Kin Dream Light
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Recently updated on July 23rd, 2020 at 03:37 am

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You may have heard of euphorics, they are a new category of beverages for people looking for an alternative to alcoholic drinks. I first tried Kin Euphorics at a mattress event in Santa Monica this past summer. Each type of euphoric claims to give you a different feel. They contain adaptogens, which are herbs associated with relieving stress and nootropics which affect your mind. They come in cans and bottles and mine were poured by a mixologist to give you the sense that you are getting a drink at a bar.

The ritual involved with making a Kin drink is fun and is a great way to either cut down or eliminate your alcohol consumption altogether. I really enjoyed the taste of the High Rhode and Kin Spritz. They are very refreshing and have a much stronger taste than something like LaCroix or Bubly. It really tasted like a substantial drink that I could consume slowly and savor. With these drinks, I didn’t really notice any effects on my mind. I can’t say that I felt that much more relaxed either but they sure tasted good and I didn’t wake up with a hangover the next day which is always good.

While most of the Kin Euphorics drinks are made to enhance cognition, I was particularly intrigued by the Dream Light which is made to help you fall asleep. I never really took a supplement for sleep that you had to drink. I suppose Nyquil may qualify but I certainly don’t take a glass of that and it tastes horrible. Below are my thoughts on the Kin Dream Light drink.

Ordering your Kin Euphorics Drink

Right now the best and only way to order your Kin drink is through their website. I bought some a few days before I left town for Christmas and to my surprise, it arrived at my door before I left. Since the Dream Light comes in a glass bottle, it needs extra packaging so it won’t get damaged in transit. Mine arrived intact to my door.  Kin does not offer returns of any kind so make sure you this would be good. Especially since these drinks are expensive.

Here’s the box it arrived in.

kin box

As you can see it was specially designed to house this bottle so it wouldn’t break.

kin inside box

You also get a brochure that has info on the drink and the company.

kin brochure

How Much Do Kin Drinks Cost?

It depends on which drink you buy. The Dream light costs $39/bottle the High Rhode is $30/botltle and the Kin Spritz is $27/4-pack. Shipping is free but again, no returns are accepted.

With the Dream Light you get 11 servings per bottle and Kin suggests 1-2 servings before bed but no more than 4. So at best you get to use this 11 times and for me I used 2 servings so about 5 nights where I could use this before I would have to re order. If I were to use this consistently every night, it would cost me over $150/month!

 

What is in the Kin Dream Light?

Below are the supplement facts on the back of the bottle. As you can see there’s really nothing groundbreaking here in terms of vitamins or other supplements. The proprietary blend has ingredients I have seen in many other popular sleep aids. What struck me is how little melatonin they use, .25 mg. Which they claim is used to trigger your body to get ready for sleep.

kin supplement facts

My Kin Euphorics Dream Light Findings and Recommendation

I wasn’t a big fan of this drink for a few reasons. First, it really didn’t taste all that great. It mostly tastes like fig juice which is the second ingredient after water. I wouldn’t say it has a bad taste but I certainly wouldn’t seek it out. The serving size is 1.5 ounces and I felt silly trying to measure it out so I just guessed. I’m sure most people will do the same, otherwise, you could use a shot glass but I didn’t have one. But, since you probably should measure so you can get a consistent dosage it still felt like taking medication instead of a fun new drink.

This drink also needs to be refrigerated after opening which I get but they also ask that you use it within a week after opening as well. So this could be a very expensive habit.

kin euphorics

I took two doses at once since I wanted to make sure I felt the effects. I think it did help me fall asleep a little faster and I had a good nights rest so I certainly have no complaints on that front but I didn’t think it was any more effective than some of the other supplements I have tried.

Overall I think Kin is on the right track with creating drinks for social events that are free of alcohol. It seems like that is the natural progression of things. I think their other drinks are fun and would be a great addition to parties. However, the Dream Light doesn’t make for a social drink unless you want everyone to get drowsy. I really don’t crave a fancy drink right before bed, I just need something that’s effective and reasonably priced.

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Olly Sleep Review
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Recently updated on December 7th, 2022 at 07:27 pm

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Olly Sleep is a sleep supplement that is made with natural ingredients to help you fall asleep. It is one of the most popular sleep supplements on Amazon and is very highly rated with over 2,800 reviews as of this post. Unlike a pill, Olly Sleep is a gummy that you can chew and taste pretty good.  I have tried many other sleep supplements over the years but this is one of the few that actually has a pleasant taste.

As of this writing a 50 count is a bit over $10. The recommended does is 2 gummies, so 25 servings which is a pretty good price especially since you probably won’t need to take this every night.

Olly Sleep supplements are an, “Amazon Choice” product which I think means they come highly reviewed and have had consistently good feedback.

AMAZON CHOICE
Olly Sleep
Olly is a great choice for occasional use where you may have some extra stress, traveling or just know you may not get to sleep quickly.

My order arrived via Amazon Prime in a couple days. As you can see below the cover is a twist-off where you have to push down first which is a safety feature. I could see children mistaking these for candy and they taste good enough where if they were to get into it, they would probably eat a bunch so it’s a good thing this precaution is in place.

Olly Twist Off

Below is a picture of the gummies. They are about the width of a nickel and have the same consistency as a gummy bear. Olly also makes multivitamins specific to men and women as well as prebiotics, stress formulas and a beauty formula.

Olly Chewables

Here’s the ingredient list on the back of the package. It has 3 mg of melatonin which isn’t as much as other sleep supplements I have tried but still effective.

Olly Supplement

Here’s are the main benefits they point out on their product listing:

  • Olly Sleep gummy: our melatonin Gummies, with L-Theanine and botanicals like chamomile and lemon Balm, help boost your natural sleep hormone, encourage a calm feeling, and support a healthy sleep cycle, making it easier for you to fall asleep.
  • Sweet dreams are made of these: at Olly, we want the same things as you, like steady energy, better sleep & feeling healthy. Nothing helps you feel your best like a good night’s sleep, & Our sleep gummies help you drift off without chemical sleep aids.
  • Naturally tasty gummies: why leave fun, chewable vitamins to Kids? When something feels good, you’re more likely to do it & Nothing feels better than feeling healthy. Olly Gummy vitamins & gummy supplements make it easy & fun to get your daily dose.
  • Hi there. We’re Olly: we’ve made it our personal mission to make nutrition easy to understand, so you can pursue good health without compromise. Taking nutritional supplements shouldn’t be a chore, which is why ours are just as effective as they are fun.
  • Olly is different: try our vitamins and wellness boosts and discover for yourself how we’re different. Olly Gummy vitamins, gummy supplements and protein powders are fun, easy and rewarding to fit into your daily nutritional and healthy lifestyle goals.

My Olly Sleep Findings

If you don’t like swallowing pills and hate the chalky chewables, then Olly Sleep would be a good alternative that you will actually enjoy taking. I took the recommended dose and found that they were effective with helping me fall asleep but not so good at keeping me asleep which is the main problem with most sleep supplements. If you want something more effective, take a look at Sleep Relief, although you would have to swallow pills.

Overall Olly is a great choice for occasional use where you may have some extra stress, traveling or just know you may not get to sleep quickly.

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Recently updated on May 8th, 2019 at 11:35 am

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Sleep disorders have been on the rise since the past decade or so. It is hard to find people who experience healthy sleep every night or don’t resort to a sleep aid. Because sleep is vital to mental and physical health, the growing incidence of sleep disorders around the world is concerning. Sleep disorders are more common in the US than any other country; the reason why scientists and sleep experts are always trying to find out the causes behind it and possible solutions.

If you are one of those people who has failed to get a good night’s sleep in a long time, you are acutely aware of how sleep disorders can strip your life of joy and peace. When you are sleep deprived sleep deprived, everything becomes harder than usual. You lose your appetite, you are unmotivated to work out, your social and personal commitments suffer, and your productivity at work keeps dropping. In fact, the American economy suffers a loss of millions of dollars every year simply because of workers not getting enough sleep.

Don’t be surprised, because sleep disorders have far-reaching consequences. Sleep deficiency causes daytime sleepiness and drowsiness, causing accidents and injuries. Drowsy driving is one dangerous consequence of sleep deficiency and daytime sleepiness. It is as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol.

Of course, no person can go without sleep for a long time, and they all reach for some kind of sleep aid at some point. However, the recent FDA warning about conventional sleep medications has led people to look for natural solutions to sleep disorders.

Dangers of Sleep Medication

A large number of people depend on sleep medications for a good night’s rest. Older people have usually prescribed sleep medicines because they are unable to get proper sleep any longer. However, even though in the beginning the medications work as intended, they are harmful in the long run because the user starts to get dependent on them. Most sleeping pill users are unable to sleep again without taking the medication, and the dependence only keeps growing. Most doctors do not hesitate to increase the dosage, but this only adds to the danger.

The FDA has recently called out certain sleep medications for being dangerous and causing injuries and accidents. However, even without the FDA warning, most people have always known about the side effects of conventional sleep medications. They are quick to work, but the chemicals in them are harmful to health and often make sleep disorder worse. Increasing the dosage of the medicine only leads to sleeping pill abuse, some of the most common symptoms of which are:

  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty with coordination and focus
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Foggy memory
  • Nightmares
  • Itching and swelling
  • Lightheadedness
  • Chest pain
  • Blurred vision or other vision changes
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Hives
  • Hoarseness of the throat
  • Palpitations

If sleep medications are continued for a long time, it can lead to other health complications and even death. These fears are not unwarranted because there are a large number of people suffering from the side effects of sleeping pills. Sleeping pills being available over the counter have also contributed to their overuse.

All these fears surrounding sleeping pills have led people to look for natural alternatives. At the moment, there are two natural sleep solutions, one of them proven and the other debatable. They are melatonin and cannabidiol.

Melatonin Supplements for Sleep

Melatonin is the sleep hormone produced by the brain in response to the dark. When the sun begins to set, the body clock tells the brain it’s time to produce melatonin, the hormone that helps us relax, makes us feel drowsy and ultimately gets us to sleep. Melatonin is hindered by bright lights and triggered by darkness. That is the reason why sleeping in a dark room is the healthiest.

Imbalances in the production of melatonin are often responsible for sleep disorders. If shunning bright lights don’t work, then a possible remedy is melatonin supplement. This is a natural sleep remedy that has recently started to be administered to insomnia patients. The reason why melatonin supplement has become so popular is that it is not known to have any side effect for it simply replicates the natural melatonin produced by the brain. The melatonin supplement remedies any imbalance and helps the hormone function normally to bring about healthy sleep.

So far melatonin supplements have not been found to cause any adverse side effect. Because this hormone is already produced by the body, melatonin supplements simply aim to correct any shortage or imbalance of the hormone. However, because melatonin supplements tend to work very quickly, the dosage must be appropriate and timed right. Otherwise, the person can feel drowsy well into the next morning.

CBD Oil as Sleep Aid

Another popular sleep solution that is still controversial to some extent is cannabidiol. Also called CBD, this is a natural extract of the hemp plant, and has been hailed to be highly beneficial for a lot of health issues. One of the most popular uses of CBD is in treating insomnia and other sleep disorders. Although the exact connection between CBD and sleep is not yet known sleep experts believe that CBD helps induce sleep by reducing anxiety and stress. If you have stress and anxiety related issues that prevent you from falling or staying asleep at night, CBD can be used as a natural alternative to conventional sleep medications.

However, if your sleep issues are caused by other health problems or hormonal imbalances, then CBD will not be effective. CBD is also highly controversial and not easily available everywhere. Unlike melatonin, CBD has not been proven to be beneficial for sleep disorders and should be consumed only after a consultation with a healthcare practitioner.

Before resorting to a sleep aid, it is recommended that you try making lifestyle changes to deal with sleep disorders. If all else fails, talk to your doctor to adopt the safest possible way to induce sleep and reduce sleep deprivation.

 

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Recently updated on January 30th, 2019 at 11:35 am

CBD Oil has come under the spotlight, especially in the US, in recent times and has been touted for its many health benefits. Its association with marijuana, however, is still perceived negatively by many who ergo keep this wonderful oil at bay. In this article, we will take a closer look at some of CBD oil benefits and the science behind it. Without any further ado, let’s get started.

known cbd oil benefitsCBD Oil Benefits for Diabetes and Obesity

A whopping 100 million adults in the US are now officially either diabetic or pre-diabetic, and the epidemic seems to be creeping into minors as well. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has revealed that over 32% of American men and over 35% of American women are obese (more than just overweight).

While everyone has a row about whether a plant-based diet is a way to go or a ketogenic diet is truly what can help reverse type 2 diabetics, we should not overlook CBD oil benefits for both diabetes and obesity.

So, what do the studies say?

  • A 2011 American Journal of Epidemiology study found that rates of obesity in a sample group as large as 52,000 cannabis users were only 1/3rd the prevalent rates in the general population.
  • Another study found that the use of CBD resulted in a lowering of the diabetes incidence rate in mice.
  • Research supports that CBD aides in weight loss by acting as a catalyst in the conversion of white fat into brown fat.

Improved Cholesterol Profile and Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

A Staggering 1 in 4 deaths in the US is due to heart disease. Again, while lifestyle, diet and genetic predisposition are some of the main factors that determine your risk of a heart attack or heart disease. There are certainly other things along the way that can either add to the risk or take away from it. Thankfully, CBD oil benefits include a reduction in the risk of heart disease and also an improved cholesterol profile as studies have concluded.

  • A study from 2013 concluded that CBD oil users had a higher level of good cholesterol in their blood than their counterparts.
  • More studies also provide evidence to support that endocannabinoid signaling plays a crucial role in the pathology of atherogenesis.
  • Initial clinical studies on animals also proved that CBD oil in low orally ingested doses had a cardioprotective effect during the induction of a heart attack.

Lowered Risk of Cancer

CBD oil benefits are several, but there is a growing amount of evidence which is starting to suggest that it might have some tumor-fighting properties as well.

  • Animal trials conducted in 2012 suggests that animals that were medicated with CBD oil actually responded positively in terms of a reduction in the likelihood of developing colon cancer. These animals were deliberately given carcinogens for the sake of the test.
  • Numerous studies have already shown that THC doesn’t only prevent tumors but also helps in preventing them in the first place.
  • A 2015 data analysis done by scientists where the records of 84,000 male patients revealed that patients that had used cannabis, and not tobacco had a 45% lower bladder cancer rate than the other group.

Mental Health Benefits

CBD oil and cannabinoids, in general, are neuroprotective, which means that they play a vital role in regulating brain health. One of the ways in which CBD oil does this is by removal of damaged cell, and another is through improved efficiency of mitochondria. Furthermore, CBD Oil is also said to reduce glutamate toxicity which is responsible for over firing of brain cells by over – stimulation which causes pre – mature cell death.

  • A recent study suggests that CBD oil benefits include having an anti-inflammatory effect on the brain.
  • Another study, which was done in 2008, in lower dosages, CBD oil actually stimulated the birth and development of new brain cells, even in older brains.
  • CBD oil benefits the brain and protects against Alzheimer’s and other nerve-related degenerative diseases.

Protection Against Bone Disease

The bone that is aging is replaced by the new bone substrate, and the rate at which this happens annually is approximately 10% in humans. This process is natural and critical for strong, healthy bones and skeletal framework altogether. There are numerous CBD oil benefits when it comes to healthy bones in humans.

  • A study using CBD oil showed that CBD oil actually reduced the build-up for destructive bone compounds that work by destroying bone-building compounds.
  • CBD explicitly also stimulates the process of healing of broken bones at an accelerated rate, as per another study.
  • Another CBD oil benefit is protection against recurring fracture in a bone that has already been fractured once and is vulnerable to another. This study revealed that fractured and healed bones in the CBD focus group were 35% stronger, on average, that the non – CBD counterpart.

Fights Skin Ailments and Helps Keep Skin Healthy

In human physiology, the skin is the organ with the single highest concentration of CB2 receptors. CBD oil can literally be applied topically on the skin, and there are a multitude of CBD oil benefits for the skin when it is used this way.

  • It helps repair against free radical damage, reverse free radical damage and could also prevent free radical damage on the skin to a certain extent as per studies.
  • It can help in the proper regulation of oil from the sebaceous glands of the skin
  • CBD oil based topical creams and oils are already popular products for the treatment of skin conditions such as acne and even psoriasis.

Worry not, Cannabis when used topically cannot be psychoactive, and so you will not experience any “high.”

Anti-Inflammatory Benefits of CBD

Several studies have concluded that CBD oil has anti-inflammatory benefits. It does this by way of engaging with the Endocannabinoid system across all organs of the human body and assists in bring down inflammation. Inflammation is the cause of a wide range of diseases and the fact that CBD oil benefits include anti-inflammatory properties make it even more of a holistic medicine than initially thought.

Reducing Cortisol

Cortisol is the stress hormone, and in this day and age, it is usually elevated in the average American. The plant has been used from centuries ago to reduce anxiety and calm down people. However, it must be noted that some studies have shown that in certain patients, Cannabis can have a reverse effect and actually increase anxiety and even lead to panic attacks.

In general, CBD oil is shown to reduce stress-related activity in the Limbic and Paralimbic parts of the brain directly.

Other better – known CBD oil benefits, include the treatment of Insomnia and other sleep disorders and also to alleviate pain naturally, it is said to be one of the most effective treatments.

At Sleep Sherpa, its our constant endeavor to provide our readers with up to date information that is accurate and easy to digest. Apart from the informative article above, we have also developed an infographic that you can share on social media. Feel free to share.

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Recently updated on January 7th, 2019 at 06:57 pm

Sleep is very touchy. Even the slightest things can scare it away and make it elude you for long nights. For instance, if you’re sick, you may be unable to sleep for many nights. If you’re too stressed, sleep can evade you. If you’re too excited about something, it can make sleep go away. When you regularly experience stress, hyper arousal, or medical conditions, it can wreak havoc on your sleep quality and quantity.

Modern women are often under greater stress than men. Today’s women aren’t staying at home and cooking and cleaning anymore. They are going to work, managing demanding careers, raising children, caring for aged parents, and also doing their bit for the community. Women are capable of single-handedly managing both home and work and taking care of every little detail. But as a result, they also suffer from greater stress.

Around the age of 35 through 40, women begin to experience perimenopause symptoms. This is when women approach the end of their reproductive phase. Various symptoms mark the onset of menopause, from weight gain to mood swings to hot flushes. But a common complaint is insomnia or poor sleep quality. Several women approaching midlife complain of sleep difficulties. More often than not, the cause is perimenopause or menopause.

Symptoms of Menopause

Menopause doesn’t happen in a day. It begins from the time a woman crosses 35 and continues until the age of 45 or more. This transition phase is called perimenopause. Some women reach menopause too early while others can keep having children till 45. It all depends on the genetic makeup of the person.

Both perimenopause and menopause have similar symptoms. Not all women experience all of them, though. Some of the most common signs of perimenopause and menopause are:

Irregular Periods: As a woman crosses 35, irregular periods is the biggest sign of perimenopause. With time, periods become severely irregular and scanty, before stopping altogether. However, irregular periods can also be a sign of some other medical condition that only a doctor can diagnose.

Heavy or Scanty Periods: As the fertile phase of a woman comes to an end, periods are not only irregular but also heavier or scantier than usual. However, these may also be an indicator of some other underlying medical condition, especially if you haven’t yet reached the age of perimenopause.

PMS-Like Symptoms: Premenstrual syndrome usually gets worse in the years approaching menopause. Mood swings, breast tenderness, weight gain, bloating, and abdominal cramps are some of the symptoms that are common during perimenopause.

Hair and Skin Changes: Because menopause is all about hormones, these changes can affect your hair and skin. You may notice graying of hair or severe hair fall.

Night Sweats and Hot Flushes: Bodies of women approaching menopause get hot very easily. When others in a room are feeling cold, they might feel hot. This more commonly happens at night, making sleep difficult. Night sweats and hot flushes are tell-tale signs of menopause, especially when they happen at night. Feeling stuffy and uncomfortable can make it hard to sleep. All these factors contribute to insomnia and poor sleep quality.

Some other symptoms of perimenopause are:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Headaches
  • Loss of libido
  • Forgetfulness and concentration problems
  • Muscle cramps
  • Urinary tract infections

Insomnia during perimenopause or menopause isn’t because of one factor. Several factors combine to make sleep difficult for menopausal women.

What Happens During Menopause?

The transition from perimenopause to menopause is marked by the decline in production of certain hormones. These are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. These three hormones not only regulate the reproductive and menstrual cycle but also have a significant impact on energy, mood, libido, cognitive and emotional functioning, and sleep. When these hormones start to decline, there is bound to be some problem to the normal functioning of the body.

Both estrogen and progesterone are responsible for promoting sleep and relaxation and keeping away anxiety and depression. Progesterone is not only the one behind each monthly cycle, labor, and breastfeeding but also regulates mood and keeps the sleep-wake cycle normal. Loss of progesterone also contributes to osteoporosis.

As the hormones fluctuate and decline all through the perimenopausal and menopausal stages, sleep often tends to be increasingly disrupted. When women cross perimenopause and enter menopause, it is not unusual for women to routinely experience insomnia and have a hard time falling and staying asleep.

Treating Insomnia During Menopause

It must be noted that as long as a woman continues to have irregular or scanty periods, she is experiencing perimenopause or menopause. The end of this stage is post-menopause when periods have been absent for 12 months or more. This means that the hormone rebalancing is now complete, and the body is not producing estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone anymore.

Not all women experience severe insomnia during perimenopause or menopause. But if sleep difficulties are keeping you up night after night, it’s time to take the necessary steps to stop or prevent them.

Instead of treating insomnia, healthcare practitioners are generally suggesting treating the root cause. Are hot flushes keeping you up? Are you experiencing rapid heartbeats or hyperarousal? Are you always too hot to be comfortable?

These are some common complaints during menopause, but there are steps to get relief.

The first things to control are your sleep habits. As your body changes, your sleep habits must also change along with it. Certain things to follow to ensure proper sleep hygiene are:

Sticking to Specific Sleep and Wake Times: When your sleep and wake times keep changing every day, the body is confused. Instead, stick to a particular bedtime and the same wake-up time every single day, even on weekends. This habituates the body to a rhythm. For instance, if you go to bed at 10 every night and wake up at 6 every morning, the body will automatically feel sleepy when it approaches 10 o’clock, and also be able to wake up without an alarm clock in the morning. Routine bedtime and wake-up time is the first step in healthy sleep hygiene.

Preparing Your Body for Sleep: As part of healthy sleep hygiene, you need to prepare yourself for sleep, so that the brain and the body know it’s time to shut down for the day. When you keep working till late or continue to use electronic devices, the body doesn’t get the indication that it’s time for bed. Instead, you should unplug, turn out the lights, take a relaxing bath, and do some light reading to induce sleep.

Avoid Alcohol and Tobacco: Certain things can interfere with your sleep hygiene, alcohol and tobacco being two of them. If you are in the habit of smoking or drinking before bed, it’s time to kick the habits when you reach perimenopause. Both alcohol and tobacco interfere with melatonin production and delay the onset of sleep. Alcohol also hinders REM sleep, the most restorative stage of sleep linked to cognitive functioning and memory formation.

Evaluate Your Bedroom: Often, we don’t have the right conditions for falling asleep. The room is too cold or too hot, the bed is uncomfortable, and ambient noise keeps making its way in. When you’re experiencing menopause-related insomnia, you need to take a good look at your bedroom and change what’s needed. If the room is too hot, you will only feel more uncomfortable. Keep your room as cool as possible to keep the hot flushes and night sweats away. If the room is too cold, turn up the thermostat to bring it to a comfortable temperature or use blankets. Also, change the mattress if it’s sagged and doesn’t provide the best support. You can also keep a bucket of ice beside your bed to cool off if you get hot during the night.

Don’t Stress Over Sleep: Stressing oversleep is one of the worst things to increase your insomnia. If you wake up in the middle of the night unable to fall back asleep, don’t stay in bed tossing and turning and worrying about not being able to sleep. Instead, get out of bed, have a nice, soothing drink, turn on a reading light and read a relaxing book. However, make sure to stay away from electronic devices and bright lights, because they can make it even harder to go back to sleep.

Remedies for Menopause-Related Insomnia

Because menopause is purely hormonal, the oft-suggested medical remedy is hormone replacement therapy. But not only is it expensive but can also have various side effects. Instead, there are natural remedies you may try for beating insomnia and having a better sleep.

Some of the non-drug ways to treat insomnia are:

  • Melatonin supplements
  • Acupuncture and acupressure
  • Relaxation techniques like meditation and deep breathing

In many cases, a mild dose of birth control pills may also be prescribed to balance the hormones and control symptoms of menopause.

If menopause has been giving you sleepless nights, do not hesitate to consult your general physician or gynecologist to work towards the best remedy.

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Recently updated on January 7th, 2019 at 06:50 pm

Not many of us usually connect our diet to our sleep quality. But the nutrition that we provide to our bodies determines the sleep quality and quantity to a great extent. There are various kinds of diets that a person can follow, in order to lose weight or stay healthy. But getting into a new diet can affect sleep. Some diets can cause insomnia while others can make you feel excessively sleepy.

There are foods that are good for sleep. Not only do they keep you healthy, but also keep your sleep cycle normal. Including those foods in your diet can improve your quality of sleep. But there are certain foods that can interfere with sleep. Foods that are high in sugar or carbohydrates or processed food are the biggest enemies of sleep. It is often recommended that large, heavy meals should not be consumed close to bedtime. This is because sugar and carbohydrates take time to be broken down and digested by the body, which increases metabolism and interferes with sleep.

The quality of sleep that a person enjoys is an indicator of his health. If he sleeps well without any interferences or disturbances, it indicates good health. Poor quality or quantity of sleep is linked to internal weaknesses or nutritional deficiencies.

One diet that can cause insomnia in some people is the ketogenic diet. Various diets come and go, and there are several people who like to try them out, in the hopes of losing weight or becoming healthier. But before starting any new diet, no matter how beneficial to other aspects of health, its effect on sleep should be carefully studied.

What Is The Ketogenic Diet?

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Although the keto diet has been around for a while, it has recently started to gain massive popularity because it claims to help in weight loss and fat burn. In this diet, you need to cut down on carbohydrates and increase intake of healthy fats, proteins, and vegetables low in starch. The most significant aspect of this diet is the drastic cut-down on carbohydrates. You have to consume little to no carbohydrates, with most of the energy being provided to the body by fats and proteins.

The word “keto” comes from the small fuel molecules called ketones produced by the body as an alternate source of

Ketones are produced by the liver when both carbs and proteins are in short supply. Carbohydrates and proteins are what convert into glucose to provide fuel for the body. But when these aren’t sufficient enough, the body uses up fat to produce ketones, which serve as fuel for the body and the brain.

A keto diet is thought to be beneficial for weight loss because it helps the body burn fat rapidly. It also has other effects such as less hunger and a higher metabolism. However, there are significant side effects too, which happen when the body is in a state of ketosis.

What Is Ketosis?

When there is an excess of ketones in the body, it’s called ketosis. This is usually triggered by an insufficient amount of carbohydrates and proteins in the body when the metabolism is fueled entirely by fat. It also happens in diabetic patients when the blood sugar levels rise suddenly but can be managed with insulin.

However, when ketosis is a result of a keto diet, there can be a number of side effects. Some of the side effects include diarrhea, fatigue, muscle cramps, loss of appetite, and insomnia. Sleeplessness is one of the most significant side-effects of ketosis.

Even though every person’s reaction to the keto diet is different, insomnia is one of the most commonly reported symptoms. This is more noticeable when beginning the diet, as the body takes time to adjust to it. Insomnia, at first glance, may not seem as bad. But going without sufficient sleep, especially when you’re on a diet, can do more harm to your body than good. If you suffer from any sleep disorder, you must consult your doctor before going on a new diet.

The Connection Between Ketosis and Insomnia

There is a scientific explanation for the loss of sleep associated with ketosis. Since carbohydrates are usually the main source of energy to the body, they constantly supply the body with glucose and provide the brain amino acid L-tryptophan into the brain. This amino acid helps in the production of serotonin, a hormone that aids in relaxation, sleep, and overall wellbeing. As day turns into night, serotonin is converted into melatonin, the sleep hormone.

The reason behind the insomnia is the inclusion of little to no carbs in the keto diet. As a result, there is low L-tryptophan, which hinders the production of to serotonin and melatonin.

This usually happens in the initial stages of the diet, when the body is still getting used to the new system. Insomnia and inadequate sleep are one the most commonly reported symptoms of ketosis, which also helps people understand that the diet is starting to work.

There may also be other reasons behind insomnia triggered by ketosis. One of them is a high metabolism and extra energy. A keto diet is supposed to fuel energy and boost metabolism, making you more active and alert. However, on the downside, it can also cause delayed sleep onset and insomnia. When you’re bursting with energy all the time, it’s hard to fall asleep.

How To Prevent Insomnia Due to Ketosis

Generally, insomnia or sleep difficulties caused by a keto diet go away on its own once your body gets used to the new diet. To make sure this happens quickly, you must stick to the diet religiously. However, if your sleep problems keep getting worse and if it’s related to the new diet, then it’s an indication that the diet isn’t right for you.

What is the Circadian Clock
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Recently updated on January 2nd, 2019 at 04:02 pm

Sleep and wakefulness have distinct patterns. If you sleep during the day for no apparent reason, you will be called lazy. Why? Because humans are supposed to remain awake and active during the day and sleep only at night. Likewise, if you are awake during the night for no reason when everyone else is asleep, your intentions will be questioned. This is because humans are supposed to sleep at night. Sleeping and waking have set times in the day. Straying from this pattern aka circadian clock is not considered common.

Now, consider your cat. When you go to bed at night, your cat continues to roam around the house, playing about or looking for prey. You do not find it unusual at all. In fact, you do not find it unusual when your cat sleeps all day and becomes active only in the night. Why? Because cats are nocturnal animals, and it’s normal if they are roaming around at night and sleeping away all day.

These distinct sleep and wake patterns are called circadian rhythms. Besides humans and animals, circadian clocks are also witnessed in plants, which release oxygen during the day but carbon dioxide during the night. The circadian clock is almost always in 24-hour rhythms and is present in every living organism.

What Is the Circadian Clock?

circadian clockThe word circadian is derived from the Latin term circa, which means “approximately,” and diēm, which means “day.” In humans and many other animals, this circadian rhythm is diurnal; this means that they feel active and energized during the day and feel sleepy after dark. Similarly, creatures like owls and bats are nocturnal; they sleep during the day and go out during the night.

The mechanism that controls these patterns is the biological clock. This is a 24-hour cycle influencing physical mental and behavioral changes in almost all organisms, from humans to microbes. It is the circadian rhythm that is responsible for determining sleep patterns, contributing to jet lag and is also behind morning grogginess during daylight savings. The National Institutes of Health has carried out a number of studies that show that the circadian rhythm also influences hunger, hormone production, body temperature, and cell regeneration. Conditions like obesity depression and seasonal affective disorder are also influenced by the circadian rhythm.

The circadian rhythm is responsible for so many things but what is responsible for the biological clock? The hypothalamus is what is responsible for controlling our biological clock. This clock is not made up of mechanical parts but groups of molecules that interact with one another in cells throughout the body. These molecules are governed by a master clock, situated in the hypothalamus. The group of nerves that control the biological clock from within the hypothalamus is called the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN).

Factors Affecting Circadian Rhythm

The biological clock or circadian rhythm is affected by a number of factors, both internal and external. The internal factors that affect the biological clock are the genetic makeup of the person and the proteins produced by the body. In a research by the University of California, a protein was found to be crucial in controlling the circadian clock in humans, mice, fruit flies, fungi and various other organisms. The other protein balancing it is in charge of sensing energy use in cells. Any disruption in the equilibrium of these two proteins can not only lead to insufficient sleep but also increase hunger. In the long term, this imbalance in the equilibrium can cause obesity.

The circadian rhythm is also influenced by environmental factors, such as light and dark. The SCN is situated right above the optic nerves, and they send information from the eyes to the brain. This means the location of the SCN is ideal for receiving information about incoming light. When the SCN senses less amount of incoming light, it asks the brain to produce more melatonin. This is the reason why we feel sleepy on cloudy and rainy days when the sun isn’t bright or during winter when the days are shorter and evening comes fast. This is the way that the SCN controls the sleep-wake cycles.

Circadian rhythm is best experienced during jet lag. When you travel from one time zone to another, adjusting your biological clock is not as easy as changing the time on your wristwatch. Jet lag usually involves “losing” or “gaining” time, and this disruption can make the body feel disoriented, particularly when the timings of light and day are out of sync. Even though the body eventually adjusts the circadian clock to the new environment, taking a return trip disrupts it again, and requires another reset.

When to Seek Help for Circadian Rhythm?

Occasional ups and downs in the circadian rhythm are normal and shouldn’t be a cause for concern. However, if you regularly experience disruptions in your circadian rhythm in the form of one or more of these problems, you should seek help:

Delayed sleep-wake cycle: If you fall asleep two or more hours after going to bed and wake up two or more hours after the usual waking time, you suffer from the delayed sleep-wake cycle. Although this is mostly seen in teenagers, it can affect anybody.

Advanced sleep-wake cycle: This is the opposite of the delayed sleep-wake cycle. In this condition, you fall asleep several hours before the normal bedtime and wake up several hours before the regular wake time.

Irregular sleep-wake pattern: If you have no fixed time for falling asleep or waking up, you suffer from an irregular sleep-wake pattern. People with this condition can sleep on and off at a stretch or in a series of hours. This usually indicates a severely disorganized circadian pattern.

Insomnia: If you’re regularly unable to fall asleep and spend most of your time awake in bed, you suffer from insomnia. Chronic insomnia can lead to sleep deprivation, resulting in various health problems.

Circadian rhythm is the mechanism behind our sleep-wake cycles. Sticking to a proper bedtime routine and maintaining sleep hygiene is the key to a proper biological clock.

 

Best CBD Oil for Sleep
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Recently updated on November 11th, 2019 at 09:52 pm

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The quest for a good night’s sleep is never ending for some people. Every night, 8 million Americans fail or struggle to sleep, says The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Around 800,00 of these have chronic insomnia. If you are one of the affected and tried every trick in the book to get relief from insomnia, you should try Cannabidiol (CBD). We have also compiled the list of best CBD oil for sleep to make the decision process easier.

Best CBD Oil Overall

Eir Health

 

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Highlights:

  • Extremely high quality
  • Choose your potency
  • 100% Organic
  • Third Party Tested

I was a little taken aback by the price of a bottle of Eir No. 30, their highest priced formulation but once I took a dose I could immediately tell the difference. In this case, you definitely get what you pay for. I would recommend the No. 6 blend for sleep and the No. 3 to relax during the day and save the No. 30 blend for nights when you know you are going to have extra difficulty falling and staying asleep.

I am really impressed by the quality and purity of this product. I don’t take CBD oil on a regular basis so spending a bit more for quality is something I don’t mind. I think if you are new to CBD oils, you should give a high-quality product like Eir a try so you have a basis to compare some of the other products on the market.

Good for:

  • Those seeking the best CBD oil out there
  • Ability to choose potency based on need
  • Peace of mind knowing you are getting a quality product

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Best CBD Oil for Sleep

 

CBDfx – Highest Quality CBD Oil

 

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Highlights

  • All-natural hemp oil
  • Zero THC
  • Wide selection of products

There are hundreds of CBD oil manufacturers, but not all of them offer the highest quality products. What makes CBDfx stand out in this competitive market is its commitment to delivering the highest quality CBD products with a focus on a natural plant-based approach. CBDfx has been in business for several years and has earned a name for producing the highest quality hemp oil. Unlike many other companies, CBDfx focuses on health and wellness, avoiding a pharmaceutical approach wherever possible.

What also differentiates CBDfx from other CBD manufacturers is the wide selection of products. They offer CBD-infused capsules, concentrates, gummy bears and vape kits, keeping in mind the needs and tastes of different users. What’s more, the products are reasonably priced, so you can find products between $10 or $200. This is great news for the budget conscious.

CBDfx products are manufactured with the highest quality industrial hemp. This is different from the cannabis plant, in that the agricultural hemp plant has no THC and is not psychoactive. The hemp used for the oil comes from organically grown European plantations and is legal in the entire country because it doesn’t contain THC.

CBDfx products can be used by both humans and animals for a number of purposes, from pain relief to sleep to anxiety relief. Because their products are completely natural and non-addictive, they are safe for use without side effects. CBDfx also offers discounts to military personnel and first responders and also when you buy multiple packs. Aside from the competitive pricing and wide range of products the company also has an affiliate program from which you can earn attractive commissions.

Good for:

  • Those who want non-addictive all-natural hemp oil products
  • Those who are looking for a wide selection of products in a variety of prices
  • Those who want to get attractive discounts on CBD products

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Hemp Bombs – Best Value

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Highlights

  • Budget-friendly competitive pricing
  • Excellent customer service
  • Wide selection of products

CBD products can be expensive, especially if you buy the highest quality, natural products. Price is one of the biggest factors that can hinder buyers from choosing their favorite products. This is when a budget-friendly manufacturer comes to the rescue of CBD lovers. Hemp Bombs is one of those companies that specialize in manufacturing budget friendly CBD products. Although Hemp Bombs is a relatively new company, it has been taking the market by storm because of its wide selection of products amazing pricing and excellent customer service.

Hemp Bombs products begin from as low as $15 and go up to $300. While focusing on budget users, the company doesn’t neglect those who are looking for more expensive products. The most assuring thing about Hemp Bombs products is the quality analysis that the go through. The CBD oils, capsules and vape kits adhere to a strict production protocol, which means you get only the highest quality ingredients that are non-addictive and have no side effects. All products of Hemp Bombs are manufactured from premium-grade European hemp. The company also manufactures gummy bears and pain rubs. They also have a CBD relaxation syrup that contains seven highly concentrated herbs. This product helps you relax and enjoy a better mood. It can be consumed by adding to any beverage. It works quick, has no side effects and comes in sizes 100mg, 300mg, and 1000mg.

Whether you suffer from insomnia, anxiety or chronic pain, CBD products buy Hemp Bombs can be put to various uses. Because these products are natural and do not contain noticeable traces of THC, they are also legal in the US and can be easily purchased online. Hemp Bombs has an intuitive website that offers a seamless user experience.

Good for:

  • Those who want budget products
  • Those who want a seamless online shopping experience
  • Those who like to choose from a wide selection of products

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Pure Relief – Widest Product Selection

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Highlights

  • A wide range of products and flavors
  • Budget-friendly
  • 100 percent natural

Who doesn’t love to be spoilt for choice when shopping? CBD buyers definitely do. The wider the product selection, the greater the number of options the buyer must choose from. This means you do not have to settle for something else because your favorite product isn’t available. A wide range of products makes sure that your favorite is always present. But when it comes to CBD manufacturers, finding a lot of variety is often a difficult task. Most manufacturers only offer a few different product types, not enough for those with varied tastes.

This is where Pure Relief scores. Aside from the wide range of products such as oils, capsules, rubs, gummies, and vape kits, Pure Relief also offers a wide selection of flavors. All Pure Relief products are tested for safety, purity, and consistency, with each product being traceable from start to finish. All of these CBD products contain zero THC; they are non-addictive and will not make you high. The variety of Pure Relief products is simply mind-boggling:  from CBD oil to vape juices to vaporizers to topicals, edibles, and per products, you name it, Pure Relief makes it.

All of these products come in a number of flavors. That means you do not have to stick to the same old flavors anymore and can try out new ones. Some of the most interesting flavors of Pure Relief products are Spearmint, Orange, Lemon, Raspberry, Strawberry milkshake, Dragonfruit, Vanilla Caramel Custard, Watermelon Green, and Apple Sour. Yes, these products have the exact same taste as the name. Not only is the product selection huge, but the flavors are also varied.

Good for:

  • Those looking for a variety of products and flavors
  • Those looking for zero THC products

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Hemp Meds – Best Customer Experience

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Highlights

  • Rigorous testing for cannabinoid content
  • NO contaminants, genetically modified ingredients, or pesticides
  • Excellent customer experience

Buying CBD isn’t only about the product itself; the shopping experience also counts. It goes without saying that customers always want the best service in all respects—pricing, user experience, and customer service. Not all manufacturers can rank in all these aspects. While some have a wide selection of products, others score with their customer service and seamless shopping experience. Hemp Meds is a CBD manufacturer that has not only been around for a long time but is also reputed for providing excellent customer service. From fast delivery around the country to prompt solution to queries and complaints, Hemp Meds offers a seamless shopping experience.

Since 2012, Hemp Meds has been an established name in the CBD market. The company claims that their products are all natural, as opposed to CBD oils manufactured from synthetic CBD molecules. The company boasts of CBD products made from high-quality, premium natural hemp oil. However, on the downside, Hemp Meds products are highly priced because of the quality and the excellent shopping experience. But consumers will also notice that Hemp Meds has reduced their prices a lot over the years. In the initial years, the prices of the products were more than double of what they are now. This goes on to show that the company has been working to make their products accessible to everyone, especially people who need it the most.

Hemp Meds has also been supporting low-income families by providing products at remarkably low prices to those with certain health conditions. The company is also one of the first to bring out an alternative to legal CBD. Please note that Hemp Meds products do not cause addiction or intoxication. The products also undergo Triple Lab Testing procedure to ensure safety and purity.

Good for:

  • Those looking for a reputed manufacturer
  • Those seeking a seamless shopping experience and customer service

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Sky CBD– best non-THC CBD oil

 

Highlights

  • Zero THC products
  • Great for both beginners and experienced users

When buying CBD oils or products, the biggest concern is the presence of THC, a highly addictive and harmful ingredient found in synthetic CBD products. THC is what causes intoxication and the feeling of “high,” something that deters many people from taking advantage of the benefits of CBD. But Sky CBD is one such company that manufactures THC-free all-natural hemp oil products. What makes Sky CBD stand out from the rest is the fast absorption rate of the products. Whether you consume the oils, the capsules, the gummies or the vape juices, they all act fast.

Sky CBD products are formulated to relieve anxiety, alleviate insomnia, and aid in pain relief. When the products are free from THC, they only offer benefits without side effects. Although there are various other companies that manufacture natural CBD, Sky CBD has made a mark with its quality and pricing. What’s more, you could also be one of the 250 people to receive a free sample of the product to try before you buy. You can try the product for 15 days risk-free and then purchase if you like the results. These free samples go out of stock quickly, so you should sign up on Sky CBD’s website to be notified.

Good for:

  • Those looking to try before purchase
  • Those who want to experience the natural benefits of CBD without the side effects

 

Everything You Wanted to Know About CBD Oil for Sleep

What is CBD Oil?

A cannabis plant produces many compounds including cannabidiol or CBD. The concentration of CBD in the oil varies and so its uses.

CBD should not be confused with delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the most active ingredient in a cannabis plant. While THC gives a “high” when consumed (either by smoking or eating marijuana-based foods), CBD does not alter the state of mind of the person consuming it. CBD also should not be confused with marijuana, which again contains both THC (in higher concentration) and CBD.

How is CBD Oil Made?

CBD is made from hemp, a type of cannabis plant that is primarily cultivated for seeds, hurd, and fiber. The CBD oil is extracted from hemp’s leaves, stems and, seeds. There are four common methods used for CBD oil extraction, which are:

  • The CO2 Cannabis Extraction Method
  • The Olive Oil Extraction Method
  • The Dry Ice Extraction Method
  • The Solvent Extraction Method

The processes mentioned above make the CBD oil suitable for human consumption. Some strains of hemp are known to have a higher concentration of CBD making them first choice among CBD producers.

How CBD Oil Improves Sleep Quality?

Several studies indicate that CBD oil has pain-reducing and anti-inflammatory effect on our body. It is known to interact with several proteins, receptors, and chemicals in our brain. These interactions of CBD, in turn, have a cascading effect on multiple functions in our body, that include – regulating sleep-wake cycles, regulating emotions, combating inflation, and managing the perception of pain.

Thus, apart from improving sleep quality, CBD oil is also known to be beneficial for people suffering from:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Chronic pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Addiction
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Combating cancer

Owing to its ability to reduce anxiety, CBD is found to be effective in reducing sleep difficulties and improving overall sleep quality. People suffering from insomnia due to chronic pain have also been benefited by consuming CBD oil in controlled doses.

You can increase daytime alertness as well as reduce daytime sleepiness by consuming CBD oil in controlled doses. By doing so, you encourage your body to get quality during nights.

CBD oil especially has been found to be effective in treating REM behavior disorder. For a normal person, the body stays paralyzed during the REM stage of the sleep. However, in people suffering from REM behavior disorder, paralysis does not occur that leaves people to move freely – in their sleep. This leads to disruptive sleep and high chances of injuring themselves or their sleep partners.

REM sleep abnormalities, commonly found in people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are also treated using CBD oil, research suggests.

How to Use CBD Oil?

CBD oil can be consumed for improving sleep quality in multiple ways. However, it is necessary for you to consult your physician if you have an existing condition. Following are the ways you can consume CBD oil:

  • Topical Application – The easiest way to consume CBD oil is to apply it on the skin directly. CBD oil in this form usually has lotion like consistency and scent.
  • Spray – Spraying CBD oil directly into mouth, just like mouth sprays is another popular method of consuming CBD oil. Spray, however, is known to have lower concentrations of CBD.
  • CBD Oil Capsules – CBD oil also comes in the form of capsules that can be consumed as easily.
  • Tinctures – If you prefer consuming CBD oil as a food additive, using tinctures, available in the form of dropper bottles is the way to go. Alternatively, simply place one or two drops of oil beneath your tongue. The dose becomes fully effective within a few minutes of consumption.
  • Vape – CBD can also be vaped if you prefer it that way.

Before deciding to consume CBD oil in any form, you need to determine the required oil strength to treat your condition. The CBD oil product comes with its concentration clearly mentioned on the label.

The does also depend on the purpose of consumption and your body weight.

Is CBD Oil Safe?

The fact that CBD oil is associated with marijuana is what makes most people take a step back and wonder if it is actually safe to consume. However, what you should realize is that CBD oil does not have the psychoactive chemical compound THC which is what gets you high when you smoke cannabis. Ergo, CBD oil will not get you high. Furthermore, it isn’t rolled up in a join which you can smoke, CBD oil is simply oil from the hemp plant which you may rub topically or ingest with a drink or food.

The reason CBD oil does not have the THC is that it comes from a different part of the plant than from where the smokable cannabis is derived. Research on CBD oil is still in its infancy, and studies show far seem to conclude that oil is generally harmless and could, in fact, have some good health benefits for certain individuals. However, there have been reports of the onset of a few side effects in some rare cases. Reported side effects include inhibited liver function, dry mouth or cotton mouth decreased blood pressure, diarrhea and an increase in appetite.

While the consensus amongst the medical community with regards to CBD oil at this point is that it is safe to use or consume. We would still advise that you consult with your doctor prior to self – medicating with CBD oil for any reason.

Legally buying CBD Oil in US

The legality of CBD oil and hemp-based products, in general, has been a hot topic of debate and discussion in the recent past. Hemp at the end of the day is a natural plant, and its products are hence plant-based products. If CBD oil and other hemp-based products were derived from some other plant and not a hemp plant per se, its legality would probably never have been questioned. However, since it is derived from the hemp plant, from which marijuana is also derived, we find that there is some controversy, confusion, and speculation when it comes to its legality across the US.

Given that CBD oil is free of psychoactive chemical compounds and cannot get the user high, and considering that the hemp plant itself is not a controlled substance, hemp-based products (including CBD oil) are essentially legal products which may be lawfully traded and possessed in all 50 states of the United States of America.

Sadly, there is a caveat here. As per the 2014 Farm Bill, hemp may only be grown legally for the purpose of academic research purposes, and as a result, any hemp derived product that comes from a hemp plant not grown for research purposes would technically be illegal. However, it is very seldom that this law is enforced with regards to CBD oil as more people are becoming aware and educated about the oil and its many health benefits. Legislation which will effectively make hemp products legal irrespective of what purpose the plant was grown for is in the pipeline, and we expect to hear a decision about it soon.

The legality of CBD oil is further made complex by the fact that CBD oil can either be hemp derived or marijuana-derived. When it comes to marijuana-based- CBD oil, the legal restrictions vary from state to state. It is completely illegal in some states, legal depending on certain factors in some states, and completely legal in some states. So, it really depends on which state you are based in.

There are five states where the laws regarding marijuana – based – CBD oil are a bit complex, and changes may be in the pipeline, these states are Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, and South Dakota. If you happen to reside in one of these states, you will need to check the lawbooks of state or consult with an attorney to fully comprehend where the law stands on marijuana – based – CBD oils. For most other states, you may refer to the below table to get a general idea of the legality of marijuana – based – CBD oils at the time of writing.

 

Summary of Law Affected States
Marijuana-based CBD oils are only legal for persons who have reached the age of 21 or over and for minors that have exclusive approval for use. Alaska, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Washington
Marijuana-based CBD oil legal for persons 21 and over and minors with exclusive approval. Medical marijuana patients need approval. Arkansas
Marijuana-based CBD oil is illegal for recreational use and only allowed for medical use with a prescription, irrespective of THC content. Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin
Marijuana-based CBD oil is illegal for recreational use and only allowed for medical use provided the THC content does not exceed a specified % which may vary state to state. Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wyoming.
Marijuana-based CBD oil is only legal for medicinal use for medical patients with a state – registered ID only. New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island

 

In summary, if you are concerned about the legality of CBD oils and want to ensure your use of it is completely lawful, then you should be mindful of the fact that when it comes to hemp-based CBD oils, you are safe no matter where in the US you are when it comes to purchase and use. However, with Marijuana based CBD oils, the legislation varies from one state to another, and it would be best to refer to the rules in your state specifically to understand and abide by them.

Things You Should Know Before buying CBD Oil for Sleep

If you are suffering from insomnia or are just looking to get a better night’s sleep. CBD oil could be very useful indeed. It is known to reduce anxiety considerably and instill tranquility, thereby making it easier for users to fall asleep.

However, what you should know if you are buying or using CBD oil for longer sleep and better sleep quality is that in smaller doses, CBD oil stimulates the body during daytime and helps rid of general fatigue and laziness which helps the individual focus on the task at hand. In fact, a lot of gym goers even use CBD oil by administering a few drops under the tongue prior to their workout or post their workout as it can assist as both a pre-workout stimulant as well as a recovery aid post workout.

If you are looking to get CBD oil to fall asleep, you will need to administer larger doses, and we advise that you consult with your doctor in order to use CBD oil properly and effectively for the purpose of sleep. Furthermore, you should consider buying certain strains of CBD oils such as liposomes and melatonin, one prime example of a CBD formulation made to help specifically in sleep is called the

Power Sleep CBD. This formulation is popular amongst insomniacs and persons that have trouble falling asleep in general.

CBD oil has been said to treat the root cause of sleep deficiency itself and not just lack of sleep as a symptom. It relieves anxiety, PTSD, depression, relieves pain and even chronic pain which are some of the root causes of sleeplessness in most individuals.

Other Important Factors to Consider

CBD oils products are very popular, and there are now several hundred manufacturers making formulations for specific and generic purposes. There are some things that you should consider while purchasing or using CBD oil.

Obviously, the legality factor would be of paramount importance for most as they would not want to get in trouble with the law. When you stick to hemp-based CBD oil and avoid cannabis-based CBD oil, you are generally at lesser risk of violating the law. Then you need to consider the legislation in your state to understand where the legislation stands on recreational use and medicinal use and proceed accordingly. You might need to get a prescription by a doctor if required as per state law.

Another important consideration is your body weight. To put it simply, your dose will vary depending on your body weight. If you are on the heavier end of the scale, you will need a higher dose. So, check what dose you need to be taking for your purpose and your weight specifically.

Do you have drug tests where you work? You should know that some cannabis-based – CBD oils have a certain percentage of THC in them and this could result in your testing positive for marijuana use in a random drug test. You should be mindful of this fact, and it is better to stick to hemp-based – CBD oils or crystalline isolate oils without THC for this reason.

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Recently updated on August 21st, 2018 at 01:05 pm

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Sleep is one of the most important functions for humans. Sleep is often considered essential than food because it helps our body repair and heals itself. Without sleep, our energy resources get depleted, our brains fail to function normally, and our productivity suffers. Lack of sleep over an extended period also leads to various kinds of health ailments.

More important than sleep itself is the sleep-wake cycle. Although sleep is necessary, it doesn’t mean a person can sleep at any time during the day. For instance, it isn’t all right to stay awake at night and sleep at work. Feeling sleepy when the person is supposed to stay awake is a sign of lack of sleep, and may even indicate a sleep disorder. Excessive sleepiness is also one of the biggest causes of road accidents.

Lack of sleep is often caused because of a busy work schedule and lifestyle. But in some cases, it could also be because of an underlying disorder. Sleep disorders often go undiagnosed, but in order to understand sleep disorders, we have to understand the factors affecting sleep.

What Is the Role of Sleep Hormones?

The normal sleep-wake cycle in living is called the circadian rhythm. In humans, this cycle is influenced by hormones to a great extent, and also adjusted according to external cues. Daylight is often the biggest cue for the human brain to wake up and get to work. In nocturnal beings, like owls and bats, daylight indicates its time to go to sleep. These cues generate from the hypothalamus of the forebrain and naturally synchronize or reset according to the 24-hour rotation cycle of the Earth.

The most important hormones affected by this natural sleep-wake cycle are melatonin and cortisol. Melatonin is entirely dependent on the circadian rhythm. Produced in the pineal gland in the brain, this hormone lowers body temperature and causes drowsiness, indicating it’s time for sleep.

Since humans are diurnal beings, they are supposed to be naturally active during the daytime and sleep during the night. For sleep to occur at the right time, the production of melatonin is highly important. Melatonin normally is produced between 8 pm and 9 pm and stops being produced between 7 am, and 8 am in the morning. This period clearly marks the time when we should be ending the day’s work and getting ready for bed.  Melatonin is absent (or minimal) during the daytime.

How Does Melatonin Work?

Simply put, melatonin is the hormone responsible for drowsiness and sleep. It is what makes us tired and sleepy and indicates its time to rest. Melatonin is the hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. Because melatonin production is absent during the day, the brains understand it has to stay awake and active. Melatonin production signals to the brain that it’s time for sleep, whether it’s day or night.

A vital factor in sleep regulation is exposure to light or darkness. When we are exposed to bright lights, a special region in the hypothalamus called the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) sends a signal to other parts of the brain that it’s time to get up and be active. This includes a rise in core body temperature and the release of the stimulating hormone cortisol. During this phase, melatonin production is absent.

Melatonin is often called the Dracula of hormones because it is produced only after dark. Even artificial bright lights have been found to hinder the production of melatonin. Most sleep problems are caused because of disrupted melatonin production, although it is hardly diagnosed. In fact, the primary cause for sleep disorders is always something related to melatonin levels.

What Causes Excess Melatonin Production?

As we have already seen, normal melatonin production is what sleep depends on. A person with a healthy sleep-wake cycle has normal melatonin levels. But quite often, people may suffer from abnormal melatonin levels, leading to various sleep and hormonal disorders. Since melatonin is a hormone, it is interconnected with other hormones in the body. When melatonin production is disrupted or elevated, the rest of the hormones are also affected, resulting in various disorders of the system.

An elevated level of melatonin isn’t unusual. In fact, a lot of people suffer from naturally elevated melatonin production. This is most noticeable during certain times of the year. An increased melatonin level is characterized by sleep disturbances and extreme tiredness. Other symptoms of elevated melatonin levels include:

  • Difficulty waking up in the morning
  • Excess daytime sleepiness
  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • Low body temperature
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Foggy memory

What Affects Melatonin Production?

Too Little Sunlight

Spending a lot of time away from sunlight has been found to cause elevated melatonin levels. This is most noticeable in the darker months of winter when there is little sunlight around. This is when melatonin production rises because the brain thinks it is always time for sleep. An elevated level of melatonin is the biggest reason behind seasonal affective disorder (SAD), most noticeable during autumn and winter when days are shorter and darker.

Liver Dysfunction

Like all hormones, melatonin is also metabolized in the liver. If there is an excess of any hormone, the liver helps eliminate it from the system. But when the liver function is abnormal, it hinders the removal of the excess hormone from the system. This is why liver dysfunction can lead to an increased level of melatonin in the system, causing excessive sleepiness and fatigue during the daytime.

High Intake of Vitamins B3 or B6

Low levels of vitamins B3 or B6 are often responsible for lack of sleep. But when the intake of these vitamins becomes more than normal, it can lead to excess melatonin production.

Antidepressants

Certain antidepressants mimic sleep, causing drowsiness and fatigue. This is because antidepressants are supposed to calm down the brain and help the person sleep. Because depression makes the brain overworked and the nervous system overwhelmed, antidepressants make the melatonin production rise and cause sleep.

Once the root cause of the elevated melatonin levels has been found, it can be corrected by several means, such as spending time outdoors in the sun or improving the liver function.

What Causes Low Melatonin Levels?

This is a more common complaint, compared to excess melatonin. Decreased production of melatonin is often the biggest reason behind insomnia and excessive daytime sleepiness. When melatonin isn’t produced when it should be, it keeps a person awake even when it’s time to sleep. Sleep disturbances increase susceptibility to diseases, poor concentration and memory, and mood swings, among other problems.

Melatonin production decreases as people age. This is why older people sleep less than younger people. But owing to busy schedules and modern lifestyle, several people often suffer from a lack of melatonin.

Excess Exposure to Daylight: In summer when there is abundant sunshine, people often love to sunbathe or spend more time outdoors. This has a negative effect on melatonin production. Because of the excess exposure to natural light, melatonin production is reduced, and sleep is affected. Spending more time outdoors in the sun makes people more active because of the suppressed melatonin.

Excess Exposure to Artificial Light: Those who spend long hours in front of a backlight device, often complain of lack of sleep. This is because the artificial lights hinder melatonin production. Artificial light mimics sunshine and signals the brain that it should remain alert and awake. Watching late night TV, working long hours on the computer, or spending too much time on the phone are all reasons for lower melatonin levels.

Lack of Serotonin: The well-being and happiness hormone serotonin is directly related to melatonin. A neurotransmitter and the precursor to melatonin, serotonin is first acetylated in the pineal gland, and then methylated to produce melatonin. When serotonin is low, melatonin is also low.

Medications: Certain medications are known to hinder the production of melatonin. For instance, beta blockers, which control heart rhythm and reduce blood pressure, often lead to sleep disorders because of decreased melatonin levels. This is because the adrenergic beta1-receptors are inhibited by the medication. Many medications for neurological ailments also lead to sleeplessness because of lower melatonin levels.

Caffeine and Alcohol: Melatonin is produced by neurotransmitters in the brain, which can be affected by consumption of caffeine and alcohol. Excessive consumption of caffeinated or alcoholic beverages close to bedtime affects the melatonin-producing neurotransmitters and causes sleep issues. Those who suffer from sleep disorders should always avoid drinking these beverages close to bedtime.

Exercising Late in The Evening: For some people, exercising late in the evening or before bedtime has been found to cause sleep disorders. This is because exercising increases heart rate and metabolism, and hinders the melatonin level.

Stress: While stress can take various forms, one thing it always does is increase the level of cortisol. As already mentioned earlier, cortisol and melatonin are directly affected by the sleep-wake cycle. Also known as the hormone behind stress and inflammation, cortisol significantly reduces the production of melatonin. The higher the level of cortisol, the lower the level of melatonin. In people with a lot of stress, melatonin production is greatly reduced, leading to problems like insomnia, fragmented sleep, and changes in appetite and mood. If stress is the reason behind lack of sleep, then cortisol levels need to be lowered first.

What Are Melatonin Supplements?

Sleep disorders are more common than we think, and because they are uncomfortable and cause significant stress to the sufferer, people are ready to try anything that promises a good night’s sleep. Sleep aids are routinely administered by healthcare practitioners to people who suffer from sleep-related disorders. While sleep disorders can be caused by several factors, including sleep apnea, snoring, and other neurological problems, the ones caused by low melatonin levels are often treated with melatonin supplements.

When our bodies are unable to produce sufficient amounts of necessary hormones naturally, they have to be supplemented externally. For instance, those who don’t produce sufficient levels of progesterone or testosterone often need to go for hormone replacement therapy. It is quite similar in the case of melatonin. Supplements are available in the form of pills, liquids, or chewable tablets, either natural or synthetic.

How are Melatonin Supplements Made?

As mentioned above, melatonin is either natural or synthetic. Natural melatonin is what is produced naturally in the body, by the pineal gland. However, the supplements available in the market aren’t exactly natural. Melatonin supplements have been available since the 1990s. Back then, it was specifically used to treat primary cases of insomnia in those above 55 years of age. Because melatonin production drops as people grow older, melatonin supplements were seen as a natural way to keep the hormone level normal and regulate sleep. But these days melatonin is used more like a sleep aid by anybody and everybody because it’s thought to be natural.

Melatonin supplements are actually synthetic melatonin produced in the laboratory under controlled conditions. This was first done in 1958 by A.B.Lerner. In the laboratory, melatonin can be produced in a number of ways. It can be produced by reducing 5-methoxyindole-3-acetonitrile with Ethanol and Sodium. The resultant product is acetylated using acetic anhydride and glacial acetic acid. Most of the melatonin supplements sold around the world are actually from chemically produced melatonin blended with an inert carrier.

The question is: why chemically produce melatonin when it is naturally available? This is because natural melatonin is taken from the pineal glands of cows. Natural usually means “good” as opposed to chemically manufactured, but melatonin taken from natural sources is usually contaminated with bacteria, viruses and abnormal proteins called prions, which do more harm than good. It must also be noted that melatonin chemically produced in the laboratory is identical to natural melatonin in our bodies. There is no chemical difference between the two.  Synthetic melatonin is pure and free from impurities and biological contaminants.

Who Should Take Melatonin Supplements?

Melatonin supplements have become very popular these days as an increasing number of people suffer from sleep-related disorders. When melatonin was first created, it was meant to treat insomnia in those above 50 years of age, because that is when melatonin production naturally drops. But today it is used as a natural sleep aid if people have trouble falling or staying asleep. Melatonin is also sometimes taken for other sleep problems such as delayed sleep phase disorder, where it is tough to fall asleep before 2 a.m.

Melatonin supplements are used when people have jobs that disrupt normal sleep schedule, a condition known as sleep work disorder. These supplements may also be used to treat or prevent jet lag; the tired, worn-out feeling people get when traveling across different time zones.

Melatonin is available as over-the-counter dietary supplements in the US and can be purchased without a prescription. However, in certain countries like the United Kingdom, all sleeping pill, including melatonin, is available only on the prescription of a medical practitioner. Over the counter, melatonin isn’t regulated by the FDA. It must be noted that melatonin isn’t a magic sleep aid, and work differently for different people. It is advised that melatonin is taken only after consulting a doctor.

Are Melatonin Supplements Safe?

Since melatonin is a hormone naturally produced by the body, it is thought to be safe. But anything in excess is bad for health, and the same applies to melatonin. A melatonin level of 10 picograms per milliliter during the daytime and 100 pg/ml after dark is normal. Any more or less than this level can cause sleep disruption and other problems.

Although melatonin has fewer side effects compared to sleeping pills, there are few things to keep in mind before reaching for the over-the-counter melatonin supplement:

Melatonin can have side effects: Although minor, melatonin can have a few side effects, such as daytime sleepiness, headache and dizziness, digestion issues, anxiety and confusion, and depression. This is why melatonin supplements shouldn’t be taken continuously. It is hard to get addicted to it, but taking melatonin at a stretch for a long time can lead to excess melatonin in the system.

It interferes with certain medications: Melatonin supplements are known to interfere with certain drugs, such as anticoagulants (blood thinners). Melatonin makes blood thinner, so taking it along with anticoagulants will lead to excessive bruising and bleeding. Birth control pills are also known to produce extra melatonin, so taking the supplement along with it will cause excessive sleepiness. Melatonin also interferes with immunosuppressants. Therefore, it is best to take melatonin after consulting a doctor and letting him know about other medications you are taking.

It may not be entirely safe: Over-the-counter melatonin supplements are not regulated by the FDA, and therefore, may not have entirely safe ingredients. The only other ingredient in synthetic melatonin is the inert carrier, but over-the-counter melatonin supplements may also carry certain unknown additives. These additives can have unwanted side effects when taken in higher doses. The amount of actual melatonin can also vary in these supplements. In many cases, the amount of melatonin may be very low, and the amount of additives can be high. Not only do these supplements cause side effects but also fail to regulate sleep.

There is no correct dose: Since melatonin is not prescribed medication, there is no recognized dosage for people with sleep disorders. The patient must always consult a physician before taking melatonin, and then follow the instructions on the right dosage. The supplement should be made in a lab and not taken from animal sources, because these are more likely to have contaminants. If there are any side effects, the patient must stop taking the supplement and consult the physician.

It is not a miracle cure: When people start taking a sleep aid, they believe that it is the end to all their sleep issues. That isn’t often the case. While melatonin can help treat sleep disorders to an extent, it is not a magic cure for insomnia. It may help induce sleep, but it may not be able to help you stay asleep. This is the reason why melatonin supplements are most effective to treat the seasonal affective disorder, jet lag, cluster headaches, and helping people sleep after surgery. If a person responds well to the supplement, they can keep taking it without serious side effects, but depending upon the supplement all the time will de-sensitize your receptors and make them unresponsive to lower doses of melatonin. This will make you keep taking higher doses.

It isn’t safe for kids: No sleep supplement is entirely safe for children, including melatonin. Since children are in the growing stage, the supplement affecting their hypothalamus and pituitary glands can cause problems. Changing the normal system of their bodies with this unregulated substance can be potentially dangerous. Instead, children should be taught proper sleep hygiene to help induce sleep more easily. No supplement should be given to children without first consulting a physician.

It isn’t the only solution: Since melatonin supplements can be purchased without a prescription, it is easy to pop a pill whenever you cannot get to sleep. But that isn’t how it should be. Instead of reaching for supplements right away, consider altering your lifestyle and practicing proper sleep hygiene. If you must take supplements, consider starting with natural aids like essential oils and chamomile tea. Melatonin supplements should always be the last solution.

Can Melatonin Really Help Induce Sleep?

Although different people may react differently to the supplement, it has been found in several studies that melatonin positively affects the sleep cycle, including reduced sleep onset latency, increased sleep duration, and efficiency.

What Is the Appropriate Dosage of Melatonin Supplement?

It must be noted that excess melatonin supplement can be harmful. Only a single dose of 0.1 to 0.3 milligrams should be taken in 24 hours. This is the proper dosage, sufficient to bring the nocturnal plasma concentration of melatonin to the normal levels. Even though melatonin is largely non-toxic, it should never be taken in doses as high as 10 milligrams, because that will raise the plasma levels sixty times more than normal.

When Should Melatonin Be Taken?

Melatonin shouldn’t be taken earlier than 60 minutes before bedtime. If you want to sleep earlier than usual, you should take 0.1 to 0.3 mg of melatonin two to three hours before the desired bedtime.

Conclusion

Although melatonin supplements are easily available and very popular, they must always be taken with proper care, and after consultation with a physician. In all cases, a sleep aid should be taken only after all tried and tested measures to induce sleep have failed. A sleep physician is the best person to advise on the correct dosage and duration of melatonin supplements.

 

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What are the Best Melatonin Alternatives

Could there be anything worse than not being able to sleep every night? Or waking up frequently in the middle of the night? If you have this problem, you know the toll it can take on your body and your ability to function every day. Many people who have sleep problems turn to melatonin to help them get the sleep they need. But some people say that the supplement makes them feel groggy and hungover while others say it does not agree with them. So what do you do when you want an alternative to melatonin?

If you are looking for melatonin alternatives, you will be glad to know that there are quite a few. These non-risk alternatives may be just what you need to help you get that much-needed rest and sleep. Here is a look at some of the best melatonin alternatives that you can try out:

  • Sleep Masks: If you want to get good natural sleep, sleep masks are one of the simplest yet most effective solutions out there. A quality sleep mask, both glamorous and comfortable, should be made of a soft and natural material that covers your eyes so that light gets cut out to the greatest extent. This then allows the darkness work its magic to boost the production of melatonin. What is great about sleep masks is that they also cut off any visual distraction that could potentially keep you from falling asleep. Combine a sleep mask with earplugs to block out the noise, and you have the perfect sleep aid that stimulates your natural melatonin levels, so you get sound sleep.
  • Sleep-Aiding Herbal Teas: For centuries, herbal teas have been used to treat a wide range of ailments and diseases, including anxiety, depression, and insomnia. If you are looking for a delicious and healthy way to relax before bedtime and prepare your body for rest, herbal teas are an excellent alternative to melatonin supplements. You will find many special blends with chamomile, lavender, and valerian which are excellent natural sleep aids. There is nothing quite as calming and relaxing as sitting down quietly with a cup of herbal tea before heading to bed.
  • Magnesium Supplements: Studies have found that magnesium contributes to a good night’s sleep. The NIH says that when the body does not get an adequate supply of magnesium, it leads to inhibition of nerve cell communication which in turn causes cell excitability and a person becomes more nervous and stressed out than normal. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant and also effective in blocking cortisol production in the brain, which means that it helps in inducing an overall calming effect in the body which then allows you to fall asleep and stay asleep all night.
  • Glycine Supplements: Glycine is an amino acid that occurs naturally in the body and plays an important role in a number of different cognitive, musculoskeletal and metabolic functions. Your body also uses glycine to induce relaxation and kick start the sleep process. This makes it a good choice if you are looking for a supplement to replace melatonin supplements and improve the quality of your sleep. It has been shown to be effective in particular for people who are prone to waking up in the middle of the night. It has also been proven that glycine reduces brain hyperactivity and calms nervousness and anxiety that may keep you from sleeping. Plus, it does not leave you with that awful hangover or groggy feeling in the morning as melatonin does.
  • L-Tryptophan Supplements: Tryptophan is another amino acid that the body needs to produce serotonin, which is a chemical known for balancing and regulating moods. Serotonin also plays a crucial role in the production of melatonin, so it makes sense that boosting the levels of tryptophan in your body will help in achieving a restful night’s sleep. While research related to tryptophan as a sleep aid is quite limited, this supplement has nevertheless shown potential as an effective treatment for insomnia.
  • L-Theanine Supplements: Theanine is another melatonin alternative that does not have any known side effects. First discovered in green tea, it is now typically found in a number of different types of tea. It is known to act as a natural sedative and has a calming effect. Theanine is used for treating stress – physical and mental – as well as insomnia. L-Theanine is known to the regulation and generation of alpha waves in the brain, which occur when the body is deeply relaxed. When it increases alpha wave activity, Theanine helps in regulating sleep and suppressing hyper beta waves that might keep you awake and alert when all you want is rest and sleep.

As you can see, there are many melatonin alternatives that can help you sleep just as effectively as melatonin supplements. If you have difficulty falling or staying asleep, pick one of these alternatives and get that sweet, deep slumber that your body needs to stay energetic and healthy.