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Need For Sleep - GABA vs Melatonin Supplements

What is GABA?

GABA, or Gamma-aminobutyric acid, is a major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. In simple words, its function is to press the brakes on the brain. When released by the body, it helps slow down the central nervous system (CNS), inducing a feeling of relaxation and sleepiness. The body’s GABA levels are vital for sleep. GABA enables the body and mind to relax and fall asleep, and sleep soundly throughout the night. Reduced levels of GABA have been linked to anxiety, depression, insomnia & poor sleep quality.

GABA’s Key Benefits: 

  • Non-addictive 
  • Anti-stress 
  • Reduces anxiety 
  • Induces relaxation 
  • Improves mood 
  • Slows down the CNS

GABA is found naturally in varieties of teas, cruciferous vegetables, soybeans, spinach, tomatoes and fermented foods like yogurt & tempeh. GABA is also available as a supplement which, as clinical research shows, can help to treat sleep disorders. A clinical trial published in the Journal of Clinical Neurology found that GABA supplements helped participants fall asleep faster and sleep more deeply.


What is Melatonin?

Melatonin, the sleep hormone, is produced by the pineal gland in the brain. Melatonin levels are controlled by our body clock, produced naturally in response to darkness. Melatonin does not work as a sedative. Instead, it promotes sleep by helping regulate the body’s sleep-wake cycles. Research shows that melatonin can help you fall asleep faster, sleep longer and improve the quality of your sleep. Studies also show melatonin may increase REM sleep,

Why Pick GABA Supplements Over Melatonin For Sleep?

Both GABA and Melatonin supplements are well tolerated by the body, showing almost no side-effects. But, GABA supplements are available without prescriptions and are recommended for people trying sleep supplements for the first time. Melatonin, being a hormone, requires a prescription before purchase. 

Heathershaw’s Sleep Formula combines GABA with Inositol, Glycine and Taurine which together help the body manufacture Melatonin, improve sleep quality, enhance mood and work as a stress reliever.

You can talk to our compounding pharmacists about sleep supplements that could work best for your indications and lifestyle.

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