Our Honest Remrise Review
Is Remrise a Good Substitute for Melatonin?
Remrise is a sleep care brand that makes natural, herbal capsules intended to help improve your sleep over time. You start by taking a two-minute quiz to inform Remrise of your sleep patterns, and their system will suggest one of five proprietary blends to help dissolve your unique barriers to restful sleep. Remrise combines Eastern and Western holistic practices to help you achieve long-lasting rest and balance, leading to greater health.
In this review, you'll hear from three members of our team: Megan, Sara, and Salina. Each has a unique relationship to sleep, and accordingly, each was matched with a different Remrise formula. They each approached the Remrise experience coming from different levels of knowledge and experience with sleep supplements, but after a month of use, every one of them gave their experience a thumbs up. Read on to learn if they'll be sticking with Remrise.
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The Subscription: Remrise
The Cost: $55 for a 28-day supply. Save with longer subscriptions. Sign up here!
ACTIVE DEAL: Get 15% off your first month of Remrise!
The Products: Natural, herbal sleep aid supplements personalized.
Ships to: The contiguous US only.
Remrise carries five proprietary lines of sleep aids:
- Rise & Shine: "Nourishes, calms, and clears your mind while cooling your body so you can fall asleep, stay asleep, and arise rested."
- Power Off: "Lets you let go of the day's vexations for a deep, restorative night of rest."
- At Ease: "Puts your mind and spirit at supreme ease so you can heal your body's ability to rest well."
- Chilled Out: "Takes the edge off and grounds restless energy for a better state of sleep."
- Peace of Mind: "Who me, worry? Unwinds overthinking and obsessing into a relaxed, restful state."
Each Remrise blend is unique, and their specific ingredients vary. But here are some ingredients that you can expect to see in the nutrition facts, from a combination of Eastern Medicine traditional practices and Western Medicine technology:
5Htp, Albizza Flower (He Huan Hua), Anemarrhenn Rhizome (Zhi Mu), Angelica Root (Dang Gui), Calcium Citrate, Cyperus Rhizome (Xiang Fu), Dragon Eye Fruit (Long Yan Rou), Fleeceflower Vine (Ye Jiao Teng), GABA, Gastrodia Rhizome (Tian Ma), Ginseng (Ren Shen), Hops Flower, L-Theanine, L-Tryptophan, Magnesium Glycinate, Magnolia Bark (Hou Po), Passionflower, Phosphatidylserine, Polygala (Yuan Zhi), Reishi (Ling Zhi), Salvia Root (Dan Shen), Schisandra (Wu Wei Zi), Spine Date Seed (Suan Zao Ren), Spirit Poria (Fu Shen), Tart Cherry, Valerian Root
Again, not all of these ingredients are represented in every formula Remrise offers.
If you have food allergies or dietary specifications, you'll definitely want to do more research before trying Remrise! But here are a few notes on some of the common allergens or otherwise avoided ingredients that these formulas may contain:
- Soy-free? No, Remrise contains phosphatidylserine, which is derived from soybean.
- Gluten-free? Yes, all Remrise products are gluten-free.
- Caffeine-free? Yes, all Remrise products are caffeine-free.
- Non-GMO, vegan, and organic? Sometimes—when possible, Remrise sources ingredients that meet these qualities.
- Natural? Mostly yes—the majority of Remrise's ingredients are all-natural and plant-based. However, they also blend their formulations with supplemental amino acids that are synthetically derived.
- "Remrise is fully compliant with all current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP 21 CFR Part 111) established within the industry and meets or exceeds all quality standards for Nutritional Supplements. Remrise's process is consistent with NSF/ANSI 173, USP-NF for Dietary Supplements and in accordance with FDA guidelines."
- "Though herbal supplements aren't registered with the FDA, we only work with manufacturing facilities that are registered with and regulated by the FDA. Because of this, we must frequently submit testing, documentation, and samples to them when we are importing herbs and extracts."
These packages were sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
Why Did We Try Remrise?
Our team recently realized that we share a common conundrum: many of us are having trouble sleeping. For some of us this is the first time we've ever struggled with sleep; for others it's a familiar issue with new intensity. In stressful times, restful sleep is often compromised—but just because it's common doesn't mean it shouldn't be addressed! Here's why each of the voices in this review decided to give Remrise a go:
Megan: "I tried Remrise because, for the first time ever, my sleep hasn't been guaranteed or easy. It is harder to wind down and stay asleep, so I was willing to try something new, especially if it meant something non-prescription."
Salina: "I wanted a holistic way to address sleep issues, and I grew up in a household where my mom had an endless list of home remedies for things. This felt like it was a more "professional" version of that mom home remedy."
Sara: "Although I understand what triggers my sleeplessness, over the last few months, my normal routine has not been working as well. I prefer natural remedies and supplements, and was especially intrigued after taking Remrise’s sleep profile."
The Sleep Quiz
To understand your specific concerns and issues with sleep, Remrise starts you out with a 2-minute quiz.
The questions cover topics like whether you have more trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, your relationship with stress, the nature of your dreams, whether you've tried herbal or non-herbal sleep aids before, your age range, and more. They pepper stats in so you know how common some of your experiences are.
Once you've answered all the questions, your results will show immediately, along with a suggestion of the Remrise formula that might be right for you. You can sign up right then and there for a one-month subscription ($55 per month), or 3 months ($49 per month) or 6 months ($42 per month).
Or, Skip the Quiz
Do you already have a handle on the areas where your sleep hygiene could be improved? You don't have to take the quiz—you can explore all five Remrise blends here (scroll down a bit). When you click into each combo offered, you'll see the main ingredients used in each blend highlighted and explained in layman's terms.
Our Personalized Sleep Supplement Recommendations
Remrise recommended a different sleep aid blend for each of our reviewers. I asked the gals if they were familiar with any of the ingredients in the formula that was chosen for them—and if not, did they do research or trust Remrise and just go for it? Their answers are below.
Megan: Chilled Out
"I just went with it! I am pretty oblivious when it comes to supplements and herbs and probably way too willing to just take whatever without really researching. I did read through the descriptions on the Remrise site and thought it seemed like a really cool blend of Eastern and Western medicinal elements. I also thought the site did a nice job of explaining each in short and succinct ways that even I could digest."
Salina: At Ease
"I was familiar with them. My mom follows a lot of Eastern medicine practices, and I had heard of some of the ingredients from her. This just felt way more organized and methodical than trying to follow mom advice. You know when moms are like, "a little bit of paprika" when they’re cooking, and it’s like...what is a little bit? This avoided that confused look after you get a golden piece of advice."
Sara: Power Off
"The only ingredient names I was familiar with were calcium and magnesium. I was particularly happy to see magnesium because I have been taking this supplement for the past 7 years and it has truly been a difference-maker in easing my morning anxiety.
After reading through the booklet, I didn’t feel drawn to Google additional facts or opinions. I decided to go for it and so far, I haven’t noticed any negative side effects."
Starting Our Regimens
What's In the Box
Each Remrise shipment arrived with 28 days' worth of natural sleep aids, plus two booklets. Take a peek inside the booklets below.
The first booklet reminds you of your quiz results and tells about the Remrise app. The app can be used for progress tracking and sleep journaling, but it also offers guided meditations, gentle music, and tips for helping you get into a restful space. Additionally, this booklet highlights the key ingredients in your personalized blend.
The second booklet gives nutrition facts and lists the ingredients in a familiar format. Remrise suggests you take 4 capsules (the content of one packet) per day, about 1 hour before bed.
How'd It Go?
Megan: "I am kind of the worst when it comes to supplements. I don't even take a multivitamin! Thankfully though, I have zero issues swallowing pills and could take multiples at once as long as I had water. No taste for my formula and since I ended up taking these later at night, I took them around 4 hours after dinner and 1 hour before bed."
Salina: "I generally am not a fan of taking supplements. I am the person that’s like, meh it’s going to taste terrible. I didn’t like the number of supplements in my packet (4). Plus I take Vitamin D and a multi-vitamin so I was really pushing my limit here as someone who generally gets an aftertaste from vitamins. However, I believe that good health starts with a good sleep pattern so I was motivated.
I made sure to have all four in the evening between two bites of food so that I didn’t have the after taste. This is an overshare, but sometimes after taking vitamins or supplements I burp a weird taste. I didn’t get that with these for what it’s worth, just in case that happens to you too."
Sara: "My Remrise supplements look identical to a Chasteberry herb I take every day. There are four ~1” capsules in each packet - two of one kind and two of another kind, but overall brown herbs in a clear capsule. They were easy to swallow and I didn’t notice an herby smell or taste like I do with Chasteberry.
I read through the booklet before day one’s packet and followed the instructions as best I could. About an hour before bed, I took all four capsules with water, but no food. I’m a habitual phone user right up until I shut my eyes, but to follow the instructions, I ended any phone use about 30 minutes before I was ready to shut my eyes. Night one I was more anxious because I wasn’t sure what to expect (and my main issue is the fear or ability to fall asleep), but I noticed falling asleep felt more natural as the first week went on."
Wondering if our team experienced better sleep after using Remrise for 1 month? They had good things to say!
"I feel like since I am someone who obviously doesn't prioritize supplements, the auto-ship function is ideal for me. As someone who has never had trouble staying asleep until the past few months of 2020, this might be something I should try longer term and I plan on signing up for at least another month."
"I did subscribe to Remrise for 6 months. I’m willing to try anything for six months when it comes to sleep. I did feel like I was having a more restful sleep overall. My overall life obligations can be fairly demanding so I’m scared to fully rely on it when it’s one night a week that is rough. I hope the company addresses why this is better than CBD because that’s worked for me in the past."
"It’s clear Remrise knows their stuff and I would recommend anyone try it. The main thing I’m currently on the fence about is the thought of taking 4 supplements a night on top of the 6 vitamins and supplements I consume on a daily basis (and are proven winners!). That feels like a lot to put in my body just in order to fall asleep. The tips Remrise provides along with their app to track sleep and peruse sleep mediations is definitely up my alley, but I’m not sure of my commitment level in taking 28 capsules a week. (or ~120 per month!)
I would 100% recommend anyone who prefers natural supplements. Their profiling and app tracking technology are major bonuses."
Should You Try It?
Remrise might be good for you if...
- You're finding yourself having trouble sleeping, or your sleep is disrupted.
- You're interested in exploring natural, herbal supplements.
- You like to rely on a subscription service to replenish your supply so you don't have to think about it.
Are you considering trying Remrise? Do you have experience with other herbal sleep remedies? Tell us what you're thinking in the comments!
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