The Sleep Supplement Trio That Finally Worked

The never ending search for a good night’s sleep…If you have fibromyalgia, you know what I’m talking about. I have blogged before about different supplements that can help you get the rest that you need. Dr. Teitelbaum’s recommendations have been my starting place for finding effective sleep supplements.
After a lot of trial and error, I found a concoction that seemed to work: 50 mg 5htp, 100 mg L-theanine, and 3 mg melatonin. This seems to help me fall asleep, stay asleep and get back to sleep if something wakes me up. Interestingly, I found an article that recommends this exact trio because of the synergistic effects between them.
L-theanine reduces stress chemical messengers (cortisol and epinephrine) to induce calm and help you stay asleep.
Melatonin is a hormone that tells your body that it’s time to go to sleep. It also provides pain relief to FM patients when taken at higher doses (a recent study demonstrated that 10mg per night is effective). Melatonin is also a potent antioxidant.
5htp is a precursor to melatonin and serotonin. One interesting thing I learned from this article is that night time serotonin helps repair the wear and tear that day time activity causes. 5htp helps provide the building blocks for both of these important chemical messengers.
http://www.betternutrition.com/supplements-for-sleep/ sleep supplements
Huzzah! I hope this helps someone else out there sleep well tonight!

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6 thoughts on “The Sleep Supplement Trio That Finally Worked

  1. Trisha says:

    Interesting! I’ve taken all three of those before but never together. I’ll have to keep it mind. Someday I would like to go off the prescription medications I take to help me sleep (amitriptyline and tizanidine). It’s good to know there are other effective alternatives. Enjoy your sleep!

  2. The Girl in Yoga Pants says:

    I’ve been struggling with sleep so much. I was interested to learn that l-theanine decreases cortisol. I’ve been taking it for several nights now, with no effect. The problem is, my cortisol levels are already too low to begin with, which interferes with sleep as much as high cortisol does. Looks like I’m not doing myself any favors with the l-theanine. LOL Tomorrow, I’m going to take licorice root, which raises cortisol, to see what happens.

    • Katarina says:

      That’s really interesting! I sometimes take licorice tincture to stay awake in the daytime lol! we all have our own cycles of these troublesome hormones! (I have to say theanine didn’t work for me except in combination). good luck!

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