You want amazing sleep?
Glycine seems to be one of the pieces to the jigsaw puzzle - that our body needs. Due to poor diet and busy lifestyles, we are not getting sufficient amino acids and vitamins.
People use glycine as an oral supplement for a range of purposes, including improving sleep, enhancing memory, and increasing insulin sensitivity.
What is Glycine?
Glycine (also known as 2-Aminoacetic Acid) is an amino acid and a neurotransmitter. The body produces glycine on its own, synthesized from other natural biochemicals, most often serine, but also choline and threonine. We also consume glycine through food. This amino acid is found in high-protein foods including meat, fish, eggs, dairy and legumes. A daily diet typically includes about 2 grams of glycine.
Benefits of Glycine
Glycine influences sleep in a number of ways. Studies show that higher levels of this amino acid may:
- Help you fall asleep more quickly
- Increase your sleep efficiency
- Reduce symptoms of insomnia
- Improve sleep quality and promote deeper more restful sleep
- Helps you spend more time in REM sleep
- Fall back to sleep more easily, if you wake up in the early hours
Glycine increases serotonin levels
Serotonin has a complex relationship to sleep. Among other things, serotonin is required to make the sleep hormone melatonin.
In people who have difficulty sleeping or sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea, increasing serotonin levels can help restore healthy sleep patterns, and encourage deeper, more restful and refreshing sleep.
Research shows oral glycine elevates serotonin, reduces symptoms of insomnia, and improves sleep quality. Other studies suggest it may help you bounce back to healthy sleep cycles after a period of disrupted sleep.
- For sleep: A range of 3-5 grams of glycine taken orally before bed has been used effectively to help sleep in scientific studies.
- For blood sugar: A range of 3-5 grams of glycine taken orally at meals has been used effectively to reduce blood sugar in scientific studies.
Of course, try not to have sugar at night time too, as sugar can also affect sleep.
* Research whether Glycine is right for your body before taking it. Glycine is not recommended for people who have suffered a stroke.
Read more testimonials on how Glycine has helped people with their sleep:
If still struggling......
* Try 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (some say also try 1/4 tsp Himalyan pink salt plus 1/2 tsp honey - combine all 3) (or can just try the coconut oil by itself). The coconut oil helps to stay asleep during the early hours of the morning!