Supplements such as Melatonin, Theanine, and Magnesium

August 15, 2019

Supplements such as Melatonin, Theanine, and Magnesium

You’ve tried almost everything, but sleep still eludes you. Your friend told you about what a great night’s sleep she had last night, and instead of being happy for her, all you feel is gluckschmerz (the German word for jealousy - you’re unhappy for her good fortune). Don’t give up hope. Don’t get mad at your friend. Don’t ask your doctor for a prescription. Do ask your doctor about how adding a supplement to your regimen might help you sleep. There are many supplements on the market.

How do you determine which one is the best for you?



A hormone that is released by the pineal gland which helps to regulate sleep.

Valerian root extract

Taken from a flowering plant and believed to help with insomnia.


Maintains healthy levels of the neurotransmitter GABA, this can be found in dark leafy greens, many seeds and nuts, dairy products, and other foods.


Also known as 2-Aminoacetic Acid, this is an amino acid and neurotransmitter that can promote sleep.


Acquired from food, this amino acid helps increase the neurotransmitter serotonin to aid in sleep.

Ginkgo biloba

A natural herb that assists in promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and promoting sleep.


Found naturally in tea leaves, this compound can help with focus, relaxation, and healthy sleep.


All of the above can be found as supplements and purchased online or at your local store. Many of them can be added to your routine just by incorporating different foods into your diet. Supplements should not be purchased from another country, as these might not be regulated, while those which are sold in the US and are labeled as dietary supplements are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It never hurts to seek supplements that have outside certification as well. Again, remember to talk to your doctor before adding a supplement, as some may have side effects or they might interact with other medications you are already taking.


Have you ever tried a supplement to help you sleep? How did it work for you?

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