GABA sounds like baby talk, and in a way it is: Take this stuff in the evening, and you could sleep like a baby at night!
You know what a big deal that is.
Seems like the older you get, the tougher it is to get a full eight hours… making you groggy in the morning and cranky in the afternoon.
In fact, roughly half of all seniors have some kind of sleep disorder — but if you’re one of them, this weird baby-talk trick is here to help.
GABA is short for “gamma-aminobutyric acid,” and while it might sound silly when you have to ask for it out loud at the vitamin shop, how it works is downright serious.
GABA is a neurotransmitter found in the brain that tells your nerves it’s time to settle down, relax, and even turn off for a little while.
This isn’t “alternative” medicine; this is biology. But most mainstream docs will tell you there’s no way the GABA in a supplement will ever actually get inside your brain.
The new study finds that this stuff gets sucked up by your body and goes to work within 30 minutes — helping you get the rest you need, when you need it. Folks who took the stuff fell asleep faster and spent more time in the all-important “deep” sleep.
That’s the part of the night your body uses to make repairs and sweep out nasty toxins, including the junk that gums up your brain — and when you fall short in this phase of sleep, you face a higher risk of chronic disease, including dementia.
As a result of all that, it’s no surprise that the study finds folks who take GABA wake up feeling more refreshed and alert.
While all that sounds pretty darned good, GABA alone may not do the trick for every senior.
Heck you may not even need it at all.
Before you try anything else, give the old standard a shot: a little brandy in warm milk can help knock you for the night. (Just don’t get sloshed, because even if that puts you to sleep at first, it’ll lead to some serious tossing and turning later on).
The “sleep hormone,” melatonin, also canhelp you get the sleep you need.
Whatever you do, don’t turn to sleep drugs. Those common meds will only add a few measly minutes to your nighttime rest… they come with terrible side effects… and they can even increase your risk of death by more than 500 percent.
Learn more about those risks — and some better options — right here.