Sleepless in Arkansas, Part 9:  Taurine and Sleep

I once took Taurine for mitochondria but I recently learned that it’s also good for sleep so I wanted to know more.  Here are some excerpts from articles I read:

1)  How taurine can help combat insomnia and improve your sleep

Taurine is one of many naturally-occurring compounds in the body that, like melatonin, increase in response to prolonged periods of being awake. Biochemically, taurine activates GABA(A) receptors in a brain region known to regulate sleep, and it is involved in the creation of the “sleep hormone” melatonin in the pineal gland.

Early research shows that taurine – especially if combined or “stacked” with other ingredients – acts as a neural sedative to calm anxiety and lessen reactivity to stress. It can also help to resolve depression, which is often a factor that leads to insomnia and other sleep disorders. (

2)  Supplements

Taurine 1000-2000mg daily before sleep. You can repeat the dose if you wake up at night to help you get back to sleep.

L-tryptophan, taken with taurine, helps promote sleep. Taurine has a calming effect and L-tryptophan has a more hypnotic effect. Take 500-3000mg before sleep. Begin with 500mg and increase every third day by 500mg as needed. If you wake up at night, take half your nighttime dose. (

3)  Try 200-400mg of Magnesium and 3000mg of Taurine at bedtime

Magnesium and taurine boost GABA, a neurotransmitter that calms your brain. The combo is incredibly soothing and can improve sleep, mood, and even hot flashes. This is a particularly nice combination during peri-menopause and menopause. Not to mention, magnesium does it all.  (

4) Taurine.

Taurine is an amino acid that reduces cortisol levels and increases the production of GABA, which is a major inhibitory neurotransmitter—our bodies’ natural “off” switch. Try taking 500 mg before bed. Using magnesium taurate allows you to get both magnesium and taurine with a single pill. (

5) Taurine

There is interest in using taurine for a number of other purposes, but there isn’t enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful  (for sleep).(

There was no date on the Webmd article.  But the contradictory results make me want to reconsider taking taurine for sleep.

Your Turn!

Do you have a sleep aide that works for you?  Please share in the comments.

Till next time,

“Please be kind to everyone you meet, for we all have our hidden sorrows.” ~Tzaddi



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