More than 70 million people in the U.S. experience symptoms of insomnia a few nights a week or more. This is a serious problem because there is a direct relationship between quantity and quality of sleep and health problems. These health issues range from obesity and diabetes to hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
Poor sleep can also lead to mood problems as a good night’s rest is essential to dealing with stress and prioritizing all of life’s hurdles. Decreased productivity and safety issues at home and work can set in. For instance insufficient sleep is linked to increased risk of motor vehicle accidents- a growing problem as the roads get more crowded and professional drivers are more burdened.
While sleep is extremely important, relying on a habit-forming prescription drug is probably not the answer. If pursuing a safe and natural solution, Natural Factors partnered with Dr. Michael Murray- one of the top Naturopaths in the country- to make a sleep aid called Tranquil Sleep. This product contains 3 safe and clinically studied ingredients: Melatonin, 5-HTP, and L-Theanine.
Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland, a small pea-sized gland at the base of the brain. Melatonin is critically involved controlling sleep/wake cycles as well as the “circadian rhythm”- physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle, responding primarily to light and darkness in an organism’s environment.
5-HTP is an amino acid that is the intermediary step between tryptophan and the brain chemical serotonin. Many are familiar with 5-HTP as a natural treatment for depression but some of its other key benefits is decreasing the time required to get to sleep as well as decreasing night time awakenings.
Finally L-Theanine is an amino acid derived from green tea that helps foster a relaxed state. L-Theanine helps generate Alpha brain waves- putting the brain in a relaxed state- which may improve both the entry into, and maintenance of, sleep.
Tranquil Sleep is available as a softgel or chewable tablet. In either form it is recommended to take 2 half an hour before bedtime. It is available in a convenient 5 day trial size for $5.99 which is usually enough time to see results.
John A. Rigdon
Nature’s Outlet Educator