Today, I’m going to be talking about something a little different than mattresses (shocking, I know!). This piece is about my experiences with Onnit’s New Mood supplement, a product designed to promote relaxation and fight stress. Read below to see if it helped improve my sleep — or if it ended up being just another snake oil pill.
If you’ve done even a small amount of research on sleep science, you’ll likely know two things:
- There’s still a lot for us to learn about sleep and how it helps our bodies and minds!
- Serotonin has a lot to do with it.
I’ve taken some sleep supplements before when struggling with insomnia, but most of them are more about muscle relaxation than serotonin. Many are magnesium based, and while some have been useful in helping me calm down before bed, I’ve always interested in trying something a little out of the box. So after hearing about New Mood from a friend and reading a few reviews, I figured I had to give it a try.
New Mood does contain magnesium, but that’s not the highlight ingredient. It’s got a blend of valerian root, chamomile, lemon balm, jujube seed, tryptophan, 5-HTP, and inositol. The combo of tryptophan and 5-HTP helps the body produce more serotonin, and vitamin B6 (which New Mood also has) helps catalyze the compound’s formation. Basically, the supplement is designed to give you a serotonin boost, which could improve mood and reduce stress.
I played around with when to take New Mood, mostly because I was interested in seeing what it did to my sleep. The manufacturer suggesting taking New Mood before bed, and I found I felt most relaxed and best prepared for sleep if I took two pills about 25-35 minutes before bed (30 minutes before was a good guideline, but I found myself rarely hitting that exactly between brushing my teeth, turning off my computer, etc.).
Here’s the thing I liked about New Mood: It didn’t make me feel sleepy. It mostly calmed my mind a bit, which I felt let sleep more easily take its natural course. Sleep supplements that leave me extra sleepy before bed often leave me drowsy upon waking, but I never experienced that with New Mood. If anything, it helped clear my brain to reduce the nervous thoughts and jitters that sometimes keep me up at night. Other people might prefer something that literally helps put them to sleep, but for me, this supplement simply reduced the “background noise” that contributes to my occasional bedtime nerves.
If you’re interested in trying New Mood, it could be a good idea to start with just one capsule to see how you react; everyone’s body will feel different on supplements, so I’m guessing individual results will vary. I’m glad I tried New Mood, and I keep a bottle handy for times of greater-than-normal work stress and businesses.