Can’t Sleep? – Try These Natural Sleep Supplements

Do you have trouble falling asleep at night?

Maybe you have a lot of things on your mind and can’t stop thinking about them when it’s time to go to bed?

Perhaps you can’t settle down and fall sleep after you workout?

Well if you are looking for a safe and natural sleep remedy that’s cheap and effective, than you’ll want to try these 2 supplements which can help you relax and get a good nights sleep…


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Melatonin…

One supplement that I recommend for helping you to fall asleep is “Melatonin”.

Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate your sleep and wake cycles. Your body has its own internal clock that controls your natural cycle of sleeping and waking hours. Melatonin levels begin to rise in the mid to late evening and this is part of what makes you feel sleepy and ready to go to bed. Then melatonin drops off in the early morning hours.

Light affects how much melatonin your body produces. Ideally you should wake when the sun comes up and go to sleep after the sun sets, like most animals do in nature. However, in today’s society very few people do this. We tend to stay awake late in the night watching TV, on the computer, etc. And all of this provides artificial light and stimulus which can off set your sleep rhythms and natural melatonin production.

In addition to that the production of melatonin slowly declines with age. This is why a lot of older people have trouble sleeping throughout the night and they tend to sleep less than they used to when they were younger.

Melatonin Supplements

To help you get a good night sleep you should take 3 to 6 mg of melatonin before bed.


GABA…

Another supplement that I highly recommend is GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) this is the main calming neurotransmitter in the brain. It helps to turn off excess adrenalin and calm you down, which can help you relax and get a good nights sleep.

The body makes GABA from the amino acid glutamine. GABA helps the body make endorphins which are the chemicals that make us feel happy. Having enough GABA in your brain is linked to being relaxed. It can make you feel more tranquil and give you a sense of well being. Without this inhibitory neurotransmitter, one would constantly remain on edge and anxious, and not have the ability to relax. Having too little GABA is linked to the sleeping problems, insomnia, and feeling anxious, stressed, tense and depressed.

Dietary GABA supplements are available, but instead of containing the neurotransmitter itself, they contain substances that help the body produce its own. Taking GABA increases the amount of alpha waves. Alpha waves are linked to clear thinking, good focus and being in “the zone” or “the flow”. In these mind states, in which we are focused, calm and productive, we have high amounts of alpha brain wave activity.

GABA is popular among bodybuilders because it can increase the level of human growth hormone. Studies have shown as much as a 300% increase in growth hormone release from taking GABA.

GABA Supplements

To help with sleep you should take 1/2 of a level teaspoonful of GABA powder before bed.

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You can get both melatonin and GABA inexpensively as over the counter supplements. They are available at most supplement stores. But if you can’t find them locally you can order them online.

If you would like some more information about them, here are some links that you can check out:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melatonin
http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/tc/melatonin-overview
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamma-Aminobutyric_acid
http://extrahappiness.com/happiness/?p=3582
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18091016

About The Author

leehayward

Lee Hayward is a competitive bodybuilder and muscle building coach who has been online helping people build muscle, lose bodyfat, and get in shape since 1999. Lee was selected as one of the Top Fitness Trainers Online through YouTube's Next Trainer Program and his work has been featured in several international magazines such as: FLEX, Muscle Insider, Muscle Mag International, Testosterone, Ironmag, and Forbes.

8 Comments

  • Alejandro

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    Hey Lee, that is actually a great help, thanks !!
    My question is, are some weird GABA with something else products worth? or just those that u posted with only GABA?

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  • Omar

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    No.
    Have to disagree with buying sleep supplements.

    Fix underlying problem = better.

    As if society doesn’t make enough money from all our health problems.

    People need to get out of the mentality of trying to smother symptoms for all their problems – with a PILL. The symptoms are there to tell you you are doing something wrong. So listen to them.

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  • Omar,

    I have to agree with you, and like I mentioned in the video I don’t use these supplements all the time. In fact, I haven’t used either of them in months because I’ve been sleeping fine without them. But when someone is going through a tough time and finds it hard to sleep these supplements can help.

    In times of stress (i.e. school, exams, work, family situations, etc.) I would much rather take a supplement and get a good nights sleep rather than lay awake all night and make things even worse.

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  • Dino

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    Hey Lee, have you ever tried the sleep app? it produces sounds like rain, thunder, ocean, ect. At first I thought this was BS, but when I was recommended by my physical therapist, I was actually surprised how well this app worked.

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  • Sam

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    Mr. Hayward,

    thank you for sharing your knowledge and information with us.I love your posts and the one on squatting ass to grass was one of the best I have come across.

    With regard to these supplements can they be both taken at the same time, and also combined with others? I am currently taking ZMA but honestly it hasnt been working for me. I find myself sleepless….

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  • William Sibert

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    Lee,, your simply the man… every video, every week in and out is better or more educational than any other channel i may browse upon on youtube.. Will be subscrbing to your club here shorlty, i think ive finally found a gym with 24/7 access and one that has the equipment you usually recommend on your vidz… thanks again man..

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  • Hi Lee,
    Thanks for sharing supplement that can help for sleeping problem. However I believe natural ways like exercising few hour before bed time could help better.

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  • Mark Tinland

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    Hi Lee
    Would you have a Link where to order melatonin, gaba ans supplements for joints ?
    Thanks on advance
    Mark

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