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nicky vanvalkenburg, adhd, july 11, 2011, hour one
July 18, 2011 @ 3:58 pm Evert
You talk about taking l-dopa or mucuna to raise your dopamine levels to improve sleep.
It isn’t strange this doesn’t work, because the Tyrosine – Dopa – Dopamine – Noradrenaline – Adrenaline pathway concerns only stimulatory and activating neurotransmitters.
This can help for energy and focus, when taken in the morning.
If you want to improve sleep quality, I would suggest you try tryptophan. In the body this converts to 5-htp, then to serotonin and melatonin.
Serotonin can help to relax.
Melatonin induces sleep.
Most animal proteins contain tryptophan.
I eat more than 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight and take betaine-HCl and protease enzymes with meals, but still experience improvement in sleep quality after I take l-tryptophan 1 hour before bed.
It’s also possible to take 5-htp as a supplement, which has a stronger, more direct effect, but may lead to tolerance after a while of daily usage.
Sublingual melatonin is quite effective to induce sleep as well.
Both with tryptophan and melatonin I notice deeper sleep, more dreams at night and feel more rested in the morning.
Evert van Tilborg