by Tony Gjokaj May 28, 2020 4 min read
One of the most common search words on the internet is "how to improve sleep".
Our world today is filled with so many tasks and so much information that it can be downright overwhelming at times. Sometimes our workdays turn into 16-hour ones... and with obligations like children, appointments, bills, mortgages, news and more, sleep gets tough.
Couple that with our phones in hand for hours at a time before bed... you ain't getting any sleep!
As a result, we only get 4-6 hours. While this may feel good for a day or so, it most definitely adds up over time.
So while the 8 hours of sleep might be thrown out the window, it doesn't mean you still can't improve your quality of sleep.
This is why we created Drift, our Sleep Reinforcer.
When it comes to sleep supplements, the goal is simply good sleep.
However, there's more to sleep than JUST good sleep!
Sleep supplements don't typically talk about how we feel AFTER waking up.
While the amount of hours (sleep quantity) plays a part in sleep quality, there will be days where 6-8 hours of sleep feel terrible. This has everything to do with how well your quality of sleep was.
This is why Drift was forged!
Drift is our Sleep Reinforcer that was forged to achieve the following goals:
Drift is made up of four components that synergistically work to provide compounded benefits when combined together. While are some are used for direct effects, others are used to improve the effects of other components.
Let's dive into each.
L-Glycine is an amino acid and nootropic that assists in improving our quality of sleep. According to a double-blind study, supplementing with L-Glycine reduced the time it took to fall asleep. As a result, it reduced daytime fatigue and improved brainpower.
Simply put: since sleep deprivation affects our mood and energy levels, supplementing with glycine has been shown to aid in improving brain power and reducing fatigue.
Magnesium is an essential micronutrient that aids in reducing blood pressure, improving bone mineral density, and improving sleep quality.
In one study, magnesium helped improve sleep in individuals over 51 years of age with poor sleep quality. Magnesium promotes GABA levels, which is a neurotransmitter that also helps with sleep.
We use magnesium glycinate so that it will work synergistically with l-glycine to improve its effects.
While it is typically used with caffeine, we extracted l-theanine for its calming and anxiety-reducing properties. L-Theanine is a nootropic found in green tea that helps promote relaxation and calmness. It also elevates GABA levels, making it a powerful component to have in Drift.
According to one study, l-theanine promoted uninterrupted sleep in boys with ADHD.
What sleep supplement is good without melatonin? Melatonin is a hormone that is normally made in our brains in the evenings that regulates sleep.
While our body typically produces it, supplementing with it has shown many benefits, like reducing the time it takes to sleep and improvements in sleep quality.
One meta-analysis showed that it helps with jet lag symptoms, which are as a result of time zone differences. The study showed that our circadian clock plays a big part in sleep and sleep quality.
For more on melatonin and the circadian clock, click on the article below.
So as you can see from the four main components, l-theanine helps promote calmness before bed. Melatonin, l-glycine, and magnesium glycinate work together to reduce the time it takes to fall asleep, in addition to improving sleep quality.
In this section, we are going to go over frequently asked questions on both Drift and sleep supplements in particular.
To take Drift, take two capsules 30 minutes to an hour before bed.
You can assess tolerance by taking one capsule (1/2 a serving) at the beginning. Do not exceed more than the recommended two capsules a day.
Firstly, we recommend using the various sleep strategies in our sleep quality articles before starting to supplement with a product like Drift.
Once you create a consistent schedule and utilize our sleep strategies & tips, you can supplement with Drift.
Since supplements augment your lifestyle, it is highly recommended that you build a healthy habit around proper sleep before using Drift.
You don't necessarily have to cycle it, but if you feel more rested supplementing with Drift for 5 days straight, followed by 2 days without it, we highly recommend that strategy for yourself.
If taken for consistently for over a month, we recommend taking a few days to a week off before getting back into supplementing with Drift.
Sleep is very individualized, so find what option works best for you.
Some days are rough, and we totally understand this!
If you typically have a good habit around sleep, but you know you won't get enough sleep on an upcoming day, we recommend taking Drift.
Understand it's always better to prioritize proper sleep first before supplementation.
To conclude, Drift is our nootropic sleep supplement designed to reinforce sleep. Each of its components work synergistically together for the following:
Used consistently with our morning supplement Spark will provide you a full experience to optimize your morning & evening rituals.
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Thanks for reading, Reforged Legion!
Until next time!
Tony is the Owner of Reforged Performance Nutrition. He is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and has been in the fitness space for over a decade. His goal is to help bridge the gap between physical & mental health through fitness.
by Tony Gjokaj July 26, 2021 3 min read
What are the benefits of getting direct sun exposure?
Our human skin "runs" (for lack of better word) on a serotogenic system. This means that it is capable of producing serotonin. Sunlight exposure helps produce serotonin.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates our mood, digestion, bone density, and sleep. It is synthesized from tryptophan as a result of Vitamin D, which is synthesized from sun exposure.
So in this post, we are going to explore what this means to us and why sunlight exposure benefits us.
Let's dive in!
by Tony Gjokaj July 19, 2021 3 min read
In our quest to find what is leading to the decline in testosterone in men, we look towards the lifestyle choices encountered in our society today.
While we are all about optimal performance, some of us will sacrifice sleep, proper eating habits, and exercise for career performance.
One of the most neglected factors in this pursuit is sleep... and sleep is one factor that can have a large impact on testosterone.
So in this post, we are going to go over how sleep impacts your testosterone levels.
Let's dive in!
by Tony Gjokaj July 14, 2021 4 min read
When it comes to testosterone production, many men scour the internet in hopes of finding various ways to improve testosterone naturally.
The big secret about all of this is that it is well within our grasp for most of us.
Nutrition, for example, can play a huge part in testosterone production and is essential to optimize.
So in this post, we are going to talk about nutrition and how we can use it to optimize our testosterone levels.
Let's dive in!
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