As a licensed pharmacist for over 20 years, I know the side effects and dangers of both the prescription and non-prescription sleep medications. These products mainly sedate the patient but do not necessarily give them quality sleep that allows them to wake up feeling refreshed and energized. Prescription sleeping pills can be addictive and are difficult to wean off of after you take them for even a short period of time. Many people may also wake up with a high enough blood level to impair their driving in the morning which can be very dangerous. They can also cause sleepwalking, falling, amnesia, and strange behavior like sleep eating and sleep driving. Many times the common sleep medications cause the person to wake up feeling groggy and sluggish and are associated with daytime memory and performance problems.
The most popular natural aid for sleep is melatonin. Supplementation with melatonin has been shown in several studies to be very effective in helping induce and maintain sleep in both children and adults, and in both people with normal sleep patterns and those with insomnia. The sleep-promoting effects of melatonin are most apparent if melatonin levels in the body are low.
5-HTP is converted in the brain to serotonin -- an important initiator of sleep. It is one step closer to serotonin than L-tryptophan, and has shown more consistent results in promoting and maintaining sleep, even though used at lower dosages.
One of the key benefits of 5-HTP is its ability to increase REM sleep (typically by about 25 percent), while increasing deep sleep stages 3 and 4 without lengthening total sleep time. The sleep stages that are reduced to compensate for the increases are non-REM stages 1 and 2, which are the least important stages.
L-theanine is a unique amino acid found almost exclusively in tea plants (Camellia sinensis). Clinical studies have demonstrated that L-theanine reduces stress, improves the quality of sleep, diminishes the symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome), heightens mental acuity, and reduces the negative side effects of caffeine. At typical dosages of 100 to 200 mg, L-theanine does not act as a sedative, but it does significantly improve sleep quality. At higher single dosages, of 600 mg, L-theanine does exert a sedative effect. It is an excellent support agent to melatonin and 5-HTP.
When these supplements are taken together, they exert synergistic effects to relax, calm, and promote restful sleep without sedating. Somnaid™ does not cause daytime drowsiness, or the other problematic side effects of the prescription and over-the-counter sleeping pills.
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