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Here’s How to Get the Deep Sleep You Crave
As you get older, sleep becomes more elusive. Your body’s supply of melatonin – a hormone that helps control your body clock – drops. So it’s harder for your body to prepare for rest.
Unfortunately, your need for healing sleep doesn’t get any less as you get older. In fact, if anything, it’s greater than in young adulthood. Because there’s more repair work to be done… and you have fewer resources to do the job.
Even worse, a 20-minute afternoon nap isn’t as restful as you might think. Because all sleep isn’t equal. Here’s what you need to know about sleep... and how to get more of the deep, healing sleep your body craves.
Stages, Cycles, and Other Sleep Secrets
You go to bed, you sleep, you wake up. Simple, right? Well, not really. And here’s why…
Sleep is a complex process. As light fades, your body begins to release higher levels of melatonin. You can think of it as the “relaxing” hormone. It’s your body’s signal that it’s time to rest.
As dawn approaches, your melatonin levels drop, and your levels of cortisol – an excitatory hormone – rise. This helps your body wake up.
In between, your body goes through sleep cycles. A typical sleep cycle lasts about 90 minutes. During that cycle your body passes through four stages of sleep. Stages 1 and 2 are light sleep. Stages 3 and 4 are deep – or slow wave – sleep.
About every 90 minutes your body drifts from Stage 1 to Stage 4 and back again. If you sleep well, this process repeats through the night for 7 – 9 hours. If you sleep poorly… you may get far too little of the deep, slow-wave sleep your body craves.
That’s why we created DeltaSom – a sleep formula designed not just to help you get to sleep… but to help you get the deep sleep you need to be at your best.
Getting that sleep starts with getting to sleep. And if you’ve ever lain awake with your mind full of the stresses and worries of day-to-day living, you know that can be a tall order.
Your Built-In “Secret Weapon” Against Stress
Your body uses special chemicals – called neurotransmitters (NTMs) – to deliver signals from one nerve cell to the next. You see, there are tiny “gaps” between nerve cells, and these chemicals bridge those gaps to keep messages moving forward.
You have a number of NTMs, but two stand out as especially important in your brain. Glutamate is your brain’s main “excitatory” NTM. It revs up activity. GABA – or Gamma-aminobutyric acid – has the opposite effect.
GABA slows your brain down. It has a calming effect. GABA blocks the racing nerve impulses that keep you awake.
If you’re staring at the ceiling, thinking about an awful day at work… an upcoming mortgage payment that comes due on the same day as your car insurance… or the string of break-ins in your neighborhood, thank glutamate.
Your brains’ neurons are firing like crazy. And with all that activity, sleep is practically impossible.
When GABA moves in, these stressors lose their power. GABA inhibits glutamate activity, slows your racing mind, and helps you drift off into a peaceful sleep.
Scientists measure deep sleep by slow wave activity. More than 20% slow wave activity counts as Stage 3 sleep. Stage 4 isn’t reached until your brain hits 50% slow wave activity.1 It’s in these two slow (or Delta) wave stages where most of your body’s repair and recovery activities can take place.
And GABA can help you get there.
GABA Boosts Slow Wave Sleep… and Your Quality of Life
How do we know GABA can help you sleep better? Well, let’s look at what happens when you don’t have enough GABA…
In a 2014 study, the Veterans Administration (VA) found stressed vets with low GABA levels also had sleep problems. The authors found this was consistent with studies of people who were prone to episodes of panic or with anxious feelings.2
Another study looked at mature adults and a single boost to GABA.
In this study, doctors looked at the differences in sleep between a “normal” night and a night in which they gave volunteers a substance that blocked the breakdown of GABA.
During the normal night, the patients were more wakeful and had less slow wave sleep. But when the doctors boosted their GABA levels, they slept better, with fewer interruptions, and more healing slow wave sleep.3
In 2010, doctors at England’s University of Surrey reported several key findings…
- As people age, they tend to get less slow wave sleep
- Lower levels of slow wave sleep are linked to anxious feelings, a “blue” mood, and problems sleeping
- Less slow wave sleep leads to daytime drowsiness and poor performance
- Stimulating GABA receptors boosts slow wave sleep.4
The suggestion here is that more GABA could lead to a brighter outlook, better sleep, and sharper, more effective day-to-day performance.
That’s why we’ve included GABA in the DeltaSom formula. Because boosting slow wave sleep may be the simplest and most effective way to improve your overall quality of life.
This Ancient Herb Boosts GABA… and Feelings of Calm
Of course, GABA is just one ingredient in the DeltaSom formula. We've also included natural GABA boosters.
Like the herb lemon balm.
Lemon balm is an ancient plant found in almost every European herb garden. Known for its calming, soothing properties, lemon balm has a centuries-old history of safety and effectiveness.
A history backed up by modern science.
Back in 2007, Canadian researchers looked into a number of herbs used to ease stress. They found lemon balm had the biggest effect.
They discovered lemon balm blocks the activity of an enzyme – GABA-transaminase – that breaks down GABA.5 Lemon balm helps keep GABA levels up… and an over-excited brain calmer.
In another study, scientists tested two doses of lemon balm against a placebo.
This study deserves special attention for a couple of reasons. First, it’s what scientists call a “double-blind” study. In other words, neither the volunteers taking the pills – nor the doctors measuring the results – know who took which pill until after the study is complete.
Second, this was a crossover study. That means each volunteer took all 3 possible pills…. But didn’t know which they got when. Studies like this are almost impossible to fake.
This study found lemon balm promoted calm, eased anxious feelings, and helped people feel drowsy.6
Lemon balm is widely available as a tea… or in capsule form. But you may not want to rush out and buy lemon balm. Because other herbs can add to the effect.
Going for Maximum Benefit
Lemon balm is great. But when you combine it with another herb, the results can be downright dramatic.
Do you want to sleep better and longer? Consider combining lemon balm with valerian. Why? I’m glad you asked.
Valerian has an effect that perfectly complements lemon balm.
As we saw, studies show lemon balm blocks the activity of the enzyme – GABA-T – that breaks down GABA. Valerian works in a different way.
Studies show this time-tested herb enhances the activity of GAD – glutamic acid decarboxylase – the enzyme that breaks down glutamate.
Remember how glutamate is your brain’s #1 excitatory NTM? Well, studies show valerian can block GAD activity by 40%.5
Lemon balm and valerian are a perfect complement. One boosts the effects of your brain’s calming NTM… the other blocks the effects of your brain’s exciting NTM. Could there be any better combination to promote deep, peaceful sleep?
Actually, yes, there could. But it features the combination of GABA to boost your natural supply… lemon balm to block the breakdown of GABA… and valerian to enhance the breakdown of the excitatory NTM glutamate.
To deliver the maximum possible benefit DeltaSom 22 potent sleep enhancers. Including melatonin, your body’s key sleep-enhancing hormone.
But that’s just for starters.
A Simple Answer to a Complex Question
Sleep is a complex process. And a lack of sleep is a complex problem.
For some people, GABA may be the answer. For others, it may be a little “extra” melatonin. Still others may need a combination of nutrients we haven’t even discussed.
Some studies show valerian and hops work well to boost sleep. Others find passion flower is effective. Still others find stress is a major cause of sleeplessness. Which may mean B vitamins are a good answer.
Lemon balm and valerian are proven to ease anxious feelings7 – which could keep you up at night. Heck… Studies show lemon balm alone may help up to 85% of people with sleep problems.8
We’ve designed DeltaSom to address all these possibilities… and more.
With 22 proven natural sleep-enhancers, DeltaSom may be the most advanced sleep formula available.
And you can try it with absolutely no risk.
Don’t Lose Sleep Over Lost Sleep
One problem you’ll encounter with most sleep formulas is a short guarantee.
30 days – even 60 days – isn’t enough to reach a conclusion after years of poor sleep. You need a satisfaction guarantee that gives you enough time to really make up your mind.
That’s why Best Life Herbals offers a full-year satisfaction guarantee. We promise you’ll love DeltaSom… or we’ll buy it back. Up to a full year after you order.
Here’s why we can offer this “crazy” satisfaction guarantee...
We make our formulas as effective as possible… because we use them ourselves. So do many of our friends and family members. By the time you see one of our formulas, there’s a good chance one of us – or someone we love – has already proven that formula to themselves.
And DeltaSom is no exception. We’ve seen the results. We know how powerful this formula really is. That’s why we can offer our full-year satisfaction guarantee.
But don’t take my word for it. Try DeltaSom today. You have nothing to lose. But a whole new world to gain.
Getting older doesn’t have to mean poor sleep… and all the hassles and health problems that can entail. Discover how DeltaSom can revitalize your life today.
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. They are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure any disease.
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8 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,” Mediterranean Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism. Dec 2011; 4(3): 211–218.