In a non-stop, 24/7 world, many people turn to sleep aids to get a good night’s rest. Some work ok; others can turn you into a waking zombie. The desire for a good, but not overwhelming solution is a big reason many have recently turned to phenibut to get a restful night’s sleep. Quite simply, phenibut works.
Phenibut is an aminobutyric acid, similar to GABA or gamma-aminobutyric acid, the primary neurotransmitter in the brain. The Russians developed phenibut in the 1960s to help astronauts deal with the stresses of space travel. Now, people around the world are taking it to relieve anxiety and stress, improve their ability to focus and to get better sleep.
Although phenibut works well on its own, the best sleep comes not from something that knocks you out, but rather from a balanced system. That’s what PheniSleep provides. Although it relies on phenibut, it also has natural sleep enhancers that work together to give you an even better night’s rest. Let’s take a closer look…
What Phenibut Does
Phenibut acts like GABA, but it can do something GABA can’t. GABA cannot cross the blood-brain barrier that protects the brain from the blood stream. Phenibut can cross the barrier, due to its special molecular structure which features an added phenyl ring that makes crossing possible.
Once across the blood-brain barrier, it connects with GABA receptors, which creates the relaxing effect it’s known for.[i] Research shows it also boosts dopamine levels, which increases focus and enhances self-control.[ii] In short, it makes you feel calm and in control.
Why People Take Phenibut
Many people take phenibut to help deal with stress and anxiety. It’s been popular in colleges for its ability to promote a sense of calm while improving focus and concentration. Phenibut is considered an anti-anxiolytic for its ability to ease feelings of anxiety. It may also help relieve stress by reducing the impulse to overthink.
Other reasons people take phenibut include:
- For relief of tension headaches[iii]
- To ease fear and reduce obstructive inhibitions[iv]
- To feel less anxious in social situations
- To improve thinking and clarity
- For better sleep
A lot more research is needed to know exactly how, or if, it offers all these effects. What is known is that the more relaxed you are, the better your sleep.
How Phenibut Helps Improve Sleep
Anxiety, stress and fear can keep one up at night. Phenibut’s ability to relieve these feelings allows the body to relax, making it possible to fall more quickly into a deep sleep. This makes it useful for anyone suffering from insomnia and stressful situations.
The importance of sleep to mental health, thinking, memory and overall cognitive function makes phenibut beneficial for anyone who needs a sleep aid. PheniSleep features phenibut to support sleep and the better physical and mental performance that comes from a good night’s rest. It also includes three additional sleep enhancers to help you sleep easier.
3 Additional Sleep Enhancers in PheniSleep
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PheniSleep promotes a more restful sleep than phenibut alone. This effect comes from three additional ingredients that promote relaxation and sleep in a more complete way. Each supports the brain in a different way, but together they support overall health and function in the brain and encourage the body’s natural sleep pattern.
The three additional active ingredients are:
5-HTP – Your body produces this amino acid from tryptophan, the amino acid renowned for making you feel sleepy after a meal. Your brain uses 5-HTP to produce serotonin and melatonin. Serotonin promotes a positive mood, while your body uses melatonin to regulate sleep wake cycles.
Melatonin – Around sunset, you start to produce the hormone melatonin which makes you feel sleepy. Melatonin also helps organize memory, a process that takes place while you sleep. Stress can disrupt melatonin levels.[v] Exposure to bright lights including those of TV, computer or mobile screens also prevents the release of melatonin. Restoring normal melatonin levels is vital to getting great sleep.
L-theanine – This amino acid comes from black and green teas. It provides a unique effect: L-theanine promotes an alert sense of calm as it boosts GABA, serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain. In a small study, researchers found it reduced feelings of tension and anxiety in people under a great deal of stress.[vi]
How to Use PheniSleep featuring Phenibut
PheniSleep will provide a powerful calming effect and help sleep. It is not intended to be used on a daily basis. It’s recommended to only take it twice weekly until a normal sleep pattern is restored. Regular use of phenibut can lead to problems of tolerance and withdrawal symptoms.
As PheniSleep was developed specifically to promote sleep, it should only be taken at night. You must also not take it with any other GABA agonists like alcohol. If you are currently taking any medications or herbals for mood, are pregnant or breast-feeding or take any medications for current health conditions, you should speak with your doctor or healthcare provider before starting a new supplement.
[i] Zvejniece L1, et al. R-phenibut binds to the α2-δ subunit of voltage-dependent calcium channels and exerts gabapentin-like anti-nociceptive effects. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2015 Oct;137:23-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pbb.2015.07.014. Epub 2015 Jul 31.
[ii] Borodkina LE, et al. [Effect of phenibut on the content of monoamines, their metabolites, and neurotransmitter amino acids in rat brain structures]. [Article in Russian] Eksp Klin Farmakol. 2009 Jan-Feb;72(1):60-3.
[iii] Shypilova EM1, et al. [Preventive treatment of tension headache in children and adolescents]. [Article in Russian; Abstract available in Russian from the publisher] Zh Nevrol Psikhiatr Im S S Korsakova. 2017;117(7):36-42. doi: 10.17116/jnevro20171177136-42.
[iv] Lapin I1. Phenibut (beta-phenyl-GABA): a tranquilizer and nootropic drug. CNS Drug Rev. 2001 Winter;7(4):471-81.
[vi] Yoto A, Motoki M, Murao S, Yokogoshi H. Effects of L-theanine or caffeine intake on changes in blood pressure under physical and psychological stresses. Journal of Physiological Anthropology. 2012;31(1):28. doi:10.1186/1880-6805-31-28.