Nootropic Supplements to Take Before Bed

29 May, 2014

While many nootropics and health supplements are used to boost your levels of focus and attention, there are a wide array of nootropic supplements that can be helpful if you take them at the end of a long day, before going to bed. Some of these supplements are good to take before bed because of their restorative, antioxidant properties that can help your brain recover. Others are great for producing calming, sleep-inducing properties that can help you rest better. Whatever the purpose, these following six nootropic supplements can all be beneficial when taken at night:



Melatonin is a hormone that your body naturally produces in the brains pineal gland. Melatonin contributes to your body’s natural sleep cycle by causing drowsiness and lowering body temperature. A dose of 1-10 milligrams is typical for helping you fall asleep, but some users even report taking as little as a 0.25 mg dose under their tongue, finding this even more effective than larger doses. The following foods are just a few foods that can naturally increase your melatonin levels: bananas, pineapples, oranges, sweet corn, tomato, rice, barley and oats.

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L-Theanine (one of our favorite nootropics!)


Found naturally in tea leaves, L-Theanine is an all-around great nootropic supplement because of it’s various applications. While it can help increase focus when taken with caffeine, it can help promote relaxation and sleep when taken on its own. L-Theanine has been found to promote alpha brain-wave generation in the brain, which is associated with deep sleep and meditation.  A good bedtime dose of L-Theanine is about 200-400 milligrams.


Huperzine A


Huperzine A is a naturally occurring compound that has been studied for its antioxidant properties and benefits. As an NMDA receptor antagonist, it can help prevent mental decline, and can help calm down the cells in an overstimulated brain, making it a great supplement to take at night to both help you fall asleep and help prevent any cognitive decline that might occur from a mentally strenuous day. Typical dosage of Huperzine A range from 50-200 micrograms daily.



Glycine is a non-essential amino acid found in protein-rich foods. Glycine has been found to promote deep sleep and prevent sleep fragmentation, and it is thought to complement the brains production of melatonin, another natural sleep aid. Supplementing with 1 to 3 grams of glycine before bed can be a great natural sleep aid. Some plant foods that are high in glycine are beans, soybeans, pumpkin, kale, spinach, cabbage, kiwi, banana, cauliflower, burdock root and cucumber, just to name a few.

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ZMA is a combination of zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6. ZMA is often used as a recovery aid for athletes and bodybuilders, but it has more recently been studied and found effective for promoting deeper levels of REM sleep. The standard ZMA supplement contains 30 milligrams of zinc monomethionine aspartate, 450 milligrams of magnesium aspartate, and 10.5 milligrams of Vitamin B6.



Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant that is produced naturally inside the human body, as well as many other natural organisms, like bananas. Supplementing with magnesium at night can be a great way to help you fall asleep. Because of the antioxidant properties of magnesium, it can also help your brain recover from stress or a hard day’s work. A typical dose of magnesium is 200-400mg.

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Try out some of these supplements at night to see if they help you recover from a hard days work and get some good rest.


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