For some people, especially those experiencing stress, it can be challenging to turn off a racing mind when were trying to fall asleep.This feeling of restlessness often means that were stuck in fight or flight, which is governed by our sympathetic nervous system. To fall asleep, we need to flip the switch to get into rest and digest state, which is governed by the parasympathetic nervous system.GABA is what we call an inhibitory neurotransmitter, meaning it is a signal in our brain that acts like a stop button. When the GABA button is pressed, we are taken out of fight or flight and put into rest and digest, so thatwe can relax and fall asleep1.The relaxation benefit we get from GABA has been shown to decrease the amount of time it takes to fall asleep and increase the duration of sleep. Boosting GABA can also be helpful for people who experience anxiety or difficulty coping with stress during the day1.Valerian is an herb that increases GABA to promote relaxation and sleep2. Valerian contains active constituents that bind to GABA receptors, triggeringthe brains stop button. This calms the body and mind to allow us to easily fall asleep.
- Valerian5 ml