Sleep + Calm

Sleep + Calm builds on our Core formulation to help promote sleep health, reduce levels of everyday stress, and support a restful mind and body.

  • Fall asleep faster + stay asleep
  • Reduce everyday stress
  • Contains L-theanine, a clinically-studied amino acid
  • Natural, non-GMO, sugar-free, no artificial colors or binders

When should I take Sleep + Calm?

Take 2 capsules with water 30-40 minutes before bed.

How long does Sleep + Calm take to begin working

Everyone metabolizes ingredients at different rates, but you should start feeling the benefits of supported sleep the first night that you take it. Continual sleep improvements will follow over the next 3-5 days, with full benefits realized after several weeks of usage.

Are there any artificial colors or binders in Sleep + Calm?

Nope. Proper’s natural, non-GMO supplements are made with botanical extracts, which is why you may notice that they carry a subtle earthy, barn-like aroma. While we could have masked it, we didn’t want to add artificial colors and/or binders that would have compromised the product's purity.

Is Sleep + Calm safe to take long-term?

Yes. Proper’s supplements are carefully formulated by Dr. Alice Hirschel, our resident PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry, and reviewed by a world-class panel of medical experts in sleep, integrative, and naturopathic medicine. They are drug-free, non-habit-forming, and safe to take for both short and long-term sleep health.

Sleep + Calm is for anyone who struggles with poor sleep health (falling asleep, staying asleep, and/or feeling rested upon waking) in addition to stress. The primary difference between this supplement and Core Sleep is the addition of L-Theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation to help you relieve stress while supporting a restful mind and body.

Powered by L-theanine to help you relax and cope with stress, which in turn may help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

Results:

Clinical studies show that L-theanine promotes relaxation, aids in the ability to cope with everyday stress, and fosters a more restful state—all important factors impacting the ability to fall and stay asleep.

Serving Size: 2 Capsules
Servings Per Container: 30

Amount per serving%DV
Valerian Root Extract (Valeriana officinalis) (std. to 0.8% Valerenic acid)300mg**
L-Theanine200mg**
SENSORIL® Ashwagandha Root and Leaf Extract (Withania somnifera) (std. to 10% Withanolides)125mg**
GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric acid)100mg**
VENETRON® Rafuma Leaf Extract (Apocynum venetum) (std. to 4% of Hyperoside & isoquercitrin)50mg**
**Daily Value (DV) not established

Other Ingredients: Vegetable Cellulose Capsule, Organic Rice Hulls Contains <2% Of: Ascorbyl Palmitate, Calcium Silicate

SENSORIL® is a registered trademark of Natreon, Inc.
Venetron® is a registered trademark of Tokiwa Phytochemical Co., Ltd.


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Sleep + Calm

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Sleep + Calm builds on our Core formulation to help promote sleep health, reduce levels of everyday stress, and support a restful mind and body.

  • Fall asleep faster + stay asleep
  • Reduce everyday stress
  • Contains L-theanine, a clinically-studied amino acid
  • Natural, non-GMO, sugar-free, no artificial colors or binders

When should I take Sleep + Calm?

Take 2 capsules with water 30-40 minutes before bed.

How long does Sleep + Calm take to begin working

Everyone metabolizes ingredients at different rates, but you should start feeling the benefits of supported sleep the first night that you take it. Continual sleep improvements will follow over the next 3-5 days, with full benefits realized after several weeks of usage.

Are there any artificial colors or binders in Sleep + Calm?

Nope. Proper’s natural, non-GMO supplements are made with botanical extracts, which is why you may notice that they carry a subtle earthy, barn-like aroma. While we could have masked it, we didn’t want to add artificial colors and/or binders that would have compromised the product's purity.

Is Sleep + Calm safe to take long-term?

Yes. Proper’s supplements are carefully formulated by Dr. Alice Hirschel, our resident PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry, and reviewed by a world-class panel of medical experts in sleep, integrative, and naturopathic medicine. They are drug-free, non-habit-forming, and safe to take for both short and long-term sleep health.

Sleep + Calm is for anyone who struggles with poor sleep health (falling asleep, staying asleep, and/or feeling rested upon waking) in addition to stress. The primary difference between this supplement and Core Sleep is the addition of L-Theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation to help you relieve stress while supporting a restful mind and body.

Powered by L-theanine to help you relax and cope with stress, which in turn may help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

Results:

Clinical studies show that L-theanine promotes relaxation, aids in the ability to cope with everyday stress, and fosters a more restful state—all important factors impacting the ability to fall and stay asleep.

Serving Size: 2 Capsules
Servings Per Container: 30

Amount per serving%DV
Valerian Root Extract (Valeriana officinalis) (std. to 0.8% Valerenic acid)300mg**
L-Theanine200mg**
SENSORIL® Ashwagandha Root and Leaf Extract (Withania somnifera) (std. to 10% Withanolides)125mg**
GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric acid)100mg**
VENETRON® Rafuma Leaf Extract (Apocynum venetum) (std. to 4% of Hyperoside & isoquercitrin)50mg**
**Daily Value (DV) not established

Other Ingredients: Vegetable Cellulose Capsule, Organic Rice Hulls Contains <2% Of: Ascorbyl Palmitate, Calcium Silicate

SENSORIL® is a registered trademark of Natreon, Inc.
Venetron® is a registered trademark of Tokiwa Phytochemical Co., Ltd.


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Ingredient story

L-theanine is an amino acid found in green tea (discovered in 1949). Because it has been shown, in clinical studies, to promote relaxation without drowsiness, many people consume it (in tea or supplement form) to help them unwind and relax to help cope with everyday stress. It works by binding with glutamate receptors, thus causing a reduction in excitatory stimuli.

Highlights

  • Promotes relaxation
  • Helps you cope with symptoms of stress
  • Causes a reduction in excitatory stimuli

Dosing

Sleep + Calm contains a clinically beneficial dosage of 200 mg of L-theanine.

Ingredient story:

Valeriana officinalis, commonly known as valerian, is an herb native to Europe and Asia whose roots have been used since ancient Greek and Roman times as a sleep promoter. It plays a role prior to and during N1, when the body needs to feel calm, relaxed, and drowsy in order to move to N2. By working synergistically with a natural amino acid known as GABA, valerian root extract  increases the likelihood that GABA will bind to its receptor, thus ensuring a more relaxed, calm state. Valerian has also been shown to decrease the removal of GABA, allowing it to perform its calming function longer.

Highlights:

  • Binds to the GABA-A receptor, beta subunitResult: Causes an increase in chloride into the neuron
  • Increases the likelihood GABA will bind to its receptorResult: Ensures a less stimulated response
  • Decreases the metabolism or removal of GABA in the neuronResult: Allows GABA to perform its function longer

Dosing:

Core Sleep contains 300 mg of valerian standardized to a clinically beneficial dosage of 0.8%.

Citations:

  • Leathwood, Peter D., Françoise Chauffard, Eva Heck, and Raphael Munoz-Box. “Aqueous Extract of Valerian Root (Valeriana Officinalis L.) Improves Sleep Quality in Man.” Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 17, no. 1 (1982): 65–71.
  • Oxman, Andrew D., Signe Flottorp, Kari Håvelsrud, Atle Fretheim, Jan Odgaard-Jensen, Astrid Austvoll-Dahlgren, Cheryl Carling, Ståle Pallesen, and Bjørn Bjorvatn. “A Televised, Web-Based Randomised Trial of an Herbal Remedy (Valerian) for Insomnia.” PLOS ONE. Public Library of Science. Accessed June 16, 2020.
  • Santos, Maria, Fernanda Ferreira, António Cunha, Arsélio Carvalho, and Tice Macedo. “An Aqueous Extract of Valerian Influences the Transport of GABA in Synaptosomes.” Planta Medica 60, no. 03 (1994): 278–79.
  • Morazzoni P, Bombardelli E. “Valeriana officinalis: traditional use and recent evaluation of activity.” Fitoterapia 66: 99-112 (1995)

Ingredient story:

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen derived from the leaves and roots of the Withania somnifera plant. It has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years in parts of the Indian sub-continent to promote longevity, enhance vitality, support a healthy immune response, enhance focus, and help reduce everyday stress and fatigue. The Sensoril® Ashwagandha in our formulation is derived from a unique extract that has been studied in 14 human clinical trials. It is standardized to 3 bioactives:

  1. WITHANOLIDE GLYCOSIDES: Glycosylated Steroidal Lactone (Withanolide), which is believed to be responsible for reducing everyday stress
  2. OLIGOSACCHARIDE: carrier of Withanolide Glycosides, thus enhancing its bioactivity
  3. WITHAFERIN A: Steroidal Lactone (Withanolide), which is antioxidant-rich

When standardized to >10% withanolide glycosides, Sensoril® Ashwagandha has been shown to reduce everyday stress, promote a healthy immune system, and relieve occasional sleeplessness.

Highlights:

  • Decreases cortisol, a key marker of stress
  • Reduces malondialdehyde (MDA), a key marker of oxidative stress
  • Relieves occasional sleeplessness

Dosing:

Core Sleep contains a clinically beneficial dosage + standardization level of 125 mg of Sensoril® Ashwagandha.

Citations:

  • Auddy B, Hazra J, Mitra A, Abedon B, Ghosal S. “A standardized Withania somnifera extract significantly reduces stress-related parameters in chronically stressed humans: A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study.” JANA. 2008;11(1): 50-56.

Ingredient story:

Gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) is an amino acid produced naturally in the brain that acts as the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. When GABA binds to its receptor (GABA-A), it renders the neuron less responsive to stimulation. In essence, it suppresses or inhibits the central nervous system to reduce excitability and, when bound, produces an immediate calming effect that may support a reduction in stress, anxiety, and sleeplessness.

Highlights:

  • Reduces excitability
  • Promotes relaxation + calmness

Dosing:

Core Sleep contains a clinically beneficial dosage of 100 mg of GABA.

Citations:

  • Abdou, Adham M., S. Higashiguchi, K. Horie, Mujo Kim, H. Hatta, and H. Yokogoshi. “Relaxation and Immunity Enhancement Effects of γ-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) Administration in Humans.” BioFactors 26, no. 3 (2006): 201–8.
  • Gottesmann, Claude. “GABA Mechanisms and Sleep.” Neuroscience. Pergamon, April 22, 2002.

Ingredient story:

Venetron® is a patented, purified, powdered extract from the leaves of Apocynum venetum L. (or “Rafuma” in Japanese), a wild perennial plant native to Central Asia and warm regions in Europe. It has been used for centuries to promote sleep health. By binding to the GABA-A receptor, it reduces excitability and produces a calming effect.

When standardized to more than 4% hyperoside and isoquercitrin, Venetron® has been shown to impact multiple stages of sleep beyond those that GABA alone targets—including N1 and N2, where it has been clinically shown to help sleep initiation, and N3, where it has been shown to increase delta waves and enhance non-REM sleep time.

Highlights:

  • Improves initiation + maintenance of sleep
  • Helps you fall asleep faster + stay asleep
  • Reduces feelings of nervousness, restlessness, + irritation

Dosing:

Core Sleep contains a clinically beneficial dosage + standardization level of 50 mg of Venetron®.

Citations:

  • Yamatsu, Atsushi, Yusuke Yamashita, Isafumi Maru, Jinwei Yang, Jin Tatsuzaki, and Mujo Kim. “The Improvement of Sleep by Oral Intake of GABA and Apocynum Venetum Leaf Extract.” Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology 61, no. 2 (2015): 182–87.
  • Nakata, A. et al. “Effect of an Apocynum venetum leaf extract (venetron™) on sleep quality and psychological stress improvement.” Japan Pharmacology Therapeutics (JPT), no. 46 (2018): 117-125.

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Safe

Safe, drug-free, and non habit-forming. No antihistamines and no alcohol.

Effective

PhD-designed formulas contain ingredients at dosage levels clinically proven to improve your sleep.

Minimal

Natural, vegan, gluten/dairy/sugar-free, non-GMO. No artificial colors or binders.

More than Melatonin

It’s great to have options. Melatonin is perfect for some, not for others.

Clean

We third-party test every formula for purity, and verify the absence of heavy metals, microbes, pesticides.

Standard

All of our botanical ingredients are standardized extracts to guarantee consistent purity, potency, and efficacy.

Quality

High quality, natural, and unique ingredients backed by clinical evidence in human trials.

U.S. Manufactured

Produced in a FDA approved facility that is Good Manufacturing Practices and Guidelines (CGMP) compliant.

Thoughtfully delivered natural sleep aids

Proper supplement capsules
  • Small capsules, big impact.
  • Capsules are designed for efficacy, potency, and minimalism
  • Smaller capsules lead to greater adherence
  • No refrigeration needed
  • Refillable glass jar
  • Recyclable cardboard packaging
  • Our pouches are recyclable and the padded envelope used to ship these pouches is made of 100% recycled paper

Warning

For adults 18 and over only. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medications or have any medical condition, consult your doctor before use. Discontinue use and consult your doctor if any adverse reactions occur. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use it if the seal under the cap is broken or missing. Store at room temperature. Do not consume alcohol, drive or operate machinery after taking this product.