L-theanine #2: Tried 300mg before bed. I can definitely say that there was a "heady" feeling. Hard to describe because I was trying to sleep at the time. But what confuses me was that although I felt subdued, I was not tired. In fact, I think this stuff actually kept me awake. I don't know for sure, perhaps the dose was too high. Sometimes things that are supposed to relax you can actually cause insomnia at too high a dose. Examples of this are Valerian and Rhodiola.
Well, I'm going to have to try Theanine during the day and at several different doses to find out for sure.
After the Theanine wasn't putting me to sleep, I swallowed down 800mg GABA. I felt it begin to work in about 15 minutes. But my sleep was the worst it's been since starting these new sleep aids. Very disturbed. For now, I'm pegging it on the theanine. Perhaps theanine is good for daytime relaxation but not the right choice to aid in sleep.
Herbal Experiment #1: A hot water infusion of ~1/2 tablespoon real Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) and 1 tsp concentrated Kava paste plus 350 mg Kanna produced very nice mood lightening effects. But with it came a sound kind of energy. Might not be suitable for sleep enhancement. Have yet to experiment with it in that regard.
A tea made of Calea Z., valerian, blue vervain and wild lettuce produced a very deep and lucid dream filled night of sleep on one occasion. On another it produced nothing. Further experiments warranted.
A combination of wild dagga, blue lily of the nile, and salvia d. produced a deep sensation of acceptance when vaporized and inhaled. Could be useful for aiding in sleep. May try this in the future to find out how it works.
On a side note, I was doing some research and found out that diazepam is actually a naturally occuring chemical. It was first synthesized in a lab and then discovered to exist in various foods such as potatoes (in tiny tiny amounts).
Lavender Oil aromatherapy:
This has studies to back up it's efficacy in both improving sleep latency as well as duration. It has traditionally been used primarily as a relaxant.
First experiment with it was crazy. I put 5 drops on each pillow. In my small room the scent was overwhelming so much so that I felt like I was being drugged. I was quickly being pulled into unconciousness. Soon. ~2.5 hours later, I awoke with an irritated nose and throat. The scent was indeed too much. A word of caution.
Later experiments proved more successful as I lowered the amount of oil used. A small 3 drops on one pillow consistently provided sedation and improved sleep night after night. There is the occasional sleepless hour, but most of the time, Lavender oil really helps put me out.
No need to get a special oil burner or anything. Just put a few drops on your pillow, sheet, etc.