What are the best supplements to take for sleep?


Based on discussions in the Huberman Lab Podcast, the following supplements have been mentioned as potentially beneficial for sleep:

  1. Magnesium: Forms like magnesium threonate (also referred to as Magtein) or magnesium bisglycinate are highlighted for their ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and potentially aid in falling asleep and reaching deeper sleep 1.
  2. Apigenin: A derivative of chamomile that may help decrease anxiety and facilitate falling asleep 2.
  3. Theanine: May help promote relaxation and ease the transition into sleep for some people, though it can also intensify dreams for others 3.

    Sleep Supplements

    Andrew discusses the effectiveness of magnesium and apigenin supplements in aiding sleep. He suggests trying them separately or together to determine which works best for the individual.

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Additionally, myo-inositol is mentioned as possibly beneficial for those who wake in the middle of the night and have trouble falling back asleep 3. For a detailed discussion on the topic of supplements and sleep, including the science and recommendations for usage, Episode #2 titled "Master Your Sleep & Be More Alert When Awake" from the Huberman Lab Podcast is a thorough resource 4.

It is advised to start slow with one supplement at a time to gauge its effectiveness and combine or swap different supplements after a week's trial to find what works best for you 5. Check with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplement regimen to ensure they are appropriate for your health needs and will not interact with any medications you may be taking.