Why is sleep so important?
• Sleep plays a critical role in proper brain function: improves learning, protects mental and physical health, preventative against neurodegenerative disease (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s etc.)
• Lack of sleep has been shown to contribute to weight gain, reduced insulin sensitivity, increased “cravings” and abnormal hormone function
• Studies have shown that people who slept fewer than six hours suffer from low grade inflammation which has been associated with increased mortality, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
•Those who get 6 hours or less of sleep are 4 times more likely to catch a cold when exposed to a virus compared to those who had more than 7 hours of sleep a night
Though sleep may be one of the most foundational components of determining health vs. diseae, over one third of the population still fails to achieve at least 7 hours of sleep per night. This does not even include those who who toss and turn, get up several times or never achieve DEEP or REM sleep. For example 25% of the population has been diagnosed with sleep abnea but up to 90% of those who suffer from the disease are undiagnosed!
Getting your best nights sleep on a regular basis requires habits, routine and a smart supplementation routine. Yet due to biochemical individuality and the different causes of sleep issues, one product doesn’t work for everyone. For instance, a patient can have a nutrient deficiency, a hormone dysfunction or a lifestyle factor that is causing the problem. Another person may have trouble falling asleep whereas another person may have difficulty staying asleep. Not to mention that one botanical may have two completely different effects depending on your individual biochemistry.
The supplements outlined below have been used to help hundreds if not more of our patients achieve their best sleep ever. Not only that, but these are part of our own night time regiment.
Smart sleep support begins with magnesium. Commonly referred to as the “anti-stress mineral”, magnesium is a foundational nutrient that helps promote and improve sleep quality by helping to relax the nervous system and muscles. With that said, not all magnesium is created equally. Many inexpensive magnesium supplements are either underdosed or contains a form that does little more than cause an upset stomach. While forms such as bisglycinate, mag chelate or even the popular product Natural Calm all have been helpful, we recommend the highest quality form, Magnesium Threonate.
Found in our NeuroMag
supplement, this cutting edge form is found in over 300 metabolic processes in the body and has the highest absorption rate making it the ideal option for for those who get leg cramps, struggle with racing thoughts or have difficulties relaxing the mind.
The next consideration when it comes to sleep is our cortisol rhythm. Cortisol is our daily “spark” that makes us awake and alert. For many, this cortisol that should lower at night remains elevated making it nearly impossible to fall asleep or stay asleep. Truly a favorite support, Adapt Synergy
is for those who are very stressed out, who are close to burn out, with high anxiety, and are wired but tired at night. This helps to bring down catecholamines (like cortisol) over time, and to get to sleep and stay asleep without any sleep hangover.
has a far reaching impact on the body and can benefit several other facets of overall health. The ingredients found in this supplement is also very effective for autoimmune patients, like Hashimoto’s patients who have difficulty sleeping. The inclusion of ashwagandha in it has also been shown to help improve thyroid function and supports adrenal fatigue as well. So too, can help provide a sedative effect for those who are dealing with a cortisol spike in the evening by combining ashwaganda, with phosphatidylserine, and taurine (which works by raising GABA which has a calming effect on the nervous system by lowering production of stress hormones). As a general recommendation for sleep, take 2 capsules in the evening time.
When it comes to a single supplement that packs the most punch in regards to helping people go to sleep, the winner has been Sleep Support
. A blend of botanicals, nutrients, and neurotransmitter precursors designed to support both the falling asleep as well as staying asleep. 2 capsules 30 minutes before bed.
Calming botanicals such as valerian, passion flower, lemonbalm, German chamomille, along with neurotransmitter precursors such as pharmaGABA, 5HTP, and the hormone melatonin which resets our circadian rhythm along with L-Theanine as well.
Interesting to see how the nervine category of calming botanicals (valerian, passion flower, lemon balm, German chamomile) work in contrast to what we see in the pharmaceutical arena class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Nervine botanicals work on the benzodiazepine receptors, just not the exact same one, hence you get the effectiveness of the pharmaceutical drugs without the grogginess. For those who prefer a chewable version rather than a capsule, Insomnitol Chewables pack a similar ingredient breakdown in a tasty chewy form! These are also a great option for kids.
Smart Supplementation Schedule:
Sleep challenges are multifactorial and oftentimes relate back to diet, hormones, lifestyle, toxins and more. If the above outlined supplements do not work for you or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors please contact the office at: 270.389.9696