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Supplements Insomniacs are Using for a Better Sleep
Did you know that 40% of adult Canadians struggle with symptoms of insomnia at least three times a week (Science Daily, 2011)?
Whether it’s difficulty falling and staying asleep, or waking too early, insomnia can take a toll. It affects our mood and performance. Lack of quality sleep can even aggravate or trigger a range of mental and physical health conditions.
But, most pharmaceutical treatments are not ideal. Sleeping pills can be addictive and the common side-effects include dizziness, difficulty with balance, daytime drowsiness and more.
Natural solutions are safer and can be very effective. Experts recommend non-pharmacological treatments, including relaxation techniques, changes to daily routine, and cognitive therapy.
There are also a handful of supplements that are proven effective in clinical trials.
Best Supplements for Sleep
1) Magnesium: Known as the “original chill pill” and the “anti-stress mineral”, magnesium has demonstrated benefits for sleep. Studies show that magnesium supplementation can significantly increase sleep time and quality.
It can also shorten the time it takes to fall asleep. Magnesium is highly-safe for almost everyone, including pregnant and breastfeeding women.
2) L-theanine: An amino acid derived from green tea, studies show that l-theanine improves relaxation, reduces tension and increases calmness. A safe, natural sleep aid, l-theanine won’t cause drowsiness.
3) Melatonin: Known as “the dracula of hormones”, melatonin is triggered by low-light and sends signals to our brain to feel sleepy. Melatonin supplements are used to reset sleep cycles disrupted by jet lag, shift work, or evening exposure to light. Studies show that melatonin makes a significant difference in symptoms of insomnia. It’s also highly safe and non-addictive, with no risk of tolerance or rebound insomnia.
4) GABA: Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter that relaxes the nervous system and reduces anxiety. There is a correlation between poor sleep quality and low GABA levels in the brain, which is why researchers believe GABA as a supplement can help with sleep.
Natural Calm Creating Delta Waves
Linda Bolton, CEO of Natural Calm Canada, is something of an expert on supplements for sleep. She discovered Natural Calm magnesium through her sister, who used it for migraines.
When Linda first started taking Natural Calm, she experienced a dramatic improvement in her sleep quality.
Heavenly Sleep and Calmful Sleep
Since introducing the highly-absorbable magnesium drink to Canada, Linda has since launched other sleep products. Heavenly Sleep is a fast-acting liquid melatonin that pairs well with Natural Calm.
“Magnesium plays a role in the production of melatonin, so I always recommend that people with sleep issues start by addressing what may be a magnesium deficiency,” says Linda. For persistent sleep problems, Linda recommends taking melatonin with Natural Calm at night.
The company has also just released another new product, Calmful Sleep, a wildberry-flavoured drink powder that combines magnesium with melatonin, l-theanine and GABA.