Any parent will tell you that nighttime hours for kids can be a great challenge, but nothing could have prepared me for how hard it was each and every night. Every night, I would try to put him to bed to no avail. He seemed to become more restless as the night wore on, and on the off-chance he fell asleep, he would wake me up in the middle of the night. While I loved the countless storytime readings and lullabies during his sleepless nights, my own health and sleep also started to suffer.
What broke my heart the most was seeing how my son’s lack of rest was affecting his development and school performance. The National Institute of Health reports that insufficient sleep can result in significant health and behavioral challenges, including anxiety, aggressive behavior, and poor conflict-solving and learning skills. This proved to be true for my son, who started falling behind his peers in school and would often act out in class.
I knew something had to be done to get my son’s nighttime back on track, but I didn’t know where to turn – until I scheduled an appointment with a pediatric specialist.
The first thing his doctor asked was, “Does he currently take melatonin?”
The answer was no – I didn’t want anything to do with melatonin. From what I’d heard, melatonin supplements for kids are now known to contribute to various health issues. Experts say nightly melatonin can lead to side effects like nausea and headaches and can contribute to the very issues it’s meant to be helping. It’s even thought that melatonin can lead to early onset of puberty in some kids and occasional overdose among kids – just not something I wanted at all.
To be blunt, based on what I’d learned about melatonin, I was extremely averse – as was my pediatric specialist. But when I shared my concerns with his doctor, he told me about a new option that focuses on naturally supporting healthy nighttime habits – with zero melatonin.
Rather, Hiya’s nighttime supplement includes a blend of seven vitamins and herbs designed specially for kids 2 years and older. The ingredients are known to naturally support calm, relaxation, and nightly brain health to promote better sleep habits.*
Instead of including melatonin for example, Hiya’s 100% vegan ingredients include clinically researched alternatives like l-theanine – a naturally occurring, non-protein amino acid found in green tea to promote relaxation, choline, a natural amino acid that supports REM sleep quality, and magnesium, which is known to support relaxation.
And at the same time, it includes zero sugar, which kids really shouldn’t be taking before bed, and zero gummy additives that can contribute to late-night cavities.
So knowing Hiya is free from melatonin and artificial ingredients, I said “yes, let’s try it!” And it was one of the best decisions I ever made.
How It Went
Hiya makes it easy to keep my son on track by delivering a fresh 30-day supply on a pediatrician-recommended schedule. I can’t thank Hiya enough for everything they’ve done for me and my son. I write this just so parents who are in the same place I know they don’t have to suffer. Thanks to Hiya, there’s a kids’ nighttime solution that every parent can feel good about.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Anita Quinn (31) is a Staff Writer for The Daily Post focusing on Beauty, Fashion, and Health. Her extensive traveling for various environmental and wildlife conservation groups has taken her to 24 countries and 37 U.S. states. The three things she packs for every trip are: a good mystery novel, a moisturizer with a high SPF, and her mother's old camera.