Sleep Optimizer 60 capsules - GABA, melatonin, tryptophan, hops, lemon balm & valerian | Jarrow Formulas

Sleep Optimizer 60 capsules - GABA, melatonin, tryptophan, hops, lemon balm & valerian | Jarrow Formulas

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Jarrow Formulas Sleep Optimizer 60 capsules combines herbs and amino acids that address all 3 stages of sleep by working together to promote relaxation, facilitate falling asleep and maintain a regular sleep cycle.

who can benefit from Sleep Optimizer?
Sleep Optimizer is for anyone experiencing agitation or sleep problems. May be helpful for people whose sleep has been altered by stress, jet lag or rotating work shifts.

what distinguishes Sleep Optimizer?
• contains several natural substances that work together to promote sleep and restfulness
• addresses all 3 stages of sleep
• promotes many sleep related messengers and related building blocks in a single supplement.

how does each ingredient function in Sleep Optimizer?
GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is the principal inhibitory brain signal used to induce tranquility and promote restful sleep
Tryptophan helps reduce stress and promotes relaxation as precuror for serotonin (the feel-good-messenger) and supports sleep as a precursor to melatonin
Melatonin is a hormone that controls the biological clock and signals the entry into sleep
Hops can help with nerves, anxiety and sleep. The combination of valerian and hops flower has been studied for reducing sleep latency (the delay before entry into sleep)
Valerian is valued for its mild sedative and calming properties, having been used for thousands of years for sleep difficulties
Lemon balm is used widely to help reduce stress. Lemon balm herb and valerian work together to produce a relaxation effect.

Background reading
Millions of Americans suffer from sleep difficulties, spending a fortune on sleeping pills. Yet, the root of sleep problems may be found in drugs (e.g., caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, statins), obesity or sedentary lifestyles. Many sleep difficulties respond to safe, inexpensive and noninvasive foods and supplements. A good sleep foundation starts with adequate intake of basic nutrients from quality food or basic vitamins, such as calcium, magnesium, B complex (vitamin B6, B12 and B5) and chromium. Beyond vitamins and minerals, several amino acids and herbs are documented as sleep aids.

Amino acids
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)  is an amino acid not found in proteins, but is abundant throughout the brain and spinal cord. Organisms synthesize GABA from glutamate using pyridoxal phosphate (vitamin B6) as a cofactor. Interestingly, glutamate is the principal excitatory neurotransmitter (glutamate) and GABA is the principal inhibitory one, blocking cell-to-cell signaling in nerve cells.
GABA improves sleep cycles and promotes restful sleep, and helps relieve the intensity of pain. GABA can induce tranquility in individuals who experience abnormal mania or agitation. Its effects are seen within 1 hour of its administration to induce relaxation, diminish anxiety and, perhaps due to these effects, enhance immunity under conditions of stress.

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid in the human diet, obtained from food or supplements. Besides being a building block for protein and the B vitamin, niacin, tryptophan functions as a precursor for serotonin and melatonin production with the help of vitamin B6.
Serotonin is the chief “feel good” signal in the brain, with the help of vitamin B6. Low tryptophan levels are associated with mood disorders and may arise because of stress. Recent studies have shown that L-tryptophan has positive effects on mood and behavior.
L-tryptophan supplementation promotes a more positive outlook.

Melatonin, a pineal gland hormone, has the important role of inducing and maintaining sleep. Because L-tryptophan is converted to melatonin in the body, it plays an important role in promoting restful sleep. The body’s natural supply of melatonin diminishes with age. Older people with sleep difficulties may correct this problem with either tryptophan or melatonin. Although indiscriminate supplementation of melatonin is not advisable, when used wisely, the hormone can pay big dividends for people with sleep problems. Melatonin also appears to have some use for jet lag and for people who work rotating or night shifts.

Melatonin is practically nontoxic and appears to exhibit almost no side effects in the short term when healthy people take it at low doses. Taken 30-90 minutes before bedtime, it advances the period of melatonin’s presence in the blood to promote sleep.

Herbal remedies
Various herbs have been used to help promote sleep throughout recorded history. Traditionally used as teas, they are also available in dietary supplements.

Hops are the female flower cones of the hop plant (Humulus lupulus), used primarily in fl avoring beer. Besides its antioxidant and positive infl ammation response activity, hops has been known to help with nerves, anxiety and sleep.

Valerian is the herb prepared from the roots of the plant Valeriana officinalis. It has been valued for its mild sedative and calming properties since the ancient Greeks. The ancient Greek physician, Galen, prescribed it as a remedy for sleep difficulties. The component of valerian extract most associated with sedation is GABA. Valerian is used for sleeping disorders, restlessness and anxiety, and as a muscle relaxant, as supported by a recent meta-analysis. It works best when taken over several weeks, though the effects can be immediate. A valerian/hops combination was shown to reduce caffeine arousal, and to be an option for non-chronic and non-psychiatric sleep disorders in randomized, controlled trials.

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis L) is an herb in the mint family used widely as a mild sedative, memory-enhancer and antioxidant. One clinical study has found it to be effective at reducing stress. Lemon balm herb and valerian work together for relaxation and anxiety reduction.

Jarrow Formulas Sleep Optimizer combines herbs and amino acids that work together to address all three stages of sleep by promoting relaxation, facilitating falling asleep and helping maintain a regular sleep cycle.

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Influence of the moon on our behaviour

For the longest time, people have felt the influence of the (full) moon on their behaviour.
Especially on cloudless nights, many of us feel an urge to go outside and enjoy watching the full moon. Some will even go so far that they will go on a nightly hike or bike ride.
If this urge still persists today, how influential must the moon it have been in the past when we only could rely on light of the sun, moon and fire?

This is why so many people believe how lunar cycles can and do influence many other aspects of our behaviour and health.
The most persistent one is about its influence on menstruation cycles, fertility and even on the gender of babies. It's not too difficult to understand where this belief comes from: after all, a lunar cycle is almost as long as the average menstruation cycle.

However, until recently, scientists haven't been able to confirm most of the claims.
Only a short while ago it was confirmed how indeed, the full moon does have an impact on the length of our sleep. Even those who live in an urbanized environment, feel the effect of the full moon on their sleep cycle, even though it is far less pronounced than for indigenous people living without artificial light.

About time to explore whether the moon cycle really affects other aspects of our health and/or behaviour.

Symptoms and natural treatments of indigestion

Indigestion or heartburn can happen when your body has trouble digesting food. Anyone can get it on occasion, or it can be an ongoing problem. Heartburn is especially prominent in December with so many holidays accompanied with delicious foods, that prompt us to overindulge.

While acid reflux is a common phenomenon, not all symptoms of it, are very obvious.
When heartburn happens, for instance due to smoking, alcohol, medication, carbonated drinks or some foods that are difficult to process (spices, fats, acids, fiber) may cause a valve-like stomach muscle to loosen, allowing stomach acid to backwash into the esophagus. This exposes sensitive tissue in the chest to stomach acids, causing painful symptoms.
Common symptoms of reflux are a burning feeling in your chest or stomach, burping, bloating, gurgling stomach, acid reflux, heartburn, nausea or even vomiting.

Problems in your GI tract or other health issues also can cause indigestion. These include:
- acid reflux, gastroesophageal reflux (GER), or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): A reaction to food and drink where contents come back up from your stomach. The acid can come up into your esophagus, the tube-like organ connecting your mouth and stomach. Acid reflux also can produce vomiting. This condition causes heartburn because of the high acid contents.
- irritable bowel syndrome: a disorder that affects your intestines. Symptoms include stomach pain, bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea.
- infection: a bacterial infection from Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) can cause indigestion.
- gastroparesis: A condition that affects digestion. If muscles in your GI tract stop working, your body slows down or stops the movement of food. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, bloating, and acid reflux.
- ulcer: A sore on the lining of your stomach (peptic ulcer), small intestine, or esophagus.
- gastritis: Inflammation of your stomach lining.
- stomach cancer: This is a rare condition, but indigestion can be one of its signs.

How to reduce stress with ASMR

Our brain is programmed to stress us. It does that a lot and on just about any subject. Like a lot of behavioral reactions, stress used to be and still is a survival mechanism that our brain used in order to inject alertness when needed. It’s there so we could harness internal resources and spring into action in a matter of seconds when hunted or hunting.

Fortunately for us, we rarely need to spring into action nowadays to avoid a prowling lion. Today, stress is not helpful and is often counter-productive. When stressed, most of us lose focus and are immersed in unpleasant feelings.

In the past, we needed all that “potential energy” when we faced fight or flight situations. It probably saved our lives more than once. Today, this energy still exists in each of us in certain situations; if it is not discharged via some sort of conduit (either physical or of a more neural nature), it slows us down.
That’s why we need to get creative in the way we release stress. We don’t have time to go on a vacation every week; often we even can’t step away from the almighty computer, tablet, or cell phone.

Can you ever get used to working night shifts?

Last Sunday the Daylight Saving Time ended, and if your reaction was similar to mine, it felt like we plunged right into the darkest time of year. Only a few days earlier, I'd be out and about in broad daylight to get your parcels delivered to you on time, then all of a sudden dusk had set in already.
Maybe your reaction was similar, or if you are someone who rises early, you're happy to see the sun back for a short while when waking up.

Or, perhaps you aren't seeing the sun much at all, because you belong to the almost 20% of people who habitually work at weird hours. Some of you may only work night shifts, while others will have rotating shifts.

For those of you, who may for one reason or another will have to work in shifts soon, we have gathered more background information on how shift work affects your life and how to adapt to it.
Almost everyone has hard time adapting to night shifts, but most people can adapt to it within a few months.

Misconceptions about drug abuse

"Did you hear the news already? Rich Piana died last week!" exclaimed a good friend of ours. "Rich who??" was my response. Then it dawned on me he was speaking of the same person about whom I had been reading the other day and of which I only remembered his face and enormous physique.
Rich Piana, who had a large group of followers on Youtube and Instagram, as he had a most bizarre amount of muscles and was famous for his grueling workouts. 
Almost immediately everyone assumed he probably died due to overuse of steroids and associated muscle-building products.
It is not so weird to assume this as the amount of bodybuilders, who haven't lived past 50 years is staggering, because of the ever more dangerous means of attaining a muscular physique that is bigger than that of other competitors in bodybuilding demand more lives every decade.
The burning desire to create even more muscle mass wins from common sense. When discussing his death people referred a very good documentary called:Bigger, Stronger and Faster. Yet, at a lower level, the sports of recreational bodybuilders, apparently is one of the safest sports around.

How to deal with sleeplessness

Sleep problems are as old as mankind, but it has become more problematic than ever with the advent of modern technology resulting in "poor sleep hygiene". Exposure to bright light late at night results in falling asleep too late and sleeping too little, because it disturbs the body clock that is regulated by melatonin.

recommended use
Take 2 capsules 20 to 30 minutes prior to bedtime, or as directed by your qualified health care consultant.

contains per daily serving (2 capsules)
valerian root (Valariana officinalis) 400mg †
L-tryptophan 300 mg †
GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid) 100 mg †
hops (Humulus luplulus L.) 100 mg †
lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) leaves 100 mg †
melatonin 0.3 mg †

† = Recommended Daily Intake not established

active ingredients (valerian, tryptophan, gamma-aminobutyric acid, hops, lemon balm, melatonin), filler (vegetable magnesium stearate), anticoagulant (siliciumdioxide), capsule (hydroxypropylmethylcellulose)

store in a cool, dry place, keep lid tightly cosed
keep out of reach of young children

Warning: Do not drive or operate machinery immediately following use of this product.
Do not use if you are pregnant, lactating or under the age of 18.
Anyone who has been diagnosed with MS, lymphoma, leukemia, diabetes, epilepsy, autoimmune disease, or uses MAO inhibitors (such as iproniazid) should not take melatonin.
Do notuse if asthmatic. Melatonin may provoke an asthma attack in persons that already have asthma.

allergy information
contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)

suitable for vegetarians and vegans

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