Alright, I’m especially excited for today’s product review. If any of y’all know me, you know I have such trouble sleeping. Although I’m not sure of the exact cause, I’d attribute my lack of slumber to extreme and constant anxiety/stress, with just a dash of medication side effects. I’m not joking when I say I hadn’t had a full night’s sleep since last year – until I started using this product.
Som Sleep x Walmart
Soooo, let’s talk Som Sleep. This is a drug free, non-habit forming, low calorie, vegan, dairy-free, preservative-free, sugar-free, gluten and allergen-free, artificial color and flavor-free drink that aids in getting you a better night’s sleep (I’m out of breath just from typing that). You basically drink one can about 30 minutes before calling it a night. The drink has nutritional support for biosynthesis with magnesium and vitamin B6, relaxation promotion through L-Theanine and GABA, and melatonin to help you maintain a normal, consistent sleep schedule.
Let’s go through each of these ingredients, since I personally wasn’t too sure what any of that jargon meant except for B6 and melatonin.
Magnesium is known for many health benefits, some of which being inflammation fighting, relieving constipation and lowering blood pressure. It’s a mineral that’s found naturally in a ton of the foods we eat, and it’s necessary for overall health.
Magnesium is great for sleep because helps your body and brain relax. It regulates the neurotransmitters throughout your nervous system and your brain, as well as melatonin (which I’ll get to in a quick second). It also binds GABA receptors, or gamma-aminobutyric acid (what a mouthful). GABA is basically responsible for quieting down your nerve activity before hitting the hay.
Apart from helping prepare your mind and body for sleep, it also helps you get quality sleep once it does come. Magnesium also can help alleviate anxiety (HELLO) and depression, which are two common mood disorders known to cause sleep problems.
This information is from Healthline. Read the full article here.
A lack of this vitamin in your diet has often been linked to symptoms of insomnia and depression. B6 aids in the production of melatonin and serotonin, “both of which are important to sound, restful sleep, and also to mood. There’s a strong correlation between depression and sleep problems” (The Sleep Doctor). The University of Adelaide found that B6 and a good night’s sleep were heavily linked, and most people that took the vitamin before bed reported waking up feeling more refreshed.
If you’re stressed (or you smoke, which I’m going to go ahead and assume you’re not), it can impact how much of Vitamin B6 is actually being stored in your body. You can get B6 naturally through foods like bananas, nuts and seeds, cottage cheese, eggs and chickpeas.
This information is from LiveStrong. Read the full article here.
This is actually a supplement that I started taking ahead of my LSAT a few months ago. L-theanine is an amino acid that is found in tea leaves, and it’s known for boosting levels of GABA and lowering levels of “excitatory” brain chemicals, making you feel more calm. L-Theanine is known for improving sleep because it increases relaxation and lowers stress. This supplement also reduces anxiety because it is classified as an anxiolytic. It also helps with enhancing your attention, focus, memory and learning, which is why I started taking it ahead of my LSAT.
This information is from The Sleep Doctor. To read the full article, click here.
Melatonin is a pretty common one when it comes to sleeping supplements. Because your body already produces it naturally, it’s seen as a safe alternative to sleeping medications. It’s great for jet lag and people who just have trouble falling asleep in general. I personally have a problem waking up too early instead of not being able to fall asleep, usually rising at around 3 a.m. (I know, it’s awful). Melatonin can help with this, too.
Studies have proven melatonin supplements aid with sleep. To see the full study, click here.
When it comes down to it, I’ve tried all of these vitamins separately to aid in my sleep quality. And to be completely honest, they haven’t worked that well for me. I still constantly wake up in the middle of the night, sometimes as early as 2 a.m., and can’t get back to sleep until 5 or 6 in the morning. While using this product, I did experience the drowsiness and relaxation that it provides when I was going to sleep. However, it didn’t really help me continue to sleep throughout the entire night. I’m going to try some other methods like switching my medication to a morning time routine instead of night time, as well as getting back on a consistent exercising regime. I will update you all as I go, though!
So, if you have trouble getting to sleep, I’d highly recommend trying this out! And remember, everyone is different when it comes to which supplements work best for them because of their diets and habits. Next time you’re at Walmart, just give it a go! You can find the pack of 4 in the back of the store, towards the chip and soda aisle.
I just wanted to say a big thank you to Som Sleep for sponsoring this post!
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