From having to deal with minor to severe insomnia for the past 2-1/2 years, sleep has become the biggest factor in my ability to achieve gains... bar none. Sleep is for sure the only thing that will allow a person to fullyand advance. It may sound obvious, but no amount of supplements will ever make up for getting less than 8 hours a night. And believe me, I've tried.
It is insane how fast I improve when I can consistently get 8 or more hours a deep sleep per night. This realization has lead to me search for the best in sleep improving supplements over the last 6 months. I have tried so many and been disappointed almost every time. Nothing gave me what I needed to get the full recovery that only sleep can offer.
But I have finally found a group of supplements that seem to be working consistently. They are (all bought in bulk form):
(all amounts measured on a digital scale acurate to 0.01 grams)
GABA: At 1000mg GABA provided a deep and satisfying sleep. Sleep latency was greatly reduced. I didn't even remember falling asleep. This was probably the first fully regenerative sleep I've had in 2 weeks.
At 1500mg of GABA I experienced the most discomforting full body tingling and ictching after about 10 minutes of ingestion. It reminded me of an MSG reaction but without the red spots on the skin (for those who have experienced and MSG "overdose"). The GABA itch subsided after about 5-10 minutes. Then, I felt sort of messed up, it's hard to explain, but I definitely slept well. It pretty much knowcked me out hard! But 1000mg works well enough and without the itch torture.
Phenibut: My favorite of all time. Nothing has ever worked so well as . And I've tried it before in the form of MRM Relax-All which never worked as well as I had hoped. I assume it is underdosed.
at 1000mg provided a strong relaxation which lead into a fast and deep sleep. The sleep lasted for about 11 hours and was the best any sleep could be. I woke up once and had no problem falling back to sleep as I usually do.
at 1500mg made me feel very tired and not quite right. At one point in falling asleep I think I almost choked or stopped breathing because I woke up suddenly retching. Then my muscles began to quiver for about 5 minutes. Very strange. Fell asleep about 10 minutes later and had a good night of unconciousness. Woke up feeling drunk like my legs were rubbery. This lasted for about 30 minutes. Maybe 1500mg is a bit too much. Doesn't matter because 1000mg works like a charm. So far I'm thinking phenibut will turn out to be the king.
L-theanine: I haven't fully experienced this one yet, but have high hopes for it. At 150mg I felt what may have been relaxation. Tonight I will try 300mg on an empty stomach and continue reporting my experience.
Supplements for sleep for those who don't sleep well should be at the top of the supplement to-buy list. Just give it a try. Even those of you who think you sleep just fine may benefit from improved or longer sleep. And this is what I mean by indirect bodybuilding supplementation. If one can make sleep more effective then the benefits will carry over to not only everyday living, but athletic performance... and it will be better than anything on the market.