Review: Olympus Labs Amnes1a
As a whole, we think it’s safe to say that Americans don’t get enough sleep. Regardless if it’s work, school, or training related, quality sleep is hard to come by! It doesn’t take a genius to understand that sleep plays a crucial role in development, recovery, cognitive performance, and just about anything in your every day life. If you develop a habit of not getting enough sleep, your performance, both in and out of the gym have probably been hurting because of it. Chances are, your performance may have been hindered for so long that you don’t even notice the changes or differences that have taken place over time. On top of all of this, studies have shown that sleeping for a long duration as an attempt to make up for a poor sleep cycle unfortunately doesn’t work.
This is why Olympus Labs is going to help you forget all about those sleepless nights with Amnes1a, their multifaceted, full spectrum sleep aid.
Amnes1a isn’t your run of the mill juiced up melatonin sleep aid; this product covers every aspect you can think of when it comes to getting a quality nights sleep. Amnes1a was designed to help you fall asleep, stay asleep, enjoy deep REM sleep, and wake up feeling refreshed. The best part is: It is non-habit forming and won’t leave you feeling dependent on it in order to achieve quality sleep every night. Although it is a game changer in the sleep and recovery department, we at Modern Athletic Health as well as Olympus Labs are sure that if you decide to stop usage of Amnes1a, your sleep cycle will be as good as new. We had the opportunity to try a sample pack of Amnes1a and were thoroughly impressed with our results in just under a week’s time! Keep reading to find out what makes Amnes1a one of the top sleep products on the market today and why YOU need it in your supplement regimen.
Ingredients: As we stated above, Amnes1a is clearly a multi-faceted sleep and recovery product that isn’t just about knocking you out every night. We have yet to see a product on the market that even comes close to this combination of ingredients in one product. Lets breakdown what each ingredient of Amnes1a is going to do for you every night.
Magnesium (as Aspartate) 133mg: Known as the miracle mineral, magnesium plays a key role in 100’s of biomechanical functions within the body. Most of us know that being magnesium deficient means we experience muscular issues such as cramps and spasms. Deficiencies in magnesium also leads to poor cognitive functioning, insomnia, problems falling and staying asleep, and poor alertness. The aspartate version of magnesium improves functioning of all the above symptoms, but also can aid in lowering blood pressure, regulating blood sugar and aiding in gastrointestinal (GI) distresses. Studies have shown that taking magnesium before bed can improve feelings of relaxation and mood enhancement which can improve body functions. When the body is in a more relaxed state, it can repair itself better, which leads to better recovery.
Saccharomyces cerevisiae 500mg: This lengthy ingredient is more commonly known as a nutritional yeast, which has numerous health benefits. This particular yeast (Sake Yeast) has been used for 100’s of years to produce rice wine, Sake’s and other oriental foods. Nutritional yeast’s benefits include improved immune function, antiviral and antibacterial properties, improved digestion and aiding in GI distress, sleep regulatory functions, and increased growth hormone (GH) secretion. Since your body naturally secretes growth hormone while asleep, improved functioning of this pathway will improve sleep quality, enhance recovery, and improve overall body functions. Nutritional yeast is an underutilized ingredient in the supplement market today and Amnes1a is the only supplement we have tried that includes Sake Yeast.
Valeriana officinalis 300mg: Commonly known as Valerian, this ingredient is known for its sedative and anxiety-reducing effects when used as a tea or herbal supplement. While more concrete evidence is still being researched regarding its improvement of sleep quality, Valerian enhances the neurotransmitter GABA which is responsible for lowering brain cell activity. The common dosage of Valerian is 300mg although studies suggest individuals receive a much strong sedative effect at higher dosages (450-900mgs). Studies have also suggested that using Valerian has caused a small reduction in the time taken to fall asleep as well. By using a compound like Valerian and combining it with other sedative and calming ingredients, Amnes1a ensures that your mind and body are both relaxed before falling asleep. One thing to note is Valerian, when used during the day-time, can cause drowsiness; which is why it is advised it should only be taken before you plan on falling asleep.
Dioscorea pseudojaponica (Dioscin) 300mg: Dioscin, a steroidal saponin derived from a Japanese Yam is currently being studied for more than just sleep improvement. Recent studies have suggested that through numerous biological pathways, Dioscin has anticancer potential! In Amnes1a, Dioscin, which is a powerful antioxidant as well, has the ability to work synergistically with the Nutritional yeast to improve growth hormone secretion while asleep. That’s right, a second ingredient that has been clinically shown to improve growth hormone within 90 minutes of ingestion. While more clinical studies are still in the works for Dioscin, improved release of GH in the body during sleep is going to improve recovery, increase lean mass gain, and improve overall body functioning.
Passionflower Extract 300mg: Passionflower extract is another ingredient that has been used for 100’s of years with numerous benefits. Some of the most profound effects of passionflower extract include relieving sleep problems, improving digestion, aiding in anxiety disorder, providing a sense of restfulness, and improving relaxation feelings. Passionflower extract has been used in some extreme cases to help patients undergoing treatment for narcotic addiction as well as providing relief for individuals with General Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Passionflower extract works by increasing GABA in the brain which lowers brain cell activity. If you ever feel like your “mind is racing”, it is generally increased activity of brain cells. Passionflower extract’s benefits make it the perfect ingredient to make you feel at ease before drifting off to sleep.
L-Theanine 100mg: The amino acid L-Theanine is an absolute staple in any sleep improving supplement. L-Theanine promotes relaxation without onset of sedation. Due to the other sedative-like ingredients in Amnes1a, it is important that L-theanine is included to help increase relaxation without creating “the hangover effect” of grogginess and lethargy the following morning. Studies have also shown that Theanine has the ability to reduce stress, improve sense of well-being, and improve mental clarity and cognition with as little as 50mg. In a single serving of Amnes1a, you are getting 100mg of the hard-hitting amino acid L-Theanine which is the perfect dosage to reap all of the cognitive benefits of this ingredient.
KannaEase 25mg: KannaEase seems to be another staple in a lot of Olympus Labs’ supplements lately; and with good reason! KannaEase or Sceletium Tortuosum, is a South African plant which has been suggested to help relieve stress and increase cognition. For Amnes1a, the focus is to relieve stress and create a “calm mind” effect before falling asleep. Although this product has been shown to synergize well with stimulants such as caffeine or Teacrine, it also synergizes well with anti-stress and relaxation supplements by amplifying their effects. KannaEase has been also been shown to be a serotonin uptake inhibitor which is more commonly known as an antidepressant. KannaEase can provide all of these positive effects and more in just a small dosage of 25mg.
Melatonin 3mg: Simply put, Melatonin is the hormone that is naturally produced by your body that helps you to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night. Melatonin regulates sleep cycles and if your body is struggling to produce enough of it,chances are your sleep cycles are erratic. Taking a small dose, just 3mg of melatonin has been shown to help individuals fall asleep and aid in the natural reclamation of a normal sleep cycle. Alone, melatonin can provide some positive benefits but combined with the other ingredients in Amnes1a makes itseffectiveness much more profound.
Although the dosage is 4 capsules, we definitely think you can make the bottle last a little longer using 2 or even 3 capsules to get the full benefit. We tried out 2, 3, and 4 capsules to see if the product would still have a noticeable effect at a lower dosage. We would recommend that you try 2 or 3 capsules first before jumping up to 4 because Amnes1a at a full dosage is STRONG. Now, this isn’t a product that is going to make you oversleep your alarm by a few hours, but this stuff puts you into a deep sleep!
At 2 capsules we fell asleep within about 30 minutes of taking Amnes1a. The sleep was a deep R.E.M sleep (tracked by an app) and we experienced dreams; something not experienced unless R.E.M is reached.
At 3 caps we, again, fell asleep within about 30 minutes of the dosage and spend most of our time in an R.E.M sleep cycle.
At 4 caps, we were fast asleep within about 15 minutes of the dosage and in our deep sleep cycles for most of the night. With all the dosages, we started to feel relaxed and comfortable within about 10 minutes of taking the capsules. One of the coolest effects with Amnes1a was actually being able to feel yourself sliding into a relaxed state before sleeping.
Upon waking, more often than not we woke up before our alarms went off but felt completely refreshed and awake. Rather than hitting snooze, we actually felt energized and motivated to start our day. We have yet to experience a sleep supplement that actually helps you feel good upon waking up!
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Amnes1a also made a noticeable difference in recovery over our usage duration. Keep in mind this product isn’t going to make you feel 100% every morning but the small aches and pains were non-existent and soreness was definitely decreased after training. For us, Amnes1a is definitely a comprehensive sleep and recovery product that covers every aspect you can imagine in a sleep aid.
Is it worth the price?
Is that even a question? Absolutely! Few things in this world are more precious than a good night’s rest. Even if you aren’t someone who hits the gym every day but live a very stressful life where sleep is premium, you understand how important sleep is. Most quality sleep aids will cost you around $50 per month, and if they are prescription sleep medications, it will likely cost you even more. Not to mention the risk of habit and dependency that comes with sleep aids.
Amnes1a can be purchased at Olympus Labs website for under $34 using the code HEROMOD at checkout! Plus, as we said earlier you more than likely won’t need to use the full 4-cap dosage to reap all the positive benefits from Amnes1a which means… you’re getting all those benefits above for less than $1/day! We highly suggest you head over to Olympus Labs website and checkout Amnes1a for yourself. If you are someone who struggles with sleep, or just wants to ensure they are getting the most out of their training sessions and recovery, you need Amnes1a. It’s time to forget what poor sleep feels like and remember how to wake up feeling refreshed with Amnes1a.