I also never thought I had an issue with poor quality sleep until I actually had a fully restful night!
I’ve always functioned better in the latter part of the day, peaking mentally between 10pm and midnight. This in itself is not a problem, but ensuring 7.5-8 hours of good sleep is not really possible on this schedule when there are morning commitments (school runs etc.).
So the challenge has always been how to logistically get the most out of my natural diurnal cycle without compromising the repair and regeneration cycle that sleep is essential for.
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter, or chemical messenger, in the brain. It blocks specific signals in the central nervous system, slowing down the brain. This provides a protective and calming effect on the brain and body.
Taken as a supplement15-30 minutes before my desired time for sleep, it has enabled me to maximize my productive evening hours whilst avoiding over-stimulation and problems winding-down before bed.
But the potential health benefits of GABA supplementation don’t end there:
“I call GABA the brakes of the brain. It is the body’s most important inhibitory neurotransmitter, which means it lowers the activity of neural cells in the brain and central nervous system, having the effect of moving the brain and the body into lower gear. By inhibiting neural activity, GABA facilitates sleep, reduces mental and physical stress, lowers anxiety, and creates a calmness of mood. GABA also plays an important role in regulating muscle tone.
GABA plays a role in the healthy functioning of the body’s immune and endocrine systems, as well as in the regulation of appetite and metabolism. There’s also interesting emerging research about GABA’s role in gut health and gastrointestinal function, where it may work to support motility, control inflammation and support immune system function, and help regulate hormone activity.” Michael J Breus Ph.D.
The positive benefits of using a GABA supplement are summarized as follows:
• Tangible reduction in excessive thought activity and ease of falling asleep at a predictable time.
• No sleep hangover or grogginess the next day.
• Ability to wake in the night if needed (children, pets, emergencies)- it is not a deep sedative.
• General reduction in daytime low-level anxiety/ tetchiness. i.e., I’m a nicer person to be around.
• Good quality sleep; waking feeling fully rested and ready to start the day.
(Please note, I have no affiliation with the manufacturer, and this is not a paid endorsement).
Based on my personal experience, ‘Clif High’s Pure Sleep’ from Pure Bulk is a really well thought out, easy to take and effective supplement. Its easy to buy online, and even shipping to the UK is reasonable (especially if you opt to pay the import duty up front in the shipping options).
There was a time when this was unavailable, so I ordered the basic ingredients for the formula from Pure Bulk to make my own version on a nightly basis. The one advantage of this being I can play with the GABA dose to fit howI feel on any given night.
I have experimented with GABA doses between 500-1000mg and my sweet spot is between 550mg and 650mg. The GABA dose in one scoop of Pure Sleep is proprietary information, and it works excellently, so I’d recommend just taking the prepared supplement according to the dose indicated. I have communicated directly with manufacturer, and they suggest a half dose as being suitable for children aged 10-12 and up.
Recommended supplement: https://purebulk.com/products/clif-highs-pure-sleep