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What You Need to Know About L-theanine

L-theanine and sleep

  • It may help people fall asleep more quickly and easily at bedtime, thanks to the relaxation boost it delivers.
  • It can improve the quality of sleep—not by acting as a sedative, but by lowering anxiety and promoting relaxation.

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What You Need to Know About L-theanine

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L-theanine is found in tea

L-theanine is a compound that occurs naturally in green tea and black tea and it is also available in supplement form. L-theanine can help with relaxation, focus, and sleep. 

How L-theanine works

  • It elevates levels of GABA, as well as serotonin and dopamine, promoting relaxation and improving sleep.
  • It reduces levels of chemicals in the brain that are linked to stress and anxiety.
  • It enhances alpha brain waves, which are  associated with a state of “wakeful relaxation.”

L-theanine and sleep

  • It may help people fall asleep more quickly and easily at bedtime, thanks to the relaxation boost it delivers.
  • It can improve the quality of sleep—not by acting as a sedative, but by lowering anxiety and promoting relaxation.

L-theanine is an anxiolytic

It works to reduce anxiety, but it doesn't have sedative effects, like other compounds.

It also  has positive effects on both the mental and physical symptoms of stress, including lowering heart rate and blood pressure.

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