Have you seen the Relaxium Sleep TV commercials featuring Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas? Relaxium Sleep is touted as a natural, drug-free insomnia supplement that can help you fall asleep 140X faster. Impressive claims and there's some research too so in this Relaxium review, let's look at the ingredients and research as well as the company that makes this sleep aid supplement including what the main ingredient might be and what you need to know about the free sample. If Relaxium didn't work for you, you'll also learn about the money-back guarantee and how to get a refund too.
What Is Relaxium?
Relaxium is not a prescription drug but a sleep aid dietary supplement. According to the company that makes this supplement – American Behavioral Research Institute – its Tripple Action Formula is touted to address 3 key areas that keep you from getting a good night's sleep:
- regulating your natural sleep cycle
- relaxing the body
- calming the mind
Is The Free Bottle Of Relaxium Really Free?
If you were curious and want to test drive this slumber supplement, the company offers a free, two weeks supply bottle for $7.95. If you decide to take them up on this free offer understand the company will also add in a two months supply as well. If you do not call the company within 17 days of ordering your free bottle, the Relaxium company will charge your credit card $119.90.
This charge will continue automatically every 55 days until you cancel. If you cancel your subscription within 17 days the company will let you keep one of the bottles they sent you. See below on how to cancel Relaxium auto-shipments.
If you order Relaxiuum on the official website you first have to enter your phone number and email address before you can see how much it costs. For those who want to know how much Relaxium costs before committing, that is a problem. It's' also a problem for those who value their privacy and wonder what the company will do with your phone number and email address if you choose to not purchase the supplement.
A bottle has 60 capsules. Taking the recommended 2 capsules a day of Relaxium Sleep has the following synergistic ingredients:
|Magnesium (magnesium oxide, citrate and glycinate||100 mg||25% DV|
|Valerest Proprietary Blend composed of:||228.9 mg|
|1 Valerian root extract|
The other ingredients are rice flowers and vegetable cellulose. Melatonin is the final ingredient listed. Melatonin has a long history of use in sleep aid supplements which may make some wonder if it is the main ingredient in Relaxium.
Relaxium Sleep is vegan and Non-GMO and contains no gluten, nuts, yeast, dairy, sugar, fish, tree nuts, shellfish, soy, corn, barley, or artificial ingredients.
Where Can You Buy Relaxium?
The cost is about $35 online. You can purchase this sleep-improving supplement directly from the official company (Relaxium.com) as well as on Amazon and it may also be available in local stores such as Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Rite Aid, CVS, and Walgreens. The cost of Relaxium may vary so shop around for the best price. The company may offer discounts and coupons too.
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What Is Valerest?
Valerest is the name of the proprietary blend in this sleep aid supplement and is a registered trademark owned by the Relaxium company – American Behavioral Research Institute. Valerest is said to induce sleep safely and naturally and is composed of two ingredients: valerian root extract (Valerina Officinalis) and hops (Humulus lupulus). Valerian extract is listed first so it makes up most of the 228.9 mg of the Valerest propriety blend.
Valerest Clinical Study
The company states Valerest's effectiveness is backed by a university clinical study where it was compared to melatonin and a popular pharmaceutical drug. The company states the results showed Valerest “significantly improved the quality of life through better sleep.” While this is encouraging, there are several problems such as:
- Where is the full Valerest university study published? It can't be located.
- Was the study peer-reviewed? They don't tell us.
- What university conducted the study? It's not listed.
- How long did the study last? They don't say.
- How many people were in the study? They don't tell us.
- Did the study contain both men and women? Unknown.
- What was the dosage of Valerest used? The amount is not listed.
- How much melatonin was used? They don't tell us.
- Did Valerest induce sleep better than melatonin? They don't say.
- What was the pharmaceutical drug? It's not mentioned.
- Did Valerest perform better than the prescription drug? They don't mention that either.
Without seeing the actual university study, we have no way of knowing how well Valerest performed. Another question is if Valerest performed so well, why does Relaxium Sleep also contain melatonin other ingredients?
Relaxium Sleep Research
To prove the supplement really works, the company supported a clinical study. Here, it was stated that people taking Relaxium Sleep:
- Fell asleep 140% faster
- Slept longer by 266%
- Woke up alert and refreshed 69% better
- Showed 80% better concentration
- Nobody in the study had any side effects
The title of the Relaxium clinical trial is A Study to Evaluate the Effects of Relaxium in Subjects with Sleep Disorders and involved 35 men and women with insomnia. The study lasted 2 weeks and was published in the Journal of Insomnia and Sleep Disorders (vol 1 issue 1).
During the first week, people took 2 placebo capsules before bed, and the second week they took 2 Relaxium capsules each night at bedtime. The people kept sleep diaries and underwent before and after sleep tests. Sleep quality and duration were measured using a Fit Bit Inspire fitness tracker.
Relaxium Clinical Study Results
Compared to the placebo, people rated Relaxium Sleep significantly better at:
- improving the quality of their sleep
- making it easier to fall asleep
- having improved daytime concentration
The results sound impressive. However, problems include:
- It was a small investigation containing only 35 people
- Difficulties were reported using the Fit Bit tracker which may have impacted sleep quality results
Thus, this study should be duplicated.
Does Ashwagandha Help Sleep?
Ashwagandha (Indian ginseng), one of the ingredients in Relaxium Sleep is an adaptogenic herb touted to do many things including helping improve the quality of your sleep. Does it work? Here's a quick video on the ashwagandha-sleep research.
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Who Makes Relaxium?
If you are wondering where Relaxium Sleep is made, the American Behavioral Research Institute LLC is the company that makes the supplement. This company also owns the trademark too. The company address listed with the Better Business Bureau is 17839 Monte Vista Dr, Boca Raton, FL 33496-1057. This appears to be a residential address, opening the possibility the supplement is manufactured elsewhere.
The CEO of the American Behavioral Research Institute is Timea Cilberti. Dr. Eric Ciliberti MD, a Boca Ratan Florida-based ophthalmologist/ neurologist and is credited with being the creator of Relaxium. Dr. Cileberti is also the medical director of the company.
Better Business Bureau Review
The Better Business Bureau gives the American Behavioral Research Institute 2.5 out of a 5-star rating. The company is not BBB accredited but has been in business since 2009. The BBB reports over 120 complaints about the company, some of which mention the Mike Huckabee TV commercial. Many Relaxium complaints revolve around problems with the sale and advertising of the supplement and credit card.
To be fair, the company responds to customer complaints made on the BBB website and works with unsatisfied customers. The company has also stated that it has implemented a streamlined ordering process to add more straight talk and reduce confusion when people make a purchase. See the BBB file for more information.
Is It Made in America?
The TV commercial featuring Mike Huckabee claims Relaxium is made in the USA. When contacted, the company stated all of the ingredients were sourced from within the United States.
The Relaxium website sports an assortment of actors and celebrities in addition to Mike Huckabee. They include:
- Dee Wallace
- Celeste Thorsen
- Sofia Milos
- Patrikia Darbo
- Moronai Kanekoa
- Kikki Soohoo
- Traci Lynn Cowan
It is unknown if these are paid endorsements or actual, non-remunerated happy customers.
Negative Customer Complaints
On Amazon, the supplement had over 5000 ratings, giving it a 3.5 out of 5-star ranking. While a good number of people reported Relaxium Sleep was not a hoax and did indeed improve their ability to fall asleep, some said otherwise. Complaints and side effects from unsatisfied customers included:
- doesn't work
- not better than melatonin
- worked sometimes. Other nights it did not work.
- drowsy the next day
- caused nightmares
- caused hives
Like any popular supplement, results will vary from person to person. See the Amazon listing for more customer reviews.
Relaxium Contact Phone Number
To contact the customer service department call the phone number, call 888-353-1205.
- M-F 8 AM to 9 PM EST
- Sat 10 AM to 7 PM EST
- Sun 1 PM to 4 PM EST
You can also email the customer support at: Support@Relaxium.com
Money-Back Guarantee, Refunds & How To Return
If you ordered a free bottle, the company also sent you a two months supply as well. If Relaxium Sleep did not work well for you, you have 17 days to call the company and cancel your subscription or they will charge your credit card $190.90.
Relaxium comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee to request a refund. The 30 days begins when the supplements are delivered to your home. That's good because the company gives you a full month to test drive the supplement.
If you purchased this insomnia supplement at local stores such as Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Rite-Aid, or Walmart, return it to the store you purchased it from with your receipt. If you purchased your supplements from the company's official website and want a refund, here are the instructions on how to get your money back:
Call Relaxium customer service at 888-353-1205 and give the rep:
- your name
- the email you used to order the supplement
- your order number
Request a return authorization number (RMA number). This is very important. Returned packages that do not include an RMA number will not be accepted.
Return the sleep supplements you purchased to this address:
10701 Abercorn St.
Unit 61553 Savannah, GA 31419
If you ordered multiple bottles, the company only issues full refunds on 1 opened bottle so do not open all bottles you purchased. The company requests that you insure your return in the remote chance it becomes lost in the mail or damaged. Your money will be returned to you within 5 business days of the company receiving your returned items.
Relaxium Side Effects & Contraindications
No side effects were reported in the Relaxium Sleep clinical study. If you are going to try this insomnia supplement and want to ensure you have the best results with the most safety and have minimized side effects and possible drug interactions, here are some points to consider.
- Start by taking less than recommended for the first week. This may reduce GI upset and diarrhea if it occurred.
- Speak to your doctor and pharmacist if you take any prescription medications such as blood thinners like warfarin (coumadin), blood sugar medications like metformin, and high blood pressure medicine like beta-blockers.
- There's little proof Relaxium Sleep helps sleep apnea
- In theory, the ingredients may be inappropriate for those with dementia and Alzheimer's disease
- Some animal research suggests ashwagandha may not be safe during pregnancy. If breastfeeding, ask your doctor if its safe.
- Passion flower may not be safe during pregnancy.
- Stop taking Relaxium at least 2 weeks before surgery, unless your doctor says otherwise
- Avoid combing with alcohol. If Relaxium Sleep really works, its sedative effects may enhance the tranquilizing effects of alcoholic beverages.
- Don't combine with prescription sleeping pills like Ambien or over-the-counter sleeping pills or dietary supplements.
- Ashwagandha may lower blood sugar levels and/or interact with diabetes medications.
- There is some evidence ashwagandha may raise thyroid hormones and reduce TSH levels.
- While rare, melatonin might be associated with heart palpitations in those with heart problems such as irregular heart rhythms.
Relaxium and The FDA
No FDA warning letters to the company were discovered. Likewise, no warning letters from the Federal Trade Commission (FCC) were found either. This is good as it implies the company appears to be complying with federal guidelines for dietary supplements.
Relaxium Sleep vs. Relaxium Calm
Here are the ingredients in the sleep and calm supplements side-by-side:
|Relaxium Sleep 2 capsules||Relaxium Calm 2 capsules|
|Magnesium 100 mg||Vitamin C 60 mg|
|L-tryptophan 500 m++g||Vitamin D3 600 IU|
|Valerest Proprietary 228.9 mg Blend composed of:||Thiamine 1.5 mg|
|1 Valerian root extract||Vitamin B6 2 mg|
|2 Hops||Folic acid 400 mcg|
|Ashwagandha||Vitamin B5 10 mg|
|GABA||Magnesium 75 mg|
|Chamomile||Zinc 10 mg|
|Passionflower||selenium 35 mcg|
|Melatonin||Chromium 60 mcg|
|GABA 300 mg|
|Passion Flower 180 mg|
|Sensoril ashwagandha 125 mg|
|5-HTP 550 mg|
It is not known if Relaxium Calm works better or if the Sleep and Calm supplements work better together.
Relaxium Max Focus Ingredients
The Max Focus supplement contains several different ingredients than the Relaxium Sleep. Most notable is caffeine which is the first ingredient listed for the proprietary blend. Caffeine makes up most of the 550 mg blend of ingredients. Do not take Max Focus close to bedtime or it may keep you awake. Caffeine as well as both bacopa monnieri and huperzine A have some memory and focus research. Speak to your doctor and pharmacist if you take any medications.
|Amount||Percent Daily Value|
|Niacin (vitamin B3)||30 mg||150%|
|Vitamin B6||5 mg||250%|
|Proprietary Blend Composed of||550 mg|
|4 Bacopa monnieri|
|4 Alpha GPC|
Relaxium Sleep Pros & Cons
These are my opinions. Yours may be different.
|Ingredients make sense||Expensive|
|At least one study exists||Poor BBB rating|
|Company responds to BBB complaints||Proprietary blend|
|Only 30-day money-back guarantee and 17 days to cancel auto-shipments if ordering the free sample|
What Do I Suggest?
Of all the ingredients in Relaxium the two that caught my attention the most are melatonin and ashwagandha. If your looking to save money consider one of these by itself to see how it works for you. Here are two brands I like:
Does Relaxium Sleep Really Work?
The ingredients make sense for a sleep, insomnia, and anti-anxiety supplement. It is also good the company has sponsored a clinical trial that appears to show it works although I'd like to see how well works compared to taking just melatonin. While I'm sure it will work for many people, with respect to Mike Huckabee's TV commercial claims, I wonder if Relaxium Sleep may be an expensive melatonin supplement.