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What are sleep gummies, and do they really work?

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You’ve probably seen the rows and rows of gummy vitamins available for purchase in the pharmacy section of your local superstore.

Initially, they were invented to appeal to children by eliminating the often-bitter taste and hard swallow aspect of traditional vitamins. Today, however, the gummy vitamin market includes nearly as many adult vitamins as it does children, hence the creation of gummy sleep aids.

Are sleep gummies a good idea? Possibly.

A healthy lifestyle and strong stress management skills are better options, but if you need the added convenience of a medication to help you fall asleep, opt for one that’s all-natural with no harmful, inactive ingredients, and take it only as directed.

You may occasionally need something a little extra to nudge you over that abyss into a long and restful sleep.

If you find that you must use sleep aids, opt for ones that contain natural ingredients such as melatonin, lavender and chamomile. Ingredients like these work to help calm anxiety, settle digestion, and to sedate you in a way that won’t leave you feeling hung over in the morning. These ingredients are also touted as being non-addictive, which means you don’t have to worry about developing a tolerance to them.

On the negative side, all gummies appeal to children, and even if you’re using an all-natural sleep-aid, you’d want to have it approved by your pediatrician before allowing your child to take it. Sadly, a lot of the gummy sleep aids on today’s market don’t have childproof caps. If you purchase one without this necessary barrier, make sure to keep it locked away out of your child’s reach.

Not all combinations of natural ingredients taste good together. Extra, non-active ingredients like sugar, corn syrup and vegetable oil are fairly common on the label as well. Some of them may not be the best ones to take before bed or after brushing your teeth due to decay.

Read the labels before purchasing, and don’t expect your gummy sleep aid to taste like candy.

Verlo Mattress Factory: 5150 Northwest Hwy., Crystal Lake, IL 60014, 815.455.2570, www.verlo.com

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