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L-Theanine Benefits for Stress and Sleep

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Sleep and stress are interconnected, and if either piece gets out of whack, it can really affect you around the clock. When you experience high levels of mental strain consistently, it impacts your physical health, including the ability to fall and stay asleep. And conversely, if you have an abundance of energy at night and cannot hit the hay, your body is more prone to moodiness and a lower tolerance for environmental stressors.

And it’s not uncommon to be restless—about 70 million people in the US alone suffer from sleepless nights. However, it’s important to prioritize because during rest our bodies are healing and replenishing double-time. Here are just a few of the benefits:

  • High metabolism and physical performance
  • Repairs muscle tissue
  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • Better focus
  • Promotes a calm, uplifted, and even mood
  • Skin health
  • Supports organ health and function

Luckily there are ways that we can support good rest at night and calm our stress during the day through exercise, proper nutrition, and supplements with natural compounds like L-theanine.

L-theanine is an amino acid found in some natural sources as well as supplements. Studies have shown that there are many benefits with respect to the immune system, quality rest, mental clarity and supporting a less stressful state of mind. The best part is that it encourages a state of relaxation and ease without drowsiness—a big bonus if you are looking to use it during the day!

However, L-theanine can also be used to encourage relaxation at night, so you can wind down in the evening and enjoy decompressing. The act of supporting a lower stress state is helpful so that your body is able to listen to your sleep-wake cycle and is more likely to allow you a good night’s sleep.

Scientists believe that L-theanine works by telling certain brain chemicals (like cortisol, the stress hormone) to calm down while activating others (like GABA and dopamine, the happy, calm hormones). Bonus: lower levels of excitatory chemicals like GABA and dopamine may support lower blood pressure and improved focus, as well as a general feeling of calmness in the long term. As it’s not typically easy to get an adequate amount from food sources, supplements are your best bet if you are looking to support mental wellness naturally. Talk to your medical provider about adding a natural sleep and stress support like L-theanine to your regimen. Practicing healthy habits in combination with an L-theanine supplement can support a more resilient mindset!

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Written by Annie-Eliza Stevens