We often hear people say they can’t figure out why they can’t fall asleep at night. There are many reasons for this, but it mainly has to do with the circadian rhythm of the body. The circadian rhythm is defined as a natural, internal process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and repeats roughly every 24 hours. We are meant to wake and sleep with the rising and falling of the sun (also known as daylight). Artificial light keeps us up later than we should be. Further, blue light (what’s emitted from technology) is detrimental to the brain realizing it is time to shut off and go to sleep. The average lifestyle in the United States is not conducive to following this circadian rhythm and the sleep-wake cycle.
Are you one of these people that struggles to fall asleep at night? Do you fall asleep and end up waking up part way through the night? Maybe you’ve tried what feels like every over the counter (and maybe some prescription) sleep aids on the market! Many sleep aids are harmful to your health, make you groggy when you wake up and can become habit forming. What we mean by this is that your body becomes dependent on them. Top Notch Nutrition’s Sleep supplement was made to be all natural, non-habit forming and to help you stay asleep through the night. Next, we will cover these reasons why this natural sleep aid is everything you need:
1. All Natural– this product, like all products from Top Notch Nutrition, was designed to contain all natural ingredients. Nothing fake or artificial, as the philosophy here, is “if we won’t take it, we won’t make it.” We strive to put nothing but real ingredients into our bodies, so we work hard to do the same for you. Top Notch’s Sleep supplement formula has included the following ingredients:
Valerian Root – this is an herb native to Asia and Europe. In ancient times, this root was commonly used to encourage relaxation and sleep. It contains these compounds which are all known for helping the body relax and lessen anxiety: valerenic acid, isovaleric acid, and several antioxidants. Valerian interacts with GABA (see below), a chemical messenger that aids in regulating brain nerve impulses. The antioxidants hesperidin and linarin are found in valerian root. These antioxidants contain properties that are sleep-enhancing.
Lavender – this plant has a history of containing calming and relaxing properties that promote peaceful sleep and ease feelings of tension. In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing and relaxation.
Magnesium – is a mineral that is found in a lot of food. The entire body needs this mineral… every single cell and organ use it! It assists the body and the brain in relaxing! It plays a factor in the regulation of melatonin. There are also neurotransmitters that communicate throughout the brain and nervous system and magnesium helps regulate them. Magnesium also binds to GABA receptors which influence the nerves in the body. A deficit of magnesium also inhibits sleep.
Melatonin –is a hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles. It is primarily released by the pineal gland. Melatonin in the body should increase when it’s time for sleep and decrease when it’s time to wake up.
GABA – GABA stands for gamma-aminobutyric acid. We mentioned that magnesium binds to these receptors which are connected to nerve activity calming down. This neurotransmitter is utilized by many of the prescription and over-the-counter sleep aids.
L-Ornithine –this is an amino acid. You may recall that amino acids are the building blocks of protein. This amino acid assists the cells in using energy in the body efficiently thus reducing fatigue within the body. L-ornithine helps improve the quality of sleep as it lowers cortisol levels. In the reverse of melatonin, cortisol should decrease when it’s time to sleep and increase when it’s time to awaken.
2. Non-Habit Forming – as mentioned, this formula contains a low dose of melatonin, which we know is connected to regulating sleep–wake cycles. Because so many of us face hormone imbalances, our melatonin production can be affected. Part of the problem with melatonin production is that we spend so much time on technology. The brain does not realize that it’s time to wind down and get ready for sleep because we’re constantly exposed to blue light from computers, tablets, cell phones, television screens, etc.). This kind of exposure causes an imbalance of melatonin. Sleep deprivation can cause a multitude of problems! Many of us struggle with sleep, especially creating a pattern around our sleep habits. We believe that we have too much to do, we end up staying up too late, waking up too early, and the result is NOT getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep most of us need!
3. Stay Asleep through the Night – Are you someone that can fall asleep easily but wake up frequently or can’t fall back to sleep once awoken? The ingredients in Top Notch’s Sleep Aid will help your body stay asleep through the night. Also, if you should awaken (to visit the restroom, attend to a child or pet’s needs, etc.) this formula will allow you to fall back to sleep easily. For many people, they are afraid to take a sleep aid because they feel it will ruin the next day for them… they think they will be tired, groggy, have a foggy mind, etc. Remember that this formula was created to help you get the quality sleep that will not interfere with waking up in the morning.