Insomnia is a problem that affects virtually everyone at various points in our lives. However, for some 14 million Americans, it is a chronic problem. There are a number of hypothesis as to why this problem occurs. Natural medicine views insomnia as a disturbance of the “shen” or “spirit.” This is similiar to what Western medicine would describe as our personality. Recently, a Japanese firm announced that it may have developed an insomnia treatment based upon the amino acid glycine.
Studies with both men and women have been exceptionally promising.
Glycine is an amino acid known to accumulate in the pineal gland during sleep and is believed to play an important role in “disconnecting” the brain from the body during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep cycles. REM is a recurring sleep state characterized by rapid eye movements and vivid dreams. The typical dose is 3 grams and is taken within an hour of bedtime. The individuals tested exhibited text book sleeping patterns and no side effects.
Previous research has shown that glycine supplements improve memory and attention. It has also been shown to be an anti-bacterial agent, particularly for problems associated with digestion.
Overall, this amino acid is an excellent choice for insomnia and digestive problems such as gastric ulcers. It is inexpensive and can be found in health stores.