The Importance of Sleep and ATP’s Optisom

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Sleep has a dramatic impact your entire body.  It’s during sleep that your body recovers from exercise, repairs itself and grows new muscle tissue. Your body increases its output of growth hormone during sleep which is why sleep is anabolic.

Sleeping also replenishes critical neurotransmitters that you need to build and condition your body safely and effectively. Some of these neurotransmitters include dopamine, adrenalin, noradrenalin, acetylcholine and more.

Neurotransmitters are responsible for focus, attention, motivation, overall energy levels and muscular contractions. These chemicals are depleted by hard training and everyday activities. Only sleeping allows your body to repair itself and replenish the chemicals that are needed for you to get best results.

Sleeping is important for your immune system, your mental health and for the millions of processes that occur daily within your body . If you don’t get enough sleep your body will not function optimally, your health will decline, and your results will suffer.

Sleep deprivation – aka not getting enough sleep – is the single best way to ruin your health and to create a state of catabolism (muscle wasting) . Sleep deprivation has been linked to many health problems including depression, reduced immunity and heart problems.

When it comes to building muscle, sleep deprivation is especially destructive because depriving our body of the sleep that it needs reduces the amount of recovery time provided for repair and growth.

By not getting adequate amounts of sleep you trigger a rise in system-wide inflammation, an increase in cortisol levels, onset of catabolism or muscle wasting and an increase of body fat.

TRUTH BOMB: sleep deprivation magnifies the stressful impact of exercise upon your body and puts you at risk for overtraining. You unintentionally cause the opposite result of your intentions. Instead of gains you experience loss and other negative repercussions such as injuries.

Maximizing the anabolic potential of sleep is best accomplished by:

#1 Practice of Good Sleep Hygiene

In addition, good sleep hygiene practices include:

Avoid napping during the day. It can disturb the normal pattern of sleep and wakefulness.

Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol too close to bedtime. While alcohol is well known to speed the onset of sleep, it disrupts sleep in the second half as the body begins to metabolize the alcohol, causing arousal.

Exercise can promote good sleep. Vigorous exercise should be taken in the morning or late afternoon. A relaxing exercise, like yoga, can be done before bed to help initiate a restful night’s sleep.

Food can be disruptive right before sleep.  Stay away from large meals close to bedtime. Also dietary changes can cause sleep problems, if someone is struggling with a sleep problem, it’s not a good time to start experimenting with spicy dishes. And, remember, chocolate has caffeine!

Ensure adequate exposure to natural light. This is particularly important for older people who may not venture outside as frequently as children and adults. Light exposure helps maintain a healthy sleep-wake cycle.

Establish a regular relaxing bedtime routine. Try to avoid emotionally upsetting conversations and activities before trying to go to sleep. Don’t dwell on, or bring your problems to bed.

Associate your bed with sleep. It’s not a good idea to use your bed to watch TV, listen to the radio, or read.

#2 Using Effective Supplements

Supplementation plays a huge role in maximizing the anabolic potential of sleep. Some supplements help you to fall asleep more easily, and others maximize the anabolic potential of sleep while you are sleeping.

I have loved the addition of Optisom into my supplement regime.  The unique combination and ratios of the ingredients have made my sleep deep and restorative the way it is intended to be.

GABA-reduces anxiety, improves mood, and facilitates deep sleep.

L-Theanine-has calming and relaxing properties and contributes to the regulation of dopamine, GABA, and serotonin levels.

Valerian-valerian calms the nervous system in general. It is also effective for headaches, digestive problems, and other problems caused by nervous tension or stress

Passion flower-Traditionally used for its relaxing, calming, and stress-relieving properties, it has well-recognized effects on nervousness and sleep disturbances. It promotes muscle relaxation and makes it possible to achieve restorative sleep.

Hops- Reduces sleep disturbances, anxiety, and nervous agitation. Both the Commission E and the ECSOP have approved the use of hops strobiles to combat agitation, anxiety, and sleep disturbances.

Camomile- Reduces agitation and insomnia related to nervousness. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of camomile to calm nervous agitation as well as the minor insomnia that often accompanies it.

Melatonin-Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal .  The secretion of melatonin is inhibited in the presence of light and is stimulated in darkness. Melatonin synchronizes our biological clock and dictates changes in our metabolic activity. Furthermore, melatonin exercises an anti-stress effect, facilitates nocturnal recovery, stimulates the immune system, and with its antioxidant action, protects the body against free radicals. Disruption in the production of melatonin can cause sleep disturbances, sluggishness, and mood disorders. The body must recharge its melatonin levels to experience restorative sleep.

Magnesium Bisglycinate- Involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions, magnesium is an indispensable mineral for physiological and emotional balance.   A high stress level can lead to a daily loss of up to 200 mg, whereas our daily dietary intake is generally already deficient…

Thus, an important magnesium deficiency can have highly negative consequences such as depression and anxiety, hyperactivity, allergic hypersensitivity, diabetes, muscular spasms, tremors, cramps, cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure or osteoporosis.

Furthermore, a magnesium deficiency, which can be a direct consequence of a high stress level, is unfortunately linked to a decreased resistance to stress. It can also lead to a generalized state of nervousness, anxiety, and depression.

The elemental for Bisglycinate is a  chelated form which improves sensitivity to the magnesium’s bioavailability.

Vitamin B6 (P5P)-Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) aids the metabolism of amino acids and carbohydrates. It also helps maintain a healthy nervous system, participates in the synthesis of red blood cells, and can alleviate anxiety and depression symptoms. Furthermore, it helps reduce pain and inflammation associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.

For an in depth look at the key ingredients in Optisom and the rest of the supplement line please go to atp-lab.com .

 

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