Sleep is crucial to your overall health and wellbeing.
In fact, 1 of every 3 Americans do not get the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, or have problems falling or staying asleep.
And while some are more prone to irregular sleep than others, there are a few actions you can take to ensure you not only meet the recommended hours of shut eye nightly, but that you achieve quality z’s.
Now, these “actions” aren’t so drastic. By prioritizing the consumption of just 3 sleep enhancing ingredients, you can rest assured that your slumber is nothing short of sound.
Magnesium has been studied in association to improved sleep quality.
…and exactly how this works is quite fascinating.
In short, this sleep-promoting mineral regulates neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are responsible for sending signals throughout the nervous system. So, as you can rightfully assume, magnesium’s regulation of these chemical messengers help to calm the brain’s activity.
With so many people struggling to find peace and to slow their thoughts at the end of the day, magnesium may be an effective solution in combating this activity.
Furthermore, magnesium has a special relationship with GABA, the specific chemical messenger responsible for toning down the brain’s activity. The mineral binds to the neurotransmitter and subsequently prepares your mind and body for sleep.
To ensure you consume enough magnesium to reap its sleep benefits, you can try adding any of the following to your nighttime routine:
- Eat a handful (an ounce serving) of almonds or walnuts. These tree nuts are an excellent source of magnesium.
- Eat a banana. This fruit is also a solid source of magnesium.
- Take a magnesium supplement, or find a sleeping formula that contains sufficient quantities of magnesium.
While you may not have been aware of magnesium’s sleep enhancing properties, chances are you are no stranger to melatonin.
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone produced by the pineal gland. This hormone helps your body fall asleep, and is a supplement commonly used by people who suffer from insomnia and other sleep deficiencies.
Tryptophan is an amino acid required by the body to assemble proteins and other essential molecules, including those that support sleep.
In simple terms, tryptophan is converted into a serotonin and melatonin producing molecule called 5-HTP. This is what makes tryptophan a powerful sleep agent.
While tryptophan and its derivative, 5-HTP, may be found in foods like turkey, eggs and fatty fish, they are commonly included in restorative sleep formula supplements.
The Best Way to Consume Each of These Ingredients
Yes, you could eat a handful of tree nuts, a filet of fatty fish and sip on a juice that is rich in melatonin before bed…
Or you could take a comprehensive sleep supplement that packs in the power of GABA, 5-HTP and melatonin into a single capsule.
We like to call this the “3 birds, one stone” approach to quality sleep.
Leverage Nutrition’s Restore and Recharge Sleep Formula was formulated to be a comprehensive herbal sleep and nighttime recovery support product. The key ingredients used include 5-HTP, GABA, and melatonin which work in concert to help induce a more peaceful, relaxing, and deep sleep.
Specifically, GABA combined with 5-HTP has shown to increase natural melatonin levels and improve sleep quality. This product will help restore and recharge the body for optimal health so each morning you can wake feeling refreshed and ready to attack the day with energy and purpose.