Disclaimer: I am not a medical practitioner so the following advice is based on personal experience only. If you have a chronic medical condition you should talk to your GP before trying any of the supplements suggested in this article.

 

 

Increased anxiety brought about by current pandemic has inevitably led to many people experiencing sleep problems. If you have tried sleep apps and over the counter sleep aids don’t seem to make a difference, you could try a variety of supplements that might work for you. Always try one supplement at a time and consult your GP if you experience any side effects.

 

 

Magnesium

 

Easiest way to enhance your sleep quality, as well as help your muscles relax. Try between 300 and 600 mg magnesium a day and see if it makes a difference.

 

Epsom salt

 

Magnesium sulfate. Two cups of Epsom salt in a hot bath will almost certainly help you have a restful sleep as well as relieve muscle aches.

 

Melatonin

 

Melatonin is a “sleep hormone” that lets your body know it is time to sleep. You can experiment with different dosages to find out if it is right for you. Cytonight is a night time supplement containing herbal ingredients that works well for me. One of the ingredients is Monmorency cherry, which is a natural source of melatonin.

 

Phenibut

 

Phenibut is a central nervous system depressant. It is an anti-anxiety medication prescribed in Russia(initially invented to help Russian cosmonauts stay calm and have a good sleep whilst they were working at the space station), but is sold in Europe and America as a nootropic supplement. It boosts GABA activity in the brain and is used to treat anxiety, insomnia, depression and PTSD. Contrary to what many life hacking websites will tell you, it needs to be taken for at least a week to start working, although you are likely to feel the difference in a couple of days after starting this supplement. It works wonders to alleviate anxiety and promote better sleep, but it is important not to take it for longer than 3-4 weeks and to gradually lower your dose when coming off it.