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WEEKLY TIP: Supplements for a Good Night's Sleep

Thursday, 08 April 2010 03:14 PM

Sleeplessness is a major problem in the industrialized world. In the United States alone, 60 million people have a chronic sleeping disorder. In response, drug companies have developed drugs to treat sleep disorders that produce side effects, such as dependence, as well as memory lapses, sleepwalking, and even driving while asleep!

I have found some interesting solutions that not only solve the sleep problem, but also protect the brain and enhance its functions. Here are the best (For details, including dosage, see my report "Use Prevention to Take Control of Your Healthcare."

• Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis). This herb contains powerful anti-inflammatory extracts called wogonin, baicalein, and baicalin. It will calm the nervous system, make you slightly drowsy, and will allow you to fall asleep quickly. Most people feel well-rested the following morning. Chinese skullcap has also been shown to have anti-cancer effects, and it protects the brain.

• Muscle cramp/tension formula. The main ingredients of this product made by Pure Encapsulation are passion flower, lemon balm, and chamomile. It allows a restful night’s sleep and lets you awake feeling refreshed.

• Melatonin. This natural substance, one of the brain’s most protective antioxidants, is secreted from the pineal gland as you prepare for sleep. It should not be taken unless you have difficulty sleeping. Most melatonin is short acting, so morning fatigue is not a problem.

• Ibuprofen. I have found ibuprofen to be of great benefit for very resistant cases of insomnia, but avoid it if you have an active ulcer or gastritis.

• Theanine. Theanine is an amino acid extracted from green tea, and it has been found to induce restful sleep in most people. It is safe and effective and does not cause morning hangover. In fact, most report waking up refreshed and clearheaded. Studies have shown that it also reduces excitotoxicity. If used, it should be taken instead of the skullcap and
muscle cramp formula, and not with them. To learn about the many ways green tea can improve your health, read my report "Miracle Tea."

• Magnesium/calcium. Take magnesium and calcium supplements at bedtime, since both reduce brain activity and induce drowsiness.

See my report "Good Sleep: Stop Insomnia, Reduce Stress, Boost Your Total Health" for detailed information on getting a good night's sleep.

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