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Has anyone been waking up during the night and struggling to sleep again?

If so, you may need to work on your calming neurotransmitter called Gamma amino-butyric acid OR GABA.

GABA is the human brain’s main inhibitory neurotransmitter. This non-protein amino acid neurotransmitter balances out excitatory neurotransmitters like glutamine to help get the body into a calm state.

Our brains are filled with GABA receptors. When activated, these receptors trigger a chain reaction that reduces neural firing and brain cell activity. GABA interaction with its receptors increases the threshold for cells to become reactive. It relaxes the cells and inhibits reactivity. When this happens, our stress response dulls, our brains quiet down, and we slip into rest and relaxation mode. Exercising, eating a healthy diet, and practicing relaxation techniques are all ways to support healthy GABA levels in the body naturally.

While endogenous (naturally produced) GABA is more effective at activating inhibitory brain receptors, there is promising evidence that supplemental GABA can also cross the blood-brain barrier and contribute to a relaxation response, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep. Some individuals are naturally blocked on their GABRA receptor making it hard to produce GABA.

Lemon Balm tea and L-theanine found in green tea, help activate GABA. It is also found as a supplement, but consider working on lifestyle and diet before supplementation and/or having a genetic overview done to examine yout GABRA gene.

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