Melatonin Beware!

Melatonin Beware!

By Marley Wells

When you find yourself having restless night after restless night, you may end up reaching for the melatonin like many Americans. It’s the perfect solution, right? It’s cheap, it’s available at every drugstore, and it works… Until it doesn’t. Melatonin is not the catch-all solution to poor sleep that it is so often made out to be. According to Johns Hopkins sleep expert Luis F. Buenaver, melatonin should only be taken in doses of 1-3mg for no more than two consecutive weeks. And yet, according to a letter published in JAMA (Journal of American Medicine), 88% of the melatonin gummies examined were inaccurately labeled, typically containing quantities of melatonin that exceeded the stated quantity. Yikes. That is why we at The Elderberry Co are proud to offer our BRAND NEW Melatonin-Free Herbal Sleep Well Gummies for Kids and Adults.

Firstly, it is important to understand how melatonin works in our bodies. Melatonin is a hormone that is naturally produced by our brains. As the sun sets and it falls darker outside, our body ramps up melatonin production to signal that it is bedtime, thus regulating the sleep-wake cycle– the circadian rhythm. As such, a melatonin supplement works as a sedative to induce drowsiness, oftentimes leaving an individual feeling groggy and crashing the next day.

This is why we opted for the amino acid L-Theanine as the primary active ingredient in our Herbal Sleep Well Gummies for Kids and Adults. L-Theanine is not naturally occuring, meaning that you can only get it from external sources. L-Theanine works by promoting alpha brain waves, the types of brain waves that typically occur when one is extremely relaxed. So, whereas melatonin puts your body in a state of drowsiness, L-Theanine helps to “turn your brain off.” This effect is only strengthened by the other active ingredients in our Sleep Well Gummies, including lemon balm, chamomile, valerian root, and passionflower– all of which have anti-anxiety properties. No more racing thoughts at night!

Which of us don’t struggle with poor sleep– whether it be struggling to fall asleep or waking up throughout the night, and whether it be every week or just once in a blue moon? Save your sleep TODAY by grabbing yourself a bottle of our Herbal Sleep Well Gummies.


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Hey Karen! We are so sorry to hear that you aren’t satisfied with your Sleep Well Gummies. We just sent you an email! Also, with herbal supplements, oftentimes they need to build up in the body a bit before you see the full effects. We tell our customers to try something for at least 4 weeks before truly judging how it effects their bodies. Everybody is different, and it sometimes takes some trial and error! Let us know if you have any questions!


I am sorry, but none of this proved true to my case. I also had my son take it for a week and it did nothing for him. He did say he felt more relaxed but he didn’t sleep well with it so then he started taking it with the melatonin because with melatonin he sleeps. I am sorry I guess it doesn’t work for everyone.

Karen Hill

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