Sleep Problems: What Works for Insomnia…Tryptophan side effects, and other things.

I’ve blogged about the magical powers of Tryptophan before, but alas all good things must come to an end at some point.  Click on the link above for a less scientific way to understand how it works.

As we all know everything is good in moderation, but since the body does produce and receive tryptophan from Turkey, Milk, etc…it’s possible to overdo it.

My personal experience with the product has been great!  I’ve tried several different brands, and have my faves.  HOWEVER, one of the side effects would leave me waking up with a bad headache, AND I would have the most vivid dreams. (not sexy dreams) Dreams involving intense time travel, and visiting people from my childhood, but in the dreams there was always some kind of dilemma or struggle-nothing crazy or horrific.  Usually in the time travel dreams, I would get in trouble because I would would go back in time with a group of fellow journalist friends, and had plans to create fashion week, I was going to make a living off of placing bets on sporting events.  Then I was going to try and break into the music scene by becoming a Four Seasons’ groupie and “writing” their songs for them.  Of course during this dream, I brought my cell phone back into the 1950’s (or whatever year pre-mobile devices), and we were being followed by the FBI, and I woke up before we had to travel back into the future.

I blame this dream on Stephen King’s fascinating novel 11/22/63.  Sadly, my main objective in the dream was NOT saving a president, but creating fashion week and plagiarism of music.  My husband says I’ve been saying weird things in my sleep.  So…needless to say, I’ll be on hiatus from Tryptophan.

I had a similar reaction from Trazodone about eight years ago, a drug which is actually VERY helpful to some suffering from insomnia, but you must get a prescription.  It’s also extremely cheap even if you do not have insurance.

Will I try Melatonin?  I have not in years.  Valerian Root scares me.

So wish me luck as I search for the next best sleeping aid.  I’m eyeing Sleep Well Gummies .  I just need to make sure I do not binge eat the entire bottle.

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