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Doctor insights on: Tryptophan Sleep Inducing Substance

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Is tryptophan a sleep-inducing substance?

Is tryptophan a sleep-inducing substance?

Herbs for sleep: In general yes. What they say about thanksgiving turkey is true. It is not a recommended otc herb because it can also be very harmful in high doses and years ago a tainted batch caused numerous cases of parkinson's disease. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Newhouse
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Tryptophan (Definition)

Tryptophan is an amino acid. It is the precursor to the production of serotonin. The GI system will convert tryptophan to 5 hydroxytrptophan to cross the blood brain barrier and then convert the 5htp into serotonin. It does many other things in the body, but this is what it ...Read more


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Can melatonin induce a lucid dream?

Can melatonin induce a lucid dream?

Melatonin: Some users of melatonin report increase vivid dreams. Very high doses of @50mg. Increase rem sleep time & dream activity. ...Read more

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What actually causes alpha intrusion wave sleep, resulting in nonrestorative sleep? CNS disorder?

What actually causes alpha intrusion wave sleep, resulting in nonrestorative sleep?  CNS disorder?

Alpha-NREM sleep: patients with chronic pain syndromes and problems like Fibromyalgia have this kind of sleep problems. Also patients taking sedative-hypnotics. Chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis and chronic fatigue syndrome. It be thought to be hypervigilance and wakefulness or light sleep intruding on the deeper stages of sleep. ...Read more

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Psychiatry: enough serotonin in the brain helps human sleep, however, taking SSRI to increase Serotonin causes insomnia if taken before sleep. why?

Psychiatry: enough serotonin in the brain helps human sleep, however, taking SSRI to increase Serotonin causes insomnia if taken before sleep. why?

Complicated: This is a very complicated neurotransmitter. To give an example, there are over thirty different types of receptors -- meaning that it can do over thirty types of things. Then again, each personal is his own complex mix of variations on this. But I should tell you that SSRI's don't "increase" serotonin, they regulate it. ...Read more

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Rxd topamax, xanax, abilify (aripiprazole). Topa induces 3a4. I love white grapefruit juice, which inhibits 3a4. Is this an unsafe combo esp with the topamax..?

Rxd topamax, xanax, abilify (aripiprazole). Topa induces 3a4. I love white grapefruit juice, which inhibits 3a4. Is this an unsafe combo esp with the topamax..?

Confusing: Topomax is a weak inducer of cyp 3a4, and maybe c19. Your biggest issue here is the grapefruit juice, which inhibits 3a4 quite significantly. This could increase the effects of both xanax and abilify (aripiprazole). Either you need to stop the grapefruit juice or drink it at a constant level. Please inform your prescribing psychiatrist about this. ...Read more

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Which substances can aid sleep?

Which substances can aid sleep?

Sleep: Exercise, good diet, calming thoughts, no alcohol, no heavy meals 2 hours prior to bedtime, no nocturnal medications that can increase your metabolism. Tryptophan supplements have been touted for a long time but the evidence is scant. Speaking to your doctor for a specific cause and possible answer would be best. ...Read more

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How is narcolepsy and REM sleep related?

How is narcolepsy and REM sleep related?

Closely: The symptoms of narcolepsy are those of parts of rem sleep intruding into wakefulness. These elements include sleepiness; hallucinations (dream imagery) while falling asleep or waking up; and cataplexy and sleep paralysis (both from the normal muscle paralysis that occurs during rem sleep). ...Read more

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Could melatonin suplement cause dependence?

Unlikely: I've never heard of anyone having trouble stopping melatonin, but people can become psychologically dependent on anything. If you google "melatonin dependence" you'll find a few people out there who claim they become dependent on it. I consider this fairly unlikely though. ...Read more

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What is sleep paralysis using wild lucid method?

What is sleep paralysis using wild lucid method?

Sleep Paralysis: Possibly sleep paralysis, which occurs in 1 out of 3 people in their lifetime. Is caused by sleep deprivation, shift work sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, alcohol or drug use. ...Read more

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Is the sleep provided by mirtazapine remeron considered restful sleep or is it restless sleep? considered real sleep or is it a drug induced coma?fake

Is the sleep provided by mirtazapine remeron considered restful sleep or is it restless sleep? considered real sleep or is it a drug induced coma?fake

Remeron (mirtazapine) is used: to treat depression, so it depends on why you’re taking it. Without knowing more about the underlying reasons for your sleep problems, if they’re related to depression for example, it’s hard to say whether or not this will give you restful sleep. Remeron is not a sleep med but is sedating; it treats depression, which can treat insomnia that is related to depression. ...Read more

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Is melatonin addictive?

Is melatonin addictive?

No addiction: There is no risk of developing a physiological dependence or addiction to melatonin -- meaning that your brain will not become dependent upon melatonin. Yet, as with any behavior (ie, the act of taking melatonin every night before bed) can become "addicting" or habitual thus causing a psychological addiction to needing to take melatonin for help you sleep. ...Read more

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Does rozerem (ramelteon) affect the melatonin receptor, or your ability to produce melatonin naturally?

Melatonin receptors: Ramelteon (rozerem) selectively binds to specific melatonin receptors (the mt1 and mt2 receptors) in the part of the brain that controls circadian rhythm (called the suprachiasmatic nucleus), thus promoting sleep the way our body's own melatonin would. ...Read more

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Is luvox (fluvoxamine) the only ssri that promotes melatonin yet interferes with caffeine?

Is luvox (fluvoxamine) the only ssri that promotes melatonin yet interferes with caffeine?

Luvox (fluvoxamine): You're referring to luvox (fluvoxamine)'s ability to inhibit the liver enzyme cyp1a2, which is needed to process both caffeine and melatonin. Both of these substances could build up to greater concentrations than expected, when taken with luvox (fluvoxamine). It is the only ssri that acts in that manner, but there are multiple other drugs that do this also. ...Read more

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Can idiopathic hypersomnia diagnosis by sleep study respond to anything besides stimulants & sleep hygiene? Anything off label? Foods? Research being done?

Can idiopathic hypersomnia diagnosis by sleep study respond to anything besides stimulants & sleep hygiene?  Anything off label? Foods? Research being done?

Hyersomnia: In case of hypersomnia, the overnight sleep study is not enough alone, another study called mean sleep latency testing is needed to evaluate the severity of hypersomnia and to rule out narcolepsy. If you were told that you have idiopathic hypersomnia, i presumed that you had already mslt and narcolepsy was ruled out, anyhow stimulants, sleep hygiene modulation and regular exercise are the best. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more