The first ingredient is an amino acid that Japanese scientists found when researching the benefits of green tea. You may have heard about green tea and its many health rewards, including its soothing, mind-boosting effects. But green tea also contains caffeine – 30mg of caffeine to be exact, the same amount as in a cup of cappuccino or can of cola. The Japanese researchers were at a loss – what could be in the green tea to offset the jittery effects of caffeine?
And that’s when they discovered the amino acid called L-Theanine, the “secret ingredient” that is hidden in the leaves of green tea and that causes you to relax. Subsequent studies proved that this natural nutrient helps you fall asleep faster and quiets your active, busy mind so you stay asleep and reap the effects of deep, restful slumber.
L-Theanine: How does it work?
Healthy Sleep Trigger #1
The amino acid L-Theanine triggers calming alpha brain waves that put your mind in a tranquil, relaxed state so it’s easier to clear your head and fall asleep quickly. One study showed that L-Theanine generated those alpha waves in as little as 30 minutes. Sounds better than tossing and turning for hours – doesn’t it?
Healthy Sleep Trigger #2
In addition to generating alpha waves, L-Theanine naturally adjusts your body’s production of neurotransmitters to just the right levels so you can slumber all night long without those fitful stops and starts. This is especially important as you age and your body produces fewer neurotransmitters as a result. These crucial neurotransmitters send signals between your body’s cells, and if your cells aren’t communicating properly, your brain remains in an active state and your sleep cycles are disrupted. That’s when L-Theanine steps in, allowing you to fall asleep when you want and stay asleep through the deepest, most restorative stages of sleep.