Disclaimer: I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.
I’m treating this review just a tad differently because I have a few pre-review explanations over the product. First of all, I have a number of different chronic diseases, a couple of which directly influence my sleep. I’m on prescription sleep medication because my body only sleeps for about 30-60 minutes a night on its own. I’ve been on Trazodone for a couple years now. I brought the bottle of FibroSleep to my doctor and she was fine with me taking it with other medications (the label does say you should check with your doctor before taking if you are also taking anti-depressants, which I am) but I had to stop taking the sleep meds if I wanted to try the FibroSleep. So her recommendation was to try it but not for more than 3 days or so. In saying that, I tried FibroSleep for about 4 days. For the rest of this review, my opinions and thoughts on FibroSleep reflect my experiences with over the counter/non-prescription sleep aids.
Okay, moving on after my little disclaimers there. When I received FibroSleep, I knew that there was a chance it would not work as well as my prescription sleep medications, and I was right. However, I have tried many over the counter and holistic sleep aids (warm milk, meditation, Melatonin, ZzzQuil, white noise, diffusing essential oils, sleep tea, etc) and was excited to compare those with how FibroSleep works.
FibroSleep is made by the company, ProHealth, and intended for “even the most challenged” sleepers. Often Fibromyalgia causes poor sleep and/or what we like to call, Painsomnia, in the chronic illness community. The formula in FibroSleep is meant to promote sleep and relaxation. Additionally, some of the other ingredients are good for hormone and nerve balance. Catching the theme here? All symptoms of severe Fibromyalgia.
Here is the list of ingredients in case the type is too small in the photo above to read: Magnesium, L-Theanine, GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid), ZMA (Zinc L-Monomethionine Aspartate and Vitamin B6), Lemon Balm, Ginger, 5-HTP, Peppermint, Hops 4:1 Extract, Melatonin, Sedapine, and other ingredients (gelatin, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide, and water). Directions are to take 2 capsules about an hour before going to sleep.
First impression is that the capsules don’t have any significant taste or smell. This is a big plus to me as I often find that natural supplements or vitamins have a strong smell and taste disgusting. I have a hard time taking pills like that, but FibroSleep was relatively neutral.
So how did it work? I found that FibroSleep helped me fall asleep just as well as my sleep medications or as well as Melatonin has in the past. The real test for me personally was going to be if FibroSleep helped me stay asleep all night long. My overactive nerves, my chronic pain, and my fatigue disorders typically wake me up multiple times throughout the night or just keep me awake altogether. I will say that FibroSleep did about as good as it could have done in this area for me.
What I mean by that is that I knew it wouldn’t give me 8-10 hours like my prescribed medication does. However, as I previously mentioned, my review of FibroSleep is in comparison to over the counter options like Melatonin. FibroSleep definitely worked better than Melatonin for me. I would say that I got about 5-6 hours of sleep on FibroSleep. I know at first glance that doesn’t seem like a lot, but for my explained situation, that’s actually really great! I’ve never gotten quite that long of an amount from Melatonin. I did wake up groggy, but I actually always do because of my fatigue disorder. So the positive is that I woke up less groggy than I would from Melatonin, and did not experience that leftover “hangover” type fog that some sleep aids give you.
I would absolutely recommend FibroSleep to those of you that really struggle with getting proper rest. Like I said before, my situation is different and I wouldn’t take it over my prescription sleep medication. However, if I needed to get off of medications at any point (which could become true soon–more on that in another blog post), I would definitely try FibroSleep: 5-6 hours is better than 30-60 minutes!
In fact, the team at ProHealth is having a giveaway this week! Be sure to enter here for your chance to win 1 of 10 bottles of FibroSleep.