I have to start out by saying I am definitely excited about this product as I have used it several times with excellent results. Every other sleep supplement that I have ever used has fallen into one of two categories. One being products that are not effective and two being products that work but leave you feeling drowsy or hung over in the morning. This is the first product that actually worked without any type of “hangover” effect. Specifically the product helped me fall asleep and stay asleep without waking up in the middle of the night and in the morning I felt rested.
Below is a breakdown of the key components of Sleep Revolution and what each one does.
L-theanine creates a sense of relaxation via at least two different mechanisms. First, this amino acid directly stimulates the production of alpha brain waves, creating a state of deep relaxation. Second, L-theanine is involved in the formation of the inhibitory neurotransmitter, gamma amino butyric acid (GABA). GABA influences the levels of two other neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin, producing the relaxation effect.
Additional human clinical research suggests that L-theanine may have application in improving the quality of sleep, improving learning performance, heightening mental acuity, promoting concentration, reducing negative side effects of caffeine and supporting the immune system.
(GABA) is an amino acid found mainly in the human brain and eyes. It is considered an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which means it regulates brain and nerve cell activity by inhibiting the number of neurons firing in the brain. GABA is referred to as the “brain’s natural calming agent”, by inhibiting over-stimulation of the brain, GABA may help promote relaxation and ease nervous tension. GABA is also helpful in promoting sleep for those who have difficulty sleeping.
Melatonin is a hormone produced naturally in the pineal gland at the base of the brain. It is important in regulating sleep, and may play a role in maintaining circadian rhythm, the body’s natural time clock. Natural melatonin production decreases with age, and the decrease is associated with some sleep disorders, particularly in the elderly.
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