You’re laying in bed, trying to get a good night’s sleep before your big presentation tomorrow.

No matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to shut your mind off.

You lay awake for hours, periodically glancing over at the clock to calculate the amount of sleep you’d be able to get if you fell asleep right now.

As time goes on, it gets tougher and tougher to fall asleep.

This is an all too common example of the type of insomnia modern humans experience on a monthly, weekly, or nightly basis.

Mind Calm was specifically designed to solve this problem.

It’s formulated with a series of herbal and nutritional ingredients intended to calm the mind and provide the resources it needs to initiate sleep naturally.

Here, we’ll discuss how Mind Calm works, what it’s made of, and how to get the most out of it.

The Three Types of Insomnia


Let’s start by first going over what causes insomnia, and differentiating between the three types of insomnia you may be experiencing.

Insomnia comes in many forms, but we can categorize it into three main types [1].

Although each one is different and have separate causes associated with them, Mind Calm benefits all three by regulating neurotransmitters associated with sleep (more on this later).

You lay awake for hours, periodically glancing over at the clock to calculate the amount of sleep you’d be able to get if you fell asleep right now.

As time goes on, it gets tougher and tougher to fall asleep.

This is an all too common example of the type of insomnia modern humans experience on a monthly, weekly, or nightly basis.

Mind Calm was specifically designed to solve this problem.

It’s formulated with a series of herbal and nutritional ingredients intended to calm the mind and provide the resources it needs to initiate sleep naturally.

Here, we’ll discuss how Mind Calm works, what it’s made of, and how to get the most out of it.

1. Onset Insomnia

This is the most common form of insomnia, and the main type of insomnia addressed by Mind Calm.

People with this type of insomnia find it difficult to fall asleep.

Stress and nutritional deficiencies are the primary causes for this type of insomnia.

2. Maintenance Insomnia

Unlike onset insomnia, people suffering from maintenance insomnia find it difficult to stayasleep.

There are many causes for this, but one of the most common is a dysregulated circadian sleep-cycle. The brain relaxes in the evenings on schedule, but cortisol levels spike in the middle of the night, causing us to wake up.

Shift work, lack of a regular sleep pattern, and blood glucose dysregulation are all common causes of this form of insomnia.

3. Non-Restful Sleep

This is the third type of insomnia and one many people don’t recognise.

This type of insomnia involves sleeping throughout the night but waking unrefreshed and tired. In effect, they slept but did not achieve restful deep sleep.

Causes for this can vary and are often hard to identify.

What is Mind Calm?

Mind Calm is a proprietary sleep formula designed to help the user relax and wind down at the end of a long day. It’s designed to calm the mind (as the name implies) to help eliminate racing thoughts at bedtime.

Unlike pharmaceutical sleeping pills, Mind Calm doesn’t forcefully shut brain activity down — which can cause severe side-effects and addictive qualities.

Common tranquilisers such as benzodiazepines (Xanax or Klonopin for example) may work to initiate sleep, but often produce rebound anxiety, and insomnia after a few days. In many cases, the rebound insomnia is worse than insomnia the user experienced before taking the medications.

Instead, Mind Calm is made to optimize the brain’s natural sleep process by promoting relaxation and boosting sleep-regulating neurotransmitters like GABA and Melatonin. It’s designed to help the brain relax naturally without forcing it in one direction or another.

This means that if you stop taking Mind Calm, you won’t experience rebound anxiety or insomnia — and it’s not addictive.

What’s in Mind Calm?

Mind Calm by Mindfluence contains a number of common nootropic and herbal supplements shown to promote sleep and relaxation. These compounds work together to produce Mind Calm’s effect profile.

Serving size: 3 capsules

How Does Mind Calm Work?

Mind Calm works through a few different mechanisms.

1. Mind Calm Supports Melatonin Production

Melatonin is the primary sleep-regulator in the brain. It’s a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that’s released in the evening to initiate sleepiness. It directly opposes the main stress and stimulation hormone — cortisol.

If cortisol levels are high due to stress, melatonin may not be strong enough to make us tired in the evening. This causes our body to feel exhausted at the end of a long day, while the mind continues to race.

Melatonin is made from another neurotransmitter — serotonin, which itself is made from the amino acid L-tryptophan.

Mind Calm supports natural melatonin production by including L-tryptophan and 5 HTP (another precursor molecule for serotonin). Additional ingredients such as magnesium, L-taurine, vitamin B6, and niacin are also included for their crucial roles in this process as cofactors.

All of these ingredients together provide the brain with enough raw materials to manufacture the melatonin it needs to initiate sleep.

It can take a few hours for the brain to convert these compounds into melatonin — which is why Montmorency cherry extract is included in the formula as well.

The Montmorency cherry contains ready-to-use melatonin, which provides an immediate supply of melatonin into the bloodstream while the brain works to manufacture more melatonin on its own.

2. Mind Calm Increases GABA Concentrations

GABA is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter. It functions as the brake pedal for the brain.

When we’re hyperactive and the brain is firing on all cylinders, GABA steps in to slow it down by stepping on the brake.

If GABA becomes dysfunctional, we may enter a state of hyperstimulation. The brain can no longer hit the brake when it needs it and may start to go out of control.

Herbs such as valerian and chamomile are some of the best options available for waking this system up again.

Phytochemicals in these herbs bind to the GABA receptors directly — but instead of activating them, they make them easier for our own GABA molecules to activate them.

It’s like changing the brakes to make them more responsive. We only need to press on them a little bit to begin slowing down.

Through these effects, the herbs included in Mind Calm enable to body to slow the mind down more effectively. By improving the effects of our own GABA, it’s much harder to overdo it the way we can with pharmaceutical sedatives. It allows us to control hyperactivity in the brain without making us feel groggy or fatigued the following morning.

3. Mind Calm Induces Alpha-Wave Activity in the Brain

One of the key ingredients in Mind Calm is an amino acid known as L-theanine.

This is the active ingredient in tea responsible for promoting the feeling of calmness and relaxation. It works by mimicking the main neurotransmitter in the brain — glutamate.

Glutamate is responsible for stimulating the neurons to send electrical signals to other areas of the brain and body. When we’re in a hyperactive state of mind, glutamate activity is high.

L-theanine binds to the glutamate receptors in the brain but doesn’t stimulate the neuron. In this way, it competes with glutamate and reduces the noise it makes. The end result is a slower, more relaxed brain.

We can measure the effects of L-theanine using a machine called an EEG (electroencephalogram). It measures the electrical activity of the brain.

High electrical activity (beta-waves) are associated with being alert, and anxious, while low electrical activity (alpha-waves) are associated with relaxation and calmness.

We need to enter an alpha-wave state before we can even consider falling asleep.

How to use Mind Calm Effectively

Mind Calm is intelligently formulated to support the natural sleep process — helping to increase the sleep-inducing neurotransmitter melatonin, boosting GABA activity in the brain, and inducing a relaxed alpha-wave brain state before bed.

For best results, it’s recommended that you take Mind Calm at least an hour before you intend to go to sleep to allow the ingredients to be absorbed by the digestive tract and make their way into the brain.

The dose is three capsules. You can take it on a regular basis, or in single doses when you’re feeling extra stressed out and worried you may not be able to fall asleep.

In order to get the most out of this supplement, we recommend taking it at least 2 hours after a meal and spend some time winding down before going to sleep. Avoiding computer screens, caffeine, high-sugar meals or beverages, and alcohol will also go a long way in getting the most out of Mind Focus.

References

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