Many of us start our days already behind schedule, exhausted before we even roll out of bed. We multitask so we can accomplish as much on our to-do lists as possible, hardly listening when someone is talking to us before we already have our responses so we can move on with the next item on our agenda.
We fall into bed with barely having had a minute to breathe for ourselves throughout the day, and either pass out from sheer exhaustion, or lay awake with our minds racing full of everything we still need to do.
But our brains need to rest. Our minds need a break so they can heal the silent problems going on in our bodies. But really - who has time for that?
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L-Theanine: Relaxation in a Pill
The amazing benefits of l-theanine were originally discovered by Japanese scientists in 1949, and this super amino acid has been used since then by millions of people all over the world for its multiple health benefits. The most well-known of these benefits is its ability to calm the user quickly and naturally.
L-theanine is found in tea leaves, so when people tell you to drink tea before bed to sleep better, they really know what they are talking about. But it is also easy to get the right amount that your body needs in your Momental Nootropics.
How Does L-Theanine Help With Rest and Sleep?
Many studies have found that l-theanine has scientific properties that contribute to changes in the brain to make it more conducive to sleep and, even more important, rest.
One study, “L-theanine, a natural constituent in tea, and its effect on mental state,”published by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, determined that “L-theanine significantly increases activity in the alpha frequency band which indicates that it relaxes the mind without inducing drowsiness.”
This means that your brain rests without making you feel groggy and tired, so you can fall asleep naturally, and even before you fall asleep, your body is getting the relaxation it needs to begin the healing process from the day’s damage.
To begin with, l-theanine does this by boosting brain chemicals like GABA, serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that work in our brain to regulate everything we feel, like our emotions and our moods, but also our focus, mental alertness, and sleepiness. They also regulate our appetite, energy levels and thinking abilities. With the increase of l-theanine, the chemicals in our brain work to promote relaxation and, by extension, sleep.
While boosting those brain chemicals that aid in relaxing our bodies, l-theanine also decreases the chemicals in our brain that work to excite our bodies and minds. These are the chemicals that scientists link to stress and anxiety.
Additionally, l-theanine has properties that work to enhance alpha brain waves, those waves that put us in what is called “wakeful relaxation,” or that feeling you get when you are “in the zone.” These alpha brain waves are usually experienced through meditation, daydreaming, or during periods of focused creativity, when you are not fully present and engaged in the world around you.
L-theanine can trigger these alpha waves, which are also found during our deep REM cycles of sleep. This release allows our brains time to rest, and time to repair stresses in our bodies.
When you run from place to place, and your body is not resting as it should, the daily damages do not have time to heal. This not only affects you physically, but it affects your thinking and your creativity negatively.
Where Can You Get L-Theanine to Help You Rest?
This important nutrient is found in most teas, such as black teas, but Matcha green teas have the highest amount. You can also find it in your Momental Nootropics.
Chocolate Matcha Bites
8 tbsp cacao butter
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
½ scoop Momental Mind Nootropics
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp matcha green tea powder
⅛ tsp salt
- Melt the cacao butter slowly in a double boiler.
- Drizzle in honey. Stir continuously while you are drizzling it in.
- Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla, salt, matcha powder and Momental Mind Nootropics.
- Using chocolate molds, fill them halfway with part of the mixture and freeze for fifteen minutes.
- With the rest of the mixture, add the cacao powder and stir vigorously until smooth.
- Remove from freezer and fill the molds the remaining way with the cacao powder mixture. Freeze again for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the molds and enjoy!