Both Semper Sleep and Serenite-LT are marketed as OTC Sleep Aids. Both products are natural sleep aids that are made of completely natural ingredients. Serenite-LT says that their product is gluten-free, lactose-free, and is a vegetarian product.
Both OTC Sleep Aids were created with a similar purpose in mind: to induce sleep naturally, without pharmaceuticals, and also to support mood.
A former US Marine invented Semper Sleep, hence the name, from the Marines’ motto “Semper Fidelis,” a Latin phrase meaning “always faithful.” He wanted a sleep aid that would not only help him sleep at night under extremely stressful conditions in which he worked different shifts and couldn’t maintain a regular sleep cycle. He wanted the product to help him sleep without the assistance of prescription medications and also promote mental health and healthy emotions to aid him in his duties as a Marine. He needed to be alert, have a sharp memory, a healthy heart. He needed to feel physically refreshed and mentally balanced.
Serenite-LT was created to not only help users to fall asleep, but to do so in a healthy way that enabled them to achieve a regular sleep cycle in addition to helping their emotional outlook and maintain balanced levels of serotonin to support emotional health.
The active ingredients in Semper Sleep are 2 mg of melatonin plus a proprietary blend, 1000mg of a mix of the following: Valerian root, hops flower, passion flower, GABA, chamomile, skullcap, and lemon balm.
Melatonin helps induce sleep and supports mood and cognitive functions. Valerian root acts as a slight sedative, and hops flower also helps to fall asleep. The herb passion flower and the amino acid GABA both soothe anxiety. Chamomile and skullcap both help a person to fall asleep and ease stress. Lemon balm supports mood and reduces stress.
Serenite-LT contains calcium lactate, magnesium lactate, St. John’s Wort (also known as hypericum perforatum), vitamin B6, wu-wei-zi (also known as schizandra chinesis), and magnesium stereate as an inactive ingredient. Calcium lactate and magnesium lactate both promote regular, healthy sleep. St. John’s Wort is believed to help the body to retain the correct amount of neurotransmitters which not only support healthy sleep, but also support a person’s emotional outlook, mood, ability to concentrate, and even the libido. Vitamin B6 also helps to achieve restful sleep and supports the nervous system; people who are physically or emotionally stressed may not have enough of this vitamin. Wu-wei-zi, or schizandra chinesis, also helps the body to function under stress.
Both of these OTC Sleep Aids are herbal sleep aids, although Serenite-LT also contains vitamin B6 and the minerals calcium lactate, magnesium lactate, and magnesium stereate.
As far as safety restrictions for these OTC Sleep Aids , the product information for Semper Sleep says that women who are pregnant or who are nursing should not take Semper Sleep. Product information for Serenite-LT says that Serenite-LT is safe for adults and children who are at least 12 years old.