Last week we discussed some diet and lifestyle changes that can help you sleep better, but what about those times when you need a little extra help? This supplement helped me out - it might help you too.
- Promotes mental calmness and relaxation
- Helps initiate sleep
- Non-habit forming
What is Best-Rest Formula?
Insomnia affects about 20% of the adult population in the U.S. Best-Rest Formula supports a healthy sleep cycle from several different angles. Drawing from strong clinical science, the all-natural ingredients in this formula have been shown to initiate sleep and promote calmness and relaxation.
Who needs Best-Rest Formula?
Due to various personal and global circumstances, sleeplessness is one of the fastest growing health conditions. This product is for the over 70 million Americans affected by incomplete sleep who need a non-habit forming solution to their restlessness and/or night time anxiety. Best-Rest Formula is also helpful for jet lag as it is effective for resetting the circadian rhythm (sleep cycle).
The ingredients in this formula have a long history of therapeutic use for sleep and mood support.
What is in Best-Rest Formula?
Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome. Hippocrates described its properties, and Galen and the Greek physician Dioscorides later prescribed it as a remedy for insomnia. Generally, valerian makes sleep more restful as well as making the transition to sleep easier.
Since ancient times, it has been said that drinking green tea induces relaxation. The clinical science of green tea found this relaxation effect to be due to the presence of the amino acid L-theanine, found almost exclusively in tea. Clinical research suggests that L-theanine naturally stimulates activity in the brain known as alpha waves, which are associated with a relaxed mental state that will help to reduce stress and provide a more tranquil sleep.
GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a natural calming and anti-epileptic inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. It appears that many people with anxiety, insomnia, epilepsy, and other brain disorders do not manufacture sufficient levels of GABA.
This comprehensive blend contains the time-tested support of passion flower, chamomile, lemon balm and hops, in addition to the aforementioned valerian. This combination acts to calm and relax the central nervous system. Double-blind trials involving valerian, valerian/lemon balm combinations and valerian/ hops combinations have indicated the potential to support the onset of sleep as well as healthy sleep quality.
Melatonin is a natural hormone that regulates the human biological clock. Adults with insomnia have been shown to have lower melatonin levels. Research has also shown that melatonin facilitates sleep, significantly shortens the time needed to go to sleep, reduces the number of night awakenings, and improves sleep quality. Melatonin is also helpful in relieving symptoms of jet lag and it wields powerful antioxidant activity.
The body produces less melatonin with advancing age, which may explain why elderly people often have difficulty sleeping and why melatonin supplements improve sleep in the elderly.
Other Tips That May be Helpful
Consider proper sleep hygiene. Avoid watching TV and using laptops and electronics 1-2 hours before bedtime. A combination of the above, sleep restriction methods (i.e., the only time spent in bed is when sleeping), and control of stimuli that might interfere with sleep, significantly increase sleep time in people with insomnia.