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Recent Breakthrough Changes Sleep Science… What You Need to Know
What if we told you we’ve had a key idea about sleep “backwards” for years? That we’ve been all wrong about the relationship between sleep and your brain? And that the latest science suggests sleep may be even more important than we imagined?
Well, that’s exactly the case with a revolutionary sleep theory. Study after study reveals this theory may have finally explained the mystery of sleep. And why sleep is so important.
You’re about to discover a different way of looking at sleep. A way that reveals sleep’s true value. And why “silencing” your brain is so important.
You’ll also discover why certain nutrients in Best Life Herbals’ DeltaSOM may be your best bet for getting the most out of sleep.
Sleep Is a Crazy Idea
Every animal has to be on guard most of – if not all – the time. They’re either a predator or potential prey. Or both. Either way, they have to be constantly on the lookout. Either to eat or avoid being eaten.
That’s why sleep doesn’t make sense. You can’t be asleep and on guard at the same time. Sleep – as doctors at the University of Wisconsin – Madison (UWM) say – is when your brain goes “offline.”
When a rabbit, or sloth, or mackerel is asleep (Yes; fish sleep.), it can’t be as aware of danger as when awake. Or react to that danger as quickly.
Yet we don’t see any animals losing the need to sleep. Some prey animals – like rats – need a lot of sleep. Up to 20 hours a day, in fact. This suggests sleep plays a more important role in animals’ lives than staying alert and on guard.
Thanks to the UWM scientists I mentioned, we now may know what’s behind the need for sleep. And it’s not what we thought it was.
What Really Drives Your Need for Sleep
We know your body does a lot of repair and rebuilding while you’re asleep. We also thought sleep was when your brain consolidates memories and strengthens neural connections.
We were right about the first part. But it turns out we had the second one all wrong.
Your body can repair itself while you’re awake… as long as you’re resting. But your brain can’t do awake what it does asleep. But, while you sleep, your brain doesn’t strengthen neural connections. It weakens them.
Sleep actually appears to be when your brain hits the “reset” button. And that’s why sleep is even more important than we thought.
It’s called the synaptic homeostasis hypothesis (SHY). Here’s what that fancy phrase means to you…
It’s All About Plasticity
Your brain is remarkable. Millions of cells all working together to keep you alive and well. Which requires learning and adapting.
Each day, your brain is bombarded with impressions. You drive down a new street… you attend a conference… you watch the evening news. Everything you do, see, and hear adds to the list. During the day, your brain gets quite a workout.
Plasticity is the ability of your brain to form and change connections between nerve cells. All the information you take in each day reinforces some connections, downplays others… and even triggers brand new ones.
We used to think these changes were “set” while we slept. But the research behind SHY suggests the “setting” occurs while we’re awake. And sleep is when our brains reset. Or go back to “start,” if you will.1
In fact, animal studies show the connections between nerves – called “synapses” – enlarge during the day. But they shrink during sleep.
SHY says this is how your brain copes. A days worth of data brings it close to overload… and sleep gives it time to unwind. According to the UWM team, this helps in two key ways.
- Up to 80% of the energy your brain uses is taken up by synapses. If they don’t “reset,” the demand for energy will quickly overwhelm your supply.
- Unnecessary connections that don’t weaken will create “noise” that interferes with important signals in your brain.
Sleep, these experts say, is the price we pay for having adaptable brains. The price of plasticity.
Which makes getting plenty of sleep is even more important than we once thought.
“Resetting” your brain allows you to face the new day with enough resources to take in the onslaught of information each day brings.
So quieting your brain at night is a key to keeping it sharp.
GABA – Nature’s “Brakes” for Your Brain
There are many types of neurotransmitter. But two overshadow all the others.
Glutamate is your brain’s top “excitatory” neurotransmitter. That is, it’s the chemical that keeps your brain humming at top capacity.
Think of it this way: Glutamate is sort of the candy of your brain. Just as candy can put a child into “overdrive,” glutamate keeps your neurons humming. When glutamate rules, your brain buzzes.
GABA is the opposite of glutamate. It slows the firing of neurons. GABA is more or less the “brakes” that slow your brain down. When GABA is in charge, your brain stops buzzing. Your thoughts slow. Your mind relaxes.
And that’s exactly what happens leading into healthy sleep. In other words, GABA is the chemical that leads your brain into reset mode. GABA slows racing thoughts and allows your brain to relax enough to drift off into sleep.
Which is why we’ve included GABA as part of the DeltaSOM formula. You need GABA to slow your brain down… ease it into a relaxed state… and allow it to reset.
In a 2006 study, Japanese doctors showed GABA eases anxious feelings and promotes calm.2
Higher levels of GABA are clearly linked to lower levels of brain activity. Which reinforces the idea that sleep is a period when your brain is at rest… and able to reset for the next busy day.
While GABA is a direct actor in this drama… another secret has a less direct effect. But that effect is no less important.
Lemon Balm Gently Relaxes Your Brain
Countless generations have used lemon balm to calm anxious feelings. Why? Because it works. But we’ve only discovered why recently.
Compounds in lemon balm block the activity of an enzyme called GABA-transaminase – or GABA-T. GABA-T breaks down GABA. By blocking GABA-T activity, lemon balm indirectly boosts your GABA levels.3 And that helps calm a racing brain.
If you’ve ever lain awake at night thinking, you’ll know how annoying it can be. If you can’t get your brain to slow down, to quiet down, sleep is nearly impossible. And our brains are running full-throttle these days.
Pressures at work, financial problems, the evening news… Sometimes, it probably seems as though the weight of the world is on your shoulders. When you feel that way, you’re not getting to sleep any time soon.
Unless you can slow your brain down. Relax it. Give those racing thoughts a breather.
In 2007, Canadian scientists tested a number of herbal extracts on enzymes that effect neurotransmitter levels. 70% of them had virtually no effect at all. But one – lemon balm extract – strongly inhibited GABA-T. It was by far the most effective herb they tested.4
If you need to give your brain a break so it can reset, that’s excellent news. Other studies suggest lemon balm can promote healthy sleep several ways…
Block Practically Everything That Interferes With Healthy Sleep
In 2014, German and Australian doctors tested foods that contained lemon balm. They published their findings in the journal Nutrients.
Doctors put either lemon balm extract or a placebo in yogurt and a drink. In both cases, subjects who got the lemon balm had a boost in mood and in mental sharpness. The placebo groups didn’t feel the same effects.5
And here’s good news if aches and pains ever keep you awake at night. In an animal study, Brazilian scientists found that lemon balm extract helps ease the sensation of pain.6
Of course, the big question is how well lemon balm helps you sleep. There’s good news on that front, too.
An international team of scientists gathered volunteers who suffered with chronic sleep problems and anxious feelings. They gave the volunteers lemon balm extract for 15 days.
95% of the volunteers had a positive response…
- 70% completely lost their anxious feelings
- 85% stopped having sleep problems
- And 70% stopped suffering from both7
That’s why lemon balm is a key part of the DeltaSOM formula.
GABA and lemon balm can help calm your racing brain. So you can sleep peacefully while your brain resets. But they’re just the beginning of the sleep enhancers in DeltaSOM.
Sleep Well Again… and Wake Up Refreshed
DeltaSOM contains 22 vitamins, minerals, and herbs specifically blended to promote sleep from every angle.
- Like melatonin to promote a natural sleep cycle
- B vitamins to help fight the effects of stress
- Passionflower extract for relaxation
- Valerian and hops to help you drift off
It’s the most complete sleep formula we’ve ever offered. So you can enjoy your best night’s sleep… night after night after night.
And wake up refreshed day after day. Fully “reset” to face the world.
Best of all, you can experience the best of restorative sleep with no risk. Because DeltaSOM comes with Best Life Herbals’ full-year satisfaction guarantee.
Simply put, we promise you’ll be thrilled with the results… or we’ll buy it back.
Even better, you can save up to 35% off the single-bottle price – and qualify for FREE shipping. With no obligations.
If you’re ready to sleep well again… to wake up refreshed… and to give your brain the essential rest it needs to reset… you owe it to yourself to check out DeltaSOM.
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, cure, prevent or diagnose any disease.
1 Land, D., “Study: Brain connections strengthen during waking hours, weaken during sleep,” University of Wisconsin – Madison. Jan 20, 2008.
2 Abdou, A.M., et al, “Relaxation and immunity enhancement effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) administration in humans,” Biofactors. 2006; 26(3): 201-208.
3 Awad, R., et al, “Bioassay-guided fractionation of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis L.) using an in vitro measure of GABA transaminase activity,” Phytother Res. Aug 2009; 23(8): 1075-1081.
4 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.
5 Scholey, A., et al, “Anti-Stress Effects of Lemon Balm-Containing Foods,” Nutrients. 2014; 6: 4805-4821.
6 Guginski, G., et al, “Mechanisms involved in the antinociception caused by ethanolic extract obtained from the leaves of Melissa officinalis (lemon balm) in mice,” Pharmacol Biochem Behav. Jul 2009; 93(1): 10-16.
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,” Mediterranean Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism. Dec 2011; 4(3): 211–218.