The 3 Most Important & Effective Sleep Ingredients To *Finally* Get The Full, Restful Night Of Sleep Your Body & Brain Craves With Angelo Keely.

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Angelo Keely is the co-founder and CEO of Kion, a performance and longevity supplement and functional food company dedicated to helping people fully experience a joyful, active life by providing pure, energy-enhancing solutions. Angelo Keely, along with yours truly, first started Kion in 2017 with a dream of creating something that motivated people to continue on their personal health journeys.

Since 2017, Angelo has taken part in helping to develop many of the highest-possible quality supplements on the market, cultivated an incredibly passionate team, and has helped fuel the growth of Kion.

Angelo was born to hippie parents in Austin, Texas, and raised in an old, funky, hand-built house nestled in the outer regions of the suburbs. They were health-nut pescatarians. He didn’t have a birth certificate or see a doctor until he was six. He didn’t have his first haircut until the summer before fourth grade. So, as you can imagine, he got very comfortable being “weird” at an early age.

He then had a series of traumatic accidents in his adolescence and early adulthood. Nearly stabbed and beaten to death at 16, he left home and became independent at 17, and was then involved in a deadly bus accident in the foothills of the Himalayas at 21. These events gifted him with the confidence to navigate all situations and a profound appreciation for simply existing.

Angelo spent several years working in Europe and India in his 20s. Thanks to this experience (and a lot of talking out loud to himself), he now speaks multiple languages. He was drawn to these experiences because he loves to see things, and himself, from new perspectives and he's enthralled by the challenge of understanding new systems.

Angelo is also a multi-instrumentalist and loves to make music with unique variations of vocals, drums, piano, and guitar.

In this conversation with Angelo Keely, you'll discover:

What's been up with Angelo lately…10:20

-Why sleep is important…22:20

  • We’ve learned a lot in the last 100 years, but we still know surprisingly little
  • Hans Berger
  • What do we know? (specific health impacts and specific brain wave impacts in humans, combined with the mechanism of action studies in animals)
  • We are rhythmic natural beings: sleep and wake is the core rhythm 
  • What we still don’t know? (difficult to analyze mechanisms of action on humans)
  • Brain energy reserves
  • Kion Aminos
  • Kion Creatine

-The science of sleep…40:42

-Possible purposes of sleep…56:35

-The Kion Sleep formulation…1:04:46

  • Why Kion chose to make this product
  • The product development process
  • Mechanistic studies on sleep
    1. Sleep latency
    2. Sleep disturbances
    3. Sleep quality
  • How and why we landed on this formula (optimal nutritional support)
    • Focus on regular use for long-term improved sleep quality (vs unique sleep disruption; e.g. international travel or short term stress)
    • Why specific ingredients and doses?
  • Tryptophan is a precursor of 5-HTP; 5-HTP is a precursor of serotonin; serotonin is a precursor of melatonin
  • Why not other ingredients?
    • Natural sleep system (using dietary approach and knowledge that sleep has shown to regulate over weeks)
    • Daily use; ingredients studied long term with best-supporting research in humans (additional animal research for mechanisms of action also interesting)
    • Effective ingredients at the right price; no fairy dusting or including “traditional remedies” that lack clinical proof (e.g. 100mg of tryptophan or some herb/botanical just because it sounds good to people)

-Uses of Kion Sleep…1:25:45

  • When to use at night? 
  • How often?
  • Can you use it for naps?
  • Why sleep is important for human health?
  • Basics of getting good sleep
  • How Kion Sleep fits into daily nutrition
  • Can be used safely with other supplements, like Magnesium

-And much more…

-Upcoming Events:

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

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Got a question for Angelo Keely or me regarding today's episode? Drop a comment below, and one of us will reply!

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15 thoughts on “The 3 Most Important & Effective Sleep Ingredients To *Finally* Get The Full, Restful Night Of Sleep Your Body & Brain Craves With Angelo Keely.

  1. Kate says:

    Hi, Ben, haw can I find the transcript for this podcast?
    Big fan of yours.❤️❤️

    1. Ben Greenfield says:

      Hi Kate — here it is:

  2. Eric Thomas says:

    Is the dose the same for men and women using Kion Sleep?

  3. Alex says:

    What is Bens promo code for kion sleep?

    1. Ben Greenfield says:

  4. Florian says:

    Interesting fact from the study you linked above

    “Results: GABA/l-theanine mixture (100/20 mg/kg) showed a decrease in sleep latency (20.7 and 14.9%) and an increase in sleep duration (87.3 and 26.8%)”

    yet in the kion sleep product it was chosen for GABA to be the lowest amount of all 3 amino acids.

    whats up with that?

  5. Tracy Rupp says:

    What is the best sleep tracker?

    1. Ben Greenfield says:

      I highly recommend the Oura Ring:

  6. tom says:

    Do I use serum at the day or night? don’t want to mess with skin sensitivity in the sun.

    1. Hi Tom! This is Cindy from Greenfield Botanics. You can use Pure Radiance serum morning and night for the best result. I haven’t gotten any feedback regarding sun sensitivity due to serum use, but if you are experiencing it, try using it once per day, preferably at night. Thanks for asking.

  7. Thomas says:

    Where is the skin care serum that you mentioned in the podcast? can’t seem to find in the show notes

    1. thomas says:

      I actually found it in the bottom and currently ordering the pure radiance serum. is there a good sunscreen anyone knows I can pair with it to keep? thanks

      1. Hi Thomas! This is Cindy from Greenfield Botanics. Thanks for making the effort to find Pure Radiance serum again. I’m working to expand our product line and sunscreen is on the list. Good to know that our serum customers are interested in sunscreen.

  8. Bill Montgomery says:


    You said that you don’t recommend taking melatonin with you Sleep product. What if you are older? I’m 77. I am taking your Sleep product along with 3 grams of Melatonin because I go to bed at 5:00 PM and get up at 2:00 AM. I have read and heard that older individuals do not make as much Melatonin as younger folks. So what day you about this?


    1. Yeah 0.3-3mg daily of melatonin seems to help in older individuals for sure…

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