In these posts Zinc is recommended. In one post it is picolinate, in another post it is orotate. I have personally done some research and I have nailed it down to acetate or sulfate. So....which one of these is the king or zinc?
I wanted to update on the sleep combo of melatonin/magnesium/zinc. It turns out that this combo is also likely to be helpful for hypothyroidism and since the meds for hypothyroidism are known to negatively affect sleep, this is a match made in Earth Clinic!
I take l-tryptophan; it is precursor to melatonin and serotonin so it adds up to sweet dreams. Been doing so for years and it's just great. I'm already taking zinc but earlier in the day so am eager to try zinc and magnesium at night.
I've taken melatonin pills for many years, but I decided to try it in liquid form. There is a remarkable difference.
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Magnesium has well known laxative effects. People with exquisitely sensitive guts cannot take that much magnesium at one time without it resulting in multiple trips to bathroom. Which results in interrupted sleep, just the opposite of intended effect ...
Since I have been doing a significant amount of testing with melatonin, I recently tested the effectiveness of melatonin that also contains vitamin B6 as it has been mentioned on EC. In fact I recently said it was not a good form of melatonin to use for Covid-19 as the high dosages required for Covid-19 would mean you might get too much B6.
On the other hand, for the low dose of melatonin used in this sleep aid combination, I have found that the use of melatonin that has B6 in it adds to the effectiveness of this combo!
If you are deficient in B6, it can contribute to insomnia. B-6 also helps with absorption of melatonin, which is poorly absorbed, so for the above combo, a 5 mg melatonin supplement that also contains B6 is more useful to me for sleep!
Only a small change to the original combo, but more effective for me for sleep!
Here is a link to one melatonin product that contains 5 mg of melatonin plus 10 mg of vitamin B6.
When you look at the health benefits of this sleep aid combo, I am not only getting better sleep, but also improving my overall health!
Melatonin in many people (myself included!) has the opposite effect. It wires me like ten cups of coffee. So, be aware it may NOT work. Don't try it for the first time if you really NEED sleep.
I am 72 and my life is very stressful. When I started having trouble sleeping, I took melatonin and 5-HTP. They helped somewhat, but I would still wake up every hour and a half and take 20 minutes to get back to sleep.
I read a very interesting article by a sleep specialist in psychology today, and he recommended gaba and L-Theanine. GABA slows down the overactive obsessive part of the brain, and revives the more calming parts of the brain.
The second night I took GABA, I realized that I had been far less stressed all day, and was waking up less often
A month or so after I starting to take GABA, I added the L-Theanine, which works much the same way as GABA. I very soon noticed that I woke up fewer times and I fell back asleep much quicker. I still take melatonin and 5-HTP, and find I need to take a nap in the day far fewer times. My life is much happier now!
I took melatonin for years, but unfortunately had to stop tasking it becasue I was getting a very bad rash from it. I have been a very bad sleeper all my life, it takes me from 30-40 minutes to fall asleep and I usually wake up up every 2 hours or so, and have trouble falling back to sleep. I want to add I am a very active person, gym time every day and walking. I already take the magnesium at night, but without my Melatonin I became a very unhappy person, until I read an article about Tart Cherry juice,
I drink an 8oz. glass about an hour before going to bed, and it worked even better than the melatonin, I read that Tart Cherry juice actually contains melatonin......all I can say is, I have never slept better in my life, if there is a bathroom visit, there is no problem going back to sleep. I now buy the Tart Cherry Concentrate put 2tablespoons into an 8oz glass of water.
Hope it will somebody else.
3 Scientifically Proven Supplements To Help You Stay Asleep
Since the study for this combination of supplements was fairly long, I imagine that many EC readers did not have time to read the whole study, so I thought I would highlight an important point shown in this study as well as other studies and meta analyses. In most of these studies it was clearly shown that there is an inverse relationship between vitamin D serum level (25 OH d) and sleep issues or to say that a little differently, as the vitamin D level declines, sleep issues increase and as 25 OH d serum level rises, sleep issues decline.
Overall, this is just one of many reasons to make sure your 25 OH d serum level is replete!