We all know sleep is crucial. Yet, if you are stressed about balancing work and life, you probably do not get enough of it. Even worse, you probably fall asleep, only to wake up unprepared for the day after a poor night’s rest. In fact, it is reported one in three adults do not get the rest needed to lead a healthy life. To us, that is no way to live. Getting enough sleep is critical for being your best self, feeling alert during the day, staying active and getting the most out of life.
To get a good start to your day, we believe it is important to wake up rejuvenated. NuTraditions Hello Dreams™ sleep strips combine melatonin and our Calm Down™ herbal blend, a unique mix of herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to help make that happen.* In the formula, the herbs work together to harmonize, balance and help one another in a way that is better than taking each herb individually. Let’s take a look at these ingredients and why, when put together, they create a calming blend to quiet the mind, help you drift into a deep slumber and wake up feeling restored.
Melatonin is a great supplement for falling asleep quickly, ideal for those who have trouble drifting off to sleep.* You can take melatonin in different ways, from gummies to drops, and most commonly, it is sold in capsule form. You might be most familiar with melatonin as a supplement used to adjust your sleep cycle, especially to beat jet lag after traveling to different time zones.
Melatonin’s main function is to help the body get to sleep, the hormone tells your body when it is time to rest. While this is helpful, it does not necessarily mean you are getting a better night’s rest, which, let’s be honest, is what most of us are looking for. Some people who take melatonin report waking up with a “hangover” feeling, morning drowsiness or vivid dreams. These potential downsides are what inspired us to combine it with other herbs to optimize and enhance the benefits.
Calm Down™ Herbal Blend
Where Melatonin leaves off is where the Calm Down™ herbal blend comes in. If melatonin can ease you into sleep, Calm Down™ herbal blend, a proprietary formulation of seeds, fruits and plants, provides the quality rest you need to wake up feeling refreshed.*
So, what exactly is Calm Down™ herbal blend? Let us introduce you to the herbs making our sleep strips a must-have part of your nighttime routine.*
- Jujube Seed
An herb trusted by TCM practitioners for thousands of years, the jujube seed can be used to help with restless sleep and reduce irritability.* Some believe it can also help address mental distress and tame physical tension and restlessness, all of which typically prevent us from falling asleep and feeling rested. Other studies show jujube can even help increase time in the REM cycle, a restorative stage of deep sleep needed for proper rest.* We like to think of the jujube seed is the herbal hero of the Calm Down™ herbal blend.
Poria is a type of fungus used in TCM as a medicinal tonic. It is one of the most commonly used herbs in China, believed to help ease restlessness.* When combined with the jujube seed, it supports its sedating action, gently calming and soothing the mind and nervous system.* If you have trouble falling asleep because your body feels tense, especially your neck or back from leaning over your desk or looking at your smartphone all the time, poria can be a nice option to consider.
- Licorice Root
Considered one of the world’s oldest herbal remedies, people use licorice root for a variety of purposes including soothing sore throats and calming the feeling of heartburn.* Licorice root encourages synergy among herbs like the jujube seed and poria found in the Calm Down™ herbal blend, as balance is so important in TCM. Additionally, it adds a nourishing, natural sweetness to the overall formula. We believe its calming properties can help aid healthy sleep by fighting fatigue and help with energy levels throughout the day.*
- Szechuan lovage rhizome
The root of the lovage plant is traditionally used to provide bodily ease, which supports those with occasional sleeplessness. Szechuan lovage rhizome is a warming herb, which can help you feel and rest better.*
- Anemarrhena rhizome
Traditionally produced in the Hebei and Shanxi provinces, anemarrhena rhizome is now cultivated all over China. This popular cooling herb prepares the body for sleep by calming the overactive mind and supporting healthy circulation.* Anemarrhena rhizome also pairs well with the jujube plant and Szechuan lovage rhizome to help you get a relaxing night of rest.*
Sometimes known as “monk fruit,” Chinese culture associate luohanguo with the saints that surround Buddha. The fruit is used by some to help with a healthy lifestyle, including weight loss and immune health. We use Luohanguo to add balance to Calm Down™ herbal blend and enhance the flavor of our formulation.
Ancient Wisdom Now: The powerful ingredients that combine to create the Calm Down™ herbal blend, studied in TCM for years with deep-rooted history in ancient culture, are even more powerful when combined with melatonin.* In fact, we recommend taking the sleep strip just five to 10 minutes before bed as it can work that fast. The melatonin helps you fall asleep and Calm Down™ herbal blend combines a variety of seeds, fruits and plants to provide the quality rest you need to wake up feeling refreshed.*
The sum of the formula is greater than the individual parts. In TCM, harmony and balance are key. When these herbs are combined, they work even better to provide relaxing night that sets you up for the day. It is important to combine our Hello Dreams™ sleep strips with a bedtime routine, such as meditation, journaling or time away from screens. Our motto is the key to a good night’s rest starts with your commitment to health and wellness.
Here’s to a deep, restful night’s sleep!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.