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Supplements that Help with Sleep

Posted by Richard L Woodard on Jul 6, 2018 10:29:24 AM

Sleeping and energy go hand-in-hand. Too little sleep and you’ll feel tired the following day. Studies have shown that any deviation in sleep patterns will also lead to feelings of fatigue and sleepiness the next day. That includes oversleeping, but you may also feel tired due to many other health issues as well. 

Controlling your energy levels and sleep patterns is important for your overall quality of life. You can do it by making certain changes in your life such as exercising more, eating healthy foods and using certain supplements which will instantly improve your sleep or reduce unwanted tiredness.

What medicine is good for sleep?Which supplements are good for going to sleep?


  Phenibut is basically GABA with a phenyl group attached to the beta position, which is synthesized to easily cross the blood barrier. A small dose (250mg – 500mg) of Phenibut generates a relaxed, yet clear and focused mental state which is ideal for productivity. Sleeping after taking a small dose of Phenibut will result in a deep and restful sleep that leaves the user feeling refreshed upon waking up.



I’ve talked about L-theanine combined with caffeine above, so I’ll skip the introduction. L-theanine in moderate to high doses greatly relaxes the mind and body. L-theanine increases GABA levels, which is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, responsible for its calming and sleep-improving effects. L-theanine also enhances alpha brain waves, which produce a state of “wakeful relaxation”.


Melatonin is a hormone naturally-produced by the body. Darkness increases the production of melatonin, signaling the body that it has to go to sleep. Conversely, light decreases the production of melatonin. It’s also synthetically made and used as a supplement to adjust the body’s internal clock.

People who suffer from insomnia, ADHD, delayed sleep phase syndrome and other medication-induced sleep issues can benefit from taking melatonin.


Kratom is a herb that grows in Southeast Asia and is from the same family as coffee. It’s a popular drink in that region and widely used as a replacement for coffee. Kratom strains vary considerably regarding the effects that they produce. Red vein kratom is the most popular strain. Low doses of stimulating strains of Kratom produce stimulating, focus-enhancing and anxiety-relieving effects.

Moderate and high doses of sedating Kratom are great for relaxation and improving quality of sleep. Many people in the US are actually using Kratom for opiate withdrawal.

How Long do Kratom Capsules Take to Kick in?

Kratom is a South-East Asian plant with a height that ranges from 4-16 meters. The leaves of this wonderful tree have unique properties that make them beneficial for various conditions such as enhancing mood, relieving pain, energy-boosting and helping people overcome lethargy and fatigue. Kratom is available in different forms and if you’ve been wondering how long Kratom Capsules take to kick in, this article is for you.


What are kratom capsules?

Kratom capsules are gaining popularity across the world, but have you ever asked yourself what they are? Well, they are kratom powder which has been pre-packed into capsules. Manufacturers measure the right quantities and fill them in the caps, which you buy and take with water.


Different types of Kratom capsules

Before we tell you how long it takes for Kratom Capsule to kick in, we will first explain different types of capsules used to encapsulate kratom powder.

  • Cellulose-based/vegetarian capsules – These capsules are made from hypromellose, cellulose and purified water and are therefore easier to digest. They contain no gluten, which makes them perfect for vegetarians and vegans
  • Gelatin Capsules – These capsules are more common than cellulose-based capsules. They are cheap and come in various sizes, colors, forms and flavor to suit the needs of everyone


Factors that affect absorption

  • Amount of food in the stomach

When you have an empty stomach, it takes a shorter time for kratom capsules to be absorbed. However, it is not recommended to take kratom on an empty stomach as you can feel nausea or stomach upset.


  • Kratom tolerance

Kratom tolerance is a state in which you become entirely resistant to kratom, meaning that you can’t feel the effects regardless of the amount you take. If you develop kratom tolerance, it will take less time for any dose to kick-off compared to a tolerant individual.


  • Water intake

When taking kratom capsules, it’s the amount of water you consume that determines its digestion and absorption. You should, therefore, swallow the capsule with enough water failure to which, you’ll feel dehydrated at the expense of enjoying the effects. On the other hand, consuming too much water is not recommendable as it can dilute gastric enzymes hence affecting its absorption.


Bottom line

Kratom capsules have tremendous health benefits in our bodies, and when taken in regular doses, they can take between 5-10 minutes to kick in. However, the rate at which effects manifest vary from one person to another, depending on various factors such as age, general tolerance, and weight, among others. As a rule of thumb, your health is your wealth and therefore, always consume the right dosage and be patient as you wait for it to kick in.

No matter what medications you are taking, none is a cure for sleep apnea.  If you live in Alaska and need a sleep doctor, Alaska Sleep Clinic's board-certified sleep specialists can help you to improve your sleep and your life.  Call us today for your free consultation.


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