Top Three Supplements for Better Sleep
By Jackie Cartier
November 23, 2015
When our clients come in for their first consultation, many say they have trouble sleeping. Either they can’t fall asleep, they can’t stay asleep or they have fitful sleep.
For sleep issues we always look at food first. First it’s important to get your body balanced by eating the Weight & Wellness Way—animal protein, good fat and carbs at every meal and snack, which is a perfect transition to our number one piece of advice. Have a bedtime snack. We’re serious! Could there be an easier and more delicious way to sleep better? We suggest clients (and we do it, too) have a snack of quality fats and carbs about a half hour before bed. Our favorites are 1-2 Tbsp. heavy cream and ½ cup of berries or stewed apples. Snacks like these balance your blood sugar and keep it balanced throughout the night, which helps keep you asleep. If you’re waking up a lot in the middle of the night, it could be because your blood sugar is crashing.
So if you’re eating right and still not getting enough sleep, we’d suggest the following supplements.
Magnesium Glycinate helps address a mineral connection to poor sleep by relaxing all the muscles in your body. Usually when people can’t sleep, we recommend 400 to 800mg about a half hour before bedtime.
If magnesium doesn’t help, your sleep issues may be more of a hormonal issue. In this case we recommend applying ¼ tsp. of Pro-Gest about a half hour before bedtime to keep your hormones in balance throughout the night.
Finally, if nothing helps, we’d suggest taking one to four Neurocalm capsules at bedtime to support your neurotransmitter production. Neurocalm supplies both serotonin and GABA, which you need to sleep.