GABA, Sleep And Anxiety: Can GABA Supplements Help?

photo of a bottle of 500mg gaba supplement

If you search for over the counter remedies for insomnia or anxiety, you might discover at least one with GABA listed as an ingredient.

You can find it on its own, or mixed with other relaxation-inducing ingredients, such as melatonin, chamomile, and valerian.

When I first took a sleep aid containing GABA, it was mixed with no less than 7 other ingredients. The sleep aid seemed to work, but there was no way to know if it was the GABA, another ingredient or even the placebo effect that did the trick.

So I decided to do some research into GABA and what evidence there is that it works as a sleep aid in modern supplement form, rather than in food.

And it appears that scientists are still unsure as to how effective it is. Some studies point to it helping with sleep, while others show only a marginal difference at best.

Let’s take a closer look at what I unearthed in my attempt to find out why it’s being added to more and more sleep aids.

What is GABA?

GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid) is a neurotransmitter produced naturally in the body, and it sends messages between the brain and the nervous system.

As the main ‘inhibitory neurotransmitter’ in the brain, its principal role is to reduce the activity of nerve cells in the nervous system.

By reducing the excitability of those nerve cells, GABA has a calming effect on the brain and body. So it helps reduce anxiety, stress, and promotes sleep. But that’s in its natural form, produced by your own body and not bought online!

gaba mini infographic

Conditions associated with GABA

Scientists are still working to fully understand the role of GABA. However, it’s clear that it’s an important neurotransmitter, and scientists say it’s associated with several aspects of both physical and mental health, such as:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Fear
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • ADHD
  • Inflammation
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Human growth hormone levels

Lower GABA levels in people with primary insomnia

How is GABA related to your sleep exactly? Research into the GABA levels people with insomnia naturally have in their brain might provide some clues.

In 2004, researchers at the Harvard Medical School scanned the brains of 16 non-medicated people to measure their GABA levels.

They found those with primary insomnia had nearly 30% lower GABA levels in their brain. They also found lower levels were associated with waking sooner after first falling asleep.

Medications that work by increasing GABA activity

Researchers point out that there is a known connection between GABA receptors and sleep: 

It is well established that activation of GABA(A) receptors favors sleep

And on that principle, several medications for anxiety and insomnia work by increasing GABA activity in the brain, including:

  • Benzodiazepines (e.g. diazepam, temazepam, and lorazepam)
  • Ambien
  • Lunesta

So if well-established sleeping pills work by targeting GABA in the brain, what else might do the same?

Can your body use the GABA in supplements?

Some scientists argue that GABA in supplement form just doesn’t work as a sleep aid. The reason being that several animal studies have shown that GABA taken orally can’t cross the blood-brain barrier.

The blood-brain barrier serves a critical role, preventing harmful substances from reaching the brain. It’s like your brain’s biological firewall.

However, researchers in 2015 challenged this long-held view in their paper on GABA supplementation, saying:

It has long been thought that GABA is unable to cross the blood–brain barrier (BBB), but the studies that have assessed this issue are often contradictory and range widely in their employed methods. There is some evidence in favor of a calming effect of GABA food supplements, but most of this evidence was reported by researchers with a potential conflict of interest. We conclude that the mechanism of action of GABA food supplements is far from clear, and that further work is needed to establish the behavioral effects of GABA.

Can GABA cross the blood-brain barrier?

The team of researchers also pointed out that some studies have found that GABA can cross the barrier in small quantities.

Other studies have shown that GABA supplements can help with relaxation and anxiety. For example, in 2006, researchers showed GABA supplements helped people with a fear of heights experience less anxiety when crossing a bridge.

So why do some studies show it can, while others that it can’t? Perhaps a few reasons:

  • Only rats and dogs were tested for changes in GABA levels in most of the earlier studies – not humans.
  • Not all research studies used the same GABA compounds.
  • Studies used different methods of administration (oral and injection).

Making the barrier more permeable

Could it be that even if the blood-brain barrier is resistant to ingested GABA, it can be made more permeable?

A study in 2002 found that by giving rats both GABA and L-Arginine, the amount of GABA in the brain increased by 4 times more than just GABA alone.

The researchers suggested that the L-Arginine increases nitric oxide levels in the brain. And that makes the barrier more open to GABA.

And a study in 2001 found evidence that a GABA transporter might exist in the brain, which can help it cross the blood-brain barrier.

So there does appear to be hope for the manufacturers of GABA supplements. Perhaps one day they might be proved in more rigorous experiments to be more than a placebo.

GABA in food form helps people fall asleep faster

In 2015, researchers from Pharma Foods International Co. Ltd. tested the effects of GABA on sleep. The GABA they used was produced by natural fermentation of a strain of lactic acid bacteria.

Using an EEG to monitor sleep, they found it shortened the time it took the participants to fall asleep by 5.3 minutes on average.

It should be noted there were a small number of participants in the study, but the results are still encouraging.

They also note that it would be safe to take it daily, as it’s a well-known food. And that’s good news for lovers of fermented vegetables, popular in some Asian countries, such as Kimchi.

kimchi - a natural source of GABA

Supplements or food form?

The above study raises an interesting question. Would it be better to try to increase GABA activity with supplements or normal food?

Increasing levels of GABA by eating food is arguably the safer option – assuming it’s possible and effective. It’s an area of research some scientists are actively exploring, with promising results.

Marina Diana and colleagues in Spain published a review of GABA-enriched foods in 2014. Like the study above, they focused on fermented food products, saying:

Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are the main GABA-producers and therefore there are a wide range of GABA-enriched fermented food products, in which GABA is natural, safe and eco-friendly.

And in another study, they also looked at the GABA levels in Spanish artisan cheeses. Again, there were positive findings:

Ten Lactobacillus strains isolated from artisan Spanish cheeses showed high capacity of gamma-aminobutyric acid production.

On a personal level, I’ve taken a lot of interest in the human microbiome recently – it’s a developing area of science which is fascinating once you start reading about the connections scientists are finding between our brain and our ‘second brain’, i.e. the gut. And it doesn’t surprise me that our gut might have a role to play in how well we sleep. Fermented food to the rescue once again!

Side effects and safety of GABA supplements

There isn’t enough research into the possible side effects of taking GABA in supplements.

There don’t appear to be serious safety fears occurring in research studies. However, because it’s still a developing area, most medical sources advise the following:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid taking it.
  • If already taking medication for anxiety, depression or insomnia, speak to your doctor first.
  • If you experience any possible side effects, for example, skin tingling, flushing, breathing difficulties or changes in mood, speak to a doctor.

Have you taken GABA supplements?

If you’ve tried GABA supplements, I’d love to hear from you. What health condition did you take them for, and did you notice any effect?

55 thoughts on “GABA, Sleep And Anxiety: Can GABA Supplements Help?”

  1. Tried gaba for anxiety. It actually gives me more anxiety. It disturbs my sleep, gives me vivid dreams/nightmares all night long and leaves me feeling fearful when I wake up. I had to take a benzo the morning after I had gaba. So no, with me it enhances anxiety. It also causes extreme thirst. So no, it doesn’t work with me. I tried the same brand as in the picture above.

    1. Hi Ellevier
      Thanks for sharing your experience. It just highlights how no sleep aid will be right for everyone.

  2. Hi! Thanks for the article! What dosage of GABA do you think it’s appropriate for anxiety/stress/bad sleep? I took 400mg for two nights added with l-theanine. I had a terrible headache, not sure if it was GABA or l-theanine. have you ever heard that any of them might cause migraine?

    1. Hi Nathalia
      You’re welcome. As I’m not a doctor, I wouldn’t feel comfortable in suggesting a recommended dosage to you personally. I usually stick to the standard rule of taking no more than a manufacturer of a supplement recommends for their own product. If you want to take more for whatever, or are thinking of getting it in supplement form that isn’t specifically intended for sleep, I’d check with a doc to be on the safe side. I know from personal experience that all kinds of sleep aids can potentially cause headaches, depending on the person, type, dosage, timing, etc etc. So again, I’d check with a doc. But for personally, if a product gives me a bad reaction, I tend to trust my gut feeling and leave it.

    2. Hi,
      I have tried once 500 mg of Gaba, but I got heart palpitations, so I got rather scared. Now I open the tablet and try to divide it. I also take 500 mg of Tryptophan and still a tiny bit of my Zolpidem medication which I would like to stop after years of taking it. My sleep is still not good, with lots of awakenings during the night. I will try to increase Tryptophan to 1 mg and taking Phosphatidyl Serine when I wake up. Good luck with finding sleep.

      1. Stop taking the gaba then. I can’t sleep when I take gaba. The only thing that helps me with sleep is Benadryl. Like a baby!

  3. Has anyone tried GABA and kava together? I can’t seem to find info on whether these to products are safe to take together.

    1. I haven’t personally Carole, and avoid Kava generally. Perhaps another reader will have some thoughts on this for you.

    2. Insomnia for 3 years due to elevated cortisol. Experimenting with every herb and currently thinking about trying an amino acid called l-orthonine. Gaba and l-theanine work but be cautious, can cause your heart rate to get too low while your sleeping!

  4. Hi everyone,
    First night with GABA 500mg, Melatonin 5mg, 5HTP 50mg. Slept from 22:00-07:00. Best sleep since childhood and I am 33 years old with an insomnia diagnosis. I have used Melatonin and 5HTP before, but never slept the whole night. With the GABA added I slept deeper and the whole night through. Had both nice dreams and nightmares but considering the sleep quality I am okey with that. On top of this I feel very relaxed. I will update you guys in a week or so and try to document my experience every day.


    1. Thanks for sharing your experience Johannes. It would definitely be interesting to hear back from you. Can I ask, did you put together that mix yourself, or are you listing the ingredients in a product you bought?

    2. Hi Johannes,
      How is it going with gaba, 5htp and melatonin for sleep? I have insomnia and I have been taking tryptophan for a while and then I stopped it and started 5htp about 10 days ago but i haven’t noticed any improvement all this time. I also ordered gaba and i was thinking of mixing it with 5htp: 200 mg of 5htp and 750 mg gaba

      1. As I’m looking for a product to help my sleeping through the night, I see all the ingredients you are all discussing here and then a few extra are in a product on Amazon (which seems to get good reviews) called Sleep Fairy Natural Sleep Aid. I think I may give it a try. I was hoping to find it somewhere local so I can just go pick it up now, but looks like I’ll have to order it and receive it in a few days. I’ll try to remember to check back here and give my feedback. I’ll give it a couple weeks unless it’s a miracle for me, if that happens…you’ll all hear back sooner:)

  5. Hi Ethan.
    This is an interesting subject that I’ve thought about quite often. I’ve had a lot of issues with severe insomnia for the last few years. I’ve suffered with debilitating anxiety/panic attacks most of my life as well (I’m 35) So when I read about GABA & it’s neurological role, I became convinced I’ve had abnormally low levels of it which has contributed to my lifelong anxiety and sleep issues. Because when I’ve taken a substance that boosts GABA – benzos, alcohol, sleeping pills (never taken together of course!) I sleep better & my anxiety markedly reduces. Like water on fire.

    Of course, everyone gets anxious sometimes & has some trouble sleeping from time to time but I feel for those of us with persistent anxiety and insomnia is that we likely have abnormally low levels of GABA which is causing our chronic issues. And GABA-ergic substances improves these issues.

    1. Hi Liam
      Thanks for sharing your story here. It’s very interesting to hear how much you think GABA helps you. I would caution depending on the GABA theory as a pathway to coping with anxiety. It’s worth reading more about alcohol’s effect on GABA receptors in the brain I think, as it’s not so clear cut from what I can tell myself. I also think there are other explanations for some people’s sleep problems or anxiety, so it’s always worth bearing in mind that not everyone will respond the same to the same treatment or techniques.
      Still, if it seems to work for you, that’s interesting. Perhaps the trick is to find out how you can use that information to find natural ways to cope with your anxiety and sleep issues without needing substances or supplements!

  6. I enjoyed the discussions re. GABA. I’m just beginning to experiment with GABA and comments were very helpful. I have had two complete nights without any sleep and I’m searching for a solution to my insomnia and anxiety.

    1. Hi there
      Thanks for your comment – I’m glad the article and comments were interesting. I would think about natural techniques if you can – have you seen my main page about relaxation techniques? Some of those might help you out – you can find it here.

  7. I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis and I have had difficulty with sleep for over a decade. I started taking pharma gaba by a we’ll known manufacturer. It did not work at all. I literally didn’t sleep at all last night. I’m convinced I need to heal my gut.

    1. Alex Hernandez

      Look into Iodine loading therapy based on Dr.Brownstein’s research regarding your thyroid issues. It’s likely you have an overactive thyroid/nodules which is preventing you from resting properly.

  8. I have been taking xanax nightly to help with sleep due to anxiety and PTSD. I was looking for a more natural supplement to assist with sleep. Because I have taken xanax for sleep for over 4 years, melatonin did not do the trick. I started taking Gaba with my xanax, lowering the dose of the xanax weekly to try and wean myself off of the xanax all together. I am taking one 500 mg pill and currently .5mg of xanax at night. While it does help me fall asleep and stay asleep for about 8 hours, I wake feeling very drowsy, almost lethargic and very dizzy for the first few hours of the day. I do not feel this way when solely taking the xanax. I was wondering if others have had this experience of waking feeling dizzy and lethargic. Ultimately, I would like to be able to fall asleep quickly and sleep soundly without the use of xanax. It is encouraging to know that there are other options out there. I just wanted to see if others have experienced these same symptoms in the morning.

    1. Hi Ann
      Thanks for sharing your experience. I can’t comment on this combination specifically as I haven’t taken it – perhaps another reader will see your comment and reply. Out of interest, did you ask the doctor who prescribes the Xanax if it’s okay to take both?

    2. 500mg of GABA is a high dose to take with the medication, because 500mg of GABA is the sleep dose. I take two 500mg GABA at night and I found it worked great and I woke up refreshed. It’s said that GABA should not be taken with sedatives or alcohol, because it can cause dizziness and low blood pressure, etc. For me though; I take L-Theanine during the day (which is also a precursor to GABA) and GABA at night and I’ve also tried taking GABA during the day to help with quitting smoking, but then, the GABA started not working and almost seemed as though it was giving me energy. I did read that too much can stop the GABA from increasing HGH, etc, as It says here that the increase in HGH is what happens during rest. So I’m guessing that between the L-Theanine and GABA, I probably became level and then it was too much. I probably just need to cut down on my day supplements for the nightly GABA to start working again. Definitely a delicate balance with a lot of trial and error.

    3. Ann L, I am also on Gaba and Xanax along with Magnesium. I sleep well but really want to ween off the Xanax. I have started to slowly ween myself off Xanax. My doctor told me to double my GABA and I can take less Xanax. I totally understand how you feel. Will double the GABA 750mg and cut back the Xanax tomorrow night. Will see how it goes.

      1. Hi Linda, I just weaned off of gabapentin as there were awful side effects. Still in pain from side effects, I haven’t been sleeping much for days so tonight plan on taking the xanex with 500 mg GABA. Have you found the amount of GABA to use when you skip the xanex?

  9. I am very concerned about my brother and he is completely sedated by medications. He has been suffering from Bipolar Disorder for the last 20 years. He is currently on Lithium Carbonate, Latuda, Quetiapine and Clonazepan. In addition the health provider has also prescribed him with no less than 11 different Vitamins. He is on Pharma Gaba 250mg, Melatonin 10mg Magnesium Taurate, Magnesium Citramate etc… list goes on. I am sure these medications and the Vitamins are doing him no good. I am not so sure if you can provide me with some advice which is most appreciated. Look forward to hearing from you soon and thank you

    1. Hi Roberto
      Thanks for your comment. I can understand your concern – your brother is taking some powerful medications there. I don’t know how much input you have in his care, but if he trusts you and is also concerned about the meds he’s taking and the effects, perhaps you could work with him to ask for a medication review?

      1. Dear Ethan

        Than you for your response really appreciated. Your comment is noted and I will work together with my brother and ask for a medication review from his health provider.
        I will be in touch when I have some update for you.



        1. You’re welcome! I hope you make some progress together. I know it can be frustrating, and wish you the best.

  10. I just started taking GABA and 5-HTP. Since I have every symptom of low GABA, including epilepsy, it made sense to try it. GABA has really helped me to feel better, more calm, and more focused. It’s also helping my digestion get back to normal as well. More energy in the morning plus greater relaxation at night is perfectly fine with me :)

    If this helps, I’m using NOW Foods GABA, 500 mg capsules. So far I’ve taken the capsules on an empty stomach (one capsule first thing in the morning, one around mid-afternoon, and one before bed plus two 5-HTP capsules). I feel like myself again.

    For the first time in several years I’m able to sleep all night long without taking seraquel, clonapin, etc.

    Everyone is different, but this is working great for both myself and my daughter.

    1. Hi Ruthanne
      Thanks for sharing your story – it was very interesting to hear how much it seems to be helping you.

  11. Hello Mr. Green,
    Thank you for your online information. It is of great interest. I will try to be brief, but in my dilemma, it will be difficult.
    I am a 71-year-old male, an obsessive workaholic all my life. In the mid-’90s I had six surgeries because of root canals done incorrectly. I had a systemic infection with seven years of antibiotics, gall bladder and appendix removed, etc). By 2000 I found I was gluten intolerant. By 2010 I was forced to retire because of exhaustion. During the first week of July in 2015, I suddenly stopped sleeping. I also noticed that I had lost my ‘fight or flight’ mechanism. “Couldn’t sleep” means – No Sleep! Finally, I took Alprazolam. I slept 6 hours each evening with .25 mg, but by 2019 my body wanted more and more – I would not allow this. I could not believe my body was addicted to .25 mg, but I was. I stopped taking the .25 mg of Alprazolam on September 28 (2019) and began taking 5 mg of Belsomra. The first four nights I had hot flashes and cold sweats. Since Belsomra was not helping, I stopped that product on October 9th.
    The last three nights I have taken two doses of GABA: 375 mg with each dose, along with 50 mg of Magnesium Glycinate, 200 mg of Passion Flower, and 100 mg of L-Arginine & 50 mg of L-Lysine. This combination of supplements, taken at 7 pm and again at 8 pm, works quickly, but I only sleep for 30 minutes! At midnight I take 12.5 mg of Doxylamine – that works for 1.5 hours. At 2:30 am I take a cortisol-reducing sleep aid that also works for 1.5 hours (it does not work at any other hour of the night).
    Crazy things:
    #1. From October 7-12, I slept only 8 hours total during those six nights. This is the truth, but what is even stranger, I actually felt OK during the days.
    #2. After sex, I actually slept. (No, my wife and I can’t have sex every night for me to sleep!)
    #3. In retrospect, about two years ago I started taking Vitamin B Complex (liquid form). I slept well 18 nights in a row – then ‘nothing.’
    #4. During the last four years, I have taken ‘what I believe to be the correct supplements.’ I had an EKG in the fall of 2015. I have had two EKGs in 2019 and a heart scan – everything is perfect! I have had a huge number of blood tests.
    #5. I have now had 45 visits to medical experts: MDs, DOs, 3 Endochrinologists, 3 Urologists, 3 nutritionists, and many herbalists.
    #6. My testosterone (free and total) were very low, (and still are) and my SHBG is high. One of the endochrinists stated (with my wife in the room) that “hormones have nothing to do with sleep.”
    Mr. Green, I trust you will have helpful information for me. I look forward to hearing from you. Please keep my email address confidential.
    Sincerely, Charlie

    1. Hi Charlie
      Thanks for your comment. It’s not my place to give specific advice about someone’s complex medical situation and the medication they take. Really, that’s between you and your primary care provider – sorry! I would say though that taking a cocktail of different sleep aids is rarely a good idea, so I would discuss that with your doctor. I’d also do some careful research into Doxylamine and the current medical advice about older adults taking it.

    2. Some people are backwards. Maybe try the relaxing supplements during the day and coffee at night. I’ve read and heard that people who have ADHD and their circadian rhythm is off; they actually need a stimulant to sleep. I’ve also read about people who need coffee to sleep at night. I’m trying to figure out my own sleeping issues. I’ve been taking GABA with excellent results, for 1 week and now it seems like it’s giving me energy rather than putting me to sleep. If I take it during the day, in an attempt to relieve nicotine cravings, rather than tire me, I become more energized and my usual need to nap during the day is gone. Been battling insomnia and daytime fatigue and feeling like I’m living with a permanent flu during the day, only to be wide awake at night, while feeling lightheaded and too weak to stand or sit up, during the day.

      1. Bonni-anne Rutherford

        I have ADHD and Can’t sleep unless I have a cup of black tea before bed. Infact, the worst insomnia I have ever experienced was during a period I gave up caffeine to help with anxiety. I had no sleep for a week and my doctor actually told me to go back to drinking caffeine.

  12. Hi, Ethan,
    I appreciate your comments and other info on GABA. I used to take it, alone, for a better workout experience.
    Over the last two years, my sleep patterns have degraded, due to extreme stress.

    I found a number of positive reviews of taking it with melatonin. The dosage was 500 mg GABA with 5 mg Melatonin.

    The result was amazing, at the beginning. However, it was recommended to take it every night, which I did. After about 3 weeks, I’d have a tiny bit of anxiety for a few minutes about an hour after ingestion. I didn’t relate it to the GABA/Melatonin right away, but then I started having scary thoughts, then last night (it’s now been a month) I actually had what could have been called a nightmare, but I was awake at the time! I read that you could have hallucinations from GABA/valerian/melatonin combinations and that is what I believe happened to me, even without the valerian.

    I’m passing this cautionary tale on so it may help someone else. It’s important to note that I was taking it almost every night. After the anxious feelings started, I took a day or so off from it. On the nights I didn’t take it, the symptoms disappeared.

    For myself, I’m going to stop taking the combo and stick with CBD oil. It doesn’t help me sleep, but it calms me.

    1. Hi Haley
      Thanks for sharing your experience, or cautionary tale as you say. I often take melatonin, especially when travelling, and find that it sometimes gives me vivid dreams. Not nightmares though, as far as I can recall. If it did, or any other combo, I would also stop taking it I think!

      1. Hey everyone,

        So i get bad anxiety with life changes. Even the good ones. My anxiety eventually leaves but takes months. I tried CBD Oils but it didnt help. So i am trying Spring Valley Gaba 750mg. It says to take only once a day.

        I see people saying take it at night but my anxiety usually leaves in the evening. My sleep is off and on.

        So i popped my 1st Gaba today. I literally did it 30 minutes ago. I will update.

  13. I have taken Gaba for the last month. I take it two hours before bed and sleep like a baby. I have just come off Mirtazapine and was finding it difficult to sleep as Mirtazapine helps with this. The Gaba tablets work a treat. I feel better in myself as well. So win , win for me.

    1. Hi Anne
      Thanks for sharing your experience. It’s interesting to hear the GABA seems to help when you’ve stopped taking Mirtazapine. Did you decide to try it yourself, or was it recommended by a doctor?

      1. Hi, Ethan and all!

        Any info about the potential interaction (blood pressure lowering) of beginning GABA while also taking CoQ10?

        Also, I just picked up of the Whole Foods brand and it is 750 mg, which seems a lot higher than other dosages/brands I’ve seen online. Any thoughts? I’m sensitive to things like melatonin, so I’m wondering if I should find a lower dose pill for my trial.

        Thanks for any info!


        1. Hi Pat
          Unfortunately, I can’t help you with this one. I’ve never taken that supplement myself, nor done any research on it, so I don’t feel qualified to comment. One thing I will say about dosage though, is that if it’s anything like the many other supplements out there, I would imagine with some research you can find a lower dosage. And if you ever have concerns about taking any supplements, and combing them, run it by your doctor just to be on the safe side.

    2. Hi,

      I am curious how long it took for you to see a noticeable difference in your sleep.

      I just started taking GABA, along with 5-HTP, yesterday. Of course, no noticeable difference in the quality of my sleep last night.

  14. nicole bordeleau

    I consulted my naturopath regarding my sleeping pattern. I never have problem falling a sleep. I however wake up 4 hrs later and am unable to fall asleep. I was recommended Gaba. It did not help me, quite the contrary it made me feel anxious. I thought it was supposed to make someone relax. Very disappointed!

    1. Hi Nicole
      Thanks for your comment. No sleep aid will work the same way for everyone, so I guess GABA just isn’t for you. Sounds like you might benefit from reading my article about waking in the night – you can read it here.

    2. Everyone is wired differently, sorry to hear it didn’t help you!

      I tried gaba and it works way too much for me i went from sleeping 3hrs/night to sleeping all day and barely being up 3-5hrs to eat shower etc.

  15. If I take GABA and/or Eden supplements and had blood work done, could I possibly test positive for ambien if it was being tested for?

  16. kathy tallini

    hi Ethan. my chiropractor recommended gaba for stress. i’ve been taking it off and on for a little over a year. reco dosage is no more than 4 per day. i usually take 2 in am, and sometimes 1 in pm. maybe it’s psychological, but it seems to really help. if taken when i’m not active, it tends to make me a bit sleepy, so sometimes i’ll swtich dosage and take 2 before bed. my chiro said to watch for mood changes like depression and not to take it every day for long periods, advice which i heed.
    with my last purchase, supplier sent 2 sample pills of Eden (which contains gaba) for sleep, which is supposed to cross blood brain barrier (sounds scary). i tried it and it works great for sleeping. 1 pill 30 min before bed and i slept all night and woke up feeling great. 1 pill works better than 2 gaba because it’s supposed to be formulated for sleep as opposed to gaba for stress.
    i’ve taken melatonin and its ok, but the Eden may be for me when i have trouble sleeping, and no, i don’t work for the manufacturer :-). lots of people who review gaba say they take it every day for years, but i dont like that idea. i’m with you on lowest dose of anything and not playing doctor by increasing beyond reco dose. i just found your site and agree with the advice you give. very rational and thoughtful.
    thank you!

    1. Hi Kathy
      Thanks for your comment, and kind words about the site!
      It’s interesting to hear your experience of GABA. I haven’t heard of Eden before (at least not the sleep aid!). To be honest, I’m not sure how they work out the different formulas for stress or sleep though.
      It sounds like you’re using it sensibly, and have a good attitude about not becoming dependent on it.

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