Insomnia is a difficult problem on the rise, with a big part of the population suffering from it. You fall asleep and wake up just an hour later being unable to sleep for the rest of the night, making the following day a living hell. People often describe the feeling as being hit by a freight train.
When I was 28, I had a problem with insomnia and went to a doctor, who immediately prescribed antidepressants. After a week of side effects such as dry mouth, I stopped taking them as they didn’t work. I heard somewhere of a place that offers extensive evaluation using only natural treatments. I quickly made an appointment, went there and learned that my depression and insomnia are linked by the same cause – insufficient serotonin levels.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for the mood, sleep, muscle contraction and many other things. Lack of it causes depression, insomnia, leg aches and other symptoms. As the physician explained to me, antidepressants prevent the re-uptake of serotonin between the brain synapses and cause some serious side effects. It was then that I learned of 5-HTP. It is a natural product, a serotonin precursor that doesn’t have the side effects of antidepressants. 5-HTP is converted into serotonin in the body. It can be absorbed through food by some people, but others must take bigger amounts in order to improve their mood.
When I started taking 5-HTP, I was able to sleep well after only two or three days. I woke up refreshed and re-energized, ready for the challenges that awaited me ahead. 13 years later, I am still taking this amazing substance. The quality of my life has improved beyond doubt by taking 5-HTP.