I have problem with sleeping and I think the reason is about cortisol and melatonin. My morning cortisol is just on the high limit of the expected levels for morning and night cortisol just on the low limit of expected levels for night. Melatonin... (more)
Pardon the super awkward wording of that question. Surprisingly, I am a native English speaker. I know there are other threads along the same subject, but I couldn't find an answer to this. I very, very rarely turn to any sort of sleep aid... (more)
I was reading another post and someone posted the article below by Dr. Ray Peat and if I understand it correctly, you don't want to take 5-HTP because it increases Serotonin, which is exactly why I was taking it. If you agree with Dr. Peat's... (more)
I have recently been prescribed melatonin 2mg for severe insomnia. The first night I took it I was knocked out, which was lovely but I had strange grogginess/ slowing down of my whole system for the next 2 days. I have low blood pressure as it is... (more)
I think melatonin sucks big time. Especially in winter. The better bet is to try to manage your light exposure better. Try as best as you can to get early morning sun (if it exists in your area this time of year) and after sunset it's lights out... (more)
So I've had several times where melatonin, both regular and time release has prevented, where the night before/after there was no issue with sleep, but I didn't take it. I don't normally take the stuff, and from the looks of it, I don't actually... (more)
I had a knee scope on 7/3. I eat paleo with dairy (cream + cheese) and per below some coffee and some alcohol (though not at all for past week for either). I only tend to eat 2 meals per day, and pretty low carb. Last night I added a bunch of... (more)
For a bit of sleeping aid and calm down before bed. Been taking Magnesium Glycinate for a few years but often see recommendations for Natural Calm. Which is preferable and anyone tried both? Also your opinions on Melatonin and which dose/form... (more)
I personally have a strong preference for magnesium glycinate. Many people do quite well with Natural Calm, but I frequently felt really strange on that stuff. I was never able to work my way above the initial small dose and felt it sometimes gave... (more)
I have had sleeping issues (trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, wake up easily) for the last year, the onset was initiated by an increase in workout intensity/frequency. I've cut back significantly on the workout frequency to address... (more)
I was listening to a podcast... not sure which one as I have been listening to a lot at night to put me to sleep. Robb mentioned that he uses melatonin a good bit especially to avoid jet lag (I want to say something up to 8mg.. could that be... (more)
Once again I am asking on behalf of my girlfriend, Her sleep sucks, and it is really starting to bother her. She is 100% paleo, She has crappy digestion (taking HLC to help improve) She is currently doing a variation of Starting Strength... (more)
Melatonin can be very helpful for many people, but not everyone. One reason is a little known fact is that much of the melatonin we produce, like serotonin, is in the gut. According to one study it produces 400 times more than the pineal gland... (more)
I still don't understand the significance of the prolactin surge (especially in older people).. what happens if you eat carbs within 4 hours of going to sleep? What is LR? I am neither a neurosurgeon, nor a scientist, nor a physician ??? is there... (more)
After ceasing to take Natural Calm, I decided maybe I would give Melatonin a shot. This stuff kept me awake until 4am this morning. The main reason I'm experimenting with all these sleeping remedies is because I want to get my cortisol down.... (more)
If you take melatonin, does your own natural production of melatonin downregulate after a time? if so, how long does it take to screw up your own melatonin? Any idea on where I can read more about this? Thanks!
Having just become aware of the existence of the term Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (Wikipedia), despite having had "symptoms" nearly all of my life that fit the "diagnosis" (I think you can tell from my scare quotes where I'm going with this) I'm... (more)
I entirely take the point about the idea that DSPS-symptoms might somewhat result from individuals merely having differential responses to factors that are (largely) unavoidably in the modern environment, but (largely) absent in the paleo context.... (more)
Should we worry about taking melatonin supplements? in Lights Out the author doesn't recommend it because it supposedly shrinks the pineal gland and reduces our natural production. Is there any evidence for this?
I recently started the magnesium/ melatonin kick before bed (at Robb's suggestion)- and it's been awesomely helpful in getting my sleep regulated. I have also, however, noticed that I am having unbelievably vivid and creative dreams... To the... (more)
Yup. When I started taking Melatonin before bed, I had some very vivid, and strange dreams. I think I was taking too much (3mg). I take just .3 to 1 mg now, which still works for sleep and the vividness has gone away.
I want to easily change the color settings of my TV to reduce blue light in the evenings like f.lux does for computers. Is there anybody doing this or something similar ?There are some settings on the TV that I'm not used to but it's probably able... (more)
I'd like to buy some of those glasses you wear at night to cut down on the blue light hitting special receptors in your eyes and preventing melatonin and possibly other important circadian hormonal cycles... Any experience with these? What's... (more)
I am exhausted upon waking (5am) and feel burnt-out every afternoon. Please hack my sleep! My hours at work changed last summer and I needed to start waking up at 5am instead of 6am for the opening shift. It didn't work out well. I???d get... (more)
Hi all, I'm looking for some advice regarding my awful sleep. I'm one of those people who goes to bed reasonably early (say 9.30-10pm) and falls asleep without too much problem, then wakes up anywhere around 1-3 am, is awake until around 6, then... (more)
I have been thinking about the issue of natural lighting recently, and looking into soft lamps, flameless candles (Using candles themselves seems a bit hassley and messy), even some sort of simulated fire or fire effect heater. I also am... (more)
I gather nightlife is not very paleo or good for your circadian rhythm, sleep cycles, and melatonin production. What's a single grokster to do?
Nightlife? Everything in moderation, correct? You'll be fine. You've got a few buckets to consider: Eating right, exercising right, some sun, getting your sleep, and a couple other minor ones. If you're hitting it hard night after night, you might... (more)
Vitals - 40 y/o male, 6' 165lbs, eating paleo for over a year, lifting weights for nearly a year. I formerly suffered from reactive hypoglycemia, but cured it with the aforementioned diet and exercise. Overall I'm fit and physically I feel good... (more)
I will be experimenting with these three supplements individually, dedicating one month to each and documenting my results. Any personal positive or negative experiences would help my awareness during the experiment. I will be taking... (more)