Hey guys, so I’m a highly stressed out person in general and in addition to a very, very stressful career. I am generally in good shape per my last physical (my good cholesterol was a tiny bit low, that was all), but I have stubborn body fat on my stomach and the constant stress seems to be increasing cortisol. Additionally, I have trouble sleeping. While I’m prescribed Xanax and Lunesta for sleep, I don’t want to take the former over 1x a week and the latter over 2x a week as I don’t want to get addicted.
I’m trying to take the following for sleep: 5-HTP, Glycine, KSM-66 Ashwaganda, ZMA, and meltaonin (occasionally valerian root and benadryl as well).
For cortisol control, I take Glycine & KSM-66 Ashwaganda.
I am thinking of adding Taurine for sleep as well as potentially Reduce XT (though I understand the latter can only be used 4 weeks at a time). My questions are as follows:
- I do not take any of these supplements prior to lifting on training days, as I know that cortisol is needed for training. I pop glycine/ashwaganda like skittles immediately after training. On off days, I begin taking these once I wake up and a few times throughout the day. Is this the right approach?
- Has anyone had experience with Taurine helping with sleep and/or cortisol control? If so, in what doses for each?
- Has anyone had experience with Reduce XT?
- Does anyone have other recommendations for supplements to help with cortisol control/sleep?
Thank you all in advance for your help!