Valerian primarily functions as an anxiolytic. Anxiolytics relieve anxiety and have calming, sedative effects. Valerian Root quiets the activity of the neurons of the central nervous system, which helps lower anxiety and boost feelings of relaxation and calm and helps ensure we spend the right amount of time in slow-wave sleep and REM sleep, the two deepest and most mentally and physically restorative sleep stages.
Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA)
I call GABA the brakes of the brain. GABA is the body’s most important inhibitory neurotransmitter, which means it lowers the activity of neural cells in the brain and central nervous system, having the effect of moving the brain and the body into lower gear. By inhibiting neural activity, GABA facilitates sleep, reduces mental and physical stress, lowers anxiety, and creates a calmness of mood.
Insomnia is a common symptom of magnesium deficiency. People with low magnesium often experience restless sleep, waking frequently during the night. Maintaining healthy magnesium levels often leads to deeper, more sound sleep.
Magnolia Officinalis Bark
Magnolia Officinalis Bark is a GABA booster. GABA is a neurotransmitter that exerts a calming effect. Increased GABA activity quiets excitatory neurons in the brain, helps reduce anxiety, and promotes sleep.
Melatonin is not a sedative. Instead, it works to promote sleep by helping to regulate the body’s bio clock and sleep-wake cycles. Scientific research shows that melatonin may help to strengthen and improve sleep-wake cycles, making it possible to adhere to more healthful sleep patterns and making it easier to sleep on a regular schedule.
5-HTP helps the body to produce more serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in regulating mood and sleep-wake cycles. Healthy levels of serotonin contribute to a positive mood, outlook and it also promotes healthy sleep.