Smart Drugs to Promote Restful Sleep

01/04/2014 Tags: all, guides

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We all know that a good night’s sleep can help you to feel more energised and productive throughout the next day. Sleep deprivation on the other hand can take a serious toll on your mental and physical health, and while most of us experience occasional irregularities in our sleep patterns, for some, getting restful sleep is a constant battle.

As well feeling tired and less productive following a lack of sleep, sleep deprivation on a long term basis can negatively affect the function and health of your brain. Sleep is vital for maintaining the health of neurons, particularly those that are a part of memory systems. Yet our busy modern lifestyles mean that many of us do not sleep for a sufficient amount of time every night. Due to this, it is important to ensure that you get high quality sleep in order to take full advantage of what little time you may have. Luckily, there are several kinds of smart drug that can help you to achieve restful sleep on a regular basis.

As the name may suggest, smart drugs offer a wide range of cognitive enhancing benefits from improved memory and learning, to greater alertness and even enhanced physical performance. However, a number of them also aid in promoting restful sleep, whether this be by allowing you to fall asleep quicker, remain asleep, or by improving the quality of sleep. There are a number of factors that can contribute to poor sleep, and in order to address such problems, it is a good idea to identify what these may be for you personally. Some individuals are subject to high levels of stress on a daily basis and may have trouble “switching off” at night, whereas others may have no trouble falling asleep, but do not get a sufficient amount of deep sleep. This article details the most commonly experienced problems associated with poor quality sleep, and a range of smart drug supplements that may be able to help.


Falling Asleep

Many individuals have difficulties in falling asleep at night and may struggle to get comfortable due to overactive cognitive processes. Certain smart drugs are able to correct this by increasing levels of inhibitory neurotransmitters that serve to pacify overactive neurons. Among the most effective of these supplements are Picamilon and Phenibut.

Picamilon (also known as nicotinoyl GABA) is composed of Niacin and GABA, and is broken down into these constituents in the body. The GABA component of this supplement is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter found in the body and works by counteracting excitatory action potentials (nerve impuses). This can reduce stress levels, help to switch off an overactive mind at night, and allow the user to drift off into sleep much faster.

Picamilon is sometimes stacked with other anxiolytic (anxiety reducing) smart drugs such as Phenibut. Phenibut, like Picamilon is another GABA derivative, with the addition of a phenyl ring that allows it to effectively cross the blood brain barrier. It works in much the same way, by providing increased concentrations of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA. Phenibut is also believed to modulate the production of dopamine, another powerful neurotransmitter that is linked to reduced levels of stress.


Staying Asleep

Another common problem associated with poor sleep is the inability to remain asleep. Waking up during the night is often problematic as it disrupts regular cycling through the various stages of sleep. This may lead to the individual not get enough of the right type of sleep, particularly at the deepest level known as REM sleep. Again, Phenibut is a good supplement to try in regards to this problem as it acts as an agonist for GABA. With relatively long lasting effects, this supplement is best taken immediately before bed in order to improve your ability to remain asleep during the night.

Aniracetam is another supplement that appears to possess sleep promoting properties. Similar to Piracetam, Aniracetam works by increasing the rate of Serotonin and Dopamine utilisation. Both of these neurotransmitters are known to play a key role in regulating movement, mood, relaxation, and most importantly sleep. Like the previously mentioned supplements, Aniracetam also exhibits anxiety and stress reducing properties, making it useful for treating depression as well as improving sleep. Reviews from users of Aniracetam suggest that it can dramatically improve your ability to remain asleep during the night. Some users also reported an increased amount of dream activity, suggesting that they were experiencing more REM sleep as their sleep cycles were no longer being disrupted.


Improving Sleep Quality

Even if you are able to fall asleep and remain asleep throughout the night, this does not necessarily mean you will get a good amount of high quality sleep. Some individuals may wake up feeling lethargic and unable to concentrate, as if they have only gotten a few minutes of sleep. This can occur if the individual is woken during the REM sleep stage, but is more likely a result of insufficient deep sleep during the course of the night. A number of smart drugs can help to promote deep sleep, allowing you to spend longer in the REM stage.

L-Theanine is a naturally occurring substance commonly found in several plant sources including Ilex guayusa and Camellia sinensis (the tree from which green tea is made), as well as mushroom species such as Boletus badius. It is structurally similar to L-Tryptophan, an important precursor to Serotonin, one of the neurotransmitters involved in regulating sleep-wake cycles. Studies have shown that L-Theanine can modulate alpha brain waves, which are associated with feelings of relaxation that can aid in getting more restful sleep. Interestingly, L-Theanine is thought to neutralise some of caffeine’s stimulant effects without impacting its ability to increase mental energy or burn greater amounts of fat.

You may also consider trying Huperzine A, a naturally occurring alkaloid found in Hyperzia moss species. It functions as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, and is known to significantly increase the amount of time spent in REM sleep by as much as 30%. For the best sleep promoting benefits, this supplement should be taken approximately 30 minutes before sleep. Some research also indicates that users may acquire a tolerance to this supplement meaning that it should only be used a few times per week.