Food & Nutrition

How long do Kalms take to work?

Kalms range

Published by Finn Hayden

Kalms can be a really helpful product to take if you're trying to reduce feelings of anxiety (here are our top tops for reducing anxiety) and stress. The issue is, most of us tend to take Kalms as soon as we start to feel anxious or stressed, and because the effects of Kalms don't kick in immediately, it means we have to wait a bit for Kalms to work.

But how long? Well, like so many of these questions, it really depends on a number of factors. 

What Kalms variety are we talking about?

Firstly, we'll clarify that we're mostly talking about Kalms Day in this article, as this is the most popular product in the Kalms range. There are several different kinds and added ingredients. You may find that suits you. 
Having said that, much of what we've researched will also apply to other Kalms products such as Kalms Night.
Mostly, Kalms are made from Valerian root which you can also buy for cheaper online. 
Kalms Day

So how long will Kalms take to work?

Generally, 2 Kalms Day tablets will take between 1 hour and 2 hours to properly kick in. However, you can speed up the effects by doing deep breathing after you've taken the tablets, which will help to make you feel relaxed and feel the effects of the Kalms to a greater extent.
As for other varieties such as Kalms Lavender, Kalms Rhodiola, and Kalms Night, you should allow about the same amount of time (1 - 2 hours) for the tablets to kick in.
We saw some forums online which suggested that drinking alcohol can speed up the effects of Kalms - this really isn't good advice, because as it says on the Boots product page for Kalms, "The sedative effects of this medicine may be increased by alcohol. Therefore alcohol should be avoided whilst taking this medicine." If you pair alcohol with Kalms, you'll very quickly feel really disoriented.

Lastly, it is worth mentioning that the 1-2 hours is just a rough estimate, and the actual time it will take for Kalms to work will depend a huge amount on your personal circumstances. For example, heavier people will usually find that it takes longer to feel the effects, and may require 3-4 tablets across a 4-hour period.

So hopefully this guide has helped you to understand what factors can influence how long Kalms will take to kick in! Let us know in the comments what your experiences with Kalms have been like.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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