At NuTraditions, we’re known for combining the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine with high-tech modern science in formats that make it easier for you to seamlessly use herbs in your busy everyday life. But even for those well-versed in TCM health practices, these novel products need a bit of explanation the first time you use them. We’re often asked: What are sleep strips? And how do you use them?
Both are good questions – and we love to talk about the story behind Hello Dreams™ sleep strips with Melatonin & Calm Down™ herbs. Keep reading to get all the answers to your questions.
What Are Sleep Strips?
Until you try one, the term “sleep strips” might not be self-explanatory. That’s totally understandable. These aren’t your grandmother’s herbs, and if you didn’t grow up taking herbs to support health and well-being, you are bound to have questions. That’s why we’re here!
Pop quiz: How do you think you sleep strips work?
A. You stick it to your arm.
B. You add it to water.
C. You place it on your tongue.
D. You stick it on your nose.
The correct answer is C, but even people on our team guessed some of those other answers at first! That’s how novel this format is.
Here’s what to do: Each one comes in a small foil packet – perfect for discreetly stashing in your nightstand or tucking into your carry-on when you travel. You simply remove the foil, then place the sleep strip on your tongue, then let it melt before swallowing.
They’re kind of like breath-freshening strips, but our sleep strips are thicker and more substantial. The thickness is necessary because we include so many ingredients to help you get to sleep and stay asleep.* They have a pleasant, minty flavor complemented by an herbal earthiness. You can use these after you’ve brushed your teeth – they don’t contain any sugar but do taste naturally sweet!
What’s in Your Hello Dreams™ Sleep Strips?
Hello Dreams™ sleep strips pair melatonin with a proprietary combination of Calm Down™ herbs. Here’s what’s inside:
Melatonin: Melatonin is often taken as a dietary supplement, but our bodies also produce it. It maintains our sleep-wake cycle, or circadian rhythm. The pineal gland, a pea-size gland deep in the brain, releases more melatonin later in the day, when it starts to get darker, to signal to our body and mind that it’s time to start winding down for the day. But sometimes the pineal gland needs some support.
Read more about Why Melatonin Matters – and for Far More Than a Good Night’s Sleep!
Jujube Seed: This herb, known as Suan Zao Ren in TCM, promotes deep, tranquil slumber by reducing irritability and mental distress as well as taming physical tension and restlessness.* It’s the herbal hero in our Calm Down™ Herbal Blend. You might know it as Jujube date, Chinese date or Ziziphus jujube.
Poria Mushroom: Poria fungus (Fu Ling in TCM) supports Jujube’s sedating action.* Wolfiporia cocos gently calms and soothes the mind and nervous system.*
Licorice Root: Licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis) is more than a flavor for candy! It’s a balancing herb that encourages synergy among the stronger-acting herbs.* Gan Cao is its name in TCM, and it adds a nourishing, natural sweetness.* The herb has been used for thousands of years in Egypt, China and India, and it is known for being sweeter than sugar (without the calories).
Szechuan Lovage Rhizome: Szechuan Lovage (Ligusticum wallichii) is a warming herb. It helps provide bodily ease and support for those with occasional sleeplessness.* The TCM name is Chuan Xiong, and it is considered fundamental in TCM.
Anemarrhena Rhizome: A cooling herb known as Zhi Mu in TCM, Anemarrhena asphodeloides is a member of the lily family. It works with Jujube Seed and Szechuan Lovage Rhizome to prepare the body for sleep, by calming an overactive mind and supporting circulation.*
Luohanguo (Monkfruit): Like the other herbs in Hello Dreams™, Monkfruit (Siraitia grosvenorii) has been used in Asia for centuries. We include it for its flavor-enhancing and balancing properties. It is sometimes used as a calorie-free, no-sugar natural sweetener.
How Do Sleep Strips Work?
We developed Hello Dreams™ sleep strips with Melatonin & Calm Down™ herbs to be an easy, effective way to take herbs to help quiet the mind, drift into deep slumber, and awake restored.*
Simply place one on your tongue about 10 minutes before you want to fall asleep, let it melt, swallow, and slip off to sleep.*
Melatonin eases you to sleep, while Calm Down™, our proprietary blend of herbs, prepares your mind and body for restorative rest.
How Do Sleep Strips Compare to Other Formats?
Any time you buy an herbal supplement, you want to make sure you’re getting the best quality and potency. All of our products are designed around three key principles: Convenience, efficacy and tradition. That’s why we put so much thought, research and consideration into the products we make.
We know that they need to:
- Be as potent as possible
- Honor the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Work with your busy modern life
Hello Dreams™ sleep strips with Melatonin & Calm Down™ herbs check the boxes on all three of those.
The best herbal supplement is the one you’ll actually take. If you’re in bed and cozy under the covers or hoping to sleep through the night without nature’s call awakening you, the last thing you want to do is chug a cup of water to wash down some gritty tablets or big capsules. And tea is too much work for so late at night. Even a tincture (those little dropper bottles of herbal supplements) requires water to wash it down.
Sleep strips are genius! They taste great but don’t contain sugar, so you can take one after brushing your teeth. And since they are packaged individually, you can grab one, unwrap it, and let it melt without having to measure anything. Plus, you don’t need any water to get to the good stuff, which is helpful if you try to limit water intake at night.
Beyond convenience, we’ve concentrated our herbs into strong extracts so that you get a consistent amount in every single strip. By melting on your tongue, it expedites the process of getting the active components of the herbs into your body (by partially bypassing the digestive process).
We always perform a multitude of tests to ensure the herbs in our sleep strips are as intended, including testing for more than 200 unwanted pesticides and various methods of identity verification.
That’s the deal with sleep strips. We hope that the question left is: Where do I buy them? (Click here – a 10-day supply is 35% off right now, while a month’s supply is 45% off!)
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.