- 5-HTP - Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that contributes to memory and learning, as well as to feelings of well-being. In fact, it has been nick-named the “feel good” hormone. 5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin synthesis.
- For something that seems so simple, getting a good night's sleep can be challenging for many people. In fact, about 30-40% of adults experience the inability to fall asleep and awaken refreshed at least some of the time.
- The sleep-wake cycle - Deep within the brain, the pineal gland produces the sleep hormone melatonin. Its role in the sleep-wake cycle (also known as a circadian rhythm) is to cause drowsiness and lower your body temperature when it gets dark to encourage sleep. Healthy melatonin levels rise in the evening and start to decrease in the early morning hours.
- Serotonin is the partner hormone in the sleep-wake cycle. Released in response to sunlight, serotonin is highest in the morning. This hormone is also responsible for stimulating the release of melatonin within the pineal gland.
- When sleep doesn't come - Imbalances of melatonin and serotonin can hamper the sleep-wake circadian rhythms, and, unfortunately, we produce less melatonin as we age. Dietary deficiency of carbohydrates, vitamin B6 and the essential amino acid tryptophan can also reduce the production of serotonin.
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