Supplements are recommended by a host of health experts these days to help with conditions from joint pain to bloating.
Research has also demonstrated how supplements can help when it comes to sleep deprivation.
If sleepless nights happen on a regular basis you can be at increased risk of serious medical conditions such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
The supplement recommended for sleep is B6, which is also known as pyridoxine.
Holland & Barrett says: “It’s well known that B vitamins play an important role in supporting our nervous system.
“Vitamin B6 benefits the body by converting the amino acid tryptophan into serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate levels of the sleep hormone melatonin.
“Research by the University of Adelaide in 2018 supports a link between B6 and a good night’s rest. Those who took a supplement before bed reported better quality of sleep and feeling more refreshed on waking.
“The fact that the vitamin also appear to ease anxiety and irritability in women with premenstrual syndrome further suggests a calming effect on the body.”
Vitamin B6 can’t be stored in the body, and stress, smoking d drinking alcohol can affect how much is absorbed. So it’s important to make sure you get enough every day.
The high street health shop advises that good sources of B6 include:
- Nuts and seeds
- Cottage cheese
Vitamin B6 in supplement form can also be taken to help keep levels topped up.
Adding more tryptophan and calcium supplements to your diet may help to boost your sleep cycle, revealed Ryvita and nutritionist Rob Hobson.
Tryptophan is an amino acid that helps to make melatonin in the brain.
Melatonin is responsible for controlling the sleep-wake cycle – the amount of time you should be awake or asleep.
Calcium helps the brain to produce the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, just like tryptophan and vitamin B6.
Published at Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:50:00 +0000