Insomnia is an extremely widespread problem that has a broad range of causes that includes chronic stress, environmental factors (noise/light pollution, EMF), medication, jet lag, depression, and anxiety. If you feel irritable, sleepy during the day, & have trouble concentrating, it’s likely that you have some problems with you sleep. There are two types of insomnia; primary & secondary. Primary Insomnia is trouble sleeping that doesn’t correlate with any other health issues, whereas secondary insomnia correlates with conditions such as asthma, depression, arthritis, heartburn, or alcohol consumption. The other main distinguishing factor is whether your case is acute or chronic. Regardless of your particular flavor of sleeping disorder, Pürblack can be an extremely useful tool in reclaiming healthy good nights sleep. Not only is Pürblack Live Resin has a unique property of normalizing your circadian rhythm. Our Resin better than any shilajit provides a dose of micronutrients that assists your body in a massive range of functions. These range from relaxation & sleep to digestion & bone health. Furthermore, Pürblack is an intensely effective catalyst for herbal medicine; it can be combined with various relaxing botanicals to assist further in overcoming your insomniac tendencies.
Melatonin is a highly popular go to for insomniacs but tends to be somewhat problematic. Adequate doses of melatonin are as little as 300ug, whereas most supplements contain at least 3mg per serving. This massive overdose causes not only drowsiness the morning after, but also can contribute to extremely vivid dreams & nightmares. Long-term consumption of melatonin is questioned by many; ongoing exposure can cause the pineal gland to stop producing its normal amounts of this sleeping hormone. On the bright side, it is purportedly a potent antioxidant. Taking Pürblack with rich, natural melatonin enhancers seems like a much more efficient, healthy, & sustainable practice in my opinion.
Melatonin increasing foods include:
- Sweet corn
If you do decide to go with a synthetic melatonin supplement, consuming it around 5-7 pm is going to yield much more desireable results than taking it right before bedtime. This dosing method is more in tune with nature, as the pineal gland naturally starts secreting melatonin as the sun goes down. It is also a splendid idea to avoid a highly disturbing blue-light later in the evening. It is in the same spectrum as daylight and can interrupt melatonin production. While you’re at it, try to minimize all sources of light, even the tiny little light on your VCR player. Wait, does anyone have those anymore?
Valerian is another highly practical herb in the quest for restful sleep. If you have never smelled fresh valerian root, I highly recommend you seek out the experience. It smells like foot cheese, for lack of a better description. Sometimes language can be a bit limiting! The smell can linger in your nostrils for several hours. But I digress; valerian’s pharmacology remains rather mysterious, but a few things have surfaced:
- Water extracts of valerian contain high levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. However, the bioavailability & efficacy of oral GABA is the topic of much debate.
- The lignan known as hydroxy pinoresinol binds to benzodiazepine receptors.
- Several terpenes in valerian act on the amygdaloid center of the brain. The amygdala is responsible for emotions, emotional behavior, and motivation.
- Valerinic prevents the breakdown of endogenous GABA.
Benzodiazepine receptors are the same sites targeted by popular pharmaceutical anxiolytic drugs such as Xanax and Valium. Did you know VALium originates from VALerian? Allow that thought to stick for a moment. These man-made drugs are believed to be addictive and have withdrawals. In my opinion, they are vastly overprescribed and only offer a quick-fix, not a long-term solution. They may help you fall asleep more quickly, but they do not promote deep, restorative sleep. They increase light sleep while reducing deep sleep. If you currently are taking prescription medications, consider utilizing Pürblack first to get off the drugs (along with healthy lifestyle changes), and then take some shilajit enhanced valerian root tea to experience real sleep!