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Ready-to-mix sleep aid

  • Reduces the time it takes to fall asleep
  • Reduces the time it takes to go into a deep sleep
  • Reduces the frequency of awakenings during sleep hours
  • Improved feeling on waking up

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Why Bioteen Created This Supplement (Understanding the Problem)

Sleep contributes to the effective function of virtually every system of the body. It empowers the immune system, helps regulate hormones, and enables muscle and tissue recovery.

Substantial physical development happens during adolescence and can be negatively affected by a lack of sleep.

Prolonged sleep loss may affect emotional development increasing risks for interpersonal conflict as well as more serious mental health problems. Mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder have routinely been linked to poor sleep. Both the National Sleep Foundation and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine agree that teens need between 8 and 10 hours of sleep per night. Getting this recommended amount of sleep can help teens maintain their physical health, emotional well-being, and school performance.

Recent studies also suggest that sleep itself may play an active role in sculpting the adolescent brain. One such study examined structural MRI scans in 290 children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 18 years and found that self-reported sleep duration was positively correlated with bilateral hippocampal grey matter volume.  

Sleep benefits the brain and promotes attention, memory, and analytical thought. It makes thinking sharper, recognizing the most important information to consolidate learning. Sleep also facilitates expansive thinking that can spur creativity. Whether it’s studying for a test, learning an instrument, or acquiring job skills, sleep is essential for teens.

Given the importance of sleep for brain function, it’s easy to see why teens who don’t get enough sleep tend to suffer from excessive drowsiness and lack of attention that can harm their academic performance. 

By almost all accounts, many teenagers in America are not getting the recommended 8-10 hours of sleep per night. In the 2006 Sleep in America Poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 45% of adolescents reported getting less than eight hours per night.

The problem may be getting worse. Data from four national surveys conducted from 2007-2013 found that nearly 69% of high school students got seven or fewer hours of sleep per night. Estimates place the rate of insomnia in adolescents as high as 23.8%. Insufficient sleep among teens has been found to be higher among women than men. Older teens report getting less sleep than people in early adolescence. Surveys have also found that teens who identify as Black, Asian, and multiracial have the highest rates of sleeping less than eight hours per night.

Bioteen created Supersleep™ to provide an effective nutritional supplement for teens to help promote a better night’s rest.

What Is Supersleep™ & Who Should Be Taking It

Supersleep™ is a ready-to-mix, chocolate flavoured nutritional supplement formulated to promote a restful nights sleep for teenagers who struggle to fall asleep or who are not getting enough sleep.

The various ingredients in Supersleep™ have been found in independent studies to:

  • Reduce the time it takes to fall asleep. 
  • Reduce the time it takes to go into deep sleep. 
  • Reduce the frequency of awakenings during sleep hours. 
  • Improved feeling on waking up. 
  • Better sleep satisfaction.
  • Supports neurotransmitter balance and neuronal function.

The Science (How Supersleep Works)

Gamma-Aminobutyric acid is an amino acid produced naturally in the brain. GABA functions as a neurotransmitter, facilitating communication among brain cells.

GABA’s big role in the body is to reduce the activity of neurons in the brain and centraL system. By inhibiting neural activity GABA has the effect of moving the brain and the body into lower gear which in turn has a broad range of effects on the body and mind, including increased relaxation, reduced stress, a calmer balanced mood, alleviation of pain, and a boost to sleep.

GABA is found naturally in varieties of green, black, and oolong tea, as well as in fermented foods including kefir, yogurt, and tempeh. Other foods that contain GABA or may boost its production in the body, are whole grains, fava beans, soy, lentils, and other beans; nuts including walnuts, almonds, and sunflower seeds; fish including shrimp and halibut; citrus, tomatoes, berries, spinach, broccoli, potatoes, and cocoa.

The affects on GABA on sleep have been shown to decrease sleep latency, deep sleep latency and decrease the frequency of awakenings during sleep.

Meaning: Participants reported a greater ease of falling asleep, better feeling on waking up and an overall greater satisfaction

GABA supplements are often said to be ineffective because of its poor ability to cross the blood brain barrier to reach significant concentrations in the brain.

However, more recent findings show that:

(a) GABA is abundant in the gut (from food and GABA made by intestinal bacteria).

(b) Nerve cells in the gut that make up the “Enteric Nervous system” have GABA receptors.

GABA activate these receptors in the gut and then communicate with the central nervous system via the vagus nerve. That is how GABA can “remotely” modulate sleep and cognitive parameters without having to cross the blood-brain barrier.

In this Japanese study, 13 healthy volunteers (aged 21 to 35) were given 100mg of GABA OR 200mg L-Theanine OR Water (Placebo). Brain wave activity was measured by electroencephalography, namely the relaxing alpha waves and the stimulatory beta waves.

Taurine is one of the most abundant free amino acids in the brain and has been found to be an agonist of GABA. Animal research has shed more light on the function of Taurine in the brain. Taurine has been found to activate GABA receptors in the Thalamus region of the brain, which reduces excitability in that region. The thalamus acts like a “gatekeeper” which prevents information from the body and brain from reaching the cerebral cortex and potentially interfering with sleep.

Glycine (also known as 2-Aminoacetic Acid) is an amino acid and a neurotransmitter. The body produces glycine on its own, synthesized from other natural biochemicals, most often serine, but also choline and threonine. This amino acid is found in high-protein foods including meat, fish, eggs, dairy and legumes. A daily diet typically includes about 2 grams of glycine.

Research in people with sleep issues has shown that taking 3 grams of glycine before bed decreases how long it takes to fall asleep, enhances sleep quality, lessens daytime sleepyness and improves cognition.

How does glycine accomplish all of this sleep-promoting work? It appears to affect sleep in at least a couple of important ways:

  • Glycine helps lower body temperature. Glycine works to increase blood flow to the body’s extremities, which reduces core body temperature. A slight drop in body temp is a key part of the body’s physical progression into sleep. A recent study of the effects of glycine as a supplement showed it triggered a drop in body temperature and at the same time helped people both fall asleep more quickly and spend more time in REM sleep. Other research has shown supplemental glycine may help you move more quickly into deep, slow wave sleep.
  • Glycine increases serotonin levels. Serotonin has a complex relationship to sleep. Among other things, serotonin is required to make the sleep hormone melatonin. In people who have difficulty sleeping or sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea, increasing serotonin levels can help restore healthy sleep patterns, and encourage deeper, more restful and refreshing sleep. Research shows oral glycine elevates serotonin, reduces symptoms of insomnia, and improves sleep quality. Other studies suggest it may help you bounce back to healthy sleep cycles after a period of disrupted sleep.

L-Theanine is an amino acid that is found in tea leaves. It was identified in tea by Japanese scientists in 1949. L-Theanine is not present in the foods we eat and is also not produced by the body.

L-Theanine has been reported to increase sleep quality in normal volunteers, in patients with schizophrenia and in boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It must be noted that L-Theanine is not a sleep inducer but rather works by anxiety reduction (anxiolysis). Anxiolysis is necessary for the induction of high- quality sleep.

L-Theanine works by the following mechanisms:

Relaxing Brain wave modulation

Several studies conducted in humans have shown that L-Theanine intake (50–200 mg) significantly increases α-wave production in the different areas of the cerebral cortex.

Alpha brain-wave activity in humans indicates relaxation, better performance under stress and decreased anxiety.

Brain Chemistry Modulation

L-Theanine increases the production of GABA, the chief relaxing (inhibitory) neurotransmitter as well as glycine. In turn, GABA and glycine, acting through their respective receptors, trigger increases in dopamine and serotonin in select brain regions. In other words, L-theanine appears to reduce excitatory pathways by activating and channeling the brain’s calming and anxiolytic mechanisms.

In the teen years, requirements for magnesium really spike. Boys need an adult supply, at 410 mg daily. Girls need 360 mg.

The symptoms of deficiency in teens are what we see in adults.  Teens who don’t get enough magnesium are:

  • irritable, anxious, stressed, moody
  • sleeping poorly, frequently tired
  • complaining of cramps or growing pains
  • hyperactive, unable to focus or relax

In terms of the impact magnesium has on sleep, Magnesium soothes the central nervous system and acts as a sedative.  It helps us fall asleep and stay asleep longer, waking more rested and better able to learn and cope with daily stress.

Magnesium and GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid) work hand in hand. GABA is the body’s relaxing, sedative and calming brain chemical (neurotransmitter). GABA acts as a brake to the more stimulating (excitatory) neurotransmitters in the brain – a big one being glutamate. Glutamate is responsible for sending signals between nerve cells and when all is healthy it plays and important role in learning and memory.

However, Glutamate can excite cells far beyond a healthy level. GABA prevents the glutamate nerve impulses which are associated with anxiety and stress. Studies have shown magnesium binds to and activates GABA receptors which helps reduce anxiety and decreases the breakdown of GABA in the brain, leading to more stable GABA levels.

Ingredient Transparency & Quality (Not All Ingredients Are Created Equally)

Bioteen showcases a relentless commitment to a superior quality product that is both ethical and safe for consumption in the extremely important phase of the lives of teens.

Ingredient quality is a core focus for us at Bioteen because better ingredients yield products that are highly effective and safe. That’s why Bioteen has set the bar high when it comes to the evaluation of our ingredients, from how different forms of ingredients work in the body to where they are sourced and how they have been manufactured. Bioteen has partnered with international suppliers who share our beliefs for quality, purity and scientific research.

  • Ingredient safety: All ingredients used in Bioteen are GRAS certified (Generally Recognised as Safe) as published by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Scientifically Researched: we only use ingredients that have been tested in scientific studies to be safe and effective for their intended purpose. 
  • Allergen control: Bioteen products have been formulated with a careful consideration for consumers with specific allergies and sensitivities.
  • Branded ingredients: our key active ingredients are all branded, i.e. trademarked-protected, ingredients. Branded ingredients are manufactured to higher quality standards than generic products and offer higher levels of purity, transparency in their manufacturing as well as clinical research supporting their efficacy. Branded ingredients often provide scientific and educational support that makes it easy for a consumer to learn more about the science behind the specific ingredient used in the making of Bioteen products.

At Bioteen, we have a commitment to quality throughout our entire manufacturing process. Because we source all our raw materials ourselves, we have total control over what goes into Bioteen products. Our manufacturing is then undertaken by carefully selected contract manufacturers who are third-party certified.

Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) certification: CGMP refers to the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations enforced by the Food and Drug Administration “FDA”. is a system for ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards. It is designed to minimize the risks involved in any pharmaceutical production that cannot be eliminated through testing the final product. The cGMP acronym originated in the USA, where the US food and Drug Administration wanted to impress upon manufacturers the importance and need for “continuous” improvement to their approach to product quality.

Quality Manufacturing Stamp

Everything that goes into our product is thoroughly tested and sampled by our food scientist and owner. We know and understand the importance of everything that goes into our products and what functionality it serves to the teenage body, scientifically testing every ingredient to ensure a safe and ethical product.

This testing and lab sampling has led us to where we are today (and trust us, there have been some interesting and awful concoctions that we have come up with), a superior quality and excellent tasting product that allows teenagers, with Bioteen, to own the whole day to support their diet. From breakfast to dinner, Bioteen’s product range is a vehicle for delivery for vitamins, minerals, stress minerals, prebiotics and whole food nutrition and other things that teens need.

Adolescents have a biological need for 8 to 10 hours per night. We know this from a series of studies where adolescents went to “sleep camp” and spent 3 weeks in a lab. They were allowed to catch up on lost sleep, and then sleep as much as they wanted. In this setting, adolescents naturally slept an average of 9.3 hours per night.

In the United States, 7 out of 10 adolescents get less than 8 hours of sleep. There is no reason to believe this is any different in the Littleton Public School District. Consider, if you child has to wake at 6:00 a.m., he/she would need to be asleep by at least 10:00 p.m. in order to obtain the *minimum* recommended 8 hours of sleep (which for most teens is not enough).

A lot! Right after falling asleep, growth hormone is released, so children literally grow in their sleep. In addition, in the first part of the night executive functioning is developing. This is necessary to help teens make good decisions, reduce risky behaviors, and control their moods. In the last part of the night, during REM (or dream) sleep memories form and learning consolidates. So by waking up too early, students are literally deprived of their dreams, not to mention the learning that is so critical to academic and life success.

Wouldn’t teens get more sleep if parents made them go to bed earlier and took away their technology?

It is very important for parents to set bedtimes, and for all technology to be removed from the bedrooms. However, teens can’t simply fall asleep at 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. due to physical changes during puberty. Melatonin is a hormone released by the brain that controls the internal clock and prepares the body for sleeping. But during puberty, the timing of the melatonin release is delayed by up to 2 hours. This makes it nearly impossible for teens to fall asleep early. This shift is also seen in the morning hours, such that when we ask a teen to wake at 6:00 a.m. that is equivalent to asking an adult to wake at 4:00 a.m. An adolescent’s brain is biologically asleep at the time we ask them to wake up, often get behind the wheel of a car, and go to school and learn.

Every aspect of functioning is negatively impacted by not getting enough sleep.

  • Students who miss out on only 1 hour of sleep per night for 5 nights have been shown to have increases in ADHD like behaviors (inattention and impulsivity).
  • Similarly, students who go to bed 1 hour later for just 3 nights perform a full grade level below students who are getting enough sleep on tasks of short term memory, fine motor skills, and problem solving.
  • Teens who do not get enough sleep have increased risk-taking behaviors and accidents.
  • Negative mood is associated with insufficient sleep, with one study of over 30,000 students showing that for each hour of lost sleep there was a 38% increase in feeling sad or hopeless, and a 58% increase in teen suicide attempts.
  • Insufficient sleep is directly related to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
  • Drowsy driving accidents increase. After 17 hours of wakefulness, reaction time, decision making, and concentration are impaired as if a person has a blood alcohol level of 0.05 (legal limit in Colorado).

  • Teens should be able to wake relatively easy in the morning (i.e., get out of bed within 15 minutes of parent or alarm waking them).
  • If a teen has to use multiple alarms or you throw water on them to wake them up, they are not getting enough sleep.
  • Sleeping an extra 2 hours per night on weekends or school holidays is a sign your child is trying to catch up on lost sleep during the week.
  • Falling asleep in school or other inappropriate places (e.g., during a party or celebration, at a sporting event, riding on a ski lift) is a sign she is not getting enough sleep.
  • If you child’s mood or behavior positively change following a night of increased sleep, the other nights he/she is not getting enough sleep.

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Key Product Differentiators – Comparing Us To The Rest

 CriteriaTypical Sleep SupplementSupersleep™
Product formatUsually presented in the form of tablets and capsules.Convenient powder that can be mixed into a delicious hot or cold drink.
Active IngredientsMore commonly based on herbal ingredients and Melatonin which is regulated in certain countries. Addresses few sleep mechanisms.Based on amino acids, vitamins and minerals that are safe and effective.
Mechanisms of actionUsually addresses few mechanisms involved in sleep regulation.The nutrient combination in Bioteen works by several mechanisms to promote sleep: optimizing relaxing neurotransmitter function, promoting relaxing brain waves and optimising
Promotes next day restful feelingNo.Yes. Contains Glycine which has been found to improve the feeling of restfulness in the morning.
Herbal IngredientsYes. Usually contain herbal extracts which can contain heavy metals and interact with medication.No herbal ingredients. Entirely based on amino acids and micronutrients.
With Suntheanine® branded L-TheanineNo. If present, unbranded forms of Theanine are used.Yes. With a patented Suntheanine® , the form used in scientific studies.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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