Both Shelly and I would wholeheartedly agree that the number of customers and patients complaining of insomnia is on the rise. Most people complain of the inability to fall asleep, or wake up frequently throughout the night.

While the number of natural remedies for sleep issues is exhaustive, each one acting on a different aspect of sleep disorder, there seems to be one trend that characterizes insomnia of the 21st century – mental stress. It’s there, it’s real and it’s getting worse. People are busier than ever, they’re working longer hours, the wonders of modern technology like blackberries, iphones, twitter, facebook and e-mail means that you’re plugged into the action 24/7. The human brain is no longer the threshold for how much a single person can juggle and manage; technology and competition demand it in the workplace and insists that we do more; and our health is paying the price.

Sure factors such as adrenal exhaustion, excess caffeine, and irregular working hours play a role for some people, but it would be an unusual case if mental stress did not factor in. In fact, when I meet a customer who complains of sleeping difficulties, I immediately start with what has become the usual line of questioning:

“Do you feel stressed?”


“Do you feel like you’re always multi-tasking, and have a growing mental checklist of the things that you did, didn’t, and should do / have done yesterday or tomorrow?”


“Do you feel as though you often times have difficulties stopping the mental chatter of your mind when you get ready for bed?”


“Do you have a hard time letting go of your thoughts, or do you continue to plan your day for tomorrow and brainstorm ideas while lying in bed?”


The conversation usually goes on for a tad longer this way, but you get the drift. Business owners, executives, administrators, managers and other jobs that require a constant finger on the pulse of work-to-be-done are at high risk, but financial stress, school stress and relationship stress are right alongside.

A few solutions have proven their worth in addressing mental-stress related insomnia, and one of the more successful options is GABA (gamma-amino-butyric-acid), with some versions being much more effective than others. GABA is a natural chemical produced by the body that acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter. GABA works to calm excessive stimulation of the nervous system; in particular over-active thinking, worrying and anxious thoughts. This works during the day, and for insomnia, it works like a charm at night. GABA doesn’t induce sleep, and as such it can be used throughout the day to prevent excessive mental stress and promote relaxation and focus without affecting your energy. No side-effects or contraindications is an added bonus that we can all appreciate.

The GABA available in the Canadian market comes in several varieties with some kinds of GABA supported much better than others in the literature due to their ability to cross the blood-brain barrier. Furthermore, the dosage requirement will vary depending on the type of GABA used and the severity of symptoms experienced. For more information, visit us and we’d be happy to set you on the straight course for Sleepy town.