Erin Stokes, Naturopathic Doctor, MegaFood Medical Director | March 2019
If sleep is a challenge for you - trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting enough sleep - you’re in good company. Sleep problems rank 5th among the health issues individuals say they are personally affected by.1 What’s more, lack of sleep impacts far more than just how you feel the next day - it affects almost every type of tissue and system in the body.2
While there are healthy habits to promote restful sleep you can adopt, many people with sleep challenges turn to supplements to help them get their much-needed rest. Here are three uniquely different supplement options that can promote relaxation and more restful sleep when you need it most.*
Each night, as the sun sets, the body sends signals telling us to get ready for sleep (in the form of melatonin). That’s pretty cool right? Well, unfortunately, our modern lifestyle does a lot to interrupt this natural process and discourage melatonin production. Harsh blue lights from our computer, TV, and phone screens are namely to blame, tricking us into thinking the sun is still high in the sky.
“At sunset, your body’s internal clock sounds the alarm, telling [you] to secrete melatonin, signaling the body that it is dark. In response...you start to feel sleepy. As dawn begins to break, melatonin is suppressed...and you awaken. This biological process has been happening since the beginning of time. -Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., Fortify Your Life
In addition to limiting blue-light at night, supplementing with melatonin can help us send some of those signals to start slowing down. To make getting your ZZZ’s as sweet as can be, our MegaFood melatonin gummies were crafted to support healthy sleep.* We added in wild blueberries and tart cherry, both natural sources of phytonutrients, to impart color and a delicious berry taste with no added flavorings.* Speaking of things you won’t find in these gummies...no high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or sweeteners, preservatives, or sugar coating to speak of! And like all our supplements, you can rest assured these gummies are glyphosate residue free as well. Give yourself a break from hard-to-swallow tablets with these delicious (pre) bedtime, drop-shaped gummies.
Another culprit of elusive sleep can be tension. One incredibly simple way to help soothe muscular tension and support relaxation at bedtime is with magnesium.* Magnesium is an essential mineral for muscle function, and in addition to supporting an already healthy heart and nervous system, it also aids in muscle relaxation.* Can it be as simple as a common mineral? For some of us, maybe! According to Doctor Low Dog, “Government surveys show that roughly 50% of us don’t get the RDA for magnesium in our diet -- and many of us take medications...that can wipe out the magnesium we are getting” (Fortify Your Life 176).
Supporting deep sleep and relaxation with supplementation may aid in staying asleep longer, and that’s where Dream Release comes in.* It delivers relaxing botanicals to promote a deep and restful sleep.* It was carefully formulated to help provide a sense of relaxation and restorative sleep, and features valerian and California poppy, herbs that have been traditionally used to help with occasional sleeplessness.*
Since we know that magnesium aids in soothing tension, we’ve including calming FoodState® Magnesium, as well as Sensoril® ashwagandha, help support relaxation.*
So choose the supplement that’s right for you and you’ll be counting sheep in no time! And for more helpful tips to aid in getting a good night’s rest, check out this video for more good sleep habits.
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