No, it’s not melatonin. I’ve tried all the sleep supplements from melatonin to tryptophan (yes, the amino acid found in turkey). While they do help, I often wake up feeling super groggy. Then I need a huge boost to get going in the morning and I don’t like that vicious cycle of needing to rely on things to function.
I only take sleep supplements when I need them. For example, if I’ve had a long day and I know it’s going to be hard to unwind, or if I spent way too much time staring at electronics right before bed. Hey, it happens. I prefer to fall asleep naturally when I can and use this only when necessary.
My son is an early bird so I don’t like wasting time falling asleep. Every precious minute counts. Thankfully, I found something that works well. My favorite current supplement for sleep is CALM. It’s a magnesium powder that you mix with warm water. It comes in a variety of flavors. I’ve been using the orange one.
There are many benefits to taking magnesium. Michael J. Breus, Ph.D. explains that “Magnesium plays a role in supporting deep, restorative sleep by maintaining healthy levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter that promotes sleep.”
From my experience, it did make me feel calm and relaxed allowing me to fall asleep easily. Additionally, I have deep, and restful sleep when I take this supplement and I don’t feel groggy in the morning. No need to drink a pot of coffee to function.
I keep this stocked in my cabinet for whenever I need a little extra sleep assistance. It’s moderately priced and my favorite part is that you can drink it instead of taking it in pill form.
Have you used this supplement before? Let me know what you think in the comments.