DermaSleep is a topical spray that uses all-natural melatonin to help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up feeling refreshed. And because DermaSleep is applied directly to your skin, the manufacturer claims that it’s fast, effective, and easy to use; simply spray on your neck, and the melatonin is absorbed over time so that your body receives small doses throughout the night.
On top of this, DermaSleep is much more effective than traditional oral sleep aids, which can lose up to 90% of their potency, making it perfect for jet lag, stress, changes in work schedule, and more.
Despite is efficacy, DermaSleep is claimed to be non-habit forming and is available without a prescription.
It’s tough when you can’t fall asleep, and waking up tired and groggy every morning definitely has a negative impact on your life. But can you expect DermaSleep to provide some relief, or is it an overprice gimmick? Consider the following:
What is Melatonin? Does it Help You Fall Asleep?
According to WebMD, melatonin is “a hormone made by the pineal gland, a small gland in the brain. Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles. Very small amounts of it are found in foods such as meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables. You can also buy it as a supplement.”
From a clinical perspective, melatonin may help insomnia sufferers fall asleep faster, although “only by about 12 minutes, according to one research study. Melatonin does not appear to improve “sleep efficiency,” the percentage of time that a person actually spends sleeping during the time set aside for sleeping. Some people say melatonin makes them sleep better, even though tests do not agree. There is some evidence that melatonin is more likely to help older people than younger people or children. This may be because older people have less melatonin in their bodies to start with.”
In other words, even if the melatonin contained in DermaSleep helps you fall asleep faster, the effect will likely be very mild, and it won’t help you sleep any better or longer, as is claimed by the manufacturer.
Is There Any Benefit to Applying Melatonin to the Skin?
According to the DermaSleep website, once the spray has been applied, it’s absorbed over time so that your body receives small doses throughout the night. In addition, it’s claimed that traditional melatonin pills lose 90% of their potency when taken orally, which DermaSleep helps avoid.
However, we have some questions/concerns regarding each of these claims:
First, according to How It Works, time-release medications “are designed to release a steady stream of a drug into your system over a certain period of time (six to eight hours) instead of an instant ‘hit’ of the drug in one go. […] The active ingredient is usually concealed in a ‘web’ of insoluble substances, so that the dissolving substance has to find its way through the gaps in the web. Alternatively, the drug can be combined with other substances that, once ingested, swell up to form a gel with a near impenetrable outer coating, therefore releasing the active ingredient slowly.”
However, because DermaSleep is applied directly to the skin, it will be absorbed as fast as the body can process it, which is the exact opposite of time-release. Because of this, we have serious doubts about the manufacturer’s claim.
Second, there weren’t any studies available online directly comparing melatonin’s efficacy when applied topically versus taken orally, nor any that verified oral (versus topical) sleep aids lose 90% of their efficacy. But again, we have some serious reservations regarding this claim.
Other Sleep Aids & Sleep Products
Trouble sleeping is a widespread problem, which means that you have hundreds of sleep products from which to choose, including a variety of melatonin-based supplements such as Lunar Sleep, Whole Body Herbal Sleep, Sleep Squares, and more.
In fact, melatonin is such a popular supplement that you’ll almost certainly find several at your local pharmacy, often for less than the price of DermaSleep (more about this in the Pricing section). In addition, if you enter the phrase “melatonin spray” into your favorite search engine, you’ll find numerous other products essentially identical to DermaSleep.
DermaSleep Side Effects
Because melatonin is naturally present in your body, supplementation should be well tolerated by most individuals.
However, common side effects related to melatonin include sleepiness, decreased body temperature, grogginess, and small changes in blood pressure.
With this said, there isn’t a product label provided on the DermaSleep website, so there’s no way to know how much melatonin the spray contains, or whether or not this is enough to help you sleep.
Customer Feedback for DermaSleep
DermaSleep was a very new product at the time of our research (URL registered January 2015) and didn’t have any online customer reviews available.
There also wasn’t any company information listed on the DermaSleep website, although according to Trademarkia, its trademark was filed by a company named Cricket Holdings, LLC based out of Marlboro, MA. The company had an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau based on just 1 close complaint, which referenced poor quality.
DermaSleep Pricing & Refund Policy
Two bottles of DermaSleep are priced at $10 plus $13.90 S&H.
DermaSleep comes with a 30-day refund policy, and according to the product’s website, they company will even pay for return shipping. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a Terms & Conditions listed on the DermaSleep website, so we were unable to confirm if this is accurate.
Even if the company will pay for return shipping though, if you decide to return DermaSleep, you’ll still lose 40% more in S&H charges than you’ll receive as a refund.
There also wasn’t a phone number, email address, or contact form provided on the DermaSleep website, although Cricket Holdings’ phone number is (508) 449-3205.
Will DermaSleep Help You Sleep Better?
Chopping to the point: Considering that there are a lot of unanswered questions surrounding DermaSleep; that melatonin has only been shown to be moderately effective for helping people fall asleep; and the product comes with high, non-refundable S&H charges, we might recommend searching for local melatonin options before placing your DermaSleep order.