Getting enough quality sleep is unquestionably one of the most important things you can do for optimal health.
It’s as critical as the food you eat, and even more essential than exercise.
But, for many, sleep doesn’t always come easily.
History is full of colorful characters who reported occasional sleep issues. Marilyn Monroe, Abraham Lincoln, William Shakespeare and artist Henri Matisse all found it difficult to sleep on occasion. Winston Churchill supposedly kept two beds – when he couldn’t nod off in one, he tried the other.
You need deep, restful sleep to help your body repair itself from daily stresses. You need it for your immune and heart health, and to resist disease.
Sleep plays a major role in your brain health, mood and cognition. Toxins build up in your brain during waking hours, and are flushed away during deep stages of sleep.
Insufficient or poor sleep takes a toll on your entire body, and the longer sleep deprivation continues, the greater the potential threat to your overall well-being.
Poor sleep doesn’t need to be a way of life for you. We’ve come a long way since Churchill’s time.
If you have trouble sleeping on occasion, there are mind-body techniques that can help you settle in for a comfortable night of sleep. And there are nutrients that can help you relax – both physically and mentally – to make it easier to drift off into deep slumber.
Why You May Not Be Sleeping as Well as You Should
12 Steps to a Good Night’s Sleep
- Expose yourself to 30 to 60 minutes of bright outdoor light during the morning or mid-day.
- Avoid eating at least three hours before bedtime.
- Caffeine stays in your system for up to eight hours, so don’t consume it late in the day.
- Limit alcohol as it may make you drowsy at first, but it disrupts sleep during the night.
- Minimize bright artificial lighting after sunset.
- Avoid the use of electronics (and TV) two hours before bedtime.
- Maintain a consistent bedtime, seven days a week.
- Avoid long naps in the afternoon.
- Sleep in complete darkness using blackout shades or drapes.
- Maintain your bedroom temperature at 70º F or below.
- Eliminate electric and EMFs in your bedroom (see my book EMF*D for effective strategies).
- Establish a relaxing bedtime routine, which could include deep breathing, mediation, a hot bath or shower, and aromatherapy.
The National Sleep Foundation estimates that approximately 30% of the general population reports issues with getting adequate quality sleep.
There are many factors involved with poor sleep, some medical and some environmental:
- Unhealthy sleep habits
- Too much wake drive or too little sleep drive in your brain
- Issues such as allergies, pain, gastric reflux or neurological conditions
- Underlying sleep disorder
- Stress, worry or tension
- Poor sleep environment
Sleep patterns typically change with aging, leading to occasional difficulties falling asleep and staying asleep. Older individuals spend less of their total sleeping time in deep, restorative sleep.
As a first step, I recommend checking your sleep environment for obstacles that may be keeping you awake or disrupting your sleep. I’ve provided 12 tips to help you eliminate potential causes for occasional sleeplessness.
If you have difficulty sleeping on a regular basis, check with your health care practitioner to rule out any underlying medical issues or sleep disorders.
Once you’ve identified and corrected poor sleep habits or a disruptive sleep environment, and ruled out any underlying medical issues, you can explore options to help you get a good night’s rest.
For some, anxiety, along with tension and stress, can make it difficult to sleep. The more often you can’t fall asleep and stay asleep, the worse the cycle can become.
One effective fix for sleeping issues is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). EFT can help balance your body’s bioenergy system and resolve emotional stresses at a deep level.
The CannaCalm™ Way to a Peaceful Night’s Slumber
Optimizing your melatonin levels is an important option for supporting restful sleep, ideally through exposure to bright sunlight during the daytime and complete darkness at night.
Melatonin levels gradually decline as you age, leading to less efficient sleep and disruption of your body’s circadian rhythms. Supplementing with oral melatonin can help. To help maintain optimal levels, I take our melatonin supplement every night.
However, many people can also use help unwinding from their busy, hectic lifestyles.
Multi-tasking, working more than one job, and caring for parents and children can be stressful and take its toll on your energy and ability to ‘let go’ at bedtime.
Also affecting your sleep are the electromagnetic fields, or EMFs, inside your home. Low frequency EMFs from power plants, electric wiring and cell phones excite the cortical region of your brain, which makes it harder to relax into sleep. In my book, EMF*D, I provide strategies for minimizing your exposure to help improve your sleep.
To help promote a state of relaxation and calm for you to get more restful sleep, we formulated CannaCalm™, a powdered blend that, when mixed with water, creates a delightful, restorative fizzy citrus drink.
This unique, relaxing blend contains four proven ingredients, including:
- Organic Hemp (Whole Plant) Oil Concentrate
- Magnesium (the perfect blend of L-Threonate, Malate, and Citrate)
- Potassium ( from Citrate and Bicarbonate)
Let’s take a closer look at the first of these ingredients – Organic Whole Plant Hemp Oil Concentrate – and how it affects sleep.
How Your Endocannabinoid System Influences Your Sleep
Most people have never heard of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). However, that’s about to change as scientists learn more about its powerful impact on health.
While it’s a relatively new discovery, it may be the most important physiological system in your body. Your ECS appears to play a major role in your overall health by maintaining constant communication with every organ system in your body.
An easy way to visualize this unique system is to think of an orchestra. Your organs are the orchestra and the conductor is your ECS.
Your ECS and organ systems communicate with each other through messenger molecules called endocannabinoids. As part of your ECS, your body produces two types of endocannabinoids: anandamide and 2-AG.
Anandamide and 2-AG are transported into your cells through special doorways, or receptors, on every cell that accepts them.
Researchers have mapped out ECS receptors in the human body. To even their astonishment, they’ve discovered more than 1,000 in total!
These receptors are located largely on nerve cells in your brain and spinal cord, but you can also find them in your organs and tissues, such as your spleen, blood cells, and gastrointestinal and urinary tracts.
So, how does your ECS influence your sleep?
Anandamide and 2-AG activate receptors associated with regulating sleep and sleep cycling, so your ECS helps regulate your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.
These endocannabinoids are located in the parts of your brain that control rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep, the important sleep stage where dreaming occurs, as well as waking states.
As you age, your body becomes less efficient at producing anandamide and 2-AG. Studies also show that a lack of normal sleep can lead to dysregulation within your ECS. This may help explain why older individuals can experience occasional sleep issues more often, and why disrupted sleep appears to grow worse.
Why Whole Hemp Oil Concentrate’s Diverse Array of Phytocannabinoids and Terpenes May Help You Sleep
By supporting your ECS receptors, you can help support healthy sleep stages.
How do you do that?
Your endogenous cannabinoids – 2-AG and anandamide – resemble the cannabinoids found in cannabis or hemp. Whole hemp oil concentrate contains many different phytocannabinoids and terpenes that support the healthy function of your endocannabinoid system.
By using whole hemp oil, you benefit from the synergistic properties of the plant. The sum of all parts of a plant is much greater than a single, isolated component. Plus, isolates from plants rarely have the same degree of activity as the whole plant.
In addition to its many types of phytocannabinoids, hemp also contains a diverse array of terpenes, active compounds that give plants their taste and smell.
Herbalists believe the terpenes in hemp are thought to interact synergistically with its phytocannabinoids to create an “entourage effect” that enhances the healthful effects of each individual component.
While the hemp plant may be related to marijuana, it doesn’t contain marijuana’s abundant THC. Hemp oil doesn’t make you “high.”
Many experts believe your endocannabinoid system needs the full array of phytocannabinoids and terpenes provided in whole hemp to function effectively. There’s no question that both anandamide and 2-AG are essential for your physical, cognitive and emotional health, including sleep.
Our CannaCalm™ contains organic hemp whole plant oil concentrate with standardized quantities of total phytocannabinoids. Each serving of CannaCalm™ provides organic hemp oil concentrate with 5 mg total phytocannabinoids.
You can’t be too careful when buying hemp oil... Because there are currently few controls for growing and processing hemp in the U.S., Certified Organic is your only assurance that traces of herbicides and pesticides aren’t present in the finished product.
The Organic Hemp Oil Concentrate in CannaCalm™ contains USDA Certified Organic hemp extract and hemp seed oil to ensure the product is free from potentially hazardous pesticides and herbicides.
This Little-Known Amino Acid Plays a Big Role in Promoting Deep, Restful Sleep*
Glycine, or 2-Aminoacetic Acid, is an amino acid that your body produces. Plus, you get it from food, mostly high-protein foods. This tiny, yet vitally important amino acid influences your heart, brain, digestion, blood sugar levels, immune function, and vascular and metabolic health in many ways.*
Functioning as a neurotransmitter, glycine can stimulate or calm your brain and nervous system activity. It affects your cognition, mood and appetite.*
Glycine influences your sleep by helping your body make serotonin, one of your primary sleep and mood hormones.
Your body uses serotonin to make melatonin, which supports healthy sleep patterns. At higher levels, glycine may:
- Improve sleep quality and promote deep, restful sleep.*
- Increase your sleep efficiency.*
- Help you fall asleep faster.*
Another way glycine affects your sleep is by lowering your body temperature. When your body is cooler, you fall asleep more quickly.
Studies show glycine allows you to spend more time in REM sleep and move more quickly into deep sleep.
Not only does glycine support healthy sleep at night, it promotes memory and learning during the day. Supplemental glycine supports daytime cognitive function and may improve memory and attention.*
Glycine’s Promising Role for Your Cellular Repair and Overall Health
Another reason for adding glycine to CannaCalm™ was to reap its potential benefits for repairing cellular damage caused by the stressors you’re exposed to every day, including cellphone radiation and other EMFs.*
Your body’s cellular repair and normal cellular detoxification processes peak while you’re asleep at night. Your brain shrinks in size during deep stages of sleep to allow accumulated wastes to be flushed away.
As you know, cellular oxidative damage and inflammation are primary drivers of chronic disease.
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) is a coenzyme that supplies electrons and plays an important role in many biological processes in your body. It’s involved in energy metabolism, immune function and cellular health.
A metabolic enzyme called NADPH oxidase, or NOX, is activated in conditions that generate a great deal of oxidative stress. NOX is a major source of damaging reactive oxygen species (ROS).
By inhibiting NOX, you can increase NADPH and your cell’s ability to counter oxidative stress for optimal health.
NADPH increases your body’s levels of antioxidants and helps protect your immune system and your tissues and cells against damaging oxidative stress. For your body to produce glutathione, a vital antioxidant, it requires NADPH.
Without sufficient amounts of NADPH, your body cannot recharge glutathione once it becomes oxidized. As you know, glutathione is crucial for your body’s normal detoxification processes.
Glycine increases NADPH levels by inhibiting the NOX enzyme that breaks it down, so it plays a key role in cellular repair and lowering oxidative stress and ROS.*
I believe glycine holds great promise as a simple and inexpensive aid for protecting your cells. It’s also been shown to support the removal of glyphosate from your tissues. I personally take it twice a day.*
With 1.3 g of glycine in each serving of CannaCalm™, you get a daily source of one of the most valuable substances for supporting your cell health and much more.*
Magnesium: Nature’s Tonic for Calm and Relaxation*
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body and is involved in more than 600 enzymatic reactions. It’s used by every cell and organ for their proper functioning.
It’s essential for bone, brain, heart and muscle health. Magnesium is also important for sleep and your nervous system. Research shows it may help reverse the sleep pattern changes that can occur with aging and promote greater amounts of deep sleep in older adults.*
To fall asleep and stay asleep, you must be relaxed and your brain must be quiet. Magnesium helps create a feeling of calm and relaxation by supporting your parasympathetic nervous system activity.*
By promoting a proper balance between your sympathetic – your fight or flight response – and your parasympathetic nervous systems, you’re better able to relax.
Magnesium and your body’s biological clock are intricately intertwined. It influences your sleep by:
- Regulating neurotransmitters, which send signals throughout your nervous system and brain.
- Regulating your body’s melatonin, which directs sleep-wake cycles in your body.
- Maintaining health levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that reduces excess brain activity and promotes relaxation and sleep.
- Binding GABA receptors to help quiet down nerve activity.
- Blocking more excitable molecules from binding to nerve cells, or neurons, to help calm your nervous system.
Not surprisingly, some of the signs of magnesium deficiency include restlessness, irritability, lack of concentration and inability to fall asleep.
The Ideal Magnesium Complex for Promoting Deep Sleep
As important as magnesium is for rest and relaxation, experts believe up to 80% of Americans are not getting enough of this nutrient.
Certain groups are at a higher risk of magnesium deficiency:
- Those with digestive conditions where they can’t properly absorb vitamins and minerals
- Diabetics and those with insulin resistance (they may have excess magnesium loss)
- Older adults due to lower magnesium intake from foods and reduced ability to absorb it, especially women
- Heavy consumers of alcohol
Our CannaCalm™ contains what I consider the ideal complex of three different types of magnesium for promoting calm, relaxation and deep sleep:*
- Magnesium L-Threonate – A chelated form of magnesium with L-Threonate, an amino acid that plays an important role in your brain health (it transports magnesium to your brain). It has greater absorption potential and supports normal detoxification processes, energy production and cellular health without softening stools.*
- Magnesium Malate – A compound made by combining magnesium with malic acid, a substance naturally found in fruits, that may offer increased absorption potential. It promotes comfortable movement as well as muscle and nerve health.*
- Magnesium Citrate – This calming form of magnesium is bonded to citric acid, which increases the rate of absorption. It promotes mental and muscle relaxation, especially at nighttime.*
Each 8 g serving of CannaCalm™ provides 420 mg of magnesium, 100% of the Recommended Daily Intake from three highly absorbable sources. You not only get tremendous support for calm and restful sleep, you’re also providing your body and brain with the magnesium it needs for healthy functioning.*
A Real Workhorse for Your Nervous System - Potassium
Both a mineral and an electrolyte, potassium is essential for the proper functioning of your cells, tissues and organs. Working in synergy with magnesium, potassium plays a vital role in your:
- Heart health*
- Healthy normal blood pressure*
- Brain vascular health*
- Digestive processes*
- Bone health*
- Muscular function*
- Energy production*
Potassium is important in the transmission of nerve impulses in your brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system.
Low levels of potassium can lead to mental fatigue, stress and feelings of anxiety.
While potassium is found in many common foods, only about 2% of adults in the U.S. get the recommended daily amount.
Potassium and sodium must be maintained in proper balance for maintaining healthy blood pressure. If you eat a lot of salt or processed foods, or don’t get enough fresh, whole foods, you likely need more potassium.
Other people at risk of low potassium are those with chronic malabsorption syndromes or those taking heart medications.
The potassium in CannaCalm™ comes from my two preferred forms – potassium citrate and potassium bicarbonate. Potassium citrate is the form naturally found in fruits and vegetables. This form is especially valuable for promoting bone health.*
Potassium bicarbonate is harder to find, but it’s one of my favorite forms of potassium. The bicarbonate form is a part of the Krebs’s cycle for producing ATP, or your body’s form of energy.
A study showed potassium may be helpful in promoting sleep quality throughout the night with fewer awakenings.
Get the Restful, Restorative Sleep You Deserve Each Night with Our CannaCalm™ with Organic Hemp Oil, Glycine, Magnesium and Potassium*
There’s no question... You need quality, restful sleep to help your body repair itself from daily stresses. You need it for your immune and heart health, and to resist disease.
Deep sleep plays a major role in your brain health, mood and cognition, too. Toxins build up in your brain during waking hours, and are flushed away during deep stages of sleep.
Poor sleep doesn’t need to be a way of life for you. If you experience occasional issues with not getting the rejuvenating sleep you need each night, CannaCalm™ may help.*
There’s nothing like CannaCalm™ with its unique formula of Organic Whole Hemp Oil Concentrate, Glycine, Magnesium and Potassium. Working together, these ingredients can help you get the quality sleep you deserve.*
I invite you to try it and see the difference it can make in your sleep. Your purchase is guaranteed with my Money Back Guarantee so there’s nothing to lose and plenty to gain. If you are not fully satisfied, you can return the unused portion for your money back (please see full return policy details below).
Order CannaCalm™ today, and start enjoying a whole new way of experiencing calm and the deep restful slumber of days’ past.*