I take a melotonin/theanine combo I picked up at Costco. I get a much deeper sleep and wake up rested. I've taken it for the last 6 mos or so with no apparent ill affect.
I've been waking feeling unrested lately for no explicable reason (diet good, exercise ok, stress levels reasonable), so I took some melatonin (from NOW foods) last night and hit the hay early. I nearly sprung out of bed at 4am with a crap ton of energy. I don't plan on taking it long term, just want to play around with it a bit to see how effective it is. Maybe last night was a fluke/placebo effect.
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Melatonin works to promote sleep but should not be taken for a long period of time (like more than a week) because it can cause dependency and even depression. Tryptophan is a precursor to melatonin and does not have these side effects. I take a 500 mg capsule of tryptophan before bed, about every other day. I sleep better on the days that I take it.
I had a melatonin stage that really improved my sleep, but did make me a bit drowsy throughout the day, perhaps I should have lowered the dose?... anyways, what I found works even better for me is magnesium powder. same effect, without the drowsiness. i drink a cup in bed (sometimes mixed with herbal tea) and get very relaxed in 15 minutes.. knocked out in 20 or so. I also used to get a lot of muscle cramps ( waking up in the middle of the night with a calf cramp - urggggg) and that is history!
can i lik up cap the powder in my magnesium and stick it in some water?
I have taken Melatonin on occasion 3mg and 5mg dosage. It definitely works for me. I do find a slight "hang over" phenomenon, but that might be due to timing. The directions say take 1/2 hour before bed and I am usually only getting 7 hours in the sack, so it might last longer than 7 hours?
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