I have a confession to make! I’m a recovering insomniac. Yep, it’s true, for years I struggled with getting a good night’s sleep. Being a recovering insomniac is a bit ironic given the fact that over the last 20 years I’ve become a sleep expert.
I had no choice. I had to help my patients and myself, overcome poor sleep.
Poor sleep is associated with increased inflammation, chronic pain, headaches, fatigue, brain fog, irritable bowel, restless leg syndrome, low moods, anxiety, weight gain, and even early death.
- Adults who report getting 5 or fewer hours of sleep a night were 2.5 times more likely to have diabetes
- People who slept 6 hours/night were 1.7 times more likely to have diabetes than their peers who sleep longer.
Reestablishing deep restorative sleep was crucial for helping my patients, especially those with fibromyalgia, reduce their chronic pain, fatigue, brain fog, and other unwanted symptoms.
I had no trouble falling asleep. As soon as my head the pillow I was out. My problem was waking up in the middle of night to use the bathroom then laying awake for hours trying to go back to sleep. No matter what I tried, nothing really helped me stay asleep. Night after night I’d wake up and struggle to go back to sleep. Tick tock, tick tock, one sheep, two sheep, three sheep, four sheep…tick tock, tick tock, forget it I’m up for the day.
Personally, I need 7 hours of sleep each night. I can go a few nights with 6 hours and do just fine the next day (often do). However, lack of sleep eventually catches up to me, like it does to all of us. For those of you who struggle with your sleep, you know how frustrating, how exhausting it can be to struggle night after night, missing out on a good night’s sleep!
You’re not alone.
50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder.
Insomnia is the most common specific sleep disorder, with short term issues reported by about 30% of adults and chronic insomnia by 10% of adults.
Benefits of a Good night Sleep Include:
- Allows the brain’s glymphatic (waste clearance) system to removes toxic byproducts from your brain reducing risk of Azheimer’s, Parkison’s and other oxidative stress diseases
- Increases cellular, mental, and physical energy
- Increase your metabolism or ability to burn calories and to lose weight
- Improves memory-converts short-term memories into long-term memories and erases unneeded information that might otherwise clutter the nervous system
- Nerve cells communicate and reorganize, which supports healthy brain function.
- The body repairs cells, restores energy, and releases molecules like hormones and proteins needed for optimal health.
- Deep sleep is restorative. Your body replenishes its energy and repairs cells, tissues, and muscles. You need this phase to feel awake and refreshed the next day.
I spent hours researching natural sleep remedies, some were helpful-most were not.
Eventually my research led to the amino acid 5HTP (increases melatonin by 200%) and the sleep hormone, melatonin, two supplements I still use and recommend today.
These two supplements can be very helpful in helping to restore deep restorative sleep. However, for some, including yours truly, these supplements didn’t help with staying asleep. Many have tried melatonin and perhaps 5HTP with out any luck.
Some patients find it hard to turn their mind off at bedtime, they can’t relax enough to fall asleep, even with these two supplements. Others catch their second wind at bedtime and find it impossible to relax. And still others are natural night owls and winding down is a real challenge.
Taking sleep meds isn’t the answer-too many side effects.
Popular prescriptions for insomnia have recently made headlines due to “Risk of Death”. The following are only some that have been named:
“People who took more than 132 pills a year were not only five times more likely to die, but were also at greater risk of developing several types of cancer, and 35 percent more likely to be diagnosed with any type of cancer, overall.”
The research was carried out by experts at the Jackson Hole Centre for Preventive Medicine in Wyoming and the Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Centre in California. They found people prescribed sleeping pills were 4.6 times more likely to die during a two-and-half-year period compared to those not taking the drugs.
The researchers said their “most striking finding” was that those on the lowest doses – four to 18 pills a year – had a 3.6 times higher risk of dying compared to non-users.
But the higher the dose, the greater the risk – with those taking 18 to 132 pills a year having a 4.4 times higher risk of dying, and people on more than 132 pills a year having a 5.3 times higher chance of death.
I share this sobering research on prescription sleep meds not to scare you but to encourage you to look for more natural sleep solutions!
Fortunately a few years ago I discovered a special form of an amino acid called gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) that when taken during the night allowed me (and other insomniacs) to be able to quickly fall back asleep. Now, interestingly, normal over the counter GABA by itself didn’t really work for me or most of my patients. However once I used a special form of GABA combined with some synergistic nutrients, it worked. I was able to fall back asleep within minutes.
All Natural Delta Sleep Formula Is The Answer
Delta Sleep, combines a special form of the brain calming nutrient GABA, the calming amino acid L-theanine, ashwagandha extract, valerian extract, and passion flower, for a potent, all natural sleep aid. Ashwagandha is an ancient and popular medicinal herb used in traditional Indian Ayurveda medicine. It’s classified as an adaptogen. Adaptogens help your body manage stress.
Ashwagandha is best known for its ability to reduce stress. Research shows that it helps, reduce elevated bedtime cortisol, stress and anxiety symptoms. Elevated cortisol, a stress hormone, is often the reason for trouble falling and staying asleep. It’s the trigger for catching your second wind or not being able to relax at bedtime. Excess cortisol at bedtime lowers melatonin.
In one 60-day study involving 64 people with chronic stress, those taking ashwagandha reported a 69% reduction in anxiety and insomnia compared with 11% in the placebo group. In another 6-week study, people who took ashwagandha reported an 88% reduction in anxiety. And unlike prescription sleep aids which can cause short term memory loss, brain fog, and other mental clarity issues, ashwagandha actually improves mental clarity.
In one controlled study, healthy men who took ashwagandha extract daily reported significant improvements in their reaction time and performance, compared with men who received a placebo.
Another 8-week study showed that taking ashwagandha root significantly improved general memory, task performance, and attention.
L-theanine promotes mental relaxation and helps improve sleep by contributing to a number of changes in the brain.
L-theanine elevates levels of GABA, as well as serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals are known as neurotransmitters, and they work in the brain to regulate emotions, mood, concentration, alertness, and sleep, as well as appetite, energy, and other cognitive skills. Increasing levels of these calming brain chemicals promotes relaxation and can help with sleep.
At the same time it is increasing chemicals that promote feelings of calm, L-theanine also reduces levels of chemicals in the brain that are linked to stress and anxiety. L-theanine increases alpha brain waves. Alpha brain waves are associated with a state of “wakeful relaxation.” Alpha waves are also present during REM sleep and when meditating, being creative, or letting your mind wander during daydreaming.
Valerian root (valeriana officinalis) has long been used as a herbal remedy to treat insomnia.
Valerian contains a substance known as valerenic acid which increases the affect gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors in the brain. Valerian is very calming and acts as a mild sedative.
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) helps relieve insomnia and anxiety. Research shows it too boosts the calming brain chemical gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).
Taken separately, these herbals and amino acids did little to help me or my patients fall asleep and stay asleep.
However, my research and a decade of clinical experience shows that when taken together this synergistic combination consistently works to help my patients fall asleep and stay asleep.
Delta Sleep can be taken at bedtime to help relax and quickly fall asleep or during the night to help go back asleep. It normally works within 10-15 minutes.
Either way it typically works like a charm. And unlike some other sleep aids, Delta Sleep will never make feel hung over, dopey or sleepy when you wake the next day, even if taken 2 and half hours before you need to get up.
I recommend taking 2-4 capsules to help fall asleep and if needed take 2-4 capsules during the night to help you fall back to sleep.
Delta Sleep won’t make you feel dopey, hung over, or sleepy the next day even if you take it during the night, 2-3 hours before you need to wake up.
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