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Now more than ever, health supplement companies offer sleep aids that have three advantages over sleep prescriptions: they aren’t addictive; they often cost less; and they don’t have negative side effects. But the real question is whether they offer sleep aids that work as well as prescriptions. One non-prescription sleep aid that makes this claim is Restaid, a natural health product by Urban Nutrition, LLC. Can Restaid really provide the insomnia relief of the sleep prescriptions it criticizes? To find out, we begin by looking at its ingredients.
Restaid’s insomnia relief claims are based on the following active ingredients:
Unlike most sleep aids, Restaid contains a patented form of cysteine milk peptide, an ingredient that increases the production of glutathione, which helps to breakdown substances that disrupt sleep, such as caffeine and alcohol. As a sleep aid ingredient, a glutathione stimulator makes sense. But Restaid features it as its main ingredient, which suggests its true place in the sleep aid market: to offer insomnia help to those who can’t sleep due to caffeine or alcohol in their system, a problem more easily remedied by reducing caffeine or alcohol consumption, especially near bedtime.
If you’ve read much about insomnia help, then you’ve probably already eliminated caffeine and alcohol from your diet, leaving melatonin, vitamin B12, lemon balm extract, and hops extract as the remaining Restaid ingredients that could aid your sleep. Will they do the trick? Maybe so, but you can find them in hundreds of other sleep aids, meaning you don’t need Restaid unless you could benefit from its cysteine milk peptide. If you don’t drink coffee 8 hours before bedtime, consume alcohol 4 hours before bedtime, or consume other stimulants, Restaid’s effect may not be profound.
According to Restaid’s user reviews on Amazon.com, it fails as often as it succeeds, with the main complaint being it doesn’t induce sleep, much less sustain it. Ultimately, Restaid isn’t designed to tackle tough sleeplessness, such as insomnia resulting from serotonin deficiency, a condition that can’t be calmed, soothed, or relaxed away. If you don’t have a history of insomnia and you experience mild sleeplessness, especially due to the stimulant effects of caffeine or alcohol, Restaid could be the insomnia help you need. But if you’ve tried other sleep products that contain Restaid’s ingredients (not including cysteine milk peptide) and you still can’t sleep, Restaid probably won’t make your list of sleep aids that work.
Restaid can be purchased through online health supplement suppliers, major online retailers such as amazon.com, and through its own website, where a 1-month supply (60 capsules) retails for $49.99. For more reviews of sleep aids and supplements that treat insomnia, visit our reviews.