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Janice70
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My neighbor has severe long term insomnia. I don't think she is ready to consider Lyme as a possibility just yet, so I have not mentioned it to her.

But I want to help her--I remember having severe insomnia, and it is awful.

I've already recommended glycine. Is there anything else?

Maybe exercise followed by epsom salt baths?

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Melatonin. It's in with the vitamins.
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Janice70
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I should have mentioned that she's already tried melatonin. It works for awhile, then stops working. That's been my experience too.
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http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/1/77321


Topic: NATURAL SLEEP - Links to articles & supplements


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Cass A
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What often works for me are B Complex, about 300 mg of B 1, and a liquid calcium/magnesium.

Hope this helps.

Best,

Cass A

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AmandaM
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I have heard good things about Valerian root. However, I have yet to take it myself.

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Leelee
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Still looking for answer for myself. I don't like being dependent on Ambien CR.

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My LLMD told me to take L-theanine 100 mg 3x/day, 5 HTP 100 mg 3x/day, and use 1-7.5mg sublingual melatonin at bedtime.

I am up to 3 mg SL melatonin right now. They said to use it as I am crawling into bed because it can make you sleepy/dizzy quickly.

For me, I found that it takes longer than that to work. I took it at 9 pm and got sleepy at 11 pm.

I will be increasing my dose gradually. Right now I only have 1 mg sublingual tabs. They are available in 2.5 mg tabs from the Vitamin Shoppe.

One should always check that supplements and meds do not interact with other supps/meds they take....like melatonin with SSRI antidepressants.

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Hi Janice,
I've fund just an hour of exercise, even just as a brisk walk on not-too-busy streets (bundle up!) can really help with sleep come evening, as well as improving well-being.

Melatonin, as mentioned in posts above is often useful just before bed. It replaces what might not be produced in one's pineal gland- naturally- on a nightly cycle. (the gland is in the brain)

Also, Herbalists often recommend a tea from Passion flower. I've used Chamomile & Valerian myself with good results myself.

Here's a link to an overview of herbs to "help ya get some ZZZs":
http://www.holistic.com/holistic/learning.nsf/Title/Nine+Herbs+for+Insomnia

Good luck!

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5htp and melatonin taken together work very well for me. Also I take my B complex, magnesium and calcium at bedtime. It helps relax you and helps you sleep.
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Those of you that can take supplements that help sleep are very lucky.

I have had severe insomnia for yrs., and have taken every supplement there is. I don't like it, but have to take drugs to get more than 2 hrs sleep.

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Abxnomore- how much 5HTP and Melatonin do you take?
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In addition to links at the threads above and suggestions by others,

Unplug everything in your bedroom. Keep alarm clock as far from your head as possible - way across the room.


Get black-out curtains and keep light out of your eyes.


More about these kinds of tips can be found in a search for "sleep hygiene"


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Yes, theanine and 5HTP should help. Also, if she adds back the melantonin... go with Source Naturals time released!

Valerian should work too.. but the capsules are smelly!!

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Elaine C, I use a product by Neuro Science called Serene and 2 capsules contain 200mg of 5htp. The melatonin that works for me is natrol 3mg., it has some B6 and Calcium in it too.
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