Glycine and Getting a Better Night's Sleep

Glycine and Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? Or perhaps you sleep but it does not come with a very restful feeling before or after. Have you ever tried Glycine before bed?

It’s approximated that the average person spends 26 years, or 227,760 hours, on bedtime; for something that takes up one-third of our lives, it should be beneficial and fulfilling.

While there are many methods used to overcome sleep difficulties and deprivation, such as the use of sleep masks, melatonin and other over-the-counter (or even prescription) goods, here at Shorba, we like to tackle issues from a common (yet many times skipped over) source; our gut health.  

“But my gut feels fine,” some might say back as they read this, “it’s not my gut keeping me up at night.”

No, but what you’re feeding or not feeding it might be! 

So, we must ask, how’s your glycine intake?

What is Glycine?

A superhero of an amino acid, glycine is a structural protein found in collagen while also being available for bodily intake via food and retail supplements. You’ll also find glycine in Shorba bone broths.

How Does Glycine Help with Sleep?

While the major benefit of glycine is the conversion of glucose to energy thanks to its insulin secretion stimulation capabilities, this broth nutrient also acts as both an inhibitory and an excitatory neurotransmitter.

Neurotransmitters are like messengers, they allow your body and mind to communicate with one another. In the case of glycine, it can deliver messages of stimulation (excitatory) or relaxation (inhibitory).

Most prefer its capabilities in the latter, allowing us to quiet anxiety, inner narration or running thoughts, improving the ability to relax and fall asleep. Not only that, it can increase the quality of your sleep and reduce symptoms of exhaustion or insomnia.

Plus, during hours you want or have to be awake, glycine is also the neurotransmitter responsible for stimulating your body’s production of serotonin which can improve your mood, thinking capabilities and memory.

What Else Can Glycine Do?

Circling back to its role in converting glucose to energy, this act alone has a spider web of positive effects on our bodies, minds, short-term health and long-term health. 

As glycine works to reduce our blood sugar and insulin resistance, if consistent, this effectively decreases our risk of chronic conditions such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. See: Does Bone Broth Lower Blood Sugar Levels?

Glycine also assists in the improvement of our cardiovascular health. Acting as an antioxidant, it catches and removes cells that are damaged, decreasing the risk of disease and myocardial infarctions, better known as heart attacks.

Ready to Get a Good Rest

Containing no caffeine, no excitatory ingredients like sugar and no tummy or digestive system irritants, Shorba Bone Broth is the perfect before-bed dose of glycine. We recommend enjoying a cup of broth at least an hour before your desired bedtime, which flavour of broth – chicken or beef – is up to you. Both offer your new favourite amino acid. 

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Glycine and Getting a Better Night's Sleep
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