The most commonly reported side effect of melatonin supplements is drowsiness, followed by headache and dizziness. Drowsiness and impaired mental alertness and balance may occur for about six hours after taking melatonin (these effects may last longer or carry over into the next morning if taking controlled-release, higher dose products). Moderate to very high doses of melatonin have been reported to affect mood and behavior in some people.

Melatonin should not be taken long-term. Long-term use has been associated with increased risk of fractures in older adults, possibly due to an effect on bone metabolism. Melatonin can may also affect blood pressure, aggressiveness, blood clotting, seizure activity, and, at very high doses, ovulation, depression, and schizophrenia.

With sleep deprivation becoming a national health crisis, there’s a safer way to get quality restful sleep: the research-proven ingredients in our Optimal REM Sleep formula.

Scientific studies show that the restorative power of the ingredients in the Optimal REM Sleep Formula are vital for Optimal Health. Yes, you do need to eat healthy whole foods, exercise and take your daily nutrients as well. And, while you are working on all of your health goals, you should focus on the easiest one that improves health… SLEEP! The potent ingredients in the Optimal REM Sleep Formula will help you get there.

Tryptophan is an amino acid found in most proteins. It is the most research-proven and accepted nutrient to help calm the body. Tryptophan is used by the brain to balance serotonin levels that keep the body calm and to help maintain its ability to handle stress and anxiety. Tryptophan, as with all amino acids, is not absorbed well unless other protein co-factors are present.

Valerian Extract & Hops
Both of these nutrients have great scientific research validating their ability to promote better sleep. The key to the Optimal REM Sleep formula is to make sure the synergistic benefits are best attained. So, we have blended Valerian Extract and Hops together to create a powerful combination that improves the amount of REM Sleep. A study out of Justus-Liebig University in Germany proved that even a single dose of a Valerian Extract/Hops combination increased the “time spent in sleep over a placebo formula.” Optimal REM Sleep Formula takes the German study a step further by adding the Valerian and Hops to the Cultured Media Blend; this increases the effectiveness even further.

Passion & Chamomile Flower
Used in herbal teas and formulations for centuries; its research shows it has a calming and natural sleep-promoting effect.

Lemon Balm
A perennial herb that research shows promotes a relaxed and calming state of mind which helps the body fall asleep faster.

Is Optimal REM Sleep Addictive?
No, not in the way prescription or over the counter drugs are. Prescription or OTC drugs are chemicals that create a dependency. Optimal REM Sleep provides the natural nutrients your body is missing in order to get a good and restful nights sleep. As your diet improves, and the nutrient levels in your body are increased, you will notice that you need this formula less frequently.

Other ways to ensure a good night’s sleep:

  • Monitor your medication use to make sure the drugs you are taking are not preventing you from attaining and maintaining REM sleep.
  • Eat a digestive-friendly snack or meal two hours before going to bed.
  • If you need an energy boost during the day, get it from naturally-occurring energy nutrients.
  • Create an environment for good sleep. (Read the OHS Sleep Disorders Report for ideas on creating the right environment.)
  • Review articles on the OHS website for additional ideas: