Did you know a good night’s sleep can be just as important for your health as a balanced diet and exercise? Unfortunately, almost 40 percent of adults occasionally don’t get enough sleep and report falling asleep during the day without meaning to at least once a month(1).
A lack of sleep can have serious effects on our health. A lack of sleep can cause a number of health-related risks and concerns (1). Sleep helps the brain relax and can even boost your metabolism and immune system.
The quality of sleep is also important. There are two main types of sleep: Rapid eye movement (REM) and non-REM. Dreams occur during REM sleep while non-REM is commonly known as deep sleep or slow-wave sleep. We need both to feel rested and alert throughout the day. People shift between non-REM and REM sleep cycles around three to five times each night(1).
Not getting enough sleep can affect daily tasks like social interactions, driving and overall focus(1). Sleep cycles are most consistent when they are aligned to the body’s internal clock that controls when you are awake and when it’s time to go to sleep.
This schedule follows a 24-hour repeating rhythm, called the circadian rhythm, that affects every cell, tissue and organ in the body(1). The circadian rhythm regulates the release of melatonin and cortisol hormones in the body. When the sun goes down, your body releases melatonin which signals the body that it’s time to get ready for sleep. This is why we feel more tired in the evenings because the amount of melatonin increases in the bloodstream later into the evening. As the sun rises, the body releases cortisol, which naturally prepares the body to wake up.
Cortisol levels stay pretty low throughout the day outside of a spike in the mornings, but some studies show bright artificial light from TV screens, phones and computers can have an effect on the circadian rhythm(2). Studies show that bright light can subtly increase cortisol levels and that reduced evening light exposures may naturally help improve sleep quality.
Taking a supplement made with natural ingredients likePhysician’s Choice Natural Sleep Aid can help regulate sleep hormone levels too. This formula contains a combination of clinically studied ingredients that promote restful sleep.
Physician’s Choice sleep aid contains a blend of ingredients that help support the body’s natural development of chemicals before and during sleep.
Pyridoxal 5 Phosphate (P5P) is a bioactive form of vitamin B-6 which converts tryptophan to serotonin, helping the body relax and sleep more deeply. Melatonin, as mentioned earlier, signals our bodies that it's time to sleep. Taking melatonin as a supplement can help the body relax and regulate the natural production of melatonin in the body.
Certain herbal supplements have shown positive effects on relaxation and sleep habits too. Chamomile and valerian roots are natural flowers that can promote relaxation and improve sleep quality. Chamomile, which comes from the same family as echinacea and sunflowers, and has calming effects. Valerian root, from the perennial valerian flower, eases occasional anxiety and promotes relaxation. The herb binds to gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors, which are messengers in the brain and helps slow down overly active neurons. GABA receptors can become overexcited due to anxiety or stress so this supplement helps the brain relax when it’s time to sleep.
All Physician’s Choice supplements are made with natural, research-backed formulas. All of our products are manufactured in the USA in cGMP certified facilities and are independently tested for purity. Our supplements are created from ethically sourced ingredients and produced in a contaminant-free environment creating the best product possible for your overall health.
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Regina Kaza - Contributing Writer, Physician's Choice