Kalms Review – Valerian Versus My Anxiety & Insomnia

kalms one a nightThis past week I’ve been testing out Kalms, hoping they can perform the miraculous and help reduce the anxiety and insomnia that have crept back into my life recently.

If you’re looking for a herbal remedy to help you relax or sleep better, Kalms is a popular choice.

In the UK especially, they have a regular place in the medicine section of many supermarkets.

But do they actually work? And is there any research evidence for their sedative effect?

In this Kalms review, you’ll find out how well they worked for me. I’ll also take a look at the four different types and side effects if you’re thinking of trying them yourself.

The four types

There are four different types of Kalms tablets. The first two are intended for anxiety during the day, and the night versions to help with sleep.

Kalms tablets (Kalms Day)

These are meant to be taken throughout the day to help with mild anxiety. You take two tablets, three times a day. The ingredients are valerian, hops and gentian.

Kalms Lavender

Lavender has growing research evidence for its sedative properties. Kalms Lavender is a capsule containing lavender oil 80 mg, intended to help with anxiety.

Kalms Night

As you’d imagine from the name, these are intended to help you sleep. You take four tablets one hour before going to sleep. Each pill contains valerian root extract 96 mg, so you can take less than four if you prefer.

Kalms One-A-Night

Rather than having the option to take less if needed, Kalms One-A-Night is a single pill at a stronger dosage of valerian extract 385 mg.

My experience

kalms tablets instructionsThis week I tried Kalms one-a-night, though not so long ago I also tried the daytime tablets and the sleep varieties.

My first thought about the night version was that it was better having to only take one pill rather than the four with the Sleep version.

Admittedly it’s twice the size of the others, but sugar-coated and still easy to swallow.

Another bonus of it being sugar coated is not getting the strong valerian taste like you do with similar products,  like Nytol herbal.

During the day

I decided to take them in 2 different situations to try to really gauge if I could feel any effects. I first tried one in the middle of the day while working on my laptop.

I didn’t feel anything noticeable, but this doesn’t necessarily mean nothing is happening; they aren’t meant to be too strong after all.

At night

I then tried the normal dose of one pill 3 nights in a row, and I do think I felt a mild sedative effect each night.

But whether it was a sedation, placebo effect, or tiredness due to not sleeping well lately is hard to say. I did, however, sleep a little better each night than I had done recently.

I mentioned that I’ve been having sleep problems recently, and this has largely been due to having quite a lot of stress in my life. So maybe the calming effect of the valerian helped me drift off a little easier.

But really, it’s the day version which is supposed to help mild anxiety, and I can only comment on this in hindsight. I actually took them regularly a while back, and I do remember thinking that they helped a little.

The problem is though, it’s so hard to tell whether something which is only meant to have a light effect is actually working or not.

It could be a placebo effect (which is known to be a powerful thing). Or it could be a combination of that and anything else you’re doing at the time to help yourself deal with anxiety or sleep problems.

So my feeling is this: if you think it helps, then that’s probably good enough. But you may never know for sure exactly how much it’s really helping.

For now, I’ll continue with them for a few more days as I think I have felt a mild effect, and that’s all I need.

What evidence is there that Kalms work?

Being a herbal remedy, there’s no need for clinical studies to pass them as effective. And accordingly, no research studies have been done on them.

So technically no scientific research exists for the effectiveness of Kalms.

The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency website does have an entry for Kalms. Here’s a quote which summarizes their view:

This registration is based exclusively upon evidence of the use of Hops and dry extract of Valerian root and Gentian root as a traditional herbal medicine and not upon data generated from clinical trials. There is no requirement under the Traditional Herbal Registration scheme to prove scientifically that the product works. No new or unexpected safety concerns arose from this application and it was, therefore, decided that a Traditional Herbal Registration Certificate could be granted.

Perhaps it’s more productive to instead look at whether valerian is known to help promote sleep. And in this case, the answer according to research is probably best summarized as ‘sometimes’.

As I wrote about in an article about valerian, it does have some research evidence showing a sedative effect. So based on that, Kalms might have the potential to do what it’s intended to do.

What others say

The biggest test is of course what people say. The UK Amazon site has mixed feelings from customers. Some people say they work brilliantly, while others found they didn’t work at all.

And since first writing this review, there have been many comments from readers describing their experience. Once again, some say it worked wonders, but others aren’t so convinced.

And this raises a key point: it’s very hard to predict whether Kalms will work for you or not.

Your expectations and previous experience of sleeping or anxiety pills might also play a role. If you’ve taken strong prescription medication before, you might find the lighter effect of Kalms just isn’t enough, or takes some adapting to.

However, if you’ve never dabbled in the prescription heavyweights before, then the gentle calming effect might be enough.

Further Information


As per the instruction leaflet, the active herbal ingredient is:

  • Valerian root extract 385 mg (equivalent to 1.54-1.93 g of valerian root)

And the other ingredients are:

  • Extraction solvent: Ethanol 60% v/v
  • Excipients: Maltodextrin, Colloidal Anhydrous Silica.
  • Croscarmellose Sodium
  • TalcSilicified Microcrystalline Cellulose
  • Magnesium Stearate
  • Silicon Dioxide
  • Hypromellose
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Macrogol
  • Saccharine Sodium

Who should avoid Kalms

The manufacturer advises against taking Kalms in some situations:

  • If you’re allergic to any of the ingredients
  • If you consume excessive amounts of alcohol, as it can increase the sedative effect
  • If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You should avoid driving, operating machinery or tools
  • If you’re taking any other medication for sleep

Possible side effects of One-A-Night

The manufacturer only lists two possible side effects. If you experience these or any other adverse symptoms, stop taking them and consult your doctor:

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal cramps

The other versions have different possible side effects, so please make sure you read the label carefully before taking them.

Have you tried Kalms?

I’m interested to hear your thoughts about any of the Kalms. Have you tried them, and if so, what effect did they have on you?

303 CommentsLeave a comment

  • I took 2 Kalms Night last night and was up being sick all night. I am not a stranger to supplements and they are my first port of call but, I find it strange the first time I took 2 of these I have been ill all night.

    • Hi Jen
      Thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear you had such an unpleasant experience. I wouldn’t take them again until you speak to a doctor about it.

  • I have just had my second night of the one a night and I feel sick ! On the plus side I have managed to sleep but with very vivid dreams – I know it says to stop but I really need to sleep

  • I suffer from depression and currently taking tablets for it but I have huge anxiety and fear of fireworks. so as soon as supermarkets started selling the fireworks on the 15th October I’ve been taking kalms capsules and although they leave a horrid aftertaste, think that’s the rapeseed oil, they work brilliantly for me. between my depression tablets and kalms I feel a lot better and definitely a lot more mellow than I was before. I’m starting to enjoy my job more and I’m slowly getting back to my old self before I had my daughter 2 years ago (when the depression started). I highly recommend the kalms capsules they work better than the tablets.

    • Hi Emma
      Thanks for your comment and for sharing your experience. It’s great that you had such a positive experience with Kalms. I hope you continue to improve and get fully back to your old self.

  • I actually sleep fine, but have a lot going on at the moment and get very anxious and stressed about stuff. I was thinking of trying something like this as it’s herbal and not a big fan of taking medicines if I can help it. But worried about driving if it can make you drowsy? Does anyone have any experience of this?

    • Hi Annie
      Thanks for your comment. I think the best thing to do is check the current patient leaflet and Kalms website for their advice. I’ve seen in the past that they say don’t drive if you feel sleepy, not that you just shouldn’t ever drive when you take the valerian daytime ones for example. But they might change that advice, so it’s always good to check what the manufacturer recommends. You can find copies of the patient leaflets online if you search for it.

  • I don’t sleep consistently well so occasionally I tried night Kalms. They did make me feel calmer and less agitated but I think they have to be taken a couple of hours before bed time as the effects can last until the next day. You can feel a bit drowsy. I just use them when I have a run of bad nights so I get one night at least of proper sleep.

    • Hi there
      Thanks for your comment. Which version of Kalms did you take exactly? I found the ant-histamine version dragged into the next day more noticeably than the valerian.

  • Hi
    I’m 14 going on 15 and that means I am starting my GCSE’s and when I have had past examinations I was stressing too much and stayed up all night as I couldn’t sleep. My GCSEs are really important to me and I want to get good sleep so I pass. would I be able to take these to help me sleep?

    • Hi Oliver
      Thanks for your comment. I completely understand – GCSEs are important, and like any milestone exams, can be a stressful time. I think considering your age, this is something to discuss with your family. It’s not my place to advise you on whether you should or shouldn’t take a sleep aid. Even though it’s available over the counter, my opinion is that it’s wise to talk with your family about how you’re feeling, how stressed you are, and see if they can help you to find coping mechanisms. I’d also be tempted to look up ways to relax and deal with anxiety. There are lots of good websites that offer simple techniques and advice for teenagers experiencing stress. There’s also a section on this site discussing relaxation techniques, if you look at the main menu.

  • I have literally always had insomnia all my life and I have anxiety. I am also on Tylenol with codeine for fibromyalgia. My question is, is this able to be taken with that? I was taken off of my amitriptyline which was the only thing that EVER seemed to help in my entire life and I tried prescription and over the counter things. I’m dealing with literally falling asleep at the kitchen table now and I don’t know what to do. I’m completely fatigued all day long from not sleeping all night, and it’s not like I don’t try. I toss and turn the entire night long. I was also diagnosed with restless leg syndrome and it makes my body feel like it’s vibrating inside.

    • Hi Crystal
      Sorry to hear you’re having such difficulties sleeping. To be honest, I don’t know if you can take the Kalms with your current meds. That’s something you need to talk to your personal doctor about. I think it’s probably a good idea to speak to them as soon as you can anyway considering how bad your sleep is at the moment.

  • Hi I’ve been on kalms for over a month now the blister 84 pack for just under £5. have 6 a day 2 in a morning at 8ish am, then 2 at 12pm ish then 2 between 4 and 5 always after a meal. And they work great for me. I sleep better had bad anxiety still get odd moments feeling anxiety but nowhere as much. The only thing i have noticed if i miss a day i become really moody unless i was moody any way lol. Make u bit sleepy too.

    • Hi Claire
      Thanks for your comment. It’s great that they work so well for you. I would caution using them on an ongoing basis though, especially if you notice mood swings when you don’t take them. Have you spoken to your GP about how you feel? They might be able to help you tackle your anxiety through other means too.

  • Hi
    I have just purchased kalms night and kalms day , can i take both of them together …. example the 6 kalms day throughout the day and the 4 kalms night before going to bed??

    • Hi Matthew
      Thanks for your comment. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure, but it seems that it would be taking more than the recommended dosage. You could always contact Kalms through their website to ask them.

  • My son (19) has been taking calms for anxiety. Last night I found him in a drunken-like state in the middle of the night but he was also disorientated and thought it was daytime and about to take a shower at 4am ( he told me he’d taken calms but also Tesco herbal sleep aid tablets. I note that these also have Valerian in. Reading up on side effects of them both could it cause these symptoms if he has “overdosed” on them? They may be herbal but I am very concerned about his use of them and would welcome advice.

    • Hi
      Thanks for your comment. I think even though valerian is usually considered very safe, taking more than the recommended dosage isn’t a good idea, as you already know.
      Even though Kalms themselves don’t list many side effects, other medical sources do list further possible side effects of valerian. For example, dizziness, ‘brain fog’ resulting in being in a daydream like state, drowsiness etc. So perhaps it’s possible that he woke in the night in a confused state. Maybe it was due to the valerian, maybe it was a coincidence, maybe it was from sleeping more deeply and waking up disorientated, which does happen to some people.

  • I have been using Kalms for about 2 years. They work very well to relieve anxiety and help me cope day to day with stress. I am perimenopausal and these help with night sweats too. I take 2 at night, 2 in the morning and occasionally if needed 2 after lunch.
    I am slightly concerned as the new bottle I purchased calling itself Kalms Day does not have the hops or gentian in. I don’t know why this has changed or if it will have the same results.

    • Hi Andrea
      Thanks for your comment. There are different versions of Kalms, so you might have bought the different one without knowing at the time. If you prefer the old one, you can probably still get it.

    • I have to agree with Andrea: they’ve changed it. I am not amused.

      The packaging looks almost identical but now says “Kalms Day” instead of just “Kalms”, has a different barcode and, most tellingly, has a yellow “New Formulation” band across the top.

      Neither Tesco nor Boots seem to be stocking the old one any more. :-(

      My partner just spent £8 buying three boxes in Tesco for me and now I have to decide whether or not to take them back and will they accept it if I do?

      I would love to know why this change was made? Does the government no longer approve herbal medicines containing hops and/or gentian root? Is it just cost-saving? Enquiring (sleepless) minds need to know.

      • Hi C.B
        Thanks for your comment. Both Boots and Tesco will refund you if you have the receipt – I know because I’ve done it myself.
        I don’t know why they changed the formula – perhaps an email to them through their website will find out?

      • I did email kalms about this and they said the hops and gentian are still in the tablets but they can’t put it on the packaging – I can’t remember Why.

  • I suffer with bruxism which causes a chronic headache every morning and sometimes migraine. After using a mouth guard for 2 years, I got used to it and the headaches returned. My GP put me on a mild dose of an anti depressant, which seems to work up to a point. I have also started to use Kalms one-a-night, in the hope that it relaxes me further and helps to stop me clenching my jaw and grinding my teeth. I really think it is helping and I am definitely sleeping better.

    • Hi Cheryl
      Thanks for your comment. It’s interesting that you feel the Kalms might be helping. Did you check with your doctor that it was ok to combine the anti-depressant and Kalms?

    • If you are grinding your teeth during the night, and it wakes you up that is both a sign of stress building up, been there. Basically I found I was stressed, and some may say the days events are playing in your mind whilst asleep. I’m about use Kalms, as stress, anexity relif.

  • I started taking Kalms One-A Night a month ago. For the first few weeks I was definitely falling asleep faster and not waking up during the night. I stopped taking them at the end of the packet and my usual lying in bed for over an hour awake, came back. I started them again this week and am not having the same faster falling asleep, that I had when I first used them. It is suggested that you can have one late evening and another half an hour before I go to bed, I will try this and see what happens.

    • Hi Liz
      Thanks for your comment and for sharing your view on the Kalms. Unfortunately, rebound insomnia, as it’s called, is a common issue with sleep aids. Have you tried other techniques to improve your sleep too?

  • I suffer with Parkinsons desease and often find it difficult to have an uninterrupted nights sleep. I have started taking Kalms night one a night tablets and after taking just one dose found I had the best nights sleep in ages. I have now been taking them for a week and the results are amazing. I am getting a good nights sleep … I am so happy.

    • Hi Albert
      Thanks for your comment. It’s great that you’ve found something that’s made a difference and is helping you sleep.

  • Hi,

    Unfortunately, Kalms night has not been effective for helping me sleep (I have been taking 2 nightly for a month).While stronger sleeping tablets knock me out, these just give me nausea. My 3 hour sleeping blocks ( I have depressions and anxiety for which I take antidepressants ) have not changed as a result of taking Kalms Night.

    I also find that it has caused my skin to itch (scalp, back) more. I have dry skin anyway, but the kalms tablets seem to have flared it up. I don’t see itchyness as a possible side effects of Kalms Night, so I may be sensitive to one of the other ingredients? Have you had any one comment on skin problems using Kalms Nights? Did you have any skin problems?

    Another issue I have with Kalms Nights is the off putting smell of the tablets, and the smell it leaves in your hands.

    I think I may have to find another stronger sleep aid, after talking to GP.

    Have you found other sleeping aides that worked for you?

    Thanks in advance

  • I suffer from stress and not sleeping because of my job and I have been taking karms for a year now they have reduced my stress right down I feel much happier and I generally sleep better although the effect seems to be wearing off and I am waking at night again , does. your body become immune to valerian?

    • Hi Susie
      Thanks for your comment. I’ve seen some reports that you can develop a tolerance to valerian over time. It’s great that it helped you so much for so long. But perhaps a year is a long time to be taking them, especially if you took them every day. I’ve also seen advice that it’s good to take a break from valerian from time to time.
      Have you tried other self-help methods to manage your stress levels? Something I highly recommend, for example, is mindfulness. It can help both with daily stress and anxiety, and also at night time with sleep.

      • Hi Ethan
        Thank you for your advice. What evidence is there to suggest it might be unhealthy to take kalms over a longer period of time, my stress was getting to a unhealthy level with very vivid graphic nightmares most nights leading to 2 -3 hours sleep. I tried acupuncture, and hypnotherapy which helped a bit, my next step was the Doctors possible antidepressants which I want avoid. Kalms have made such a difference to me I really don’t want to back to how I was. I feel so much better all round. Many thanks Susie

        • Hi Susie
          You’re welcome. I think the best thing is to do some research into the long-term effects of taking valerian, rather than kalms specifically, as you’ll find more information about that. Having said that, the truth seems to be that the long-term effects aren’t well understood yet.
          Here’s what webmd say on their website:
          “The long-term safety of valerian is unknown. To avoid possible side effects when discontinuing valerian after long-term use, it’s best to reduce the dose slowly over a week or two before stopping completely.”
          So from that, I imagine it’s up to the individual and their doctor to make a wise decision based on their personal situation.

  • Hi just wondering if I can take kalms in the day along side night calms? If so what dose do people recommend suffering badly with my nerves in the day and waking 3 times a night get only a few hours sleep I would like to take both for the time being thank you.

    • Hi Vikki
      Thanks for your question. I’m not totally sure to be honest. I think it would be better to ask either your doctor or ask directly through the Kalms website.

    • Hi Kim
      Thanks for your question. To be honest, I’m not sure what Kalms recommend about mixing the two tablets. I don’t know of any specific reason valerian and lavender can’t both be taken. But if you’re not sure, you could always try contacting Kalms or asking your doctor.
      You can find the Kalms contact details here.

  • i suffer with anxiety and mild depression , I tried 3 different antidepressants and suffered with bad side effects so the doctor took me off them, I use to use lanes quiet life herbal tablets and they helped me a lot but I can no longer get them and to buy them online is far to expensive,, I started taking kalms 6 a day and I have suffered awful sickness and stomach problems after only one day, I dare not take anymore because of this ,, has anyone else had these problems, thank you

    • Hi Jojaza
      Thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear you reacted to badly to the Kalms. Some people do have those side effects, but I think it’s usually because of the valerian rather than the specific brand of sleep aid. Have you had similar problems with other valerian products?

  • I use the day Kalms for stress/anxiety and to help me sleep as I struggle to sleep for more than an hour. I have to take around 3 to send me off to sleep and can sleep up to 4 hours which is amazing for me. I also notice a difference in my stress levels if I take them properly for a few days

  • I’ve been in zopiclone 7.5 for insomnia for ten years but due to liver disease gp has decided to stop them and suggested I find a herbal remedy avoiding nytol as it contains the same ingredient as zopiclone and not suitable for anyone with liver issues , I have trolled the internet this evening and everywhere I look kalms come up as best natural sleep enhancing remedy but can’t find any referral to wether they can be taken by people with liver issues and wondered what your knowledge or take on this may be . I found your article very interesting and informative

    • Hi Mylene
      Thank you for your compliment about the article.
      I think the thing to do is to check if you can take the main ingredient – valerian – if you have liver disease. That brings up clearer information than searching for kalms specifically. And the answer to that question would be no. Here’s a link to the mayoclinic website, which states clearly you shouldn’t take Valerian if you have liver disease.

  • Fantastic . The depth of my sleep is so much better so feel better during the day. I am not aware I am anxious but my sleep was rather fragmented.

  • I tried kalms for the first time.i must say i felt less stressed ,and more relaxed after taking them.i would try them again. The effects were mild but that worked for me.

    • Hi Deborah
      Thanks for your comment. It’s great that the Kalms helped you, even if the effects were mild. Sometimes all we need is a little something to help us relax.

  • Hi, I am on hypertension tablets and I am wondering if I can take Kalms Night as my insomnia is terrible and I had to wake up at 4am coz of work. Thank you. I am also due for surgery for ovarian cysts in 2 weeks and wondering if there is an impact if I take Kalms Night. Thank you.

    • Hi Garnette
      Thanks for your comment. My advice would be to ask your personal doctor for their opinion on both these questions. I’m not sure what the answer is myself, and don’t want to hazard a guess. But in general, I think taking combinations of herbal remedies and prescribed medication is worth discussing with a medical professional.
      All the best with the surgery – I hope it goes smoothly for you.

  • I find I do sleep longer,before I slept for one-three hours
    Now I can sleep 5-8 hours.
    I found one problem which may or may mot be Kalms is dizziness when getting up out of bed to go to loo,I have to hold on to bed,feels like falling into wall.(sometimes in bed when I turn over,I did have Labrinitus(spelling ?) once very similar to that)
    This last for a couple of mins,not all the time
    I still use them its far better for my sleep,

    • Hi Karen
      Thanks for your comment. It might be worth mentioning that to your personal doctor when you can. I’d also stand slowly, taking ma minute or two just sitting before getting up and walking.

  • I have been taking Kalms during the day for anxiety issues which caused throat and chest tightness and shortness of breath. The anxiety has been heightened since I stopped taking st johns wort which has given me lots of withdrawal symptoms. Because of this I didn’t want to try any more herbal pills but my anxiety was leading to panic attacks so thought I would give Kalms a try seeing as it had somewhat good reviews and needed something to help me sleep also. I have ony been taking for 2 days so too early to judge but so far it has definitely helped with my anxiety symptoms. Has eased my throat tightness and my shortness of breath has eased greatly, could very well be placebo but as long as it helps I don’t care. I don’t intend to take it long term as I’m very wary of becoming dependant and suffering withdrawal so will give it a few weeks and see how it works out. I have also stopped taking all vitamin pills as they seem to make me more depressed and anxious.

    • Hi Gary
      Thanks for your comment. Have you spoken to a doctor about your symptoms? I think considering the shortness of breath etc it’s a good idea to get yourself checked over. Your doctor might also be able to offer some advice about coping with anxiety.

  • Hi I’ve been having problems sleeping for years (10+) and have tried sleeping tablets from my doctor which were some of the strong ones but never helped me sleep . I thought I would give kalms night tablets ago and now have been on them for coming up 4 weeks and they have helped me 100% , I’m sleeping at night and getting a good 8/9 hours without awaking up . Can you tell me how long you can take kalms for .

    • Hi Peter
      Thanks for your comment. There’s no definitive answer as to how long you can take valerian for. But I think if you approach the one month mark of taking it every day, it’s wise to check with your doctor if it’s ok to continue.

  • I am considering trying the Kalms tablets because i’m having trouble with falling asleep, and was just wondering if there is any chance of getting addicted to the pills?

  • When my dad died my mum was on sleeping tablets and they just didn’t work. I have her kalms night back when they were small brown tablets that’s you had to take about 4(before they brought out the one big white tablet) she was very sceptical (so here I remove the placebo effect as she didn’t believe for a second they would help) she slept all night for the first time. And used them for a year. She tried the sleeping tablet now and then just to see and no joy. I truly believe in kalm night. I myself use when travelling for work and have to catch an early morning flight. With kalms I fall asleep and wake up when my alarm goes off without any drowsiness. Whereas without I take ages to fall asleep and wake up every 30 mins to check the time.

    • Hi Deanna
      Thanks for your comment. I think it depends on the current dosage they have, as the manufacturer might change it from time to time. I’d check with the quantities they advise in the information leaflet, and perhaps ask your doctor if it’s not clear.

  • Hi I lost my grandson in Dec at 8wks to SIDS and I tried to revive him. 6wks ago I started suffering with severe anxiety and depression and haven’t been sleeping great. The doctor said it’s delayed grief and my counsellor thinks I may be suffering with PTSD. I started taking kalms day pills (2 pills 3 times a day) I have noticed the panic attacks have gone and I’m no longer sweating and shaking especially at night but still slight anxiety. I’m hoping they will build up in my system and I will improve in time. I have given myself a 2wks time frame to see if they work. I’ve also been taking the kalms one a night and I have been sleeping a bit better and if I wake in the night can go back over without sweating and shaking.

    • Hi Claire
      Thanks for your comment. I’m very sorry for your loss – I can’t imagine how difficult a time it must be for you and your family. It’s very understandable that you’ve had difficulties following this, so it’s good that you’ve asked for support and are receiving help. It’s also good that the kalms are having a positive effect. I hope it continues that way during the 2 weeks, and that you’re able to manage better in time.

  • Hello I’m just about to take kalms I suffer from tension headaches and recently insomnia, could I take a day kalms lavender 1a day, then a kalms night 1a day at night is it too much or is it OK to do that thanks it’s actually making me anxious to get the dose correct which us ironic as it’s that that’s causing me to want to take them anxiety that is many thanks

    • Hi Fiona
      Thanks for your comment. I’m sure you’ll be fine to combine them. But if it’s worrying you, why not try just one for a couple of weeks, and then add the other if you feel it’s necessary? That also gives you time to talk to your primary care doctor to get some reassurance from them if you feel it would help.

  • I cannot live without valerian root! I don’t necessarily suffer from insomnia, but I do have difficulty falling asleep as my anxieties (lifelong) tend to accumulate and poke at me when I’m trying to sleep; the more you try to avoid something, the more it seems to invade your every thought! I chose Kalms because I can’t stand the smell of valerian root…I have tried Ambien, but don’t like the weird waking psychosis I experienced, and diphenhydramine not only gave me horrible hangovers, it increased my depression and gave me terrible early-morning munchies. Deep-breathing and going through mundane thoughts, like going through the alphabet, choosing a vegetable for each letter, or boys’ names…anything to distract from trying to hard to sleep or those prevailing worries, plus one Kalms One-A-Night, I sleep like a lamb.

  • I started taking Kalms 5 days ago, 2 tablets 3 times a day for long term stress. I certainly feel complete relaxation but also feel like a zombie and can’t do anything apart from lie down. Some responses say it takes a couple of weeks to kick in? Would you cut it down a bit now or stick with it? Thanks

    • Hi Sarah
      Thanks for your comment. Something doesn’t sound right there at all. I probably wouldn’t continue with it for now and speak to your doctor about it to find out why it’s having that effect on you.

  • Hi. I am taking the ones before bedtime and I am sleeping like a treat!
    I did think at first it could be a placebo effect but the past fortnight I sometimes forgot I took it, when I woke I remembered so I do believe they are working brilliantly!
    I suffer with anxiety, depression, social anxiety and OCD.
    I stopped taking sleeping tablets prescribed by my doctor as I felt paralysed by them as they were so strong.

    So, as long as you have no allergies to any of the ingredients, I highly recommend trying Kalms.

  • hi I started using kalms few days ago they seem to be working I’m only taking one at the moment 3 times a day but still get bit anxious would I be better taking 2 pills

    • Hi Sarah
      Thanks for your comment. Valerian can have an accumulative effect, so I’d wait a couple of weeks to see how you feel before thinking about changing the dose. You might find your anxiety continues to reduce over time.

  • Excellent. I learnt so much and could connect to myself. I have just started using the kalms and I have rested. I get up a few times but I I didn’t stay long to go back to sleep. I believe this is what I have been looking for.

  • Hi I am under a lot of stress , and sleep disturbances so I started Kalms (Day) and I found they made me sleepy all day so I thought take one tablet early evening and then two at bedtime , hoping this will help me sleep which it did but again the next day I was very sleepy all day , could it be I am allergic to Valerian ? I do sleep better but so sleepy all day could it improve in time?Penny

    • Hi Penny
      Thanks for your comment. I doubt you’re allergic to it. It’s probably more likely that you just took more than necessary. Perhaps try just taking one next time before bed and see how you feel the next day. And if you have any worried about allergies and sleep aids, it’s good to mention to your doctor.

  • I don’t know how much faith I’d put in Kalms to put me to sleep in the first place,nor if they rely solely on placebo BUT I do find that when I take them before for bed (the 3/4 tablet variety) that I seem to have deeper, more valuable sleep and wake up less during the night. I also tend to feel less agitation in the morning as I feel better rested.

    • Hi Beth
      Thanks for your comment. I think it doesn’t really matter if it’s placebo or not – if it helps you sleep and it’s not doing any harm, that’s a positive thing!

  • I took a kalms anxiety pill 24hours ago and a few minutes later I felt like I wasn’t in my body and like I had taken drugs. How do I get rid of this side effect?

    • Hi Cayla
      Thanks for your comment. It’s taken me a while to reply, so I’m sure the effects are long gone for you now. Normally with something like this, it’s just a matter of time.

  • Hi, my therapist recommended this. Problem is, I’m breastfeeding a 5 month old. Can I take the daytime ones (at least I think this is what I got)?

    • Hi Arod
      Thanks for your comment. I think the standard advice is not to take valerian when pregnant or breastfeeding. But if you’re not sure, ask your doctor about it, and if there’s an alternative they can recommend for you.

  • Hi, I suffer from moderate anxiety due to numerous things, life events, stressful job. I have been taking Kalms for years and they work well for me. However, i am now pregnant, I have stopped taking Kalms, my anxiety has increased.

    Are they safe to taken during pregnancy?

    • Hi Sarah
      Thanks for your comment. I think in this case, the best thing to do is ask your doctor. I’ve seen some sources recommending pregnant women don’t take Valerian during pregnancy. So I’d check with your doctor to get their opinion.

  • I suffer with mild/moderate anxiety and occasional insomnia. Sleeping tablets are ineffective as once I get to sleep, the nightmares wake me up again every couple of hours. Kalms have always got me to sleep much quicker and I have far fewer sleep interruptions.
    I have had no joy with Lexapro or Efexor and had to stop when my Blood Pressure reached ‘go straight to A&E’ levels.

    • Hi there
      Thanks for your comment. It’s interesting you find kalms more effective than stronger sleep aids – and that’s a good thing in my opinion!

  • Hi, I have a driving test coming soon. Last time i was really anxious & had sweaty palms. This time am thinking of taking Kalms day on the day of the test. Do you think this will help me with the ‘drive test anxieties’?

    • Hi Jojina
      Thanks for your comment. I believe that because valerian can cause drowsiness, it’s usually recommended on safety leaflets not to drive when you take it. And since you need to be at your most alert when you take your test, it might not be the best idea. Have you spoken to your doctor about it to see if they can help?
      When I had my driving test years ago I was also really nervous. I just told the examiner I was nervous, and they very nicely told me not to worry. By getting it out in the open and speaking about it, it somehow made me feel a bit better. Like I was more nervous worrying that they would see I was nervous, which is silly maybe but it’s how I felt. So when I admitted it and they were nice about it, it was one less thing to worry about!
      Maybe you could try the same. I also recommend learning some relaxing breathing exercises. Learning to control your breathing can help with nerves a lot. If you look it up online, you’ll find lots of good websites which teach calming breathing exercises.

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