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Teenage years were are a lot of fun, but can be very stressful as well. My 15 year old is right in the throws of that stage right now, and it’s sometimes difficult to see the struggle they face now days. Between school, sports, body changes, pimples, girls (or boys), peer pressure, busy schedules, they face a lot at that age.
I’ve noticed lately that my son is incredibly stressed, especially when it comes to his grades. There are some nights that his mind just won’t relax and let him fall to sleep, and when he finally does, it’s well into the night. What happens then is that he’s struggling the next morning to wake up, and then ends up falling asleep in class, and then comes home and falls asleep in the afternoon a lot of the time……
I do my best to keep a good breakfast ready for them in the mornings to help get them going in the morning, and keeping them active during the day, but sometimes they need more than that. Sometimes they need a little more help resetting their sleep clocks.
I discovered Zarbees All Natural Remedies a couple of years ago when my 2 year old came down with a yucky cough, and there was nothing over the counter for her age. I came across Zarbees all natural cough syrup at the store one day while looking desperately for something I could give her. She was only 2, and it’s really limited as to what you can give them for a cough (you can read that review here). I was excited to learn that Zarbee’s doesn’t just offer cough syrup, but now allergy relief, and an all natural sleep aid as well now. I had such a positive experience with the cough syrup so I decided to try the sleep aid. I actually used the toddler strength first for my daughter a few months back, and then received the adult strength recently to try!
First, a little about the Zarbee’s brand:
Zarbees Naturals is founded by Dr. Zak Zarbock who is both a pediatrician as well as the father to FOUR boys. He first decided to create a Natural remedy line when his own small son was sick and there was nothing available for him over the counter. He started with the all natural baby cough syrup and has since expanded his product line to include allergy aid, and all natural sleep aid as well! Dr. Zak Zarbock has one goal, to get your family better and back to life the natural way, and takes pride in offering products that he would use on his own children and family!
Zarbees all natural sleep aid consists of 2 active natural ingredients, Melatonin and L-Theanine. The child and adult strength both are chewable form, and came in grape. Neither my toddler or my teen had any trouble chewing these because they taste pretty darn good.
I have used this sleep aid about 4 times since I’ve had it, and my experience was that the first night, I actually woke up a few times, but was able to fall back to sleep. However, the few times after that, I slept pretty much the whole night with the exception of my toddler waking me up to cover her back up with her blanket :). Once I take my dose, I can pretty much guarantee that I’ll be asleep within 30 minutes! It’s not a strong stumbling around drowsy kind of feeling, it’s more of just a subtle sleepiness that kind of comes on me.
My son, has taken this a few times since we received the bottle, and even though the bottle says you can give up to 2 for 12 years old and up (he’s 16), I still only give him 1, and it does the trick. His experience was the same as far as waking up the first night with it, but he told me that next morning that once he fell asleep for good, he slept deep and wasn’t groggy the next morning. The other times he has taken it, he slept through. So I’m not sure why it is that we wake up the first night we use it, but it does work.
Anyone who knows me knows that I will not medicate my kids unless I feel it’s absolutely necessary, because I really, truly believe that for the most part, the body is meant to take care of itself. Sometimes though, we get so out of whack with the busy schedules that we need a little help to “reset”. That’s what I like to call it. We don’t use Zarbee’s every single night, but probably a few times a month when it’s really needed and it really seems to help.
I would definitely recommend both the child strength as well as the adult strength. Everything I’ve tried from Zarbee’s has gone beyond my expectations, and I’m really glad to have stumbled upon their products when I did.
You can purchase Zarbee’s All Natural Sleep Aid on Zarbees.com, as well as at a lot of major retailers like Walmart, Target, CVS, and Walgreens. Be sure to get social with Zarbees on Twitter and Facebook because they often have great coupons and promos!