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Sleep Support 6 Remedies for a Restful Deep Sleep

5/23/2013
Consider the unflagging popularity of energy drinks, shots and supplements not to mention coffee and it's clear that Americans feel tried. Yet for many, ironically, good quality rest is elusive.. Blame it on the chronic stress, depression, anxiety, or pain or simple a compulsion for catching up on Facebook, emails or favorite TV shows. And unfortunately, insomnia's prevalence increases with Age- at a time when we need the health benefits of a good night's rest more than ever. Here are a 6 remedies of nonaddictive, natural alternatives presented here may gently adjust your body and brain chemistry promoting relaxation and making it easier to drift off to sleep.

Let's look at 6 remedies that gently encourage deeper sleep:
1. L-Theanine. Found primarily in green tea, L-Theanine boots alpha waves in the brain, promoting mental focus and relaxation.
2. GABA. Gamma-aminobutyric acid serves both as an amino acid or protein building block and as a mood-regulating neurotransmitter.
3. Magnesium. You often store tension in your muscles, making it difficult to relax. Magnesium helps the body relax and produce serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter.
4. L-Trytophan and 5-Htp. L-tryptophan and 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) are two forms of the same nutrient, an amino acid that serves as a key building block of serotonin and indirectly, of melatonin.
5. Melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that regulates your circadian, or daily, body rhythm. Melatonin levels normally increase toward nightfall, making you sleepy and then decrease toward morning.
6. Finally remedy is Valerian and Hops. Traditional sedative herbs, valerian (Valeriana officinalis) and hops (Humulus lupulus) have been used for millennia as folk treatments for insomnia. Several recent studies confirm that taking the herbs together can reduce the time it takes to fall asleep and improve overall sleep quality.

It's a good idea to talk to your health care Provider before starting a new supplement or herb.
Happy sleeping