I hate alarm clocks. And now there is one more reason to hit the snooze button: Your brain rebuilds itself ONLY while you sleep! So next time you arrive late for work, tell you boss that you were simply in the middle of training your brain in order to perform at your peak.
If you are having difficulties sleeping then you are deficient in one of those neurotransmitters that are responsible for keeping you calm and collected: GABA and serotonin.
Serotonin – the secret to getting a good night’s sleep
Especially, serotonin deficiency is common for anyone who suffers from insomnia. A stable brain serotonin level is not only responsible for stable sleep, but it is also associated with a positive mood state. It appears that women have a greater sensitivity than men to changes in this brain chemical. Mood swings during the menstrual cycle and menopause are thought to be caused by hormonal changes that influence the production of serotonin. Lack of serotonin makes us crave carbs like crazy – it has nothing to do with willpower, but all about lack of brainpower. Humans are hedonistic beings and we are going to eat what makes us feel good. When we binge on junk food it is a sign that we are undernourished – we are self-medicating on foods to make up for a brain chemical deficiency!
So now you know why you can’t sleep – now what?
Dr. Eric Braverman MD specializes in treating THE CAUSE rather than simply managing the symptoms, which means that getting sound sleep is NOT treated by popping a sleeping pill, because it does not treat the cause of why you are unable to sleep (being your brain), but only the symptoms. Yes, it makes you fall asleep, but the side effects of these types of sleeping aids are vast and they deplete your body in specific nutrients needed for optimal mental and physical health! You can read more about the power of nutrients in Dr. Eric Braverman MD’s bestseller The Healing Nutrients Within.
The power supplements you need to increase serotonin!
What you need is to increase the level of tryptophan in your brain in order to produce serotonin. L-tryptophan is an essential amino acid; meaning your body can not produce it, you must obtain it from your diet. However, increasing serotonin is not as simple as eating more tryptophan rich foods. Tryptophan is a large molecule that competes with smaller amino acid molecules for absorption over the blood-brain barrier. Also, a range of cofactor nutrients are needed in order for the body to synthesize tryptophan into melatonin and serotonin. Understanding how complex our biochemistry is and what we need to supply our bodies with for optimal functioning is key for a successful treatment approach. Dr. Eric Braverman MD has based on this knowledge developed the cutting-edge formula BRAIN MOOD. This supplement contains everything your brain needs to optimize its serotonin levels and to improve your mood and sleep. For max efficacy you should be taking BRAIN MOOD together with L-tryptophan and Niacin.
Reference: Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2010 Mar;34(3):387-407. Epub 2009 Aug 26
Eric R. Braverman, M.D.
Dr. Braverman is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. He is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.