Nothing adds to stress like a bad night’s sleep. A friend mentioned to me a year or so ago that she takes Calcium supplements before bed to combat sleeplessness. I started trying this a few weeks ago and have been very happy with the results. I take two 500 mg pills that also contain 5 mcg’s of Vitamin D3 and have been able to fall asleep without trouble. If I do wake up in the middle of night, I take two more. I feel rested when I wake up, not groggy as I have when taking OTC sleeping pills. And, taking the extra calcium is great in general for women to help prevent osteoporosis.
Warm milk has long been a highly recommended folk remedy for insomnia. Regarding Calcium as a sleep aid, William Sears, M.D. says: “Calcium helps the brain use the tryptophan to manufacture melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are one of the top sleep-inducing foods.”
On his website, Ask Dr. Sears, he includes a great list of “SNOOZE FOODS”. These are foods high in the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan:
- Dairy products: cottage cheese, cheese, milk
- Soy products: soy milk, tofu, soybean nuts
- Whole grains
- Hazelnuts, Peanuts
- Sesame seeds, sunflower seeds