We will be having an in-depth look at BrainExcell Sleep, to see if it really does help you to drift off and to decide whether it is safe to take.
BrainExcell Sleep is a supplement that aims to help your mind unwind, and enable you to slip into an easy and restorative nights sleep. It is a nootropic that also contains ingredients to help reduce stress and improve the quality of deep sleep, so that your brain and body can recover more effectively.
It contains 7 sleep nootropic ingredients, including Chamomile powder, L-Tryptophan, L-Theanine, and magnesium oxide.
BrainExcell is a UK company founded by Ryan Maguire, an entrepreneur owning multiple businesses.
Gastrointestinal side-effects such as diarrhea and bloating, are more common when magnesium oxide is supplemented, due to the lower absorption rates of this form.
L-tryptophan could be unsafe when taken by mouth. It has been linked to over 1500 reports of a neurological condition; eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome. After the limitation of L-tryptophan products, the number of EMS cases dropped sharply, however some evidence suggests it may be due to contaminated L-tryptophan products as about 95% of all EMS cases were traced to a single manufacturer. L-tryptophan is currently available as a dietary supplement.
L-tryptophan can cause some side effects such as heartburn, stomach pain, belching and gas, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. As well as headache, lightheadedness, drowsiness, dry mouth, visual blurring, muscle weakness, and sexual problems.
In some people, zinc might cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, metallic taste, kidney and stomach damage, and other side effects.
BrainExcell Sleep costs £28.00 for 60 capsules, or £24.75 on a monthly ‘subscribe and save’ subscription. It is also available as a multi-buy product with the brand’s other product, BrainExcell Focus, for £66.00, or £55.00 for a monthly subscription.
BrainExcell Sleep contains a small number of ingredients that are supposed to help improve sleep and help you to relax, however there isn’t a lot of scientific evidence to back them up and some of the doses may be too low. Many of the ingredients, such as L-Theanine and L-Tryptophan are more related to mood and relaxation rather than sleep.
L-Theanine has only been deemed safe for short-term use and it is not known if longer periods of use would be safe, so this supplement shouldn’t be taken long-term until more is known about L-Theanine.
There is no good scientific evidence to support the use of L-Tryptophan, and there is also a concern that using L-Tryptophan might cause EMS.
There are other issues too, such as the high price and the lack of a money-back guarantee. You can quite easily get a better sleep supplement at a price much lower than this.
Overall, we do not recommend BrainExcell Sleep to our readers.
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BrainExcell Sleep is described as a natural, premium nootropics sleep supplement, that helps your mind unwind, and enables you to slip into an easy and restorative night’s sleep. It should also help with stress.
Chamomile contains Apigenin, a compound that exerts anxiety-reducing effects when consumed in high doses. At even higher doses, it may be sedative. There is a decent amount of Chamomile powder at 600mg per serving (2 capsules), however it might not be high enough (400 mg to 1,600 mg daily) to have much of an effect, particularly on sleep, and there are not any notable scientific studies to back up its use as a sleep aid.
L-Theanine is an amino acid that reaches the brain following oral ingestion. It is known to be a relaxing agent without sedation and it can also reduce the perception of stress and slightly improve attention. It is not a great sleep aid, although it may very slightly help. L-Theanine’s effects on mood do not appear to occur when used by people who are anxious.
BrainExcell Sleep contains a very high dose of L-Theanine, of 500mg in 2 capsules so it is likely that it will help a consumer to feel more relaxed and more focused, however it is unlikely to do anything to directly help you get to sleep. As well as that it has only been deemed safe for short-term use and it is not known if longer periods of use would be safe.
Magnesium is a good addition to this supplement. Insomnia is a common symptom of magnesium deficiency as well as restless sleep and waking frequently during the night. Magnesium also increases the levels of GABA in the body which encourages relaxation, and it can also help with improving mood. BrainExcell Sleep has 280mg of magnesium in 2 capsules which is a relatively good dose to take each day.
Our bodies convert L-Tryptophan to 5-HTP, which then gets converted to serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is one of the principal neurotransmitters involved in happiness and anti-depression, and therefore this could help with mood. However, there is no good scientific evidence to support this use and there is also a concern that using L-tryptophan might cause eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS). Plus there appear to be very low doses of it in this sleep supplement, providing a daily dose of 240mg. It has been suggested that around 1-2g per day should be taken to help with sleep, or 4-6g for its mood benefits.
It is recommended that you take 1 capsule per day for the first 3 days, until you can monitor the effect on yourself. Then move up to the recommended 2 capsules per day. Take the capsules around 30-60 minutes before bed. Do not exceed 2 capsules per day.
A few of the ingredients, such as L-Theanine and magnesium are likely to help a consumer to feel less anxious or stressed. This could, in turn, help them to drift off to sleep slightly quicker.
However some of the ingredients shouldn’t be used for long-term use, and there are concerns about supplementing with L-Tryptophan at all. It is not recommended that Zinc supplements are taken regularly either, and should only be supplemented in people who are actually deficient. Hops have been found to help with insomnia when combined with valerian, but there isn’t any in this supplement.
BrainExcell Sleep claims to help because of its high-quality and effective ingredients, but there is not enough of some of these ingredients in each serving, and many lack the scientific evidence to support them. Moreover, the price of this supplement is also on the high side and it also does not come with a money-back guarantee.
BrainExcell Sleep claims to help your mind unwind, allowing you to slip into an easy and restorative nights sleep, using ingredients that can help reduce stress and improve the quality of sleep so that your brain and body can recover more effectively.
They suggest there are no side effects and you will wake up feeling turbocharged, ready for the day ahead.
The biggest claim is probably that these capsules will allow you to effortlessly fall asleep within minutes. They say it supports faster times in falling asleep, improved quality of sleep, fewer sleep disturbances, and you will wake up feeling energized and refreshed. As well as this, by taking it regularly, you will provide your body with all the nutrients it needs to promote sustainable mental performance while keeping your brain in phenomenal health.
BrainExcell Sleep is likely to help with people’s mood and encourage relaxation, due to the L-Theanine and magnesium. However, there is nothing to suggest that it will help much with sleep, and particularly will not allow a consumer to drift off within a few minutes. Becoming less stressed in general can help with having a better nights sleep, but it wouldn’t sort out any sleep problems by itself.
Hops haven’t been found to help with sleep unless combined with valerian, and Chamomile needs to be consumed at high doses to improve sleep. Magnesium could help improve sleep but it is not advised that this supplement is taken long-term, so any effects are likely to be temporary.
There may be side effects of diarrhea and bloating from the magnesium oxide.
L-tryptophan can cause some side effects such as:
In some people zinc can cause:
Should not be taken by children under the age of 18. Consult your doctor before taking this supplement if you are taking any other medications. Do not take if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
We couldn’t find any independent reviews.
The BrainExcell website contains a few positive reviews that rave about the product, and appear to be written in the same style.
An example includes:
This is the best Nootropics combo on the market for my needs. In all my endeavors BrainExcell FOCUS helps optimize my thought processes and creativity while keeping my focus steady and self-assured. At the end of one of my typically action-packed days, BrainExcell SLEEP helps me recharge so I can keep myself moving onward and upward.
BrainExcell Sleep does not offer a full money-back guarantee.
You can buy BrainExcell Sleep from the BrainExcell website for £28.00 or £24.75 on a monthly ‘subscribe and save’ subscription for 60 capsules. It is also available as a multi-buy product with the brand’s other product BrainExcell Focus for £66.00 or £55.00 for a monthly subscription.
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