A concerning by-product of the modern day lifestyle is the rapidly decreasing importance we’re placing on the quality and length of sleep. Increased work expectations, the constant use of smartphones and a reduction in dietary nutrients are all contributing to both a decreased length and quality of sleep.
Sleep plays an essential role in our physical health and has been shown to help heal and repair the heart and blood vessels, help the function of the brain and control moods and emotions.
Valerian root is derived from valerian, a pink and white flowering plant grown across the world. Valerian root contains beneficial oils, valerenic acids and activated sesquiterpenes. These stimulated compounds are responsible for the valerian root’s ability to help calm and “massage” our bodies central nervous system.
The calming effects in valerian extract have been shown to reduce the time it takes to fall asleep, while also improving the quality of sleep. Valerian extract helps to cause sedation by increasing the level of GABA in the brain. GABA is known as an inhibitory neurotransmitter and with stimulation, can have a sedative effect. Valerian extract helps to release GABA from brain nerve endings and can also block GABA from being taken back into nerve cells. The result is a natural sedative effect that can be effective at nights when you’re trying to fall asleep. The active flow of GABA can also help to regulate nerve cells, calming anxiety in times of stress or pressure.
Valerian extract can often mimic the effect of prescription drugs without the serious side effects. If you’re struggling to achieve the length and quality of sleep you need on a daily basis, we recommended our Sleep soft gel. Our Sleep soft gel contains valerian extract and will help your body to relax and rest, promoting a higher quality of sleep.