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What The Heck Is GABA And Should I Take It?

What The Heck Is GABA And Should I Take It?

(probably 2 parts - I do tend to Yap)

A couple of weeks back there was a discussion going on about natural products that could help us fall and stay asleep

@A DiabetesTeam Member Henry mentioned a supplement called GABA (widely available at health food/supplement places)

I had never heard of it so tuned up Google Scholar and started reading

GABA is short for Gamma Aminobutyric Acid (ya, GABA is easier) and it is a "naturally occurring" amino acid that our body produces to try and "calm down… read more

posted 5 days ago (edited)
A DiabetesTeam Member

Hi there warriors.
When your circadian rhythm is messed up, there is a therapeutic dosage of GABA 750 mg, coupled with melatonin 10 mg for a few days, while getting to bed at regular nighttime hours.

GABA lowers anxiety, slows down neuro activity, and helps you relax. Circadian rhythm disorders respond well to temporary GABA supplements. REM sleep usually increases. Should take 750 mg an hour before bed.

Melatonin 2 mg slow release is a good dosage to start with.
10 mg is the maximum recommended dose. It helps you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. Should take it 30 minutes before bed.

It can help with jet lag, delayed sleep - wake phase disorder and even pre surgery and post surgery anxiety.

Do what works for you. Baby steps.

And never give up, never surrender, never ever.
You got this.
Have a wonderful day.

posted 5 days ago (edited)
A DiabetesTeam Member

What little research I could find on the stuff talked about dosages in the 500 to 1000 mg a day range, so figured I would start with the 500 mg capsules and see what happens

Now these are super preliminary findings and might simply be coincidence, have only been using this for a few days now.

I did take a dose the day of delivery and ended up with no less than 7 low blood sugar alarms that night (really broken night of sleep on a work night) so I laid off for a few days to get me closer to the weekend.

I took the single dose, before bed, on an empty stomach (as per directions) for the past 4 nights in a row

I only got a single low blood sugar alarm overnight during that time (which is more "normal for me") so thinking that first time was "coincidence" and most "probably" not a result of the GABA

Now again, preliminary, but in the past 4 nights I didn't get "more sleep" (track with a smart watch) - still get my "typical" 6'ish hours a night whether working or not

BUT what I did notice is that at least during those 4 nights that my DEEP SLEEP was greater than my LIGHT SLEEP (and going back in the records for months my deep was always considerably less than the light/shallow)

If that trend continues then that alone would justify the supplement to "ME" - Deeper/REM sleep provides a ton of metabolic benefit which over time should put extra downward pressure on blood sugar - particularly fasting numbers - so something I will certainly watch

Again, this is barely 4 days worth of (data) but at the moment it looks positive, does not seem to be having any negative effect (no tummy ache, headache etc) and I do have a huge 200 capsule bottle so I will try this for the next month or two before I make a final decision as to whether it's worth the 20 bucks a bottle or if it's just another "snake oil that we Wish worked"

I shall keep you posted

posted 5 days ago
A DiabetesTeam Member

@A DiabetesTeam Member magnesium has calming also

posted 3 days ago
A DiabetesTeam Member

Hkc and Grahamlamb good morning to you both. I have a habit of reading every comment you guys make. The both of you guys are experts in putting the pieces together.
Mayb someone could do a summary of your 2 points and a master document we c😃oukd build.
As a guide, can someone volunteer to put this information on insomnia aids together? Creating such a document would be priceless as we eqipp ourselves to to fight this monster called the BEAST otherwise known as DIABETES!. .
I so agree with Mr. Hkc and Mr Lamb - never! ever! ever! give up cos We got this one!

posted 5 days ago
A DiabetesTeam Member

That is what I use is Melatonin when needed only, which does come in different doses and works for me well @A DiabetesTeam Member..

posted 5 days ago

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