How’ve you been sleeping lately?
I know it’s been a rough couple of weeks.
There are lots of things to be worried about… and the constant stream of information is hitting us from all sides.
That can make it hard to turn your brain off and get some decent shut-eye.
So I’ve got the perfect sleep trick to keep your head on the pillow longer.
And it’s needed now more than ever…
Ready to Fight
We all know poor sleep makes us more susceptible to colds and viruses.
And if this rotten little COVID virus comes knocking at your door, your body needs a strong support system.
But if you’re bleary-eyed after a rotten night’s sleep, you’ll be coming into this fight half-cocked.
It’s not because your immune system will be as tired as you are… It’s actually because a critical element of your defense will be less… sticky.
T cells are like the night watchmen of our immune system.
They’re critical in the fight against all sorts of pathogens, viruses and even cancer cells.
When the body sees an invader infecting us on the cellular level (like COVID-19 does), T cells radio for backup and activate a sticky protein – called integrin – that attaches itself to and kills infected cells.
But integrins need to be properly armed in order to do their job.
Stick ‘Em Up
Stress hormones, like adrenaline and inflammation molecules, significantly reduce the stickiness of the activated integrin proteins. And if they can’t stick to invaders, they’re not able to kill them off.
But when we’re sleeping, our stress hormone levels and number of inflammation molecules drop way down.
That gets those integrins as sticky as a 2-year-old with a lollipop.
And when that’s the case, they can cement themselves right on top of virus-infected cells and wipe them out.
That’s one of the many reasons seven to nine hours of sleep every night is critical. Our immune system requires it in order to function properly.
But when your mind is racing, getting into the right headspace in order to fall asleep can feel impossible. And the stress of not being able to fall asleep just makes matters worse.
So here’s my trick for a better night’s sleep…
The Key to a Good Night’s Sleep
For the longest time, if I had a long day that kept my head buzzing, I’d take 2 milligrams of melatonin about 30 minutes before bedtime.
It worked like a charm.
But I found that melatonin was great at helping me fall asleep… not at keeping me asleep.
I could be out by 10 p.m. But not long after midnight I would be up thinking about the next day’s to-do list.
That’s no good.
So I dug around for a while to find something that would complement my sleep inducer.
And I found the perfect partner…
The Perfect Pair
The body naturally produces an amino acid called 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), which produces serotonin. And when serotonin levels are low, so is sleep quality.
Apparently, I can be lacking in the serotonin department pretty often.
But as soon as I started pairing melatonin with 50 milligrams of 5-HTP at night, everything changed.
This simple little pill that I picked up from my local vitamin store keeps my serotonin levels where they need to be.
And no matter what goes on during the day, this little one-two punch has me sleeping like a baby through the whole night.
One word of caution, though. This regimen isn’t suited for those taking prescription medications that already increase serotonin levels (like SSRIs or MAOIs).
The paring of melatonin and 5-HTP can help keep you and your immune system firing on all cylinders thanks to a full night of restorative sleep.
Editor’s Note: Any other tips you’ve learned to help get some shut-eye? Share them with us here.