An increasing body of research is pointing to the enormous value of sleep. For example, a recently published study in the journal Neurology, showed there may be a link between poor sleep and signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers believe adequate sleep is needed to perform critical detoxification processes where neurotoxins are essentially washed from the brain. A build-up of these toxins is strongly associated with Alzheimer’s. It’s also been shown the effects of poor sleep go beyond cognitive health. 

For example, one study from the University of Chicago Medical Center found that after restricting the sleep of healthy subjects to four hours per night for six nights, the participants were already becoming pre-diabetic. Researchers also found that lack of sleep may be contributing to the epidemic of obesity. Essentially, when we are sleep deprived the body produces less of the hormone that tells our brain to stop eating. In fact, several large-scale studies have also shown short sleep times are linked with heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.

Another study at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine found that after only one night of roughly five hours of sleep our memory, ability to concentrate and speed with which we think is reduced. Even more, the effects are cumulative! A second night it gets worse and so on.  The bottom line according to most researchers is we need 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep each night to be healthy. But what if sleep doesn’t come easy?

While there are quite a few effective products out there, the one we have found to be the most effective is called Dreaminol (purchase here), a unique time-released formula that combines Melatonin, L-theanine (an amino acid shown to enhance alpha brain waves), 5-HTP (a precursor to serotonin), and Lactium. Research shows these ingredients can decrease both the time required to get to sleep and the number of awakenings during the night. 

Click here to watch our dietitian Nicole's Dreaminol product review.