What does Gaia Sound Sleep do?
This is our analysis of Gaia Sound Sleep. From Gaia Herbs, this is a sleeping aid which has claims to promote:
- Deeper Sleep
- Relaxed Mood
- Longer, Undisturbed Sleep
But how well does it actually work?
In this report, we look closer at this supplement’s ingredients, side effects and general safety. We also look at ways this supplement could be improved.
This is our full report:
- 1 Sound Sleep (by Gaia)
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 What does Gaia Sound Sleep do?
- 5 How are the ingredients in Gaia Sound Sleep?
- 6 Is Gaia Sound Sleep safe to use? Are there any side effects?
- 7 Gaia Sound Sleep Summary
How are the ingredients in Gaia Sound Sleep?
Extensive and guarded. There are numerous ingredients in Gaia Sound Sleep, but they all fall under a proprietary blend.
A proprietary blend is when a supplement manufacturer decides to not disclose the dosages of the ingredients in their supplement. Instead they are grouped together under one larger value.
This means you don’t know how much of each ingredient you’re getting. It allows the manufacturer to keep their formula private – but it stops consumers from knowing how effective it is.
Not only that, there’s Kava Kava in here, which is a potentially dangerous supplement.
We’ll cover all that and more in our write-up. Here’s our full assessment of the ingredients:
This is a nice start to Gaia Sound Sleep. It doesn’t directly promote sleep, but it puts your mind in a better state to encourage sleep.
So, how does it work?
Passionflower contains a component known as Apigenin. Apigenin is what really counts in this ingredient, it has been seen in numerous studies to help promote calmness and relaxation.
Although this doesn’t directly promote sleep, it does get you into a better mindset which can make the whole process of drifting off easier.
Kava Kava Root
This is the biggest double-edged sword in Gaia Sound Sleep, and one that we need to discuss.
Kava Kava is a nutrient which has been seen in numerous studies to reduce anxiety. It does this very well, but this is not the whole story.
It has been linked to numerous side effects, and in some cases has even been seen as a gateway nutrient to opioids.
Kava Kava is only legal in the USA and has been banned in Europe and Canada. It is addictive and people have a hard time quitting. There are also links to Kava Kava causing liver damage, and sometimes even worse problems.
We’ll cover this in more detail in the side effects section, but honestly, from an ethical point of view we don’t think you should use it – for your own safety.
Thankfully, this is the only dangerous ingredient in this supplement, the rest are much more in-line with the normal levels of safety of the natural sleep aid industry.
American Skullcap Herb
This is a natural traditional herb in Gaia Sound Sleep, which has a lot of hype but not a lot of evidence – at least when it comes to improving sleep.
There are some claims that American Skullcap can help reduce anxiety levels, which can make it easier for you to fall asleep.
As of yet, there are no studies to confirm this. The only evidence which may link to this is that American Skullcap can help to improve mood without compromising energy levels or cognition.
The study itself even claims that more research needs to be done into the anxiety reducing effects, mainly as it didn’t provide any concrete evidence of it doing so.
We can’t say that this will help your sleep at the moment.
This is a better ingredient in Gaia Sound Sleep. Valerian Root is commonly used in nighttime teas, and with good reason: it calms you down.
Studies show that supplementing Valerian Root can help to improve your overall levels of GABA.
GABA helps to promote calmness and can also reduce anxiety. Having that at work in your body can give you a better state of mind which would be more agreeable with getting to sleep faster.
Blue Vervain Herb
This may not be a great option in Gaia Sound Sleep. Blue Vervain Herb is essentially heralded as a ‘cure-all’ in most traditional medicines.
Some of the conditions it is claimed to treat include depression and anxiety – and this may be the hook that this supplement is trying to use.
However, claims or no claims, there is no clinical evidence to support the herb. Only a handful of websites are talking about it, and with no clinical evidence – we can’t say we recommend it.
Blue Vervain Herb needs to be revisited after some extensive clinical studies.
More often you’ll see Hops used in beer, but they do have their merits as a sleep aid.
The main reason is because it is usually used in sleep remedies to support Valerian Root. This is commonly the case because Hops can help to raise your levels of GABA.
In doing so, it can help to reduce anxiety, promote calmness and give you an all-round better mental environment for promoting a state more open to sleep.
Also known as Centella Asiatica, this is potentially a good choice in Gaia Sound Sleep, but we have our doubts.
Gotu Kola is mainly used in nootropics (brain boosting supplements) as a cognitive enhancer. However, there is also some evidence that it may also help to reduce the symptoms of anxiety.
Although this sounds great, the anxiety reducing symptoms were only seen after supplementing 500mg of Gotu Kola twice a day for a grand total of 1000mg per daily serving. This is far more than what it is in this supplement, and we find it unlikely that you’ll get the same effects from it here in Sound Sleep.
Ingredient Profile Summary
There’s a lot to talk about – but we’ll start with the proprietary blend. We have to acknowledge that you can’t see the dosages of the individual ingredients in Gaia Sound Sleep.
This means you can’t know how effective it truly is. Dosages matter, the more we see the better.
The second problem we have is the Kava Kava – a nutrient that is already banned in Canada and Europe. It causes a lot of problems, with a lot of chatter online that it could be addictive, not physically, but mentally.
Many people use it as a crutch, and that’s not a good thing. Especially as it has links to numerous side effects which include organ damage – more on that in the side effects section.
Finally, we want to say that melatonin promoters would help this supplement a lot. Tart Cherries contain melatonin which promotes sleep, and L-Tryptophan converts into the sleep hormone after absorption. They’d both be great in here.
Is Gaia Sound Sleep safe to use? Are there any side effects?
As we’ve said, the Kava Kava in Gaia Sound Sleep has been linked to causing numerous problems in some users.
We don’t know the dose of it in this supplement as it is all under a proprietary blend, however we can share side effects from users who have used Kava Kava.
Taking Kava Kava may cause problems such as:
- Allergic skin reactions
- Enlarged pupils
- Gastrointestinal upset
- Hepatitis (acute)
- Liver damage
- Liver failure
- Motor reflex impairment
- Oculomotor equilibrium disturbances
- Visual accommodation disturbances
Which are all major red flags when taking a supplement. We can’t say that you’ll experience any these side effects as we don’t know the dosage. However, we do recommend that you check with your doctor before using a supplement like this.
Gaia Sound Sleep Summary
As you can see, there are some improvements and changes that are needed to Gaia Sound Sleep before we can recommend it to you.
Our main concerns are the Kava Kava and the proprietary blend. It’s a potentially risky ingredient and we don’t know the dosage of it – that’s a really bad combination.
We also think this supplement would work better by replacing it with some ingredients which can help to promote melatonin levels. Tart Cherry and L-Tryptophan would be effective options, one contains melatonin, and the other converts into it. They’d both be good.
There are better (and safer) options out there.