How to Tell Your Brain to Go to Sleep Already
Sleep is a mysterious thing that is still not very well understood by science. It is regulated largely by neurotransmitter activity in our brains, meaning that it’s fair to say that to a great extent, your brain decides when you will go to sleep.
However, if you’ve ever found yourself lying awake at night, willing yourself to go to sleep, you may have wished desperately that the conscious, “thinking” part of your brain would just please talk to the other part of your brain that decides whether or not to let you fall asleep.
While it’s frustrating that you can’t just use your thoughts to send the right neurotransmitter to the right brain areas, you can use your intelligence and reason to learn about the things we DO know about sleep in order to maximize your chances that those neurotransmitters will be flowing correctly to foster good sleep. After all, it’s just not worth it to be tired all day due to not sleeping at night.
The Science Behind Getting Good Sleep
Have you ever been frustrated by the articles that talk about your sleep hygiene, deep breathing, and avoiding blue light on screens? While these things DO play an incremental role in helping you to sleep well, the benefit to most people is marginal, and may help, but certainly won’t cure insomnia.
But how do you control the molecular activity that’s going on so unconsciously and silently in your cells, neurons, and other body systems?
The basic answer: You give your body the right building blocks, and it will have to take over from there.
Here are just a few of the ways that your mental understanding (and taking appropriate action) can contribute to your physical ability to sleep.
Adenosine vs. Caffeine
Adenosine is a molecule that calms your brain down and tells it that it’s time to sleep. Caffeine is a molecule that binds to your adenosine receptors and prevents that calming from happening. If you are turning to caffeine to have the energy to get through the day, you will be inhibiting your natural ability to fall asleep.
Solution: Instead of caffeine, take the energy capsules from Energy By Science for a caffeine-free energy boost.
Glutamate Vs. GABA
Glutamate is the body’s most prominent excitatory neurotransmitter (meaning it stimulates your brain to perform at a higher level of activity), while GABA is your brain’s most prominent inhibitory neurotransmitter (meaning it calms you down). If your body is out of balance with these two glutamate and GABA, you might find yourself wide awake, with your brain racing, staring at the ceiling.
Solution: Boost your magnesium intake to help your body to build GABA. Possible needed precursor: Improve your digestive health so that you ensure that magnesium is actually getting absorbed when you consume it.
Sleep Drive vs. Alerting Signal
The longer you stay awake, the more your body’s natural sleep drive accumulates. However, whether you feel sleepy or not can be offset by how much alerting signal your body is simultaneously producing.
Solution: Help your body to coordinate its circadian rhythms by taking melatonin.
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Fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up feeling more rested when you use this nutrition-based approach.
Being able to fall asleep requires your brain to have what it needs to initiate the sleep cycle. Override stress and sleeplessness naturally with the ingredients that will trigger relaxation, calmness, and the sleep that you so desperately need.
Nothing is more frustrating than finally falling asleep, only to wake up in the middle of the night and lie awake for no reason. Give your body the nutrients that will help your body to be in balance while you sleep, and naturally address the factors that cause you to wake up.