The Sleep (And Stress) Trick Everyone Over 50 Should Know
If you or your spouse are among the 1 in 3 adults who suffer from chronic sleep problems, you know too well just how frustrating and debilitating this can be.
And new research is clearly showing how ongoing sleep issues can lead to serious health consequences—including cognitive decline.
But imagine if you could simply close your eyes tonight, relax and drift off to sleep within minutes of your head touching the pillow. And remain in a deep sleep all night long!
And imagine that every night was like this—with your mind disengaging from thoughts, worries and replays of the day’s events as if you didn’t have a care in the world. As if night after night you are enjoying the most relaxing vacation of your life.
You Simply Hit the Lights, and Before You Know It, You’re Asleep
You see, as we age, it’s very common for nature to throw a wrench in the sleep process. You know what I mean if you just can’t seem to fall—and stay—asleep as easily as you used to, even when you’re feeling exhausted. You go to sleep exhausted…and you wake up exhausted. It’s not a good feeling.
And now a new 2018 report from the famous Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry offers a tantalizing clue as to why.
It describes how specialized sleep-inducing neurons trigger a winding down process in your brain when you start to drift off. Think of your computer when you click the “shut down” command, and the way it closes applications one by one until it turns itself off.
Your brain goes through a similar sequence.
But if you’re over 50 years old, this natural process is often disrupted by a short supply of two of the most important sleep drivers…
…And That Spells Trouble When It’s Time to Call It a Night
So if your mind keeps racing when your head hits the pillow…If you toss and turn all night and feel groggy the next morning…
…Or if you’re one of the millions of people who struggle to get back to sleep after a nighttime trip to the bathroom, I have great news for you.
Knowing about these two important, yet often disrupted, sleep drivers may finally provide the key to solving the vexing sleep problem that has been frustrating you for months, years or even decades.
I’ll explain more about these two sleep drivers later, because solving this issue is the key to getting a great night’s sleep. However, first, I want to remind you about how damaging it can be to your body to be perpetually exhausted.
Sleep Like a Baby Again, All Night Long…Every Night
Without a doubt, the latest wave of sleep research is the most significant yet, and it comes at an absolutely critical time with so many millions of adults struggling with chronic sleep problems.
And the damaging effects go well beyond the frustrating fatigue and daytime sleepiness.[3,4]
Indeed, we already know that chronic sleep issues can:
- Leave you foggy-headed and forgetful—which can impair your driving ability
- Increase your risk for cardiovascular problems like unhealthy blood pressure
- Lead to mood swings and feelings of anxiousness and unhappines
- Make you prone to falling and tripping accidents
- Weaken your immune system and even contribute to weight gain
Every one of these consequences of sleep deprivation is a good reason to seek better sleep, but a recent editorial in JAMA Neurology sounds the alarm on what could be the worst consequence of all:
Chronic Sleep Problems Can Seriously Damage Your Brain
In a 2018 study, Mayo Clinic scientists found that sleep deprivation increases the likelihood of age-related memory loss.
This follows a 2017 study that linked poor sleep to higher levels of other biological markers associated with age-related brain conditions. Another 2018 study even determined that one sleepless night alone can be damaging —leaving behind harmful protein debris in your brain.
It’s why top brain scientists now believe that getting a full 7-8 hours of sleep every night could very well be…
The Single Best Way to Protect Brain Health
A 2015 study showed how adults who enjoyed healthy sleep had significantly less signs of visible protein debris on brain scans than adults who slept poorly.
In fact, research indicates that while you sleep, it’s as if your brain runs its own self-cleaning cycle, sweeping away this dangerous debris.
Sleep removes the day’s metabolic waste before any of these harmful protein fragments can accumulate and affect your cognitive health…
…but you need enough sleep for this to happen.
So this may be the most important reason of all to seek the healthy sleep that’s eluding you. Especially now, because…
Getting That All-Night, Rejuvenating Sleep Is Easier Than You Ever Dreamed Possible
The solution lies with the two sleep drivers I mentioned earlier that are vital contributors to the sleep-inducing process.
The first is the widely-known sleep hormone, melatonin.
Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland in your brain and secreted according to your circadian sleep-wake cycle. Daylight suppresses melatonin synthesis. But at night, melatonin is released in prodigious amounts with peak levels coming in the hours after midnight.
Indeed, nighttime melatonin levels in your brain are at least ten times greater than daytime concentrations. So your brain circuits are flooded with it.
Healthy levels of melatonin are critical to initiating and maintaining sleep.
An Age-Related Melatonin Deficit Is Likely a Major Source of Your Sleep Troubles
You see, your melatonin production peaks in childhood, when you could sleep anytime and anywhere, and begins a steady decline after that.
By the time you reach 60, you could have as little as 20% of the melatonin levels you enjoyed in your youth. Plus, many common drugs and over-the-counter medications can further inhibit melatonin synthesis.
As your levels dwindle, so can your prospects for dependable, restful sleep.
The good news is that numerous compelling studies show that supplementing with melatonin can quickly restore normal sleep.[14,15]
However, you absolutely must be sure that you’re taking the right kind of melatonin.
The Frustrating Flaw with Typical Melatonin Supplements
If you have taken melatonin in the past with little success, this is vital information you need to know.
Typical melatonin supplements—the kind that are widely available in nearly every grocery and discount store—peak in your body 3-4 hours after you take them. Sure, they may help you fall asleep. But after a few hours, you find yourself wide awake, tossing and turning, staring at the ceiling, desperately trying to get back to sleep.
The result: You wake up feeling no more rested than you did without taking the melatonin!
The key is to look for a supplement that includes extended-release melatonin. This way, rather than having all the melatonin enter your bloodstream right after you take it, you get a steady supply of melatonin throughout the entire night, and you won’t find yourself wide awake at 3 a.m.
Extended-Release Melatonin Workswith Your Own Natural Sleep-Wake Cycle
In a breakthrough study, adults over 55 who were given 2 mg of extended-release melatonin before bedtime for three weeks reported greater morning alertness, along with a significant improvement in their sleep quality.
Best of all, this form of melatonin doesn’t leave you groggy the next morning, so you can take it every night as a long-term solution.
A nightly dose of extended-release melatonin helped another group of older adults fall asleep faster, enjoy better sleep quality and feel brighter in the morning over the entire course of a six-month study.
And this extra daily melatonin can be downright good for you. Multiple studies show it provides significant cardiovascular, neuroprotective  and anti-inflammatory support.
The bottom line—melatonin is a healthy, natural, science-backed solution. And taking the right kind is your first “missing link” to the best sleep you’ve had in years.
The Second “Missing Link” Calms Your Racing Mind at the Very Onset of Sleep
The second key to consistent, restful sleep is an amino called gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA for short.
Your brain naturally produces this neurotransmitter, and it works as a calming agent as your mind disengages from the wakeful state to the sleeping state.
It’s released directly into active brain circuits to inhibit alertness and promote relaxation. Before you know it, your racing mind quiets down and quickly and gently fades off to sleep.
But If GABA Levels Are Too Low, Falling Asleep Can Be a Nightly Struggle
In a Harvard Medical School study, scientists found that people with chronic sleep problems had 30% lower levels of GABA on average than normal.
What’s more, researchers at Columbia and Indiana Universities have also noted reduced brain levels of GABA in patients who suffer anxiety issues.[22,23]
It all ties together.
When your overtired mind becomes preoccupied with worries, it’s next to impossible to fall asleep. Those racing thoughts can keep you up all night—especially when your brain’s primary relaxing agent is in short supply.
This Special Form of GABA Helps Ease Your Bedtime Anxieties
The discovery of GABA’s calming role was met with excitement in the natural health world, but unfortunately, the synthetic GABA supplements that quickly became widely available were not easily absorbed and didn’t provide much help at all.
But that all changed when a new, all-natural GABA was developed.
This breakthrough form of GABA is produced by fermentation using the same friendly probiotic (L. hilgardii) found in a traditional Korean fermented food called kimchi.
And it’s a genuine game-changer. This new form of GABA has been scientifically shown to promote calmness and relaxation while decreasing the beta-wave brain activity linked with nervousness and anxiety. Best of all…
Multiple Clinical Studies Show Natural GABA Lives Up to GABA’s Great Promise
In a 7-day study, natural GABA reduced the time it took patients to fall asleep and increased sleep quality and efficiency (the amount of time asleep while in bed). Participants also reported improvements in the way they felt upon waking. 
In a second 4-week study with elderly adults, participants reported improved sleep habits and less drowsiness in the morning, along with a welcomed decrease in nighttime urination frequency. 
A third non-sleep study showed how this specific type of GABA effectively eased stress. Participants reported calmer feelings and EEG readings confirmed it: They showed measurably decreased stress responses. 
In other words, it really works. EEG readings don’t lie!
What’s more, natural GABA is quickly absorbed. It begins promoting the relaxation response within 5 to 30 minutes after ingestion—making it perfect for bedtime.
It’s the second “missing link” to consistent, restful sleep and just what you need to say goodbye to that frustrating “racing mind” syndrome.
My Simple Three-Step Buyer’s Guide for the Best Sleep You’ve Had in Years
So to fall asleep easily and sleep like a log every night, simply follow these three simple guidelines:
1. Choose a dual-action melatonin. This is critical! Regular melatonin does a great job of helping you fall asleep quickly, but because its effects only last a few hours, you also need extended-release melatonin to help you stay asleep or fall back asleep easily.
2. Insist on natural GABA. Even today, many of the GABA supplements available in discount stores and online are synthetically produced and ineffective. I firmly recommend highly-absorbable natural GABA to ease feelings of stress and anxiety that are so often the enemy of a good night’s sleep.
3. Get the right amount of each ingredient. Look for a 3 mg dose of melatonin, split between regular melatonin and extended-release melatonin. Most widely available products contain one type of melatonin or the other, but you really need both together. As for GABA, you want 200 mg of natural, rapid-absorption GABA in every daily serving. That’s the science-backed amount for optimal results.
A Superior Natural Sleep Solution
Questions about frustrating sleep issues are the most common category of inquiries I get from my readers on a regular basis. And I learned firsthand from them how hard it was to find a convenient, natural, non-habit-forming sleep aid that works.
But with such compelling research on melatonin and GABA, I knew there had to be a better solution.
You see, in addition to my work with Live in the Now, I also run Stop Aging Now, a company that has been making premium-quality supplements for over 20 years.
So I went to work with my Scientific Advisory Board to create a comprehensive sleep formula that combines regular melatonin and natural PharmaGABA® to help you fall asleep quickly and easily, with extended-release melatonin to help you stay asleep and get back to sleep.
It’s called DreamWell® ULTRA and it’s available for as low as $14.95 for a full month’s supply for every night usage. It also ships to you for free and comes with a one year money-back guarantee. So if you, or somebody you love has sleep issues, you have every reason in the world to try out this amazing formula. Click here to take advantage of this special offer.
5 Reasons Why DreamWell ULTRA Is Your Best Choice
1. DreamWell ULTRA gives you research-backed doses of the two top non-habit-forming sleep supporters, melatonin and GABA, shown to promote healthy, rejuvenating sleep without the sluggishness and side effects associated with other sleep aids.
2. DreamWell ULTRA provides 3 mg of dual-action melatonin beadlets. You get 1.5 mg of regular melatonin to help you fall asleep quickly, plus 1.5 mg of extended-release melatonin to help you stay asleep. The key is taking both forms of melatonin together shortly before bedtime.
3. DreamWell ULTRA features a full 200 mg of Natural PharmaGABA in every capsule. That’s twice the amount of this fast-calming compound used in studies I cited above, and the top end of the 100-200 mg recommended serving size, so you can be sure you’re getting the best natural GABA in truly substantial levels.
4. Quality You Can Trust: DreamWell ULTRA combines the two forms of pure, premium-grade melatonin with PharmaGABA in one easy-to-swallow capsule. It’s made in an FDA-inspected facility to meet or exceed the stringent USP standards for quality, purity, potency and disintegration.
5. It’s Affordable: DreamWell ULTRA costs as little as $14.95 per bottle containing a full month’s supply. That’s a small price to pay for this state-of-the-art formula that will help you sleep soundly through the night.
It Ships for Free and Is Risk Free: DreamWell ULTRA is not available in stores, but it ships for free and is risk free. If it doesn’t help you get a full night of restful sleep, night after night, I’ll gladly send you a full refund of every penny you paid—up to one year after purchase. That way you can try it without risk!
And this may be the best news of all…
DreamWell ULTRA Begins Working Quickly—Often the Very First Night You Take It
With many types of supplements, it can take weeks, or even months, before they build up in your system and become fully effective.
But with DreamWell ULTRA, you should start reaping the benefits of restful sleep very quickly. Many of my readers tell me that it worked for them the VERY FIRST NIGHT they tried it.
And there’s no mistaking the results you’ll experience:
- You’ll ease into sleep faster without the tossing and turning.[23,24] You’ll gently relax and sleep, each and every night.
- Your mind will stop racing when you call it a night.[15,17] The day’s stresses will melt away thanks to its fast-calming effects.
- You’ll sleep more soundly all night [25,26]—and you’ll get back to sleep quickly after bathroom trips—thanks to the extended-released melatonin.
- You’ll wake up refreshed and rejuvenated[25,26]—because this formula supports your natural sleep processes. It doesn’t drug you to sleep.
- You won’t worry about taking it[15,23]—because both ingredients are non-habit-forming and have no unwanted side effects. DreamWell ULTRA is specifically formulated to be safe and effective for nightly use.
- You’ll support your overall health.[27,28,29] Better sleep helps everyone at every age—and you’ll quickly discover all the rejuvenating benefits yourself.
What’s more, DreamWell ULTRA comes with our 365-Day Money-Back Guarantee: If you’re not completely satisfied with your results, I’ll gladly send you a full refund—up to one year after purchase.
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Joshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.