Trouble Sleeping? Try L-theanine

L-theanine is a natural Sleep Aid

Do you have trouble falling asleep?  Try L-theanine as a natural, healthy alternative.  

I have trouble falling asleep many nights and the last thing I want is to be dependent on sleeping pills which can leave you drowsy the next morning leading to accidents and can be addictive.

L-theanine for SleepTry L-theanine which is derived from green tea and is all natural.  It helps to increase the production of dopamine, serotonin, and GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid). These three neurotransmitters help to make you relaxed and increase positive moods.


Studies have shown that when men took a supplement with 200mg of L-theanine for six days they didn’t’ actual sleep longer but they felt that they had leaving them more refreshed and more relaxed before bed.  They also gave boys with ADHD a supplement of 200mg twice a day (400 mg total) for six weeks and it improved their quality of sleep as well as increasing sleep time.

Andrew Rubman, ND, medical director of the Southbury Clinic for Traditional Medicines, naturopathic physician and Daily Health News contributing editor says it’s a safe supplement.  It relaxes without causing drowsiness and there’s no evidence that it can become additive as with sleeping pills.


Try a cup of green tea before bed instead of taking a L-theanine supplement.  It may be just as effective and will cost you less.  I like the Bigalow 100% Organic Green Tea and they have the large boxes at BJ’s for much less than the small boxes at the supermarket.  Now keep in mind that a cup of green tea has much less L-theanine, approximately 50mg but it may help or you can have an extra cup or two before bed.


Sleep is the golden chain

Green tea has about 1/3 the caffeine of regular tea with only 25-50 mg so it shouldn’t affect your sleep or you can drink decaf.  L-theanine also inhibits caffeine from attaching to your brain receptors.  Just be sure to steep you tea for at least three minutes but the longer the better to extract the L-theanine.

Give green tea a try for a few night and even a few weeks, if it’s not working try a L-theanine supplement.  You should always consult your doctor before taking any supplement.    Especially if you’re on blood pressure medication as L-theanine may reduce your blood pressure.

Start out taking 200 mg for at least two weeks you can do this just when you feel you need it, don’t have time to drink tea before bed or even daily.   If it’s not working you can take a pill up to three times a day (600 mg).  It’s OK to take during the day as it will only calm you not make you drowse.

Sweet  dreams!

L-theanine for sleep

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