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      25.11.2013 11:57
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      Something to help you sleep in additon to other methods

      I will try anything to get a good nights sleep. Most nights I wear ear plugs and an eye mask as I have noisy neighbours and there are bright security lights and street lights outside.

      I also take herbal remedy's on occasion such as these Sainsburys herbal sleep remedy. I have stopped drinking coffee at the moment and stop drinking tea earlier in the evening than I did before.

      This Sainsburys herbal sleep remedy costs £3.20 for a box of 60 and contains Valerian, hops and Passion flower. Some people may not be able to take Valerian due to medical conditions so herbal remedy's should be checked with your doctor, especially if you have any medical problem.

      I was always told warm milk would help, so I have also heated up milk in the microwave, but that just makes me wake up again if I do fall asleep as I can't drink too much before I sleep or i need to go to the loo !

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      You need to take two of these tablets an hour before bed. Even if you are lacking in sleep you should stick to just two as they are actually quite powerful. It's a bit like having a big meal or falling asleep after a few beers, how good the sleep is I'm not sure, as I didn't feel too good the next day, like a hangover.

      I think that the combination of herbs did not agree with me, I am allergic to a lot of things so that doesn't surprise me. They taste bitter and not very pleasant, and smell a bit, so taking them on a regular basis will not enhance your love life probably ! If you are severely lacking in sleep and you have checked with your doctor that these will not cause you a problem, they are worth a go.

      The obvious alternative to these is Kalms, which I have also tried. I thought these worked as well if not better, I tried these as I thought they sounded more natural.

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        30.10.2009 12:21
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        It might work for you but it's nothing special

        Sometimes I really struggle to get a good nights sleep and have tried a range of different herbal products before such as Kalms or Nytol. However these products are quite expensive and I find they are a bit hit and miss as to whether they help me get to sleep or stay asleep. So this time I thought I would save a bit of money and get Sainsbury's own brand.

        For just under three pounds you get sixty sleep tablets packaged in a small box. The box is two shades of blue which is nice and calming. The tablets contain a mixture of hops, valerian and passion flower. This is the same as the more expensive brands, minus a fourth ingredient - lettuce.

        The directions say to take two tablets an hour before bed, which is half of what Kalms asks you to take. However the tablets are not coated so they can taste quite horrible if they are in your mouth too long.

        Finally I have found that like all the other herbal remedies these are also quite hit and miss. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. Unfortunately your not saving that much money either so if you are looking to try a herbal sleep remedy it might be worth paying an extra few quid and get more tablets and ingredients for your money.

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        06.07.2008 04:32
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        Overall only 3 stars, I won't be buying them again

        I was having trouble sleeping a few months ago due to stress so I went to Sainsbury's to see if I could get something that would help me sleep at night. I didn't want to get any nasty drugs from the doctor as they can be addictive, I wanted something natural. I came across Sainsbury's Sleep Aid Herbal Remedy in the medicine section and decided that I would give them a go, mainly because they were the cheapest ones there at just £2.99 for 60 tablets. Also because I have normally found Sainsbury's products to be of quite good quality.

        They come in a blue box with a picture of a moon made from herb leaves on it as well as all the necessary information which is:

        Active Ingredients, Typical Weight per film coated tablet, Extract of Hops equivalent to 200mg, Extract of Valerian equivalent to 160mg, Extract of Passion Flower equivalent to 130mg.

        Warning: You shouldn't take these if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you are depressed as they may cause side effects. They may make you drowsy. Not to be taken by under 12's.

        I opened the box and read the instructions, they said that you should take two tablets an hour before bed. When I broke open one of the blisters to take out a pill I was hit by an awful smell, to be honest it smelt as bad as when my cat goes to the toilet, vile I know but that's how bad it smells. Despite the smell I decided persevere and swallow the, hoping that I'd get used to the smell. I tried to swallow them as fast as was humanly possible but still found that I had to taste them. The taste made me feel violently sick but I managed to swallow them and then went and cleaned my teeth for 10 minutes to get rid of the taste and the smell they left.

        Despite their smell and taste I woke up after having a good nights sleep for the first time in weeks. I did however have awful breath that smelt of the tablets, gross so I went and cleaned my teeth again.

        Overall I think that they are a good sleeping aid and I like the fact that they are completely natural. However the smell and the taste was so bad that I gave up on them after just 4 days. I wouldn't recommend them to anybody who has a strong sense of smell or taste as like they did with me they will make you gag. Otherwise they do work and help you to sleep.

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          26.04.2008 08:52
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          A great herbal remedy to help you sleep!

          Just lately, for a number of different reasons, I have been hving a lot of trouble sleeping. The main reason I think, is that for some reason my husband has been snoring like a foghorn, but also I seem to have an over active mind when ever I try to sleep with half a dozen thought trails all competing with each other at the same time. This has culminated in a couple of weeks of really disturbed nights which made me feel enough was enough and I really had to do something!

          After having counted thousands of sheep and lowered my caffeine intake - what else could I do? I thought that shooting my husband in the head might be a bit drastic, and as we have a full house there really isn't anywhere else to take myself off to sleep, I decided to have a look at what might be on offer at my local pharmacy in Sainsburys. It was then that I discovered Sainsbury's Sleep Aid Herbal Remedy and having taken them for a week I feel like a new woman!

          They come in packs of 60 tablets and as the prescribed dosage is two tablets a night, that is enough for a month of good sleeps. Also, as it only costs £2.99 for this pack, it compares very favourably with anything you might get on prescription from your GP. Mind you, it's only ever good value for money if something works - and these do!

          The tablets come in five of those blister sheets where you pop out each one individually. They are quite a nasty brown colour and they smell absolutely foul! I don't think this is a bad thing because, if child were to accidentally get hold of them they wouldn't be very likely to want to try one anyway! (They are not recommended for children under twelve)

          The instructions tell you to take a couple of tablets about an hour before you want to go to sleep. I swallow them straight down with water so can't tellyou about the taste although I suspect it would be horrible. The tablets contain various herbal extracts and it is these which help your body relax and help you to have a good night's sleep.

          My experience has been really wonderful. The first night I tried them I wasn't sure whether they would really work and couldn't believe it when I woke up in the morning with the realisation that I had slept all through without my usual tossing and turning. If my husband had been snoring, I was probably already asleep so it didn't bother me. Also I felt really refreshed - a feeling that is normally quite alien to me in the morning.

          Because they are made from herbal extracts and are not drugs as such, although they help you sleep, they do not put you in such a deep sleep that if your children needed you in the night you would not be able to wake up. This was a very important consideration for me and one reason why I really would never want to take prescribed sleeping tablets.

          There are some instructions that come with the tablets. You should never take these if you are pregnant or depressed and also it does some describe some very rare reactions that you might experience but this hasn't been the case with me. There is also a warning that they might cause drowsiness the following day although with me it seems to be the opposite - because I've had a good night's sleep I'm much more energised!

          The following is what can be found on Sainsbur's website about the ingredients:
          Active Ingredients, Typical Weight per film coated tablet, Extract of Hops equivalent to 200mg, Extract of Valerian equivalent to 160mg, Extract of Passion Flower equivalent to 130mg.

          So overall, if you are having trouble sleeping, I would definitely recommend trying these. I wouldn't want to get into the habit of taking them everynight, but when you do take them they have a very soothing calming effective which does lead to a much better night's sleep.

          Oh, and as for my husband's snoring problem, I'm looking into anti snoring devices! Watch this space!

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