Written by: Dr. Kirk Parsley
Hey everyone! Last Tuesday, Robb and I released a podcast about the questions that we’ve been getting about the sleep formulation. This blog is for those that don’t want to listen to us prattle on for an hour, or those that want a little more information.
First, let me say that the site: www.sleepcocktails.com has nearly all of these questions in the FAQ’s. With that said, I want to ensure you that those FAQ’s are growing because of your questions. We appreciate them, and we are taking action on many things that our audiences have brought up. So let’s kick this puppy off.
Ok for Everyday Use?
There seem to be a lot of people concerned about every day use, and for good reason. This isn’t exactly food, so it’s a fair question. Most of the concern seems to be if there is anything in this product that somebody might become dependent on. To an extent, the answer depends on what your definition of “dependent” is (I know, I sound like Bill Clinton here). If you consider “dependent” to mean that taking away something that usually helps you sleep, then the answer is yes. But under that definition of “dependent” we could also say that some people are dependent on the left side of the bed, dependent on flannel PJ’s, dependent on a dark room, etc. However, if we relegate the meaning to the medical definition, the answer is simply NO. You will not experience withdrawal symptoms of the sleep product (Well, maybe if you take 40+ packets per night for several months.) You can use normal doses for 1, 5, 50, 150, 500 days in a row, and the only thing that may build up in your system would be the vitamin D3, but depending on how much sunlight you get, and if you already supplement with D3 this is also unlikely. One final Vitamin D3 comment: taking Vitamin D3 at night will not cause insomnia. This is a common, but completely untrue misconception.
Normal Production of Melatonin?
Others question whether or not it will interfere with normal production of melatonin. Simple answer: Absolutely not. Our dosage is well below the level that would cause that. You would need at least 600% more melatonin than we use, and probably twice that.
If you’ve read my other blogs, if you’ve listened to our last podcast, or if you’ve watched our video on www.sleepcocktails.com you may remember that our product contains just enough supplements to help kick-off the melatonin production, and a dusting of melatonin to get it started. Melatonin is instrumental in helping us coordinate our circadian rhythms. L-tryptophan, 5HTP, Magnesium, Vitamin D3 are all required to make melatonin.
Once melatonin levels start going up, your brain produces and releases a neurotransmitter called GABA. GABA helps slow down your neocortex—that big wrinkly bit that separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. That is why we have the final ingredient phGABA. Since GABA can’t get into the brain very easily, some tricky biochemist figured out a way to get it into the brain by adding the “ph” part—which is a non-polar ring. That allows the GABA to cross into the brain.
That’s it folks!!! That is the entire supplement. Nothing magic, but it sure works well.
We have been listening to your concerns about flavoring, but so far we haven’t found any way to make it taste better (or as good) without the stevia and xylitol. We are trying a run with sugar alcohols, we’ll see how that goes. But there are things you can do now: If it’s too sweet for you, put in more water, some lime juice or lemon juice. If it’s not sweet enough, use less water. Also—as it says on the box and packets—it is designed to be consumed as warm as a night-time tea. It definitely mixes and tastes better in warm water. One client told me that cold water made it taste like a sour apple, and warm water made it taste like mom’s apple pie;-)
While we are on that, I’d like to point out that this product was designed with DOD, LEO’s, frequent red-eye flyers, shift-workers, and first responders in mind. It is easy to carry around, it will last 52 forevers on the shelf, it takes up very little room, in other words, it’s handy and neat! But, it is also designed to be a liquid for a very important reason: bio-availability. If you take a bunch of different pills, some are pressed, some have a glycerin shell, some have a gelatin shell etc. They dissolve slowly, unreliably, and at different rates. I frequently find some of my daily vitamins in the toilet. 😉 We designed this product so that you could get ALL of the ingredients immediately, and at the same time. That is one of the reasons that it works so well, and that is the main reason that it is so hard to flavor well. Most people know within a few hours of their first packet if the product works for them or not. There are a few people that need to use it for a few days or maybe a week before they are sure—but that is very rare.
We are working hard to ship internationally, and we will be announcing it as we bring on new countries. We are also working with shipping companies to bring down shipping cost. I expect that to happen very soon.
Finally, if you wake up in the middle of the night, just take the cocktail again. Split it: take half when you are going to bed, and drink the other half when you wake up in the middle of the night. If you have no problem going to sleep, don’t take it before bed, just take it when you wake up in the middle of the night, and then lay back down, and breathe/relax/meditate etc.
What if I Wake Up in the Middle of the Night?
And, finally, finally, if you have to get up in the middle of the night to tinkle, just mix it with less water. But, you might find that you do not need to do that, because when you sleep really well, your kidneys make less urine at night. If our supplement is helping you sleep more deeply, you might find that as bonus to the product.
So there you go folks: most of the big questions answered. Let’s recap—it works! It won’t cause dependence, it’s safe for daily use, you can alter the flavor and volume, and it’s getting cheaper. I can’t quite see the weak spot in there, but I’m still listening.
Lastly – try it! With a money back guarantee, there’s very little for you to lose in giving it a shot! AND make sure you put in your discount code “robbwolf” when you buy!