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by Tony Gjokaj March 31, 2020 3 min read
Lately, sleep is one of the most common searches on Google today: people want and need more of it. It's understandable, many of us are constantly working and doing things, putting sleep low on the priority list.
There's not enough time in the day to optimize sleep.
One option is supplementation, with the intention to eliminate sleep deprivation or improve sleep quality.
In this article, we are going to go over four powerful supplements that have been shown to promote or improve sleep and sleep quality.
Melatonin is a hormone that is secreted in our brains that regulates our sleep: this means we produce it! It is secreted when we encounter COMPLETE darkness in the evenings, which tells our body that it's time to go to sleep.
Supplementing with melatonin has been shown to benefit people who are encountering stress-induced anxiety, insomnia and more. Here are some few of the following benefits:
Glycine is an amino acid and nootropic that helps assist in sleep and human body health. When it comes to body health, it helps maintain strength in your muscles/bones, improves metabolic function and more.
While our body typically produces it, supplementing with glycine has been shown to improve sleep quality, which also indirectly improves cognition.
L-Glycine has a few of the following benefits:
Supplementing with 0.5g-3g of additional Glycine tends to show great effects when it comes to sleep quality. Combined with supplements with Magnesium Glycinate, you may experience synergistic benefits with it.
Magnesium is an essential mineral that is found in nuts & leafy vegetables. It has been shown to assist in improving sleep quality, reduce blood pressure, and more.
Magnesium deficiencies are the second most common deficiency in the United States: this is because our diets are lacking nuts & vegetables that provide us magnesium.
According to a sleep quality study, magnesium has been shown to improve sleep quality in individuals who are deficient in the mineral to begin with.
L-Theanine is an amino acid & nootropic that's typically found in teas like green tea. It is typically not found in everyday diets, making it a great amino acid to supplement with!
While L-Theanine is typically used synergistically with Caffeine, it is a great supplement to use before bed due to it promoting relaxation.
Here are a few benefits of L-Theanine:
With our sleep reinforcer, Drift, on the way... we wanted to give you the components of the supplements so that you can understand more about them and their synergistic benefits.
While some components may seem unconventional to other sleep supplements, diving into the research, we found that these components are truly the powerhouses of sleep supplements.
Lastly, understand this: supplements augment who you are. You need to work on improving your sleep for these supplements to actually give you the benefit you are looking for. This means we challenge you to prioritize your sleep before supplementing for it!
Any questions, comments or insights? Throw them below and let's discuss!
Until next time Reforged Legion, stand strong!
Tony is the Owner of Reforged. He is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and has been in the fitness space for over a decade. His goal is to help millions exercise their way out of depression and anxiety.
by Tony Gjokaj April 25, 2023 3 min read
Exercise can feel like a chore, and even if you know it’s good for your health, the motivation to get moving sometimes just isn’t there.
But it doesn’t have to be a burden - by making exercise meaningful to you, it can become something fun and rewarding!
Here are five ways to make exercise more meaningful!
by Tony Gjokaj October 07, 2022 4 min read
Men, I know what it is like to be overweight and depressed.
Not having the energy to do anything but relax and sleep.
While relaxation and sleep are incredibly important, they can make us feel like we are not making progress in our lives.
And when depression hits, it’s very difficult to push through with exercise and weight loss.
But did you know that even though it takes time and some effort, you don’t need to get obsessively crazy over it?
In fact, with just a few small adjustments, you can lose weight, fight back against depression, and take your life back.
If you're serious about shedding pounds and pushing away those depression demons, here are five tips that can help get you started.
by Tony Gjokaj September 05, 2022 4 min read
A few weeks ago, my buddy Grant and I talked about nutrition.
We talked about how he's lost over 120 pounds so far with the weight loss progress he's been making.
This is all because he has been making healthier decisions over time.
One of the newest challenges he's facing right now is he's got a new job. He's working 10 to 12 hour days with physical demanding labor.
And what's been happening for him is that he's been super exhausted, he's not motivated to meal prep, he's having trouble trying to sit down and cook foods doesn't have the energy doesn't have the time.
So what I propose is five tips that you can use to live a more on the go fast food healthy eating lifestyle.
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