A bad nights sleep can really ruin your day, from a lack of energy and focus to just feeling tired. Once in a while a poor nights sleep won't hurt but in the long run it can take toll on your mental health and your body.
There are many reasons for experiencing a bad nights sleep, and there are certain sleep practices you should do to give yourself the best possible chance of a good nights rest. Before we get into what nootropics are great for sleep let's just go over a few sleep basics:
- Make your room completely dark - that means getting good curtains that black out the room and switching off electronic devices. You can use electrical tape to tape over LEDs on electronics and smoke detectors.
- Stop using technology an hour before bed. It's easier said than done but simply switching off the TV and giving your eyes a break from the bright light, this will allow melatonin to be released and start making you drowsy.
- Use very dim lighting, or red lights. Studies have shown that melatonin release is stopped primarily due to blue light and bright light. Using dim red lighting will help your body get ready for bed.
- Use f.lux - it's software that automatically changes the colour of your computer screen when the sun starts to go down to a redder hue.
- Consider using white noise if you awake during the night. If it doesn't bother you, having a fan on or something similar will drown out background noise and help you sleep better.
Now for the specific nootropics you can use to help get an even more restful sleep.
- Phenibut - this nootropic is made from a neurotransmitter called GABA which calms the brain. Taking phenibut an hour or so before bed can make you a lot drowsier and help you sleep deeper throughout the night. Phenibut is best used every other day so a tolerance does not build up. Taking a gram of phenibut can work very well in inducing sleep, but taking a large dose like this should be done rarely.
- Aniracetam - aniracetam can have a mild stimulating effect in people, but many have found that by taking it during the day they get tired earlier and sleep deeper. It may take a week for these effects to become apparent, but there's much less risk of developing a tolerance to it unlike using phenibut too often.
- Magnesium - magnesium is very important mineral and unfortunately many people aren't getting enough. Magnesium has a calming effect and can contribute to a much better nights sleep.
Try any one of these suggestions and see the difference it makes for you. If you have any questions please post a comment below.
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