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When it comes to getting more and better sleep, melatonin works really well. So well, it’s easy to forget there’s a lot more to sleep than just one hormone.
Sleep is a complex process. To reach deep – or delta wave – sleep, both your body and mind have to relax. And that takes a sleep secret much bigger than melatonin.
Today, you’ll discover the secret of getting to sleep… and of getting back to sleep. With this simple secret, your sleep can be more refreshing and more restorative. To put it simply, you could be sleeping like a kid again.
Sleep is one of your body’s primary anti-aging defenses. While you’re asleep, your body does its best to repair the wear and tear of the day. Sleep is also the time your mind refreshes itself and consolidates memories.
Doctors tend to simplify sleep. Here’s the classic explanation…
Your body clock is naturally set to the rhythm of day and night (your circadian rhythm). As dawn approaches, your levels of the “sleep hormone” melatonin go down. At the same time, your levels of cortisol – a “wakeful hormone” – go up.
Cortisol helps you stay alert and sharp during the day. So, as the light fades, your cortisol levels begin to drop. This is when your melatonin levels begin to rise. So you can relax and get to sleep.
Artificial light interferes with this natural rhythm. It throws off your body clock. That’s why taking a little melatonin before bed can help you sleep.
Now, all of that is true. But it’s not the whole story. Your body clock relies on more than just these two hormones. Neurotransmitters also play critical roles in sleep and wakefulness. Especially one called “GABA.”
A small area of your brain called the hypothalamus acts like a control center. One of its many jobs is to regulate your body clock. Melatonin is very active here… and so is GABA.
GABA – gamma-Aminobutyric acid – is your body’s top inhibitory neurotransmitter. That’s fancy talk to say GABA tells your nervous system to quiet down.
During the day, an excitatory neurotransmitter – called glutamate – keeps your nervous system humming. Without GABA, glutamate would keep your brain buzzing all day and all night.
And you wouldn’t get much sleep.
That’s why GABA is often the missing element in people’s sleep strategy. And why it’s not missing from DeltaSom, Best Life Herbals’ comprehensive sleep formula.
You see, research also shows GABA and melatonin interact in your hypothalamus. And that GABA plays a key role in regulating your body clock.1
Experts from Morehouse College and Georgia State University agree. They’ve found GABA even fights the wakeful effects of light at night2… helping to keep your body from shifting into “daytime mode.”
Animal studies also show that GABA levels go up during delta wave sleep.3 In other words, during the most restorative level of sleep.
There’s just one more thing about GABA… you can’t sleep well without it.
Millions of people have trouble getting to sleep. Millions more have trouble getting back to sleep if they wake during the night.
Research points to GABA as an answer to both problems.
Doctors at Boston’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital tested volunteers with sleep problems. Compared to similar people who slept well, there was one glaring difference.
The folks with sleep problems had lower levels of GABA in their brains. In fact, the levels were 30% lower than in those who slept well.
They also discovered that GABA levels were linked to wakefulness after falling asleep. That is, the lower the level, the harder it was for people to stay asleep… and get back to sleep after they woke.4
Melatonin works very well for many people. But millions more still find themselves waking during the night… and having problems getting back to sleep.
That’s why we included GABA in the DeltaSom formula. But we also used another secret that supports healthy GABA levels. And more.
Lemon balm grows wild across southern Europe and into Asia. Its delicate white blossoms attract hordes of honeybees. But its leaves have made it a staple in kitchen gardens for centuries.
Herbalists have used it for almost as long. Especially for its calming effect. A cup of lemon balm tea was often grandma’s go-to solution for anyone who had trouble getting to sleep.
It turns out grandma knew what she was doing.
Researchers from Australia and the Middle East surveyed hundreds of old texts for mentions of lemon balm. They also sorted through electronic databases with data going back 60 years.
They found strong evidence for several of the herb’s traditional uses… including for mood, mental sharpness, and memory. They also found good evidence that lemon balm works – in part – by stimulating a key GABA receptor – GABAA – in the brain.5
Interestingly, this is the same target most sleeping pills aim for. But lemon balm doesn’t have any scary side effects. And it won’t leave you feeling groggy in the morning.
Lemon balm has another interesting property, too. One that could make your sleep even sweeter.
Lemon balm can work sort of like GABA in your brain. But it offers you a second boost.
Scientists at the University of Ottawa tested the effects of several herbs on sleep-related enzymes. One herb stood out.
It was lemon balm.
This gentle herb inhibits an enzyme – GABA transaminase (GABA-T) – that breaks down GABA.6 So lemon balm works two ways. It essentially mimics GABA… but it helps increase your natural GABA supply by helping slow its breakdown.
Does lemon balm work? Like gangbusters.
In 2011, doctors tested lemon balm extract on stressed volunteers. The volunteers were anxious and having trouble sleeping. But after two weeks taking lemon balm, things had changed.
With lemon balm, the volunteers felt less anxious. And 85% reported they didn’t have sleep problems any more.7
So you can probably see why lemon balm is part of the DeltaSom formula. But it’s just the beginning.
Just combining GABA with melatonin could boost sleep for thousands. Adding lemon balm would be the icing on the cake. But we decided to go even further with DeltaSom.
Along with melatonin, GABA, and lemon balm, you’ll find stress busting B vitamins… soothing valerian… and calming passionflower. In all, DeltaSom delivers 22 of Nature’s gentlest – and most effective – sleep promoters.
We’ve carefully balanced this formula to help you drift off faster… sleep longer… and get back to sleep sooner. It’s the most potent sleep formula we’ve ever offered.
Best of all, DeltaSom’s ingredients work gently, without nasty side effects. So you can wake refreshed and ready to go… morning after morning.
And – like every Best Life Herbals formula – DeltaSom is backed by our full-year satisfaction guarantee. We promise you’ll love it – or we’ll buy it back. Up to one full year from the purchase date.
And here’s another plus… up to 35% savings.
DeltaSom is now available with Smart Ship. Once you activate Smart Ship, we’ll deliver your DeltaSom right to your door like clockwork.
You’ll never have to worry about forgetting to place an order… or running out. And you can save up to 35% off the single-bottle price. Plus Smart Ship shipping is always free. Savings don’t get any smarter than that.
You get the same DeltaSom… with the same 100% satisfaction guarantee. But with none of the hassle of ordering over and over again. And, of course, you can cancel your Smart Ship order at any time.
If you’re tired of staring at the ceiling at night, here’s your chance to get that good night’s sleep again. Night after night.
Check out DeltaSom for a perfect night’s sleep. And savings up to 35%.
Yours in continued good health,
The Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease.
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2 Ehlen, J.C., et al, “GABA Involvement in the Circadian Regulation of Sleep,” GABA and Sleep. Aug 12, 2010; 303-321.
3 Nitz, D. and Siegel, J.M., “GABA release in posterior hypothalamus across sleep-wake cycle,” American Journal of Physiology. Dec 1, 1996; 271(6): R1707-R1712.
4 Winkelman, J.W., et al, “Reduced brain GABA in primary insomnia: preliminary data from 4T proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS),” Sleep. 2008 Nov 2008; 31(11): 1499-1506.
5 Shakeri, A., et al, “Melissa officinalis L. – A review of its traditional uses, phytochemistry and pharmacology,” J Ethnopharmacol. Jul 21, 2016; 188: 204-228.
6 Awad, R., et al, “Effects of traditionally used anxiolytic botanicals on enzymes of the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) system,” Can J Physiol Pharmacol. Sep 2007; 85(9): 933-942.
7 Cases, J., et al, “Pilot trial of Melissa officinalis L. leaf extract in the treatment of volunteers suffering from mild-to-moderate anxiety disorders and sleep disturbances,” Med J Nutrition Metab. Dec 2011; 4(3): 211-218.
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