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.

If you’d like to try FibroSleep, 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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