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Old 08-17-2007, 07:03 AM   #1
Ben Blosch
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Default ZMA Sleep question

I had a question with ZMA and sleep and something strange that has been happening to me.

Since reading the ZMA thread Coach Rut started I ordered some and have started taking it every night, on an empty stomach, right before I go to bed. My sleep is not nearly as good. I'm tossing and turning, getting up at in the middle of the night, and not falling asleep as fast as usual.

Here's where it gets a little weird. When I get up in the morning I feel much more rested. All day I feel better, especially when I work out.

Anyone know what's going on?
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Old 08-17-2007, 07:28 AM   #2
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In serious mode now: Possibly overall sleep quality has improved. You may not get to sleep immediately but once you go down it may be deep, restful level 4 sleep. Duration is important but an uninterrupted sleep cycle is VERY important. Waking mid cycle registers as a potent stressor and can really mess with things.

bottom line ala The Black Box-if it works, run with it!
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Old 08-17-2007, 11:22 AM   #3
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I had this problem when I switched brands of ZMA, I basically just stuck with it and it resolved itself within a week. Steve Shafley had a recommendation here:


I had thought about it but never actually did it.
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Old 08-17-2007, 11:37 AM   #4
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I tried combining the ZMA with taurine as Shaf suggested. I found it really leveled out the restlessness and decreased my waking up in the middle of the night. I ran out of taurine, and have just been taking the ZMA. It is still effective, but I like the combo better.
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Old 08-27-2007, 04:29 PM   #5
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It seems as if ZMA has been rather disruptive of my getting to sleep the last few tries.

So today I took it first thing in the morning. No problems so far... we'll see how sleep goes tonight.
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Old 08-27-2007, 06:40 PM   #6
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I remember for about the first week I would wake up several times during the night. It seemed to make a difference to take it on an empty stomach and give it about 30 min before trying to go to sleep. I'll try the taurine combo but I'm sleeping really well. The brand I take is 'Primaforce' or something like that.
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