Let’s cut right to the chase. I am 41 years old now. For many years I couldn’t sleep at night. Do you know how it feels when you fall asleep only to wake up an hour later not to be able to fall asleep again for the rest of the night? Let me assure you, the following day will not be a ‘walk in the park’. As a matter of fact, you feel like you have been hit by a freight train.
At the age of 28 I consulted my primary care physician who suggested anti depressants. After about a week of dry mouth and other side effects I stopped taking them. I am not sure how, but I heard about a place that offers extensive evaluation going the natural rather than pharmaceutical route. I made an appointment and after having explained my symptoms I learned that my depressions and sleeplessness where interconnected and had the same cause. My brain wasn’t producing enough serotonin.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter responsible for good mood, sleep, muscle contraction, etc. The lack thereof will lead to sadness, depression, sleeplessness, achy legs and other symptoms. As I was explained by my natural doctor, anti depressant prevent the re-uptake of serotonin between the synapses in my brain and come with serious side effects.
I then learned about 5-HTP. This is a precursor to serotonin and a natural product without side effects for the vast majority of people. When taken, 5-HTP will be converted to serotonin in our bodies. Most people are able to absorb enough tryptophan from food sources, but some people need much more in order to feel well.
I remember the first time I took 5-HTP. Two or three days after taking it I had my first night of good sleep. I awoke refreshed, feeling relaxed and without pain in my legs. It was simply amazing. Today, 13 years later I am still taking 5-HTP on a regular basis. The quality of my life thanks to 5-HTP is so much better than without it.