Taking GABA for Sleep: The Science Behind It and If It Really Works

Sleep is very, very important to us. Our busy lives (and technology addiction) cause seemingly perennial exhaustion—making the little time we allow for sleep imperative to maintaining sanity. Our interest in a good night's rest knows no end, creating intrigue around subjects like the best times to sleep, our sleep position, teas that help come bedtime, and the best calming beauty products. We've even researched how to function on no sleep because, well, it happens.

Now, we're interested in GABA and its favorable effect on our sleeping schedules and occasional insomnia. Not sure what GABA is? Don't worry—we weren't either. Below, find the science-backed information we found most helpful.

Ed. note: Please speak with a doctor before trying any new supplements or making major dietary adjustments.

Next up: Try these five ways to get more REM sleep, according to a sleep specialist.