I can’t sleep at night; Should I take over-the-counter melatonin??
Since diving into this month’s topic of sleep, I have been more aware of when someone mentions the lack of sleep they have been receiving. Do you know the cause of your poor quality or lack of sleep? Even though I am a cause “detective” according to our health and longevity but I know we need a little help sometimes.
Roughly, six years ago (before becoming a health coach) I first realized the struggle of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder); a.k.a Seasonal Depression. Then, as if the Universe had it planned, I saw on TV the Dr. Oz show about an all natural antidepressant called….. 5-HTP.
Say what? That’s right; 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan)! Within 3 weeks of taking 2 (100 mg) capsules everyday before bed I really did feel “happier”, the binge eating decreased, and my SLEEPING improved dramatically! Many other health aliments 5-HTP helps to improve…
- sleep disorders
That brings us to HOW 5-HTP helps us get MORE & better QUALITY SLEEP.
5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) is an amino acid that your body naturally manufactures. It’s not found in food, but is created from another amino acid, tryptophan. Tryptophan is found in high-protein animal foods…..Thanksgiving Turkey! Yum!
5-HTP supplements are usually produced from Griffonia simplicifolia, a woody African shrub. This plant’s seeds naturally contain 20% 5-HTP.
Below is a very clear diagram of how 5-HTP creates the neurotransmitter known as the “happy molecule”; Serotonin and the “Sleep molecule”; Melatonin.
According to a study by the University of Maryland Medical Center about the results of 5-HTP on those who suffer with Insomnia:
In the study, people who took 5-HTP went to sleep quicker and slept more deeply than those who took a placebo. Researchers recommend 200 to 400 mg at night to stimulate serotonin, but it may take 6 to 12 weeks to be fully effective.
Still not convinced? Here are a few Amazon reviews about how 5-HTP has helped their sleep…
ByDeAnna Darrowon January 11, 2017
I work nights and was having problems staying asleep. I take Melatonin before bed, but it wasn’t enough. I started taking the 5-HTP when I get up, and have been having much better nights.”
ByKatherine E. Shankson January 12, 2017
We were told about this for a replacement for OTC sleeping “pills”, and it also lowers our stress. I cut the 200MG in half, so it’s the perfect dose and lasts a little longer. So, far, it is well tolerated by both of us.”
ByMNRmblron July 22, 2015
Really helps to get to the REM state and dreams happening so that “the work of sleeping” can get done. Instead of just being knocked out you dream. Many times I can remember my last dreams of the night. The time release formulation is important. Before I took the immediate release and would quickly have a deep dream state and then wake up around 3:00 AM.”
5-HTP is included in this month’s FREE give-away to get natural MORE and better QUALITY Sleep. Let’s start improving your health on night at a time.