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L-Tryptophan is one of the 9 essential amino acids. Learn what it can do for you here.
It is used by the body to produce Serotonin, which supports natural
good mood and wellbeing, and Melatonin, called ‘the sleep hormone,’ which
regulates sleep cycles and governs how rested we feel.
Responsible for the must-have neurotransmitters Serotonin and Melatonin, this essential amino acid is the king of ‘Feel Good’ (serotonin) and good, restful sleep (melatonin).
Medicalnewstoday says this about seratonin : “It is thought that serotonin can affect mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory and sexual desire and function.” So… pretty significant!
Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland, a gland associated with many mystical and spiritual properties, but only in the dark. It governs the circadian rhythms that regulate sleep. It is often referred to as ‘the sleep hormone’ for this reason.
Webmd says about melatonin: “Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles.” It’s worth noting that it doesn’t always make sleep easier or longer, according to this source, but it does seem to mean feeling more rested.
If you live in 24/7 lit city, or wake up after sleep feeling like you have barely slept or still tired, then Tryptophan is the thing you need for restful sleep. If you use any substance to ‘feel good’, be it coffee, tobacco, alcohol, or anything covered by the ‘misuse of drugs act 1974’, then Tryptophan will help replenish your serotonin levels which get used up with all that ‘feelin’ good.’
Giving your body Tryptophan lets it choose what you need most from the two, and then build it.
It is likely that 500mg (1/2 tsp) 30 mins before bed will produce more melatonin for rest, or during the daytime will produce more serotonin for mood, though the body will do what it deems best with the resource.
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