Sleep It Off
We all know sleep is immensely important to general health and training recovery, so why do we all suck at it? Getting to sleep at an optimal time and waking up feeling refreshed is vitally important for continued productivity and mood stabilization. My whole life I’ve been the type to wake up groggy and pissed off, but I’ve finally found a couple of things to combat that, short of leaving a pile of stimulants next to the alarm clock.
Like most of USP’s products, Powerfull was delivered to the market in a flaming chariot waving a banner of sensational hyperbole, surmounted arguably only by Powerthirst. Muscle building and fat loss marketing claims aside, this product does wonders for increasing sleep efficiency.
Initial experimentations with 1-carboxy-2-amino-3-pyrobenzol (3,4 diol) powder dosed at 750mg before bed had me sleeping great and waking up before my alarm for the first time in my life. The powder, however, tastes and smells like something that came out of an urn. Powerfull combines this compound along with “PureSap” into a 2 capsule serving size, so no need to choke down ashes.
Individual response to doses may require some experimentation, but I’ve found for most people 1 capsule doesn’t get the job done and 3 caps can leave one feeling groggy in the morning. Don’t expect a significant sedative effect (although some may notice a mild sedation), but do expect to wake up feeling like you just slept for a week. For those of you using prescription sleeping aids, I’ve combined this with Zolpidem (Ambien) with great results and have found no adverse effects on morning wakefulness.
This herb appears to have a high affinity for the GABA-A receptor, therefore acting similarly to benzodiazepines. It should promote a fairly potent sedative effect in most individuals about 30 minutes after ingestion. This pairs nicely with Powerfull, as the Valerian will kickstart the sleepiness and the Powerfull will take over from there.
Vitamin B-6, or food or supplements containing a significant amount of B6. This vitamin can increase peripheral levels of the enzyme dopa decarboxylase, which can reverse or inhibit the effects of the Powerfull. PureDopa (USP’s trade name for 1-Carboxy) theoretically contains natural peripheral decarboxylase inhibitors, which may or may not protect the negative interaction with B6, but since little is known (or has been revealed) about the specifics of PureDopa, I would recommend playing it safe and avoiding B6.
Some common supplements/foods with respectable amounts of B6:
Complete Food List
Marc’s Sleep Stack