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Nootropics to Help With Sleep

nootropic supplements for sleepIt seems like more and more people are having trouble sleeping. This can be due to a number of factors like poor diet, lack of exercise, artificial stimulants, and other environmental factors. Sometimes, even after getting to sleep it can be difficult to achieve more restful sleep and wake up feeling refreshed. Despite all of these issues, there are things which can help. Of course, supplementation can be a wonder worker in this area. There have also been a wide variety of products, devices, and inventions that claim to help. One of these is the new Smart Alarm Clock App for the iPhone.

Description of Smart Alarm Clock App:

This is fairly advanced application designed to be downloaded onto your iPhone. The idea behind it is that it will actually analyze your sleep and then wake you up at the perfect moment, during your lightest sleep phase. This way, you will wake up feeling refreshed.

There are a lot of interesting features included with this app. One of the best is the fact that it can integrate with the Instant Heart Rate app to enable heart rate and pulse measurements when you wake as well as throughout the night. It also displays a resting heart rate graph.

Of course, you can also set a wake up alarm, so that just in case your lightest sleep phase does not occur at a very convenient time, you will still be sure to wake! There are also snooze controls in case you want those few extra minutes as well.

Analysis of Sleep Patterns:

Probably the best features of this app are related to their ability to analyze your sleep. There are a number of screens which can track everything from the time you went to bed to the duration of sleep, rise times, and even the efficiency of your sleep. Take a look at some of the statistics and measurements:

  • Bed time
  • Rise time
  • Alarm time
  • Awake, light, deep+REM percentages
  • Efficiency percentage

There is also a graph that shows how your stages of sleep progressed from awake to light sleep to deep sleep and then awake again. It will be very enlightening to examine these statistics. Seeing how your body undergoes multiple stages of sleep every night can be very valuable information.

Nootropics Can Help With Sleep:

Used in combination with appropriate supplementation, this app can be an excellent tool for tracking and monitoring your sleep. There are a number of excellent Nootropic sleep aids. All of these not only help to promote an improved ability to relax, but also produce more restful and deeper sleep. These include Phenibut, GABA, Picamilon, and L-Theanine. Give them all a try today and then look at your sleep stats again!

Phenibut: Nootropic or Not?

Phenibut nootropic supplements help with brain health.One of the beautiful things about supplements is they usually have more than one beneficial purpose. It is especially nice when the benefits of a supplement cross into the nootropic category and provide cognitive enhancement. Occasionally, there is a bit of debate as to whether or not a supplement can be considered a nootropic. A current example is Phenibut, a supplement discovered in the 1960’s with anti-anxiety and calming properties.

Phenibut is a crystallized, powdery GABA derivative that easily crosses the blood-brain barrier and, when it enters the brain, acts as a GABA receptor agonist. By acting in a similar fashion as GABA, phenibut helps carry the burden of brain chemicals that can cause stress and tension resulting in an anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effect. Since it works on the same receptor sites as certain prescription drugs, phenibut is often compared to barbiturates and other substances used for anxiety. The main difference between phenibut and these substances, is that phenibut doesn’t cause drowsiness like most popular anti-anxiety medications can. It’s included in the cosmonaut medical kit as a treatment for stress and anxiety for this exact reason. Phenibut also enhances dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is critical to daily function and helps control movement, emotions, response to rewards, and the brain’s pleasure center.

Phenibut is primarily used for the following:

  • Stress – The overall effect of phenibut on the GABA receptors help blunt the impact of stress.
  • Social Anxiety – Helps reduce tension felt around large or unfamiliar groups
  • Sleeplessness – Phenibut can have a relaxing effect and help bring on sleep in the evening
  • Mood Enhancer – Phenibut is used to enhance mood or help reduce trauma related stress

Without a doubt, phenibut has some properties that could be beneficial to most people. But does it act as a nootropic? Can it help boost cognition? Yes, evidence points to the effects of phenibut enhancing cognition:

  • Improved cross-hemisphere brain communication. Phenibut was used in an animal study to increase the amplitude of response from one side of the brain to other. A single dose of phenibut was effective in improving the response and confirmed the efficacy of phenibut as a supplement used for learning and memory.
  • More relaxed thinking. As a basis for cognitive enhancement, the reduction of stress is key. A state of stress and anxiety puts the body in position where it essentially feels unsafe. Even without adding any additional properties, reducing the amount of stress a person is under and relaxing the mind takes the brain and body out of survival mode and allows other thoughts to flow more freely.
  • Improving sleep quality. Improving sleep also has downstream cognitive benefits. Sleep gives the brain and the body enough time to rest, recover and reset, thus providing an optimal environment for focus, memory, learning and thinking.

If you’re looking to help increase calmness and also boost brain power as well, phenibut is a great supplement to test out.

Sources

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19334513
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenibut