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“Being all natural I was a lot happier with my teen taking this over some other ones out there. She found the pills a little too hard to swallow. She did say after 3 days she was falling asleep a lot faster we also put in good routines to help assist the pills so will definitely keep taking these!!”

– Sarah

“Definitely worked on both my 16 and 17 year old sons. It made them sleepy about 60mins prior to having them but in the morning they were totally fine and not drowsy whatsoever. Totally recommend them.”

– Rachel

“I’m shocked! Miss grumpy , stays all all night and sleeps all day , actually slept earlier for once after taking these , I’m really impressed”

– Kasey

“My son found teensleep helpful to settle him down for the night. His bad habits of staying up too late were taking a toll on him. With exams approaching he was in need these and they have made a huge difference for him”

– Julie

“My teen finds this product great, she falls asleep quicker and isn’t as stressed during the day”

– Dianne

“My teenager has Chronic Fatigue and anxiety and found these helped him feel less stressed. He struggles to go to sleep but found he stayed asleep longer and woke more refreshed the next day. I have already bought another bottle as he feels they help”

– Lisa

“My son found these really useful, helped him relax to go to sleep and would wake feeling refreshed”

– Alison

“I didn’t think my teen would take these, but, wow, he did and the difference is amazing. He is not sleeping as much, his moods are better and he is more relaxed.”

– Julzz

  • Supports Teens to have better overall sleep, including ability to fall asleep, staying asleep through the night and achieving deeper restorative and restful sleep
  • Supports Teens to cope with exams, competitions, bullying or poor mental health, life changes, illness or injury and other teen pressures
  • Supports mental and emotional resilience
  • Supports Teens to feel happier so they can live their ultimate life
  • Supports healthy memory, learning and academic and sports performance
  • Supports balance of mood and hormones
  • Supports Teens to feel less worried or overwhelmed by the pressures of teen life
  • Convenient supplement taken day and night when your teen needs it
  • Supports Teens to have better overall sleep, including ability to fall asleep, staying asleep through the night and achieving deeper restorative and restful sleep
  • Supports mental and emotional resilience
  • Supports healthy memory, learning and academic and sports performance
  • Supports Teens to feel less worried or overwhelmed by the pressures of teen life
  • Supports balance of mood and hormones
  • Supports Teens to feel happier so they can live their ultimate life
  • Supports Teens to cope with exams, competitions, bullying or poor mental health, life changes, illness or injury and other teen pressures
  • Convenient supplement taken day and night when your teen needs it

“Wow, fantastic product! We’ve had a few years of sleep issues and daytime anxiety. Now sleep comes easily and I have a more resilient child! ” – Janine

Why Teens needs TeenSleep & Stress®

It’s tough being a teen these days trying to keep up with school, work, friends and family commitments plus maintain a real and virtual social life. Sleep is often last on the priority list for teens impacting their academic performance and ability to reach their full potential. In fact, research shows lack of sleep is contributing to increasing rates of teen stress, anxiety, depression2, behavioural disorders and even alcohol and drug abuse in teens.3

Teens are also struggling to cope with an ever changing, unpredictable new world. Research shows since the Covid-19 pandemic the number of teen’s suffering with mental illness has doubled, with one in five teens anxious and one in four teens struggling with depression globally.4

“My 15 year old struggles to sleep after staying on his computer for hours. We’ve noticed a big difference in his sleep routine.”

– Vikki

Stress is More Stressful for Teens than Adults

In teenagers the prefrontal cortex and cerebellum, the areas of the brain that help to control our stress response and regulate behaviour is still developing. This means teens are more likely to experience stress as more stressful than an adult’s brain. The prefrontal cortex is also responsible for evaluating risk and understanding consequences of actions which may explain why sometimes it seems like your teen acts without thinking.

A teen’s brain that is stressed or anxious makes it difficult for them to think clearly, process new information and store any new memories, negatively impacting their learning. Every day stress makes a teen feel anxious, vulnerable and less resilient to any daily challenges they may face. High stress levels also disrupts their sleep, with a worried mind making it difficult to fall asleep and waking them through the night. Stress breeds stress and a lack of sleep causes even higher stress levels in teens. This leads to a very tired, stressed, grumpy or irrational teen whose body and brain can’t function at its best to help them enjoy and make the most of life.

“I have four teenagers who suffer from stress and irregular sleep patterns due to being on their phones and we had just gone into lockdown. This is the first time my daughter has taken something regularly and said she has amazing sleeps – we are about to purchase more! ”

– Belinda

Research Confirms Link Between Sleep-deprived Teens and Risky Behaviours

Research has found that up 70% of secondary school students are sleeping less than eight hours per night, falling short of the 8-10 hours required for optimal physical and mental health. Research has linked insufficient sleep in youth to learning difficulties, impaired judgement, and risk of adverse health behaviours. Specifically, teens who slept less than six hours a night were twice as likely to report using alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other drugs, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They were also nearly twice as likely to report carrying a weapon or being in a fight.

Researchers found the strongest associations were related to mood and self-harm. Those teens who slept less than six hours were more than three times as likely to consider or attempt suicide, and four times as likely to attempt suicide, resulting in treatment.

“Absolutely brilliant, the changes have very effective. Getting up in morning after a more restful sleep has had impacts. I have also started taking them too, and equally have noticed a better sleep. I normally take a quality night magnesium for this purpose, but have found this product better!”

– Amelia

The link between Teenager’s Sleep, Learning, and Memory

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Trent University in Canada have shown that a teen’s brain consolidates and practices what is learned during the day during the deep stages of sleep. The brain consolidates learning during two particular phases of sleep the brain including slow-wave sleep and, rapid eye movement, or REM sleep. It is thought that during these deep sleep stages the brain moves new information from the hippocampus (the memory region) and into the cortex of the brain. It then distributes the information to the right parts of the brain and strengthens connections between brain cells. Later during REM sleep the brain re-enacts the lessons from the previous day and confirms the newly made connections so the information can be stored in a teen’s long term memory. What this means is a great night’s sleep for at least 8 -10 hours before and after a lesson will greatly help a teen learn a new task whether this is maths, sport or music. 

“My teen has started to feel differently about a week after taking TeenSleep & Stress, and they have certainly helped with his sleep and his stress management during a very challenging time.”

– Nikki

TeenSleep & Stress® Ingredient Research

Research has shown that Teenagers that do sleep the recommended 8-10 hours of healthy sleep are more likely to have stronger mental and emotional resiliency7 to cope with any pressures but they also increase their ability to focus so they can learn and perform academically. Healthy sleep also helps teens to perform at their best physically8 and recover quickly9 for physical activities, sport, training or competition.

With this in mind, SleepDrops has created TeenSleep & Stress®, a high strength supplement containing critical nutrients teen’s need to support their sleep, mental health and emotional resiliency so they can live their ultimate life.  These nutrients can often be deficient in teens due to their higher growth requirements and fast paced, active lifestyle and busy days learning. It can be difficult to obtain enough of these nutrients from a healthy diet due to modern day farming methods and low nutrient levels in our soils10, let alone some of the diets of our busy or fussy teens who often rely on junk food, a quick sugar fix or energy drinks. But even if they do eat well, they just seem to use these nutrients up quickly!

Carefully Selected Ingredients

Magnesium Chloride

Magnesium Chloride (400mg)

Global research estimates that up to 42% of teens8 are deficient in Magnesium, a mineral utilised by over 600 processes in a teen’s body including energy (ATP) production, muscle and brain function, stress regulation and hormonal balance. Magnesium is also essential for sleep, reducing a teen’s stress levels and allowing muscles to relax so they can stay asleep through the night. 

Magnesium supplementation has been shown to not only improve sleep but also reduce cortisol levels (our stress hormone) to help your teen stay calm and keep a cool head to cope with any pressures and tough decisions.10

TeenSleep & Stress® includes four hundred milligrams of the highly absorbable Magnesium Chloride to correct any nutrient deficiencies.

Tart Cherry (500mg)

Tart Cherry provides a natural source of our sleep hormone which is necessary for establishing healthy sleep/wake cycles and signaling to the body that it is time to sleep. Sleep hormone production is dependent on exposure to darkness and with many teenagers spending a lot time inside and online being exposed to blue light, their natural sleep hormone production can be affected. A lack of healthy levels of our sleep hormone can result in teens feeling wired and alert when it’s time to sleep. Also, if teenagers are feeling stressed, the stress hormone cortisol can further block the production and utilisation of our sleep hormone which interferes with their sleep. Together, this makes it difficult for teenagers to both fall sleep and stay asleep. Restlessness and unrefreshing sleep interferes with the brain’s natural process of clearing out neurons, resulting in teenagers waking in the morning feeling unrefreshed and ‘foggy’.

Our sleep hormone works with Magnesium through the night to help teenagers stay asleep and reach the deep stages of sleep (Theta and Delta) essential for optimal development, memory, learning and performance during the day. Deep, restorative sleep ensures teen’s wake up feeling more energised and motivated, in a more positive mood and stronger mental health to face any challenges during their day.

Tart Cherry

Many teens are using synthetic Melatonin on prescription or purchased internationally to help them sleep. The minimum dose currently available on prescription in New Zealand is 2mg of Melatonin. This is more than 5,700 times the amount our body’s naturally produce. Research shows prescription Melatonin can cause side effects such as headaches, short-term feelings of depression, daytime sleepiness, dizziness, stomach cramps, irritability, nausea and bedwetting.11 TeenSleep and Stress® contains 500mg of Tart Cherry to support natural utilisation and processing of Melatonin – supporting teens to go to sleep and stay asleep – naturally.

Vitamin b6

Vitamin B6 (20mg)

Vitamin B6 is a key nutrient used in over 150 enzymatic reactions related to mood, sleep cycle, mental function, stress, and inflammation. It is particularly important to support a teen’s high energy levels and a healthy balanced mood. Teens can become deficient in B vitamins in times of stress, sickness or when they have a particularly high energy lifestyle. Research has shown that Vitamin B6 supplementation can boost the production of key hormones serotonin and GABA to help a teen relax and have a more positive mood.12

Zinc (11.2mg)

Zinc is a vital nutrient for teens to support their healthy stress levels, energy and hormonal balance. Zinc is especially important during adolescence to support the production and balance of key sex hormones needed for a teen’s development. Zinc deficiency is common in New Zealand and research has shown our teenager’s low zinc intakes fail to meet their growth requirements. TeenSleep and Stress® is formulated to include a teen’s recommended daily intake of Zinc to nourish their adrenal glands responsible for producing and balancing hormones for sexual maturation and stronger mental and emotional resiliency. 13

L Theanine

L-Theanine (50mg)

The amino acid L-Theanine works with zinc to support teen’s hormone production promoting healthy sleep and mood, balanced sex hormones, and emotional regulation. L-Theanine supplementation has been shown to improve focus and reduce stress and anxiety levels of participants given mental mathematical tasks.14 This is great news for those teens coping with tough maths exams at any level.

Zizyphys Jujube (2g)

The Zizyphus jujube fruit and its seeds have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for years to treat insomnia and alleviate stress. Its anti-inflammatory properties and sedative effects have been shown to improve sleep duration and reduce anxiety levels.15

Zizyphys Jujube

TeenSleep & Stress® is a comprehensive and therapeutic supplement professionally developed following 12 months of research to offer teens the genuine support their growing bodies and minds need in these increasingly challenging times. Conveniently formulated so that it can be taken during the day and night to provide support when teens need it. The ingredients in TeenSleep & Stress are recommended for all teens, irrespective of how they are feeling but especially for those teens coping with exams, competitions, bullying, poor mental health, life changes, illness, injury and the other teen pressures.

Their future depends on what you do tonight. TeenSleep & Stress® is a highly effective way to support your teen to live their ultimate life!

Kirsten Taylor

Our Founder and CEO Kirsten Taylor who is also the parent to two 20 year olds has this to say about TeenSleep and Stress capsules.

“They will start sleeping better almost immediately because their young bodies respond faster and then in about a week you will notice they seem cheerier, having more of a laugh and are more relaxed in themselves. They don’t seem so overwhelmed. Ofcourse life is still coming at them and 9 to 19 year olds perceive stress as “more stressful” so they will always feel things more than we do – we still have to be vigilant and keep our eye on them. Good parenting includes making sure we make it hard for them to be on devices in the middle of the night. As Dr Phil says “ If you kid says you are ruining their life on some level, then you are being a good parent”. Sleep deprivation is deadly. Our young people are in psychological danger more than we ever were and more than we can ever imagine. One way we can try and keep them safe is to feed their nervous systems and give them the resilience to be able to make good decisions and the courage to reach out when things get too much. The research on the power of sleep for mental wellbeing is overwhelmingly clear. That’s why we made this important product. Ofcourse the other positives are they will enjoy life more, they will thrive at school – often going up streams because their brains retain and recall things more easier and they will be nicer to be around. All good parents just want the best for their kids and for them to be happy. We are really proud of the impact TeenSleep and Stress is going to have on our precious kids.”

How to take teensleep and stress capsules info

Directions for use:

For best results take for a minimum of one month and ongoing as needed.

pre teen sleeping while studying

Take 1 capsule with water each night before bed.

teen sleeping in class

Take 2 capsules with water each night before bed.
Dose can be split if day support is needed.



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Emergency and Support Details

If you or your child need further mental health support, please call or txt 1737 to speak to a trained counsellor 24/7 or book an appointment with your Doctor. You can also call the following helplines:

Lifeline 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP).

Suicide Crisis Helpline 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO).

Healthline 0800 611 116 or text 234 (available 24/7)

Kidsline: 0800942 8787 (12pm to 11pm)

Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 or text 4202 (available 24/7)

Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155

Samaritans 0800 726 666

If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111. 

As always, if you would like to talk to our professional, specialist team about any other sleep or wellbeing issues, please call 0800 345 999.