When I was contacted by Harkla to do a review of their kids sleep supplements I was very excited. Sleep is something that has been a problem for me personally since I was born and my daughter takes after me 100% in this aspect.
I barely slept as a baby and I started having terrible sleep terrors when I did sleep. By the time I was 2 years old my mother was at her wits end and the doctor put me on sedatives due to the severity of the problem.
I still have insomnia and struggle to stay asleep during the night. I usually wake up at least 3 – 4 times and very often I struggle to go back to sleep again for a long period of time.
My daughter barely slept until she was 3 years and 4 months old. Until that time she never slept longer than 2 hours day or night. She also had sleep terrors often and it was terribly trying, especially since I still have insomnia so those few times when I did manage to fall asleep I would wake up to my daughter screaming.
The first few years of being a mother are a complete blur to me, I can’t even begin to describe the exhaustion.
***Disclosure – This post is sponsored by Harkla***
Fast forward to now – my son is turning 5 just before Christmas and my daughter has just turned 8 years old. They both sleep relatively well, although perhaps for a family that has not experienced all the difficulties we have may think they don’t sleep well.
My kids take a while to fall asleep when they go to bed. They like to behave like monkeys and squabble for a while. They share a room and my son enjoys the challenge of jumping from one bed to another which really works my daughter up. You get the picture? So this usually goes on for 30 – 40 minutes each night.
My kids also do not sleep through the night. They both usually wake up and come sleep with me, often with a few requests for something to drink during the night.
The next challenge is getting them up in the morning since they have not had the best rest during the night. So you can understand why I was so keen to give these supplements a go!
About Harkla Sleep Supplements
The main product is the Nighttime Relaxation Blend which is an all natural supplement with the main ingredients being:
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
- Lavender Leaf Powder
- Chamomile Extract
These are all fantastic products for good sleep. I have been drinking chamomile tea and making use of Lavender to help me sleep for many years.
Then you can also purchase the Sleep With Melatonin supplement to go with the Nighttime Relaxation Blend. I’m sure you are familiar with Melatonin – it is the hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and it is often used to help with sleep difficulties. While I have been interested in trying out Melatonin supplements before I have never made use of any before.
You can use the Nighttime Relaxation Blend on its own or use the Melatonin in conjunction with it to kick start the process. If your child is especially sensitive, such as a child with autism, you can continue with the Melatonin supplement.
Our Experience With Harkla Kids Supplements
I was honestly not expecting to see a difference immediately and I was not expecting to see a huge improvement using these supplements.
The first night we used the supplements I was blown away. The first thing that happened was the nightly bedtime circus did not happen. My kids had their bath, went to bed and went straight to sleep without a peep. That in itself was incredible. They both slept the whole night through in their own beds and it took just one call from me to wake them up and for them to get up out of bed without groaning or moaning even once.
We have had the odd night where the kids went to bed without a fuss, the odd night where they slept in their own beds and a few nights where they got up without any drama – but all of these things together in one go with both kids? It has never happened before!
I also took the supplements because I like to try out whatever my kids are using, plus as a recovering addict and alcoholic there are no good things I can take for my sleep problems. I can take the same medications and supplements my kids take.
I woke up only once during the night and went straight to sleep again which is also a great improvement for me.
My kids used both supplements for 5 days and then I continued only with the relaxation blend. Every night they have gone to bed without a fuss and for the first 5 days my son slept in his own bed with no wake ups or disturbances of any kind. My daughter came to my bed twice during the first 5 days but no other disturbances such as requests for something to drink.
When we finished with the Melatonin the kids continued to go to sleep quietly and quickly. They come to my bed less often and when they do it is a quiet move without any other disturbances. They have also continued to get up easily in the morning.
My Final Verdict For Harkla Sleep Supplements
This is a fantastic product. I love the fact that it is all natural and safe for my kids. I love the fact that there is complete transparency about the ingredients.
The supplements are easy to chew and while they are not what I would call tasty, they are not unpleasant. You can also crush them and add them to a drink or food if your child does not like the taste.
Best of all is that this is a product that truly works – and if it does not work for your child they guarantee to refund you with no questions asked! So really what is to lose?
If you are struggling with your child’s sleep I highly recommend that you give Harkla sleep supplements a go.