Sominex Herbal Review

sominex herbalSominex Herbal is an over the counter sleeping tablet that’s made and sold in the UK, and contains valerian, hops and passion flower.

I’ve tested a range of herbal sleep aids here, so if you’re thinking of trying Sominex, you should find this review useful.

Please remember that this is only one person’s view of how well they work. As you’ll see from the comments below, readers have had very different experiences.

So as well as talking about my personal experience, I’ll also provide some useful information, and how it compares to other herbal sleep aids.

My experience

I could probably sum up Sominex Herbal in 6 words: pretty packaging, strong taste, light sedation.

What immediately stood out is the smell and taste. Valerian is notorious for being strong in both departments, so I washed the 2 pills down as quick as possible.

But it’s a small price to pay for a natural ingredient, and you’ll find the same with other brands containing valerian, such as Nytol Herbal.

Talking of Nytol herbal, the two remedies are pretty much identical. So it makes sense that I had a similar experience with both of them.

A mild sedation

I took Sominex Herbal every night for a week, and although it’s far from powerful, I do think it had a sedative effect.

Following that, I again took it for a couple of nights a week over the following weeks, and found there was a noticeable effect each time.

It’s admittedly difficult to tell if there’s a placebo effect at work or not. Especially since I realized that it had the same ingredients as another sleep aid I’d already tried.

Having said that, there is some research evidence that valerian has sedative properties. So there is scientific backing behind the choice of ingredients.

No side effects

Although some people might react to the ingredients, I had no problems at all. I felt physically fine during the time I took Sominex and had no morning grogginess.

And that’s one of the important benefits of herbal sleep aids, even if they aren’t so strong.

Would I recommend it?

If you’re looking for a strong sleeping pill to switch your mental lights out, you probably won’t get that, unless you’re particularly sensitive to the ingredients.

But if you prefer natural ingredients to a powerful pharmaceutical sleep aid, and just need a little help to relax at night, then Sominex Herbal might just do the trick.

Further information

Ingredients

sominex herbal tabletThe patient information leaflet describes the ingredients of each tablet as:

  • Hop strobile extract 34 mg
  • Valerian root extract 30.8 mg
  • Passion Flower extract 15.2 mg
  • Ethanol
  • Calcium hydrogen phosphate
  • Maltodextrin
  • Microcrystalline cellulose (E460)
  • Colloid anhydrous silica
  • Stearic acid
  • Magnesium stearate
  • Hypromellose 4500
  • Polyethylene glycol 400
  • Iron oxides (E172)
  • Titanium dioxide (E171)

The first three on the list are the active ingredients which cause relaxation.

Is it suitable for you?

According to the patient leaflet, you shouldn’t take Sominex Herbal if you fall under any of the following categories:

  • Allergic to any ingredients.
  • Under 18 years old.
  • Already taking any medication for anxiety or insomnia.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Intolerant to sugars (contains glucose).
  • You shouldn’t mix it with alcohol.
  • Don’t drive or operate machinery if drowsiness persists the next day.

Possible side effects of Sominex Herbal

It’s generally considered a safe herbal remedy to take. But the leaflet warns of some possible side effects and advises that you stop taking it immediately and consult a doctor if you experience any of them.

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea and stomach cramps.
  • Rarely: hypersensitivity or increased heartbeat.

Can you take a different dosage?

Technically, the dosage is two tablets according to the instructions. I think it’s fine to take just one if two seems too strong for you though.

But I wouldn’t advise taking more than two without first consulting your doctor.

Valerian also has an unusual property in that it can take 2-4 weeks to work properly. So the manufacturer advises taking it for that long to get the best results.

However, they also say you should speak to a doctor if your sleep problem lasts longer than four weeks.

Have you tried it?

Have you tried Sominex Herbal before? If you have, it would be helpful to hear your experience in the comments below.

18 CommentsLeave a comment

    • Hi Holly
      I don’t know to be honest! If there are, there probably aren’t many – it doesn’t say anything about calories on the label, presumably because it isn’t a food product.
      Regards
      Ethan

    • Hi Zoe
      Thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear that – I would mention it to your doctor and not take them again, which I imagine is already on your mind.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I’m days away from being 18 taking 1 doesn’t really help that much anymore. I have been taking them for a few months? Would it be safe for me to take 2?

    • Hi Kez
      Thanks for your comment. If the specific pack says 2 is ok, then you could try. But if you’d like to be totally sure it’s ok, ask your primary care doctor for their advice.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I have been taking sominex for a week and they work pretty well. I did notice that I get a good 7-8 hours sleep and my arms and legs were “heavy” upon waking but this wears off

    • Hi Pat
      The patient leaflet says nothing about glaucoma interactions. But if you’re worried about the valerian content, you could talk to your doctor about it to get their advice.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I am a 74 year old lady, with Type 1 Diabetes, treated with Epanutin for long standing Epilepsy (well controlled). Are Sominex Herbal tablets safe for me to take? Following the death of a Partner 18 months ago and a break up of a lovely friendship recently, I have’t had a decent nights sleep for a very long time. Advice please. Jean

    • Hi there
      Thanks for your comment, and I’m sorry for your loss. To be honest, I don’t know if they are safe for you to take. I image they would be, but it’s probably best to check with your doctor first to ensure there aren’t any possible interactions.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • My husband has a tough time sleeping and found this product while on a trip to the UK. So far, I have not been able to locate a supplier for it. I cannot find this product in the United States and the companies that sell it online (that I have found), will not ship it to the US. Why is that? Any ideas would be most appreciated!

    Thanks!
    Jayne

    • Hi Jayne
      Thanks for your comment. I think it’s probably because it’s a UK based product and for whatever reason they haven’t expanded their market to the US yet. It’s also very cheap, so perhaps companies don’t send it because of the postage costs? I’m not sure though! But really, you could probably try a different OTC sleep aid with similar ingredients and it might have the same effect.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I have been taking these for two weeks. I found they work really well within the first hour after you have taken them. But the problem is they make me sleep way longer than usual and I constantly feel sleepy during the day.
    Maybe I’m abit too sensitive with these.

  • I have taken Sominex Herbal for 4 nights after mentioning to my 27 yr old daughter that I was waking at 2, 3 or 4 with my mind racing and lying awake for up to an hour at a time. She is into herbal remedies and said they made her feel sleepy. I am impressed in as much as although I have woken during the nights I have taken them I have gone back to sleep almost immediately and not ‘worried’ my way through an hour. In my opinion they are ‘settling ‘ my brain which is good. I take 2 as I switch off at 10 to 10.30 and wake naturally at 5.30 to 6 with no effects of drowsiness. I must add I have not tried anything else as a sleep aid so not able to compare. ( I am a 53 yr old full time special needs teacher and busy Grandmother to a 3 year old. I went through the menopause 4 years ago with little side effects).

    • Hi Sara
      Thanks for your comment and for sharing your experience with Sominex herbal. It’s great that you found something which has helped you so effectively. It may be precisely because you haven’t previously taken anything stronger that this is working well for you. If you have problems with a busy mind, I would also recommend having a look into mindfulness techniques. It’s a great way, in my opinion, to tackle a worrying mind with self-help.

      Regards
      Ethan

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