a friend of mine has trouble sleeping, She takes Nyquil /or the sleeping pills u can get in 7-11 to sleep other wise she stays up all night.
Is there any *natural* HERBAL supplement that can help a person fall asleep? Is GABA good for this?
I dunno, but I'd rather useover nyquil. I don't know of anything "herbal" though.
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valerian, kava kava, Theanine, 5-htp
I never liked GABA by itself.....never really knocked me out.....but gave me pretty vivid dreams....but I combined it with 6mgs of Melatonin....that knocked me out the natural way....now I just go with the melatonin....I Love it
BTW....5-HTP is good for a calming effect IMO....but not a great "sleep aid"
Doxylamine(Unisom) and diphenhydramine(Benadryl) are the two common OTC drugs. They work, but you build a tolerance after a few weeks, so melatonin is the best solution for chronic sleeplessness. It doesn't work for everyone though. There are a lot of herbal combo products at the healthfood store that have valerian and kava in them plus chamolile and a butch of others. Also DMAE help me to relax, but doesn't promote sleep, just vasodilation. I take 250mg every night.
6mg Melatonin works for me.
L-theanine for "herbal" remedy. Valerian and kava didn't really do much for me.
I always take 3mg of Melatonin and get good results
Melatonin works wonders for me also. I wouldnt recommend taking it every night as I heard it can shut down the natural production of it. I usually take it for nights when I'm going to get more than normal sleep so I can get into that really deep sleep. The dreams are pretty damn nice on this stuff also.
Valerian sucks, kava kava is crap. Never tried Theanine. 5-htp will only help you relax for about a half hour.Originally Posted by FunkMasterFlex
I only take it if i really need it, which usually is no more then 2-3 times a week. I never get the vivid dreams though....Originally Posted by scott72
For me, theanine doesn't discourage caffiene overstimulation like it's suppose to. It does seem to boost immunity a little. As far as melatonin, it's a MAOI, so vivid dreams or weird effects could occur. Really depends on the individual, and dose is the main variable IMO.
me too, on the 3mg, although I was thinking of cutting that in half. I seem a little groggy in the morning and research I read says you shouldn't. Lower dose until you wake up rested AND revived. 3mg though definitely puts me out!Originally Posted by Wedgylx
anything less than 2-3mg doesnt even get me to sleep but naturally use the smallest effective dose.Originally Posted by jeremiah1710
Melatonin is probably one of my favorite supps (cheapest too). I take 6mg every night. Occasionally I will forget and I usually wake up 2-3 times during the night, but with melatonin its out like a light. Bobo posted a study a while back that showed 10mg of melatonin a night stimulates growth hormone secretion.
ZMA makes me sleep like a baby, but I have friends who it doesn't do anything for. Good Kava can also help but for the money ZMA and/or Melatonin would be first.
4 slices of turkey and a glass of milk....oohh yeah and a shot of booty !...sleep like a baby !
HAHA, I had a girlfriend that used to respond well to tryptiphan too, before they banned it. You could probably do the same w/ 5-OH but you'd need at least 250-500mg. All I see is 50mg caps. That would get expensive.Originally Posted by big_D
Bump on ZMA, that helps me get to sleep quicker when I'm on it. I've also used Melatonin before with good results.