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Yahoo Canada Shine On (blog)Brain food: Natural ways to boost your moodYahoo Canada Shine On (blog)Wylde says he often recommends 5-HTP, a by-product of tryptophan found in supplement format, for patients with low serotonin levels, but notes that it should be taken under the supervision of a professional and is not an alternative to antidepressants …and more »
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Anyone taken this for insomnia? What were your experiences with it and did you have any side effects? I am away to start it as all the doctors do is throw sleeping pills at me.
I definitely do NOT recommend 5-HTP to anyone. Aside from the heart palpitations, mood swings, and high blood pressure my husband experienced when withdrawing from them, my research has lead me to believe that it is not the answer for people with insomnia.
There are, however, a few things that I do recommend and most of them are free:
– circadian rhythm disruption is caused by 'mixing up your days and nights' through light during hours when there should be darkness. It’s a very common modern problem and you can easily fix this by foiling your windows over or getting blackout curtains so that light from outside doesn't come in at night. Try to also make an effort to lay down when it is dark outside to adjust your body naturally to sleeping in the darkness. Remove anything from your room that has light or sound (turn your alarm clock to the wall). If you are experiencing female problems and/or mood swings, this will also help you out with that as well!
– electronics also disrupt sleeping patterns. I heartily recommend that you remove all electronic devices from your bedroom, even to the point of switching your alarm clock for an old manual one with no lights or electricity. Get the television and/or computer out of the bedroom completely!
– check medications to see if any of them have the side effect of insomnia. Asking your doctor can be useless sometimes because they just may not know (but you can try it). Research them yourself to make sure anyway.
– if there are no contraindications from any medications you're on, then a tea made from catnip, passionflower, skullcap, chamomile, or valerian, etc. Can help you drift off to dream land. I do recommend that you look up an herbalist to help you put together a sleepy tea, but it's easy enough to do yourself provided you make sure you won't have a reaction with any meds you are on. No chamomile if you are allergic to daisies, btw.
If you try all of these and they still don't work, then look further into psychological reasons. It could be that your mind is going so fast and in so many directions that sleep won't come no matter what you do. At that point, do some self-analysis and come up with ways to get the chatter in your head to stop.
I do congratulate you on not wanting to take sleeping pills anymore! The side effects are definitely not worth it.
Does it actually convert into Serotonin? Or, because you're taking it at night, does it all convert straight into Melatonin? I'm really just wondering how much "serotonin" I'll be producing if I'm taking 5-htp solely at night.
5-Hydroxytryptophan or 5-HTP is a naturally-occurring amino acid, a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin and an intermediate in tryptophan metabolism. It is marketed in the United States and other countries as a dietary supplement for use as an antidepressant, appetite suppressant, and sleep aid.
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