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 Posted 2/28/2013 10:20:03 AM
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47 y/o male...very hard to get to sleep and can't stay asleep through the night. I also have asthma, so I can't take - melatonin, tryptophan, l-theanine, or GABA. I've tried valerian tea...it works okay, but it doesn't knock me out like I think I would prefer. Thanks.

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 Posted 2/28/2013 6:55:54 PM
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Perhaps Magnesium before bed? Strictly anecdotal, but I seem to sleep a little more soundly since I've begun taking Magnesium L-Threonate. Less of a laxative effective than other forms of Magneium. I take one of LEF's Neuro-Mag pills at breakfast, lunch, and an hour or so before bed.
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 Posted 3/1/2013 6:08:55 AM
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Thanks, I forgot to say I actually do take 3 x 160mg LEF Mag Citrate and D-3 2,000iu. I haven't tried the L-Threonate though.
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 Posted 3/2/2013 1:23:38 AM
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Vigorous exercise each day in the morning or afternoon for at least an hour. A sedentary lifestyle may appear to cause one to be more lazy and thus more sleepy. On the contrary, the body is so sedentary that it's getting too much 'rest' and thus isn't 'tired' when one should be. 

I know, I know, most people are looking for a pill to cure their ill, but often times all it takes is some good 'ol fashioned lifestyle modifications and effort.

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 Posted 3/2/2013 4:02:17 AM
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Here's the solution:  Take 2 grams (four 500 mg capsules) of Inositol one hour before bed time.   Let me know how this works for you.
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 Posted 3/3/2013 8:34:26 AM
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How about to consult first in your nearest sleep clinic?

I had great results on my mild sleep apnea using a mouth devise (e.g. you can see here). I had to get used to it but really not a big deal and my wife is no longer hearing me snoring which is a good side effect. You might be suffering something else though as you have troubles starting to sleep and this must be very hard. What does your doctors say? Do you wake up in agitation and sweat?



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 Posted 3/3/2013 2:33:57 PM
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Sleeping in a completely dark room helps.  Even the light on a clock can interfere with sleep.  Avoiding caffeine after 12:00 pm can also help.

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 Posted 3/4/2013 3:34:34 AM
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I will give them a try before considering a sleep doc.
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 Posted 7/25/2013 7:41:03 PM
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Jujube is very good for sleep. L-tryptophan in late afternoon or evening helps the body make melatonin by bedtime.
Good luck,
Elaine
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 Posted 7/29/2013 3:47:40 AM
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The body ceases to make Melatonin as retirement age approaches.  Hormones begin depletion from the age of 30 years and progress more rapidly once menopause has taken it's toll.
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