This week I’ve been testing Neuro Rest, an over the counter sleep aid that’s made in the United Kingdom.
It follows the growing trend of making non-prescription sleep aids with a wide range of ingredients.
On paper, they always sound impressive, but the important question is whether they actually work or not.
And because Neuro Rest is marketed as a food supplement, it falls into the grey area of not requiring the stricter regulation of pharmaceutical sleeping pills.
In this review, I’ll be describing how well it worked for me, and taking a closer look at the interesting combination of ingredients.
The instructions tell you to take 1 capsule of Neuro Rest per night for the first 4 nights, 30 minutes before going to sleep.
From the fifth night onwards you can then take 2 capsules. I’m not sure why they recommend this dosage increase, and I haven’t seen that procedure in other sleep aids.
The first night
Whenever I test a new sleep aid or herbal remedy, I like to stay awake reading to see if I can notice a clear sedative effect.
Sometimes you can feel a light sedation. But more often than not, there’s no noticeable effect – even if you then seem to sleep better.
With Neuro Rest, neither of those happened. I didn’t notice any sedative effect, and I don’t feel that I slept any differently than I normally would.
It still took me a while to fall asleep, even after I stopped reading. I still got up a couple of times in the night, and I woke up early the next morning as usual.
No side effects
On the plus side, I had no noticeable side effects. Even with non-prescription sleeping pills, you sometimes get side effects like morning grogginess.
But I had no issues with Neuro Rest – and didn’t for the rest of the week either.
The following nights
Despite having no effect on the first night, I still took it every night for a week to give it a chance to work.
There was no discernible sedation on any of the nights. My overall sleep time or number of wakings didn’t change from the days before taking it.
Having said that, I didn’t have any of the really bad night’s sleep that sometimes happen either. It’s not uncommon for me to have at least one night a week with only 5 hours’ sleep.
I’m honestly just not sure if the Neuro Rest did anything. It didn’t make my sleep worse, that much I can say for sure. But it didn’t give me a great night’s sleep either.
So with the lack of noticeable sedative effect and the fact that it’s expensive, I wouldn’t choose it to help me in periods of particularly bad insomnia.
Did it help with tiredness, fatigue and mental well-being?
Interestingly, the manufacturer claims that it can help with more than just sleep.
The label on the bottle suggests that magnesium can help reduce tiredness and fatigue. And that Biotin can help with normal psychological function.
These are, of course, very difficult points to measure in an objective way. So I’m left to just give my subjective opinion.
The week I took Neuro Rest was a particularly stressful one for me, so in some ways a little help with fatigue and stress would have been quite welcome.
But if the pills did anything, it again wasn’t noticeable to me.
Who makes Neuro Rest?
Neuro Rest is made by a company called Utmost Me. They have a dedicated website and a tight focus with just 2 products.
Many supplements sold online don’t even have a website, and there’s little information about who makes them. So if you’re interested, you can find out more about the team behind Neuro Rest.
It’s worth noting that it’s GMO-free and vegan. The label states that 2 capsules contain the following ingredients:
Sleep quality blend
- Magnesium 112 mg
- Griffonia seed extract 90 mg (providing 5 HTP)
- L-Tryptophan 70 mg
Melo-fruit sleep cycle support
- Montmorency cherry 72 mg
- Grape skin extract 25 mg
- Watermelon extract17 mg
Mental wellbeing blend
- Chamomile powder 70 mg
- L-Taurine 10 mg
- Biotin 50 μg
Ingredients update: while updating this article, I noticed that the label on the current bottle sold online shows an increase in the L-Tryptophan quantity from 70 mg to 100mg.
Do the ingredients really help sleep?
As you can see, it’s an extensive list of ingredients. It’s interesting that they’ve tackled the melatonin issue in the UK with natural supplements.
You can buy melatonin over the counter in some countries, like the US, but not in the UK. So fruit sources like Montmorency cherry are sometimes used in sleep aids instead. I noticed that they now have this quote online to explain how they handle the prescription point:
NOTE: This product does not contain pure Melatonin. Melatonin sleeping pills are classed as high strength sleep tablets in the UK and require a prescription. This sleep aid supplement contains our Melo-Fruit blend of which contains Montmorency Cherry, Grape Skin and Watermelon which are natural melatonin sources.
The other ingredients are all known to have associations with what the manufacturer states, such as being calming, improving mood and being important for the body clock’s functioning.
However, they don’t all have conclusive evidence that they make a significant difference when taken in supplement form.
Still, at first glance it’s an interesting blend. If you’d like to find out more about each one, I can recommend doing some reading on the website healthline.com. They have an interesting section about biotin to start with.
The label has a few simple safety warnings:
- Consult your GP before taking food supplements, especially if you are taking medication or have an existing medical condition.
- Not suitable for children, pregnant or nursing women.
- Don’t take supplements as a substitute for a varied balanced diet or healthy lifestyle.
Some of the individual ingredients can cause side effects, hence the warning to discuss with your GP first. If you’re thinking of trying it yourself, I recommend checking if it will be safe for you.
What do others say?
I couldn’t find any reliable independent reviews from other bloggers.
However, many customers have written about it on the UK Amazon site. There are 1267 reviews at the time of writing, with an average rating of 4 out of 5.
Have you tried Neuro Rest, or are thinking of taking it? Leave a comment below!