When I Can’t Sleep or Don’t Sleep Well
Today I’d like to talk about two supplements that helped me get a better night’s sleep. The first is melatonin. I recently heard a well known doctor talk about the dangers of melatonin. His only caution is: if you take too much you might have some minor symptoms like feeling groggy the next day or having a headache or some nausea. I think it is a good idea not to take more than the dose suggested by a reliable practitioner. That being said, I have never heard that melatonin is a big, bad dangerous drug. It is a hormone and should be used wisely. I personally have never had a problem with melatonin. I use it sometimes for a good night’s sleep. I occasionally go through phases where I don’t sleep well and melatonin usually does the trick. I take as little as 1 MG and up to 3 MG about an hour before bed.
Another supplement that helps me sleep is magnesium. Magnesium is known to have a relaxing effect on the body. I have read some studies that relate a lack of magnesium to insomnia. Many things rob your body of magnesium. It is believed the biggest offenders are too much: stress, calcium (without a balance of magnesium 2:1), refined carbs and certain pharmaceuticals including pain meds (NSAIDS) and heart burn meds to name a few.
So I believe taking magnesium for sleep does so much more than just help one’s sleep. I usually take 200 to 400 MG of magnesium at bedtime. Magnesium malate, taurate and citrate are the best, most easily absorbed forms. I wouldn’t take Magnesium aspartate and glutamate because they are neurotoxic. I am so grateful I found these 2 sleep-helper supplements. I would be much more sleep deprived without them!