Sweet Dreams

Do you ever wake up a few minutes before your alarm is supposed to go off? And then you lay there, so annoyed and upset that your eyes decided to open 3 minutes before your alarm is set to go off. Sometimes, I quickly close my eyes and really savor those 3 minutes and pretend they won’t fly by; but they always do. On the other hand, do you ever wake up and it’s only 3:12am and you still have a couple of hours of sleep left? It’s like hitting the sleep jackpot, feels amazing. If you haven’t already guessed, I am absolutely not a morning person. If I don’t have to be awake early I will sleep in to my hearts desire. The snooze button is my best friend and probably the reason I’m chronically late everywhere I go. I remember in college I did a few grueling and miserable all-nighters. I regret them all. News flash: Nothing good comes from an all-nighter. All that information you’re cramming into your brain? Completely gone the next day. And then on top of that, you perform poorly on an exam or presentation when you’re sleep deprived. The entire concept is incredibly counterintuitive; however, you think you’re invincible when you’re in college so this thought never crossed my mind.

I find it ironic how when I was younger, I despised when it was naptime. Taking naps was the worst thing in the universe for five-year-old Anim. Now that I’m older, the days I can squeeze in a little catnap are automatically great days. The constant hustle and bustle of everyday life can be exhausting; not just physically draining, but mentally tiring as well. Sleep is vital for our bodies to function properly. Resting and regenerating your body is so important. I know when I’m immensely drowsy, my body is basically like, “Alright, if you’re not going to go to sleep than prepare to run into things and drop things, repeatedly throughout the day” I transform into a professional klutz.

Furthermore, my mood also suffers. I become crabby and impatient. I ultimately stopped doing all-nighters because the lack of sleep the following day made me hate everything. I discovered I need between five to eight hours to be my normal functioning self. Anything less than that, I become a zombie from sleep deprivation. I came up with a rule that if I get less than 5 hours of sleep, I can’t go to the gym. And if I can’t go to the gym, I’m not a happy camper. That’s my second home! Getting proper sleep is crucial in order for me to live my life, in a normal and natural manner.

On the other hand, I’ve had a couple of sleepless nights where I’ve tossed and turned and then end up staring into my phone (which definitely makes things worse) until I fall asleep. Kavinace Ultra PM by Neuroscience is helpful for those who have difficulty falling asleep. It’s handy to have around for those nights where you need help winding down. Whether I’ve had coffee a little late in the day, or have had a stressful day, or am feeling anxious, taking Kavinace relaxes and calms me down from a long day and ensures a pleasant slumber. All this talk about sleep has me yawning profusely, sweet dreams!

Why can’t I find my favorite sleep supplements?

You may have noticed that your favorite sleep supplements are no longer available to purchase. That is because some sleep supplements contain an ingredient called, phenibut or 4-amino-3-phenylbutyric acid HCl. The FDA has made a decision that phenibut or 4-amino-3-phenylbutyric acid HCl in synthetic forms is now being reclassified because it does not meet the definition of a dietary ingredient and cannot be used in dietary supplements.

Some of the popular products that contain phenibut include Kavinace and Kavinace Ultra PM by NeuroScience Inc, Phenitropic, Phenitropic PM and Phenitropic Ultra PM by Biotics Research, and Gabacore by Apex Energetics. These manufacturers intend on reformulating these products and that should take two to four months.

In the meantime, we recommend the following sleep support supplements as alternatives:

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If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to call our clinic to speak to one of our practitioners regarding this.

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