05.09.2016

ProHealth FibroSleep review

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Disclosure: I was given a bottle of ProHealth FibroSleep™ as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this FibroSleep review remain my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company. 

ProHealth FibroSleep supports restorative sleep using a blend of natural herbs and minerals.

I’ve had several doctors over the years tell me fibromyalgia, at its heart, is mostly a sleep disorder.

There’s some evidence to support that. Last year, Dr. Victor Rosenfeld from SouthCoast Health in Savannah, Georgia, published a study, which showed the presence of alpha waves in the brains of fibromyalgia patients during sleep. Alpha waves are created by the brain when awake, so it’s not a good thing for those to show up while we’re sleeping!

During a TV interview, Rosenfeld said, “In essence, people with fibromyalgia are pulling an all-nighter every single night.” 

Many of us with fibromyalgia know that feeling all too well! Although I’ve made strides in improving my sleep in recent months, I still wake up tired every day. There’s a meme on social media that goes something like, “If I woke up and felt good, I would think I was dead.” Well, that’s the truth!

For the past few months, I’ve been using a higher than normal dose of melatonin (yes, I know that’s not good to use long term!) and magnesium malate to help with sleep. I also added a new medication for overactive bladder. After making those changes, I stopped waking every 2-3 hours. I now wake up about once a night, and I can usually get back to sleep pretty quickly.

Last month, I was asked by Prohealth to review its FibroSleep™ formula, a blend of pure, natural ingredients that support restorative sleep in four ways:

  • Herbal sleep support – FibroSleep™ has Sedapine™, an herbal blend of ziziphus spinosa, corydalus, valerian and passion flower used for thousands of years to support sleep, relaxation and overall health.
  • Digestive support – Lemon balm, ginger, peppermint and hops help calm and support the digestive system during sleep.
  • Muscle and nerve support – FibroSleep™ includes two forms of magnesium – ZMA™ and magnesium taurinate – to balance nerve transmission and muscle fiber contraction.
  • Amino acid support – GABA, melatonin, 5-HTP and l-theanine amino acids support nerve cell health and neurotransmitter/hormone production.

FibroSleep review …

I stopped taking my usual melatonin/magnesium combination and used the recommended dose of two capsules of FibroSleep™ taken at bedtime. While taking FibroSleep™, I didn’t notice a difference in my sleep quality or quantity. It worked just as well as my previous protocol, but was easier to use because there were fewer pills to swallow.

I like that FibroSleep™ contains all-natural ingredients, and it gave me a chance to try some of the lesser known herbs, like lemon balm and passion flower, which I’ve heard can help with sleep. FibroSleep™ could be a good option for those who are looking for a natural sleep aid.

In celebration of International ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Awareness Day on May 12, Prohealth is giving away 10 bottles of FibroSleep. Click here to enter Prohealth’s giveaway!

Or if you’d like to try FibroSleep on your own dime, here’s a link to get 20 percent off your purchase!

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Comments

  1. I take magnesium, but I thought it was more for the pain. It helps with sleeping, too, so should I be taking it at night rather than the morning hours?

    The other day I read an article by a physician and he also stated that fibromyalgia is mostly a sleep disorder. My sleep is okay. Not the greatest, but no matter how many hours I get, I always wake up as though I just laid down.

    I entered the giveaway because I prefer natural ingredients.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says:

      I take magnesium at bedtime b/c it has a calming effect and is a natural muscle relaxer. Because of those qualities, it’s supposed to help with sleep.

      I’m going to be having a sleep study later this month. Like you, I feel like I sleep fine, but I still wake up exhausted. I’ve read that people w/ fibromyalgia don’t get enough deep sleep. There was a Georgia study that came out last year – I think I linked it in the FibroSleep post – that says people w/ fibro have alpha waves while they’re sleeping. That’s not supposed to happen, so essentially we are awake when we are asleep. You may want to look into having a sleep study to see if that’s an issue for you. There are supposed to be prescription medications and supplements to help w/ promoting deep sleep. There is a chart in Dr. Ginevra Liptan’s new book, The FibroManual, that lists out which ones promote deep sleep vs. which ones just help you to fall asleep. It’s a very, very helpful chart.

      • I need to get that book. My mom developed sleep apnea, and now that she sleeps with a machine, she gets much more restful sleep. I sleep talk and walk as well as grind my teeth. I know I’m not getting the sleep I need. It needs to improve sooner rather than later.

  2. Kristi says:

    I have EDS, Fibromyalgia and Dercum’s Disease along with all the other “off label” diagnoses that occur with these diseases. I have suffered with insomnia for almost 15 years. I have tried every medication on the market that my Dr. and I can come up with. I noticed an unopened package sitting across the room on the floor (of all places). I opened it up and it was an herbal sleep medication that I had ordered around 2 years ago. So one night I decided what the heck and took one pill as recommended. It worked like a charm! I couldn’t believe it! It was a good sleep and not a drugged up sleep. I felt rested when I woke up! This one is called Somnapure. It has a lot of the ingredients that you mentioned. Valerian Extract, Lemon Balm, L-Theanine, Hops, Passion Flower, Melatonin and Chamomile Flower extract. I looked at the website to see how to order refills as I am nearing the end of my bottle. It’s slightly expensive and not sure I will be able to afford another bottle due to my strict budget (on Social Security). I just thought I would give you an idea of another option to try!

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says:

      Thank you for the suggestion! I think I have heard of Somnapure, but have not tried it.

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