Dr. Emdur shares three ways so you can get a better night's sleep.
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I would like to give you three tips to get a better night’s sleep. Probably the most common problem in women that can’t sleep at night is due to the fact that their progesterone levels are low. When your progesterone levels are low, your GABA levels are low and you are anxious. Just be replacing progesterone with a Prometrium 50 to 100 mg at night will probably put you to sleep. Number two – melatonin is a great supplement that you can get over-the-counter, which also helps set your day and night cycle and a dose about one milligram a day would help. The third thing to help get you to sleep at night is L-theanine. L-theanine is an amino acid found in green tea and it’s very calming. I would take 100 to 300 mg at night and between the melatonin, the progesterone and the L-theanine you will be getting a good night’s sleep. If you are not able to get a good night’s sleep, there’s some other things that you can consider. Magnesium in the form of Magnesium Malleate has a very sedative effect, a very calming effect. The dose of probably about 100 mg two or three times a day, especially at night will help also reduce tension, calm you down, and allow you to get to sleep. The second thing is good sleep hygiene. Americans, we tend to get in bed, we watch Jay Leno, we will go on the computer and that light source is bad for our biological clock. It’s very important when you go to sleep at night you use the bed to go to sleep, you have the light extremely low, and condition your body that in a dark room it’s time to go to sleep and go to sleep. Now if those tips don’t help you and you are still having difficulty sleeping, there may be a more serious problems and that you should seek attention from a board-certified sleep specialist and there’s probably about two or three thousand of them across the country and in your community. You may actually require a sleep study where they could find out what the problem is with the structure of your sleep.