Which vitamins and minerals can help me sleep better?

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Look a the busy B’s: Did you know that Vitamin B can help regulate the use of tryptophan?
  • B3 has been shown to increase REM sleep, help with depression in some cases and decrease nighttime awakenings.
  • B6 is essential in the production of serotonin, the “calming” hormone that helps calm the body before falling asleep.
  • Folic acid: A deficiency in folic acid deficient can be found in those with insomnia.
Calcium and magnesium, taken in a 2 to 1 ratio, can be helpful for sleep.
  • Calcium is a natural relaxant which has a calming effect on the nervous system. 500 mg daily can be helpful (soda can actually strip away calcium).
  • Magnesium is a mineral that appears to help chronic sleep problems as well. You should take 250 mg daily with 500 mg. of calcium.

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