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Re: Early morning wakenings - help yxibow

Posted by janejane on March 5, 2009, at 10:21:24

In reply to Re: Early morning wakenings - help janejane, posted by yxibow on March 4, 2009, at 21:42:32

Since 2/3 of Americans don't get the US RDA of magnesium, I think it should be a natural top candidate for anyone seeking a sleep aid (chances are, your body could use more anyway). I have personally experienced a huge improvement in sleep quality from supplementation, so I can't help but be enthusiastic about it. I agree that magnesium citrate may be more likely than say, the glycinate form, to have a laxative effect, but taken judiciously (i.e., start with a small dose), it seems to have a slight edge for benefitting sleep (for me). A popular product called "Natural Calm" uses the citrate form as the primary ingredient, and reviewers seem to like its sleep-enhancing effects. (Never tried that one, but found the much cheaper Now Foods brand to work just fine.)

By the way, I have also tried valerian and low-dose trazadone, and found them not to do much at all. Others' experience may differ, but I though it might be helpful to mention my own. If magnesium didn't work for me, and I still had sleep issues, I think I would probably try 5-HTP in the evening, and if that didn't work, maybe straight-up melatonin.




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