulating the nervous system*


L-Theanine: an amino acid that promotes relaxation and helps improve sleep quality*


Melatonin: a compound that regulates the body’s circadian rhythm, promoting restful sleep*

Pro tip: Even natural supplements can sometimes come with consequences. Sleep experts recommend no more than 10mg of Melatonin per night, but many sleep supplements use more than that. Make sure to read the label before you buy!


You’ve got the facts, now it’s time to make the switch. Shop Dream for all 5 sleep ingredients + your best sleep ever.