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ZMA Sleep and Dreams

Hey guys,
I’ve started taking ZMA (Twin Lab) but sleep has not improved. I think I know what the problem is. I don’t take ZMA on an empty stomach, but I need to eat before I go to bed. So what is the solution?

Thanks for any help.

Read the bottle. Take ZMA on an empty stomach. Wait 30 minutes then eat your nighttime snack before bed, it works for me. Oh and first take two instead of the recommended three for the first couple of days then take the three per night. If not then you have some crazy dreams.Zeus out.

One thing to do is take the ZMA an hour or so before bed and then have your pre-bed meal half an hour or longer later. Just a suggestion.
-Seth

Agreed, I find it works better when I pop some at least 30 mins before my last meal. I hit the meal, hit the sack and I have some wild freakin’ dreams. Sleep is awesome on ZMA.

yeah, i’ve found the empty stomach part to be more important than the right before bed part. i usually take it as i’m preparing dinner, 8 o’clock-ish. then i eat dinner. then pre-bed snack. then sleep around 12.

[quote]Emre wrote:
Hey guys,
I’ve started taking ZMA (Twin Lab) but sleep has not improved. I think I know what the problem is. I don’t take ZMA on an empty stomach, but I need to eat before I go to bed. So what is the solution?

Thanks for any help. [/quote]

First off, you have to eat something before you go to bed if your having sleep issues. I know for myself, I sleep MUCH better with some quality protein in my stomach. So ZMA, 45 min later eat, then sleep.

Second, it takes at least A MONTH for ZMA to efficiently work. Give it time.

3rd, you need to avoid alcohol, caffeine and nicotine like the plague if your having sleep issues. Did you know that alcohol can deplete the bodies mineral supply, especially Zinc. Pretty much makes taking ZMA useless. Im done with caffeine by 6pm sharp. I dont smoke much anymore, and I havent had more than 3 drinks in a day since my birthday months ago. If your having sleep issues, I urge you to do the same.

Can anyone recommend a brand of ZMA besides Biotest? I was taking that, but it seems they’re out of stock until who knows when. I would like to continue taking ZMA while Biotest gets their supply chain issues in order.

[quote]rugbgod wrote:
Can anyone recommend a brand of ZMA besides Biotest? I was taking that, but it seems they’re out of stock until who knows when. I would like to continue taking ZMA while Biotest gets their supply chain issues in order.
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We’ll have ZMA back in stock within the next several days to a week.

The delay has been due to the scarcity of raw ZMA powder from SNAC, which isn’t something with which we have control.

Thanks for all the help guys.