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According to the US Centers for Disease Control, 50-70 million Americans suffer from a sleep or wakefulness disorder. That means that at the very least, 50 million people are not getting the rest that they need or deserve at night. So many people have found themselves whispering, "I can't sleep."
In this world of constant stimulation, it is significantly more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. Several studies have shown that in the new age of the internet, cell phones, and cable television, distractions can provide the mind with too much electronic stimulation, thereby disrupting your ability to rest.
There are several things you can do to help soothe your mind and improve your sleep quality. Often it is difficult to fall asleep when you lay down in bed. One of the things that can begin your journey to a better and more restful night's sleep is establishing a routine. By setting a standard time to wake up and also to go to sleep, you create a routine that your body will become familiar with, thus improving your rest and sleep time.
Soft instrumental music can also help with providing a relaxing environment prior to going to bed. It is recommended by some doctors that you don't turn on the television or look at your cell phone at least one hour before going to sleep but listening to calming music no higher than 60 beats per minute can help lure the body into a peaceful resting state.
It can also be helpful to take an all-natural supplement. Many doctors have recommended that melatonin be taken in order to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. But other studies have shown that taking melatonin in combination with other vitamins and minerals, provides a more natural and restful sleep.
BLUESPRING's Sleep Support Formula, a daily all-natural over-the-counter supplement, is loaded with ingredients that not only support healthy rest, but also encourage total body wellness. It is rich with vitamin B-6, which is considered vital to the amount of sleep you get. Sleep Support also contains Magnesium and Melatonin, which in combination can effectively bolster sleep patterns and also improve sleep quality. By taking this herbal supplement before bedtime, and combined with any of the suggestions above, you can begin your journey to restful and beneficial sleep.
Often called the natural sleeping pill, vitamin B-6 was discovered in the early 1930's by researchers who were conducting nutritional studies on laboratory mice. During the study, they found a substance that cured skin disease in the laboratory mice. They named this substance vitamin B-6. Chemically known as pyridoxine HCl, vitamin B-6 plays a vital role in both the quantity and quality of sleep experienced throughout the night. Those with a B-6 deficiency may experience insomnia as well as poor sleep quality; vitamin B-6 is vital to the production of serotonin, the element responsible for calming the mind in preparation for sleep.
Magnesium deficiencies have been repeatedly linked to chronic insomnia and poor sleep quality. Magnesium is integral to the proper function of the motor nerves in the body. Motor nerves transport electrical signals from the brain to the muscles so that the limbs know when, where, and how they are supposed to move. A low level of magnesium, which is common in the United States due to poor dietary habits, interrupts this process and causes agitation, which is counterproductive to sleep. When used in combination with calcium, magnesium has been shown to be beneficial in reducing insomnia and increasing sleep quality.
Because it is a naturally occurring substance in the body, melatonin has the least side effects of any sleep aid. Melatonin production is dormant during daylight hours; instead, it starts when darkness falls, and it peaks around 2 a.m. Thereafter, melatonin production gradually decreases until the next evening. Some medications, such as Inderal, which is taken for high blood pressure, can inhibit production of melatonin. Some studies have shown melatonin to be effective in restoring the sleep patterns and sleep quality of individuals who are 50 years old and older.
An amino acid found in green tea leaves, L-Theanine has been shown to smooth out brain waves, resulting in a calm, sleep-inducing attitude. It has been shown to be effective in increasing the quality of sleep for men and women of all ages, as well as reducing blood pressure and cortisol levels. It has been proven by the National Institute of Health to reduce ADHD in young boys. In addition, L-Theanine is an antioxidant and antidepressant. Taken in moderate doses, L-Theanine has no side effects and can significantly improve sleep quality.
Passionflower Aerial Extract
Formerly approved by the FDA for use as an over-the-counter sleep remedy, passionflower aerial extract was removed from the market in 1978 because its safety and benefits had not yet been proven in clinical trials. However, passionflower remains available as a holistic sleep aid in three forms: tea, tablet or tincture. Historically, this flower has been used since 1569 for the treatment of sleep disorders as well as anxiety, stress and ADHD.
Passionflower has few negative side effects, works well in combination with other substances, and is generally considered safe and effective when taken in traditional doses. It has also been found to increase both quality and quantity of sleep.
Valerian Root Extract
Popular since the 2nd century, valerian root has been used to treat insomnia, anxiety and a myriad of other ailments. Many users reported an increase in both the quality and the quantity of sleep. A popular misconception is that the prescription drug Valium is obtained from the valerian root. Valium is a synthetic drug and a controlled substance. Valerian is a holistic remedy and legally available for over-the-counter use. Although they react in similar ways on the brain, they are not the same substance. Valerian is available in tincture, tea, tablet or capsule and is considered safe for adults but should not be given to children.
Other Ingredients: Capsule (gelatin, water), cellulose, vegetable stearin, magnesium stearate and silica.
Contains No: sugar, salt, dairy, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, preservatives, artificial colors or flavors.
*** Our Standardized Passion Flower and Valerian Root extracts are manufactured by European phytopharmaceutical companies under strict European quality control standards. Like all European herbal extracts, their production is regulated to the same high standards as Over-The-Counter drugs.
Adults: Take one (1) capsule before bedtime or as directed by a health care professional. Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Warning: Use sleep support only at Bedtime. Not for use by children under 18 years of age. If pregnant or using a prescription drug, contact a health care professional. Do not take this product if you suffer from an auto-immune disease, depression, diabetes, endocrine disorder or thyroid condition. Do you not use this product while operating a motorized vehicle or heavy equipment.
Why does Sleep Support have a warning for people with auto-immune diseases, depression, or endocrine/thyroid conditions not to use it? Several of the ingredients in Sleep Support, such as melatonin, Passion flower, and Valerian root, have sedative effects on the body and help to stimulate certain hormones. As a result, the impacts of these ingredients can involve enhanced fatigue. Because fatigue is a common symptom of depression, endocrine/thyroid disorders, and many auto-immune conditions, it is important to realize and understand that the ingredients in Sleep Support may amplify or otherwise contribute to fatigue, which could already be a problem the individual is dealing with. The warning is more of a precaution for those already at risk of excessive fatigue that Sleep Support may affect the level of fatigue or length of time fatigue is experienced more so than for individuals without these conditions.
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