Summary: Despite containing some decent ingredients, we don’t think NoctuRest is a very good sleep aid. For starters, many of the ingredients are listed as a proprietary blend. These always indicate poor value for money, especially when they contain bogus ingredients like NoctuRest’s does. We don’t get very much theanine, 20mg of magnesium can only do so much, and the melatonin is just standard, probably synthetic melatonin. There are better sleep aids out there than NoctuRest.
NoctuRest Review: How Does It Promote Sleep?
NoctuRest is a natural sleep supplement made by Rejuvica Health. These guys are a serious supplement manufacturing outfit. At the time of writing Rejuvica Health have dozens of general health supplements listed on their website. They are mainly general wellness stacks designed to promote everything from kidney health to intestinal function. NoctuRest is Rejuivca Health’s specialist sleep aid.
So what does it do?
There isn’t a lot of detail on the Rejuvica website about what NoctuRest actually does or how it works.
But one thing it does say is that NoctuRest helps you get “the perfect night’s sleep”. But if we look at what they say about the individual ingredients, it’s clear that NoctuRest is designed to deliver:
- Reduced anxiety
- Soothed muscles
- Deeper, restful sleep
- Reduced sleep latency
Sounds good to us. But is any of this actually true?
Does NoctuRest actually work? Is it safe for long-term use? How does it compare to the best sleep aids on the market today? Should you use it? Read our full Rejuvica Health NoctuRest review below and find out!
Here is the NoctuRest formula as it is displayed on the bottle:
Here is a brief overview of each NoctuRest ingredient, what it does, and how it might help you have a better night’s sleep. If you have any questions, please post them in the comments section at the bottom of this page.
Magnesium Citrate – 20mg
Magnesium is a vital mineral for human healthy. It supports sleep in a few different ways. It promotes muscle relaxation, calms excited neurons, significantly reduces blood pressure, and reduces acetylcholine activity (which means less twitching at night). With so many mechanisms, magnesium makes for the ideal addition to a sleep stack.
Magnesium is a fantastic natural sleep aid. It is plentiful in a healthy human diet. Unfortunately, few people consume enough magnesium these days; the modern, Western diet is lacking in fresh leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, and beans. So for most people, supplementation is probably a good idea. However, we think you could do with consuming a lot more than the 20mg we get from NoctuRest – like 5 times more!
Theanine – 50mg
Theanine is an amino acid found in high concentrations in tea (especially black tea). It is often used in energy stacks because it can reduce the severity of caffeine’s side effects. But theanine has some physiological effects of its own. Several clinical trials have shown that theanine can speed up the onset of sleep at night (source). It is not a sedative, but it does seem to promote both mental and physical relaxation at night; this is ideal for people who often lie awake for hours at night.
But like with magnesium, we could really use more theanine than the 50mg NoctuRest gives us. Most potent sleep supplements will provide about 100-200mg of theanine per serving. 50mg just isn’t enough to have a powerful effect on your sleeping patterns!
Melatonin – 3mg
Melatonin is in many ways the king of natural sleep aids. It is the hormone which governs your sleeping cycles. Melatonin’s presence makes you feel sleepy, high concentrations in the brain put you into a deep sleep, and melatonin’s absence is what eventually wakes you up in the morning (along with a jolt of cortisol).
Supplementing with melatonin is a great way to fix disruptive sleeping patterns. It quickly crosses the blood-brain barrier and brings on feelings of drowsiness. It can help keep you in a deeper sleep for longer too, but without sedating you. The 3mg of melatonin we get from NoctuRest is great – more than the standard 2mg we get from most sleep aids. The only way it could be better is if it was nature-identical melatonin rather than the synthetic stuff!
Valerian – Dose Unknown
Valerian root has been used to reduce anxiety, alleviate stress, and promote restful sleep for a long time. It is a very common ingredient in natural sleep aids today; you’ll even see things like Valerian-infused tea sold in some supermarkets or health food stores.
But there isn’t any scientific evidence to support the use of Valerian as a sleep enhancer. There are no convincing clinical trials showing Valerian root alone having a positive effect on sleep quality, duration, or timing. Without serious empirical evidence, Valerian has no place in a premium sleep supplement – best leave this one as a tea!
Passionflower – Dose Unknown
Like Valerian, Passionflower has a long history of use in traditional medicine. And like Valerian, Passionflower has absolutely no support form modern scientific investigation. We have never seen an independent, peer-reviewed study which shows passionflower supplementation having a meaningful effect on sleeping patterns. Whether taken as a tea, a whole plant powder, or a concentrated extract, it doesn’t seem to matter.
Until we see some hard evidence, we refuse to believe that passionflower has any effect on sleep whatsoever.
Lemon Balm – Dose Unknown
Lemon balm is a relatively unstudied sleep aid, but the results we’ve seen look promising. Lemon balm seems to promote restful, high quality sleep. The research indicates that it works primarily by calming the mind and reducing the symptoms of stress or anxiety (source). Things like hypertension and shortness of breath can keep you awake all night if they’re severe. However, you need to be using enough lemon balm to see a difference in sleep quality or latency. We have no idea how much we get from NoctuRest. That’s a big problem!
Hops – Dose Unknown
Hops are a common addition to sleep aids these days, and with good reason. Hops seem to be a mild sedative. Consuming hops reduces physical night-time activity – muscle activation is reduced, which means less tossing and turning, twitching, and jolting. You don’t need to consume much to see effects. However, we doubt you’re going to get enough from NoctuRest; with a total prop blend size of 1.23mL, you’re really not going to see any difference in sleep quality at all.
Chamomile – Dose Unknown
We all know that chamomile is supposed to be the sleep inducing, calming herbal tea. It is used around the world to reduce stress, alleviate the symptoms of anxiety, and promote deep, restful sleep.
However, there is absolutely no evidence that consuming chamomile plant powder orally affects sleep in any way. We have done some digging and we’re yet to see a single clinical trial in which chamomile supplements improved any aspect of sleep in humans. It might work as a tea for some people, but without real empirical evidence we don’t want to see it in a professional-quality supplement.
Our Thoughts On The NoctuRest Formula
On the whole, we’re pretty unimpressed with what we see here. NoctuRest is definitely a low-grade sleep supplement. It doesn’t come close to delivering the kind of quality or potency we get from other sleep aids on the market today.
To its credit, NoctuRest does contain some good ingredients.
NoctuRest gives us some melatonin to promote deep sleep and to rectify an out-of-kilter sleeping pattern. We also get theanine to relax the mind and body prior to sleep. To top it off, NoctuRest gives us a fairly small dose of magnesium.
But a low dose of theanine and some synthetic melatonin doesn’t make for a high quality sleep aid today.
Several of the ingredients are thrown together into a tiny proprietary blend. There is no point even taking these ingredients if the total serving size is 1.23ml. We aren’t even told how concentrated the liquid is – never mind the individual serving sizes!
Proprietary blends are always a rip off.
NoctuRest is no exception. In fact, the use of the liquid delivery gimmick and the ridiculously small serving size make NoctuRest’s proprietary blend particularly bad in our opinion.
For NoctuRest to even come close to being competitive, we’d need to see 5 times this much magnesium, a better source of melatonin, something to boost serotonin, and a lot more theanine.
If you want to give the liquid delivery thing a try, then go right ahead and spend your money on NoctuRest. But if you want a high quality sleep supplement that gives you good value for money, look elsewhere.
There are sleep aids on the market today which provide top quality ingredients with a lot of scientific proof. They don’t use prop blends, and they don’t use unproven filler ingredients.
Side Effects – Is NoctuRest Safe?
Normally we tell you that proprietary blends are more dangerous than other supplements because they don’t give serving sizes for the individual ingredients.
That is still true with NoctuRest, but the ridiculously small size of the prop blend means that side effects from those ingredients are extremely unlikely.
Of course, we don’t know how potent the liquid is. But at 1.23ml, we doubt it’s packing too much of a punch!
The other ingredients in NoctuRest are all widely used sleep aids. Some are widely consumed in teas or as plant powders.
They’ve all been thoroughly tested in clinical conditions and have been found to be perfectly safe for regular human consumption. Of course, they haven’t always been found to be effective sleep aids, but they have all been deemed safe for human use.
That said, everybody is different.
You each have a unique physiology. You need to do your own research carefully before using any natural sleep aids. Don’t take multiple supplements at once – interactions can be surprising and dangerous.
In Conclusion – Is NoctuRest A Good Sleep Aid?
We don’t think NoctuRest sleep aid is a very good choice for anybody, regardless of your specific needs.
If you’ve read our entire NoctuRest review, you’ll know that we have absolutely no time for proprietary blends. We don’t care what a manufacturer’s excuse is; there is no legitimate reason for hiding your individual ingredient serving sizes.
Every best-selling supplement on the market shows you how much you get of each ingredient. If they can do it, so can NoctuRest.
In any case, the formula is far from high quality. This is true even if we assume the best of the proprietary blend.
We don’t get anywhere near enough Theanine or Magnesium from NoctuRest. The melatonin is basic – probably synthetic. Most of the ingredients in the prop blend are unproven.
We think the reason NoctuRest gets any sales at all is because people find the liquid delivery system exciting. It’s just a sales gimmick – liquid delivery does not improve effectiveness.
If you want to genuinely promote deep, restful sleep, then check out some of our more highly rated sleep supplements. NoctuRest is a low quality supplement. Results will always be limited using this stack.
Brian Johnson is a former academic researcher, psychologist, and tireless proponent of bio-hacking. Brian has dedicated all of his time since leaving academia and private practice to promoting the benefits to be obtained from the application of biotechnology and bio-hacking supplements. He has years of experience with nootropics, as well as prebiotics, probiotics, and other natural nutritional supplements. He has published scholarly research on natural nootropics; you can find his papers on his Google Scholar page.