In general, I'm not the best sleeper. I typically have to wear earplugs and take a little melatonin to be able to sleep. However, the week prior to my period I suffer insomnia (and I'm the kind of person who suffers tremendously with just 1 night of bad sleep). I up my melatonin intake, but I have no success. Last time, I even tried the melatonin with 5-HTP and L-Tyrosine (I was taking 5-htp and L-Tyrosine daily, but I started feeling really depressed, so I backed off and feel much better now).
Overall, I'm worried about my need to take melatonin to sleep nightly as I've seen conflicting evidence that it might be bad to do....although I feel like I'm doing better than I was in the days of taking prescription sleep medication nightly. I have had a hormone check recently and due to get more testing in about a month. The only issue that showed up was low testosterone and I'm working with the doc on that issue. I'm wondering if one of the other supplements listed above might be more helpful the week before my period.
More info: I take Natural Calm before bed as well and I am very tired at my bedtime, so my main issue is staying asleep rather than falling asleep. I know a lot of people are going to ask about exercise and carb or overall calorie intake and I can assure you that those things are not an influence.
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on July 30, 2013
at 02:10 PM
I have recently found out that I'm in stage 3 adrenal fatigue, which explains many of the sleep/hormonal problems I'm having. I'm now working with a FDN specialist on this. I will look at the hormonal symptom chart posted as I also have a meeting with a women's health doc in a few weeks. Thanks to all for the replies!
on July 29, 2013
at 07:59 PM
I can relate.
You could try a small amount of progesterone for those few days. The insomnia is caused by a rapid drop in progesterone. http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/menstrual-insomnia/
I'm sleeping just fine now, all month long. The Bezwecken brand products work well, sublingual at bedtime or cream if you prefer.
if a small amount isn't cutting it, you may need hormone testing at a different time of month or this symptom chart may be enough for the doc to take further action: http://www.cemcor.ubc.ca/help_yourself/handouts/daily_diaries
on July 01, 2013
at 11:09 AM
I've been taking a combo of 5-HTP, L-theanine and melatonin every night for the past 6 years (I'm a midwife and have really irregular sleep hours). It works great and I've experienced no adverse effects....except a lack of a period...but this is likely caused by other things.
on March 17, 2013
at 11:47 PM
How much melatonin are you taking, and when? Ideally, you want slow-release caplets of about 2mg, and take it 2hrs before bed time. Often with melatonin, the initial dose is way too high and released too quickly, and you get a 'melatonin hangover' the next day
I had great results with Z12, which contains
4-amino-3-phenyl-butanoic acid HCL (PhGABA) (Phenibut) L-theanine 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)
It puts me OUT for a full 8-9 hours, and I'm a terrible sleeper. Interesting that you feel it make you depressed though. Are you 100% sure it was the chems and not PMS? Phenibut is used as a treatment for depression and L-tryptophan and 5-HTP are serotonin precursors...
Have you tried a good old sedating antihistamine?