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The Best Sleep Gummies With & Without Melatonin 2021

Sleep is a fundamental part of the human experience, making up an average of a third of our lives. Unfortunately though many people are finding it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. This means that a substantial amount of people are spending a third of their life doing something very poorly and not receiving the full benefits that could be afforded to them through that time. 


Do you find yourself tossing and turning, staring at the ceiling, getting up and lying down time and time again? Not being able to sleep is exhausting and irritating. 


After a poor night of sleep you can be sluggish and irritable, hindering your work performance and maybe even your relationships too. 


Turning sleep from a chore into your body’s best rebalancing tool all comes down to sleep quality, and one of the best ways that you can turn your sleep to the function it was meant to be is through the power of sleep gummies!

Why Gummies?

If you have ever worked with a tradesman then you know they have a bunch of tools. Each tool has a specific use case down to the specifics. 


For instance, you would never see a plumber soldering pipe with a screwdriver. You wouldn’t expect them to use a half inch wrench for a three-quarters inch nut; it does not fit the use case.


Supplement forms are the same way. Capsules are important for probiotics since they need to avoid digestion for a bit. Softgels are best when taking fats or fat soluble products like omega-3. And, gummies are the best for stress relief and quick absorption.


Here are some ways that gummies can maximize stress reduction and absorption purley because they are in a gummy form:

  • Ease of Use - One study estimates that 40% of the adult population struggles with or is unable to swallow pills. Removing pill swallowing anxiety for 40% of adults is a great way to help them get ready for sleep.
  • Quick Digestion - One study that compared the effects of B and E vitamins taken in different forms found that the peak absorption for the gummy vitamins was nearly two hours earlier than for tablets. The researchers attributed this difference to the simple act of earlier digestion - chewing. 
  • Splash of Dopamine - The very act of chewing activates the dopaminergic system of the brain, which suppresses stress-induced anxiousness.
  • Taste Excitement - Our sleep gummies leverage the power of terpenes for ultimate relaxation through the activation endocannabinoid system, but this is also where the amazing tastes come from as well. Having a great tasting supplement that you look forward to eating can keep you consistent in doing what's best for your body and remove any supplementation related anxiety at bedtime. 


Critical Ingredients


Some of the most critical ingredients for helping you relax and have better sleep can be found below with a breakdown of their benefits.


Melatonin


Melatonin is a commonly used sleep supplement that has some power in it. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in your brain that is gradually released into the bloodstream that acts like the biological clock. 


The production of melatonin creates and follows a daily cycle called the circadian rhythm. When your body is in the presence of more light then melatonin production slows down to help your body stay awake. When your body is in the dark then there is nothing to inhibit it, and melatonin production carries on until there is too much to stay awake. 


Some people with sleep troubles or who travel a long distance may find that their circadian rhythm is all out of whack. These people can benefit from direct supplementation, while people with more mild sleep issues might find more success with a different ingredient such as...


L-Tryptophan


Tryptophan
is a amino acid commonly found in different foods such as:

  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Cheese
  • Fish
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Milk
  • Tofu and soy


L-Tryptophan can be a great addition to a sleep gummy since it can increase the levels of serotonin through increased niacin levels, helping regulate emotional wellbeing. But also, tryptophan is the precursor to important sleep neurotransmitters like melatonin. If you have normal melatonin production mechanisms, but are still struggling to sleep then maybe you are lacking the nutrients to help produce the melatonin in the first place. This is where L-tryptophan comes into play. 


Our sleep gummies come in two forms: one with melatonin and one without. Our melatonin free gummies use L-tryptophan to help support proper sleep for anyone who is struggling to sleep including those with difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, and/or feeling poorly rested. 


The gummies with melatonin are a little bit more powerful, and are helpful for those who need help to return to a normal, uninterrupted sleep pattern. For example during jet lag. They are also suitable for anyone with chronic sleep difficulties.


Adaptogens and Stress


More essential ingredients that can get you on the right track towards better sleep are adaptogens. Adaptogens help reduce stress through the power of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis
regulation


What this means is that it helps prevent stress at the source by equilibrating stimulation throughout a stress response at the neuro-endocrine level before it reaches the adrenal glands and creates excess release of the stress hormone cortisol. 


The ASYSTEM Complete Calm Blend® features a collection of adaptogens and other clinically proven ingredients including Lion’s Mane, Rhodolia, and Lemon Balm to ensure that you get these powerful stress relieving benefits in order to improve your sleep quality.

Flowers


Chamomile
and passion flower are both great ingredients that can help promote sleepiness and reduce the effects of metabolic stress. These two flowers are very rich in a chemical compound known as flavonoids. 


Flavonoids are polyphenolic compounds, meaning that they have multiple phenol groups. Phenols are the most common chemical structure that is used in the process of reducing oxidative stress, which is how your body manifests biological stress. Lower stress and more relaxation means better sleep for you.

Holy Basil

Last, but not least, on our list of critical sleep gummy ingredients is holy basil. This leaf somes from an aromatic plant that has been extensively used in indian medicine for generations. It contains flavonoids, terpenes, and other antioxidants like rosmarinic and ursolic acid. The use of holy basil has stress reducing properties, but also many other health benefits which you can check out here.

The Bottomline

Whether you are looking for a sleep supplement that has melatonin or not, we have got you covered. The wonderful ingredients that we have included in our Complete Calm Sleep Gummies are all backed by current research and optimized to give you the best night's sleep. 



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Sources:

Size, Shape, and Other Physical Attributes of Generic  Tablets and Capsules Guidance for Industry | U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

Bioequivalence Study of Two Multivitamin Formulations Containing Vitamin E and Folate in Healthy Adults | Current Developments in Nutrition

Effects of Adaptogens on the Central Nervous System and the Molecular Mechanisms Associated with Their Stress—Protective Activity | Pharmaceuticals

Flavonoids Health Benefits and Their Molecular Mechanism | Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry

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This article has been reviewed by members of our Scientific Advisory Board.

  • Dr. Jay Cowin, Nutrition Expert

    Founder of Functional U, a Nutrition, Performance & Optimal Health practice.