Good quality, uninterrupted sleep is essential to achieving optimal health. Without it, we fall prey to a number of health problems such as increased body mass index (BMI), a decline in cognitive performance, depression and anxiety, increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, hormonal imbalances, immune system dysfunction, and even vitamin D deficiency.
Stages of Sleep
Sleep is a complex phenomenon composed of two types of sleep patterns: non-REM (also called Slow Wave Sleep) and REM. In an ideal sleep pattern, a person experiences stages of sleep in non-REM and REM phases. Slow Wave Sleep (non-REM) presents as a high voltage slow wave electroencephalographic pattern (alpha and delta waves), while REM sleep exhibits a low voltage fast wave pattern (theta wave) accompanied by eye movement. If either phase is disrupted, sleep disturbance results. Although stages of sleep accompanied by calming brainwave activity is the natural circadian rhythm, 70% of American adults report that they obtain insufficient sleep at least one night a month, and 11% report insufficient sleep every night. It is estimated that sleep-related problems affect 50 to 70 million Americans of all ages and socioeconomic classes. Because sleep deprivation is linked to increased health risk, sleeplessness has become a problem.
Alpha-Theta Ultra PM™ supplies key nutrients recognized to induce calming brainwave activity and to promote the onset and duration of high-quality sleep. This nutritional supplement includes well-researched botanicals and nutrients such as L-theanine (Suntheanine®), Baikal Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) and Passionflower (Passiflora caerulea), 5-HTP, melatonin and vitamin B6, which together help support GABA receptor function and healthy levels of serotonin and dopamine.
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