The science of sleep is a wide and complex field of research, and every day doctors and psychologists find new data while trying to alleviate the suffering of people with sleep disorders. Insomnia issues are tricky to solve, as a sleep disturbance can be just a symptom of a larger, more severe illness, or it can be the underlying cause of another health problem.
As we know, sometimes a sleep disorder is translated through the poor quality of sleep, not just its quantity. Sometimes sleep disorders come and go together with peaks of stress, while others seem to be stuck to us for months in a row, slowly but surely damaging our health and well-being. Recent data released by the CDC should trigger some alarms: 50 to 70 million Americans deal with sleep insufficiency and sleep disorders, while the entire world seems to be less and less able to get a good night’s sleep.
Counting Sheep Comes First
Some home remedies and non-chemical solutions to alleviate sleep disorders are as old as humanity itself. Counting sheep aside, modern reflexology seems to be able to tackle with plenty of sleep-related issues and stress-induced Circadian rhythm imbalances. While modern reflexology doesn’t claim to be able to solve the number one illness of the planet, it can alleviate stress to a level that positively impacts stress. There are plenty of reflexology health benefits that are acknowledged by modern medical sciences and people are recommended to try it to solve sleep problems as well.
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Specialists also say that lifestyle changes and dietary choices can also lead up to better sleep behavior, while behavior changes learned through cognitive behavioral therapy are modern psychology’s answer to insomnia and sleep disorders.
Still, in some cases, nothing seems to work. Sometimes you spend hours watching the ceiling or you toss and turn endlessly. In a few occasions, no tea, massage, CBT technique, warm bath or soothing music will help you sleep well and wake up in the morning like a human and not a zombie. At some point, you will have to talk to your doctor about some sleeping pills.
When Everything Else Fails…
The first thing we think of when hearing about sleeping pills is “addiction” and “side effects”. But given the fact that our contemporary world is more and more concerned with sleep disorders, science managed to come up with a wide range of natural and chemical-based sleeping pills that are safer, more available and more affordable than what we are commonly used to believe.
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Some pills help you fall asleep, others keep you asleep all night long. Today we will take a look at 5 sleeping pills that work and are considered safe. Of course, before taking any of them, you should have a thorough talk to your physician.
1. Ambitropin (Cellusyn Laboratories)
Made of natural ingredients associated with inducing and keeping sleep, Ambitropin is a powerful, yet safe sleeping pill. It contains melatonin, valerian root and lavender, all positively associated with faster falling asleep rates and more natural hours of restful sleep. Besides these ingredients, Ambitropin also contains GABA (an inhibitory neurotransmitter calming down excited neurons in the brain), magnesium, zinc, vitamin B6, Passion Flower and Cordyalis, all herbal remedies associated with a better quality of sleep. As a natural sleep remedy, Ambitropin has positive reviews and is well appreciated by the medical community.
2. Sleep Aid (Nutrifect)
Since it contains only natural ingredients, Sleep Aid is not likely to lead you onto the path of addiction, but given its herbal composition you still need to talk to your doctor, as some of the ingredients might trigger unusual reactions if you are not accustomed to them. The main ingredient is Huang bai (Phellodendron root), a Chinese herb used for centuries in Chinese medicine for its antioxidants and its antidepressant properties.
Besides soothing you to sleep with the Huang bai, Sleep Aid also contains melatonin and magnesium (essential to sleep), L-Theanine (manipulating the levels of serotonin) and GABA (putting down those over-firing neurons that keep you awake). While you should talk to a professional about the consumption of magnesium and melatonin, Sleep Aid is considered a sleeping pill with positive health side effects.
3. Somabien (Nutripharm)
Somabien represents a mix of natural and chemical ingredients balanced so you can both fall asleep and stay asleep. Besides melatonin, valerian root, L-Theanine, Rhodiola Rosea or Lemon Balm – associated with the reduction of stress and maintaining natural sleep patterns, Somabien also contains Phenibut (a chemical similar to GABA), Inositol (a B vitamin aiding you to relax) and 5-HTP (a by-product of the chemical tryptophan) which increases your levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter regulating sleep, pain and appetite. Somabien is a bit pricey and the recommended dosage is 4 pills a night, but all in all it is considered safe and efficient.
4. Energy (Science)
While it sounds like the name of an energy drink (and contains some of energy drinks’ ingredients), Energy is a type of sleeping pill containing safe amounts of valerian and melatonin, designed to ease you through the first cycles of sleep. Besides the all-present magnesium, Energy also features glycine which helps you regulate muscle contraction together with blood sugar levels.
The presence of Phosphatidylserine may surprise you, as this is a natural phospholipid contained in every human cell. It is associated with combatting depression and mood regulations. Still, the most interesting ingredient of this pill, besides the familiar L-Theanine, calcium and Ashwagandha root extract is Taurine – the ingredient you can see on all energy drinks’ labels.
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How can taurine keep you awake and then be put into a sleeping pill? Taurine, in reality, increases GABA levels and controls the stress hormones. It can cause insomnia only when it is mixed with caffeine in energy drinks. Otherwise, it belongs on the list of natural sleep inducers and maintainers.
5. 3Z (Ai Sports)
If you really want to get those ZZZs going for longer, more satisfactory hours, 3Z comes with a mix of proprietary ingredients that are associated with falling and staying asleep. Besides magnesium, 3Z adds copper and zinc for hormone and protein synthesis and immune functions’ boost. The list of herbal ingredients is long, but the interesting addition of Passion Flower, magnolia bark and Bacopa Monnieri makes this pill a highly efficient one. These plants promote neural regeneration and are associated with anxiety reductions and sleep disturbances lowering. Of course, valerian, GABA and L-Theanine are also present in the mix.
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