Bluffer’s Guide to Glycine
If you’ve been following our blog posts, then you'll know how imperative sleep really is, and more importantly, the serious effects resulting from poor sleep. Poor sleep can lead to less productivity and greater irritability, and in the long term, it can be detrimental to your quality of life.
Now, here’s some good news, certain supplements can help promote snooze. While vitamins and supplements won’t put you to sleep, some can encourage better sleep and sleep quality, helping you feel better rested.
Due to its roles in the central nervous system and the digestive system, glycine can be used to calm the anxiety and nervousness that keeps you up at night and interferes with decent sleep. Glycine also helps to directly bring nutrients to cells and tissue for energy at all times of the day.
Head Pharmacist, Owner of ‘The Compounding Lab’, and The Goodnight Co. friend, Mary-Louise Condon, is a big believer in glycine. She says:
Glycine can improve subjective sleep quality, increase sleep efficiency and decrease sleep onset latency.
In other words, glycine helps you get to sleep more quickly. And, for anyone who may be a supplement sceptic, there’s no need to worry. Glycine is classified as a “non-essential” amino acid. It can be made in small amounts by the human body itself, but research has found many people benefit from consuming a lot more from their diets. In fact, glycine is the second-most widespread amino acid found in human enzymes and proteins. Probably why it has roles in nearly every part of the human body!
- Glycine can be found in animal proteins like meat, dairy products, poultry, eggs and fish.
- Having said that, many people are low in glycine because it's not found in the most commonly eaten cuts of meat. It's found in the bones, ligaments, cartilage and skin of meat (think the chewy bits of chicken wings), which most people simply throw away.
- The best way to get glycine naturally is from bone broth, but you're best off to include a supplement to ensure you're getting enough.
- Your body needs glycine to build the tissue that forms organs, joints and muscles.
- Glycine can help you if you suffer from: joint pain, digestive issues, fatigue or trouble sleeping.
How To Take Glycine
Where To Buy Glycine
Glycine is the main ingredient of our range of “Deep Sleep” supplements. We have three different types: