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. (https://therestored.com/blogs/sleep/taurine-for-sleep)
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. (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/owning-pink/201106/how-treat-insomnia-naturally)
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. (https://www.drsadaty.com/2018/11/06/1408/)
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. (https://chriskresser.com/8-tips-for-beating-insomnia-and-improving-your-sleep/)
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).(https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1024/taurine)
There was no date on the Webmd article. But the contradictory results make me want to reconsider taking taurine for sleep.
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