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8 Supplements That Help and Hinder Sleep

Posted by Adi Szasz, Guest Blogger on Jul 6, 2018 2:29:24 PM

  Sleeping and energy go hand-in-hand. Too little sleep and you’ll feel tired the following day. Studies have shown that any deviation in sleep patterns will also lead to feelings of fatigue and sleepiness the next day. That includes oversleeping, but you may also feel tired due to many other health issues as well. 

  Controlling your energy levels and sleep patterns is important for your overall quality of life. You can do it by making certain changes in your life such as exercising more, eating healthy foods and using certain supplements which will instantly improve your sleep or reduce unwanted tiredness.medications

 

Which ones are good for hindering sleep?

 

Modafinil

  Modafinil (commonly sold as Modalert) is widely regarded as the “king of all nootropics” and the “closest thing to the Limitless pill.” It was initially designed to treat certain sleep-related disorders such as narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea and work shift sleep disorder.

  Off-label use has been increasing in recent years and anyone using it will experience noticeably increased energy and motivation levels, heightened alertness and mental focus, and an increased desire to finish mentally exhausting or boring tasks.

 

Phenylpiracetam

  Phenylpiracetam is a lesser-known but highly potent member of the racetam family. In terms of effects, phenylpiracetam is considered to be stimulating, sensory-enhancing and also improves memory retention and recall.

  Structurally, it’s basically piracetam with an added phenyl group. The added phenyl group greatly potentiates its effects, making it hundreds of times more potent than piracetam. That means that the dose needed for it to be effective is hundreds of times smaller.

Note: Being a smart drug, its effects have a clear limit where the effects stop getting better (400 mg+). Also, it’s considered safe even if one were to exceed the recommended dose.

 

Noopept

  Noopept is a peptide that is rapidly gaining popularity due to its noticeable benefits on focus, energy levels, memory and thought connectivity. It is similar in effects, yet a thousand times more potent than piracetam. Studies have shown that Noopept also has neuroprotective properties and can be especially beneficial for the aging mind.

 

Smart Caffeine (L-theanine + caffeine stack)

  Caffeine is by far the most popular mentally-boosting substance in the world. It’s so many people’s first choice when it comes to getting that morning buzz, and rightfully so because it’s also been found to have health benefits. Caffeine is stimulating, increases alertness and improves focus.

  It can also generate anxiety and jitteriness, especially if consumed in large doses. It’s widely consumed as coffee and green tea. The latter also contains L-theanine, which is an amino-acid chemically similar to tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin. L-theanine produces calming effects and, like caffeine, also increases focus levels in small doses.

  Combined, the two cancel each other’s negative effects, maximize focus and keep energy levels steady. The ideal dose for maximum effectiveness in terms of overall mood and energy levels is 2(L-theanine):1(caffeine).

 

Which ones are good for going to sleep?

 

Phenibut

  Phenibut is basically GABA with a phenyl group attached to the beta position, which is synthesized to easily cross the blood barrier. A small dose (250mg – 500mg) of Phenibut generates a relaxed, yet clear and focused mental state which is ideal for productivity. Sleeping after taking a small dose of Phenibut will result in a deep and restful sleep that leaves the user feeling refreshed upon waking up.

 

L-theanine

  I’ve talked about L-theanine combined with caffeine above, so I’ll skip the introduction. L-theanine in moderate to high doses greatly relaxes the mind and body. L-theanine increases GABA levels, which is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, responsible for its calming and sleep-improving effects. L-theanine also enhances alpha brain waves, which produce a state of “wakeful relaxation”.

 

Kratom

  Kratom is a herb that grows in Southeast Asia and is from the same family as coffee. It’s a popular drink in that region and widely used as a replacement for coffee. Kratom strains vary considerably regarding the effects that they produce. Low doses of stimulating strains of Kratom produce stimulating, focus-enhancing and anxiety-relieving effects.

  Moderate and high doses of sedating Kratom are great for relaxation and improving quality of sleep. Many people in the US are actually using Kratom for opiate withdrawal.

Melatonin

   Melatonin is a hormone naturally-produced by the body. Darkness increases the production of melatonin, signalling the body that it has to go to sleep. Conversely, light decreases the production of melatonin. It’s also synthetically made and used as a supplement to adjust the body’s internal clock.

  People who suffer from insomnia, ADHD, delayed sleep phase syndrome and other medication-induced sleep issues can benefit from taking melatonin.

 

No matter what medications you are taking, none is a cure for sleep apnea.  If you live in Alaska and need a sleep doctor, Alaska Sleep Clinic's board-certified sleep specialists can help you to improve your sleep and your life.  Call us today for your free consultation.

 

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