The Science Behind Dr. Schmidt's Restful Sleep Formula
Getting a good night's sleep is essential for our overall health and well-being. For many people, however, falling asleep and staying asleep is a major challenge. If you're struggling to get a good night’s rest, but don't want to depend on pharmaceuticals with significant side-effects, consider trying Dr. Jana Schmidt’s Restful Sleep Formula, a carefully formulated natural remedy containing the following science-supported, herbal ingredients:
Passion Flower Extract
Passion flower, a plant native to the Americas, is an effective natural remedy for anxiety and insomnia. In a 2020 study, participants with insomnia who took passion flower extract demonstrated greater sleep quantity than those who took a placebo . In a separate double blind, placebo-controlled trial which measured subjective rather than objective sleep quality, passion flower extract was shown to be effective in improving perceived sleep quality .
Ashwagandha is an herb commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine to reduce stress and improve sleep. Studies comparing its use to a placebo suggest that reduces sleep onset latency (the time it takes to fall asleep), increases total sleep time, and enhances sleep efficiency .
Valerian is an herb that has been used for centuries to promote sleep and reduce anxiety. Research suggests that valerian extract may help improve sleep quality and reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep . It exerts its beneficial effects through upregulation of the gamma-amino-butyric acid A (GABA A) receptor .
Chamomile is among the most popular herbal remedy for sleep problems. A 2019 meta-analysis (study of studies) found chamomile to be an effective intervention to improve sleep quality . Like valerian extract, it is also thought to work through upregulation of GABA receptors.
Rafuma leaf extract
Rafuma, a plant native to South America, has long been used as a natural remedy for sleep problems and anxiety. Research suggests that rafuma leaf extract may have a sedative effect, improving both sleep latency onset and overall sleep quality .
Kava is a plant native to the Pacific Islands that has been touted as a natural solution for anxiety and various sleep problems. Studies which combine Kava Extract administration with Passionflower extract demonstrate a synergistic benefit to using the two ingredients together .
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