I've noticed better sleep quality when taking about 1 tsp of reatine before bed vesus not taking it. I've never had the highest quality sleep as I usually end up moving around during the night regardless of the sleeping surface. Anyway, can anyone offer an explanation as to this relationship? Placebo perhaps (yet this wasn't the desired effect)?
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on November 15, 2011
at 02:08 AM
Creatine is a critical ultradian cycle of energy support that works on a 5-10 minute span of motor commands at muscle level of physiology. Motor commands are critical for inducing learning in the cortex at the hippocampus of all primates including humans. Without movement we lose cognitive power in all cases. This is why exercise all shows improvements in AD,PD and Huntington's. It does the same in Turner's and Down's syndrome and also improves cortical function in Schizophrenia, autism and in bipolar disorder. This is how the brain works and is organized fractally. This is why the MovNat program fascinates me as a neurosurgeon. I don't think people realize that we cant learn unless we move naturally about our environment. If we are relegated to live in a 6x6 ft cell with no light or social interaction.......we know the precise effects upon monkeys and humans. Seems that many of us forgot those experiments were done long ago. Their implications are huge for how the brain really works real time.
So movement and its energy support systems are critical. The small parts must work well to get to optimal functioning. This is what creatine does and then leptin provides the longer term answers for movement at the inner mitochondrial membrane. All the disease's mentioned above have etiologies that have suboptimal energy coupling and they all at their core, have energy inefficiencies at the basic neuronal level as the basis of the pathophysiology.
So yeah.......creatine is real important. But understanding its context is even more important to a deep understanding.