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Natural Remedies For Sleep Support

One of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the American population is magnesium, a mineral known as nature's tranquilizer, because of its profoundly relaxing effect on the body. Calcium is another important mineral in regards to the sleep cycle. It helps release melatonin from the pineal gland, resulting in a deeper stage of sleep. When taken together, magnesium and calcium can have a synergistic effect and can help increase sleep efficiency.

Since the sleep cycle is regulated primarily in the brain, neurotransmitter balance is imperative. Serotonin and GABA are calming neurotransmitters that slow down the brain, promote relaxation, and induce sleep. Many medications prescribed for insomnia have a profound effect on GAVA activity. These medications increase the excretion rate of neurotransmitters by binding to their receptors. However, they do not increase the levels of neurotransmitters, which can be problematic if there is a deficiency. A natural solution for increasing neurotransmitter levels can be provided by amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Amino acids naturally convert into neurotransmitters in the brain. Supplementing with amino acids can help regulate the sleep cycle by getting to the root cause of the problem: low levels of sleep-promoting brain chemicals.

The following tables include lists of nutrients, including amino acids, minerals, and phospholipids that promote a healthy sleep cycle,. Incorporating these natural therapies, along with lifestyle recommendations and proper sleep hygiene, can have a profound effect on t your ability to fall into a deeper, more restorable sleep each night. If you suffer from insomnia, please be sure to speak with Dr. Mark about using natural therapies to enhance your sleep cycle.

Numerous plants have been shown to have a sedative action. Natural plant extracts can be useful for regulating the sleep cycle, particularly when used as an adjunct therapy to neurotransmitter and HPA axis balancing. Bioidentical hormone supplementation may be helpful in individual patients.

Our AFH Brand of SLEEP SUPPORT is a pharmaceutical-grade nutraceutical that provides nutrient and botanical support for optimal sleep and healthy circadian rhythms.  This formulation boasts clinically relevant levels of melatonin and direct support for the neurotransmitter associated with tranquility and relaxation.  Our formulation contains 5 powerful ingredients.

The first ingredient is a pharmaceutical-grade Ashwagandha, which supports the long-term balance of the sleep cycle by supporting the circadian rhythm. Ashwagandha is an evidence-based ingredient that contains active constituents called glucowithanolides, which mimic certain corticosteroids, supporting healthy cortisol levels.

The second ingredient is L-Theanine, a patented, pharmaceutical-grade form of L-theanine that enables the body to produce other calming amino acids, such as dopamine, GABA, and Tryptophan, and helps support concentration, focus, deep muscle relaxation, and improved quality of sleep.

The third active ingredient is Lemon Balm, which has been traditionally used to not only support a healthy stress response but also to promote healthy sleep habits.  This particular lemon balm extract is standardized to 6% rosmarinic acid and combines the power of herbals with an innovative bioassay-guided technology.  In clinical research, lemon balm has been shown to support a calm, positive mood, memory, focus, and learning.  It supports levels of GABA through supporting normal GABA transaminase inhibition, acts as receptor agonist for Muscarinic M1, thereby exerting supportive effects on the CNS, and supports normal cortisol levels.

The fourth ingredient is GABA which is one of the most abundant neurotransmitter in the CNS. The supplemental form acts as a neurotransmitter to support normal nerve transmission and relaxation in the brain.

Melatonin plays an important role in sleep. Darkness stimulates the release of melatonin and light suppresses its activity.  Normal melatonin cycles are disrupted when we are exposed to excessive light in the evening or too little light during the daytime. Melatonin supports sleep onset, quality of sleep, increased Rapid Eye Movement time, deep sleep, and dreaming. These changes demonstrate better quality sleep, which produces greater mental, physical and emotional rejuvenation.  Melatonin can decrease the amount of time required to fall asleep, increase the number of sleeping hours, and support daytime alertness.  Melatonin may improve the quality of life in those who suffer from insomnia.  Melatonin supports sleep quality to help balance sleep/wake cycles and maintain normal physical and mental health, including positive mood states.

As a dietary supplement, it is recommended you take 2 capsules prior to bedtime. Please give us a call and we can mail this SLEEP SUPPORT supplement directly to you. We can be reached at 925-736-9828, or you can pick up this supplement at our two convenient office locations located in the East Bay or in the Central Valley.

Take care and stay healthy.

Jeffrey Mark, M.D.

 

***Our offices are conveniently located in the Bay Area, easily accessible from the Silicon Valley, South Bay/Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Burlingame, Carmel Valley, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Wine Country/Napa, Santa Rosa, Marin County.  Our office in the Central Valley is located in Turlock and services the entire Central Valley region, including the UC Merced area, Modesto, Tracy, Oakdale, Fresno.  We have patients that travel as far as the Los Angeles area, San Diego, Montecito, and from the Tahoe, Incline Villiage and Reno, Nevada areas, and even as far as from New York.  Now with telemedicine/telehealth services, our services are essentially available in all 50 states wherever you have internet or phone service, even when you're traveling and on the go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author
Dr. Frances Mark, Pharm.D.

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