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Sunflower Seeds

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Posted by 2q&learn (Southern California) on 10/11/2020 40 posts
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When I want hell to relax & get sleepy at bedtime, I've found that eating Sunflower seeds soon helps me relax & start yawning! (For extra help, I add a Banana.)

When I've eaten foods high in Phosphorus it creates an imbalance, & I wind up getting painful leg cramps, usually at night. When I eat either Sunflower seeds (or Almonds) that same day, I never get those cramps!


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Posted by Gert (Hg, Al) on 07/31/2018
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I finally found a formula that helps my insomnia and now have a pain--does anyone think this is from the stuff I take or could it be something else? I take 1 Seriphos (1000mg), 200 mg L-Theanine, 1000 mg Glycine, 1000 mg Taurine, 1000 mg Gaba and 500 mg niacinamide. This mix also calls for 1 mg extended release melatonin, which made me fall asleep faster but left me with a migraine all day after. Without the melatonin I fall asleep within an hour, wake up several times but go right back to sleep and have strange dreams.

Now, after a week of doing this at night, I have a pain in my back (slightly lower than kidney) that radiates over to my hip and on to my groin. Almost like a kidney stone? Never had one, so no idea what causes this. It aches during the day unless I'm moving and is what I notice most when trying to go to sleep. Any ideas what it could be? Almost like a pulled muscle, except I haven't done anything to pull a muscle.

Posted by Marianne (Clear Spring, MD) on 05/31/2009
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...Just to share, my fight for sleep for over 50 years has been hard, and I even thought I like the night and hated the morning. I realize now, it's because the world stopped bugging me at night, after I'd spent all day trying to please them in an exhausted state. Yet, once I finally did fall asleep at night (well, 2-4 am..), I had felt like I'd been in a doctors waiting room for hours.

I tried everything conventional, yada, yada, yada...and ended up needing to recover from side affects from treatments that weren't decided to pray hard, to be lead to things I'd never heard of--to things I'd never find any other way.

That day I came across four subjects of matter in a row, and ordered the supplements that were suggested. My depression is lightning a lot, I am now sleeping while liking morning(!) unless I run out of any one of the four (unfortunately this has happened for three weeks at a time, 6 six times this year because of lack of stock or whatever..)

Seems my hormones were severely whacked out since the age of 3 even!..especially the hypothalamus, and this can happen for a number of reasons like emotional trauma, and things like thinking you can play with mercury and chew on lead fishing sinkers when you're little...

Now before these supplements, of course, I started on some excellent things that got the health ball rolling: 2000 mg of coral calcium div into 3xs/day with 400 mg of magnesium citrate--div the same way..need VitD & an acid and a protein to make them absorb-able.

The other thing I was doing was taking a mg of melatonin which only worked between the optimal hours of 10pm and 2am--or you lose your night-recovery benefits causing you to need more hours per day. The other two main thing I was doing was using hgh, cloned, not a precursor (one company only, makes it here), and then the almighty stem cell-producing glyco-nutrients.

I assumed that was more than plenty (incidentally I was on a thyroid prescription for hypothyroidism after a 3-week binge on new & "raved about" artificial sweetener 12 years ago(!).

But, like a fine car, lots of great parts aren't enough if you're still missing something important. So now for the four things I added (on top of basic good green nutrition..) raw muti-glandular supplement real gland substance--yes, it was hard to find, so if you'll allow me to at least mention that it comes in a label the color of a--fire engine..(!)..?

This is the most complete combo I have found and there doesn't seem to be a competitor straight across the board--also, this is essential a dried 'food'-type animal-based dietary thing. The second is the same food-type thing: hypothalamus glandular--the actual substance..these can come in either bovine, porcine or lamb..some people do not like porcine.

The third thing surprised me: gaba...which turns off serotonin and turns on melatonin..this is found in everyone hypothalamus in abundance. And the fourth category was extra glandular of natural thyroid and pituitary tissue.

I hasten to add 5HTP is a nice cherry on top but isn't always necessary now, and royal jelly is the same way...but that is incredible stuff when you read about it..apparently, the queen eats it and lives about 6 yrs while the worker bees eat honey and live 6 weeks. If the diet is reversed, the workers live 6 years and the queen lives six weeks..just goes to show...

I take bvits w/ subliminal B12, too, because I had a terrible nervous breakdown and a B-deficiency was the straw that broke the camel's back.

Having learned about glyco-nutrients, I learned that volatile spices, herbs, gums, fibers and fungi like mushrooms all have them in and are stem cell-producing--literally from 0 to trillions in one WEEK in tested blood work, and that lets us fight off our own cancer, which did have.

Two other things that help sleep, are apple cider vinegar (my acid reflux stopped dead in it's tracks..hmm, mysterious..--yOu live with your own stomach so leave the 'cure' word to that certain gov organization to play with..I can only say we, in my household, have been off of acid reducers for three years now...and we were bad off...

My doctor in Maryland said this, that the sphincter will Not close until it detects enough acid...and low and behold, she hands me a prescription of stomach acid to take!!--but the vinegar did enough even that left me symptom-free too (vinegar was cheaper)..I sleep through the night without acid coming up now, you be the judge.

Wonder if you might have a better night? see, a lack of sufficient stomach acid cause lack of nutrient absorption, and there you go...who can sleep with that going on.

I have learned that my all-'caring' government--bless their little hearts--can't really own the word 'cure', it's mine...but, I'll play along, the law is very important.

So are our own rights to personal boundary protection.

The truth is, abuse is perpetuated by the victim, no one can hurt us who isn't allowed to first, so we must ask ourselves, are we willing to allow the self-abuse that precipitates being taken advantage of by others?

When take responsibility for ourselves, what others are able to do to us becomes limited even tho they have a temper tantrum.

Right now my 'other' dr. wants me on cholesterol medicine, so I put myself on something better and faster. I will no longer take pressure from those who say they won't treat me unless I do it all their way. That's power abuse. We need to nurture ourselves.

Replied by Anonymous
(Anonymousville, USA)

Magnesium and vitamin d3 should help also and have you had your adrenals checked?

Replied by Anonymous
(Anonymousville, USA)

You might want to check out the connection between insomnia and fluoride intake.

Posted by Amy (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) on 01/05/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I suffer from occasional insomnia and find this is a sure-fire cure:

1000mg L-Tyrosine (capsule form)
3-9mg Melatonin (sub-lingual tablets best)
500-1500mg Vitamin C (chewable best)

For me, this works best if taken as soon as you realise it's going to be one of those nights. I take it with a glass of water, and a slice or two of bread. Ideally, try this when you'll be able to devote 6-8hr to sleep--after that I always wake up 100% refreshed. Best of luck!

Posted by CheeMiss (Toronto, ON) on 12/26/2008


I have genetic chronic insomnia. My max sleep time is 2 hrs. On rare occasion 4 hrs. I have tried pretty much everything on this site. Nothing seems to work for a long deep sleep. BTW: even the strongest sleeping pills don't keep me down past 4 hrs and leave me very groggy, so I avoid them.

I have been searching the net and came across GABA & a product called Great Nights Sleep 2.Has anyone had any experience with either of these products? Please advise. I'm so burnt out and desperate and I don't want to spend any more monies on things that don't work. Thank You.

Replied by Jake
(Chicago, IL)

blackstrap molasses, aloe vera, coconut oil, melatonin and DHEA supplements have all helped me. I suffer from a similar problem and only recently have been having more than 2 hour stretches of sleep on a regular basis.

My DHEA levels are normally well below the reference range and supplementation brings them up. You might check your level.

Most important perhaps is the coconut oil. When I went up from 2 Tablespoons to 4 to 6 Tablspoons - 2 or 3 after dinner time before bed, I noted a definite improvement. You need to find your own levels her and especially for the melatonin - I currently take a quarter of a 3 mg. lozenge under the tongue type - each time I wake up to go to the bathroom.


Replied by CheeMiss
(Toronto, ON)

Hi Jake,

Thank you for your help. I have been taking or tried all that you mentioned to no avail except for the DHEA supplement. I will ask my doctor to check my levels as you suggested. Our gene pool insomnia is tough on all of us, as nothing much works. I wonder why doctors just dismiss this without checking our blood for imbalances. All they seem to want to do is push the pharmaceuticals.

Replied by Pamela
(Houston, Texas)
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I have used Gaba for years for insomnia with great results. I used the Now brand in powder formed with a 5 mg of B6. The key is to take right before you go to bed on an empty stomach. It needs to get to the brain receptors to make neuro-transmitters. I used anywhere from 2,000 - 5,000 mg, depending on how I was feeling. Anything over 5,000 mg did not do any good. Beware that you may get rapid breathing, heart rate, or shortness of breathe for a minute. This because the Gaba relaxes the blood vessels and blood is moving faster; I did. It seem to be the more intense I felt the more I would experience these symptoms. I did research on Gaba a lot before I used these higher amounts. The lower amounts of Gaba had no effect on me, but they may you. Don't take my word for it you can research it too. I hope this helps.

Replied by Mary
(Regina, Canada)

Hi CheeMiss: Regarding your insomnina, have you ever considered thyroid insufficiency? Hypothyroidism runs in families and is often not detected by blood tests.Insomnia is a huge symptom of hypothyroidism. I have had this problem and as my blood tests were low normal I got No help from my md. go to Doctor Wilson has devised a wonderful protocol for treating hypothyroidism that works!

Also I sleep alot longer each night now. Good luck, Mary

Replied by Cal
(Calgary, AB Canada)

Sea salts worked for me. The one without any additives etc, just wind and sun-dried. You can get at health stores. I used to always wake up around 2 am and couldn't fall asleep again. Also could only sleep on my left side but since I started taking sea salts things changed immediately. I just add a little to my drinking water, enough to taste it without it being salty and I can sleep on any side and even if I wake up I fall asleep again.

Sweet Woodruff

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Posted by Tricia (Murrells Inlet, SC USA) on 02/24/2009
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To combat insomnia, take 1/2 tsp of powdered woodruff mixed with honey or fruit puree 30 min before bedtime.Take Care! In large doses, woodruff may cause internal bleeding. Don't use it if you're pregnant or taking conventional medication for circulatory problems.

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Ted's Alkalizing Remedy

Posted by GertJR (Madison) on 06/17/2019

Ted from Bangkok says in one of his insomnia messages to take Hydrogen Sulfide and Sodium Nitrite. I see sodium nitrite is used in curing meats, so 'curing salt' is this item. How do you get hydrogen sulfide?

When I look on amazon, it doesn't have it and wikipedia says it's the rotten egg smell but nothing about where to get it. I'm trying all his suggestions for insomnia and this is the next one in the list (still no success, really). I can fall asleep and even sleep 3 hours at a time, but never feel rested. I'm doing epsom salt baths, alkalyzing (my ph is 7.3 this morning), passion flower, valerian, lemon balm in sleepy tea (yogi brand), kava and so much else I cant remember. Melatonin 2 mg. And benadryl......sure want to eliminate the benadryl.

Ted's Alkalizing Remedy

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Posted by Megabells (Philadelphia, Pa) on 01/17/2012
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I took Ted's Alkalyzing remedy for my candida and it cured my insomnia! It helped my husband's long standing insomnia issues too. We are sleeping through the night!

Replied by Tina
(Houston, Us)

Can you please specify what this remedy is, since I suffer from insomnia and am willing to try anything at this point.

Many thanks!

Replied by Granny

Just a question. I'm planning to follow Ted's advice for insomnia--1/4 tsp Potassium Carbonate + 1/2 tsp Sodium Carbonate in a glass of water to alkalize my system. Do I do this once a day? In the evening before bed? or does that even matter? I tested my ph first thing this morning and it was all the way on the acid end. (my test strip is for fish tank, so not so accurate, I think). I have ordered strips specifically for humans saliva & urine. Thanks for all your help.

Replied by Janet

Granny, I use Ted's remedy in the morning. It seems to improve sleeping at night. 5 drops of magnesium oil or 2 magnesium malate 250mg.

Going further into his remedies as I have multiple problems. I have used dhea 25mg in the am and. 5mg melatonin at night. Including the potassium carbonate.

I was truly shocked that the pot. carb. was so effective. I mention the other as a fall back. Janet

The Pillow Method

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Posted by Tammie (Greensboro)
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This works everytime for me. Put a fat pillow under your legs/knees and take your pillow out from under your head (make your head level with or below your heart). I can lay awake for hours but as soon as I do this, I'm asleep within 10 mins.

Theanine, Taurine

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Posted by Steven (Jersey City, Nj, USA) on 09/26/2012
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After three years of crippling insomina and trying every remedy under the sun (supplements and drugs) I finally found relief with a combination of taurine and theanine. I'm still not a champion sleeper with actual energy, but I don't feel like I'm dying everyday. I am able to fall asleep fairly promptly, and now when I wake up in the middle of the night I actually return to solid sleep and not fragmented. I still could use more sleep in the morning if if it weren't for having to go to work, but I can actually catch successful naps at lunchtime now too, just from the one dose at night time. The one catch is after about a month I was having insomnia again for a week and I had to increase the theanine dose from 100mg at night to 200mg, and it did work. Which is the recommended dose anyway, but I hope I don't have to keep increasing. But at least I know for a fact the theanine is helping. I've never taken the taurine on its own (500mg), so I'm not being a good scientist, can't say for certainty that helps, but other have recommeded this combo, and it's working for me.

Replied by Steven
(Jersey City, Nj, Usa)

UPDATE: I found the last ingredient that is allowing me to sleep solidly throught the night with no awakenings - L-glutamine (1/4 tsp[1 gm] in the morning)! It has been working for two weeks now. The only catch is I guess I'm sleeping so soundly I have no recall of dreams anymore. Taurine and Theanine seemed to increase dream recall for awhile. I reduced my dose of b-12 also which I believe was contributing to an increase of dream recall, so that is something to play around with, but for now I'm happy with solid sleep so I can live during the day instead of dreams.

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
2083 posts

Steven, by another of those "cosmic connections" I, only minutes ago, recommended both Glutamine and Taurine to V to help mental function as well as sleep. Anyway, if you wish to increase your dream awareness during sleep, try any otc herbal sleep aid combination that includes at least Valerian and Passionflower. If this doesn't much good, try some Calea and Lucid Dream inducing music or any meditation/relaxation music (many of which found on YouTube). In addition to Melatonin, i've recently had real good results w/ 5HTP before retiring.

Turmeric and Milk Thistle

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Posted by Isabelle (Weirton, WV) on 01/13/2008
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I just happened upon a site praising the benefits of turmeric and milk thistle; bought both and started taking them at the same time, so I don't know which of them (maybe both) is having this effect, but I feel like I'm twenty again (I'm 70). I sleep better and just generally have a better feeling of well-being. No better skin tone, or even anything noticeable, other than sleeping better.


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Posted by Betty (Florida) on 03/07/2019
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Valerian helps me sleep at night, deeper+ longer.

Occasionally I also take tryptophan along with valerian once or twice a month if I am stressed out. I take a valerian capsule around 8pm, about 2 hours after dinner. Not too early and not too late.

Valerian Root

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Posted by Ray (Cleveland, North Carolina) on 07/02/2015
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I started using valerian root capsules when I couldn't fall asleep several years back. A 500mg capsule worked ok for me. Usually takes me about half an hour after ingestion. Recently, I've found that drinking 1 teaspoon valerian root powder an hour or 2 before I asleep works really well. I'm able to fall asleep quick and sleep through the night.

In general, I've found that ingesting powdered herbs works faster and better than taking capsules. Not sure exactly why. Maybe it's being slowly absorbed by my body as I sip drinks instead of all the dosage at once. Make sure you mix it with some kind of fruit or sweetener. It smells like feet but doesn't taste bad.

Valerian Root
Posted by Jennywren (Perth, Western Australia, Australia) on 06/01/2013
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YAY. I'm not sure about Valerian Root, but I swallow one Valerian capsule (from the chemist) if I have trouble getting to sleep and it works great for me.

Valerian Root
Posted by Saskia (TKPK, MD, USA) on 10/15/2008
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I just started taking Valerian Capsules (500 mg) right before going to bed for my insomnia, and it works GREAT!! I used to not be able to fall asleep until 4 am, and was always sleepy and groggy when I woke up no matter how many hours of sleep I got. The first night I took one capsule at 11:30, and although I did fall asleep, I woke up around 2:30, and was unable to fall back asleep until I took another capsule an hour later. However, last night I took two capsules before going to sleep, at around midnight, and I fell asleep, slept through the night, and woke up at 7:30 (my alarm was set for 8:30!!) feeling awake and refreshed. I wasn't groggy and when I woke up I was ready to get out of bed- which is usually never the case!

So from now on I will be taking 1000 mg of Valerian Root every night for about a month, and then I'll see if I can sleep on a regular schedule without it. Now I'm not sleepy in my morning classes anymore! I highly recommend it- and I'm so happy I found a natural remedy for insomnia, I love this website! (I found Vegetarian Valerian Root capsules in the GNC section of my RiteAid, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find for anyone else) Good luck!

Replied by Susanp
(Melbourne, Vic)

In my experience, nothing works like NOW food's melatonin. But other brands are good too. To anybody that's on the fence, definitely go and buy melatonin. At least give it a try.