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Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D.
Dr. Russell Blaylock, author of The Blaylock Wellness Report newsletter, is a nationally recognized board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer. He attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his internship and neurological residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. For 26 years, practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from his neurosurgical duties to devote his full attention to nutritional research. Dr. Blaylock has authored four books, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients, and his most recent work, Cellular and Molecular Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Find out what others are saying about Dr. Blaylock by clicking here.

Is Calcium Citrate a Good Sleep Aid?

Tuesday, 25 May 2010 09:08 AM EDT

Question: Does calcium citrate help with sleep? It seems to help me. I tried melatonin, but it did not work.

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

Yes, calcium is a good sleep aid. I generally recommend that people take their calcium supplements at bedtime to aid in sleep. Magnesium also aids sleep and can be taken with the calcium. Chamomile tea or extract will help sleep as well and can be taken with the calcium/magnesium.

For some people, melatonin does not work, but this may be related to the dose or purity of the product.

I have had a number of people report that taking two ibuprofen tablets at bedtime also improves sleep. But be careful — it can cause gastric irritation. Taking DGL (licorice) with the ibuprofen can often prevent stomach upset.

Make sure the room is completely dark. In addition, avoid exercising after 6 p.m., and avoid intense intellectual activity two hours before bedtime.

© HealthDay

Tuesday, 25 May 2010 09:08 AM
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