As a single mother of two children, I certainly know what you mean when you say really can not remember the last time you had a solid night's sleep. Lack of good quality sleep is something that goes beyond diminishing your energy levels the next day; it can actually worsen memory, brain function and overall health. While some people prefer yoga and / or hot tea drinks before finally popping onto bed, I, like many, take pride in the fact that I use a healthy, sleep-enhancing supplement. “Wait a minute; did you just say that sleeping pills are healthy?” Well, some actually are. Others; on the other hand, tend to cross the line between being a supplement and a good-for-nothing addictive drug.

The world's current best-selling sleep inducing medication is Ambien or zolpidem tartrate. While Ambien certainly can work effectively to knock you right out, so can an average frying pan (ha-ha!).

Ambien is recommended by plenty of doctors and other folks in the pharmaceutical industry as the # 1 sleeping pill. But if you've ever tried Ambien or have done a fair bit of Google searching for the product, there's a good chance you've heard about it (or experienced!) Its potential major side effects. In fact, RXList.com states that Ambien could cause dizziness, a feeling of getting “drugged”, headache, nausea, constipation, weakness, dry mouth, nose and throat irritation and more. Many ex-Ambien users have even reported horrific stories about sleep walking – one woman wandered out of the house while staying completely sleep after a night's use of Ambien. So please its effectiveness, is Ambien worth it or are there alternatives that work equally as good and are much safer?

The answer is both yes and it depends. Undoubtedly, there are healthier alternatives to Ambien that can get you a decent night of Zzz's. However, Ambien could have the best choice for you if your doctor has prescribed it and if you suffer from chronic and severe insomnia.

But what are some better, safer substitutes? Honestly, the list could last an entire short novel, so for time's sake here's what we believe are the options you should start jotting down on your shopping list if you want to stay away from prescription meds like Ambien:

Valerian Root Powder

This wonder-herb is well-known for its ability to calm and soothe the nervous system, leading to sedating effects. The best part about valerian extract is that it can speed up the amount of time it takes for you to fall sleep and improve sleep quality but its sedative effects are not overly strong. This means that a proper dosage of valerian has little to no chance of bringing side effects – which is often, experienced with strong prescription meds such as Ambien.

GABA

GABA is naturally produced in the brain and works by preferred sleep. In other words, people with insomnia typically have low or imbalanced levels of GABA in their brain. This is why taking GABA supplements can promote relaxation and induce sleep. Sleeping aids containing GABA are perfect for those of us who have busy schedules and often find our heads buzzing with endless thoughts just when it's time to power down.

Passion Flower Herb

Passionflower extract contains powerful sedative properties that have been proven to effectively combat insomnia and other sleep-related issues. Fun fact: the largest trigger to a lack of proper sleep is none other than the Devil himself, stress. This is why passionflower is so effective – it calms the body and reduces stress levels. More specifically, it works by triggering the release of GABA in the brain, which slows down brain activity and lets your mind know that it's time to rest. Our favorite aspect about passionflower is that it will not leave you feeling dizzy or with brain fog the next day; rather, you will wake up rejuvenated and eager to seize any problems that may come your way.

These ingredients definitely make it to the top of our list of favorite sleep-inducing compounds. This is why it was absolutely mind-blowing to find such a great product like Lumonol Luna, which contains all three. Luna will not only put your mind at ease and allow you to sleep like baby, but it will also boost cognitive function during your night's rest and have you waking up feeling brighter and more refreshed. Do not sacrifice tomorrow by not getting proper sleep today.