As a card carrying, officially certified old fart, I sleep like a baby at night – about once a year. Most nights, I wake up several times, look at the clock, and go back to sleep. On some occasions, whether I’m preoccupied with something at work or for reasons which are inexplicable, I’ll lie awake for hours, unable to get back to sleep. For the record, this is not good.  It dampens my enthusiasm for a number of things, including getting up in the morning and actually doing stuff.

I’ve tried Ambien and Ambien CR, and pretty much hate both. Yes, they knock my sorry self out for 5 to 6 hours, but I awaken feeling hungover and lethargic. I’ve also tried Melatonin, but it seemed to have no effect whatsoever.

Pat recently found an OTC product called MidNite (the name suggesting one of its primary benefits – you can take it in the middle of the night, as late as 3 hours before you need to get up).  The product is made with four natural substances: melatonin, lemon balm, lavender, and chamomile. (How this combination works for me when melatonin alone didn’t work, I have no idea; it simply does.)

A couple of nights ago I was lying in bed, unable to sleep, and I took one at 3:13AM. I got back to sleep within about 20 minutes, was able to get out of bed at a couple minutes before six, and felt fine.

I’m not sure where Pat purchased MidNite, but it’s sold at a wide variety of pharmacies, supermarkets, and general department stores (read: Wally World, Target, K-Mart). You also can buy it direct:  MidNite. There are 3 versions, MidNite, MidNite PM with a natural pain reliever, and MidNite for Menopause. The regular version sells for $12.95 for 30 tablets. For the record, I have absolutely no relationship with the maker of this product; I’m just happy that I found something that works!


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1 Comment on Natural sleep aid for travelers – or anyone

  1. K-eM says:

    All of those ingredients are known for helping with things that probably cause you sleeplessness.

    All of them are known for helping to calm stress and anxiety.

    Chamomile and Lemon Balm have been used as teas for centuries to treat insomnia. As you already know, melatonin helps with that too.

    Lavender can help make breathing easier by clearing passage ways. Definitely important for restful sleep.

    I imagine it works because the way each of those helps is slightly different. The combination probably “covers all the bases” for the best result. I’m glad its working for you.


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