While occasional restless nights are normal, prolonged insomnia can interfere with daytime function, concentration, and memory. Insomnia increases the risk of substance abuse, motor vehicle accidents, headaches, and depression. Insomnia may stem from a disruption of the body's circadian rhythm, an internal clock that governs the timing of hormone production, sleep, body temperature, and other functions.
The following dietary sleep supplements may also be helpful in promoting sleep:
- L Tryptophan 1000 mg can help promote sleep.
- A multivitamin daily
- Melatonin, 1 - 6 mg one hour before bedtime, for sleep and immune protection. Ask your health care provider about potential prescription interactions.
- Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil, 1can help decrease inflammation and help with mental balance.
- Coenzyme Q10, 100 - 200 mg at bedtime, for antioxidant, immune, and muscular support.
- 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), 50 mg two to three times daily, for mood stabilization and sleep improvement.
- L-theanine, 200 mg one to three times daily, for nervous system support.