If there’s one thing which will improve the quality of your life, make you happier and make you feel like the best version of yourself, it’s getting a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, getting a good sleep quality is often the first thing to go when we’re stressed, sad or anxious. Long day of meetings at work tomorrow? You can look forward to dreaming about your boss. Having family problems? Good luck drifting off when all you can think about is how to fix them.
Life is so busy these days, and the added stress of COVID-19 doesn’t help. But what if there was a way to help you achieve a state of zen more easily, and drift off into a peaceful night’s slumber with the help of a capsule? We bet we’d have your attention.
We’re not talking about sleeping pills here - far from it. Instead, the latest thing which can help you fall asleep the moment your head hits the pillow are nootropics. Effective supplements which are used for enhancing cognitive function, they can help to boost both brainpower and the executive functions of your body, which include memory, alertness, motivation and sleep.
Innermost makes a nootropic designed to help you get a good night’s rest called The Relax Capsule. In this article, we’ll take a look at why sleep is important, how supplements can help and how The Relax Capsule works its magic. Strap on your eye mask and put on your pyjamas, because your nights are about to get a whole lot more restful.
Why is sleep important?
Sleep is one of the most natural things in the world (so why is it so hard to achieve sometimes?). Every human and animal sleeps, yet around a third of adults are sleep-deprived.
Sleep links to almost all other bodily functions, from the normal functioning of the body, to digestion, to mental function, to sexual health and of course to mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.
One of the most crucial functions that a good night’s sleep achieves is memory solidification. This is the process by which of the experiences of your day are mentally filed and sorted and processed by your brain. Adequate sleep can help to enhance your memory and strengthen your brain power. In addition to this, the alertness you feel the day after sleeping well will help to reduce your levels of distraction, reduce cravings for unhealthy food and help you to stay motivated to work hard and stick to your exercise regime.
Getting a poor night’s sleep increases the levels of cortisol in your body. A stress-inducing hormone, cortisol increases the amount of glucose in your blood, and shuts down functions which your body wouldn’t need if it was a fight or flight situation. Having raised cortisol levels over an extended period of time can lead to problems with your digestive system, reproductive system, immune system and even growth processes.
Reduced amounts of sleep are also likely to contribute to eating more sugary, fatty foods and not having the motivation to exercise. Regular poor sleep can put you at risk of a number of serious medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and it can even shorten your life expectancy.
What are nootropics for sleep?
Nootropics are ingredients that can help enhance cognitive functions. Different nootropics affect different functions of the body in various ways. The Relax Capsules contain a number of nootropic ingredients that can help soothe the body, relax your mind and promote restful sleep. They can help you to separate your work life from your personal life, and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Let’s explore the active ingredients that make these capsules so great.
These are the amounts of active ingredients you get per two capsules of nootropic, which is the recommended amount.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom (350mg): These are white fungi that have long, shaggy spines. Research suggests that they may offer a range of health benefits, including reduced inflammation and improved cognitive and heart health.
L-Glycine (250mg): An important amino acid and a neurotransmitter, glycine helps increase serotonin levels, which is required to make the sleep hormone melatonin. It can help reduce symptoms of insomnia, restore healthy sleep patterns, and encourage deeper, more restful and refreshing sleep.
Ashwagandha (200mg): One of the most powerful and revered adaptogenic herbs in Ayurvedic medicine, Ashwagandha is well-known for its restorative and rejuvenating benefits. It’s used to help the body cope with external stresses such as toxins in the environment and internal stresses such as anxiety and insomnia.
Valerian Root (100mg): This medicinal herbal has been used since ancient times to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and for the relief of sleep disturbances. Results from multiple studies indicate that valerian root can help reduce the time it takes to fall asleep and promote a deeper more restful sleep.
5-HTP (Griffonia Seed Extract) (100mg): This is a compound which gets converted into serotonin in the brain, one of the principal neurotransmitters involved in happiness and anti-depression. It can help improve mood, reduce anxiety and help regulate sleep cycles.
L-Theanine (100mg): A relaxing but non-sedative amino acid that has been shown to help reduce cortisol levels in the body (the stress hormone). It works by helping reduce feelings of stress and improving attention.